News - February 2005

Monday 28 February - Youth team round up

It was a bit of a mixed weekend for the youth teams, with the under 18's winning 2-1 against Bridge Rovers thanks to goals from Stephan Chambers and Narcisse Nono and the under 12's drawing 2-2 against promotion rivals FC Roundwood, Damilola Thomas scoring both goals. Unfortunately it was bad news for the under 15's who were soundly thrashed 14-0 by Kensington Dragon.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 28 February - Two players released

Two players have been released in the past couple of weeks. Both Brentford trainees, Sean Hillier and James Morrison have left the club, and Morrison has signed for Chertsey Town.

Posted at 13:45

Saturday 26 February - Hendon win game of two halves

It's one of the footballing cliches most often used, but today was a real game of two halves. Hendon were very poor in the first half, and Folkestone deservedly took the lead in the 35th minute when Simon Glover finished off a good move. The fact the scoreline was only 1-0 at half time was largely down to Dave King who made a number of good saves and interceptions. As poor as the Greens were in the first half they were good in the second and within five minutes of the restart they had equalised through John Frendo. In the 53rd minute the Greens took the lead when Steve McGrath celebrated his debut by heading home after great work from René Street to set him up. Hendon battled hard to keep their lead in the second half, and their job was made easier two minutes from time when James Everitt was sent off for a second caution. The Greens did manage to hold on reasonably comfortably, and went home happy with all three points.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 26 February - Slough game goes ahead

Our away league game against Slough Town on Tuesday will go ahead on Tuesday evening after the Rebels lost 3-2 to Gravesend & Northfleet in the FA Trophy this afternoon.

Posted at 18:25

Saturday 26 February - More shirts now on sale

The club shop have had another delivery of replica home shirts. Priced at £25, they are available in medium, large and extra large sizes. Please call into the club shop to buy your shirt at future games.

Posted at 18:20

Saturday 26 February - Folkestone game is on

The club have confirmed this morning that they expect this afternoon's game against Folkestone Invicta to go ahead as planned. The pitch is heavy but playable, and the Folkestone team will be starting their journey shortly. The only thing that may cause a problem is if there is any heavy rain or snow, but none is forecast. We look forward to see you all this afternoon.

Posted at 11:00

Friday 25 February - No plans for inspection tomorrow

There are no plans for a pitch inspection prior to tomorrow's home game against Folkestone Invicta. The pitch is currently playable and if the weather is as forecast, there are no problems expected. We look forward to seeing as many supporters from both clubs as possible tomorrow afternoon.

Posted at 17:00

Thursday 24 February - Nartey moves on

Joe Nartey has been released from the club, thus ending his second spell with us. He is expected to sign for Windsor & Eton in time to play on Saturday afternoon and we wish Joe all the best as he moves on.

Posted at 18:30

Tuesday 22 February - Under 18 game postponed

Tomorrow nights under 18 game against Young Stars has been postponed as Young Stars are unable to field a side.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 21 February - Youth team round up

There were just two youth teams in action this weekend. The under 12s ran out 4-0 winners at Headstone Manor B thanks to goals from Dean Rosenthal, Michael Pringle, Julian Mika and Damilola Thomas. Man of the match was Jahrell Best who was superb in midfield. Meanwhile first half goals from Mark Blooman, Matthew Hornblow and Salah Abuukar weren't enough for the under 15s as they lost 4-3 to Pinner Albion who hit a four goal salvo in the second half. The under 16s had their game postponed after two of the squad were called up for Middlesex representative duties. Ashley Trodden and Marcel Byfield being the two concerned. The under 18s are due to be in action on Wednesday evening as they entertain Young Stars at Claremont Road in a 7.45pm kick off.

Posted at 14:00

Saturday 19 February - Frendo free kick worth three points

A 71st minute John Frendo free kick was enough to earn Hendon all three points as they won 1-0 at Windsor & Eton this afternoon. It was a scrappy game on a difficult pitch and neither side created a huge amount in the way of clear cut chances. The Hendon goal came when Eugene Ofori was brought down just outside the penalty area by Dave Tilbury, and Frendo stepped up and curled the free kick just inside the near post with the Windsor keeper Chuck Martini nothing more than a spectator. The result has moved Hendon some five places up the table into 13th place.

Posted at 18:45

Saturday 19 February - McGrath signs

Gary McCann has made his first signing since taking over as manager by securing the services of experienced defender Steve McGrath, who has played many games at this level including spells with Aldershot Town and Enfield. We welcome Steve to the club and hope that he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 18:40

Wednesday 16 February - Reserves suffer another defeat

Despite fielding an experienced line up, the reserves slipped to a comprehensive 5-1 defeat at the hands of a quick Windsor & Eton side. The visitors were 3-0 ahead within fifteen minutes, and moved four goals ahead in the 57th minute. Ross Pickett pulled a goal back five minutes later, but with around fifteen minutes to go, Windsor scored their fifth goal to complete the scoring.

Team : Andy Vincent, Corey Campbell, Steve McGrath, Chris Sparks, Chris Childs, Andy Sherry, Richard McDonagh, Anthony Clark, Rob Courtnage, Joe Nartey, Ross Pickett. Used subs : Chad Edwards, Tom Woodcraft, Kevin Bissah. Unused subs : Jaz Rose, Bradley Bubb.

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 15 February - Greens in rare draw

Hendon had their second league draw of the season this evening as they drew 0-0 against Chelmsford City. Both teams worked hard throughout the game, particularly defensively, and as a result there were only a few clear cut chances. Eugene Ofori hit a speculative lob midway through the first half which Paul Nicholls managed to claim in the Chelmsford goal, while Dave King was forced into two or three excellent saves during the second half. It was a great team performance for the Greens, and the clean sheet, the first since New Years Day, will help to boost the confidence in the squad ahead of the forthcoming games.

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 15 February - Sargent moves on

Dave Sargent left the club this afternoon and has returned to Northwood. Speaking before tonights game manager Gary McCann said "We are very sorry to see Dave go as we were very keen for him to stay. However, we understand his reasons, and we thank him for all the effort he has put in for the club, and his last minute goal on Saturday may prove crucial come the end of the season. We wish Dave all the best, and hope that our paths will cross again at some point in the future."

Posted at 15:30

Tuesday 15 February - Leyton game rearranged

Our outstanding away league game at Leyton has been rearranged, and will be played a month today, Tuesday 15th March, kicking off at 7.45pm.

Posted at 15:15

Tuesday 15 February - First team in action again tonight

The first team are back in action tonight in what is likely to be the last midweek home game of the season as they entertain Chelmsford City in a game that will kick off at 7.45pm. The game is notable because it will see the return of Hendon legend Simon Clarke for the first time since he left the club having made 351 appearances over seven seasons. The game earlier in the season ended in a 1-0 win for the Greens, who were rather relieved to leave with three points after their goal led a charmed life with Dave King making a number of excellent saves to keep a clean sheet. Chelmsford's form has improved somewhat over the past couple of months and they have risen rapidly up the table, a rise that the Greens will be aiming to halt this evening. We look forward to seeing as many supporters at the game as possible this evening.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 15 February - Away programmes available in shop

A number of programmes from away games this season are now available in the club shop. Programmes are available from the games at Harrow Borough, Chelmsford City, Braintree Town, Cheshunt, Folkestone Invicta, Kingstonian, Taunton Town, Salisbury City, Heybridge Swifts, Dover Athletic and Slough Town. Please call into the shop and speak to Chris Rogers for more information or e-mail him on progshop@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 09:55

Monday 14 February - Youth team round up

The under 18's put in another good performance on Saturday afternoon as they drew 1-1 at Crown & Manor, Stephan Chambers scoring the goal. On Sunday it was bad news as the under 16's lost 6-3 to Ealing Shamrock, and the under 15's lost 10-1 to Forest United. Meanwhile, the under 12's travelled to Beaulieu for a friendly and ran out 6-5 winners.

Posted at 14:00

Saturday 12 February - Sargent double earns Greens win

Gary McCann's reign as Hendon manager started well this afternoon as the Greens ended their barren run of results with a 2-1 victory over a well organised and hardworking Cheshunt side, for whom Ross White shone in midfield. The game started perfectly for Hendon when they took the lead in the 2nd minute, Dave Sargent heading home across from John Frendo having been left unmarked at the far post. Cheshunt had the bulk of possession in the first half, and were rewarded in the 39th minute when a freekick from White squirmed through the grasp of Dave King and just crossed the line before King could scramble it back. Hendon came out in the second half in determined style, and had a great chance to take the lead when a Sargent drive was tipped onto the post by Michael Kalli. However, a minute into stoppage time, Sargent had the final word when he received a long pass over the top by Jason O'Connor, took a touch and drove it across Kalli into the far corner of the net.

Posted at 18:45

Friday 11 February - First team back in action tomorrow

Following their twelve day break, the first team are back in action tomorrow afternoon as they entertain Cheshunt. It is a crucial game for the Greens, not only because it is Gary McCann's first game in charge, but also because three points are very important to kick start the season and start moving back out of the relegation zone. This is where the supporters come in, not only to welcome Gary McCann and Gary Anderson back to the club as well as welcoming Andy Pape, but to get behind the team for 90 minutes and hopefully cheer the team on to three points. We look forward to seeing as many supporters as possible at Claremont Road for the game, which will kick off at 3.00pm.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 09 February - First win for reserves

The reserves picked up their first win of the season at Aylesbury United this evening, helped by the fact that the strongest available first team side was fielded and led by the new management team of Gary McCann and Andy Pape. The final score was 4-0, and it was Eugene Ofori who opened the scoring after 54 seconds finishing off a fine move involving Dave Hunt and Dave Sargent. John Frendo hit a fine lob in the 10th minute to double the lead, and on the half hour mark Gary Meakin headed home a Sargent cross. The fourth goal was the best of the lot, coming in the 64th minute when James Burgess scored with a screaming drive from 25 yards. Dave King had just the one save to make and the result means the squad go into Saturday's crucial league game against Cheshunt with a suitable confidence boost. Both Richard McDonagh and Ross Pickett were unavailable through injury.

Team : Dave King, Gary Meakin, Dave Sargent, Jason O'Connor, René Street, Dean Coppard (James Parker 48), Danny Julienne (Andy Sherry 64), Dave Hunt, Eugene Ofori (Joe Nartey 70), James Burgess. Unused subs : Jazz Rose, Anthony Clarke

Posted at 23:00

Monday 07 February - Under 18s win in cup

The under 18s won again on Saturday afternoon as they overcame Young Stars 3-1 in the U20s Divisional Cup. Bradley Bubb scored twice, with Narcisse Nono scoring the other. Meanwhile, despite losing 2-0 to league leaders Omonia, the under 16s put in a much improved performance, with manager Gary Eaton having no complaints about the performance.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 07 February - Gary Anderson returns as Physio

Gary Anderson has returned to the club to take charge of the physiotherapy. Gary, who worked for Barnet during their Football League days, spent a season at Hendon when Frank Murphy was manager and, during that time, oversaw Gary McCann's rehabilitation from the knee surgery he underwent. Gary takes over from Stuart Everley who has left the club, and we thank Stuart for all his hard work over the past few months in getting the players fit and ready to play.

Posted at 13:45

Monday 07 February - Strong side to play at Aylesbury

We will be sending a strong side to Aylesbury to fulfill the reserve team fixture in the Capital League. The line up has not been confirmed, but it is expected to include a number of first team players. Kick off at Buckingham Road is 7.45pm should any supporters wish to go along.

Posted at 13:30

Monday 07 February - No more player news

There have been no further departures over the weekend with regard to the playing squad. The squad were in for training on Saturday, and by all accounts had a very good session. Any news of any comings or goings will be confirmed on the website as normal once all the paperwork has been completed.

Posted at 13:15

Friday 04 February - Nicholls and Delaney released

Following the meeting last night between the players and Gary McCann, two players have decided to move on. Mark Nicholls has left us to join Uxbridge, while Martin Delaney has been released. We thank both players for their efforts during their time at the club, and wish them both all the best for the future.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 03 February - Youth team action this weekend

Two of our youth teams are in action this weekend. On Saturday afternoon at 2pm, the under 18's entertain Young Stars in a Divisional Cup first round game at Copthall Playing Fields. And then on Sunday morning at 10.30am, the under 16's entertain Omonia in a league fixture also at Copthall Playing Fields. Supporters are more than welcome to attend, and the youngsters would be delighted to see some extra support.

Posted at 14:00

Thursday 03 February - Reserves continue search for win

The reserves are still searching for their first win of the season following their 4-0 defeat at home to Yeading. The 'Ding scored two goals in each half, each resulting from individual chances. The Greens did create some good chances but were unable to finish them off.

Team : Siki Kambala, Junior Howell, Warren Clarke, Jazz Rose, Tom Woodcraft, Chad Edwards, Adilson Lopez, Chris Childs, Wayne Thirkell, Joe Nartey, Kevin Bissah. Subs (all used) : Gary Thirkell, Martin Westcott, Apacha Ayala.

Posted at 13:45

Wednesday 02 February - Message from the chairman

Hendon Football club have today parted company with manager Gary Farrell.

Chairman Ivor Arbiter said that "Gary stepped in for us at a difficult time and has worked tremendously hard for Hendon Football Club. However, we now believe that we need to bring in someone new in order to turn our season around. With that in mind we have appointed Gary McCann as manager and he will be assisted by Andy Pape.

"Gary leaves us on good terms and we wish him well for the future."

Ivor added "Our supporters have rightly been wanting a statement from me regarding the clubs future.

"Nothing has changed and we are still waiting for the completion of the sale of Claremont Road which will trigger the move to our new home at Copthall. We hope that move will take place in time for the start of next season, however we are not yet in a position to confirm actual dates for the move."

Posted at 10:45