Hendon 2 : 1 Kingstonian 

Amateur Cup Final

23rd April 1960 

Attendance 60,000

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Hendon FC 1960.

 

Standing (left to right): Terry Howard, Ron Widdowfield, Laurie Topp, Peter Shearing, Bill Fisher, Jeff Harris. Seated (left to right): Mike Candey, Brian Figg, Charlie Murphy, Miles Spector and Jimmy Quail.

 

This was Hendon’s second Amateur Cup final appearance. Laurie Topp and Bill Fisher still remained from the 1955 side with Dexter Adams now the team coach. 

 

Kingstonian were making their first Wembley appearance although they had previously won the Amateur Cup beating Stockton 4 : 1 at Darlington after a drawn game on the Dulwich Hamlet ground at Champion Hill. 

 

The two teams both included an England international, Laurie Topp for Hendon and Hugh Lindsay for Kingstonian. Both players had also represented Great Britain in Olympic qualifying games.  

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Miles Spector, Bill Fisher and Laurie Topp take the field at a packed Claremont Road for the Quarter Final replay against West Auckland Town

Laurie Topp, Bill Fisher and Charlie Murphy enjoy a glass of milk at training before the Final.

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Bill Fisher and Laurie Topp on a visit to Wembley Stadium before the Final

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The Kingstonian players line up for the pre match presentation to the Earl of Derby

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Captain Charlie Murphy introduces the Hendon players to the Earl of Derby

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Legendary fan George "Happy" Bartlett with a group of Hendon fans on their way to Wembley

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The Earl of Derby is introduced to the Kingstonian captain Jim Coates

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Charlie Murphy with the Kingstonian captain Jim Coates and the match referee J. W. Hunt

Hendon started the game well and looked to be in command, keeping the ball moving accurately on the smooth Wembley surface with Charlie Murphy, Terry Howard and Miles Spector all going close to putting Hendon in front.

In the 38th minute, against the run of play, Kingstonian scored. Charlie Murphy’s headed clearance landed at the feet of Kingstonian winger Ken Harris whose cross was headed past Hendon goalkeeper Peter Shearing by Kingstonian's opportunist centre forward Johnny Whing.

 

Hendon were knocked out of their stride and just on half time Hugh Lindsay had a second Kingstonian goal ruled out after a foul on Hendon goalkeeper Peter Shearing.   

 

In the second half Jimmy Quail took control of the game, his accurate passing enabling Hendon to put the Kingstonian defence under intense pressure. 

 

With ten minutes to go Hendon coach Dexter Adams gave Laurie Topp the instruction to move up and join the attack.

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Kingstonian goalkeeper Roy Groves dives at the feet of Miles Spector

Hendon goalkeeper Peter Shearing cannot prevent Johnny Whing scoring the opening goal

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Finally, three minutes from time, in a move straight from the Hendon training ground, Miles Spector pulled the ball back for Laurie Topp to blast a spectacular equaliser from the edge of the area. This same move had also produced a crucial goal for Topp in the semi final win over Enfield.

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With just one minute remaining a defensive error let in Hendon winger Terry Howard who evaded the challenge of Kingstonian centre half John Ashworth to slot the ball past Roy Groves and put Hendon in front. There was still time, however for Kingstonian's Reg Oakes to thunder a shot against the outside of the Hendon post but, in dramatic fashion, the Cup was Hendon’s at last.  

On the day of the game, winning goalscorer Terry Howard had clocked on at 4.30am for work at Billingsgate fish market before leaving early and catching the tube to Wembley to meet up with his team mates. Howard's goal helped secure his selection for the team that represented Great Britain at the summer Olympic Games in Rome that year.

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The Hendon captain Charlie Murphy was presented with the Amateur Cup and his winner's medal by Lady Derby assisted by Sir Stanley Rous, the FA Secretary and soon to be President of FIFA. 

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Charlie Murphy's rise from junior football to the pinacle of Amateur football, captaining a Cup winning side at Wembley, had been remarkable. Just twelve months earlier he had been playing parks football for St Mary’s Kilburn in the Hendon Sunday League on the Clitterhouse playing fields adjoining the Hendon ground. After having a trial for Hendon, he played five first team games for them in nine days, and he and Hendon never looked back. 

 

The night before the final, Charlie Murphy had been playing darts in a club in Kentish Town with team mate Ron Widdowfield, club official Charles Geary and Hendon Times reporter Fred Harris. Murphy had hit a maxmum 180, declaring "If Hendon don't win the Amateur Cup after that, then they never will".

 

Goalscorer Terry Howard had carried a tiny sock of his fifteen month old daughter Lorraine during the match. “Now I know its my lucky mascot“ he beamed.

 

Kingstonian had their taste of Wembley glory returning to win the FA Trophy 1 - 0 against Forest Green Rovers in 1999 and retaining the Trophy a year later with a 3 - 2 win over Kettering.  

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The Hendon team celebrating with the Amateur Cup

Movietone News coverage of the 1960 Amateur Cup Final