News - January 2014

Friday 31 January - Further inspection tomorrow morning

Much to the surprise of our friends at Lewes, the outcome of the inspection is that the water has drained away and the pitch is currently playable.

However, substantial rainfall is forecast for the area over the next 12 hours, so a further inspection has been arranged at 9am tomorrow morning.

We will update the website again as soon as the result of the inspection is known.

Posted at 13:25

Thursday 30 January - Time of pitch inspection arranged

The pitch inspection at Lewes will take place at 12:30pm tomorrow (Friday) afternoon. We will publish the outcome as soon as we hear from the Dripping Pan.

Posted at 22:25

Thursday 30 January - Lewes game very doubtful

We have been contacted by Lewes this morning, who are in the process of arranging an inspection to take place tomorrow afternoon.

Their game against Wealdstone on Tuesday fell victim to the continuing wet weather, and as they have seen plenty of rain since then, with more forecast over the next 48 hours, they don't think there very much chance of the game going ahead.

Of course, this can't be confirmed until the pitch has been inspected by a referee, and as mentioned above Lewes hope for this to happen tomorrow afternoon.

As soon as we have further updates, we will update the website accordingly.

Posted at 16:41

Tuesday 28 January - Two join Northwood on dual registration

Gary McCann is at Northwood tonight where two of the squad have joined on dual registrations to get some much needed game time.

Both Berkley Laurencin and Sam Flegg are in the starting line-up. It's a situation which helps both clubs as it ensures both Berkley and Sam are ready when needed, whilst it also strengthens the Northwood squad for their manager Mark Burgess.

Posted at 20:07

Tuesday 28 January - Lowestoft game rearranged

Our home game against Lowestoft Town has been rearranged for Monday 10th March, kicking off at 7:45pm at Earlsmead.

Posted at 14:43

Saturday 25 January - Lowestoft game postponed

Today's game against Lowestoft Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Earlsmead. Unfortunately the heavy rain that fell overnight has rendered the pitch unplayable. A new date for the game will be advised in due course.

Posted at 09:36

Friday 24 January - Morning pitch inspection tomorrow

There will be a pitch inspection at around 9:00am tomorrow morning to see whether our game against Lowestoft Town can go ahead.

The pitch is currently playable, but with rain forecast overnight it was felt that it would be sensible to arrange a morning inspection.

The outcome of the inspection will be posted to the website as soon as we can once known.

Posted at 18:36

Friday 24 January - Lowestoft in town tomorrow

Hopefully tomorrow afternoon will see our first home game of 2014 as we entertain Lowestoft Town at Earlsmead.

The Suffolk side have had a disappointing season by their standards, and sit just above us in the league table following their 3-0 win at East Thurrock United on Tuesday evening. However, prior to that they suffered two defeats, 3-1 at home to Bury Town after losing 4-1 at Bognor Regis Town.

Gary McCann and the squad go into the game in positive mood following the win at Billericay Town on Tuesday, and will be keen to continue the unbeaten run and progress closer to the play off zone.

Kick off is at 3.00pm tomorrow, and if any inspection is planned, we will update the website as soon as possible.

Posted at 09:01

Thursday 23 January - Travel alert for Saturday

We would like to advise those supporters who travel by public transport that once again there is no Metropolitan Line service between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Uxbridge, and no Piccadilly Line service between South Harrow and Uxbridge on Saturday. There are plenty of buses that run between South Harrow and nearby the ground, full details can be found on our directions page.

Fortunately the Central Line to Northolt and Chiltern Railways to Northolt Park are both expected to be running a normal Saturday service, but please remember that trains to Northolt Park only run hourly.

Posted at 10:28

Wednesday 22 January - Gary happy with overall display

Gary McCann was happy with the overall display at Billericay Town last night despite the Greens riding their luck towards the end of the game.

"Our performance more than warranted a bigger scoreline. I was delighted with the overall display on a very difficult surface. Our defence, in particular, was outstanding.

"Before the game, I told the players that Billericay had not played for a while and we should take advantage of their ring rust. We did that very well and should have been 3-0 up inside the first 15 or so minutes.

"Once we had failed to add to our lead, it gave Billericay a bit of confidence and when the game went into the final stages, they took advantage. You always feel that if you don’t take your chances, the other team might just get something and nerves start showing.

"I spoke with their manager after the game and he said that it would have been a bit of travesty if we hadn't got the three points, but I have to admit - after they hit the woodwork twice - we maybe were a little lucky.

"We have got some very big games coming up and it is important that we keep up this momentum."

Posted at 14:50

Tuesday 21 January - First minute goal secures points

A goal in the first minute from Adam Wallace, his first for the club, was enough to secure all three points at Billericay Town this evening.

It was a game that the Greens should have won more comfortably, but they were unable to convert any other chances, whilst Billericay did have chances to equalise, hitting the bar during the second half, and then only finding the post with the final kick of the game.

Posted at 21:57

Tuesday 21 January - Leon Smith joins the club

We are delighted to announce the signing of striker Leon Smith from Wingate & Finchley, who joined in time to make his debut as a substitute this evening.

The 28 year old has been at Summers Lane since the summer of 2009 during which time he has been a prolific goalscorer.

We are pleased to welcome Leon to the club, and hope that he enjoys his time with us.

Meanwhile Ross Fitzsimons loan from Crystal Palace has been extended for a second month.

Posted at 21:55

Tuesday 21 January - New date set for Bognor

Our home game against Bognor Regis Town will now be played on Monday 24th February at Earlsmead, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 21:54

Tuesday 21 January - Billericay game on

Tonight's game goes ahead as planned following the pitch inspection.

Posted at 16:02

Tuesday 21 January - Pitch inspection at Billericay

We have been advised there will be a pitch inspection at 3pm. We will update again as soon as we hear the outcome.

Posted at 13:59

Tuesday 21 January - Trip to Billericay this evening

Its looking hopeful that we will return to action this evening as we make the trip to Billericay Town. At the time of writing we've had no word of any planned inspection, but of course we will update you should we hear anything.

Billericay come into the game unbeaten in four games, but that is a run that goes back to mid-December following a number of postponements. It is 17 days since they were last in action when they came back from 3-0 down at Thamesmead Town to draw 3-3. Today's game is just their third since 14th December.

Gary McCann and the squad will be going into the game full of confidence following the performances and results in the past few games, particularly at Maidstone United and Margate.

Kick off at New Lodge is at 7.45pm, and admission is £10 for adults, £7 for concessions (over 65 and students) and £3 for under 16s.

Posted at 09:19

Monday 20 January - New director for Hendon Football Club

Hendon Football Club is delighted to announce that Rob Morris is to be appointed a Director of Hendon Football Club (2008) Limited with effect from 1st February 2014.

Rob brings with him a wealth of football experience, as a player, coach and administrator. A successful businessman, Rob built up Excel Sport, long-recognised as being one of the leading providers of children's football coaching in Hertfordshire.

Simon Lawrence (Chairman of Hendon Football Club) said:

"I have only known Rob for a few months but I have known of him for many years as two of my nephews coached under him at Excel Sport. I am delighted that he is on board and have no doubt that he will make a significant contribution to ensuring the club's survival in the short-term and will play a huge part in the club's future developments over the longer-term.

He has some great ideas as to how the club should move forward and, with the addition of his expertise and energy, I feel confident that we have a realistic plan for a successful future."

Rob Morris said:

"I am delighted to be involved with such a great club that is steeped in tradition. I was born only a couple of miles from the ground and played at Claremont Road and understand the sentiment and passion that exists between supporters and the club. Together with the hard working Supporters Trust Board and Supporters Association Committee, I am sure we can build a community club that will be sustainable. Our primary aim will be to bring financial stability and then we will look at the possibility of bringing Hendon back closer to home. It's an exciting time for all those connected with the club and I relish the challenge."

Posted at 08:11

Friday 17 January - Bognor game postponed

Tomorrow's game against Bognor has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch following an inspection a few minutes ago. A new date for the game will be advised in due course.

This of course means that the New Year draw will be put back by another week.

Posted at 16:44

Friday 17 January - Pitch inspection this afternoon

There will be a pitch inspection this afternoon at 4:15pm to see if there is any chance of our game against Bognor Regis Town going ahead tomorrow.

There will be a further update on the website once we know the result of the inspection.

Posted at 12:56

Wednesday 15 January - Travel alert for Saturday

We would like to advise those supporters who travel by public transport that there is no Metropolitan Line service between Wembley Park and Uxbridge, and no Piccadilly Line service between South Harrow and Uxbridge on Saturday. There are plenty of buses that run between South Harrow and nearby the ground, full details can be found on our directions page.

Fortunately the Central Line to Northolt and Chiltern Railways to Northolt Park are both expected to be running a normal Saturday service, but please remember that trains to Northolt Park only run hourly.

Posted at 18:31

Monday 13 January - Management thank Cafferty Construction

The management team would like to go on record to thank Paul Cafferty from club sponsors Cafferty Construction for taking the squad out for a curry on Tuesday night.

Speaking to Greensnet earlier today, manager Gary McCann said "We are very grateful to Paul for taking the squad out last Tuesday.

"Freddie, Junior and I are certain that this really helped continue to build the togetherness and team spirit in the squad. This was very much in evidence at Margate on Saturday afternoon and contributed hugely to the excellent performance and a thoroughly deserved three points."

The directors and club officials at the club would like to add their thanks to Paul and Cafferty Construction for their invaluable support and sponsorship so far this season, along with fellow sponsors Eskinazi & Co.

Posted at 14:17

Sunday 12 January - Gary thrilled with Margate victory

Gary McCann was thrilled with the performance at Margate yesterday.

He said, "I thought from start to finish we were very good. If I have to be critical, the only disappointing aspects were that we gave away two sloppy goals, both of which were completely avoidable, and we didn’t take our chances.

"In times gone by, after conceding such a soft goal just before half-time, we would have fallen apart, but our confidence level and self-belief is so good at the moment, I was sure that we would pull it back. When we got into the dressing room, I said to the players that if we kept our goals against to two we would win the game.

"I stressed to the team when we were in the dressing room at 1.30 that we would have a togetherness and team spirit that they won't have. Their old players will be trying to impress to keep their jobs, the new ones will be showing what they can do, and they won't have played or trained together. Togetherness and team spirit are very important in teams at our level.

"Just as last week, although there were a number of very good individual performances it was the overall team show that pleased me most. We were very good in every department."

Posted at 20:23

Sunday 12 January - Highlights from Margate game

Highlights of yesterday's win at Margate have been made available on You Tube courtesy of our hosts yesterday. The footage can be seen on the link below.

Margate v Hendon highlights

Posted at 13:20

Saturday 11 January - Greens win at Margate

Despite being a goal behind at half-time, Hendon came back to win 3-2 at Margate this afternoon.

On a heavy but playable pitch, Margate took the lead in the 8th minute through Matt Bodkin, before Jefferson Louis equalised ten minutes later. However, when Jamie Stuart put the home side back in front on the stroke of half-time, it looked like a tough test for the Greens.

Hendon took the game to Margate after the break and Casey Maclaren equalised ten minutes into the second half, before Anthony Thomas secured the points with a superbly taken goal that flew into the net just under the bar.

Posted at 17:24

Saturday 11 January - Margate game is on

The Margate pitch has passed the 9am inspection and today's game goes ahead as planned. Kick off at Hartsdown Park is at 3pm.

Posted at 09:20

Friday 10 January - Early inspection at Margate

According to the Margate website, a pitch inspection has been scheduled for 9am tomorrow morning. As soon as we have any news of whether the game is on or not, we will update the website accordingly.

When we spoke to Margate earlier today, they were hopeful that if there was no more significant rain the game would go ahead as planned.

Posted at 20:27

Friday 10 January - Carl McCluskey moves on

Carl McCluskey has left the club today and is due to sign for Wealdstone in time to play for them at Canvey Island tomorrow.

Carl joined the club fron Bedfont Town in the summer of 2011, making his debut in the 1-0 win over Concord Rangers, and went on to score 11 goals in his first season. Last season was injury hit, but he came back into contention in the latter part of the campaign, filling in admirably in central defence. This season he has been a regular in the side both in defence and playing further forward, taking his goal tally to 19 in 95 appearances.

We thank Carl for all his efforts during his time with us, and wish him all the best for the future

Posted at 18:11

Friday 10 January - Long trip to Margate tomorrow

We face a second consecutive Saturday trip to Kent tomorrow as we travel to Margate for our latest Ryman League fixture.

The Gate are under new management, with Terry Brown having been appointed before Christmas, a manager we have come up against many times over the years, particularly during his time as manager of Hayes in the 1990s. The former AFC Wimbledon manager has made a number of changes to his squad, including four signings from Conference South side Sutton United in Jamie Stuart, Dean McDonald, Anthony Riviere and Sam Rents.

Our opponents lie two places and two points behind us having played a game more but have had a disappointing run of results of late, although they beat Enfield Town 1-0 in their last game a fortnight ago. They are yet to play a game in 2014 due to the proliferation of waterlogged pitches in the past couple of weeks.

Gary McCann goes into the game with the same squad as last week, and will be keen to ensure that the recent consistency in performance continues, particularly after last weeks excellent showing at Maidstone United.

Kick off at Hartsdown Park is at 3.00pm, and admission prices are £10 adults, £7 concessions (male OAP 65+, female OAP 60+, students), £3 for under 16s and free for under 10s accompanied by an Adult. There is a £1 transfer charge if you wish to sit in the stand.

With the weather having improved somewhat over the past couple of days, hopes are high that the game will go ahead. If any inspection is planned we will update the website as soon as we can.

Posted at 09:16

Wednesday 08 January - New Year Raffle delayed again

Following Monday's postponement, the New Year Raffle has been delayed once again. It is now planned to take place, weather permitting, following our game against Bognor Regis Town on 18th January.

If you are unable to get to that game and need to return tickets and money please drop an email to Eddie Edwards on eddieedd@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 09:16

Tuesday 07 January - New date for Wealdstone home game

Our home game against Wealdstone that was postponed last night will now be played on Monday 17th March, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 16:54

Tuesday 07 January - Next week's Carshalton game postponed

Our game at Carshalton Athletic next Tuesday has been postponed due to their county cup commitments. They were due to play Merstham tonight in the Surrey Senior Cup, but the game has been postponed and the Surrey FA have instructed the two clubs that the game must be played next week instead.

The game has been escheduled for Tuesday 4th March following approval of the new date from the League.

Posted at 12:06

Monday 06 January - Wealdstone game postponed

Following the continued wet weather, this evening's game against Wealdstone has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

A new date for the game will be advised in due course.

Posted at 13:15

Sunday 05 January - Pitch Inspection for Wealdstone game

There will be a pitch inspection at 12:45pm tomorrow to see if our planned game against Wealdstone can go ahead in the evening.

As always, we will update the website as soon as the outcome of the inspection is known.

Posted at 18:26

Sunday 05 January - Gary thrilled with Maidstone performance

Gary McCann could hardly have been happier with what he saw from the squad at Maidstone in the rain yesterday. "I thought we were well worth a point," he said. "If we had snatched the win, and we really should have scored late on, I don't think anyone would have said it was a smash and grab win.

"I thought the boys were magnificent. It was a complete performance and although there were many good individual performances, it was the overall team display that pleased me most.

"Our style of play is suited by the 3G surface. We have trained on it at The Hive for three years so we are comfortable on it. We want to play a passing game and the surface allows us to do that.

"The red card was the right decision but a complete accident. Jefferson was trying to fend off the defender rather than attack him, and it was unfortunate timing that he caught him so well.

Posted at 16:14

Sunday 05 January - New date for Enfield Town game

Our recently postponed game against Enfield Town will now be played at Earlsmead on Monday 3rd February, kicking off at 7:45pm

Posted at 13:00

Saturday 04 January - Well earned point at Maidstone

Hendon picked up a well earned point at Maidstone United at an extremely wet Gallagher Stadium this afternoon in a 1-1 draw.

The first half was goalless, with both sides having periods of possession. Michael Bryan had the best opportunity for the Greens with a fierce drive, whilst Maidstone hit the crossbar with an overhead kick. The Greens were dealt a blow on the stroke of half time when Jefferson Louis was sent off for appearing to strike Alex Flisher across the face with his arm.

However, this didn't deter Hendon, and they took the game to the home side in the second half, taking the lead in the 49th minute when Anthony Thomas set up Carl McCluskey with a fine through ball. Unfortunately the lead only lasted five minutes as Zac Attwood equalised from a tight angle.

Both sides had chances to secure the points, with Dave Diedhiou having a goal disallowed for offside for the Greens.

It must be said that the game was an excellent advert for 3G pitches, it was a thoroughly enjoyable game of football played on a superb surface despite the heavy rain that fell for most of the game.

Posted at 20:29

Friday 03 January - First visit to Gallagher Stadium tomorrow

We have our first visit to Maidstone United's new Gallagher Stadium tomorrow afternoon. It is a game that is sure to go ahead due to the fact Maidstone play on a top quality all weather pitch, meaning that waterlogging isn't an issue for them.

The Stones have had a good first season back in the Premier Division, and currently lie in the play-off spots. When we met them at Earlsmead back in August, they won an eight-goal thriller 5-3. Lee Angol, Dave Diedhiou and Jefferson Louis were on target for us, whilst Frannie Collin and Alex Brown both scored twice for Maidstone, with Paul Booth scoring the other.

With the exception of Scott Cousins, who is still out of action, Gary McCann has a full squad to select from as he looks to build on the performance and win over Leiston last Saturday.

Admission at the Gallagher Stadium is £10 adults, £7 for concessions (60+ and students), £4 for 11-16s and free for accompanied under 11s. If any stand seats are available, they will cost an additional £1. There is no segregation within the ground.

Please note that if you are travelling by car, there is no car parking for supporters at the stadium on matchdays. Pay and display car parks are located at Invicta House, Maidstone East Station and Fremlin Walk, all of which are within a ten minute walk of the stadium.

If you are travelling by train, a reminder that there are engineering works on the Maidstone East line. We advise you to travel to Maidstone Barracks, which has an hourly service from Tonbridge. The stadium is then a ten minute walk from the station.

The last train from London Bridge that will get you to the game is at 13:23, then getting the 14:04 from Tonbridge, arriving at Maidstone Barracks at 14:35. Trains only run hourly between Tonbridge and Maidstone Barracks. Return journeys depart at 25 minutes past the hour.

To get from the station to the ground, come out of the station, cross the road and turn right. Follow the alleyway next to the other railway line. You can then either walk all the way into town past Maidstone East, turn left at the end and follow the road along to the roundabout from where the ground is visible, or immediately after crossing the river, go down the steps and along the riverbank away from town then go up the steps next to the boat club next to the ground. The second is a shorter route but doesn't pass any pubs.

Kick off tomorrow is at 3.00pm, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there cheering the team on to what will hopefully be another three points.

Posted at 08:36

Friday 03 January - Cracknell joins St Neots Town

The club have announced that Dean Cracknell has joined Southern League side St Neots Town on dual registration terms. Dean's first team opportunities have been limited this season due to injury and suspension, and hopefully this will give him a chance to get some regular football.

Posted at 08:30

Thursday 02 January - David Bedford OBE

As we advised earlier this week Hendon Football Club is delighted to learn that Director David Bedford has been bestowed with the OBE in Her Majesty The Queen's New Year Honours List.

Mr Bedford, who was celebrating his birthday when the announcement was made, was Britain's best long-distance runner in the early 1970s and held the world record for 10,000 metres. He later became the Director of the London Marathon, retiring from that role in the early 2010s. All in all, he has spent almost 50 years involved in athletics, as either a runner or an adminstrator.

His career as an athlete was relatively brief, from the age of to 14 to 24, but he revolutionised the way long-distance runners trained in Britain, running many miles each day. "It was a brief, but very exciting career," he said. "It could have been topped with a better day at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, when I finished sixth, but there is not point in dwelling on the negative, but to celebrate what I achieved."

But maybe Bedford's greatest achievement was the success of the London Marathon. He noted, "More than £50 million is raised by the athletes running in the London Marathon every year and in my time as Director of the London Marathon, more than £500 million has been raised by runners for various charities.

"Also the London Marathon is generally recognised as the best marathon in the world. I believe I have been truly blessed in my 20 years running and the subsequent years in administration."

Hendon FC has been in his blood for more than 50 years. He recalls walking to Claremont Road as a 10-year-old to watch the team returning from Wembley after winning the 1960 FA Amateur Cup.

And those two strands of his life remain strong. "Bob Parker has been my athletics coach since I was 14, and now I take him to watch Hendon," he explained. "There have been many Bob Parkers and they have all helped me in my career.

"In recent years I have been heavily involved with Hendon FC, trying to keep a great Club alive. It is a great joy of my life and one of things I enjoy about watch football at this level is that you can shout at a referee and not only will he hear what you say but also he will probably have a very good idea of who said it!

"Long may it continue."

(David Ballheimer)

Posted at 06:00

Wednesday 01 January - New Year Raffle update

Due to today's postponement, the New Year Raffle will now take place on Monday evening following our game against Wealdstone. If you are unable to get to that game and need to return tickets and money please drop an email to Eddie Edwards on eddieedd@hendonfc.net.

Should the Wealdstone game also fall foul of the weather, the draw is expected to be held at whichever is the first home game to take place in 2014, but we will confirm that nearer the time.

Posted at 15:00

Wednesday 01 January - Enfield Town game postponed

Following this mornings inspection today's game has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date for the game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 10:26