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Monday 16 July - St Albans report online

The match report from Saturday's friendly against St Albans City is now online. The report from David Ballheimer can be found here.

Posted at 16:40

Saturday 14 July - Greens defeated on hot afternoon

In a game that was much more closely fought than on Thursday, St Albans City ran out 2-1 winners over the Greens.

The Saints, who included former Greens Luke Tingey, Dave Diedhiou, Roman Michael-Percil, Khale Da Costa and Harold Joseph in their squad, took the lead in the 11th minute, and doubled it shortly afterwards with a fine effort.

The Greens were always in the game, and created some chances, but were unable to find the back of the net until the 87th minute when Dylan Kearney was sent clear and he finished clinically. As the game moved into stoppage time, Cole Brown was fouled in the box, but Kearney saw his well struck spot kick saved by the feet of the diving keeper.

Next up is a trip to London Colney on Tuesday evening.

Posted at 21:52

Friday 13 July - Tyriq Hunte added to the squad

Following his hat-trick against Edgware last night, Tyriq Hunte has been added to Jimmy Gray's squad for the forthcoming season. The 20 year old striker joined from Kettering Town, and has also played for Oxford City, Wantage Town, Aylesbury and Aylesbury United.

We welcome Tyriq to the club and hope he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 11:13

Friday 13 July - Edgware report now online

The match report from last night's friendly win over Edgware Town is now online. The report from David Ballheimer can be found here.

Posted at 10:46

Friday 13 July - Clarification on friendly admission prices

We would like to clarify our admission prices for our remaining three friendlies as the information posted earlier in the week was incorrect.

The correct pricing for the games against St Albans City, Haringey Borough and Royston Town is £6 for all adults and £1 for under 18s. The exception on the adult price is season ticket holders, who will gain admission for £3.

We apologise for any confusion that has been caused.

Posted at 10:08

Thursday 12 July - Good first run out for new look Greens

Jimmy Gray will have plenty to think about, in a very positive way, as his new charges ran out 9-1 winners over Edgware Town at SJP this evening.

A squad mainly made up of trialists - some of whom whose names were kept under wraps - made a good impression and took the lead in the 10th minute when the trialist wearing number 7 found the back of the net. Adam Martin doubled the lead with a superb strike three minutes later, before Rene Howe headed home a cross in the 37th minute, and the trialist wearing number 10 scored in the 39th minute. The Edgware goal came in the 21st minute when one of their trialists converted a spot kick.

Despite the Greens making 10 substitutions at half time, and a further one with fifteen minutes to go, the goals continued to flow with Tyriq Hunte scoring a hat-trick, and the trialist wearing number 19 scoring twice.

Next up is a home friendly against St Albans City on Saturday afternoon, kicking off at 3:00pm.

Posted at 23:03

Tuesday 10 July - Admission prices for friendlies

Our admission prices for our home friendlies are as follows, with our first friendly against Edgware Town taking place on Thursday evening.

Edgware Town - adults £5, concessions £1.

All other home friendlies - adults £6, concessions £1.

Season ticket holders can get in for the reduced price of £3. We are aware that season tickets haven't yet been issued to most supporters, but something will be in place at the turnstiles to aid identification.

Posted at 20:58

Tuesday 10 July - U14 Girls team moving on

The all conquering Hendon U14 Girls team are will not be with us next season. Managers Ben Moore and Dean Harrington are moving on to a new project at London Bees with a number of players going with them. Ben and Dean have done an excellent job giving the girls so many wonderful opportunities and experiences. They have won numerous Leagues and Cups culminating in last years Aces National victory. The team have been great ambassadors for Hendon FC and their contribution to the rebuilding of the club is immeasurable.

Ben Moore said: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we move onto a new project at the London Bees. Both Dean and I, as managers, would like to say the very deepest thank you to each and every member of the staff, committee, volunteers & supporters association at Hendon FC for all the time & commitment they have given the young people at Hendon FC Girls over the past three years.

"We feel incredibly lucky to have worked & learnt within such a selfless club, where the members have given endless support, advice & positivity to us all. Hendon FC has been a truly wonderful organisation to have worked within, giving fantastic opportunities to children and adults of all heritages within the local, surrounding communities, and we shall always remain true Hendon FC supporters!

"We will be forever grateful to the club and its community for giving the platform & foundations for the young people to create such special experiences & memories - ones they and their families will never forget."

We will miss the team including all their families but wish them all well for the future and will always welcome them back to SJP.

Posted at 17:48

Sunday 08 July - Mental health project features in Middx FA review

The Middlesex FA have issued their review of the 2017-18 season and have included a feature on our Mental Health project. This is great publicity for both the project and the club.

The report can be found by clicking here.

Posted at 10:48

Sunday 08 July - Under 23 game postponed on Wednesday

The U23's have postponed their first friendly of the summer, which was due to take place on Wednesday, as it now clashes with England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

The U23's friendly list can be found by clicking here. We will get the under 23s on to the top menu as soon as we can.

Posted at 10:45

Saturday 07 July - Striker added to the squad

We are pleased to announce that Rene Howe has agreed to join the club for the forthcoming season. The 31 year old striker was with Kettering Town last season and has previously played for Newport County, Burton Albion, Torquay United, Bristol Rovers and Peterborough United. He scored 63 goals for Kettering in two spells at the club in 168 appearances.

We are delighted to welcome Rene to the club and hope that he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 17:47

Friday 06 July - FA Youth Cup Draw

The draws for the early rounds of the FA competitions were released earlier today, and in the FA Youth Cup we have been drawn away to Hanwell Town in the Preliminary Round. The tie is due to be played during the week commencing 3rd September. As soon as the date and kick off time is confirmed we will let you know. Should we be successful at Hanwell, we are at home to Spelthorne Sports or Chalfont St Peter in the first qualifying round a fortnight later.

The first team will start in the first qualifying round of both the FA Cup and FA Trophy, and the draws will be made nearer the time. The FA have only drawn the Extra Preliminary Round and Preliminary Round for both competitions so far.

Posted at 16:00

Thursday 05 July - Jimmy adds coach to backroom staff

We are pleased to announce that Rob Pattwell has joined the club in a coaching capacity with the first team. Rob has most recently been at Egham Town and Northwood, and has worked at various clubs across the Isthmian and Southern leagues.

Upon joining the club Rob said: "I'm delighted to join a wonderful club in Hendon FC. Having lived in the Hendon area for around 10 years when I first came to London it's like going back in time. I'm looking forward to helping Jimmy and Boycee rebuild this squad and prepare for the season ahead."

Posted at 08:31

Saturday 30 June - Arthur Lee joins Tonbridge

We are pleased to announce that we have agreed to sell Arthur Lee to Tonbridge Angels for an undisclosed fee. We thank Arthur for his efforts over the past two years and wish him well for the future.

Posted at 16:57

Saturday 30 June - Oualah signs this afternoon

We are pleased to be able to announce Jimmy Gray's latest signing, Zaki Oualah, an experienced goalkeeper, most recently with Hayes and Yeading United. Zaki has experience with a number of other local clubs, including Hampton & Richmond Borough, Farnborough, Bedford Town and Leatherhead.

We look forward to seeing him between the sticks and as always wish him a successful time with the club.

Posted at 14:16

Saturday 30 June - Community Funday tomorrow

Don't forget that the Hendon FC Supporters Association are holding a Community Day & Funday tomorrow afternoon in association with SJP, Hendon Youth and the SJP Residents Association. The event will begin at 1pm, and entry is free to all.

The ground will also be open from 10am for maintenence work to be done if anyone is free and able to volunteer to come and help out. There will be an opportunity for you to meet the SJP Community including our new manager, James Gray, the Supporters Trust, our Community team and Edgware Town. Hendon Youth teams will also be present.

There will be Community Project work and fun activities taking place. This includes activities for kids such as face painting, a penalty competition, guest appearances from superheroes and more. There will be a shootout for adults, a tombola, raffle (in which there'll be a chance to win Hendon FC season tickets and many other prizes), cake stall, refreshments, and of course the bar will be open. World Cup Football will be shown in the clubhouse from 5pm. It promises to be a fun afternoon, and we hope to see you there.

Posted at 08:22

Saturday 30 June - Meet Our Opponents: Wimborne Town

The final team in our series of meet the opponents is Wimborne Town, another team we have never met before.

They were formed in 1878, and were founder members of the Dorset FA in 1887. Their first honour was winning the Dorset Minor Cup in 1913, and their first senior honour was the Dorset Senior Amateur Cup in 1937. They were founder members of the Dorset Combination (now Dorset Premier League) in 1957.

In 1981 they won the Dorset League Division One without losing a match, and were admitted to the Western League that summer after the installation of floodlights. In their first season in the FA Cup in 1982-83, they reached the first round, losing 4-0 to Aldershot, and they finished third in the Western League in 1985.

They joined the Wessex League in 1987, where they remained until 2010 never finishing outside the top eight. They won the title in 1992, 1994 and 2000, and were runners up in 1993, 1997 and 2010. They were promoted to the Southern League in 2010, and played in Division One South & West until gaining a late promotion this summer in a reshuffle following the demise of Shaw Lane.

They won the FA Vase in 1992, beating Guiseley 5-3 in the final, completing a seasonal treble as they also won the Dorset Senior Cup in the same season.

Wimborne Town

Formed: 1878

Colours: Black & White

Manager: Matty Holmes

Best Season: Southern League Division One West - 3rd (2017-18)

Last Season: Southern League Division One West - 3rd

Address: Wimborne Town FC, Cuthbury, Cowgrove Road, Wimborne, BH21 4EL

Distance from SJP: 116 miles

Capacity: 3,275

Overall Record: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0

Posted at 08:20

Friday 29 June - Hendon working to become dementia friendly

We are pleased to announce that we are working in partnership with SJP towards becoming a dementia friendly club and facility in connection with CAD Brent. WE are the first sports body in Brent to pledge to support CAD Brent's "Together for a Dementia Friendly Brent 2020".

CAD Brent's mission is to support Brent's residents and businesses to create a dementia friendly borough which enables an improved wellbeing for people living with dementia. Their aims and objectives have been developed through conversations with those living with dementia, their families and carers representing the diverse communities of Brent.

You can find out more about CAD Brent on their website.

Posted at 18:42

Friday 29 June - Meet Our Opponents: Weymouth

We come to the penultimate team in our series, Weymouth, a side we've met in the FA Trophy before, in two years, with one tie going to a replay. In 1977 Weymouth ran out winners in the replay, whilst in 1984 we won 3-1.

Weymouth were founded in 1890, and are nicknamed "The Terras" due to their terracota and blue strip. They were founder members of the Dorset League, and joined the Western League in 1907. They joined the Southern League in 1923 after winning the Western League, but dropped back in 1929 after debts had mounted. After a couple of short breaks, one of which was during the second world war, the club restarted life as a semi-professional club in 1947, and soon returned to the Southern League. They were champions in 1965 and 1966.

In 2004 they were founder members of Conference South, winning the title in 2006, gaining promotion to Conference Premier. They have recently dropped back a couple of levels to play at the level we are at now.

They have had considerable FA Cup success over the years, first reaching the national stages when they were beaten 12-1 by Gainsborough Trinity in 1905/06. In 1949 they lost 4-0 to Manchester United at Maine Road (that's not a typo - Old Trafford was being rebuilt), then in 1962 they reached the 4th round, lost 2-0 to Preston North End. More recently they drew 1-1 at Nottingham Forest in 2005, losing the replay 2-0 in front of SKY cameras, and in 2006/07 they drew 2-2 at home to Bury in front of the Match of the Day cameras.


Formed: 1890

Colours: Terracotta & Blue

Manager: Mark Molesley

Best Season: Conference Premier - 11th (2006-07)

Last Season: Southern League Premier Division - 5th

Address: Weymouth FC, Bob Lucas Stadium, Radipole Lane, DT4 9XJ

Distance from SJP: 139 miles

Capacity: 6,600

First Meeting: Weymouth 1-1 Hendon (FA Trophy - 1976/77) Match Details

Last Meeting: Weymouth 2-3 Hendon (FA Trophy - 1983/84) Match Details

Overall Record: P3 W1 D1 L1 F5 A8

Posted at 06:30

Thursday 28 June - Meet Our Opponents: Walton Casuals

Walton Casuals, despite being one of our closer opponents this season, are another team that we have never met.

They were formed in 1948 and joined the Surrey Intermediate League and remained there until the league disbanded in 1965. They moved to the Surrey Senior League for a couple of years before becoming founder members of the Suburban League, where they won their first title in 1983.

The club turned semi-professional in 1992 and joined the Surrey Premier League, earning promotion to the Combined Counties League in 1995, and to the Isthmian League in 2005. This coming season will be their first at Step 3, following promotion through the play-offs from Division One South, beating Corinthian-Casuals in the final on penalties

They are owned by former West Ham United player Tony Gale, and managed by his son Anthony and moved into their new ground at the beginning of last season, which they share with Walton & Hersham. The new ground is on the site of their own Waterside Stadium ground.

Walton Casuals

Formed: 1948

Colours: Orange & Black

Manager: Anthony Gale

Best Season: Isthmian League Division One South - 6th (2017/18)

Last Season: Isthmian League Division One South - 6th

Address: Walton Casuals, Elmbridge Sports Hub, Waterside Drive, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 2JP

Distance from SJP: 21 miles

Capacity: 2,500

Record Attendance: 1,748 v AFC Wimbledon (Combined Counties League 2004)

Overall Record: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0

Posted at 06:58

Wednesday 27 June - New sports therapist appointed

We are delighted to announce that Kim Harris has joined James Gray's backroom staff as our new sports therapist.

Kim currently works as a sports therapist at the University of Northampton, and was with Egham Town last season, and has also spent time with Hayes & Yeading United amongst others.

Speaking about her appointment Kim said: "I'm excited about making a step up to a club like Hendon, and I'm looking forward to working alongside Jimmy who I have heard only positive comments about."

We are sure that everyone will give Kim a warm welcome to the club, and we hope she enjoys her time with us.

Posted at 07:52

Wednesday 27 June - Meet Our Opponents: Tiverton Town

We've met Tiverton Town just once, in the FA Trophy in January 2001 when the Devon side ran out 2-1 winners at Claremont Road.

Tiverton were formed as Tiverton Athletic in 1913 joining the East Devon League, which they won four years in a row in the 1920's, before joining the North Devon League which they won in 1932, and then the Exeter & District League which they won in 1934. They won the league again in 1952, 1965 and 1966 and transferred to the Western League in 1973.

They won the FA Vase in 1998, beating Tow Law Town, and in 1999, beating Bedlington Terriers, and joined the Southern League in 1999 having finished as runners up in the Western League. In 2001 they finished second in Division One West and were promoted to the Premier Division, where they remained in 2011, winning the League Cup in 2007. They dropped back to Division One, but returned to the Premier Division in 2017, finishing 6th last season.

Tiverton Town

Formed: 1913

Colours: Yellow & Black

Manager: Martyn Rogers

Best Season: Southern League Premier Division - 4th (2002/03)

Last Season: Southern League Premier Division - 6th

Address: Tiverton Town FC, Ladysmead, Bolham Road, Tiverton, EX16 6SG

Distance from SJP: 184 miles

Capacity: 3,500

Record Attendance: 3,000 v Leyton Orient (FA Cup - 1994/95)

Only Meeting: 13/01/2001 - Hendon 1-2 Tiverton Town (FA Trophy) Match Details

Overall Record: P1 W0 D0 L1 F1 A2

Posted at 06:23

Tuesday 26 June - Club Statement - Arthur Lee

As some supporters may be aware, Arthur Lee, who is currently a contract player, posted a message on social media yesterday criticising the club's handling of his request to be allowed to move to Hampton & Richmond Borough on a free transfer in order to further his career. With this issue now in the public domain, the club feels that it is only right that all supporters are made aware of the circumstances giving rise to Arthur's criticism.

When Gary McCann announced that he was leaving the club to join Hampton & Richmond Borough, the club spoke to all of its contract players to advise them that we would move as quickly as possible to appoint a new manager and to ask them to remain patient until such time as we were in a position to update them further.

A number of players, including Arthur, advised the club that they would prefer to leave Hendon and they were all reminded that, as contract players, a fee would be required from any club seeking to recruit them. All players were allowed to speak to prospective new clubs in order to help facilitate their transfers.

As supporters will know, Niko Muir, Tom Lovelock and Zak Joseph all recently left the club, a fee having been negotiated and agreed prior to their departure. In each case, the agreed fee was less than the amount that the Board believes represents fair value - this is because the club sought to strike an appropriate balance between the club's interests and those of the player. The club stood ready to adopt exactly the same stance in relation to Arthur but no club approached Hendon offering a fee.

Arthur contacted the club last week to advise that he was struggling to find a new club because there was no-one willing to pay a fee. The Board acknowledged Arthur's dilemma and, in the spirit of balancing the club's interests with Arthur's, offered to allow him to move on a free transfer to any club other than a club who would compete against Hendon next season or Hampton & Richmond Borough.

The Board's reasoning was that the club had been extremely accommodating to Hampton & Richmond Borough and to Gary personally by releasing him from his contract without requiring any compensation to be paid. The consequence of this decision was the exodus to Hampton & Richmond Borough of Gary's entire back-room staff and, to date, 9 players. While the Board believes that neither Hampton & Richmond Borough nor Gary McCann has done anything wrong, it was felt that no further accommodations should be made.

Arthur's initial response was that he appreciated the Board's offer and that he respected the conditions that the club had imposed on that offer. Unfortunately, this appreciation and respect was somewhat short-lived and relations between Arthur and the Board deteriorated with the result being Arthur's social media post.

Arthur's criticism is that he felt it unfair that Hampton & Richmond should be the only club required pay a fee. In view of that criticism, the Board has decided to withdraw the offer of a free transfer to any other club. Arthur remains under contract but the club has written to the National League and Isthmian League asking them to make their clubs aware that he is available for transfer and that a fee will be required.

Posted at 12:16

Tuesday 26 June - Meet Our Opponents: Taunton Town

The first time we met Taunton Town was at Loftus Road, the home of Queens Park Rangers, in an FA Trophy tie that had been put back a day and moved from Claremont Road due to the wintry weather. We ran out 5-1 winners. The only other time we've met competitively was also in the FA Trophy in Somerset in 2004 when we won 3-0.

The Peacocks were formed as Taunton FC in 1947, joining the Somerset Senior League, before joining the Western League in 1953. In the same year they moved into their current home at Wordsworth Drive, which they leased from the local council initially before purchasing it in the 1970s. Apart from a short spell in the late 70s in the Southern League, Taunton have spent most of their life in the Western League, winning it on six occasions in 1969, 1990, 1996, 1999, 2000 and 2001. They also won the FA Vase in 2001, beating Berkhamsted Town 2-1. They had previously reached the final in 1994, losing to Diss Town in extra time.

This will be their first season at Step 3 after they won the Southern League Division One West championship last season.

Taunton Town

Formed: 1947

Colours: Maroon & Blue

Manager: Leigh Robinson

Best Season: Southern League Division One West - 1st

Last Season: Southern League Division One West - 1st

Address: Taunton Town FC, Wordsworth Drive, Taunton, TA1 2HG

Distance from SJP:

Capacity: 2,500

First Game: 17/01/1982 - Hendon 5-1 Taunton Town (FA Trophy - played at QPR) Match Details

Last Game: 27/11/2004 - Taunton Town 0-3 Hendon (FA Trophy) Match Report

Overall Record: P2 W2 D0 L0 F8 A1

Posted at 06:56

Monday 25 June - Three more join Gary at Hampton

Three more players have joined Gary McCann at Hampton, but whilst the previous departures have been free transfers, we have received undisclosed fees for all three players.

The three players leaving are Tom Lovelock, Zak Joseph and Rian Bray. The first two were on contracts with us, thus a transfer fee has been agreed between the two clubs, whilst although Rian was out of contract, because he is only 19 years old we were due a compensation fee, again which was agreed between the clubs.

Rian was the only player to start all 46 league games, making a total of 63 appearances, scoring 1 goal, whilst Zak Joseph scored 18 goals in his 57 appearances last season. Tom, who joined us in December 2016, made 77 appearances in goal.

We thank all three players for their efforts during their time with us, and we wish them well for the future.

Posted at 12:22

Monday 25 June - Meet Our Opponents : Swindon Supermarine

The next club to feature that we have never played before is Swindon Supermarine. They were established in 1992 as a merger between two clubs then playing in the Hellenic League, Supermarine and Swindon Athletic. Supermarine were formed in 1946 from the social club associated with the Supermarine aircraft company, whilst Swindon Athletic was formed in 1968 as Penhill before renaming in 1989.

The new club won the Hellenic League in 1998, but were denied promotion due to ground grading issues. However, three years later they won the championship again and were promoted to the Southern League. Life was tough for the first four years in Division One West, but in 2006 they qualified for the play-offs, losing to Hemel Hempstead Town in the final. They were successful the following year, beating Taunton Town in the play-off final.

Their first season in the Premier Division saw a 12th place finish, and in 2010-11 they had their best FA Cup run, reaching the second round where they lost 1-0 to Colchester United. They dropped back to Division One in 2012, but return to the Premier Division this season after success in the play-offs once again.

Swindon Supermarine

Formed: 1992

Colours: Blue & White

Manager: Lee Spalding

Best Season: Southern League Premier Division - 10th (2010/11)

Last Season: Southern League Division One West - 5th

Address: Swindon Supermarine FC, The Webbswood Stadium, Supermarine Road, Swindon, SN3 4BZ

Distance from SJP: 83 miles

Capacity: 3,000

Overall Record: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0

Posted at 06:59

Sunday 24 June - Niko leaves gift for young fan

Niko Muir's final action before leaving London to head for Hartlepool was to make a 7 year old supporter a very happy young man.

Niko had read on twitter that a young supporter was likely to be very disappointed when he was told that Niko was leaving the club, and upon reading the tweet, contacted chairman Simon Lawrence to get contact details for the young fan's Dad, who had posted the tweet.

Simon passed on the contact details, Niko got in touch with John Rogers and made arrangements to meet John and his son, James, at SJP yesterday.

Upon meeting, Niko handed over one of his signed matchballs that he'd collected during the season for his hat-tricks to James - the ball being the one from the win at Harlow Town in December, and spent some time talking to him. John & James have already pledged to go and watch Niko play for Hartlepool next season when they are at Barnet if they can.

This was a wonderful gesture by Niko, taking time out from what must be a very busy time for him as he makes the move to Hartlepool, to make a young supporter's day. It shows what a class act Niko is, both on and off the pitch, and it's safe to say that James will be following Niko's progress over the coming years, as well as, of course, continuing to support Hendon.

Posted at 10:45

Sunday 24 June - Meet Our Opponents: Staines Town

The last of our familar opponents this season are Staines Town, who we have met 69 times in competitive action over the years since our first meeting in the Middlesex Senior Cup in January 1930. Staines have seen some change over the summer, with Matthew Boon, whose family have run the club for many years, handing control over to Fulcrum Sports Investments, who in turn have appointed Cristian Colas as manager to replace Johnson 'Drax' Hippolyte.

The club was formed in 1892, and has been known under various names including Staines, Staines Albany, Staines Vale and Staines Lagonda. They have worked their way up the leagues over the years, eventually joining the Isthmian League in 1973, winning the Division Two championship at the second attempt. They then spent many years flitting between Division One and the Premier Division, winning the Division One title in 1989, until 2009 when they were play-off winners and promoted to Conference South where they spent six seasons before relegation back to the Isthmian League.

They have reached the 2nd round of the FA Cup on two occasions, losing to Peterborough United in 2007-08, and losing in a replay to Millwall two years later.

Of course, our last meeting was in the Middlesex Senior Cup Final last season, where we ran out winners in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw.

Staines Town

Formed: 1892

Colours: Yellow & Blue

Manager: Cristian Colas

Best Season: Conference South - 8th (2009/10 & 2013/14)

Last Season: Isthmian League Premier Division - 8th

Address: Staines Town FC, Wheatsheaf Park, Wheatsheaf Lane, Staines-on-Thames, TW18 2PD

Distance from SJP: 24 miles

Capacity: 3,009

Record Attendance: 2,860 v Stockport County (FA Cup - 2007)

First Meeting: 25/01/1930 - Hendon 3-2 Staines Town (Middx Senior Cup 1) Match details

Last Meeting: 17/04/2018 - Hendon 0-0 Staines Town (won 5-4 on pens - Middx Senior Cup Final) Match report

Overall Record: P69 W34 D16 L19 F138 A84

Posted at 10:44

Saturday 23 June - Goal of the season competition result

We are delighted to announce that Richard Merryfield is the winner of the Goal of the Season competition. Richard's entry was the one that was closest to Gary McCann's top five, with Richard agreeing with four of the five selections.

Gary's selection was as follows: 1st - Goal 7 (Zak Joseph v Folkestone Invicta), Goal 3 (Ashley Nathaniel-George v Billericay Town), Goal 2 (Josh Walker v Dulwich Hamlet), Goal 13 (Zak Joseph v Folkestone Invicta), Goal 6 (Niko Muir v Brightlingsea Regent).

Richard's selection was exactly the same, except he had Goal 8 (Ashley Nathaniel-George v Thurrock) in second place. Richard will be contacted by the club once the fixtures have been released so that he can select which game he would like to attend as a guest of the club with three friends.

We would like to thank all those supporters who entered the competition from across the globe, including Italy and Australia, and all money raised will go to the 12th Man Fund to help James Gray has he builds a squad for the new season. We would also like to thank Gary McCann for choosing the top five.

The fourteen goals that were chosen for the competition are now available to view on our YouTube channel

Posted at 23:35

Saturday 23 June - Meet Our Opponents: Salisbury

Salisbury are another club that we'll be meeting this season who have had to reform after Salisbury City were liquidated. We only met Salisbury City twice, losing 2-1 on both occasions in the league in the 2004/05 season. In the first of those games Adam Wallace, who went on to play for us, scored both goals for Salisbury!

They began their reincarnation in the Wessex League in the Premier Division, winning the title at the first attempt. In their first season at Step 4, they finished second but missed out on promotion through play-offs, but put that right last season, finishing 2nd again, a position that guaranteed promotion due to the reorganisation of the non-league pyramid this summer.

In their first season, they very nearly reached Wembley, losing 3-1 on aggregate to Hereford in the semi-finals of the FA Vase, having progressed through eight rounds, seeing off Wincanton Town, Folland Sports, Calne Town, AFC St Austell, Highworth Town, AFC Dunstable, Nuneaton Griff and Ashford United.

They play at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium, where their predecessors played, a ground which has a good sized stand, and an bank of covered terracing behind one goal. Their manager is Steve Claridge, who also works in the media and is often found as a summariser on BBC Radio Five Live. Despite being 51 years old, he made two competitive appearances for Salisbury last season! He has made over 1,000 first team appearances, playing for many clubs both in the Football League and the non-league game.


Formed: 2015

Colours: White & Black

Manager: Steve Claridge

Best Season: Southern League Division One West - 2nd - 2017/18

Last Season: Southern League Division One West - 2nd

Address: Salisbury City FC, Raymond McEnhill Stadium, Partridge Way, Old Sarum, Salisbury, SP4 6PU

Distance from SJP: 92 miles

Capacity: 4,000

Record Stadium Attendance: 3,408 Salisbury City v Dover Athletic (Conference South Play Off Final - 2012/13)

First Meeting v Salisbury City: 04/12/2004 - Salisbury City 2-1 Hendon Match report

Last Meeting v Salisbury City: 23/04/2005 - Hendon 1-2 Salisbury City Match report

Overall Record v Salisbury: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0

Posted at 09:28

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