News - November 2013

Friday 29 November - Super Sunday 5 - FA Trophy against Whitstable

Sunday football returns to Earlsmead once again this weekend as we entertain Whitstable Town in the first round of the FA Trophy.

This is the first time we have reached the last 64 since the 2004/05 season when we went out 4-3 at Slough Town, and it is the first time that Whitstable have reached this stage of the competition. It is also the first time that we have met the Oystermen.

Both sides are coming into the game in good form. Whilst we have lost just 1 game out of the last 8 in all competitions, Whitstable have lost just once in their last 10 games, and their run includes the FA Trophy win at Carshalton Athletic, and a Kent Senior Cup win over Maidstone United.

In their most recent game, they won 3-1 at home to Corinthian-Casuals with Ashley Baverstock, Craig Thompson and Joe Kane on target. That result has left the Oystermen in 17th place in Ryman League Division One South.

Gary McCann and the squad will know that they will need to be in the right frame of mind on Sunday to ensure that there are no slip ups. As always, your support will be crucial, so we hope to see as many of you as possible at the game on Sunday afternoon.

Kick off at Earlsmead is at 3.00pm, and our usual admission prices of £10 adults, £5 senior citizens & students, and free for under 16s apply.

Posted at 08:45

Tuesday 26 November - McCann very happy with Canvey win

Gary McCann was understandably very happy following last night's win over Canvey Island

"It was a good win for us," he said. "It puts us (in 10th place) more like where I expected this group to be and where we deserve to be.

"I didn't think we started very well, but you have to give credit to Canvey Island for the way they started. Apart from Dean Cracknell's shot, we were not in the game in the opening 20 minutes and deserved to be behind.

"Our equaliser kick-started us and then we scored again so quickly we took control. The goal immediately after half-time was exactly what we had talked about in the dressing room and it allowed us to be a little more relaxed after that. Even after their penalty, we did take it easier in the final half-hour, though we also had chances to score again."

Posted at 16:20

Tuesday 26 November - All matchball sponsorships sold

We are delighted to announce that all remaining matchball sponsorships for this season have been sold. Once all payments have been received, this scheme will have raised over £2200 for the club.

The club would like to thank all those supporters who have been able to sponsor a ball or two (or five so far in one case) this season. We are very grateful for your continued support.

Posted at 12:37

Monday 25 November - Greens win and go tenth

Hendon continued their recent good run of results with a 4-2 win over Canvey Island this evening, a result that moves them up to 10th in the table.

It was the visitors who drew first blood when Jay Curran scored in the 12th minute, and it wasn't until Tony Taggart equalised in the 36th minute that the Greens came into the game.

Within another three minutes, the Greens were two goals ahead as first Carl McCluskey, and then leading scorer Jefferson Louis found the back of the net.

Two minutes into the second half, Louis made it 4-1 with his 18th goal of the campaign, and shortly afterwards a deflected strike from Jack Bennett was disallowed. Jay Curran reduced the arrears from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute, but that was to be it for the scoring as the Greens ensured that the three points were secured

Posted at 22:00

Monday 25 November - Gary pleased with fightback

Gary McCann admitted there had been mistakes in the draw with East Thurrock United. He said, "We deserved a point but not much more. It might have been a reaction to last Sunday's game against Oxford.

"With two games in three days this weekend, I was thinking about freshening up the personnel in the squad, but decided against it. But we were very flat.

"When we scored at the very end of the first half, I felt we had not deserved to be leading at half-time. And although East Thurrock came out very strongly at the start of the second half, it was mistakes in our midfield and defence that gave them the equaliser.

"It was another mistake which gave them the lead, but I was delighted with the way that we upped our game we deserved our equaliser. After that I thought we might have gone on to get the victory.

"The game was far from a classic. There was not enough quality from either side for there to be much goalmouth action. Overall, however, I think we worked their goalkeeper a little more than they worked ours."

Posted at 13:25

Sunday 24 November - Monday night parking restrictions

On Monday evenings we share Earlsmead with our good friends the Tanglewood Club, which means there are some parking restrictions in the club car park.

Tanglewood is a social club for adults with learning disabilities, and most of their club members arrive at the clubhouse via minibus.

In order to operate they need to have vehicle access to the front of the building, so we ask everyone attending games on Monday evenings to respect the car parking restrictions that are in place.

Please do not park within the coned off areas and please do not remove any cones that are in place. There is plenty of parking behind the far end goal or in the local roads around the ground.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 23 November - Louis equaliser secures point

An 82nd minute equaliser from Jefferson Louis earnt the Greens a point in a tightly fought encounter against East Thurrock United this afternoon. The final score was 2-2, with both sides leading during the game.

After a close first half, Hendon took the lead when Lee O'Leary finished off a fine team move to take the lead just before half-time. However, the lead was short-lived as Jason Hallett equalised five minutes into the second period.

The Rocks took the lead in the 75th minute when David Bryant pounced on a loose ball, but Louis had the last say in the game as he evened things up with a header with eight minutes to go.

Posted at 19:38

Friday 22 November - New date for Carshalton trip

Our away game at Carshalton Athletic will now be played on Tuesday 14th January at 7:45pm at Colston Avenue.

Posted at 12:07

Friday 22 November - Home league double header

We have a double header of home league games coming up to complete the month of November, a month in which we've only played at Earlsmead!

Tomorrow afternoon we entertain East Thurrock United, and then on Monday evening Canvey Island will be our visitors.

Like ourselves, East Thurrock are still in the FA Trophy, having beaten Merthyr Town 4-2 on Saturday afternoon. Their reward is a tough looking home tie against Dover Athletic.

The Rocks currently lie in 20th place with 15 points from their 15 games following a disappointing run of league results - most recently losing 4-3 to Wingate & Finchley a fortnight ago.

Meanwhile, Canvey Island are just above us in the table with 23 points from their 16 games. However, they are the joint lowest scorers in the division, but equally have an excellent defensive record. Their league form is in good shape, and they'll come into the game having won their last three, all by a single goal against Hampton & Richmond Borough, Grays Athletic and most recently Metropolitan Police last weekend.

Kick off tomorrow is at 3.00pm, and on Monday it is at 7.45pm. Our usual admission prices of £10 adults, £5 senior citizens and students, and free for under 16s apply.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 21 November - Just 7 matchballs left to sponsor

We have just 7 matchballs left to sponsor this season, a couple of which are coming up in the next few weeks.

It is just £80 to sponsor a matchball, and the sponsor gets a complimentary ticket, free programme, a mention in the programme and on the website.

The matches remaining available are AFC Hornchurch, Enfield Town, Bognor Regis Town, Lowestoft Town, Cray Wanderers, Carshalton Athletic and Grays Athletic.

If you are interested in sponsoring a ball, full details can be found on the sponsorship page, or by emailing Simon Lawrence on simon.hendon@btinternet.com or speaking to him on a matchday.

It would be fantastic if we could sell all the remaining matchball sponsorships for the season. If we manage it, we'll have raised over £2200 for the club that we wouldn't otherwise have had.

Posted at 09:09

Wednesday 20 November - MyTeam launch - featuring live commentary

MyTeam is set to launch on December 1st which sees Hendon FC involved in a complete football first.

We gave you an update a few months ago about MyTeam, a new subscription-based service in which you can give direct feedback to the Hendon management team before and during matches about the tactics, line-up and even vote for substitutions you want to see. For anyone who has ever played football manager games - this is like a real-life version!

You can score every single player during or after the game on a host of factors. The manager then has to make the desired substitution or explain after the game via his exclusive MyTeam blog exactly why he did not make the change. MyTeam will also feature the ability to rate the chairman and captain on unique factors and even has a "clubhouse" - a free forum in which MyTeam users can discuss the votes they made.

MyTeam can be used either at home before a match on PC or during a game via smartphone. This means at half-time or even during the match you can tell the Hendon FC management team what changes you want to see!

The most exciting news is that MyTeam features a "live match" mode, which will let you hear live commentary of Hendon matches (where available). MyTeam gives you, the fan, direct control over the team as well as a new way to keep up with the latest Hendon matches!

MyTeam is launching on December 1st and will cost users just £3 per month to use, with 75% of this going towards the club. This software is the very first of it's kind and we are very excited about being involved with this.

Gary McCann is also very excited about this and particularly the way that fans can rate players - encouraging even more friendly competition between the team.

For more info or to sign up visit https://www.facebook.com/myteam.com.co and message the MyTeam team!

Posted at 08:49

Monday 18 November - Trophy game will be Sunday

It has been confirmed this afternoon that our FA Trophy tie against Whitstable Town will be played on Sunday 1st December at Earlsmead. Our normal admission prices of £10 adults, £5 senior citizens & students and free for under 16s will apply.

If a replay is required it'll take place at Whitstable on Tuesday 3rd December, and admission prices will be £8 adults, £4 senior citizens & students and £1 for under 16s.

Posted at 19:24

Monday 18 November - It's Whitstable Town at home

The draw for the first round of the FA Trophy has been made, and we have been drawn at home to Whitstable Town, who play in Ryman Division One South.

Whitstable reached this stage with a 2-1 win at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday afternoon, and are one of the lowest sides left in the competition.

It is expected that the game will be played on Sunday 1st December, as Harrow are once again at home in the league on the Saturday, but we will confirm this in the next day or so.

Posted at 12:15

Sunday 17 November - Faulkner gets perfect send off

Paul Faulkner, who has been our goalkeeping coach for the past three years, left the club this evening after the FA Trophy win over Oxford City. The send off he was given was made perfect by the last minute penalty save by Berkley Laurencin.

Paul is moving on to Leverstock Green as assistant manager and he goes with our very good wishes, along with grateful thanks for all his efforts as a very important member of the backroom staff.

Posted at 21:40

Sunday 17 November - Gary really pleased with Trophy win

Gary McCann was a happy man this evening following our FA Trophy win over Oxford City.

"I'm really pleased," he said, "I didn't think we deserved to go in a goal down at half-time, but we reacted superbly in the second half.

"We scored two great goals, especially the first which was an excellent team goal. The late changes were for no other reason than the replaced players had nothing more to give.

"It was a poignant moment when Berkley made the penalty save, as it turned out to be a perfect send off for Paul Faulkner, who is moving on to be assistant manager at Leverstock Green.

"I have no complaints about the penalty award, it's one of those things, but Berkley ensured that it didn't matter.

"After going out of the FA Cup early, I was determined that we were going to have a good run in the FA Trophy as it has been my nemesis as a manager.

"Now I am hoping for a kind draw so that we can continue our run."

Posted at 21:39

Sunday 17 November - Laurencin penalty save secures win

An excellent stoppage time penalty save by Berkley Laurencin ensured that Hendon reached the last 64 of the FA Trophy for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The final score against Oxford City this afternoon was a 2-1 win.

The first half was an evenly matched affair, but it was the visitors who took their chance just before half-time when Declan Benjamin fired home a rebound after a team-mate had hit the bar. Earlier in the half Lee O'Leary had an effort cleared off the line.

The Greens took the game to their opponents in the second half and deservedly equalised when Carl McCluskey slammed the ball home from the edge of the area in the 66th minute. Six minutes later they were ahead when Jefferson Louis sent an inch perfect cross into the path of the onrushing Anthony Thomas who fired the ball into the net.

There was last minute panic when a penalty was given away for handball deep into stoppage time, but Laurencin made an excellent save at full stretch to ensure that no replay was required.

Posted at 20:38

Sunday 17 November - Trip to Carshalton postponed

Our planned trip to Carshalton Athletic on 30th November has been postponed due to our continued involvement in the FA Trophy this season. A new date will be announced in due course, but it will be sometime in the new year.

Posted at 20:35

Friday 15 November - FA Trophy Super Sunday returns

This weekend sees our second FA Trophy Super Sunday of the season as we entertain Oxford City in the third qualifying round.

Oxford come into the game on the back of slightly improved form, having beaten Stockport County 4-1 last weekend, and then drawing 2-2 at Histon on Tuesday evening. As a result they have moved out of the relegation zone in Conference North and lie in 19th place with 12 points from their 14 games.

It is over 15 years since we last faced each other, and that game, which was played on 28th March 1998 at Court Place Farm, ended in a 2-0 win for us. Our current management team of Gary McCann, Freddie Hyatt and Junior Lewis all played in the game, and the goals were scored by Paul Whitmarsh and Lewis.

Going back to 1963 when we first met Oxford in the Isthmian League, we have played them a total of 35 times (34 in the league and once in the FA Amateur Cup), winning 22, drawing 7 and losing 6. In the process we have scored 65 goals, conceding just 28.

Gary McCann and the squad come into the game on the back of two good wins over Bideford and Metropolitan Police, and will be keen to continue the run in this competition. Gary has virtually a full squad to select from, something that has rarely happened in recent years.

Kick off at Earlsmead is at 3.00pm on Sunday afternoon, and our normal admission prices of £10 adults, £5 senior citizens & students and free for under 16s will apply.

If a replay is required, it will take place at Court Place Farm on Tuesday evening at 7.45pm.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.

Posted at 08:46

Wednesday 13 November - Squad lose friendly at Farnborough

Gary McCann took a squad to play Conference South side Farnborough yesterday evening in a hastily arranged friendly. The game saw the home side run out 1-0 winners.

The game was arranged to get the squad players a good run out as we head into a busy period of games between now and the early part of January, hopefully ensuring that everyone is fit and raring to go.

The starting line up included Elias Moses, Casey Maclaren, Sam Flegg, Dean Cracknell, Max McCann, Anthony Thomas, Michael Murray and Aaron Morgan, along with three trialists & guests.

Posted at 08:34

Monday 11 November - New date for Cray trip

Our league game at Cray Wanderers has been rearranged for Tuesday, 17th December, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 16:33

Monday 11 November - Gary delighted with second half show

Gary McCann was delighted with the second half show against Metropolitan Police on Saturday that earnt another three points.

He said, "I felt we defended reasonably well in the first half. In fact the only pluses were the way we defended, they didn't have many clear chances, and that we were still in the game at half-time

"I decided to make the change at half-time because we needed more up front and I prefer playing with two - actually I thought about making two substitutions. I didn't shout at the players at the players at half-time, although I could have. It was very calm and I got my point across.

"Anthony Thomas has shown a fantastic attitude and he made a massive difference. He created the first goal and played a big part in the other goals. It was a shame their keeper made the save late on because really deserved to score that goal."

Gary also looked ahead to the FA Trophy tie against Oxford City coming up on Sunday.

"The draw hasn't been overkind to us, but there are no easy draws at this stage of the competition. It is a tough tie, but it is a winnable one. Oxford have made a slow start, but their result on Saturday (they beat Stockport County 4-1) suggests they are beginning to turn things around too.

"We are beginning to become more comfortable at Earlsmead and beginning to show more of what we are capable of. I am sure we will all be prepared for the challenge."

Posted at 12:45

Saturday 09 November - Second half blitz earns win

Four goals in twenty second half minutes secured all three points for Hendon this afternoon as they beat Metropolitan Police 4-1.

After a goalless first half, Jefferson Louis opened the scoring seven minutes into the second period. Carl McCluskey doubled the lead ten minutes later, before Jack Bennett netted shortly afterwards. Louis put the game well out of reach with his second of the afternoon and fifteenth of the season, before Howard Newton scored a consolation for the visitors.

Posted at 17:01

Friday 08 November - Boys in Blue visiting tomorrow

Our run of home games continues tomorrow afternoon when we entertain Metropolitan Police at Earlsmead in a 3:00pm kick off.

Our opponents currently lie in 15th place in the league with 16 points, just 2 places and 1 point behind us.

They have had a mixed season so far, but are unbeaten in their last 3 league games, their most recent victory coming at Billericay Town just over a week ago, although they did lose 2-1 at Hampton & Richmond Borough in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

They have recently regained the services of striker Jonte Smith on loan from Crawley Town, the young forward scored a number of goals for them last season.

The Greens go into the game keen to ensure they start to get some consistency to their results and build on the excellent win over Bideford on Sunday afternoon.

Your support then was superb, so please come along, get behind the team, and hopefully cheer them on to another three points as we look to move closer to the top half of the table.

Posted at 03:00

Thursday 07 November - FA Trophy admission & replay details

We are pleased to announce that our normal admission prices will apply for the FA Trophy tie against Oxford City on Sunday 17th November.

Admission will be £10 for adults, £5 for senior citizens and students, and free for under 16s.

If a replay is required, it will take place at Court Place Farm on Tuesday 19th November, kicking off at 7.45pm. Admission is expected to be £11 for adults, £6 for concessions and £3 for students for under 16s.

Posted at 19:00

Thursday 07 November - Snowball draw update

The May, June, July and August Snowball draws were made at half-time of the game against Bideford, with nearly £1600 being given away in prizes. Remember that it is never too late to enter the draw, just speak to Simon Lawrence or any member of the trust board on a matchday, or call at the club shop.

The results of the draws are as follows.

May : 1st Prize (£288.00) - ball 148. 2nd Prize (£144.00) - ball 181.

June : 1st Prize (£259.50) - ball 187. 2nd Prize (£129.75) - ball 72.

July : 1st Prize (£259.50) - ball 132. 2nd Prize (£129.75) - ball 9.

August : 1st Prize (£259.50) - ball 103. 2nd Prize (£129.75) - ball 88.

Posted at 01:00

Wednesday 06 November - Wealdstone home game rearranged

Our home league game against Wealdstone will now take place on Monday 6th January at Earlsmead, kicking off at 7:45pm

Posted at 19:00

Wednesday 06 November - New Supporters Association eBay Shop now open

We are delighted to announce that the Supporters Association have opened a new eBay shop and all their merchandise will be sold via this outlet.

Items currently available are hats, scarves, mugs, keyrings, badges, mousemats and oyster card holders.

Keep your eyes open for special offers, new lines and ever expanding stock. We are hoping that old programmes going back over the years will be listed as well.

The shop will build over time, so please bookmark it and check in regularly. The link below will take you to the site.

Supporters Association eBay Shop

Posted at 08:31

Monday 04 November - Oxford game will be on the Sunday

We are now able to confirm that our FA Trophy game against Oxford City will take place at Earlsmead on Sunday 17th November, kicking off at 3:00pm.

As a result, our planned home league game against Wealdstone, scheduled for Monday 18th November has been postponed and will be rearranged for a later date.

Posted at 18:17

Monday 04 November - Home again in FA Trophy

The draw for the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy has been made, and we have been drawn at home to Oxford City.

Oxford City currently play in Conference North, and lie bottom of the table with 8 points from their 12 games, and they lost 3-2 at Harrogate Town on Saturday afternoon.

The tie is due to be played over the weekend of 16th/17th November, and we'll confirm the date in the next day or two. Harrow are at home to Thamesmead in the league on the Saturday, so the chances are we'll be playing on the Sunday again.

Posted at 12:09

Monday 04 November - Gary proud of FA Trophy performance

Gary McCann was proud of the team after yesterday's FA Trophy win over Bideford.

"I told the players that I wanted a positive reaction to the disappointment of midweek and I was pleased with the way that we did it - and to the early red card, which I thought was very harsh.

"The shift put in by the 10 men was tremendous. I was really proud of them and every one put in heroic performances. We were so disciplined after losing Casey, but our centre-backs and goalkeeper were outstanding.

"It was difficult losing Tony Taggart before the game, but he said Dave Diedhiou would be our match-winner. The late change meant that we could reshuffle without making a substitution.

"I have already made it clear that I want to have a good run in this competition. In recent years, our focus was more on the FA Cup, but with our early exit from the Cup, I want to go along way in the FA Trophy. I am hoping for a kind draw in the third qualifying round."

Posted at 08:34

Sunday 03 November - Diedhiou heads Greens through

A header from Dave Diedhiou five minutes from time saw ten man Hendon through to the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy this afternoon as they beat Bideford 1-0.

The win came the hard way after Casey Maclaren was sent off in the 8th minute, but the team knuckled down, worked very hard and ensured that the scores remained level at half-time.

That work-rate continued in the second half, and with twenty minutes to go Bideford were also reduced to ten men when their skipper Rob Farkins also saw red.

From there on, the Greens took control of the game, and moments after Dean Cracknell had replaced Carl McCluskey, Diedhiou rose to plant an excellent header into the back of the net.

Hendon held on for the last few minutes to ensure progression to a stage of the FA Trophy they haven't reached for a number of years.

Posted at 21:00

Sunday 03 November - League trip to Cray postponed

Our league trip to Cray Wanderers has been postponed on Saturday 16th November due to our progression in the FA Trophy this afternoon. A new date will be announced in the next few days.

Posted at 20:59

Friday 01 November - FA Trophy Super Sunday

We host our third Super Sunday of the season this weekend as we entertain Bideford in the FA Trophy second qualifying round.

This is the first time we have met Bideford who are currently lying in third place in the Southern League Premier Division, where they have an unbeaten record. They have won 7 and drawn 5 in the league so far, most recently beating St Neots Town 3-2 last Saturday, a game in which on loan forward Ashley Yeoman scored a hat-trick.

Our opponents reached this stage of the competition by beating Swindon Supermarine 3-2 a fortnight ago while we were beating Cray Wanderers 4-1 at Hayes Lane.

WIth Bideford flying high in their division, this promises to be a tough test for the Greens, although the squad will be keen to ensure there is no repeat of the poor performance that occurred at Hampton on Tuesday evening.

Gary McCann is very keen to have a run in the FA Trophy this season, something that, as all supporters will know, is very long overdue. Therefore your support is crucial and we hope to see as many of you there as possible on Sunday afternoon.

Kick off on Sunday is at 3.00pm, and our normal admission prices will apply at £10 for adults, £5 for senior citizens and students, and free for under 16s.

Should a replay be required, it will take place at Bideford on Tuesday evening, kick off 7.45pm.

Posted at 14:00

Friday 01 November - New Year Prize Draw 2014

The Supporters Trust are running their popular New Year Draw again this year, and the draw will be made after the Enfield Town game on New Years Day.

Tickets are £1 each with a guaranteed first prize of £300, second prize of £100, third prize of £50 and further cash prizes as the prize pot allows.

The aim is to payout £1000 of prizes, raising a similar amount or more for the club.

We would be delighted if you can support this by sellig tickets. Please ask at the club shop on a home matchday, or speak to Eddie Edwards, and you will be supplied with a stock of tickets.

If you would like tickets to buy or sell, but are unable to get to a game, please email Eddie on eddieedd@hendonfc.net and he will post some to you.

Tickets will be available from this Sunday when we play Bideford in the FA Trophy.

Posted at 08:40