Big surprise or not unexpected?

I heard someone on the radio saying Histon beating Leeds was as big a shock as Hereford famously beating Newcastle in 1972 (Ronnie Radford‘s goal is always worth another look).

I guess there are two ways of looking at it, Leeds, a fallen ‘big club’ recently Premier League champions and Champions League semi finalists losing to Histon, a club not that many years ago in the Eastern Counties League.

Or you could say it was Histon, a club second in the Blue Square Premier beating Leeds, a club currently outside the play-off places in League One – not such a shock perhaps.

But with the evocative name of Leeds United this will of course be a big story, and you would think whatever success Histon go on to have for most of their players it will never get better than today.  Good luck to them.  We can all dream about it.

It is a day all non league clubs should take pride from.  No doubt there has been substantial investment in Histon FC, to rise up the leagues, to compete against the big boys in the Blue Square Prem, and to enjoy their run of success.  Remember though that investment is nothing without hard work, commitment and a clear plan.

It is not that many years since we at Wealdstone should have knocked Histon out of the FA Cup but an inspired Lance Key in goal, and a profligate Marvin Morgan meant we didn’t progress (the same Lance Key who was in goal for AFC Hornchurch against us earlier in the season – and kept another clean sheet – and the same Marvin Morgan now starring in League Two for Aldershot).

The Wealdstone connections don’t end there of course, though a hamstring injury meant no Jermaine for Leeds today.

Today’s result only shows us what is possible, and what we should be striving for.  If we believe that nothing is impossible, keep working hard and maybe get a little bit of luck along the way then perhaps we can aspire to this sort of pinnacle in the future.  Well done Histon from all in non league football.

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