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Emotional day for manager as son sees win

Hadley FC boss Anthony Clark, who lives in Highgate, reveals why victory over Baldock Town was extra special

25 October, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Anthony Clark with his son, Tony, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia two years ago

CAMDEN coach Anthony Clark scored “the most emotional” win of his managerial career on Saturday when his biggest fan watched on from pitchside as he engineered a thrilling comeback victory.

Hadley FC were losing 1-0 against Baldock Town at the interval of their Premier Division match in the Spartan South Midlands League. Anthony, who lives in Highgate, rung the changes, making two substitutions and switching to a more attacking formation. It proved just the trick as goals from Stephen O’Hara and Jeff Idemudia saw Hadley battle back to clinch a 2-1 victory.

Even bigger than the three points was the smile it put on the face of one special supporter.

“Today was a very special and emotional day for me as it was the first time my son, Tony, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia two years ago, was finally well enough to come and watch,” Anthony revealed after the game.

“In November I will have been at Hadley for a year and Tony has never been able to come down to support us. Six months post his bone marrow transplant and he’s doing really well.

“After the game he said to me that at half-time he didn’t think we were going to win. It was fantastic to turn the game around and be able to watch him cheering us on to victory.”

The feelgood factor continued on Tuesday night when Hadley recorded one of their biggest wins of the season so far.

A first-half goal from Alfie Bartram proved decisive as they won 1-0 away at title contenders Tring Athletic, a result that saw them jump into the top four.

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