Taken from the Hendon and Finchley Times, 17/11/1883
"The most eventful game that has ever been played in this neighbourhood took place last Saturday (Nov. 10) in the Hendon cricket field, when the Old Etonians, generally considered the first club in the country, were defeated by Hendon in the first round of the Association Cup Competition. The former had twice had the honour of holding the cup and has always held a foremost position in the Competition. On each occasion that it has been thrown out of the ties, the club defeating it has won the trophy in the same season, while the old boys have competed in the final tie oftener than any other eleven.
"Hendon commenced with a rush and at once attacked the Eton goals with such vigour that the old boys seemed powerless to defend themselves and it was not long before two goals were credited to Hendon. The Etonians pressed their opponents and on two occasions achieved the downfall of the Hendon fortress.
"Some even play then ensued till the Hendonians for a third time sent the ball between the Eton posts. During the remaining quarter of an hour the excitement was intense, and the game waxed fast and furious, but no further point was scored, and victory remained for Hendon by three goals to two.
"The weather was fine but cold and the game was witnessed by about 400 spectators. Had it been played in the North of England, there would have been as many thousands present. We regret extremely that though on the whole, the conduct of the spectators was most orderly, yet during one part of the game in a certain part of the ground some insulting expressions were made use of with reference to the umpires, and that complaints have appeared in one of the London papers on the subject. The post of umpire is by no means plesant, and onlookers have no right to demonstrate with decisions."