John Henderson Cup action
London Community News
By Jonathon Brodie/London Community News / Twitter: @jonathonbrodie
The 35th Annual John Henderson Cup took place on 13 different pitches at four locations across London over the Labour Day long weekend.
About 120 teams competed in the four-day tourney (Aug. 31 to Sept. 3), ranging from under-9 to under-18 boys and girls clubs; even a handful of squads from Sault Ste. Marie made the seven-hour bus trip to play.
London United, a local youth soccer club, hosted the event, but other Forest City clubs like Nor’West, Middlesex United, AC Dragons, North London Galaxy and Marconi brought teams to compete as well.
Of the 19 championship games at the tournament, all but four of the showdowns were played Monday (Sept. 3) at the London United home fields, located at Highbury Avenue North and Oxford Street East. The remaining finales wrapped up Sunday (Sept. 2) for smaller divisions.
The title of the longtime tournament is named after John Henderson, a player, coach, manager, referee and administrator for over 50 years in London and provincial soccer circles. Henderson died in 1977 and that same year London United started the tourney — the only one they host all year.
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