Hendon FC in Cup Action

 The most famous goal in Hendon FC history. Goalkeeper Iam McFaul just fails to prevent Rod Haider scoring the equaliser in Hendon's dramatic 1 - 1 draw against Newcastle United at St James's Park in the FA Cup Third Round on 5th January 1974.  After defeating Hendon in a replay Newcastle went on to reach the final at Wembley. 




  Rod Haider again, this time scoring the only goal of the game in the 54th minute of the 1969 London Senior Cup Final against Dagenham at Barnet's Underhill ground. This was the second time Hendon were winners of this competition having won the Cup for the first time in 1964 after being runners up on four previous occasions.  



 Hendon captain David Hogwood on the shoulders of Rod Haider and Mickey Cooper as the Hendon players and supporters celebrate with the prestigious  London Senior Cup after their 1969 triumph.  Other identifiable Hendon players in the photo include Mickey Cannon, Peter Anderson, Eddie Devlin, and Paul Collett.  Hendon would have to wait another forty years to lift this magnificent trophy again.  


Hampstead Town's  captain Cecil Wise with Herbert Pacey, the captain of Botwell Mission, and the match referee before the start of the Middlesex Charity Cup Final played at Griffin Park, Brentford on 13th May 1922. Hampstead Town won the game 2 - 1 for the club's first cup success in senior football.  Cecil Wise was the first player from the club to be capped for England. Botwell Mission were later renamed Hayes FC.




 Peter Anderson beats Carshalton goalkeeper Ray Watkins in a dramatic First Round FA Cup tie at Claremont Road in November 1969. In a distinct game of two halves Hendon led 5 - 1 at the interval. Whatever was in the Carshalton half time tea certainly worked and after the break they were an irresistible force. Brilliant goalkeeping and desperate defense restricted the away side to just two more goals and Hendon scraped through.   


Hendon centre half Mickey Cannon heads goalwards in that 1969 FA Cup run watched by Hendon forward Bobby Wilson. This action comes from a qualifying round tie at Bishop's Stortford. Trailing 1 - 0 at half time Hendon went on to win with two second half goals from John Baker and Peter Anderson.

The 1969 FA Cup run would end in disappointment. Despite a  home draw against non league opposition in the Second Round proper, Hendon lost 2 - 0 to Brentwood and would have to wait another five years for their first and only appearance in the Third Round. 




 Peter Deadman blasts a sensational goal from the edge of the area in the Amateur Cup semi final game against Wycombe Wanderers at Griffin Park Brentford in 1972. The goal sealed a 2 - 1 win for Hendon. It sent Hendon through to the final and sent  the Hendon fans behind the goal wild with joy. (It also made the other three sides of the ground go very quiet). 


A gallant band of Hendon supporters after the long trip to Plymouth Argyle for the 1972 FA Cup First Round match. A breathtaking fingertip save from John Swannell denied Plymouth a first half goal and Hendon hit the woodwork following a goalmouth scramble but two minutes from time Plymouth scored the winner to deny the valiant Hendon side  a replay. Argyle had progressed "by the skin of their teeth" reported the Plymouth evening paper.




 Neil Henry fires in a shot during the Middlesex Charity Cup Final as Hendon FC are victorious at Wembley again in their last ever appearance at the old stadium on 2nd June 1988. TV astrologer Russell Grant had sponsored the hiring of Wembley Stadium for the Middlesex Festival of Football, the highlight of which was the Charity Cup Final between Hendon FC and Wembley FC. In front of a crowd of 3,715 the Hendon side, which included Iain Dowie won 2 - 0 with goals from Dowie and Dermot Drummy.   


Hendon captain Roger Wade holds aloft the Middlesex Charity Cup after their victory at Wembley in 1988.

Roger Wade and team mate Alan Campbell had both previously missed out  when within touching distance of Wembley having been members of the Dagenham side that had lost two consecutive  FA Trophy semi finals in 1983 and 1984. Alan Campbell summed up how much appearing at Wembley had meant to the players, "It's like a dream come true. I have always wanted to play here. We might have got in by the back door - this might not be the FA Trophy - but once you are here it does not matter". 

Hendon goalscorer Dermot Drummy declared afterwards "It is a dream to play here, to score is a bonus and it is great to win. I must admit I wouldn't like to come here and lose though". Later he added "I even nicked a couple of blades of grass and put them in a paper cup in my bag".



 Current Hendon FC manager Gary McCann in his playing days as a goalkeeper in action during a First Round FA Cup match against Leyton Orient at Claremont Road in November 1997.  This game ended in a 2 - 2 draw and in the replay at Brisbane Road, McCann gave an outstanding performance as Junior Lewis scored a late goal to give Hendon a famous 1 - 0 win - only their second ever over league opposition. 



 On a bitterly cold day in November 1998, Hendon entertained Notts County at Claremont Road in an FA Cup First Round match in front of an all ticket crowd of 1,627 fans, none of whom can actually be seen in this photo. Hendon had chances early on to score but had to settle for a 0 - 0 draw. Notts County won the replay at Meadow Lane 3 - 0.  




Bontcho Guentchev pictured with the FA Cup during Hendon's cup campaign in 1999. Hendon had reached the first round proper for the fourth consecutive season. Drawn away to Bath City, Hendon won with late goals by Dominic Gentle and Bontcho Guentchev to set up a second round tie with Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. 

Blackpool won the game 2 - 0 but only after Hendon had dominated for long periods of play. Bontcho hit the Blackpool bar with a fierce shot from the left hand edge of the penalty area and then forced a reaction save from a surprised Blackpool goalkeeper with one of his trademark overhead kicks. The defeat was doubly disappointing for Hendon as the winners were rewarded with a dream draw against Arsenal at Highbury.

Bontcho Guentchev, along with Iain Dowie, is probably one of Hendon’s most famous players of recent times. He had played in the 1994 World Cup Finals, scoring in a penalty shoot out against Mexico and appearing in the semi final against Italy. He spent the majority of his career in England playing for Ipswich Town. In a throw back to the golden days of non league football, he chose to play for Hendon because he lived locally and could walk to the ground in Claremont Road.



A YouTube clip of Bontcho Guentchev in action in the FA cup tie against Blackpool can be viewed below:-