A huge thank you to everyone involved in organising the virtual match this afternoon. It is a fantastic idea and so much effort has gone in to it. A tidy sum of money has been raised. Particular mention should go to John Rogers. Thank you all so much. Really looking forward to it. I would have loved a virtual Hogey Burger. Perhaps next time....
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Echo what was said - a cracking undertaking from John, and everyone else involved. The game itself was a really good match, and even though it was only a virtual match, was nice to see Alan Campbell, Iain Dowie etc back in Hendon tops.
And £2300 to the club as well- that is superb.
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I had absolutely no up-front knowledge of what was about to manifest. I now find myself conflicted. Ten minutes in I found myself in a surreal world where the virtual Hendon were casting the same questions in my mind as the actual 'real' Hendon. Their first goal - Truro all over again! Goals around the hour mark! Simeon's role stood out for me - identical characteristics as a real match day. No-one got past our left-back - as is the norm. I still think he and hence his virtual clone can get forward a tad more first 45. Howe looked cloned. Tommy spraying the odd one into touch when going wide - It's akin to being in a parallel universe. Maybe the entire universe is a computer simulation!
Seriously, back in the real world - thank you to those for what you do. You know who you are. And to Lee, I think we have a really decent set of lads at our disposal. Just to replicate the full matchday experience, I did consider getting up at five this morning and standing at a train station for 3 hours! That's for another day. Again well done to those involved.
Edited by rwakeley at 18:15:30 on 23rd May 2020
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I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to this fundraiser.
It's been brilliant for me over the past 4 weeks or so, putting it all together, sorting out orders and tickets, it's given me something to focus on. I couldn't have done it though without the help of the Supporters Association - in particular Sandra, Graham, Paul and Marina - who made it so easy for orders to be placed and processed, and to take the money in, nor without the investment of time and artistry of Nigel Kyte and David Ballheimer with the programme.
And the whole afternoon would have been a damp squib without everyone that contributed. Many people who didn't watch the game put money into the 50/50 or Golden Goal, or they purchased a player sponsorship. I said in the broadcast before the game that I'd have been delighted with anything over £1k when this all kicked off. To come in at over £2,300 is way beyond what I'd hoped for. So thank you to everyone who donated.
My biggest fears ahead of the game were twofold. Firstly whether the quality of the stream would hold up - I think it did for the most part - and secondly, an hour before kick-off David Hogwood suddenly went missing from the Legends Squad. I searched high and low, went into the data editor three times only to see him sat there but nowhere to be seen in the game. It was only then I realised that he was hiding in the Under-23 squad.
I've had some lovely comments since this afternoon, thank you so much. This has been a real labour of love for me, I've enjoyed every second of it.
Let's hope we can get back to the real SJP before too long. Stay safe and well everyone.