News - February 2013

Wednesday 27 February - Morias at the double in victory

A brace of goals from Junior Morias went a long way to earning the Greens another three points as they won 2-1 at Hampton & Richmond Borough.

The result was the 7th away league win in a row - 8th away win in a row including cups - and it moved the club within four points of the play-offs.

Hendon had the better of the first half despite the hosts having quite a bit of possession. The opening goal came in the 31st minute when Dean Cracknell was brought down just inside the box and Morias had no hesitation in converting the spot kick.

The lead was doubled a few minutes later when some fine interplay involving Lee Angol, debutant Jack Bennett, and Morias ended with the latter scoring with a fierce low drive that went under the dive of the home keeper.

Hampton had the better of the second period, but could only pull the solitary goal back when Charlie Moone scored on the hour mark. As has been so often the case over the past couple of months, the back line were in fine form, and restricted the Beavers to just one other shot on target.

The result moves the Greens up to 10th place in the table, having picked up 29 points out of the last 36 available.

Posted at 00:41

Tuesday 26 February - Greens play the Beavers tonight

The first team have one of their shorter trips of the season this evening when they make the trip to the South West edge of the county to play Hampton & Richmond Borough.

After an excellent start to the season, which saw them top after 11 games, the Beavers have seen their form drop away dramatically with just 2 wins in their last 13 league games. Their most recent victory was a 1-0 win over Bury Town at the beginning of February. The poor run has seen then plummet down the table, and they now lie in 13th place, one place and four points behind the Greens although they have three games in hand.

In the reverse fixture at the beginning of the season, Hampton ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at Vale Farm, and at the time looked like a good bet for an immediate return to Conference South, but they are now in a position where they need to be careful that they aren't drawn into the battle to avoid the two relegation spots.

The Greens however will be going into the game full of confidence, having taken points off each of the top three teams in the past three weeks during their eight match unbeaten run.

Kick off at The Beveree is at 7.45pm, and admission is £11 adults, £6 concessions and £3 for under 16s. We hope to see as many of you there as possible, hopefully cheering the squad on to another three points. Remember, if you are travelling by train to go to Hampton station - not Hampton Court or Hampton Wick.

Posted at 09:42

Monday 25 February - Highlights from the Wealdstone game

Wealdstone have posted some highlights from Saturday's goalless draw on YouTube. You can view them by clicking the link below.

Hendon v Wealdstone highlights

Posted at 15:59

Monday 25 February - Under 15s out of Presidents Cup

The under 15s were knocked out of the Presidents Cup in the First Round as they were beaten 4-2 at East Bergholt. The scorers were Domenico Contino and Josh Smith, whilst goalkeeper George Knights was named man of the match.

Posted at 15:42

Monday 25 February - Chairman interviewed on Radio Five Live

Chairman Simon Lawrence was interviewed on the BBC Radio Five Live's Non League Show yesterday morning, speaking about the recent decision to donate the shirt sponsorship to Street League.

For those of you who haven't heard the show, you can listen via the BBC iPlayer (UK residents only) via the link below

BBC Non League Show

Posted at 12:57

Saturday 23 February - Greens and Stones in goalless draw

Hendon and Wealdstone played out a goalless draw this afternoon at a very chilly Vale Farm. The Stones probably had the better of the game, but found the Hendon back line in unforgiving form once again, and Sean Thomas didn't have a save to make. Meanwhile, at the other end, the Greens did make Rikki Banks work, but were unable to find a way past him.

Posted at 17:07

Saturday 23 February - Bennett added to the squad

22 year old forward Jack Bennett was added to the squad ahead of this afternoon's game against Wealdstone. He has signed for us having returned from the USA where he had been studying. He began his career at Northwood, where he made his first team debut aged 16 and has also appeared for North Greenford United.

Posted at 15:04

Friday 22 February - Greens look to end Stones bogey

The first team will be looking to beat Wealdstone at home in a league fixture for the first time in over 43 years tomorrow afternoon. The Stones have held the upper hand against the Greens since their return to the Isthmian League.

The last home win against Wealdstone in a league fixture came on Christmas Day 1969, when Bobby Wilson and Peter Anderson were on target.

Both teams go into tomorrow's game in fine form - whilst the Greens have now won eight of their last ten games, the Stones have won five of their last seven, most recently demolishing Lewes 6-1 on Monday evening. In that game, former Hendon forward Peter Dean scored four goals, whilst Richard Jolly and Lee Chappell were also on the scoresheet.

Chappell was also on target in the reverse fixture in December, which Wealdstone won 2-1. Nathan Webb scored their second before Belal Aite-Ouakrim scored a late equaliser.

It should be a really good competitive game tomorrow, with both sides containing players who have played for the opposition. As well as Dean, Wealdstone also have Rikki Banks and Elliott Godfrey in their squad, whilst Sean Thomas and Lee O'Leary could well line up for Hendon against their former club.

Kick off at Vale Farm will be at 3pm tomorrow afternoon, and we hope as many of you as possible are able to be there to cheer the squad on to another three points.

Posted at 11:58

Wednesday 20 February - #ChangeLivesThroughFootball shirt launch on Saturday

As we recently mentioned, we have donated the shirt sponsorship on their home kit to the football charity Street League for the rest of the season, and this will be officially launched on Saturday afternoon.

In the unique arrangement, the Hendon shirt now features Street League's Twitter hashtag – #ChangeLivesThroughFootball.

Street League 'change lives through football' across the UK for some of the one million unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds.

This involves an eight-week Academy course in which they gain three nationally accredited qualifications, receive help with their CV, interview practice, play 11-a-side matches, improve their fitness and much more.

At the end of the programme, participants are much more motivated and job ready, with 76% of Street League graduates moving into further employment, education or training.

Street League chief executive Matt Stevenson-Dodd said: "We are very grateful to Hendon FC for their support. Football is our national game and, through our work at Street League, we know how it can be used to help turn lives around every day."

Chairman Simon Lawrence explained why the club had decided to donate the kit sponsorship to Street League.

"We've had a pretty tough time of it over the past few years," he said. "The loss of our Claremont Road ground has made it difficult for us to stay connected to our local community. Tough economic conditions have made it harder for our fans to get to our games and almost impossible for us to attract sponsors and advertisers. Being fans-owned is much harder than just being fans.

"But we're not the only ones to have had it tough. We're all aware of the fact that it is harder than ever for young people to get into the job market. We applaud the hard work being done at Street League and want to be a part of it. We couldn't think of a better way to be part of Street League than by helping them to promote their brand. Everyone at Hendon Football Club is delighted to do our bit to help 'change lives through football'."

The new shirt makes its official launch on Saturday, February 23, when Hendon entertain local rivals Wealdstone. Street League graduates will be attending the game to see the shirt for themselves.

Posted at 06:37

Tuesday 19 February - Greens continue good run of results

The first team continued their good run of results with a 2-1 win at Bury Town this evening.

It was another excellent hardworking performance from the Greens, it was Junior Morias who opened the scoring in the 9th minute when he belied his youth to hold off his marker and find the back of the net for the only goal of the first half.

The second half saw the Greens remain largely in control, and they doubled the lead in the 82nd minute when Kevin Maclaren scored his first goal of the campaign, a goal that was an excellent strike that arrowed into the net. There was time for Bury to score a late consolation, but the Greens were able to consolidate their position in 11th in the table.

Posted at 21:54

Tuesday 19 February - Mo Maan returns to help out

Goalkeeper Mo Maan has returned to the club in time to play in tonight's game at Bury Town. With Berkley Laurencin not fit enough to start, and Sean Thomas unavailable due to exam commitments, we are very pleased that Mo was able to re-sign this afternoon.

Posted at 19:41

Monday 18 February - Long trip to Bury tomorrow

The first team will be looking to build on Saturday's superb win at Canvey Island when they travel to Bury Town tomorrow evening.

Bury returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 3-1 win at Wingate & Finchley, but that was just their second win in six games, all of the others having been defeats. They currently lie just one place and four points ahead of the Greens having played a game more.

Kick off at Ram Meadow is at 7.45pm tomorrow evening, and for those unable to travel, we are planning to have the usual live updates on the messageboard and twitter feed.

Posted at 13:38

Sunday 17 February - Coach to Bury on Tuesday

Assuming we can book one in the morning, we have decided that there will now be a coach to Bury for Tuesday evening's game.

If you would like to travel on the coach, seats are priced at the usual price of £12 per person, please call or text Steve Rogers on 07748 526594 no later than 10pm tomorrow (Monday) evening.

We apologise for the short notice, but the decision to run a coach was only taken earlier today.

Posted at 19:17

Sunday 17 February - Gary delighted with Canvey win

Gary McCann was delighted after the win at Canvey Island yesterday and said "We were very assured today, probably our most assured this season.

"I was very wary of this game because of our record at Canvey Island in recent seasons, but we played very well. Our workrate was outstanding and we had them rattled.

"We have got five big games coming up but, at the moment, I don't think we fear anybody"

Posted at 19:15

Saturday 16 February - Superb performance earns three points

The first team put in a superb performance to beat third placed Canvey Island 3-0 this afternoon.

The Greens were the better side for much of the game, and were deserved winners. The opening goal came in the 12th minute when Casey Maclaren set up Dean Cracknell. The second came in the 59th minute when a beautiful ball from Lee Angol set up Junior Morais to score from outside the box, before Belal Aite-Ouakrim scored a stoppage time goal after one of his trademark runs.

The goals aside, it was the performance that left the travelling fans purring, as the Seagulls were made to look very ordinary, with the home side registering just one shot on target, which hardly troubled Sean Thomas. The back four of Howard Hall, Sam Flegg, Elliott Brathwaite and Scott Cousins were all in commanding form. Mention must also be made of Kevin Maclaren, Jack Connors and substitutes Dave Diedhiou and Isaiah Rankin who also made very important contributions to the performance.

The result moves the Greens into the top half of the table for the first time this season - and they will be keen to continue their good form at Bury Town on Tuesday evening.

Posted at 20:57

Saturday 16 February - Owusu-Bekoe moves on

Julian Owusu-Bekoe has left the club and was expected to sign for Leatherhead ahead of today's games. We thank Julian for his efforts during his time with us.

Posted at 20:52

Friday 15 February - First team head to Canvey

The first team travel to Canvey Island tomorrow afternoon for another tough test of their credentials.

The Seagulls currently lie in 3rd place in the table, with 44 points from their XX games, and they will be keen to consolidate their position in the play-offs and possibly close the gap on leaders Whitehawk.

It promises to be a very interesting game, with both sides having won 6 of their last 8 league games, the only difference being that the Greens have drawn one of their other two games, whilst Canvey lost both of theirs. Canvey's last game was last Saturday when they beat Carshalton Athletic 4-2 at Park Lane, prior to which they defeated Wealdstone 2-0, also at Park Lane.

Anyone travelling by public transport should note that Fenchurch Street is closed, and trains will be departing every 10 minutes from Liverpool Street instead running to Benfleet.

Should there be any inspection ahead of the game we will of course update accordingly.

Posted at 08:57

Tuesday 12 February - New date for Wingate cup game

Our London Senior Cup tie at Wingate & Finchley will now be played on Tuesday 12th March, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 13:51

Tuesday 12 February - Wingate & Finchley game postponed

Tonight's game at Wingate & Finchley has been postponed as their pitch remains snow covered. A new date for the game will be announced shortly once it has been agreed with the London FA.

Posted at 10:26

Tuesday 12 February - Under 15s to face Park View Rangers

The under 15s face a trip to Park View Rangers in the Middlesex County Cup semi final on Sunday 3rd March. Park View progressed by beating Whitewebbs Eagles 2-1 on Sunday morning.

Posted at 09:53

Tuesday 12 February - Back to Wingate tonight

The first team are due to be back at Wingate & Finchley this evening for the London Senior Cup Quarter Final tie, kick off at 7:45pm.

Obviously, with the weather over the past 48 hours, there is no guarantee that the game will be going ahead today. We will of course update the website and twitter feed later today as soon as we get any updates from our hosts regarding the prospects of play going ahead.

Posted at 08:30

Monday 11 February - Contino the under 15 hat-trick hero

Domenico Contino was the man of the match for the under 15s yesterday afternoon as he hit a second half hat-trick. The result was made even more impressive as LPOSSA had been in front twice, the first lead being levelled out by Rico Giovanelli.

A full report on the game can be found by clicking the under 15 link on the left hand menu.

Posted at 20:43

Sunday 10 February - Under 15s reach semi finals

The under 15s reached the semi finals of the Middlesex County Cup this afternoon as they beat LPOSSA 'B' 4-2. The game, which had been postponed three times due to the bad weather, took place on the 3G pitch at Vale Farm Sports Centre.

Full details of the game will appear on the under 15s news page in the next couple of days.

The semi final sees the young Greens travel to either Park View Rangers or Whitewebbs who were also due to play today. The tie is currently scheduled to be played on Sunday 3rd March.

Posted at 16:29

Saturday 09 February - Greens up to 12th place

The first team moved up to 12th place in the table this afternoon following their 1-0 win over Bognor Regis Town.

It was another excellent hardworking performance from the Greens, who eventually got their just rewards in the 79th minute when Lee Angol headed home a Scott Cousins cross.

Much of the game was evenly matched, although it was Hendon who had the better chances to score, forcing Nick Jordan into a number of good saves throughout the game, whereas Sean Thomas, playing his first league game of the campaign, had a largely comfortable afternoon.

Posted at 19:23

Friday 08 February - Bognor come to town tomorrow

The busy schedule continues tomorrow afternoon as the first team entertain Bognor Regis Town at Vale Farm. The Wembley groundstaff have worked hard on the pitch since Tuesday night, and there are currently no plans for an inspection.

The Rocks come into the game on the back of a 1-0 defeat at home to Kingstonian, but currently lie just outside the play-offs in 6th place with 38 points from 24 games. In the reverse fixture, Bognor ran out 3-1 winners at Nyewood Lane courtesy of goals from Harvey Whyte, Terry Dodd and Daryl Wollers which all came in the final 16 minutes of the game, with Dean Cracknell scoring a stoppage time consolation for the Greens.

Kick off tomorrow will be at 3.00pm, and we hope to see as many of you as possible cheering the squad onto what will hopefully be another three points.

Posted at 13:57

Wednesday 06 February - Hendon FC #ChangeLivesThroughFootball

Those at last night's match against Whitehawk may have noticed the above "Twitter Hash Tag" on the Hendon strip. That is because Hendon F.C. have donated their shirt sponsorship for the rest of the season to national football charity Street League. A "hash tag" lets users of the social network follow hot topics - and of course youth unemployment is a very hot topic in the UK right now. Both Hendon FC and Street League see this as an innovative way to promote the charity.

Street League "change lives through football" across the UK for some of the one million unemployed 16-25 year olds. This involves free weekly football sessions that participants attend, before joining an 8-week "academy" course in which they gain 3 nationally accredited qualifications, help with their CV, interview practice, play 11-a-side matches, improve their fitness and much more. At the end of the course, participants are much more motivated and job ready; indeed 76% of current Street League graduates move on into further employment, education or training.

Street League are delighted by the good will expressed by the donation. Chief Executive Matt Stevenson-Dodd said: "We are very grateful to Hendon FC for their support. Football is our national game and, through our work at Street League, we know how it can be used to help turn lives around every day."

Street League currently operates in six areas over London and within six cities in the UK: Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle – and will be in 12 be the end of 2014.

There will be further information on Street League in the programm and online, including a look at how local young people have been helped over forthcoming months. In the meantime if you're on Twitter, please follow @Street_League and support their crucial work helping the most disadvantaged young people into work and have a look at Street League’s website: www.streetleague.co.uk.

Posted at 11:47

Tuesday 05 February - Leaders held by Greens

The first team picked up a very creditable point in an entertaining game against league leaders Whitehawk this evening, the game ending 1-1.

Whitehawk took the lead in the 13th minute through Andy Pearson, only for Dean Cracknell to equalise with a delicious 25 yard chip 5 minutes later.

Posted at 22:15

Tuesday 05 February - Runaway leaders visiting tonight

The first team face a very tough test this evening as they entertain run away leaders Whitehawk at Vale Farm in a 7:45pm kick off. Whilst the Greens are in good form with 5 wins in their last 6 league games, the Hawks are doing even better and are unbeaten in their last 15 league games, winning 10 of them, and it is that form that sees them lie 11 points clear at the top of the pile.

In the reserve fixture in August, we played out a largely uneventful 0-0 draw, which has turned out to be a very creditable point as the season has gone on. Both sides will be keen to continue their good form and it promises to be a very interesting fixture.

There are currently no plans for an inspection. Wembley played at Vale Farm on Saturday, and the weather has been largely dry since then. With no rain forecast until around kick off time, everything should be fine for the game to go ahead. Should the situation change, we will update you through the usual sources. However, please note that we will be unable to bring any updates after 7pm this evening until very late, which unfortunately also means there will be no live score updates on the messageboard and twitter.

Posted at 08:51

Monday 04 February - Neverending story for under 15s

The under 15s Middlesex Cup tie agianst LPOSSA 'B' is becoming a never ending story after it was called off for the fourth week in a row yesterday. The game had been switched to the young Greens home base in Cheshunt, but the pitch was waterlogged, as was LPOSSA's home pitch at Northwick Park. The two sides will try again this coming Sunday.

Posted at 13:47

Monday 04 February - England 6-a-side in action tomorrow

Do you fancy a double header of football tomorrow evening? If so, the England 6-a-side squad are playing a friendly against Bulgaria at 7pm on the astroturf at Vale Farm Sports Centre with free admission, after which you can head over to the stadium for our game against Whitehawk.

This is the same team that Scott Cousins played for last year in the Euro 2012 6-a-side tournament in Moldova, and the team has former Hendon defender Craig Carby (Vargas) as captain.

More about the England 6-a-side team can be found on the UK Mini Football website on the link below.

UK Mini Football Website

Posted at 13:37

Saturday 02 February - Hard working Greens win again

Hendon put in another excellent hard working performance to secure three points as they won 2-1 at Carshalton Athletic this afternoon.

The first half hour belonged to the Greens, and they took the lead in the 8th minute when Lee Angol fired home a fine shot beyond the dive of Nick Hamann. Just over ten minutes later Sean Sonner opened his account for the club when he flicked home a cross from Jack Connors. Just before the break Carshalton were given a lifeline when they were awarded a penalty with very little dispute from the Hendon players. Nathaniel Pinney stepped up and just put the ball beyond Berkley Laurencin.

The second half was largely uneventful, with attempts on goal at a premium. In fact there was just one shot on target, which was from Belal Aite-Ouakrim in the closing stages. However, the Greens defence held very firm and the home side rarely looked like finding the equaliser.

Posted at 21:18

Saturday 02 February - Carshalton game is on

The pitch at Carshalton has been passed fit this morning, and this afternoon's game will go ahead as planned. Kick off at Colston Avenue is at 3:00pm.

Posted at 10:45

Friday 01 February - New date for Hastings game

Our home game against Hastings United will now take place on Tuesday 16th April, kicking off at 7:45pm. Whilst we are aware this is just three days after we travel to Hastings, thus meaning we have a quick double header turnaround, this was the only available Tuesday that we could fit the game in.

Posted at 14:55

Friday 01 February - Morning inspection at Carshalton

There will be an inspection at 10:45am tomorrow morning to see whether our game at Carshalton Athletic can go ahead following the rain that fell last night and this morning. The website and twitter feed will be updated as soon as the result of the inspection is known.

The livescores service will be in operation if the game goes ahead.

Posted at 14:14

Friday 01 February - Supporters Trust membership renewals due

It is that time of year again when your Supporters Trust membership is due for renewal. To make life easier, the trust have created an annual membership form with an annual standing order mandate. This means that you would no longer be reminded on an annual basis, and your membership would be renewed each February automatically. This not only saves you time, but also makes things logistically easier for the trust. The forms will be available at home games in the club shop, or are available to download from the link below.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to the trust via Paypal. Please note that online payments will incur a small surcharge to cover Paypal fees and we only currently accept online membership applications by annual subscription - you will be able to cancel this through Paypal if required. The links to join or renew via Paypal can also be found on the link below.

The third way to renew is to see one of the trust board members at any game and they will be delighted to relieve you of your £10 membership fee.

The downloadable form also gives you the chance to either join the snowball or take on another number - remember, the more balls that are in the draw, the higher the prize fund will be.

Finally, there is also a standing order mandate form should you wish to make a monthly donation to the trust. These donations make up a significant proportion of our fundraising efforts, and additional donations could make a big difference to the future of the club.

Please also ask your friends and family to join the trust. Anyone who joins has an equal stake of ownership of Hendon FC. How many clubs offer the opportunity to own their club?

Membership renewals and applications

Posted at 08:52