News - February 2010

Sunday 28 February - Clarification on Wealdstone game

Just to clarify, our away game at Wealdstone is still planned to take place this coming Tuesday (2nd March), kicking off at 7:45pm. The game will only be moved to Thursday evening if Wealdstone's pitch is unplayable on Tuesday.

Posted at 08:46

Saturday 27 February - Greens find the winning touch

Hendon found the winning touch this afternoon as they won 2-0 at Tooting & Mitcham United.

The first half hour saw little in the way of chances, but in the 34th minute the Greens took the lead when a shot from Anthony Thomas squirmed through the grasp of Dave King and rolled into the net.

Tooting were reduced to ten men in the 74th minute when Colin Hartburn was dismissed for violent conduct, having pushed over Lee O'Leary. Hendon then saw the game out fairly comfortably, with the added bonus of a fine goal from Belal Aite-Ouakrim in the final seconds.

Posted at 19:58

Saturday 27 February - Supporters slip to defeat

Our Supporters team followed in the first team's footsteps of the last few weeks by throwing away a lead to lose 5-3 to Tooting & Mitcham's supporters on a very heavy pitch at lunchtime.

After going behind, Ashley Lawrence immediately equalised with a close range finish. Matt Fowler put the Greens ahead early in the second half, and scored again midway through the half. However, things then went badly wrong as four goals were conceded throughout the rest of the game.

Posted at 19:53

Saturday 27 February - Update from Tooting

Tooting advised last night that no pitch inspection was planned ahead of this afternoon's game. Should there be a change to the situation, any updates will be posted to the Livescores thread on the messageboard. There will be no further updates to the website until after the game.

Posted at 07:52

Friday 26 February - New dates for Carshalton and Hastings

Our home game against Carshalton will now take place on Thursday 25th March, whilst our game against Hastings United will be played on Tuesday 13th April. Both games will kick off at 7.45pm.

Posted at 14:31

Friday 26 February - Tooting double header tomorrow

We have, weather permitting, a double header tomorrow against Tooting & Mitcham United. Ahead of the first team game, there is a supporters game taking place. All those supporters due to play in the game are asked to meet at Tooting's ground no later at 11.00am.

Since we last met Tooting a month ago, they have picked up 5 points from the 4 games they have played. Their most recent game was a 1-1 draw at home with Sutton United, with Simon Parker finding the back of the net for the Terrors. Our opponents currently lie in 7th place, just outside the play-off zone.

At the time of writing, we have not received any news of a planned inspection. Should this change, we will of course update the website and messageboard as soon as we can.

Posted at 13:51

Friday 26 February - News on Wealdstone fixture

We have agreed with Wealdstone that if our away game with them is postponed on Tuesday evening, we will try again 48 hours later on Thursday.

Posted at 13:47

Friday 26 February - Are you coming to the quiz night?

In order to help the supporters trust know how many people to expect to the quiz night next week, please could you let them know if you are planning to attend.

You can do this either by purchasing a ticket from John Rogers at Tooting tomorrow afternoon, assuming the game is on, or by emailing Steve Rogers on steve_rogers2506@btinternet.com.

It is very important that as many people as possible support our fundraising events, as they help raise much needed funds to keep your club alive.

Posted at 08:57

Thursday 25 February - Vale Farm pitch still too wet

A pitch inspection has just been completed at Vale Farm, and unfortunately the pitch is still too wet and as a result tonight's game against Hastings United has been postponed. A new date will be advised in due course.

Posted at 13:54

Wednesday 24 February - Pitch inspection for Hastings game

A pitch inspection has been arranged for 2:00pm tomorrow afternoon ahead of our planned game against Hastings United. The result of the inspection will be posted to the website as soon as it is known.

Posted at 15:59

Tuesday 23 February - Carshalton game called off

Following a pitch inspection by the match referee a few minutes ago, this evening's game against Carshalton has been postponed. A new date for the game will be advised.

Posted at 14:47

Tuesday 23 February - Woods-Garness returns to Sutton

Bradley Woods-Garness spell on loan with us has come to an end today, and he has now returned to Sutton United. We thank Bradley for his efforts over the past few weeks.

Posted at 12:18

Monday 22 February - Pitch inspection for Carshalton game

There will be an inspection tomorrow afternoon at 1430 ahead of our game against Carshalton Athletic. The Vale Farm pitch is currently very wet following today's rain. The result of the inspection will be posted on the website and messageboard as soon as it is known.

Posted at 18:01

Monday 22 February - Under 21s unbeaten run ends

Hendon Under-21s' six-match winning run came to an end on Saturday as London United Football Academy scored the only goal of the match.

Hendon were overrun in the opening exchanges and they were lucky still to be on level terms when the management team made a substitution and changed the formation. The changes worked well and Hendon then gave as good as they got, only failing to find the target. With just less than 20 minutes remaining, London Academy finally broke the deadlock, courtesy of some slack defending at a corner, and although Hendon laid siege on the London Academy goal, the home team were able to hang on for victory.

"I am disappointed that we lost the game," admitted joint manager Eamon Finn, "especially as we pressurised them so much in the last 15 minutes. A draw would have been a fair result, but they took their chance and we didn't. Once we had changed tactics, we started to dominate. My man of the match was Dylan Agyako, who had an excellent game in midfield and made some dangerous runs into attack as well as tracking back into defence."

Posted at 15:19

Monday 22 February - A busy week ahead (weather permitting!)

We have a busy week ahead, with three games in 5 days starting tomorrow evening when Carshalton Athletic are due to visit us at Vale Farm. Two days later we entertain Hastings United, and then on Saturday we travel across London as we face Tooting & Mitcham United.

All of these games are of course subject to the weather. Any news of planned inspections will be posted to the website and/or messageboard as soon as they are arranged. If there is no news, it is safe to assume that the game is on. Please ensure that you check both the website and the messageboard.

Carshalton parted company with their second manager of the season last week, Francis Vines moving on after just five months in charge. Ian Hazell has taken over for the rest of the season as they bid to beat the drop. The fact that they are fighting against relegation has come as a surprise to many, as the Robins were one of the fancied sides for promotion at the start of the campaign.

Carshalton's league form is rotten at the moment, having picked up just 8 points from their last 13 games, so they will be desperate to pick up some points tomorrow night. Equally, Gary McCann will be very keen to stop the recent run of defeats and return to winning ways.

Kick off at Vale Farm tomorrow night will be at 7.45pm as normal, and the bar will be open to all supporters from around 6.00pm.

Posted at 09:57

Sunday 21 February - Ton up for O'Leary

We had yet another appearance milestone yesterday as Lee O'Leary made his 100th appearance for the club.

Lee originally joined us in February 2006 from Brook House and made his debut at the end of that month in the 0-0 draw at home gainst Folkestone Invicta. He left just over a year later for AFC Wimbledon, then moving on to Wealdstone before returning to the Greens in March 2008. Apart from a short period at Chertsey Lee has been with us ever since, although he has missed most of the past year recovering from the serious injury suffered at Horsham.

Everyone at the club congratulates Lee on reaching the milestone and look forward to his next 100 appearances.

Posted at 18:15

Sunday 21 February - Under 16s put in disappointing performance

Hendon Under-16s put in a very disappointing performance on Sunday afternoon as they lost 3-0 at Pitshanger. Despite a bright start to the game, they fell a goal behind in the 18th minute as the defence went to sleep. Chances were at a premium at either end, and the second goal didn't come until the 51st minute, and the scoring was completed fifteen minutes later.

Coach Liam Coogan-Jobes said "That was very disappointing this afternoon, we never really got going and we let Pitshanger dictate the game. It's very important that we bounce back next week against Wealdstone. My man of the match today is Shaquille Tyndale-Weekes who did everything we asked of him in the middle of the park."

Posted at 18:10

Saturday 20 February - Hendon defeated again

Hendon slipped to a third defeat in 8 days this afternoon as they went down 3-1 to Horsham at Gorings Mead. It was also the third game in a row where the game has been lost having taken the lead.

Just like last Saturday against Wealdstone, it was Anthony Thomas who gave the Greens the lead, this time the goal coming in the 30th minute.

Horsham equalised through Sam Page in the 58th minute and took the lead eight minutes later courtesy of Pat Harding. The final goal came in the 78th minute when Harding found the next again to secure the points for the Hornets.

Posted at 16:54

Friday 19 February - Change of venue for Under 16 game

There has been a change of venue for the under 16s away game against Pitshanger on Sunday afternoon. The game is now being played at Warren Farm Sports Ground, Southall, UB2 4NE.

Those players who are due to meet Liam Coogan-Jobes at Finchley Road station are asked to meet no later than 10.45am, whilst those players travelling direct should meet at Warren Farm no later than 1pm. Any players who have any problems or questions should contact Liam direct.

Posted at 16:12

Friday 19 February - Hendon head off to Sussex

Our league fixture tomorrow sees us travel down to West Sussex to play Horsham. Supporters are reminded that Horsham are now playing at Horsham YMCA's ground at Goring's Mead.

Like ourselves, Horsham have suffered with postponements over the past couple of months. Their last game saw them win 4-1 at home against Ashford Town (Middlesex) ten days ago, with Tony Nwachukwu, Alex Haddow, Pat Harding and Adam Hutchings finding the back of the net. The Hornets currently lie in 9th place in the table just two points off the play-offs.

Gary McCann will be hoping that the Greens build on the decent performance against Boreham Wood and get some more points on the board as we continue through this busy period of fixtures.

The last two games against Horsham will be remembered for the wrong reasons, with serious injuries happening. A year ago Lee O'Leary, who has now returned to action, broke his leg in the game at Worthing, whilst back in December, Gary Charman received a double fracture to the cheekbone at Vale Farm. Charman is still out of action, and is continuing to receive treatment at Northwick Park Hospital. He is unlikely to play again this season, and everyone at Hendon wishes him well for a successful recovery.

Supporters are reminded that there is a coach running to the game, leaving Vale Farm at 10.45am. If you would like to travel on the coach, please email Steve Rogers on steve_rogers2506@btinternet.com before 10pm this evening.

If there are any inspections arranged, we will update the website as soon as we get that news. Otherwise, it is safe to assume that the game is going ahead as planned.

Posted at 08:49

Wednesday 17 February - Quiz Night

The Supporters Trust have organised a quiz night, which will take place on Saturday 6th March following our home game against Tonbridge Angels. Tickets are £3.00 each and will be available from John Rogers at our home games against Carshalton and Hastings next week. You can also reserve tickets by emailing Steve Rogers on steve_rogers2506@btinternet.com.

The doors will open at 5.00pm and the quiz will begin at 5.30pm. The bar will be open for drinks, and light snacks will be provided.

It is extremely important that as many supporters as possible support this and future fundraising events, as they are a vital to helping secure the future of our football club.

Posted at 12:49

Wednesday 17 February - O'Sullivan departs

Gary McCann has spoken exclusively to Greensnet this morning to announce that he released Wayne O'Sullivan from the squad last night.

Gary said "The decision to release Wayne is purely a football one. Unfortunately he has struggled to recapture the form he showed for us a couple of years ago. Also, there is going to be a change to the shape of the side which has had an influence on the decision.

"I can't put my finger on why it's not worked out and Wayne will be the first to admit that he's not reached the levels that he is capable of.

"I've got a lot of time for Wayne, but it's become clear as the season progressed that the performances weren't likely to come. We appreciate everything that he has done for the club during his two spells and wish him all the best for the future."

Wayne originally joined the club in August 2006, before moving on to Stevenage Borough in January 2008. He then joined Braintree Town for the 2008/09 season before returning to the Greens last summer. During his two spells with us Wayne made 103 appearances, scoring 24 goals.

Posted at 10:07

Wednesday 17 February - Dean reaches half-century

Peter Dean made his 50th appearance for the club last night when he came on as a late substitute for Dave Diedhiou. Peter made his debut in January 2009 against Staines Town and since then has been a regular member of the first team squad. During his time with us so far, he has scored 9 goals.

Posted at 10:06

Tuesday 16 February - Greens lose in the snow

In a game that was mostly played in heavy snow, Hendon slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Boreham Wood. The game saw two penalties, two red cards, but fortunately the snow didn't lay and the Meadow Park pitch stood up to the elements superbly.

The Greens took the lead in the 34th minute when Jamie Busby converted a spot kick after Bradley Thomas had been pulled down in the box. Things were level two minutes into the second half when Mario Noto also converted a penalty following a foul.

Noto was in the action again in the 59th minute when he was dismissed for a second caution, both for mistimed challenges. Thomas followed him just a minute later, when he picked up a needless second caution for kicking out at an opposition player.

The home side secured the points in the 73rd minute when James Parker could only deflect the ball into the net.

Posted at 22:47

Tuesday 16 February - All ok at Boreham Wood

We have just spoken to Boreham Wood, and they have confirmed that their pitch is still playable despite the rain today. As a result, no inspection is planned, but heavy rain between now and kick off could of course change the situation.

If there is any change, we will post a message on the messageboard, otherwise it is safe to assume that the game is going ahead.

Posted at 15:37

Tuesday 16 February - London Senior Cup date fixed

Our London Senior Cup quarter-final away to Brimsdown Rovers will take place on Thursday 18th March at their Goldsdown Road ground. Kick off will be at 7.45pm.

Posted at 10:52

Tuesday 16 February - Another local derby tonight

This evening sees the Greens make the short trip up the A1 to Boreham Wood for another local derby in the Ryman League. Kick off at Meadow Park is 7.45pm.

Boreham Wood started 2010 with a bang, winning their first four games, including a 4-0 thumping of Horsham, but have failed to win their last three. On Saturday afternoon they lost 4-2 at home to Cray Wanderers, Daniel Braithwaite and Jon Clements scoring their goals. They currently lie just outside the play-off zone on goal difference.

Both sides therefore will be keen to bounce back from their disappointing results at the weekend - with the home side looking to strengthen their position in the play-off race, whilst Gary McCann will be hoping for three points to continue to move the Greens away from the bottom four.

We hope that as many supporters as possible will be able to make the short journey up the A1 to cheer the boys on to victory.

Posted at 09:04

Monday 15 February - Coach is running to Horsham

We are pleased to confirm that there will be a coach running to Horsham on Saturday. The coach will be departing from Vale Farm at 10.45am, and any supporters wishing to travel should either speak to Steve Rogers at Boreham Wood tomorrow, or email him on steve_rogers2506@btinternet.com. Seats are the usual price of £10.

Any supporters driving to Vale Farm are asked not to park in the main Wembley FC car park, as the Lions have a home league fixture on Saturday afternoon. You may of course park in the car park just beyond the ground as on a normal matchday.

Posted at 16:15

Monday 15 February - Under 21s win again

Hendon Under-21s made it six consecutive victories in the Cherry Red Books Middlesex County League Division 1 Central and East and moved to within a point of second place as they defeated St John's Arsenal Deaf 3-0 at Chase Lodge on Saturday afternoon.

Not only have the Greens won six straight, they have recorded clean sheets in five of them. This was a very tough match and the only goal of the first half came from the penalty spot after 20 minutes. Stephen Cunningham was brought down in the box, he picked himself up and calmly slotted the ball home.

St John's made Hendon work really hard in the second half and it took almost 40 minutes for the Greens to extend their advantage. James Iyala finally broke the visitors' resistance after 84 minutes, and, five minutes later, Carl Ciagoro added a third goal.

With four matches remaining this season, Hendon have an outside chance of picking up a top-two finish mainly because second-placed Sporting Hackney's five remaining fixtures are all against teams in the bottom half of the table.

"I am very happy with the win," said joint manager Graham Bourne. "St John's make things very difficult for you and we had to be patient. My man of the match was Dean Roper, who was superb in central midfield. He is only a youngster, but I think he is a real find for us and I am sure he will progress."

Posted at 15:39

Saturday 13 February - Stones win derby contest

Wealdstone were the deserving winners of this afternoon's local derby, coming away from Vale Farm with a 3-2 win. This was despite the Greens taking a 6th minute lead through debutant Anthony Thomas.

The Stones equalised in the 15th minute through Darren Locke, and within 3 minutes they were ahead when Callum Martin found the back of the net. Shortly before the half hour mark, Martin scored his second of the afternoon with an excellent finish.

The Greens battled back in the second period, and created a number of chances. However, only one was converted when Casey Maclaren volleyed the ball home in the 73rd minute. James Bent was sent off late on for a second caution, and Wealdstone were able to hold on for the win.

Posted at 18:23

Friday 12 February - Proven goalscorer joins on loan

We have secured the services of proven goalscorer Anthony Thomas on a months loan from Zamarreto League Premier Division side Farnborough, and he will go straight into the squad for tomorrow's game against Wealdstone.

Thomas began his career at Hemel Hempstead Town where his goal scoring prowess (78 goals in 80 appearances) saw him signed up by Barnet. He has also appeared for Cambridge City and Stevenage Borough.

Speaking to Greensnet a few minutes ago a delighted Gary McCann said "I have been tracking Anthony for a couple of months and I am delighted to be able to bring him to the club as we enter this very busy period of games. He will undoubtedly add to what we have already got in the squad and I am looking forward to seeing him in action."

Posted at 17:14

Friday 12 February - Derby day at Vale Farm tomorrow

Wealdstone are our visitors tomorrow for the first of two derbies against them in 3 weeks - with the return fixture coming on 2nd March.

The Stones, whose manager Gordon Bartlett celebrated 1000 games in charge last Saturday, currently lie 10th in the table, but have failed to win any of their last 5 games. As a result they will be very keen to return to winning ways tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Greens will be hoping to build on the two wins over Maidstone and Margate during the past week as they bid to move further into midtable security.

There are currently no plans for an inspection prior to the game, but if the situation changes, we will update the website and/or messageboard straight away.

Kick off at Vale Farm is at 3.00pm and admission prices are our normal £8 for adults and £2 for concessions.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the game.

Posted at 12:51

Thursday 11 February - Tooting supporters game confirmed

The supporters game against Tooting has now been cofirmed and will be going ahead on 27th February ahead of our league fixture at Imperial Fields. The game will kick off around 11.30am and the pitch is just a 5 minute drive from the stadium. Facilities for showering after the game will be available.

Eddie Edwards would be delighted to hear from any other supporters who are interested in playing. Age and ability is not important, just your willingness to join in and enjoy a friendly game of football.

Eddie can be contacted by email on eddieedd@hendonfc.net, or you can speak to him on Saturday at the Wealdstone game.

Posted at 10:01

Wednesday 10 February - Thursday night football later this month

Our recently postponed home game against Hastings United will now be played at Vale Farm on Thursday 25th February. The game will kick off at the normal midweek time of 7.45pm.

Posted at 10:28

Tuesday 09 February - First half blitz secures points

Hendon came away from Kent with three points for the second time in 4 days tonight as they beat Maidstone United 3-0. All three goals came in the first half, with Casey Maclaren opening the scoring after 7 minutes. James Bent doubled the lead in the 9th minute before Jamie Busby made it 3-0 in the 26th minute.

Maidstone stopped the Greens from playing in the second half, but never really tested James Reading as the back four held firm. The result moves the club up to 14th in the league table.

Posted at 22:21

Monday 08 February - Hendon make rapid revisit to Kent

The Greens will be looking to pick up another three points tomorrow evening when they return to Kent, this time to face Maidstone United.

The Stones have today parted company with joint-managers Alan Walker and Lloyd Hume, who felt that they had taken the club as far as they could having taken over when the club were playing in the Kent League. There has been no announcement yet on who will be taking over.

Maidstone have lost their last three games, although only one of those was in the league and that was a 2-0 defeat at Aveley on Saturday. Their season has been disrupted by their long delayed FA Trophy tie against Histon, which was finally played at the sixth attempt due to the pitch at Homelands being either waterlogged, frozen or snowbound.

Supporters are reminded that Maidstone are playing at Ashford Town's Homelands stadium, the address of which is Ashford Road, Kingsnorth, Ashford, Kent, TN26 1NJ. Unfortunately for those travelling by public transport, the ground is 4 miles from the station, and buses are limited.

Admission prices at the ground are £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £4 for under 16s.

Unfortunately we will be unable to operate our normal livescores service tomorrow evening, but it is worth checking the Maidstone website as they may be carrying live commentary on the game.

Should there be any pitch inspections arranged, details of these will appear on the website and messageboard as soon as we hear. If there are no updates, please assume that the game is going ahead as planned.

Posted at 14:13

Monday 08 February - Coach is running to Maidstone

It has been confirmed that there will be a coach running to the Maidstone game tomorrow. It will leave from Claremont Road at 3.45pm. If you would like to travel on the coach, please email Steve Rogers on steve_rogers2506@btinternet.com before 10am tomorrow morning. Seats will cost £10 as normal.

Posted at 14:12

Monday 08 February - Under 16s win a thriller

Hendon Under016s won a dramatic nine goal Harrow Youth League encounter on Sunday morning, just seeing off Harlington.

There was no hint of the drama to come in a first half completely dominated by Hendon. They took the lead with an own goal after four minutes and doubled the advantage after 22 minutes when Michael Adeyemi smacked in a 40-yard drive. A minute before half-time Zola Massimanga made it 30 and the game appeared to be over as a contest.

But, full credit must go to Harlington, who fought back magnificently and within five minutes of the resumption were trailing just 3-2. Hendon then hit back with two goal in a minute midway through the half, Massimanga, again, and Sharif Malik the marksmen. Harlington still weren't done and goals after 62 and 64 minutes again cut the deficit to a single goal.

Earlier this season, and last, Hendon would almost certainly have caved in, but not this time. With five minutes to go, after more than 10 minutes of incessant pressure, a Harlington shot struck the underside of the crossbar, bounced on the goalline and back into play. That was as close as the hosts came, and a very relieved and happy Hendon team trooped off the pitch victorious.

"We hung on by the very skin of our teeth," said delighted manager Paul McGreal. "We were excellent in the first half and showed real grit when put under pressure in the last few minutes. I think we just about deserved the win on the balance of play. Michael Adeyimi was an absolute colossus at the back, breaking up a lot of the Harlington attacks as well as scoring that spectacular goal and making two others. He was my man of the match."

Posted at 08:55

Monday 08 February - Five in a row for Under 21s

Hendon Under-21s made it five wins in a row with a comfortable victory over Kentish Town Reserves at Chase Lodge on Saturday. Hendon took the lead after 19 minutes when Dean Roper scored for the third consecutive game, heading home a corner from Stephen Cunningham. Nine minutes into the second half, the lead was doubled by Dylan Agyako, who knocked home the rebound after a shot from Carl Ciagoro had bounced off the crossbar. Ciagoro was not to be denied and he made it 30 midway through the second half.

"This was a very satisfactory performance," said joint manager Eamon Finn. "Now that we are having a run of games, we are starting to find ourselves as a team. It was a very good victory against a team which was much changed and much improved from when we met them earlier in the season. Our two central midfielders, Carl Ciagoro and Dylan Agyako were superb today and Agyako just shaded the man of the match award."

Posted at 08:53

Saturday 06 February - Hendon make great comeback

Hendon made a great second half comeback this afternoon to beat Margate 3-2 at a very foggy Hartsdown Park.

The performance in the first half was very disappointing, and Margate thoroughly deserved to lead through goals scored by Lloyd Blackman and Dan Stubbs.

The turning point in the game came just before the hour mark when Aaron Lacey was sent off for handling the ball in the penalty area, and Jamie Busby stepped up to convert the spot kick.

It was James Bent who scored the equalier, the goal coming in the 75th minute, and Peter Dean was the scorer of the winner two minutes from time.

Posted at 17:02

Saturday 06 February - Belal returns to the fold

Gary McCann has secured the signature of striker Belal Aiteouakrim, although he was not involved in today's win at Margate. The Moroccan striker originally joined us in 2005 and scored on his debut at Wealdstone in a 5-4 victory. He eventually left in the summer of 2008 to join AFC Wimbledon, but he was unable to break into the side there, and spent a while on loan at Maidenhead United.

We welcome Belal back to the club and hope that he enjoys his second spell with us.

Posted at 16:55

Friday 05 February - Boreham Wood fixture alterations

The dates for our two league games against Boreham Wood have been changed.

Our home game, originally set for Thursday 18th February, will now be played on Tuesday 6th April.

Our away game, originally set for Easter Monday 5th April, will now be played on Tuesday 16th February.

Both games will kick off at 7.45pm.

Posted at 11:53

Friday 05 February - Greens head off to Margate

The Greens return to competitive action again tomorrow and Gary McCann is hoping to have a new face in the squad for the game at Margate.

Tomorrow's game will be the first game for 10 days for the Greens, and only their fourth competitive fixture of 2010. With games now coming twice a week for the next couple of months, it is going to be a very busy time for the squad as they bid to move away from the relegation zone.

Margate currently lie in 20th position in the table, just one point behind Hendon, but the Greens have two games in hand. In fact, the Greens have at least two games in hand on every team in the division except Wealdstone.

There has been a change of manager at Margate since the clubs met at Vale Farm in September, with former Ashford Town (Middlesex) manager Mark Butler now being in charge at Hartsdown Park. They are in a disappointing run of form, having won just one of their last eight league games.

Unfortunately we will be unable to bring our normal livescores service for this game, but Margate will have live commentary available on their website which can be found at www.margate-fc.com

There are still spaces on the coach, which departs from Claremont Road at 10.30am tomorrow morning. If you wish to travel, please contact Steve Rogers on steve_rogers2506@btinternet.com before 10pm tonight.

Posted at 09:22

Thursday 04 February - London Senior Cup update

Should we beat Brimsdown Rovers in the quarter-finals, we will travel to Metropolitan Police in the semis. The boys in blue beat Bromley on penalties on Tuesday night.

We are still awaiting a date for our game at Brimsdown, and we will let you know as soon as it has been agreed.

Posted at 09:59

Wednesday 03 February - Spaces on Margate coach available

There are still seats available on the coach that is going to our game at Margate on Saturday. The cost will be £10 as normal, and the coach will leave from Claremont Road - departure time is 10.30am.

It has not yet been confirmed whether there will be coaches for the forthcoming trips to Maidstone and Horsham. We will let you know as soon as this has been decided.

If you would like to book your seat for the trip to Margate, please email Steve Rogers on steve_rogers2506@btinternet.com before 10pm on Friday evening.

Posted at 15:03

Tuesday 02 February - Another fixture update

Tonight's postponed game against Canvey Island will now take place on Tuesday 16th March at Vale Farm.

Posted at 19:14

Tuesday 02 February - Canvey game postponed

Unfortunately the weather has struck again, and due to this mornings heavy rain, this evening's game against Canvey Island has been postponed. A new date will be announced in due course.

Posted at 14:47

Tuesday 02 February - Pitch inspection this afternoon

Due to the showers overnight and this morning, we have arranged a precautionary pitch inspection at 2pm this afternoon ahead of our planned game against Canvey Island. The website will be updated again as soon as the inspection has taken place with news on the prospects of play.

Posted at 10:43

Tuesday 02 February - New date for Boreham Wood

Our twice postponed home game against Boreham Wood will now be played on Thursday 18th February at Vale Farm. Kick off will be at the usual midweek time of 7.45pm

Posted at 10:40

Monday 01 February - Gary completes five years as manager

Gary McCann today celebrates his fifth anniversary as first team boss having taken over from Gary Farrell on 1st February 2005. The former goalkeeper, who made his playing debut on 31 March 1997 and went on to make 196 appearances in seven years with the Greens, was forced to retire from playing in his early 30s. His final match came in a 2–0 victory at Bedford Town in September 2003.

Since responsibility for team selection was added to the manager's duties, no one has given Hendon longer continuous service than McCann. He did resign briefly in October 2006, but reversed his decision before another match was played.

McCann was surprised to learn that he had been in charge of the team for so long. He said, "I don't know where the years have gone. Nevertheless, it has been five enjoyable, if pretty demanding and testing years.

"The club has been a perfect vehicle for me as a manager and I remain as committed to the club as I was. As a player and manager I have been with Hendon for 12 of the last 13 years. It shows how much I love the Club."

Hendon's goalkeeper on the night the Greens defeated Leyton Orient in the FA Cup in 1997, McCann has enjoyed cup success as both a player and a manager. A two-time Isthmian League Full Members Cup-winner as a player with the Greens, he has managed Hendon to five cup finals in his time as manager, winning the London Senior Cup at the third attempt in 2009.

McCann has been in charge for 204 league games, during which time 261 points have been amassed, and 288 goals scored. In cup competition, the club has played 59 cup ties under his leadership, of which 33 have been won (4 on penalties). 119 goals have been scored in those cup games. That means overall, the club have played 263 competitive fixtures since McCann took over five years ago.

Posted at 15:06

Monday 01 February - Supporters Trust membership renewals

The financial year of the Hendon Football Club Supporters Trust ended on 31st January 2010 which means that annual subscriptions are now due. Over the next few days, all current members should receive a Membership Renewal Form either by email or in the post.

The trust would be very grateful if you could complete and return the form, together with your annual subscription, by 31st March 2010. If you don't receive a form in the next few days, please email Simon Lawrence on simon.hendon@btinternet.com or speak to him on a matchday. Membership forms can also be downloaded from the Supporters Trust website, which is linked from the menu on the left.

The Trust has been running the club for a season and a half now and it's clear to us that there is a huge amount of work ahead of us in order to keep ourselves afloat and secure the club's long-term future. Recent postponements and lower crowds do not help.

Once again, therefore, we are asking you to support the Trust and the club. At the risk of boring you to death, it's as much your club as it is mine or anyone else's and without your support you might just wake up one day to find that you don't have a club to support.

Membership numbers have dropped a little since the Trust started so please renew your membership, join up your friends and family and, if you can, make a one-off or monthly donation. An extra fiver a month will pay one of the many bills that the Trust now has to pay over the course of a season. Again, forms for setting up donations can be found on the supporters trust website.

A number of people have volunteered to help at home matches and this is much appreciated. You don't need to miss much or even any of the game and the more people who volunteer, the less each individual has to do. Please speak to Simon Lawrence or John Rogers if you are willing to help.

Thanks for supporting the Trust and Hendon Football Club. The Trust Board look forward to your continuing support over the next year and beyond.

Posted at 09:51