Isthmian League

Corinthian flashback

Hawks travel to Longfield in Kent on Tuesday night to play a first ever league game against newly promoted Corinthian.

The two clubs have met twice previously in cup football, in quick succession in the nineties when Corinthian were a Kent League team. Hawks were managed by Butch Reeves on both occasions. 

Our only previous visit to Gay Down Farm was in October 1993, in the 1st round of the FA Vase, when goals from Neil Hoad, Simon Pierce and Phil Somers gave the Hawks a 3-0 win. Hawks had beaten Leatherhead 1-0 in the preliminary round and went on to have what at the time was their best run in the Vase knocking out Portfield, Met Police and Thame United, before losing 3-2 at home to Boston in the 5th round. Hawks did reach two cup finals in that season: winning the League Cup 4-0 against Lancing after beating Langney Sports in the semi, but then losing 3-2 to Shoreham in the RUR Cup.

Two seasons later the sides were drawn against each other again, this time in the 2nd round of the Vase, with the Hawks winning 3-1 at The Enclosed Ground. Simon Pierce (2) and Mark Gransden got the goals. The main thing remembered about this match seems to have been the card happy referee Mr Wright, who also ordered the floodlights to be on at 3pm for the start of the game. Hawks had already beaten Littlehampton Town in the 1st round, but lost 2-0 at home to Banstead Athletic in the 3rd.

In his programme notes for the 95 game, Ken Taylor paid tribute to the hospitality offered by Corinthian and their founding Chairman RJ Billings in the fixture two years earlier.

Hawks 1993 team v Corinthian at Gay Dawn Farm:

Back row (l to r): Ashley Carr, Andy Packham, Steve Watts, Malcolm Judge, Paul Hubbard (coach), Russell Gunn, Simon Edwards, Tony Flower, Darren Brown

Front row (l to r): Micky Thomas, Simon Hoad, Tommy Louis, Craig Kelly and Russell Powell (mascots), Simon Pierce, Phil Somers 

Hawks 1995 team v Corinthian: Alan Judge, Andy Packham, Peter Birch, Darren Brown, Mark Gransden, Russell Gunn, Paul Brigden, Chris Brown, Dale Mills, Simon Pierce, Micky Thomas



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