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Hendon Football Club: The First 100 Years [Paperback]

David Ballheimer , Peter Lush
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: London League Publications Ltd (13 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903659426
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903659427
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 18.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,077,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hendon Football Club is one of the most famous names in non-league football. This club history marks their first 100 years. It covers from their early days as a junior team before the First World War to their development in senior football in the Athenian and Isthmian Leagues. It also recalls the team's Amateur Cup Final triumphs at Wembley Stadium, Isthmian and Athenian League championships and famous exploits in the FA Cup, including their remarkable 1-1 draw with Newcastle United at St James's Park in 1974. There are also profiles of the club's famous players, including Laurie Topp, Bill Fisher, Miles Spector, Jimmy Quail, John Swannell, Rod Haider, Peter Deadman, Iain Dowie, Junior Lewis, Gary McCann, Freddie Hyatt and Bontcho Guentchev. Based on six years' research, with a comprehensive records section, and well illustrated, this book will be of interest to all Hendon supporters, past and present, and followers of non-league football. The authors, David Ballheimer and Peter Lush, are life-long followers of the club.

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4.0 out of 5 stars HFC: The First 100 Years 9 Nov 2009
To declare my bias at the outset, I grew up locally watching some of the great league and cup winning Hendon teams that Ballheimer and Lush chronicle and still count the day I first played at muddy Claremont Road for a district youth league rep XI as treading on hallowed ground. So this is a book I read unabashedly through the glasses of nostalgia. Any Hendon fan will be able to relive (for better or worse!) games watched in more glorious days. There is history of the club's early days as Hampstead and then Golders Green FCs, though this is largely culled from local newspapers and makes pedestrian reading. Ballheimer and Lush have written a football history, not a social one, but more interweaving of the club's ascent in the first half of the 20th century with London's expansion would have made for a richer narrative in the absence of interviewees. The pace and colour picks up as the book gets to the days within the authors' memory and is particularly strong once the game goes open. With the hindsight of history, amateur football's transformation into non-league marked Hendon's zenith. The authors rue missed opportunities to reverse the downward arc since as Hendon went from club to company and back to club skirting bankruptcy along the way. Anyone interested in Hendon FC, London or non-league football will enjoy reading this book, although fans will complete it with a tinge of sadness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good 17 May 2013
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It was the only place i found a book about my relative's favourite team, he was very happy with the book, great birthday present
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