News - January 2012

Tuesday 31 January - Greens win friendly at Hanwell

A side largely made up of those players needing to get some game time under their belts won 4-0 at Hanwell Town in tonight's friendly.

2 goals from Isaiah Rankin and one from Carl McCluskey gave the Greens a 3-0 half time lead, whilst Jamie Busby scored the only goal of the second period.

The Greens included two trialists on the bench, Javonne Malloy, who was formerly a youngster at QPR, and goalkeeper Cameron Inch.

Posted at 21:30

Tuesday 31 January - January snowball draw results

The January Snowball draw was made at half-time on Saturday by former player Paul Currie. The first prize of £280.50 went to ball number 64, and the second prize of £140.25 went to ball number 73.

It's never too late to join the draw - each ball costs just £5 per month and you can have as many balls as you like. If you are interested in joining the draw, please speak to Simon Lawrence or any member of the supporters trust board on a matchday, or email us at admin@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 14:26

Sunday 29 January - Friendly at Hanwell arranged

We have arranged a friendly at Hanwell Town this coming Tuesday, 31st January - kick off 7:30pm. Gary McCann intends to use the game to give those members of the squad who haven't been playing regularly some much needed game time so that they are fit and ready to play as and when they are called upon for first team action.

Posted at 23:29

Sunday 29 January - Under 15s lose at Harrow St Marys

The under 15s disappointing 2012 continued this morning when they were beaten 6-0 at Harrow St Mary's. The team played well until Harrow St Mary's scored three goals in 5 minutes towards the end of the first half. Man of the match was Emery Asher.

Posted at 23:28

Saturday 28 January - Hastings double completed

Hendon completed their first league double of the campaign this afternoon as they beat Hastings United 2-1, moving up to fourth place in the league table in the process.

The Greens goals came inside the first 20 minutes with Elliott Charles netting first, his 10th of the season, and Michael Lewis doubling the lead soon afterwards, his first goal for the club. Hastings pulled a goal back through Lee Carey just after the half-hour mark, but the Greens, as has often been the case this season, were able to see the game out and secure the three points.

Posted at 17:07

Saturday 28 January - Greens to feature in Non-League Paper

Our game this afternoon against Hastings United will be featured in tomorrow's edition of The Non-League Paper. The fixture has been selected as their feature game for the Ryman League Premier Division this weekend. This means that there will be a 450 word report, match photos and post-match reaction from both managers. The paper will be available from all good newsagents tomorrow morning.

Posted at 07:42

Friday 27 January - Travel advice for Hastings game

We have been advised of a couple of travel issues that may affect your journey to Vale Farm tomorrow afternoon for our game against Hastings United.

Firstly, for those travelling by public transport, there is no service on the Piccadilly Line between Acton Town and Uxbridge. This means that there are no trains serving Sudbury Town. The Bakerloo and London Overground lines should be operating a normal service.

Also, there are currently temporary traffic lights on East Lane, around North Wembley station. This was causing lengthy delays on Tuesday evening so we advise any drivers planning to use East Lane to allow plenty of extra time. These roadworks will also cause delays to anyone planning to use the 245 bus that runs between Alperton and Golders Green and passes Vale Farm.

Posted at 12:12

Tuesday 24 January - Greens and Stones draw

At a damp Vale Farm this evening, Hendon and Wealdstone drew 1-1 in a game, although the Stones will be grateful to Jonathan North's excellent late save from Carl McCluskey for saving the point.

The Greens were fortunate not to see Ryan Wharton sent off in the opening exchanges when he appeared to be the last man when bringing Richard Jolly down, but he got away with a caution. The Stones were on top to start with, but Hendon came back into the game and deservedly took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Greg Ngoyi - his 15th goal of the season.

Wealdstone hit back immediately after the break when David Hicks ran unchallenged from midfield and scored with a fine strike from 20 yards. Both sides had chances to score, but the scoreline remained 1-1 through to the final whistle.

Posted at 22:01

Tuesday 24 January - Wealdstone game is on

We are pleased to announce that we have had a positive outcome from the pitch inspection, and this evening's game against Wealdstone goes ahead as planned. Kick off at Vale Farm will be at 7.45pm.

Posted at 14:41

Tuesday 24 January - Pitch Inspection at 3pm

There will be a pitch inspection at 3:00pm to see whether this evening's game against Wealdstone can go ahead. We will update the website, messageboard and postponement hotline once the result of the inspection is known.

Posted at 13:01

Tuesday 24 January - Stones are the visitors this evening

The Greens go into this evening's fixture against Wealdstone keen to end a run of six consecutive home league defeats dating back to the 2004-05 season. However, Wealdstone are a side very much in form at the moment, having suffered just one defeats in their last 26 competitive matches, including an excellent win over Barrow in the FA Trophy ten days ago. In fact, they have only lost 3 games since the Greens won at The Vale at the end of September.

Tonight's game is a very important one for both clubs. The Greens go into the game in the knowledge that a win will propel up to 4th place, with no other league games taking place this evening, whilst Wealdstone will be keen to close the gap to the play-off zone.

Both sides have been generally been excellent defensively this season, so it may well be a game where goals are hard to come by despite the good goalscoring form of Richard Jolly for the Stones, and Greg Ngoyi and Elliott Charles for Hendon.

Kick off this evening at Vale Farm is at 7.45pm, the clubhouse will be open from 6.00pm and the turnstiles will open shortly after 7.00pm. We hope to see as many supporters from both sides at the game for what will hopefully be an excellent, competitive game of football.

Should any inspection be arranged, or should the game be postponed, we will update the website, messageboard and postponement hotline (07957 328352) as quickly as possible.

Posted at 08:55

Sunday 22 January - League leaders beat under 15s

The under 15s were well beaten this morning by league leaders Magix, who ran out 6-1 victors at Wormwood Scrubs. The solitary goal for the Greens was scored by Markal Luke-Harris.

Posted at 17:09

Saturday 21 January - Kev makes 150th appearance

Kevin Maclaren made his 150th appearance for the club in this afternoon's game at Horsham, meaning that he has now played the same number of games as older brother Casey.

Kevin joined us from Walton Casuals in the summer of 2008, making his debut in the 3-0 win over Dartford at the beginning of the 08/09 season, and has been a regular member of the squad ever since.

We congratulate Kevin on being the latest member of the squad to reach the 150 appearance mark, and we are sure that there are many more appearances to follow.

Posted at 22:48

Saturday 21 January - Hendon cruise to victory

Hendon had a comfortable 3-0 victory this afternoon against a Horsham side who worked very hard throughout the 90 minutes.

The opening goal came in the 37th minute when Ryan Wharton headed home a cross and the teams turned around with the Greens 1-0 ahead.

Greg Ngoyi continued his recent good run when he doubled the lead in the 73rd minute, and the third came two minutes later when a clearance from the Horsham hit Elliott Charles in the face and rebounded into the net.

The result moves the Greens up to 7th in the table ahead on Tuesday's home game against Wealdstone.

Posted at 17:12

Thursday 19 January - Disappointment for under-15s

The under-15s had a disappointing day on Sunday as they were beaten 5-0 at Headstone Manor B. However, there were positives taken out of the game, particularly regarding the performances of Edson Gomes, Emery Asher and Daniel Ready.

Posted at 14:10

Tuesday 17 January - Chalfont friendly frozen off

We have just heard from club secretary Graham Etchell that this evening's friendly at Chalfont St Peter has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.

Both ourselves and Chalfont St Peter apologise to any supporters who may have had a wasted journey this evening.

Posted at 18:54

Monday 16 January - Friendly arranged tomorrow

We have arranged to travel to Chalfont St Peter tomorrow evening for a friendly, kicking off at 7:45pm. Obviously, given current weather conditions, the game may fall foul of the frost. Should the game be called off tomorrow, we will update the website as quickly as we can.

The livescores service will not be operating for this game, but the website will be updated as normal sometime after the final whistle.

Posted at 11:25

Wednesday 11 January - Busby makes 250th appearance

Jamie Busby made his 250th appearance for the club last night when he came on as a substitute at Barking. The 25 year old midfielder has been a firm fixture in the starting line-up since joining the club from Hillingdon Borough in March 2006, and has been a regular on the scoresheet, scoring 57 goals.

We congratulate Jamie on reaching this latest milestone, and we are sure that there are many more appearances to come.

Posted at 09:17

Tuesday 10 January - Ngoyi goal ensures cup progression

A 22nd minute goal from Greg Ngoyi was enough to ensure a 1-0 win over Barking this evening in the London Senior Cup. The reward is a home tie against Harrow Borough in the quarter finals on a date to be announced.

The game saw Tom Davie make his first start, whilst Isaiah Rankin, Carl McCluskey and Jamie Busby all made comebacks from injury as substitutes.

Posted at 22:41

Monday 09 January - Under 15s start year with defeat

Our under 15s started the year with defeat yesterday as they were beaten 3-1 by Heathrow Club. Although they took the lead through Edson Gomes, Heathrow Club came back with three goals to win the game.

Posted at 18:23

Monday 09 January - London Senior Cup campaign begins

Tomorrow evening sees us start our London Senior Cup campaign, as we bid to go one better than last year and win the competition.

Our 5th round tie tomorrow sees us travel to Barking, with the winners facing a home tie against Harrow Borough. We haven't played Barking since January 1997 when we met them at Mayesbrook Park in the London Challenge Cup, going down to a 4-3 defeat despite a brace from John Richardson and a goal from Mark Dawber. It was a game that nearly didn't go ahead due to thick fog engulfing the ground before kick-off, but fortunately it lifted enough to allow the game to go ahead.

Admission to the game tomorrow will be £6 for adults, and £3 for concessions, with programmes costing £1.50. Directions on how to get to Mayesbrook Park have now been uploaded and can be found in the directions section of the website.

Posted at 09:39

Monday 09 January - Two hundred and counting

Saturday afternoon's game against Metropolitan Police was the 200th consecutive league match that support Alex Barrett has attended. This is a run that goes back to the latter end of the 2006-07 season and we congratulate Alex on reaching the landmark.

Alex's mum, Joyce, has also attended the vast majority of these 200 games, only missing a few following her recent hip replacement operation, and she is now back attending games, home and away.

Posted at 09:19

Saturday 07 January - First win of 2012 for Hendon

Hendon picked up their first win of 2012 with a 1-0 victory at Metropolitan Police, thus gaining revenge for the Blues 3-1 win at Vale Farm earlier in the season.

The game saw Lewis Hunt make his debut following his arrival from Bradford City yesterday, and Michael Lewis make his first start for the club since his arrival in the summer.

The goal, which turned out to be the winner, came in the 11th minute when Darren Currie scored his first senior goal for the club.

Posted at 17:00

Friday 06 January - Two new faces join the squad

We are pleased to announce that we have made two new signings, one of whom has made over 250 Football League appearances, whilst the other has come through the youth academy at a Premier League club.

Lewis Hunt is a 29 year old central defender who joins us from Bradford City, from where he was released a few weeks ago. Born in Birmingham, he began his career at Derby County, before moving on to Southend United where he made nearly 150 appearances. During his time at Southend he was runner up in what is now the Johnson Paints Trophy, won the League 2 play-offs in 2005 and was in the League 1 championship winning side the following year. He then spent a couple of years at Wycombe Wanderers, earning promotion from League 2 in 2009, before joining Bradford in the summer of 2010.

The second arrival is 19 year old defender/wide forward Elliott Cox, who was released by Queens Park Rangers in the summer. He spent time away on loan last season including spells at Tooting & Mitcham United and Histon.

Both players go straight into the squad for tomorrow's game at Metropolitan Police. Gary McCann is also hoping that some more of the injured players will be available for selection as well, as he is looking for a big response from the squad following the disappointing results and performances over the festive period.

Posted at 12:34

Friday 06 January - Frank Sinclair departs

Gary McCann has announced this morning that Frank Sinclair has left the club, and he is expected to sign for Colwyn Bay later today.

We would like to thank Frank for all his efforts over the past couple of months, and we know that everyone would agree that his presence in the squad has been a benefit to everyone.

We hope that his move to Colwyn Bay, which we understand is much closer to home for him, is a successful one, and that he continues to enjoy his football.

Posted at 12:17

Thursday 05 January - Simon Lawrence to run London Marathon

On 22nd April, Simon Lawrence will, injury permitting, running the London Marathon. and is taking the opportunity to raise fund for a couple of good causes.

He is looking forward to it immensely and training really hard with a view to going through the finish line at some point the same day!

The first cause is Aims2Cure a charity dedicated to raising money for research into Multiple Sclerosis. The Aims2Cure committee work really hard to fund the salaries for Research Scientists in the Department of Neuroinflammation at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London. They are an inspirational group of people and are deserving of support.

The second cause is to help fund the formation of a proper youth section for Hendon FC. Statistics show that people from low income families and ethnic minority backgrounds are more likely than others to fail at school and end up on the margins of society.

The communities that are local to the club are areas of low income and house significant numbers of people from ethnic minority groups. A youth section would target young players from these communities to prevent them from becoming disengaged from society and falling into antisocial behaviour, by focusing their energy in a positive way within a supportive environment. Indeed the recent riots in London, perpetrated in some cases by people as young as 11, show the urgent need for a productive and focussed activity for young people.

All money raised will be split equally between these two causes.

Simon is very excited at the prospect of running the marathon. It's hard work but he knows that it will be worth it. It will be even better if he could help these two causes on the way so anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated.

If you can help, please visit Simon's Just Giving page linked below, send him a cheque made payable to HFCST to Simon to 45 Homefield Road, Radlett, Herts, WD7 8PX. or sign his sponsor form when you see him at a match.

Simon's Just Giving Page

Posted at 15:39

Thursday 05 January - Relive the New Year horror show

If you are feeling particularly masochistic, then the goals, and also the full 90 minutes, of our game at Harrow Borough are now available online.

The game was filmed by Harrow supporter Darren Nuttall, and we thank him for sending us the links.

Harrow Borough v Hendon - The Goals

Harrow Borough v Hendon - The Full 90 Minutes

Posted at 15:38

Monday 02 January - Poor second half costs Greens

An extremely disappointing second half performance cost Hendon all three points this afternoon as they lost the New Year local derby 4-2 at Harrow Borough.

Despite going behind in the 3rd minute to a Danny Buckle goal, the Greens were the better side in the first half, and were ahead by the break thanks to goals from Greg Ngoyi and Elliott Charles.

However, the performance in the second period was probably one of the worst of the season, and Harrow capitalised to equalise through Danny Buckle, and go on to secure the points with late goals from Wayne Walters and Michael Barima. The one Hendon player probably exempt from criticism in the second half was Elliott Charles.

Posted at 17:10