Some Hendon Teams Through The Years
Hendon FC was originally formed as Christ Church Hampstead in 1908 and became Hampstead Town FC a year later. The club dropped "Town" from the name at the beginning of the 1926/27 season becoming just Hampstead FC. Then in April 1933, the club adopted the name Golders Green FC. In May 1946 the club elected to take on the name that it retains to this present day - Hendon FC.
Hampstead Town FC 1912. In his first season with the club (sitting on the ground, third from the left) is my grandfather, J. H. "Chummy" Parker of Child's Hill.
The local press reported at the time "J. H. Parker, the clever right-half, late of Finchley, has signed on for the Town and this local player is considered a great acquisition".
During his time with the Town, the local press also reported him to be "a popular and hard working right half".
Hampstead Town FC 1913. J. H. "Chummy" Parker again, pictured here on the extreme left of the front row at Stade Bauer in Saint-Ouen France, before a prestigious "international" match with Red Star of Paris on 28th September 1913. The Town had played the day before, winning an FA Cup tie at Marlow before undertaking the arduous journey by train and boat to Paris. Somewhat fatigued, they lost 5 - 0 to a strong Red Star team. My grandfather would later return to Stade Bauer, camping there with his regiment during the First World War.
Hampstead Town FC 1919. The first season after the end of the Great War. The playing squad is much smaller which is probably not due to budget cuts. After seeing action with the Royal Engineers, my grandfather, fortunately, is still there. Although nearing the end of his playing career he was reported by the local press to still be "vigorous and safe".
Golders Green FC 1936. Standing (left to right): Dave Walker, Jimmy Shorland, Bill Boston, Davis Miles, Joe Bloxham, Bert Broadis. Front (left to right): Billy Breagan, Johnny Browne, George Bucci, Tommy Evans, Fred Boston. Team captain George Bucci was one of the clubs most loyal servants, playing from 1925 until 1945 and later serving the club as a committee member and officer.
Golders Green FC 1939. The team is seen here with the Middlesex Senior Cup. Golders Green won the club's first ever Middlesex Senior Cup in 1934 and won it again in 1939. As Golders Green, the club also made its first Wembley appearance when in 1945, just eight days after Victory in Europe, they won the wartime Middlesex Red Cross Cup beating Tufnell Park 4 - 1 in the final with George Bucci scoring two goals in what was one of his last appearances for the club.
Hendon FC 1948. Back Row (left to right): Roy Stroud, Bob Avis, K. Scott, R. Kemp, J. Weeks, Bill Fisher. Front Row (left to right): R. Wright, W. Reay, Laurie Topp, Pat Lynch, J. Watson. Insets (left): W. Prior, (right): L. Fontana. Bill Fisher and Laurie Topp were two of Hendon's longest serving players and both would appear in Hendon's first ever Amateur Cup winning team in 1960.
Hendon FC 1952. Back Row (left to right): Laurie Topp, Bill Fisher, Dexter Adams, Reg Ivey, Mickey Lane, Des Gittus. Front Row (left to right): Bob Avis, Roy Stroud, Pat Lynch, Arthur Phebey, and Glyn Hinshelwood. This team finished runners up in the Athenian League. Hendon would win their first Athenian League title in the following year after thirty three years of trying. Topp, Fisher, Adams, Ivey, Lane, Avis, Stroud, and Phebey would all be key members of that Championship winning side.
Hendon FC 1972. Back Row (left to right): Tony Bass, Alan Phillips, Tony Jennings, Arthur Paisley, John Swannell, John Baker, Derek Baker, Jimmy Wilsonham, Fred Pudney, John Muir. Front Row (left to right): Phil Fry, Bobby Childs, Peter Deadman, Walter Koller, Gary Hand, Rod Haider and John Evans. The team is pictured in Italy in October 1972 with the Barassi Cup, having just defeated Italian Amateur Cup holders Unione CV 3 - 1 on aggregate to claim the title "European Amateur Champions".
Hendon FC 1974. Back Row (left to right): Kieron Sommers, Derek Baker, John Swannell, Phil Fry, Tony Jennings, Alan Phillips, Mickey Cooper. Front Row (left to right): Peter Deadman, Rod Haider, John Baker, Gary Hand, Bobby Childs. This is the team that acheved the most incredible result in the club's history when they drew 1 - 1 against Newcastle United at St James's Park in the FA Cup Third Round on 5th January 1974. The game was watched by crowd of 31,606 spectators.
Hendon FC 1977. Back Row (left to right): Tony Williams, Jimmy Quail, John Butterfield, Peter Deadman, Arthur Paisley, Roy Butler, Alan Campbell, Gary Steel, Glenn Swaby, David Hogwood, John Muir. Front Row (left to right): Dave Holden, George Brooks, Bobby Southam, Gary Hand, Rod Haider, Tony Field, Denis Holder and Ray O'Callaghan. The team is pictured with the Isthmian League Cup and the Middlesex Charity Cup.
Hendon FC 1994. The most remarkable thing about this Hendon team is that it even existed. Just weeks before the start of the season the club was put up for sale and a failure to find a buyer would have led to the team withdrawing from the league and folding. At the eleventh hour the club was purchased by the Arbiter Group and the team was registered with the league just twenty four hours before the opening game.