News - November 2012

Friday 30 November - Wealdstone away on Saturday

Tomorrow afternoon sees the first of four Middlesex derbies that will take place over the next month as we make the short trip to play Wealdstone.

The Stones have had an excellent start to the season, and currently lie third with 25 points from 12 games, and if they win their games in hand they would go top of the table.

The Greens meanwhile will be very keen to put their poor away league form to one side and pick up three crucial points to ensure that they stay in touch with the pack at the other end of the table.

Admission prices at The Vale are £10 adults, £5 concessions and £2 for under 16s. Kick off is at 3.00pm.

Should any inspection be required ahead of the game, please check the messageboard and twitter feed for information as we will not be able to update the website tomorrow morning.

Posted at 10:53

Tuesday 27 November - Benjamin added to the squad

We are pleased to announce that Joe Benjamin has joined the club on a dual-registration basis from Billericay Town.

The 22 year old striker began the season at Hampton & Richmond Borough, scoring for the Beavers in the game against the Greens at Vale Farm in August.

He began his career at Northampton Town, and has played for a number of clubs including Boreham Wood, Chelmsford City, Wealdstone and Tonbridge Angels.

We welcome Joe to the club, and hope that he has a successful time with us.

Posted at 18:47

Sunday 25 November - Under 15s game postponed

The under 15s game at East Bergholt in the Presidents Cup was postponed this morning due to a waterlogged pitch.

Posted at 12:35

Saturday 24 November - McCluskey recalled, Walters departs

The club have announced today that George McCluskey has been recalled by his parent club, Barnet. George played an important part in our FA Cup run this season with some very assured performances in the back four and made a total of 8 appearances for us.

Meanwhile, experienced defender Wayne Walters has left the club having lost his place in the side, particularly following the return from injury of Elliot Brathwaite.

Posted at 17:06

Saturday 24 November - Canvey game postponed

Today's game against Canvey Island has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch following this morning's inspection. A new date for the game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 11:13

Saturday 24 November - Pitch inspection at 11.15

There will be a pitch inspection at 11:15 this morning ahead of our game against Canvey Island. The result of the inspection will be posted to the website, twitter feed and postponement hotline as quickly as we can.

Posted at 09:16

Friday 23 November - Home to Canvey tomorrow

The league games continue to come thick and fast as we entertain Canvey Island at Vale Farm tomorrow afternoon.

Games against Canvey have often been entertaining over the years, and hopefully the same will be the case tomorrow as the Greens bid to return to winning ways.

The performance on Tuesday night will certainly have restored confidence after the defeat at Enfield Town, and a win will hopefully move the club away from the bottom two.

At the time of writing, there are no plans for a pitch inspection, but should the situation change we will update the website, messageboard, twitter feed and postponement hotline as quickly as we can. We would advise that you check late morning tomorrow to see if there are any updates.

Kick off tomorrow is at 3.00pm.

Posted at 17:10

Tuesday 20 November - Hendon move out of relegation zone

Hendon moved out of the relegation zone this evening following a goalless draw against Cray Wanderers at a very wet Vale Farm.

The first half belonged to the Greens who had the majority of possession, but failed to capitalise on it. The second half was more even, but the Greens defence returned to its more recognisable solid form and held firm against whatever Cray had to offer. It was much the same at the other end, with the ball not quite running in Hendon's favour.

Posted at 23:51

Monday 19 November - Under 15s beaten by leaders

The under 15s were beaten 2-0 by league leaders Chelmsford City yesterday afternoon, with both goals coming in the first half.

The man of the match was Connor Worrell.

Posted at 10:50

Saturday 17 November - Double milestone for Belal

Belal Aite-Ouakrim marked two milestones in this afternoon's goal crazy game at Enfield Town.

First of all, he made his 150th appearance when he entered the game as a 77th minute substitute, and secondly he scored his 50th goal for the club in stoppage time.

It must be very rare that a player marks two milestones in one game - and we congratulate Belal on both achievements.

Posted at 17:20

Saturday 17 November - Greens lose in goal crazy game

Hendon were beaten 6-3 this afternoon at Enfield Town, but the scoreline doesn't tell the whole story.

The first half was largely uneventful with Enfield not taking the lead until the second minute of stoppage time through Liam Hope.

The Greens hit back immediately after the break when substitute Jack Mazzone scored, but the home side were back in front two minutes later which knocked the stuffing out of Hendon.

Tyler Campbell made it 3-1 for Enfield in the 55th minute, before Hope completed his hat-trick with a penalty on the hour mark and a back-header four minutes later.

In the 70th minute there was a lifeline for Hendon as former defender Mark Kirby put the ball into his own net, only for Scott Cousins to do the same at the other end five minutes later to give the home side a 6-2 lead.

From here on, the Greens grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and took control, and had they taken their chances could have scored three times before Belal Aite-Ouakrim scored the goal of the game. He went on one of his trademark mazy runs and finished it with a great strike, but there was no time for the Greens to close the deficit any further.

Posted at 17:13

Saturday 17 November - Elliott Charles joins Eastbourne

The club have announced this afternoon that Elliott Charles has signed for Blue Square South club Eastbourne Borough.

Whilst we are very sorry to see Elliott move on, we are pleased that he now has the chance to prove himself at the next level. He made 34 appearances, scoring 12 goals since making his debut at Wealdstone last September.

We thank Elliott for all his efforts over the past year and wish him every success at his new club.

Posted at 13:52

Friday 16 November - Greens to play in Orange tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon will be a historic one as the Greens will wear their new Orange away strip as they play Enfield Town in a league fixture for the first time. Our two clubs have met five times in cup competition, with the Greens running out winners on each occasion, the most recent being a 3-2 win in the Middlesex Senior Cup in November 2010.

The club was formed by supporters of the now defunct Enfield FC in June 2001, and they began life in the Essex Senior League, and this is their first season at this level.

Our opponents have two former Greens in their line up in the shape of 41 year old midfielder Jonathan Hunt, who made 13 appearances in the 1990/91 season, and 26 year old defender Mark Kirby who made 43 appearances for Hendon before moving to Enfield Town three years ago.

Enfield moved up to 13th place in the table on Tuesday evening as they beat Harrow Borough 2-0 with goals from Hunt and Adam Wallace.

Our opponents moved into their new home at the QE Stadium in Donkey Lane, not that far from the old Southbury Road home of the old club. Full travel details can be found on the directions page of the site.

Admission at the ground is one of the cheapest in the league this season with costs being £9 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for under 16s.

Posted at 12:37

Wednesday 14 November - Improved performance last night

It was a much improved performance from Hendon last night at Lewes, with the Greens the better side for much of the game, with their only fault being their inability to hit the target.

Unfortunately the final ball was either not quite right, or the opening was spurned, and it was Darren Currie who came closest to scoring when his shot cannoned off the inside of the Lewes post in the second half.

Gary McCann was disappointed not to take all three points, and said ""I feel this was two points dropped, rather than one gained, but I thought our performance was much better.

"I said to the boys after the game that if we play like that over the next few games we will win far more matches than we lose."

We apologise once again for the lack of coverage of last night's game. Normal service will resume for Saturday's game at Enfield Town.

Posted at 20:30

Tuesday 13 November - Goalless draw at Lewes

Hendon and Lewes played out a goalless draw this evening at The Dripping Pan.

Unfortunately due to technical problems this evening we have no other information on the game, but will aim to bring a further update tomorrow.

Posted at 22:18

Tuesday 13 November - Lewes away this evening

This evening sees the first team make the journey into Sussex to play Lewes as the league fixtures start coming thick and fast.

Lewes currently lie 16th in the league with 11 points from their 12 games, and will be seeking revenge for their FA Cup defeat at Vale Farm back in September when the Greens ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.

The Greens will be boosted by the return from suspension of Scott Cousins and Kevin Maclaren and will want to start moving up the table by winning one of their games in hand.

Kick off at The Dripping Pan is at 7.45pm, and admission prices are £11 for adults, £6 concessions and free for under 16s.

Posted at 07:12

Tuesday 13 November - George Smith moves on

The club have announced that George Smith has been released, and is expected to sign for Grays Athletic later this week.

We would like to thank George for his efforts during his short time with the club, particularly as he played a part in the FA Cup run, and we wish him every success for the future.

Posted at 07:05

Sunday 11 November - Scott Shulton released

The club have announced this evening that Scott Shulton has been released, thus ending his third spell with the club.

He is expected to sign for Wingate & Finchley in the next few days, who are now managed by former Hendon player Gary Meakin, who had his last game as manager of Northwood this weekend.

Scott made 34 appearances for us in his three spells, scoring 5 goals. We thank him for his efforts during his time with the club, and wish him well for the future.

Posted at 22:13

Sunday 11 November - The Great Hendon FC Bake Sale

Hendon Football Club Supporters Trust will be holding a bakery sale before, during and after the home league fixture against Whitehawk on Saturday 22nd December. This will be a chance for supporters to buy some last minute Christmas treats, while raising money for the club. Where else can you do Christmas shopping and watch real football at the same time?!

A variety of homemade treats will be on sale, including the chairman's own lemon drizzle cake!

We need you to donate more baked goods for us to sell - we particuarly need more people making sausage rolls, mince pies and fairy cakes.

If you are able to do this, or indeed bake anything, please get in touch with Nathan Persaud by emailing nathan.persaud@streetleague.co.uk for more information.

Posted at 20:54

Sunday 11 November - Under 15s progress in county cup

The under 15s continued their improving run of results with a 2-1 win over Junior Bees in the Middlesex County Cup this afternoon.

However, it was Junior Bees who scored first, and held on to the lead until half-time, but the Greens hit back with goals from Marcus Perkins and Louis Butler to win the game.

Their reward for the victory is another home tie in the 4th round (last 16), this time against Hillingdon Borough, with the game due to be played on 2nd December.

Posted at 20:41

Sunday 11 November - New Year Grand Raffle 2013

This year’s New Year Grand Raffle will be drawn after the Harrow Borough game on New Year’s Day at Vale Farm, tickets are £1 each with a first prize of £250, second prize of £100 and a number of third prizes of £50.

The aim is to payout more than £1000 of prizes, raising at least £1000 for the Club. If you can support this by selling tickets, please ask in the Club Shop or see Eddie Edwards, who can supply a stock of tickets.

If you would like tickets to buy or sell but can't get to a game please e mail Eddie on eddieedd@hendonfc.net and these will be posted to you. Tickets are also on sale at every home game at the Club Shop.

Posted at 20:30

Saturday 10 November - Ten man Greens beaten

Hendon were beaten 1-0 by Lowestoft Town this afternoon, in a game where Dean Cracknell was sent off midway through the first half.

The only goal of the game came in the 10th minute when Chris Henderson scored, and things were made tougher for the Greens when the referee ruled that Dean Cracknell's challenge on Blake Saker was dangerous and showed the midfielder a red card.

Both sides had chances to score in the remainder of the game, but neither side was able to find the target, but Hendon did give it a really good go to try and get back into the game.

Posted at 18:06

Saturday 10 November - Feature game in Non League Paper

This afternoon's game against Lowestoft Town will be the featured Ryman League Premier Division game in the Non League Paper tomorrow.

This means that there will be a longer report than normal, together with colour photos.

The Non League Paper is available from most newsagents and supermarkets, priced at £1.50.

Posted at 11:09

Friday 09 November - Focus now on the league

The focus for the first team is now very much back on the league, with 11 league fixtures scheduled before Christmas.

Tomorrow's game against Lowestoft Town is just the 4th league fixture we have played since 1st September when we drew with Concord Rangers, and our last league defeat was at East Thurrock United two weeks later.

Lowestoft currently sit in 7th place in the table with 16 points from 9 games, but have lost two of their last three league games, the most recent defeat coming at Carshalton Athletic last Saturday when the Robins won 2-0.

In last season's encounters, the home side won on both occasions. Matt Nolan, who has now moved on to Hemel Hempstead Town, and Dale Cockrill were on the scoresheet for Lowestoft in their victory, whilst Isaiah Rankin scored the only goal in our 1-0 win at Vale Farm. Former Hendon favourite Lubo Guentchev is no longer playing for Lowestoft, having moved back to Bulgaria to play there during the summer.

We all saw how much the players appreciated the support at Aldershot, and indeed at Corby and against Eastbourne. As supporters, we now all need to play a similar role in the league, ensuring that we get behind the team for 90 minutes, and helping them to lift their heads if the going gets a bit tough.

Kick off at Vale Farm tomorrow is at 3.00pm, and our normal admission prices apply. We look forward to seeing as many of you possible there.

Posted at 13:13

Tuesday 06 November - A few FA Cup statistics

We have dug out a few statistics from our FA Cup run this season.

We played 7 games in the competition this season, the most we've played in the FA Cup in one season since the cup run of 1996-97 which saw us travel to Cardiff City for the first time. The only season in which we've played more FA Cup games was in 1981-82 when we played 8 games.

We scored 14 goals this season - the most since 1989-90. Our record in one season is 27 way back in 1924-25 when we also played 7 games.

Finally, we have now progressed through the round in which we entered the competition in each of the last 27 seasons. The last time we were beaten in the opening round was at Ruislip Manor in 1985-86.

It has certainly been an FA Cup run to enjoy this season, and the squad and management team can rightly be very proud of their efforts.

Posted at 09:52

Monday 05 November - FA Cup highlights available

If you want to see Dean Cracknell's cracking goal again, or if you haven't seen it yet, FATV have now posted highlights on to their YouTube channel.

To see the goals from the game, just click on the link below.

Aldershot Town v Hendon - FATV Highlights

Posted at 12:09

Monday 05 November - Under 15s pick up first points

The under 15s picked up their first league points of the season yesterday as they beat Ryan FC 2-0.

Domenico Contino gave the young Greens the lead in the 30th minute, and Runako Connell secured the points with the second goal in the 65th minute.

Next weekend, the under 15s entertain Junior Bees in the Middlesex County Cup Third Round.

Posted at 08:54

Saturday 03 November - Cracking goal but Greens beaten

Hendon's FA Cup run came to an end this afternoon at Aldershot Town, but the highlight of the game was a stunning strike from Dean Cracknell.

And it was that goal that gave the Greens the lead just before the half-hour mark. Cracknell picked up a loose ball from a poor clearance about 30 yards out and took a touch before unleashing a fiercesome drive that simply flew into the net giving Glenn Morris absolutely no chance. If there is a better goal in the FA Cup this weekend - it has to be extremely special to be better than Cracknell's.

Prior to the goal, the Shots had the better of the chances, but found the Greens defensive in unforgiving mood, and Berkley Laurencin in fine form making two or three very good saves.

Hendon held on to the lead until the 56th minute when Danny Hylton finished off a well worked move. Whilst the Shots were the better side, the Greens refused to give up and worked very hard to ensure they stayed in the game, creating a few chances of their own.

However, it was Hylton who had the last say with a second goal in the 85th minute.

Despite the defeat, it was a performance that everyone connected with the club can be proud of. The players gave absolutely everything they had and can be very proud of their efforts.

Thanks must also go to our supporters, who made more noise than the home support throughout the 90 minutes - you can be equally proud of your efforts.

Posted at 20:58

Friday 02 November - Luke Gambin signs on loan

We have signed midfielder Luke Gambin on loan from Barnet ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup tie at Aldershot Town.

The 19 year old made his first team debut for the Bees against AFC Wimbledon at the end of last season, and spent a period of last term on loan at Metropolitan Police.

Posted at 15:19

Friday 02 November - Hendon in the media

The club have been featured in a number of places over the past few days in the build up to FA Cup First Round weekend.

The BBC Sport website has their usual match preview of all the weekend games in the FA Cup - and of course this week, it includes us, and consequently a few words from Gary McCann.

Meanwhile, ITV Sport have done a feature on five of the "lesser known" FA Cup First Round sides - although it is factually incorrect as Isaiah Rankin didn't even play in the game at Corby, let alone score!

The Hendon Times website has a good piece previewing the game, as does the Barnet Press, whilst the Kilburn Times carries interviews with both Gary McCann and Junior Lewis.

Elsewhere, the club gets a very brief mention in the listings pages of the Radio Times, and Gary McCann and David Ballheimer were on the BBC London 94.9 Non League Hour on Monday evening.

The various websites mentioned above can be found via the links below.

BBC Sport Preview

ITV Sport Preview

Hendon Times Preview

Barnet Press Preview

Junior Lewis Interview - Kilburn Times

Gary McCann Interview - Kilburn Times

Posted at 13:54

Friday 02 November - Hendon aim to shoot down Shots

Tomorrow afternoon sees the biggest day in the club's history since the trip to Blackpool thirteen years ago. Whilst Aldershot Town is not new territory for the Greens, there is now 3 levels between the two clubs.

Despite picking up four points in their two away games since the draw was made, a win at Southend United and a draw at Dagenham & Redbridge, the Shots still lie in the relegation zone in League Two following a tough start to the season. However, the Shots home form is utterly rotten, losing five of their seven home games so far this season, scoring just two goals, both by Craig Reid, who picked up an injury before the Dagenham game.

Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth will be hoping for a confidence boosting win, especially as they have crucial league games coming up against Wycombe Wanderers and Bradford City in the week following tomorrow's FA Cup tie.

Gary McCann and the squad will be very keen to ensure that the Shots don't get that confidence boosting win, and instead suffer a confidence shattering defeat. The squad is expected to be at full strength with the exception of the three suspended players.

Those of you who saw the win against Reading in the 70s, and/or the win at Leyton Orient in 1997 will know how special these days can be. If the support is as good as it was in the replay win against Eastbourne - the players really do appreciate it when you get behind them like you did that evening - you never know what might happen.

Posted at 13:26

Thursday 01 November - Hastings game rearranged

Our home game against Hastings United will now be played on Tuesday 15th January, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 23:00

Thursday 01 November - Snowball draw update

The July, August and September Snowball draws were made at half-time of our league game against Metropolitan Police last week, with over £1150 given away in prizes.

The prize winners are as follows.

July : 1st Prize (£241.50) ball number 40. 2nd Prize (£120.75) ball number 90.

August : 1st Prize (£246.00) ball number 34. 2nd Prize (£123.00) ball number 1.

September : 1st Prize (£288.00) ball number 68. 2nd Prize (£144.00) ball number 103.

It's never to late to join the draw - balls cost just £5 per month, and with the monthly prize fund currently totalling over £400, you never know when it could be your number that comes out in the draw.

For more information, please click the snowball advert on the front page of the website, email the club at admin@hendonfc.net or speak to any member of the Supporters Trust Board on a matchday.

Posted at 19:36