‘It was 20 years ago today…’
Lions have reached landmark of 20 years since the first competitive game in Non-League football.
Then competing as MAL on Sundays, the club and its players felt they had reached the limits of Sunday football, so we made our debut as MALEX in the Herts County Senior League Division 1 on Saturday 19th August 1996.
On a hot, sunny day at our new home ground of the International University in Bushey; watched by a crowd of 80 spectators, the club we now know as London Lions was born.
Following a tough pre-season including games against Ruislip Manor and Hillingdon Borough, our opponents on the opening day were the experienced MMS Dynamics; who were the works team of Marconi Aerospace Systems in Stevenage. After going a goal down in the first half, Lions turned it around to win 2-1 on that special day.
This report appeared in the following week’s match programme:
‘MALEX opened their account in the Herts Senior County League with a hard-fought opening day victory over MMS Dynamics, last season’s third-placed side.
In the first half MALEX created the better chances with Paul Wise, Bradley Lazarus and new boy Nathan Kosky all going close. Dynamics came back into the game and took the lead just before the interval.
Second half substitute David Kyte levelled the score in spectacular fashion with an acrobatic overhead kick from eight yards and Kosky scored the winner with twenty minutes to go after good work from John Wohlgemuth and Jon Zneimer.
Coach Paul Wise, pleased by the result, said: ‘It was a good, strong, performance and the team did very well in the first thirty minutes. David Kyte’s arrival in the second half provided much needed experience and he was, without question, man of the match’.
Lions went on to finish 6th in that inaugural season under Wise and manager Malcolm Newman.
The team that day was: Gary Blumberg (C), Paolo Nadonovsky, Jason Portman (sub David Kyte), Steve Gordon, John Wohlgemuth, Craig Henry, Paul Wise (sub Dan Reuben), Bradley Lazarus, Nathan Kosky, Jason Bookbinder, Jon Zneimer
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