News - February 2003

Wednesday 26 February - Top quality items up for auction

Supporter Dave Garner has managed to obtain a number of football items which are available for sale to the highest bidder. Bids for the items can be made in person in the club shop, or by e-mailing Paul Hutton on paul@hendonfc.net. All profits will go directly to the Supporters Association. The items available are as follows

Signed football from Watford FC

Two tickets for a forthcoming Luton Town FC home match

Four tickets for a forthcoming Leyton Orient FC home match

Authenticated limited edition colour print of the Stadium of Light (Sunderland FC)

Autographed colour photograph of Man Utd and England player Phil Neville

Signed Everton FC pennant

Signed colour photograph of the West Ham United FC team

Posted at 18:00

Wednesday 26 February - Bryco Cup semi final ates

Should we beat Kingstonian next week in the Bryco Cup, we will travel to Canvey Island in the first leg of the semi final on Tuesday, 18th March, with the return leg taking place the following week at Claremont Road. This would obviously mean that the league games scheduled on those days would have to be rearranged

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 25 February - Saints strike at fading title hopes

Hendon's hopes of challenging Canvey Island and Aldershot for the title this season took another blow when the Greens lost 2-0 to rivals St. Albans City. The defeat leaves the Dons seven points behind the Saints (who are just above Hendon in third place), although the Greens still have four games in hand over the Hertfordshire side. A flat pitch helped both sides to play some good football, although Hendon's attack lacked creativity, with few decent chances being created to worry Richard Wilmot. St. Albans took advantage of this in the 62nd minute, Simon Martin running clear of the defence and finishing excellently to put the Saints ahead. Martin Young sealed the three points for the away side in the 90th minute, taking advantage when the home defence lost possession around the halfway line

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 25 February - Hollingdale rejoins

Rob Hollingdale has returned to the club several months after then end of his loan spell at Claremont Road. While Rob had a successful spell with the Dons, making seven appearances ealier this season, he failed to return into a first team position at Woking and after being released recently Rob has now decided to return to play for Hendon.

Posted at 22:45

Tuesday 25 February - Big game this evening

Hendon face a big test this evening as they entertain St Albans City in a top of the table clash. St Albans currently lie in 3rd place, four points ahead of Hendon who have four games in hand over their opponents. St Albans have gone through a rough patch of form winning just one of their last six league games, culminating in a home defeat to Bedford Town on Saturday afternoon. A win is crucial for Hendon if they want to keep in touch with the leading pair of Canvey Island and Aldershot Town, neither of whom are in action tonight. Kick off tonight is 7.45pm, and as usual it would be great to see as many supporters as possible getting behind the team.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 25 February - Reserves slip to defeat

The reserves slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Kingstonian last night in their relegation six pointer. Further details will appear on the reserves page in due course.

Posted at 09:45

Monday 24 February - Fixture rearrangements

Two fixture rearrangements have been confirmed this morning. We will entertain Hampton & Richmond Borough in the Middlesex Senior Cup Semi Final on Tuesday, 11th March, kick off at 7.45pm. Therefore our trip to Kingstonian in the league has been postponed. On Tuesday, 1st April we will entertain Billericay Town in the league. This game will also kick off at 7.45pm. This just leaves our home game against Aldershot Town and the away game at Kingstonian to arrange.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 24 February - Reserves win again

The reserves continued their improving form with a 2-1 win at Metropolitan Police on Saturday afternoon to move just 5 points away from safety. The goals were scored by Leon Maloney and Lee Johnson. Tonight the reserves travel to Kingstonian in a real 6 pointer at the bottom of the table. Kick off is at 7.45pm at Dorking FC.

Posted at 13:45

Monday 24 February - Youth team round up

Four of the five youth teams came away with wins this weekend. The Under 17's beat FC Roundwood 6-0, Ryan Nelson and Sam Johnson scoring twice each. The Under 16's played their long delayed County Cup tie against Spur Road, and goals from Aaron McLeish and Daniel Llewellyn gave them a 2-0 win to progess into the quarter finals. The other teams were in league action, the Under 15's keeping up the pressure on leaders Hampstead as they won 3-0 against Greenford Celtic, the Under 13's won 6-3 against Forest United, Awais Talib scoring a hat-trick, while the only team to lose were the Under 14's who lost 1-0 to St Joseph's but came away with their heads held high after a battling performance.

Posted at 13:45

Sunday 23 February - Monty needs your support

Club Mascot Monty the Lamb is still looking for your sponsorship for the London Marathon on April 13th. The money raised will be split equally between the club and the NSPCC. Also Monty is running a competition to guess the finishing time. Entry is £1.00 and the prize for the winner is a Hendon FC goodie bag. To enter the competition or to sponsor Monty please call into the club shop on a matchday. Monty is hoping to raise at least £2000.

Posted at 15:00

Sunday 23 February - Bugler required

The search is on for a bugler to act as subsitute for Malcolm Graves, who is no longer able to regularly attend games as he has moved away from the area. The supporters association have got the bugle, all they need is someone to play it, and lead the support from behind the goal. It was noticed by many people how much of a difference Malcolm made in the recent FA Trophy games against Emley, and is certainly something that has been missing over the past couple of years. If you are interested in auditioning, please call into the club shop for more information.

Posted at 14:00

Saturday 22 February - Swifts hold Greens

In a dour game on a firm pitch the Greens were held to a goalless draw by Heybridge Swifts. In a game of few clear cut chances, Hendon were unable to break down a hardworking Heybridge defence, and equally the Heybridge attacks were dealt with comfortably by the Hendon back four. The best chances for Hendon fell to Mark Cooper, who saw a shot from the edge of the area go just wide, and Jon-Barrie Bates, who saw his fierce drive fly just over the bar. However, despite dropping two points, the Greens moved two places up the table into 4th place.

Posted at 18:30

Friday 21 February - Return to league action tonight

The first team start a run of three league games tomorrow afternoon as they entertain Heybridge Swifts at Claremont Road, the fourth meeting between the two clubs this season. In the previous meetings, Hendon won the league encounter 4-0 at Scraley Road, thanks to goals from Eugene Ofori, Rob Haworth, Steve Forbes and Martin Randall, and taking an FA Trophy tie 2-1 (Ricci Crace and Keiran Gallagher scoring) at Claremont Road after a 0-0 away draw. Last season, Hendon won 6-1 at Scraley Road (Randall 3, Byron Bubb, Ofori and Crace the marksmen) in March after a Phil Ruggles goal had given Hendon a 1-0 home win in September. Heybridge currently lie 22nd in the table following their 4-0 home defeat to Aldershot Town last weekend, and have collected 26 points from their 28 games. Meanwhile, the reserves travel to Metropolitan Police in a bid to gain another win in their battle against relegation.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 20 February - Hendon win despite late scare

Hendon survived a late scare this evening at Wealdstone to move into the semi finals of the county cup with a 3-2 win. With a near full strength side against Wealdstone's much weakened side which included a number of youth team players, Hendon took control and it was no surprise when they took the lead through Dale Binns in the 19th minute. Eugene Ofori doubled the lead shortly before half time and it seemed that the game was won. The first scare came in the 81st minute when Andy Myhill pulled a goal back with an excellent strike, and just three minutes later Ben Alexander equalised as the Greens sat back. This sparked life back into the Greens and with two minutes of normal time left Rob Haworth fired home the winning goal much to the relief of the travelling support. Credit must be given to Wealdstone's youngsters who fought for every ball and never gave up. The reward is a home semi final tie against Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Posted at 23:00

Thursday 20 February - Reduced admission tonight

It is understood by the club that admission charges at the White Lion Ground tonight for the game against Wealdstone are reduced by 50%. Therefore we believe it will be £3 for adults, and £1.50 for concessions. Kick off tonight is at 7.30pm. Anyone who had heard that free entry would be given if you kept hold of their ticket on Tuesday had unfortunately been given incorrect information.

Posted at 12:00

Wednesday 19 February - Bryco Cup semi final draw

The draw for the semi finals of the Bryco Cup was announced this morning. If we beat Kingstonian in a fortnight's time, we will travel to Canvey Island in the first leg, with our fellow title challengers travelling to Claremont Road in the second leg. The dates for each leg will be announced in due course. The other semi final sees Yeading travel to Dulwich Hamlet in the first leg.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 19 February - Tomorrow night for Wealdstone

Following last nights abandonment at Wealdstone, it has been agreed that a second attempt to play the game will be made at the White Lion Ground tomorrow evening. Kick off tomorrow is 7.30pm.

Posted at 09:00

Tuesday 18 February - Stones game abandoned

Tonights County Cup game, which probably should never have started, was abandoned shortly before half time due to a frozen pitch. The score at the time was 1-1. Carl Hunt gave Wealdstone the lead in the 12th minute with an excellent goal, just a minute after coming on as a subsitute for the injured Rob Courtnage. Dale Binns equalised from the penalty spot after Eugene Ofori was brought down on the edge of the area by Dave Ryan. The match was abandoned by the match referee after discussions with his assistants and both managers, but only after Wealdstone keeper David Godfrey was stretchered off having gone down holding his chest with suspected cracked ribs, which may well have been suffered as he made a couple of top quality saves on the solid pitch. No new date has yet been announced for the rearranged game.

Posted at 21:30

Monday 17 February - Wealdstone up next

Tomorrow night, Hendon travel up the A5 to meet Wealdstone in the Middlesex Senior Cup quarter-final at Edgware's White Lion ground. The teams last met in 1999, when the Stones won on penalties in an Isthmian League Full Members Cup tie. Wealdstone's young side are challenging for promotion from Ryman League Division One North, lying third in the table 13 points behind leaders Northwood, but they have played the fewest games of the 5 teams chasing the second promotion place. They lost 2-0 at Marlow on Saturday with what was reported to be a very disappointing performance that they will be aiming to bounce back from. Wealdstone have beaten Enfield and Northwood in home ties to reach this stage, while Hendon, the defending county cup holders, had a bye in round one and overcame Hillingdon Borough 5-1 at home. Kick off at the White Lion Ground is at 7.45pm.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 17 February - Big week for Rob Haworth

Hendon striker Rob Haworth had a week to remember in mid-February, doubling his season's goal tally with 5 goals in 3 matches in 8 days. On Saturday 8 February, he scored the Greens' goal in a 1-1 home draw with Harrow Borough, was credited with a hat-trick in the 5-2 Bryco Cup 4th round victory over Wingate & Finchley and then netted the only goal of the match with Maidenhead United at York Road on 15 February.

Posted at 09:45

Monday 17 February - Reserve and youth update

The reserves progressed into the quarter finals of the league cup on Saturday afternoon, overcoming Sutton United 1-0 courtesy of a goal from Leon Maloney. They face a home tie against Wealdstone in the quarter finals. It was bad news for the three youth teams in action though, the Under 15's lost 2-0 to Gladstone Rangers in the County Cup quarter finals, the Under 14's lost 2-1 at Pinnstars and the Under 13's lost 7-0 to Greenford Celtic, their opponents having a total of 7 shots on goal, all of which went in!

Posted at 09:30

Saturday 15 February - Temporary votes now up

While we are resolving the problems with our normal Man of the Match service, we have produced alternative polls which can now be found on the Man of the Match page. All three polls will stay open for at least 10 days to give all supporters the chance to vote.

Posted at 22:00

Saturday 15 February - Man of the Match voting

The man of the match voting ha been taken down for the time being due to a recent problem with votes being properly registered. We are currently trying to resolve the problem, and are also looking into a short term solution while the problem is being resolved. We hope to have something up by the end of the evening.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 15 February - Haworth keeps Hendon in touch

A goal from Rob Haworth was enough to ensure Hendon took all three points at Maidenhead United's York Road ground this afternoon and that the Greens just about stay in touch with the leading clubs in the league. A workmanlike performance suggested that the Dons deserved the three points, despite Maidenhead having a good proportion of the posession. The goal came in the 25th minute, when Dale Binns hit a shot across goal that would have gone wide, had Haworth not arrived on the end, to wrong-foot the 'keeper and sent the ball into the other side of the net. Both sides created more chances, although neither goalkeeper had a lot to do, most of what was created being relatively simple to deal with, or deing put wide.

Posted at 18:15

Friday 14 February - Weekend preview

Tomorrow afternoon, the Greens make the trip York Road to take on Maidenhead United in the Ryman League Premier Division. The Magpies, produced an excellent performance on Saturday to record a 3-2 win at Hitchin with striker Lawrence Yaku scoring twice and being fouled for the penalty which former Hendon man Paul Kelly converted for the winner. The victory lifted Maidenhead up to 12th in the table, with 39 points, 10 fewer than 6th-placed Hendon. They weren't in action during midweek as their County Cup derby with Slough Town fell victim to the weather. When the teams met at Claremont Road in September, Brian Haule scored a late equaliser for Hendon in a 1-1 draw. Last season at York Road, an early Phil Ruggles goal for the Greens was not enough as Maidenhead netted 3 times in the second half; in the return, the game ended 1-1, with Ricci Crace scoring for Hendon. The teams also met in the FA Trophy and goals from Ross Pickett and Paul Yates were enough to give Hendon a 2-1 away victory. Directions and link to a map of the area are available on the preview page. Meanwhile the reserves are at home to Sutton United in their much delayed League Cup tie. Kick off for both games is at 3.00pm

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 12 February - Bryco Cup quarter final date set

Our Bryco Cup quarter final against Kingstonian will be played on Tuesday, 4th March 2003. Kick off at Claremont Road will be at 7.45pm. As a consequence our league game against Billericay Town has been postponed until a later date, which will be confirmed in due course.

Posted at 14:00

Tuesday 11 February - Dons through to face K's

Hendon completed a demolition of Wingate & Finchley in extra time, three goals in the extra 30 minutes being more than enough to ensure the Greens' best run in the Bryco (League) Cup for some time. It was in just the 13th minute that Rob Haworth broke the deadlock, beating a defender and hitting a shot that ricoched of both the post and goalkeeper Andy Walker before entering the net. Wingate equalised twelve minutes later after Kieran Gallagher lost posession on the right. The Dons failed to touch the ball again until McCann was taking the ball out of the net after Paul Hakim's shot. Haworth scored again for Hendon in the 75th minute, a Paul Yates corner ending in the net after Andy Walker failed to deal with the cross sufficiently. Wingate, however, still came at the Greens, and despite all eleven men defending, Paul Hakim still managed to fire home a second just a minute from time.

It was in extra time that the difference between the two sides became apparent, Hendon scoring three decent goals. Lee Endersby scored the first in the 97th minute, lobbing Walker from around 30 yard, while the second came seven minutes later curtesy of the same man. Endersby played a free kick into the area, which Wingate did manage to clear, but unfortunately for the Blues, it only reached Paul Yates 25 yards out, and the midfielder fired the ball home. In the last minute, Haworth managed to finish his hat-trick, latching onto a Lee Endersby clearance, and sliding the ball past the 'keeper for the Greens fifth.

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 11 February - Important news regarding tonights game

Tonights Bryco Cup game has been switched to Wingate & Finchley's ground at Summers Lane, Finchley. Kick off will still be at 7.45pm. The switch has occured as Claremont Road failed a morning pitch inspection, and rather than have to rearrange the game for Thursday, it was agreed with the league and our opponents to switch the game, particularly as it is local. We realise this is extremely short notice, and as the game is not on teletext a number of fans may not be aware of the switch, so if you are in contact with any supporters, please let them know about the change of venue.

Posted at 13:00

Monday 10 February - More cup action tomorrow

The first team return to cup action again tomorrow evening as they entertain Wingate & Finchley in the 4th Round of the Bryco Cup. Our opponents lie 18th in Division One North with 32 points from their 29 games, and are without a win in league action since Boxing Day when they won 3-1 at Tilbury. On Saturday they drew 2-2 at Oxford City who lie just one place below them in the league. Dave Anderson is expected to field a strong side in both remaining cup competitions as he looks to hopefully secure two cups this season. Kick off tomorrow evening is at 7.45pm

Posted at 10:00

Monday 10 February - Reserve and youth update

The reserves fight against relegation is all the tougher after their 2-1 defeat at Walton & Hersham on Saturday afternoon despite taking the lead through Adam Zidane in the first half. It was better news for the Under 15's who beat South Ruislip Rangers 8-0, Mohammed Hasan hitting a hat-trick. The games involving the other youth teams were postponed.

Posted at 09:45

Saturday 08 February - Penalty costs Dons

Hendon dropped slightly off the pace at the top of the Ryman Premier Division today, only getting a draw with rivals Harrow Borough, while other teams at the top of the table managed all three points. Harrow took the lead through a Mekel Hackett penalty in the 28th minute, scored after former Don Marvyn Watson was felled in the area. The Greens' scored their equaliser in the 58th minute, Rob Haworth bundling the ball home after Borough 'keeper Karamoko fumbled it. A goal from Ricci Crace was ruled out a couple of minutes later, after Karamoko had be adjudged to be fouled.

Posted at 18:30

Friday 07 February - Local derby tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon sees the first team return to league action as they entertain Harrow Borough looking to complete a double over our opponents. In company with most Ryman League teams, Harrow were left kicking their heels last Saturday, snow and ice putting paid to their trip to Maidenhead, and they remain in 15th place in the table, with 35 points from 29 games. Earlier this season, Hendon won 3-1 at Earlsmead, thanks to two goals from Eugene Ofori and one from Steve Forbes. Last season, Hendon enjoyed a 2-0 win at Harrow with goals from Dale Binns and Davis Haule, who later joined Borough and was on the winning side in the return, which ended 1-0 at Claremont Road. The match will see a number of players in action against their former club: Hendon have Borough old boys David Hook, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Lee Endersby and Jon-Barrie Bates, while Harrow have Davis and Brian Haule, Phil Gridelet and Marvyn Watson as ex-Dons. Kick off tomorrow is 3.00pm and no pitch inspections are planned.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 05 February - Fixture rearrangements

Two of our outstanding league fixtures have been arranged. Canvey Island will visit us on Tuesday, 18th March, and we will travel to Bishop's Stortford on Tuesday, 15th April. Both games will kick off at 7.45pm. Meanwhile, in the Bryco Cup, if we beat Wingate & Finchley next week, we will entertain Kingstonian in the quarter finals after they beat Aveley 3-1 last night thanks to goals from Phil Wingfield, Ronnie Green and Tim Sills.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 04 February - Greens out of Trophy

Hendon slumped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat in the 4th Round of the FA Trophy tonight at Claremont Road, although the Dons can only have themselves to blame. Hendon had the better of the posession, but wasted much of it, while they also failed to take their chances, Kieran Gallagher having a penalty saved just before half time, and Crace hitting the post right on the dead of 90 minutes. Wakefield & Emley's goal came in the 113th minute, Mark Wilson hitting an opportunist strike from around 20 yards out, putting the ball across Hook into the far corner.

Posted at 23:30

Tuesday 04 February - It's Wakefield again tonight

Following the goalless draw in Yorkshire on Saturday afternoon, we host Wakefield & Emley in the FA Trophy Fourth Round replay this evening. Kick off at Claremont Road tonight is at 7.45pm, and there are no plans for a pitch inspection prior to the game. As usual it would be great to see as many supporters there as possible giving the players the support and backing hopefully urging them on to a win and a trip to either Alfreton Town or Burscough.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 03 February - New date for Wingate

The much delayed Bryco Cup tie against Wingate & Finchley has now been arranged for Tuesday, 11th February, kick off 7.45pm. This in turn means that our home game against Canvey Island has been put back to a date to be announced.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 03 February - FA Trophy draw

The draw for the 5th round of the FA Trophy has been made this morning, and the winners of our replay against Wakefield & Emley have been given an away tie at either Alfreton Town or Burscough, which means a trip either to Derbyshire or Lancashire. Alfreton and Burscough drew 1-1 on Saturday and are also due to replay at Burscough this week. The fifth round is due to take place on Saturday, 22nd February.

Posted at 12:00

Monday 03 February - More on the new signings

Hendon have added more experience to their squad as the season moves into its final and increasingly frantic 3 months.

Last week, Hendon introduced Lee Endersby, the much-travelled former England international who won his only cap as a Harrow Borough player in 1996. Since then Endersby has seen action for a large number of clubs, including Aldershot, Bishops Stortford, Boreham Wood, Carshalton Athletic, Enfield, Hitchin Town and Tooting & Mitcham United, playing for the Terrors against Hendon in this year's FA Cup. "I have known Lee for years and he has played for me when I was an assistant manager. He is capable of turning a game in a minute."

Rejoining the Greens is goalkeeper Gary McCann, who was recently released by Slough Town after an unhappy spell at Aylesbury United. McCann, who was one of the first signings made by Frank Murphy in March 1997, was first choice at Claremont Road for a number of seasons until he suffered a serious knee injury in April 2000. Further surgery in the summer of 2001 meant he was unable to regain his place at Hendon when Dave Anderson took over as boss and McCann was then unable to dislodge David Hook after he regained full fitness. Anderson explained, "I have signed Gary as cover for David Hook because we have a lot of games coming up and he will be able to give Hook a rest."

The third signing is central defender Lee Harvey, another player who has been with Mr Anderson, this time at Aylesbury United. Harvey also saw service with Slough Town and St Albans City before joining Boreham Wood, where he was part of the management team with Micky Engwell last season. This season he relinquished his management/coaching duties and remained a player, until the club released him last month. "Lee is a very experienced defender," said Anderson. "He has been there, done that and knows all about football at this level."

Posted at 11:00

Monday 03 February - Reserve and youth round up

The round up is straight forward this week as none of the five youth teams, or the reserve team were in action, all the games being postponed due to the recent wintry weather.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 01 February - Three off as Greens draw

Hendon will have to play Wakefield and Emley again on Tuesday at Claremont Road, after the failure of today's match in Wakefield to produce any goals. The talking point of the game is likely to be the fact that three men were sent off in the first half, Paul Yates walking for Hendon and Ryan Crosley for Wakefield in the 13th minute after a scuffle between the two. Wakefield then found themselves down another man when in the 43rd minute Mark Wilson was shown his second yellow card. Hendon had a number of good chances in the first half, with Wakefield producing little of note, but the Unibond League side came out well in the second half, and probably just shaded it.

Posted at 20:00

Saturday 01 February - Wakefield game is going ahead

Despite a fall of snow in the Wakefield area overnight that has now been washed away by rain, today's game is going ahead as planned. Manager Dave Anderson has been out on the pitch early this morning and said that there was no doubt and that the pitch was beautiful. Kick off at the Belle Vue Stadium this afternoon is 3.00pm, and we hope to see as many supporters as possible there, but please be careful on the roads.

Posted at 09:00