News - February 2001

Wednesday 28 February - Reserve keeper moves on

Reserve team goalkeeper Jason Curtis has left the club and joined Dr Martens side St Leonards Stamcroft. Curtis played in just one first team game, playing in the Full Members Cup tie at Harlow in October. To replace him, reserve team manager Alan Rolnick has signed Ross Graham, a keeper who advertised in the Non-League Paper. Graham made his debut in last night's league cup tie at Chertsey.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 27 February - Comfortable win for Hendon

Hendon won the much awaited local derby with Enfield comfortable at Meadow Park, the temporary home of Enfield. Goals from Marvyn Watson and René Street gave Hendon the 2-0 win against one of the poorest Enfield sides ever seen. Gary McCann didn't have a save to make during the full 90 minutes, and the game was won following Marvyn Watson's deflected strike in the 61st minute. René Street's first goal for the club came in the 86th minute with a fierce drive from the edge of the area.

Posted at 22:30

Monday 26 February - Better news for Towler

Paul Towler, who suffered a serious knee injury against Braintree Town in late January, had some potentially good news from the specialist last week. The scan on his knee shows that the damage to his cruciate ligament does not appear as bad as first thought. He said, "The specialist thinks that it is only a partial tear of the cruciate ligament so when he does the arthroscopic surgery on my cartilage, he hopes to be able to stitch the cruciate ligament at the same time. If this is the case I would hope to be back in time for preseason training. If it is worse, then I'll be out for much longer.

"My knee feels a little unstable, but I can ride an excercise bike at work (he is a police officer). Luckily I was transferred from beat duties to training a few weeks ago, so the injury hasn't affected my work too much."

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 24 February - Purfleet hoodoo strikes again

The Purfleet hoodoo struck again as Hendon lost once again to the Essex side. In fact Hendon have not beaten Purfleet in league action since October 1995. Hendon took the lead in the 22nd minute through Dale Binns, who hit a fierce drive past the keeper, and until Jamie Southon equalised just before half time, Hendon were looking comfortable. Purfleet were the better side in the second half, and scored a deserved winner through George Georgiou.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 24 February - End of season draw

Despite the fact that there are still over half of our league games left to play, details have been announced for the Supporters Association End of Season Draw, which will take place on Saturday, 28th April following our home game against Dulwich Hamlet. Lots of prizes have been donated and these include a Fender Guitar, Karaoke Machine and a Table for 10 at one of the clubs very successful Fender Evenings. All members of the Supporters Association should be receiving draw tickets shortly, but if anyone else would like some tickets, please e-mail your name and address to us at Admin@hendonfc.net and we will forward them to you.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 22 February - Binns brace not enough

Hendon missed out on a rare quarter final appearance in the league cup after losing to a last minute Dereck Brown goal against Chesham tonight. Both sides fielded weakened sides and Chesham took a 37th minute lead through Craig Farley, before Dale Binns took advantage of a handling error by the Chesham keeper, Chris Tullett, to equalise on the stroke of half time. Binns put Hendon in front in the 58th minute with a rare header and then Dudley Campbell equalised for Chesham 14 minutes later before Brown scored the decisive winner. Hendon miss out on a trip to Heybridge Swifts.

Posted at 22:30

Tuesday 20 February - Supersub Binns strikes again

Two goals from substitute Dale Binns gave Hendon all three points from their visit to Hampton & Richmond Borough. After a hard fought first half which ended goalless, the deadlock was broken in the 67th minute when Hampton keeper, Eric Talbot, mishit a goalkick which fell to Ross Pickett. Pickett hit the post, but the ball fell to Binns who made no mistake. 11 minutes later, Binns rounded the keeper and a defender to score his 10th goal of the season and confirm all three points for Hendon.

Posted at 22:30

Monday 19 February - Paul Towler injury news

The news on injured defender Paul Towler is very disappointing. Towler, injured in the Ryman League Cup victory over Braintree last month, appears to have done massive damage to his knee and it will need complete reconstruction. According to manager Frank Murphy, "It is not looking good for Paul. We think he has damaged his cruciate ligaments, torn his cartilage and done other things. I don't think he'll play before Christmas."

Posted at 10:00

Monday 19 February - Date for Uxbridge game

Unless we are advised otherwise, the Middlesex Senior Cup Quarter Final tie against Uxbridge will take place at Honeycroft on Thursday, 1st March, kicking off at 7.30pm. We are still awaiting a date for the recently postponed home game against St Albans City.

Posted at 09:45

Saturday 17 February - Late goal defeats Dons

Hendon were beaten by an 87th minute headed goal by Slough Town skipper Keith McPherson, and were left rueing their inability to finish. The best chances fell to debutant René Street who saw one headed effort well saved by Steve Mautone, and another fly just over the bar. In the 62nd minute the game turned when Mautone made a superb double save, first from Warren Kelly's penalty, and then from Jason Soloman's headed rebound. With other results taken into account, Hendon drop one place and now lie in 14th place, but still have at least 4 games in hand on everyone in the division.

Posted at 18:30

Thursday 15 February - Hendon reach quarter finals

Hendon reached the Quarter Finals of the Middlesex Senior Cup with a comfortable win at Wembley tonight. A full strength side was fielded, and were comfortable throughout the game with Gary McCann making at least 3 quality saves. The first goal came in the 13th minute through Davis Haule, scoring against his former club, while David Adekola made it 2-0 on the stroke of half time. Hendon now travel to Uxbridge on a date to be confirmed.

Posted at 22:30

Monday 12 February - Hendon reaching crisis point

With only 17 league games played up to mid-February, Hendon's fixture congestion is already reaching crisis level. The Greens face 6 matches in the last 14 days of February, 9 games in each of March and April, plus 2 in the 5 days of May before the season ends and this excludes the game against St. Albans, for which a date is still to be announced. Hendon have now had 7 consecutive Ryman League games postponed because for various reasons.

Amazingly, Hendon have remained in 13th place since 9 December, during which time the Greens have played just 4 Ryman League Premier Divison fixtures, winning 1, drawing 1 and losing 2.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 12 February - Reserves reach 100

Hendon's first team, whose season has been deluged by postponements at home and away, have been positively snowed under with fixtures in the past few months - compared to the club's reserve squad.

Saturday's Suburban League Cup postponement against Chertsey Town at Alwyn's Lane means that they will go a minimum of 102 days between Suburban League fixtures. On Wednesday night, they are due to host Walton & Hersham in a Suburban League Premier Division fixture.

Their last game was at Basingstoke on Saturday 4 November 2000, 14 weeks - 98 days - ago. Thus today is the 100th day "anniversary" of that match.

Putting this into perspective, the gap between Hendon Reserves' last match of the 1999-2000 season (10 May) and their first of the current campaign (26 August) was 108 days.

Asked how he was coping with this enforced spell of inactivity, manager Alan Rolnick said, "It has been very difficult. I am on the phone to all the players every other day, trying to keep them upbeat."

Posted at 09:55

Monday 12 February - New signing

Frank Murphy has made his first permanent signing since the beginning of the season, by capturing the signature of central defender René Street from Northwood. Street was in the squad to face St Albans City, and may well make his debut in the league match at Slough on Saturday. Meanwhile, it is anticipated that Paul Towler will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, although we are awaiting the results of his recent scan.

Posted at 09:50

Monday 12 February - Fixture update

It was confirmed over the weekend that we will make another attempt to play the Middlesex Senior Cup replay at Wembley this Thursday evening. Meanwhile the League Cup tie at home against Chesham United has now been rearranged for Thursday, 22nd February kicking off at 7.30pm

Posted at 09:45

Saturday 10 February - "Playable" pitch "waterlogged"

Today's league game was called off at 1.45 with a clear difference of opinion over the state of the pitch. The officials at Hendon believed that the pitch would be playable, particularly as the pitch was and still is in a far better state than it was before the Canvey and Dagenham games in November, and so arranged for no inspection by a local referee. However, as the referee was making his decision on whether the match should go ahead, the rain at The LOOT Stadium started, and he decided that the match should not go ahead, despite the feelings from Hendon officials that the pitch still was playable.

Posted at 14:30

Friday 09 February - Game on??

In a surprising turn of events, we are in serious danger of playing our league match against St Albans City tomorrow afternoon. There is currently no pitch inspection planned, and if there are no further updates on Greensnet, the game will go ahead.

Posted at 14:00

Thursday 08 February - Details for Saturday

Unsurprisingly, there is some doubt as to whether Saturday's league game at home against St Albans City will go ahead. However, should our pitch be unfit, we will travel to Clarence Park for a friendly against St Albans. We stress that this game is not a competitive game, although supporters are welcome to attend. We hope to have confirmation at some point tomorrow.

Posted at 14:00

Thursday 08 February - Yet another postponement

Once again the Middlesex Senior Cup tie at Wembley has fallen foul of the weather. Meanwhile, the League Cup tie against Chesham United on Monday has been postponed due to Chesham's involvement in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup. Next Thursday, we will either play Chesham at home, or Wembley away. As soon as we hear confirmation we will post it online. This is likely to be sometime next week.

Posted at 13:45

Wednesday 07 February - Four new dates

Four new dates have now been set for Hendon, with games at home Chesham in the league cup, Dulwich Hamlet and Billericay Town being rearranged for Monday 12th February, Thursday 05th April and Thursday 26th April respectively. The league game at Sutton will now be on Tuesday 01st May.

Posted at 18:00

Wednesday 07 February - Covering reopened

Hendon's covering over the terracing down the side of the pitch has now been reopened following the structural safety work that has happened after the problems found over the summer. It will now be open for the game with St. Albans on Saturday and the game with Chesham on Monday.

Posted at 17:30

Tuesday 06 February - Yet another postponement

In a very unsurprising announcement, tonight's match at Wembley has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The next attempt will be on Thursday night.

Posted at 15:05

Tuesday 06 February - Yet another pitch inspection

There will be a pitch inspection at Vale Farm this afternoon at 3.00pm prior to tonight's Middlesex Senior Cup replay against Wembley. A further update will be online as soon as we know the result.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 03 February - Sutton match postponed

Following a late morning pitch inspection, today's match at Sutton United has been postponed. The next game is the replay at Wembley on Tuesday night.

Posted at 11:30

Saturday 03 February - Pitch inspection

There will be a pitch inspection this morning at 11.30am to see whether our league match at Sutton will go ahead. Further updates will be online once a decision has been made.

Posted at 10:00