The club have launched a new dedicated postponement answerphone and text service to hopefully make it easier for you to find out if a game is likely to go ahead or not.
We are aware that we are not always able to answer the main club number because of the number of other jobs that need to be done on a matchday. We are also aware that supporters are often unable to check the website or twitter feed for updates, and indeed that some supporters do not have internet access.
Therefore, we have decided to have a dedicated number that will be used purely so that people can find out if the game is on or not. This will operate for both home and away games.
If you call 07957 328352 on a matchday, you will be put directly through to an answerphone, on which you will have an updated message with details of whether there is a pitch inspection, or indeed a postponement. This number will only be operational on matchdays, and we ask that if you want to know whether a game is on, that you call this new number, and not the main club number. This will enable our matchday staff to concentrate on everything else that needs to be done before a game, and indeed in the event of a postponement.
We are also offering an SMS service, so that you get a text message when a pitch inspection is arranged, and as soon as we get a result of the inspection. This means that if you will get a message if there is a late postponement while you are travelling to the game.
If you would like to sign up for the text service, please either email the club on email@example.com, or text or call 07957 328352 and leave a voicemail and we will contact you to make the necessary arrangements.
There will be a small charge for the text service to cover the costs of providing the service, and this is just £5.00 per season, and details of how to pay will be given to you when you ask to sign up.
Equally, if you would like to join, please speak to any member of the supporters trust board, give them the £5 and your mobile number, and they will ensure you are added to the service.
We hope that by providing this facility, it will make it much easier for people to find out if our games are being played or not.
Posted at 20:01
Despite beating the freeze, the under 21s were unable to win this afternoon and lost 3-1 to West Essex, the goal coming courtesy of Ashley Thomas.
Posted at 15:46
Today's Under 21's home game against West Essex has beaten the freeze and goes ahead as planned. If anyone would like to attend, the game is being played at John Lyon School playing fields on Sudbury Hill. Kick off is at 2.00pm.
Posted at 12:44
Today's game at Aveley has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. A new date for the game will be announced in due course.
Posted at 11:43
There will be a pitch inspection at Aveley within the next hour or so to see whether today's game can go ahead. As soon as we hear the result of the inspection, we will update the website.
Posted at 11:18
This afternoon Supporters Team manager Eddie Edwards has recieved word that our Supporters' match with West Ham United tomorrow morning has been called off. West Ham have been advised by the groundsman at their usual ground that all pitches are still frozen today and there won't be any chance of a thaw in the morning due to our early kick off time.
Posted at 16:12
It's back to league action tomorrow afternoon as we make the trip to Mill Field to play Aveley for the first time this season. The Essex side have recently replaced their management team of Alan and Garry Kimble - the latter of whom made 10 appearances during the 1993/94 season for Hendon.
The Kimble brothers have been replaced by former Portsmouth and Manchester City striker Carl Griffiths, who played against Hendon for Leyton Orient in the FA Cup in 1997, and also for Braintree Town in the Ryman League.
Aveley picked up an important three point on Wednesday evening as they beat fellow strugglers Croydon Athletic 2-0, a result that moved them up to 20th place in the table. Both teams will be keen to pick up three points tomorrow, Aveley so that they can move away from the foot of the table, and the Greens will be looking to move back towards the play-off zone.
Last season, the Greens completed the double over Aveley, winning 4-1 at Vale Farm (Dave Diedhiou, James Bent, Danny Dyer and Peter Dean finding the net) and 2-1 at Mill Field (the goals coming from Casey Maclaren and Dean).
Supporters travelling on public transport will be pleased to know that London Underground is running a largely normal service, apart from on the Uxbridge branches of the Metropolitan and Piccadilly Lines. Supporters are advised to use C2C services from either Fenchurch Street, Limehouse, West Ham or Barking to Rainham. Trains run every 30 minutes, and leave Fenchurch Street at 05 and 35 minutes past the hour. The journey time to Rainham is just 22 minutes.
From Rainham Station, bus route 372 towards Lakeside leaves at 03, 23 and 43 minutes past the hour, with the journey taking 10-15 minutes. Buses stop near the top of the path to the ground. Return buses are at 06, 26 and 46 minutes past the hour. Oyster cards and Travelcards are eligible for use on both C2C to Rainham and on the 372 bus.
Posted at 07:56
The Supporters Trust have launched a New Year Raffle, in which the first prize is a guaranteed £250. Other cash prizes will also be awarded, with the values dependent on the number of tickets sold.
Tickets cost just £1 each, and are available from Eddie Edwards at all home games, and most away games. Eddie also has books of tickets that you can take away to sell to your family, friends and work colleagues.
The closing date to return the ticket stubs and all monies is 3pm on 1st January 2011, and the draw will be made in the bar at Vale Farm following the game that day against Harrow Borough.
If you are unable to attend forthcoming games, but would like to either buy some tickets, or have some sent to you to sell, please email Eddie Edwards on firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be delighted to send you some. He will also send details of how to pay for the tickets that you either sell or buy for yourself.
Don't forget that if you don't enter, you won't have a chance of winning that guaranteed prize of £250.
Posted at 23:24
Kevin Maclaren will be out of action for the next 4-6 weeks having picked up a medial ligament injury. The injury occured in a freak training accident a few days ago. Everyone at the club wishes Kevin a speedy recovery and we hope to see him back in action soon.
Meanwhile, Gary McCann is hoping that Aaron Morgan will be able to return to action at Aveley on Saturday following his injury that he suffered in the FA Cup tie at Chelmsford. James Burgess is currently away getting game time at Hemel Hempstead Town, whilst Glenn Garner and Belal Aite-Ouakrim both hope to be back in contention within the next 2-3 weeks.
Posted at 10:24
Following our win this evening, we will now travel to Wingate & Finchley in the next round of the Middlesex Senior Cup on Tuesday 7th December. This replaces our planned fixture at home against Lowestoft Town.
Please keep an eye on the website as there may be further alterations to the fixture list as the Ryman League try to ensure that all the outstanding games are played in a timely manner.
Posted at 21:45
A brace from Jamie Busby helped Hendon progress to the second round of the Middlesex Senior Cup with a 3-2 win over Enfield Town.
Enfield took the lead in the 8th minute when a Daniel Jones strike took a huge deflection to take it into the net, but the Greens were on level terms on the half hour mark when Lee O'Leary scored.
Just after the hour mark, Casey Maclaren was inexplicably pushed over by Craig McKay when nowhere near the ball, and Busby stepped up to convert the spot kick. Enfield levelled things a few minutes later through Leon Osei, but Busby won the game with a superb diving header from a Scott Cousins cross with 7 minutes to go.
Posted at 21:43
Weather permitting, we will make another attempt to play Enfield Town in the Middlesex Senior Cup tomorrow evening. We are not expecting any problems with regard to fog or waterlogging and expect the game to go ahead.
Town lost 1-0 on Saturday to 9 man Maldon & Tiptree to take their run of games without a win to 7 games.
Kick off at Vale Farm tomorrow evening will be at the usual time of 7.45pm.
Posted at 19:08
Eddie Edwards has confirmed today that the supporters game against West Ham on Saturday will go ahead. So far 11 players have confirmed their availability for the game, but Eddie would be pleased to hear from anyone else who would like to play.
If you would like to take part, please speak to Eddie or Nick McMullen at tomorrow evening's game, or email Eddie on email@example.com.
Supporters should meet, no later than 10.15am, at Flanders Playing Fields, Bobby Moore Sports Pavilion, 118 Napier Road, East Ham, E6 2SG.
The plan is for the game to kick off at 10.30am, allowing plenty of time after the game to make the short trip to Aveley for the first team fixture.
Posted at 19:05
Ercan Yildirim scored 4 goals for the under 21s this afternoon as they ran out 5-2 winners at The Wilberforce Wanderers. Rory Lincoln scored the other goal as they extended their league unbeaten run to three games.
Posted at 17:07
The outstanding home game against Canvey Island will now take place on Tuesday 18th January at Vale Farm, kicking off at 7:45pm.
Posted at 15:19
We have been given a link to archive footage of our FA Amateur Cup Semi Final game aganst Whitley Bay that was played at Sunderland's Roker Park in 1966, a game that the Greens won 2-1. Unfortunately we lost the final against Wealdstone.
The footage - taken by a member of the crowd behind the goal that John Swannell was defending, has been put online via the Whitley Bay website, and can be found via the link below.
We would like to thank Whitley Bay for bringing this to our attention, as it will surely bring back fond memories for those old enough to remember the game, as well as allowing those who were too young to see some archive footage.
Posted at 13:40
The popular Tea Huts of the Ryman League calendar has now sold out, following sales that far exceeded the expectations of the supporters trust.
Following media coverage in a number of places including The Sun, The Non League Paper and TalkSport, sales of the calendar took off rapidly, and eventually an extra two print runs were ordered.
We would like to assure all those people who have placed orders up to and including this morning that your orders will be sent out in the next few days, and once that has been done, our stock will have been exhausted.
Our thanks go out to all those who have purchased the calendar and helped us to make it such an unexpected success.
Posted at 15:20
Our home game against Canvey Island, due to be played on 30th November, has been postponed again. Canvey will now be playing Heybridge Swifts in a league cup tie that evening.
Posted at 09:44
Over the past couple of months, we have been busy entering all known data for the 1908-1946 period, a task that is now complete. This now means there are details of over 5000 matches that we know the club has played since it was formed as Christchurch Hampstead in 1908.
However, this is by no means complete. For the vast majority games prior to 1945, we don't have any details on the line ups for each game, and for many we also don't have details of the goalscorers. We also have games in the 1945/46, 1947/48, 1950/51, 1952/53, 1953/54, 1954/55, 1975/76, 1976/77, 1977/78, 1978/79, 1979/80, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1984/85 and 1985/86 seasons where there are numerous gaps in the appearance and goalscorer data.
The process of entering the data also means there are now records of over 1800 members of staff, mostly players, but also some managers and coaching staff. Again, individual appearance records will remain incomplete until such time that we track down all the missing data. There is every chance that some of it will remain elusive.
As in the past, we have a document available for any supporter who would like to assist in tracking down the information. The document lists all those games that we know took place, but we don't have full line-ups for.
If you would like a copy of the document, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll forward a copy to you.
Elsewhere on the website archive, the news pages continue to be gradually updated. We are now back to June 2004 - meaning there is about another 5 years worth of news to enter. It's certainly bringing back some memories as we do it.
We do hope to make some progress on the league table archive in the months to come - keep your eyes peeled for that.
Posted at 16:07
Last night's postponed game against Enfield Town will now be played next Tuesday, 23rd November at Vale Farm, kicking off at 7:45pm.
The planned trip to Kingstonian on Monday will now be played at a later date.
Posted at 10:56
This evening's game against Enfield Town was called off by the match referee shortly before 5:30pm due to dense fog at Vale Farm. A new date for the game will be announced in due course.
We apologise that we were unable to bring news of the postponement any earlier, and for any unnecessary journeys that may have been undertaken as a result. Unfortunately the news came through whilst the website editor was driving home from work.
Posted at 18:17
The under 18s were in sparkling form yesterday morning as they beat Enfield Community 8-2 in the Cheshunt Youth League Cup. Bradley Ambrose scored a hat-trick, whilst Barkley Miguel-Banzo scored twice. The remaining goals were scored by Steven Gonzalez, Jay Oloko and Sholto Nene.
Posted at 18:53
Our away game at Tonbridge Angels will now take place on Tuesday 11th January 2011, kicking off at 7:45pm at Longmead.
Posted at 14:22
The first team start on the county cup trail tomorrow evening as they entertain Enfield Town in the first round of the Middlesex Senior Cup. Our opponents come into the game on a disappointing run of results - no win in the last six competitive games. Their most recent game was a 1-0 defeat at Potters Bar Town on Saturday afternoon. They currently lie in 11th place with 22 points from 14 games. In their squad are two former Hendon players, defender Mark Kirby and midfielder Sam Byfield, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Vale Farm.
Our two teams last met competitively in December 2004 in the same competition when we ran out 5-0 winners at Claremont Road. Mark Nicholls scored a hat-trick, whilst John Frendo and Dave Sargent also found the back of the net. We have met in two friendlies since then, both at Goldstone Road, and both resulting in victories for the Greens.
Gary McCann will be keen to ensure that the squad improve on last season's performance in the competition when we were beaten on penalties at Hanworth Villa. It is a competition that we have won on numerous occasions, and it would be great to have a real go at regaining the trophy this season.
Kick off at Vale Farm is at 7.45pm, and our normal matchday prices of £9 adults, £5 concessions and £1 under 16s will apply. The programme will be a single folded A4 sheet and will be given away free with admission. The game will be played to a conclusion tomorrow, with extra time and penalties if required.
Posted at 11:21
The first team picked up three points this afternoon as they ran out comfortable 4-1 winners at bottom of the table Croydon Athletic.
Jonathan Coke opened the scoring, and his goal account for the club in the 16th minute, but Dan Moody equalised four minutes before half-time. However, as the break approached Casey Maclaren restored the advantage for the Greens.
Jamie Busby converted a penalty early in the second half, and the scoring was completed with 30 minutes to go by Daniel Wishart. Lee Scott came on midway through the second half to make his competitive debut for the club.
Posted at 17:09
Our home game against Lowestoft Town will now take place on Tuesday 7th December, kicking off at 7:45pm.
Posted at 18:37
The date for our home game against Canvey Island has been changed again, and reverts to the previously arranged date of Tuesday 30th November. Meanwhile, on Tuesday 14th December, we will now entertain AFC Hornchurch at Vale Farm. Kick off for both games will be at 7.45pm
Posted at 13:32
The first team will be looking to complete a quickfire double tomorrow as they travel to Croydon Athletic. The reverse fixture 6 weeks ago saw the Greens run out 4-0 winners, with Daniel Wishart scoring twice and Jamie Busby and Belal Aite-Ouakrim also finding the back of the net.
Since their well publicised troubles earlier in the season, the Rams have found things tough, and have picked up just 2 points out of their last 9 games, although they have lost a number of their games just by an odd goal. Their most recent fixture was at Wealdstone, where they lost 4-3 on Tuesday evening.
For those planning to travel by public transport, please note that there are numerous closures on the underground, including complete closures on the Jubilee Line and Victoria Line. The nearest overground station is at Thornton Heath, regular trains operate from London Victoria, whilst the nearest tram stop is Therapia Lane.
Kick off at Croydon Athletic is at 3.00pm as normal, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the game.
Posted at 09:28
The October snowball draw was made last night, and the winner of the £277:50 first prize was ball number 56. The second prize of £138:75 was won by ball number 179.
The next draw will take place on Saturday 4th December, at half-time of the league game against Sutton United.
Posted at 09:59
Two goals in the last ten minutes earnt Hendon a point against Bury Town this evening at Vale Farm in another entertaining encounter that ended 3-3.
Bury drew first blood in the 10th minute when Chris Henderson scored from the penalty spot, and the lead was doubled twenty minutes later by Lee Reed. Hendon were back in the game shortly afterwards when Tom Bullard headed the ball into his own net. However, in the 41st minute, Bullard redeemed himself by scoring at the right end.
The second half saw the Greens show great character to try and get something out of the game. Their initial reward game in the 82nd minute when James Parker scored his first goal of the season, and with a minute of normal time left on the clock, Jamie Busby scored a stunning volley from 25 yards that nearly ripped the net from the goal.
Posted at 21:45
Daniel Wishart's loan from Hayes & Yeading has been extended for a further month. So far Daniel has made 9 appearances for us, scoring 2 goals, and he will now be with us up to and including 4th December.
Posted at 19:50
Following a precautionary inspection a few minutes ago by a local referee, we are pleased to announce that this evening's game against Bury Town will go ahead as planned.
Obviously, if there is any heavy rain between now and kick off the situation may change, and if it does the website and twitter feed will be updated straight away.
If there are no further updates, please assume that the game is on.
Posted at 15:00
The supporters team have been invited to play the West Ham United supporters team on Saturday 27th November in what would be our second IFA league fixture. This is the day that we are away to Aveley in the league, so the game would take place in East London, meaning that it would be an easy journey either by car or public transport from the supporters game to the first team game.
If you are interested in taking part, please email Eddie Edwards on email@example.com as soon as possible. Full details of the game will be made available nearer the time.
Please note that if we have another first team v supporters game at the end of the season, priority for that game will be given to those supporters who turn out for the team during the season.
Posted at 09:42
The supporters trust would like to ask all those who took part in the recent walk to Harrow Borough to return their money as soon as possible, and certainly no later than Saturday 4th December. This is because we would like to finalise the total, and be able to invite Rays of Sunshine to a game early in the new year so that we can make a presentation to them.
Please give your money to either Simon Lawrence or Mike Harte, making sure that any cheques are made payable to Hendon FC Supporters Trust. If you are unable to get to a game between now and 4th December, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll let you have an address to send in your money.
Posted at 09:42
The date for our home game against Canvey Island has been changed again, and will now take place on Tuesday 14th December 2010. Kick off at Vale Farm will be at 7:45pm. The change has been necessitated due to Canvey having a league cup tie on the 30th November.
This means that we are now looking for a new date for our London Senior Cup tie against Metropolitan Police, and this is now likely to take place early in the new year.
As one or two supporters have asked, there are no plans to rearrange a game for Saturday 20th November when we were originally due to play AFC Hornchurch - therefore you can all go Christmas shopping instead!
The club is also busy looking for new dates for our outstanding games against Lowestoft Town, AFC Hornchurch and Tonbridge Angels. As soon as new dates are fixed, we will let you know.
Posted at 13:56
The first team will be focusing back on the league tomorrow evening in a home game against Bury Town, following a busy month of cup matches. Indeed, we have only played one league game since we visited Bury in the reverse fixture five weeks ago, that being a 2-2 draw at Maidstone United.
Despite the defeat at Chelmsford on Saturday afternoon, there are plenty of positives to be taken from the performance which left everyone connected with the club feeling very proud of the squad and their efforts. Everyone is keen to build on our excellent start to the league campaign where we lie in 11th place, but just three points away from the play off zone, with games in hand on all the teams above us in the table.
Bury currently sit in 6th place, three points ahead of us having played one game more. They were in league action on Saturday afternoon, when they beat Margate 1-0, thanks to a goal from James Scowcroft. Like ourselves they have made early exits from the league cup and FA Trophy, losing to Wingate & Finchley and Ashford Town (Middlesex) respectively, but they have reached the semi finals of the Suffolk Premier Cup, having beaten AFC Sudbury and then Felixstowe & Walton United over the past two Tuesday evenings.
When our two clubs last met five weeks ago, a thoroughly entertaining 2-2 draw was played out. Lee Reed and Chris Henderson were on target for Bury, whilst Belal Aite-Ouakrim equalised twice for us.
The game will kick off at the usual time of 7.45pm tomorrow, the bar will be open from 6pm, and the turnstiles will open shortly after 7pm.
Posted at 11:04
The FA TV highlights of our defeat at Chelmford City are now available to be viewed. They can be found via the link below.
Posted at 22:51
Chelmsford City TV's highlights of today's game are now available on YouTube. They include an appearance from supporters trust board member Eddie Edwards. Please be aware that the commentary on this highlights package has a certain amount of bias towards the Clarets.
The FA's own highlights are due to be online at some point tomorrow.
Posted at 22:52
The FA website is already carrying a match report on our game this afternoon. There will also be highlights of the game available on the same site within the next 48 hours.
Posted at 18:16
Hendon's FA Cup dreams were ended by ten man Chelmsford City this afternoon, with the home side winning 3-2 to progress to the second round.
Chelmsford were comfortably the better side in the first half, and they took the lead in the 8th minute through Sam Higgins. It was no great surprise when the lead was doubled twenty minutes later by Billy Bricknell, but the Greens were given a lifeline shortly before half-time.
Chelmsford keeper James Pullen was sold short by a backpass from one of his defenders, and Aaron Morgan nipped in to take the ball. Pullen made a challenge with his studs up and brought Morgan down, and the referee didn't have any hesitation in showing Pullen the red card. Jamie Busby stepped up to score the spot kick.
The second half was a much more even affair, but in the 68th minute Chelmsford restored their two goal advantage when Anthony Cook found himself in space in the left channel, and he fired a powerful shot past Berkley Laurencin.
Hendon reduced the lead with ten minutes to go when Lee O'Leary fed the ball into Busby who was able to score his second goal of the afternoon. The Greens had a couple of chances to score an equaliser, the best chance falling to Lubo Guentchev, but the home side held on to progress into the next round.
Posted at 17:49
Kevin Maclaren became the third player in 8 days to reach his 100th apppearance for the club. He joined the club from Walton Casuals in the summer of 2008, and has been a regular member of the side ever since, scoring 2 goals during his time with us so far.
We congratulate Kevin on reaching the milestone - just a week after his older brother, and we hope to see him wearing the Green shirt many more times.
Posted at 17:23
The under 21s returned to winning ways this afternoon as they ran out 4-1 winners at home against Vallance. Daryl Atkins scored two goals, Ercan Yildirim also found the back of the net, with the other goal coming courtesy of an own goal.
Posted at 16:16
Unfortunately, it appears that BBC Essex are not bringing live online commentary of the game at Chelmsford this afternoon after all. We apologise for this, and we can only go by the information we found on the BBC website this morning.
As well as our usual updates on the messageboard and via twitter, you can get more detailed text updates via the link below.
Posted at 15:19
The BBC are advertising on their website that they are due to be broadcasting live commentary on this afternoon's game via the internet.
It will be coming from BBC Radio Essex, and can be found via the link below.
As well as the live commentary, our normal updates via the mesasgeboard and twitter should also be available.
The goals from the game are due to be shown on the ITV highlights show which starts on ITV1 at 11.40pm, and there will be highlights of the game on the FA website, hopefully sometime tomorrow.
Posted at 09:26
Last night's BBC London Sports Show is now available to listen again on the BBC website. You will be able to hear their FA Cup preview, which included a short interview with Steve Rogers. The interview starts at approximately 49-50 minutes into the show.
You can find the show by clicking the link below.
Posted at 09:26
Hendon are due to be featured during tonight's FA Cup preview show on BBC London radio, which can be found on 94.9FM and DAB in London and the surrounding area.
The feature will include a brief interview with Steve Rogers, and the other London non-league sides will also be featured, including our friends at Harrow Borough.
If you live outside of BBC London catchment area, you can listen to the show online through the link below.
Posted at 18:37
The under 18s continued their unbeaten start to the season as they beat Barnet (Black) 2-1 last night to progress into the third round of the Ryman Youth Cup. Full details will appear on the under 18 page as soon as we have them.
Posted at 08:59
Gary McCann has increased his striking options ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie at Chelmsford City by securing the signature of fans favourite Brian Haule.
The 26 year old striker rejoins the club for his third spell on a dual-registration from Hemel Hempstead Town. We have checked with the FA, and they have confirmed that he has not appeared in the FA Cup this season. Therefore, Brian will be included in the squad for the game at Chelmsford.
Brian originally came through the reserve team before scoring on his debut in September 2002 at Hampton & Richmond Borough, before moving on to Harrow Borough a few weeks later. He returned in November 2006 from Maidenhead United, and quickly became a firm favourite and before leaving the club just over a year ago, he had scored 51 goals in 127 appearances.
We are all delighted to see Brian back at the club, and hope that he enjoys his time with us once again.
Posted at 23:10
The first team have been busy this week preparing for the biggest FA Cup tie the club has taken part in since the trip to Blackpool in 1999.
It's hard to believe that it is 11 years ago since Bontcho Guentchev hit the woodwork at Bloomfield Road before the home side went on to win 2-0, and earn a trip to Highbury to face Arsenal. It was the closest we had come to meeting a top division side since the trip to Newcastle United in the third round in 1974 when we lost 4-0 in a replay at Vicarage Road having drawn 1-1 at St James's Park, Rod Haider scoring for the Greens.
That trip to Blackpool was the fourth year in a row that we had reached the competition proper of the FA Cup in the late 1990s under the leadership of Neil Price and then Frank Murphy.
In 1996, following wins over Croydon Athletic, Fisher Athletic (following a replay), Dover Athletic and Hastings Town (also after a replay), we were drawn away to Cardiff City in the first round. The team didn't disgrace themselves despite going down to a 2-0 win.
In 1997, we were given an exemption through to the fourth qualifying round, where we made the short trip to St Albans City. Two goals from Colin Simpson took us through to the first round, where, with Hendon fans watching on in the Clarence Park clubhouse, we were drawn at home to Leyton Orient.
In front of 2241 spectators, we drew 2-2 with the O's, with Simpson scoring both goals again, meaning that we faced a trip to Brisbane Road 10 days later.
This turned out to be one of the most famous nights in Hendon's history, as the Greens ran out 1-0 winners. The decisive goal came with about 15 minutes to go when Gary McCann released the ball, it was passed to Freddie Hyatt, who spotted John-Simon White making a run on the right hand side. White received a delicious pass, and in turn he crossed the ball into the box where Junior Lewis was on hand to head the ball past Paul Hyde. It is a goal that will live long in the memory of those Hendon supporters who were there that night.
The reward was another trip to Ninian Park, where Cardiff won again, this time 3-1, with Naseem Bashir scoring a late consolation.
The following year, following a restructure of the competition, we entered in the second qualifying round, where we beat our opponents this weekend 3-2 in a replay at New Lodge. Despite going two goals behind, the Greens fought back, and won the game courtesy of strikes from Tony Kelly, Steve Heard and Curtis Warmington. Further wins against Harlow Town and Bath City earnt a home time against Notts County, who were managed at the time by Sam Alladyce.
Just over 1600 were in attendance at Claremont Road for the first game which ended in a 0-0 draw. The first attempt at a replay at Meadow Lane was postponed due to fog, and although the Greens held Notts County for 60 minutes, the home side eventually won the replay 3-0.
In 1999, wins over Grays Athletic, Blakenall and Margate earnt a trip to Bath City in the first round. Bath were unbeaten in all competitions so far that season at the time, but their PA announcer made the fatal mistake of announcing that fact as the players trooped off at half-time. That meant Frank Murphy's team talk was made much easier, and late goals from Dominic Gentle and Bontcho Guentchev took the Greens to the second round and the trip to Blackpool, and ruined Bath's unbeaten record.
So, Saturday sees our first appearance in the competition proper since that day in Blackpool. Whilst everyone at the club was disppointed not to be drawn against a league club, this is very much a tie that both sides will see as a great chance to progress to the second round.
Chelmsford have reached this stage courtesy of a 7-0 drubbing of Chertsey Town, followed by replay wins over Bromley and Carshalton Athletic. The last time our two clubs met was just after the Clarets had won the Ryman League, and we ran out 2-1 winners at Claremont Road, Davis Haule scoring both goals.
Supporters are reminded that admission to Melbourne Stadium is £11 adults, £7 concessions and £3 under 16s, and the game will kick off at 3.00pm as normal. We hope to see as many Hendon fans there as possible getting behind the team, and hopefully cheering them on to a victory, and progression to the second round.
Posted at 09:35
The coach to Chelmsford is now sold out, and there will not be any further seats available. All those who have booked for the coach are asked to ensure that they arrive in good time to ensure a prompt departure from the meeting point.
Posted at 09:09
The club are busy making preparations for the possibility of an FA Cup replay against Chelmsford and are looking for three more volunteers.
We require one person to be available from 6pm to control vehicle entry to the club car park. We also require two people to wear hi-vis jackets inside the crowd and be a point of contact for anyone with questions. These two people would need to be available from around 7pm at the latest. We will ensure that you are able to watch the game in full, and you will receive free entry to the game in return for your assistance.
If you are able to help, please email the club on email@example.com and we will get back to you.
Posted at 11:31
FATV are now carrying another interview with Gary McCann, in which he talks about some of his FA Cup memories. He also speaks about how he moved from playing to football management.
You can see and hear what he had to say by clicking the link below.
Posted at 22:55
We have received confirmation of the venue for the under 18s Ryman Youth Cup tie against Barnet (Black) on Thursday evening. The game will be played at Hillingdon Borough, kicking off at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend, and there will be a small admission charge.
Posted at 12:31
There are now just 2 seats left available on the coach for the FA Cup tie at Chelmsford on Saturday. Therefore, if you wish to travel on the coach and haven't yet booked, please contact Steve Rogers as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
You can either email him on firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07748526594. As advised yesterday, the departure details will be given to you when you book your seat.
Posted at 10:56
There are a limited number of coach spaces available for the FA Cup tie at Chelmsford City. Prices are the usual £10 each.
If you would like to travel on the coach, please email Steve Rogers via the website on email@example.com, or call him on 07748526594 (calls accepted between 8am and 10pm). Bookings will be taken on a strict first come, first served basis.
When you make your booking, you will then be given the details of the departure time and place for the coach.
You can only travel if you have booked in advance. Supporters turning up without a booking will not be able to travel on the coach.
Posted at 13:07
Belal Aite-Ouakrim has spoken to FATV following our win at Metropolitan Police last week. You can see and hear what he had to say by clicking the link below.
Posted at 12:56