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NORTHWOOD'S CUP FINALS OVER THE YEARS

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Middlesex Intermediate Cup Final 1979

Feltham res. 1 Northwood 2
(at Harrow Borough FC)

Wednesday 18th April 1979

 

 
 
Team line-up
1 Dave Russell
2 Peter Carter
3 Steve Revell
4 Martin O'Donnell
5 Alan Merison (c)
6 Robin Tidd
7 John Powell
8 Ian Harvey
9 Roger Livingstone
10 Martin Ellis
11 Steve Floodgate
Substitute
12 Nigel Franklin
14 Norman Heslop

CLUB & SQUAD PROFILES FROM 1979

Good evening everyone and on behalf of the Council of the Middlesex County Football Association and the Harrow Borough Football Club, I, should like to extend a warm welcome to the officials, players and supporters of the Feltham Football Club and the Northwood Football Club.

The Middlesex County Football Association would like to express its gratitude to the Harrow Borough Football Club for granting the use of its fine ground and facilities for this evening's final.

This year's final is being contested by Feltham Reserves, who were runners up in the competition two years ago to local rivals, Bedfont, and Northwood, who are making their first appearance in the final, although they won the Middlesex Junior Cup in the 1937/38 season.

Northwood F.C. was formed in the early 1900's and took on its present name in 1931. Since the early days in the Harrow & Wembley League where they enjoyed a lot of success, the club moved through the Middlesex League (1970-78), winning the Championship once, being runners-up on two occasions and winning the Challenge Cup three times.

The club completed the League and Cup double in 1977-78 before moving into the Hellenic League. They have had an immediate impact in the new League, being in the promotion chase for a place in the Premier Division. In addition to the sides in the Hellenic League, the club has four teams in the Harrow League and a youth XI in the Ealing Youth League.

 

DAVE RUSSELL
Goalkeeper who came through the youth ranks at the club, and after playing a number of games last term, he has been a regular this season.
NORMAN HESLOP
Former Harrow Borough player who was signed from Kingsbury Town in February 1974, and has been a fixture in the side since joining, having now made over 170 appearances.
PETER CARTER
Strong defender signed last August, and has been a regular in the side all season.
STEVE REVELL
Left-back who joined Northwood at the start of this season, having previously played for Viking Sports, Yeading and Harefield United.
BARRY GOULD
Fine defender who started his Northwood career  in the Harrow & Wembley League days, and has now played approaching 410 league and cup games for the club, despite appearing only intermittently this season. He gained representative honours with the Harrow & Wembley League, Middlesex League and Middlesex County.
ALAN MERISON
Club skipper Alan is in his third season at Northwood after joining from Harrow Borough, and his experience is so valuable to the team.
STEVE FLOODGATE
Midfielder Steve joined Northwood from Harrow Borough at the start of the season, quickly becoming a regular starter.
MARTIN O’DONNELL
Experienced defender Martin joined Northwood in February 1976 and was a member of the League Cup winning side last season. Previously at Southall, amongst other clubs.
ROBIN TIDD
Robin is approaching his 150th Northwood appearance since joining from Harrow Borough at the start of the 1974-75 season.
IAN HARVEY
A skilful midfield player, Ian is now in his second spell with the club, joining originally from Ruislip Manor. He has made over 150 appearances for Northwood.
ROGER LIVINGSTONE
Tall striker Roger joined Northwood from Harrow St Mary’s in September 1976, and previously played for Wealdstone.
MARTIN ELLIS
Striker who joined Northwood from Harrow Borough in 1976, scoring almost a goal a games so far, a remarkable record! Martin represented the Middlesex League this season.
JOHN POWELL
Midfielder who joined Northwood early on this season, quickly becoming an important part of the side.
PADDY COBURN – Manager
Paddy was a prolific scorer for Northwood when he first joined in 1971, becoming manager in 1976, since when he has guided the club to several trophies.


THE MATCH REPORT

Northwood won the Middlesex Intermediate Cup for the first time amid scenes of near hysteria at Harrow Borough FC on Wednesday night. They came from a goal behind to do it in a pulsating final that produced thrills a second and football of the highest quality.

It was cut and thrust for 20 minutes until Feltham snatched the lead in their first serious break with a header by Beard. The setback clearly started the Woods, and they immediately retaliated with a series of attacks that threatened the Feltham lead.

Pape, in the senior club’s goal, became the only man between Northwood and an equaliser. He made tremendous saves from Livingstone, Harvey and Ellis as Northwood pressed forward.

John Powell had Feltham chasing shadows and his inspired display spread through the side.

The pattern continued in the second half. Harvey at last beat the keeper with a low header, but saw the ball hacked off the line by a late arriving defender. Steve Revell pushed forward at every opportunity, and while he created havoc with his heading, the final touch was missing as the bail bobbled around the Feltham area.

Just as it looked as though little would go for the Woods they struck out of the blue. Another attack was smothered by the back-peddling Suburban League side, and the ball came out to the Woods skipper Alan Merison 30 yards from goal.

He swept the ball from right to left foot and let fly from way out. Pape dived bravely, but the power of the shot carried the ball home amid scenes of hysteria.

The game and the cup were there for the taking, and the Woods had shown enough good football to suggest that the result was beyond doubt. Inexplicably, however, the Woods lost their way and for the first time in the game Feltham were able to share possession.

Limbs were getting tired in extra time. Northwood had the majority of the ball but Feltham looked dangerous on the break.

Franklin almost put the Woods ahead but lost out only feet from goal, and both Revell and Tidd went close with headers. A further save from Pape denied Ellis, before the all-important goal arrived.

O'Donnell lifted a free-kick into the box, where Ellis headed on, and in moved Livingstone to nudge a header beyond the brave keeper.

The large Northwood following joined in the team's delight as they celebrated the lead, but the match wasn't over as Feltham came back at the Woods.

But the Woods back four stood firm to grasp the Middlesex Intermediate Cup for the first time.