Elliott Charles' stunning hat-trick on New Year's Day started the year off right for the Beavers, humbling Middlesex rivals Wealdstone on their own turf.
However, a discussion with the club historian Les Rance has shown that Elliott's debutant hat-track is a rare event in the history of Hampton as a Senior club.
Les has been digging in the records and discovered, to the best of his knowledge, it could be only the second 3 goal performance on debut by a Hampton player.
The only other occurance that he's been able to find happened all the way back in the 60's.
Against BAC Weybridge in the quarter-final of the 1967-68 Southern Combination Cup, Dave Boothman scored three on his first senior appearance in a Hampton shirt, coming out of the reserves for the match back on 27th September 1967.
The match ended with a 3-0 victory for the Beavers that night, but unfortunately they tumbled out of the competition the following May in a 2-0 semi-final replay defeat against Staines Town....
There are not many football clubs, like today’s opponents, that just have the place of origin as the name of the team. Many teams have either Town, City or United, for example, added to the place they represent.
Calling a team Town or City is self-explanatory, but what about United? Being “United” means agreeing about something and acting together, according to the Collins dictionary. It can also mean the joining together to make a stronger, larger unit.
Football teams that have “United” in their name have not usually been formed by a joining of forces of one or more clubs, but as a reflection of their objectives to be harmonious in their approach towards the game. I am sure we can all think of a “United” club that fails to live up to that ideal!!
Even for the Towns, Cities, Rovers and even Boroughs of this world, the aim of any club should be to be united and to agree and act together. Without such unity makes trying to beat the opposition in front of you extremely difficult....