News - February 2016

Monday 29 February - Three more points secured

The first team secured another three points as they took a further step towards safety, beating Lewes 2-0 which means that the gap to the relegation zone is now 16 points.

Both goals came in the first half, with Finbarr Robins opening the scoring in the 37th minute, before Casey Maclaren scored his first of the season on the stroke of half-time.

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Monday 29 February - Gary very pleased with Saturday's win

Hendon manager Gary McCann was very pleased to have picked up a second win against fellow strugglers in seven days.

"Our options were challenged going into the game," McCann admitted. "We had to make changes in key areas of the field, in defence and midfield, and I could not be happier with the result.

"Our two centre-backs, defensive midfielders and full-backs created a bank of six and along with Joe made it very difficult to get past. There was a togetherness about us in the game which was much like the way were in other seasons.

"The pitch was very difficult and when you get the result in difficult conditions it is that more satisfying. That type of surface is a great leveller and I think we coped with it much better.

"We could have been a little better in possession in the first half, so I stressed we should force them to play from deeper in their defence and force them to make errors. That's exactly what happened with the second goal when Taggart closed down Vanderhyde, which led to a poor clearance by the goalkeeper.

"We've now beaten two of the teams below us. If we can do the same against Lewes or even get four points from the next two games, I will be very happy.

"We're on 41 points and we have set our target at 50 points, so being on 45 with nine games to go, would mean we can look forward to next season and have a look at some of our very promising youth."

Posted at 17:19

Monday 29 February - Keagan Cole signs for first team

We are delighted to announce that Keagan Cole, one of our U18 side, has signed first team forms. The 16 year old striker has impressed in the Ryman Youth League and the Eastern Junior Alliance, scoring 17 goals so far this season.

Keagan is the first youth player to sign first team forms since the relaunch of our youth set-up, and we hope that he is the first of many.

Posted at 13:25

Saturday 27 February - Taggart at the double

Tony Taggart was the main man this afternoon as he scored both goals in the first team's 2-0 win over Staines Town, a result that moves the Greens further clear of the relegation zone.

Taggart opened the scoring in the 2nd minute, and with the defence holding firm, doubled the lead in the 55th minute, enabling the squad to hold out for the win with a performance that was full of commitment, work rate and graft.

Posted at 22:10

Saturday 27 February - Leatherhead game rearranged

Our home game against Leatherhead will now be played at Earlsmead on Monday 11th April, kick off 7:45pm

Posted at 11:33

Friday 26 February - This Evening with Tony Currie

Don't forget that tonight sees An Evening with Tony Currie take place at Silver Jubilee Park, with doors opening at 7:00pm. Tickets cost just £10 and will be available on the door. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there to enjoy what promises to be an entertaining evening.

Posted at 05:29

Wednesday 24 February - Charter Standard renewal successful

We are pleased to announce that our FA Charter Standard has been renewed for a further 12 months.

The FA Charter Standard accreditation is awarded to clubs and leagues rigorously adjudged to be well-run and sustainable - and which prioritise child protection, quality coaching and implementation of the Respect programme.

Posted at 18:44

Wednesday 24 February - Fonguck returns to Barnet

Wesley Fonguck is returning to Barnet this week following the expiration of his loan period. Wesley has been with us for the maximum period of 93 days for a short term loan, and made 14 competitive appearances.

We thank Wesley for his efforts over the past three months, and wish him every success for the future.

Posted at 18:44

Wednesday 24 February - Greens win friendly

The Greens won last night's friendly against Harrow Borough at Silver Jubilee Park 3-2, with Ben Pattie scoring twice and Brandon Adams also finding the back of the net.

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Tuesday 23 February - SJP Working Party

There will be a working party at Silver Jubilee Park on Sunday 6th March at 9:30am to assist with the tidying of the site.

The ground grading date is fast approaching and we need as many helpers as possible to help with the clearing of the site, and with putting the finishing touches to our new home. Although we have achieved so much in a short period of time, there is still plenty to do if we are to achieve the necessary C grade to play all our games at SJP next season.

If you are available to help us paint, dig, remove moss and grass, erect signs etc, we would be delighted to see you. Refreshments will be provided.

Please contact Rob Morris via the club email address - admin@hendonfc.net - if you are able to attend and help be part of history in the making.

Posted at 18:43

Tuesday 23 February - Friendly against Harrow tonight at SJP

We have arranged a friendly tonight against Harrow Borough at Silver Jubilee Park, kicking off at 7:30pm. All are welcome to attend.

Posted at 13:43

Monday 22 February - Gary delighted with key victory

Gary McCann was doubly pleased with the weekend result against fellow strugglers VCD Athletic.

He said, "I am really pleased with the result, and also the performance but we are at a stage in the season where the result is all that matters at the moment.

"The performance was solid and showed signs of us of old. We could have won by more than we did.

"With just a little more composure, especially in the final third, it would have been a far more comfortable victory. Their goalkeeper made a number of good saves and we had a few other attempts blocked.

"I thought we were very good defensively. Their first goal was a fantastic strike and thr second a lucky bounce, the only other really dangerous moment came just before their first goal when Ricky Sappleton crashed the ball against the top of the crossbar from about 40 yards.

"We have now got a bit of breathing space between the teams below us, but the job is not done yet and we have a number of very important matches coming up in the next few weeks. But things are certainly looking better than they did a couple of weeks ago."

Posted at 20:05

Monday 22 February - Cracknell blow for Hendon

Gary McCann has announced that midfielder Dean Cracknell has decided to step away from football for the time being.

Cracknell, who returned to Hendon in the early autumn after not playing in the early part of the season, has a young family and he has found it difficult to combine football, family and a very busy work schedule.

"Dean told me when he returned to us that he hoped he could play football and enjoy his work and family life," said manager Gary McCann, "but he has really struggled to juggle all three.

"We understand Dean's predicament and reluctantly have let him take time off and we thank him for his efforts in his second spell with the club."

Posted at 20:04

Monday 22 February - Leatherhead game postponed

This evening's game against Leatherhead has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Unfortunately the overnight rain meant the pitch was too wet for the groundsman to work on it and repair any damage done following Harrow's game on Saturday.

Posted at 16:10

Monday 22 February - Pitch inspection at 4.15pm

There will be a pitch inspection at 4:15pm to see if our game against Leatherhead can go ahead this evening following the overnight rain.

We will update the website and twitter feed as soon as we can once the result of the inspection is known.

Posted at 10:38

Saturday 20 February - One thousand goals and counting

The first half equaliser by Kezie Ibe at VCD Athletic was the 1000th competitive goal scored by the first team since Gary McCann took over as manager just over eleven years ago.

The breakdown of goals scored by competition are as follows. The total scored at the end of todays game is of course 1002 including the brace from Carl McCluskey.

League - 719. FA Cup - 79. FA Trophy - 28. League Cup - 34. Middlesex Senior Cup - 65. London Senior Cup - 75. Play-offs - 2.

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Saturday 20 February - McCluskey double helps earn win

A double strike from Carl McCluskey went a long way to ensuring that the first team won 3-1 at VCD Athletic. The result means that the Greens are now ten points clear of the relegation zone.

The home side took the lead through Ricky Sappleton in the 41st minute, but almost immediately Kezie Ibe equalised as he touched home a header from Dave Diedhiou.

McCluskey scored twice after the restart, finding the net in the 56th and 62nd minutes, and although Sappleton reduced the arrears, the Greens were able to hold on and secure all three points.

Posted at 16:59

Friday 19 February - Young forward added to squad

Gary McCann has added 18 year old forward Brandon Adams to the squad on work experience terms from Queens Park Rangers. Brandon is available for tomorrow's game at VCD Athletic.

Posted at 17:27

Tuesday 16 February - London Senior Cup semi final date

Our London Senior Cup semi final at Redbridge will take place on Tuesday, 8th March, kick off 7:45pm.

Posted at 13:25

Tuesday 16 February - Gary happy with Hampton point

Hendon manager Gary McCann was happy overall with the point against the Ryman League leaders Hampton & Richmond Borough on Saturday afternoon.

"I never go into a game just looking for a draw," he said. "I want to win every game. But, given where we are, the performance last week and our fragile confidence, I am delighted to get a draw against Hampton.

"I am so proud of the players and the effort and commitment they put in. This is especially so on the back of the deserved criticism they received last week.

"We had to have our 'A' game and keep to it for the full 90 minutes and we certainly did that. Every player did their job as we asked them to and if I had to single out one player it would be Casey Maclaren who kept a very dangerous striker quiet and limited him to almost no chances, ably assisted by big Dave Diedhiou.

"All in all, I think we were worth the point. Both teams created chances and missed some very good ones. And, if we had timed a couple of passes better in the last few minutes, we might even have snatched the victory."

Posted at 06:16

Monday 15 February - Hendon featured in new book

A new book by author and Hendon resident Terry Morris entitled 'In a Class of Their Own: A History of English Amateur Football' features Hendon Football Club. It is the first comprehensive study of football at amateur level from the middle of the nineteenth century until the abolition of any formal distinction between amateurism and professionalism in 1974.

As Hendon was so prominent in amateur football during this period there is much in the book that relates to the club.

Should any of our supporters be interested in acquiring a copy it is easily available, either from Amazon or from the publishers, contactable online at chequeredflagpublishing.co.uk

Posted at 18:01

Saturday 13 February - Guts, graft and desire earn point

The first team put in a performance that was full of guts, graft, work rate and desire to earn a thoroughly deserved point against league leaders Hampton & Richmond Borough this afternoon.

Dave Diedhiou gave the Greens the lead in the 27th minute, with the Beavers goal coming early in the second half courtesy of Jamal Lowe.

Posted at 17:09

Thursday 11 February - Gary delighted to reach last four

Gary McCann was delighted to reach the last four of the London Senior Cup, but admitted that the performance had not been as good as he had wanted.

"Of course, the vital thing in the later stages of a cup competition is to win, and it is more important than the overall performance," he said.

"It wasn't a good game and, we didn't play particularly well, but we did get the victory. The team was selected with the weekend in mind and the balance was not ideal.

"I have not been happy with the central defensive pairings over the course of the season and we have tried most combinations. The two who played there Tuesday have both done it before and give us food for thought.

"Full credit to Croydon. They played well above what their league position suggests and they made it hard for us.

"But we are now in the London Senior Cup semi-final again and that was what we set out to do."

Posted at 20:10

Thursday 11 February - Young defender joins squad

We are pleased to announce that Addison Garnett has joined the club today following a spell with Missouri State University.

The 19 year old defender came through the youth ranks at Queens Park Rangers before being released in the summer.

Posted at 19:49

Wednesday 10 February - Gerry Harrison

The club was saddened to hear of the death of long-time supporter Gerry Harrison, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday evening.

Gerry followed Hendon for over 50 years and was a regular at Claremont Road, Vale Farm and, more recently, Earlsmead. A passionate fan who said what he thought, he supporterd the club in his own unique style but all he ever really wanted was for Hendon to win.

Gerry's fondest Hendon memories went all the way back to the 'Glory Years' of the mid-70s and, while he never stopped attending matches, his thoughts would often turn to 'Newcastle away' and all those other trips he made when he was a young man.

The club would like to pass on its condolences to Gerry's son, Roger, and to the rest of the family.

Posted at 17:05

Tuesday 09 February - Hendon reach semi-finals

Hendon reached the semi-finals of the London Senior Cup with an unconvincing 2-1 win against Croydon at Silver Jubilee Park.

The Greens found their opponents tough to breakdown, and were reliant on goals at the end of each half to secure progression to the last four and a trip to Redbridge.

Croydon took the lead in the 42nd minute through Tristan Toney before Ben Pattie equalised just before half-time.

The second half saw chances at a premium at either end, and the deadlock was broken as the game moved into stoppage time thanks to Carl McCluskey's header.

Posted at 23:47

Monday 08 February - Dave Clarke

The club was saddened to hear of the death of long-time supporter Dave Clarke who passed away early on Friday evening after a short illness.

Dave, who was married to Geraldine for 38 years, had supported the club since the early 70's. He built the old tea hut at Claremont Road, rebuilt the stand wall and laid the foundations for the club shop.

Dave, who sold match programmes for many years, was always on call to lend a hand when asked and was a deserving winner of the Supporter of the Year.

The club will be observing a minute's silence in memory of Dave at Saturday's match against Hampton. In the meantime, we would like to pass on our condolences to Geraldine, to Sandra and Tony Wood, Janet and John Neville and to all of Dave's nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews."

Posted at 11:48

Monday 08 February - New date for Brentwood

Our game at Brentwood Town will now be played on Tuesday 5th April, kicking off at 7:45pm

Posted at 11:29

Monday 08 February - Gary furious after weekend defeat

A furious Gary McCann did not hold back when he considered the performance at Imber Court on Saturday.

"My evaluation was that in no area of the pitch were we satisfactory," he said.

"Our central defenders were torn apart by a player who struggled to get into our team before leaving earlier this season, and we knew that he would be up for it.

"We didn't win any midfield duels or battles and the offensive players didn't affect the game, but it must be said that the service to them was unsatisfactory.

"We can all dress it up and say one competitive game in five weeks was a factor, but that doesn't work. It was embarrassingly poor.

"It was a performance that I didn't see coming and that infuriated me more. Momentum and confidence is everything in football and we now have to recreate it.

"Tomorrow's game at SJP has now taken added importance. We had been looking to get minutes into some players, but now the team selection will be with Saturday in mind."

Posted at 10:50

Saturday 06 February - Greens beaten by Smith hat-trick

A hat-trick by former Hendon striker Leon Smith saw the Greens beaten 3-0 at Metropolitan Police this afternoon.

The goals came in the 12th, 40th and 76th minutes, as Smith showed his former club that he hasn't lost his goalscoring touch since moving on a few weeks ago.

Posted at 17:00

Friday 05 February - An Evening With Tony Currie

Hendon Football Club are pleased to announce that they will be holding an evening with Tony Currie on Friday 26th February at Silver Jubilee Park. Doors will open at 7pm.

Local to Claremont Road growing up, Tony went on to enjoy a distinguished career with Sheffield United, Leeds United, QPR and Watford, winning full England honours along the way before a short spell with the Greens in the early 80s. Of course, Tony's brother Paul was a popular figure at Hendon and his nephew, Darren, also enjoyed a productive spell with the club a few years ago.

In what promises to be an interesting and insightful evening, Tony will share stories from his career and answer questions from those in attendance.

Tickets for the evening are £10 and will be on sale at Tuesday evening's game with Croydon, and at all games thereafter, and should be available on the day as well.

Refreshments, including food, will be available from the bar throughout the evening.

Whether a supporter of Sheffield United, Leeds United, QPR, Watford, Hendon or football from a by-gone era, we look forward to welcoming you all to SJP.

Posted at 21:24

Tuesday 02 February - New date for Leatherhead

Our home game against Leatherhead will be played on Monday 22nd February, kicking off at 7:45pm at Earlsmead.

Posted at 17:37

Tuesday 02 February - Brentwood game postponed

Unfortunately, despite Brentwood's hopes this morning, their pitch has been ruled unplayable due to waterlogging following the pitch inspection this afternoon.

A new date will be advised in due course.

Posted at 14:29

Tuesday 02 February - Brentwood hopeful - inspection 2.30pm

Brentwood Town have been in contact this morning, and they are hopeful that this evening's game will go ahead, but have arranged for a 2:30pm inspection to confirm all is ok.

We will update again once we have the result of the inspection.

Posted at 11:37

Monday 01 February - Ben Pattie to stay until end of the season

We are pleased to announce that we have agreed with QPR that young striker Ben Pattie will remain with the club on loan until the end of the season.

Ben has scored one goal in his 9 appearances so far in a Hendon shirt, and we are sure that there are more to come over the next three months.

Posted at 17:25

Monday 01 February - Fonguck loan extended for third month

We are pleased to announce that Wesley Fonguck's loan has been extended for a third month, and he will continue to be with us until 26th February. Wesley has made 10 appearances so far for us, and we look forward to seeing him in further action over the next few weeks.

Wesley's team-mate Ryan Gondoh has returned to Barnet and we thank him for his efforts.

Posted at 17:25