News - November 2000

Wednesday 29 November - Under 16s postponed

The Under 16s game against Wembley Under 18s has been postponed due to the excessive rain. No new date has been set yet.

Posted at 14:00

Tuesday 28 November - Under 16s to play Under 18s

Tommorow (Wednesday) evening, Hendon's Under 16 level side are playing at Wembley in the Under 18's Middlesex Senior Youth Cup. Kick off will be at 7.30pm at Wembley FC, Vale Farm. This is not the first season that Hendon have played in this competition, but although the club have entered beforehand, Hendon didn't play such a young side.

Posted at 18:00

Monday 27 November - Further postponements for the Dons

Not only did Hendon's Ryman League Premier Division fixture against Basingstoke Town fall victim to the incessant rain which has blighted the United Kingdom in the past two months on Saturday, but today's Full Members Cup tie with Braintree also fell victim to the weather. There was water lying on the pitch as late as Thursday and the water table is now so high that no amount of forking saw it diminish. The inspection on Saturday morning was a mere formality. Today's inspection lasted for only seconds before the referee pronounced the pitch unfit. No new date has been set for either match, but news will be on Greensnet and the Greensline as soon as fixtures are known.

The bad weather didn't just wipe out football at the LOOT Stadium, there was no senior non-league football played within a 10-mile radius of Claremont Road on Saturday, even Boreham Wood's game surviving a bare 13 minutes before a 2.45 deluge put paid to it.

There was also frustration for the reserves, and goalkeeper Gary McCann in particular. Their game at Oxford City was postponed. The goalkeeper is trying to make a comeback following his major knee surgery at the end of last season. but three reserve games have been postponed in the last week.

"We are ever so close to the top of the table with games in hand," said manager Frank Murphy. "It is so depressing and it is doing my head in. The players are frustrated, but what can you do? We are raring to go."

The bad weather also accounted for all the matches at youth level too. The pitches at Clitterhouse Playing Fields are in such a bad state that one of Hendon's two pitches has been ruled unplayable thoughout November and the other pitch the club uses has taken just one match in the month.

Posted at 14:00

Sunday 26 November - Braintree in doubt

There will be another pitch inspection at the LOOT Stadium before tommorow's Full Members Cup tie with Braintree Town. Please check on the website and messageboard or Greensline before travelling.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 24 November - Basingstoke looking unlikely

There will be a routine pitch inspection tomorrow morning for the match against Basingstoke Town, but it is 99% certain that the game will be called off. It is also doubtful that Monday's game against Braintree Town will go ahead. Confirmation of the decision will appear either on the website or the messageboard as well as the Greensline.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 24 November - Youth & Reserve success continues

The success of the Reserve and Youth teams has continued this season as all five teams have had a comfortable start to the season.

The Reserves currently lie in 4th place in the Suburban League Premier Division, with 23 points from 14 games. They travel to Oxford City on Saturday afternoon as they bid to close the gap on Woking, who top the table with 29 points from 12 games. The progression from Reserve to First Team football has continued as Richard Dee made his league debut on Saturday at Carshalton.

The Under 16s are 5th in the Premier Division, but are only two points behind the leaders with a game in hand, while the Under 15s are 2nd, also two points behind the leaders. The Under 14s are in 3rd place, and are four points behind the leaders with a game in hand. Meanwhile, our new side - the Under 13s lie in 2nd place in Division Two in their first season, two points behind the leaders with a game in hand. They have scored 19 goals, and conceded just two, while the leaders have conceded 24!

Posted at 09:45

Monday 20 November - Wilmot out, but McCann on way back

It has now been confirmed that goalkeeper Richard Wilmot did break his arm in the fixture with Carshalton on Satuday. His loan period expired yesterday, and no decision has yet been made whether he will be signed permanently or not. Meanwhile, good news comes as Gary McCann is hoping to make his comeback in the Reserves on Wednesday evening when they are due to entertain Dulwich Hamlet at the LOOT Stadium, kicking off at 7.45pm. This game will be his first competitive match since he was injured at Harrow Borough in April.

Posted at 09:30

Saturday 18 November - Binns shoots through Robins

Hendon won another three points today in an incident packed encounter with Carshalton Athletic. Jamie Pace put Carshalton ahead in the 27th minute, and the Greens were looking out of the game until after half time. Goalkeeper Richard Wilmot was substituted with what was thought to be a broken wrist, now known to be a broken arm, and midfielder Bontcho Guentchev came on in place of him. The Bulgarian kept a clean sheet whilst Ross Pickett scored from a Binns cross and Fitzgerald was sent off for two bookable offences. It was from the resulting free kick that Binns put the Dons ahead. Sean Daly later followed Fitzgerald back down the tunnel after a foul on Adekola.

Posted at 19:00

Saturday 18 November - Fixture chanes

Three fixtures have been changed. The Full Members Cup match at Heybridge which was previouly postponed is now back on the original date of 05th December. On 27th November, Braintree Town will be visiting to play Hendon in the second round of the League Cup meaning that the rearranged fixture with Hampton & Richmond Borough is now off. Please note that the game against Heybridge is still subject to FA Trophy replays.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 13 November - Daggers strike again

Dagenham sealed their passage through into the FA Cup proper by beating the Dons 3-1. In doing so, they stopped Hendon from reaching the competition proper for the first year in five, and were the first non-league team in as many years to beat the Greens in the competition. Hendon got to grips with the heavy pitch quicker than the visitors and Ross Pickett secured a lead, sliding Haule's cross in at the near post. Dagenham however were quick to strike back, Drewe Broughton equalising. Two goals in the 66th and 69th minutes from Lee Matthews and Paul Terry killed of the tie.

Posted at 22:30

Monday 13 November - Game on

Fans of Dagenham & Redbridge, Hendon and Hayes will all be pleased to know that today's game is on. Can travelling fans please note that the covered terrace alongside the pitch is closed pending repair works.

Posted at 14:00

Saturday 11 November - Shock win for Greens

Two powerful stikes past 'keeper Ashley Harrison gave Hendon a shock win, as they adapted better to the conditions than top of the table Canvey Island. The Dons played with the stong wind behind them in the first half, and dominated overall, but could only force the ball home once despite a number of good chances, Adekola scoring with great power. Canvey made full use of the wind in the second half, and won a number of corners, from which they got their goal. However, Hendon made a number of inspired changes and all three substitutes combined as Haule placed the ball under the keeper late in the game.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 11 November - Loan news

Richard Wilmot, now in the third month of his loan spell, will have to leave the club after 18th November, unless Hendon can agree to sign him from Hitchin Town. Matthew Bartholomew has got on extremely well in his first month at Yeading, and consequently has had his loan extended for an extra two months to give him the chance of further first team football. Meanwhile, Andy Iga and Marvyn Watson are still looking for other clubs who will give them first team football. Both Bracknell and Enfield have shown an interest in Iga.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 11 November - Supporters Association Quiz

On Friday, the Supporters Association will be holding one of their popular quizzes to raise money for the football club. All are welcome to the event, costing only �2 per head. The evening starts at 7.30.

Posted at 09:45

Wednesday 08 November - LOOT stadium still too wet

Due to the continuing rain, the FA Cup tie with Dagenham has been postponed today for the fifth time, resulting in a further postponment for Hendon of the League cup game with Braintree. The revised date is now Monday 13th November.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 06 November - Dagenham off, pitch news

After last night and today's deluges, it is no surprise that today's game with Dagenham has again been postponed. Another attempt will be made on Wednesday.

Graham Etchell writing in Saturday's programme said about the pitch that it "is currently undergoing a three year restructuring programme and at the start of the plan in the summer the club and contractors were dlighted with the early improvemet, but we point out that any form of planning/design could not have envisaged the amount of rainfall. In year two and three this will now be take into serious consideration. The London clay below the surface is the main cause of the problem.

"The work carried out on the pitch in the summer is soaking up all that is being thrown at it, but the problem now is the clay. Nobody expected the volume of rain that has fallen here in such a short period and the water is now sitting on top of the clay and not reaching the drains efficiently. On the eve of the original date with Dagenham & Redbridge a machine was sent down from Staffordshire to try and break up the clay. However, the surface was so wet that the work had to be aborted as it was causing too much damage to the playing surface.

"During this period our supporters, despite their obvious frustrations, have remained very patient and we thank you for all that and promise you that everything that can be done is being done."

Posted at 14:00

Monday 06 November - Better news for Warmington

Hendon player coach Curtis Warmington was down in the dumps following his knee injury in the FA Cup tie against Ford United in October, but things got better for him last week when he won a bagful of prizes on BBC Radio 2. He took part in the Steve Wright Show in the afternoon programme and came away with a collection of books and videos. He is the 4th Hendon person in under a year to take part in TV or radio shows: Press Officer David Ballheimer was No.1 seed and losing semi-finalist on Channel 4's Countdown show, then midfielder Freddie Hyatt appeared on ITV's Wheel of Fortune and club odd-job man Harry Manners was a first-round loser on Channel 4's 15-to-1.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 04 November - Angels fall thanks to Dons

Doc. Martens side Tonbridge Angels were soundly beaten today at a still damp LOOT Stadium. Man of the match Iain Duncan scored the first goal for Hendon after around 10 minutes, drilling the ball into the net after two good saves from Joe Radford. The second was an own goal from Gene Clout, sliding a Duncan cross into his own net. Several other good chances went begging, but Tonbridge failed to threaten Wilmot, leaving Hendon to collect their 2-0 victory, and seal a visit from Worcester City next month.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 04 November - Greens and Angels to play today

Despite rumours to the contrary, today's match between Hendon and Tonbridge Angles will go ahead. The lack of rain recently has allowed the groundstaff to work on the pitch to get it to a sufficient standard.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 01 November - Further fixture problems

The pitch at the LOOT stadium failed it's inspection today, the local referee deciding after consultation with the FA that although there was no longer any surface water, some patches were still to soggy to play on. This has resulted in the postponment of the FA Cup tie with Dagenham yet again, putting it back to Monday evening. Any reply will be on next Wednesday. This has led to the postponment of the rescheduled Purfleet league game.

Posted at 14:00