News - November 2014

Sunday 30 November - Coach bookings for Bognor Regis

We have a limited number of spaces available on the team coach to Bognor Regis Town this coming Saturday. Seats cost £12, and the coach will be departing from Earlsmead.

If you would like to secure your seat, please email the club on admin@hendonfc.net.

The departure time of the coach will be confirmed when you make your booking.

Posted at 19:25

Sunday 30 November - Pay What You Want at Wingate game

We are delighted to announce that admission for our Ryman League fixture at home to Wingate and Finchley on Saturday 27th December 2014 has been made 'Pay What You Want' day.

With the top 6 levels of English football in action on both Friday 26th and Sunday 28th December, we are looking to extend the traditional festive football feast for all fans for another day by offering them the chance, regardless of loyalty, to enjoy what promises to be a keenly contested local derby between two sides in the thick of the promotion play-off race.

Regular fans are encouraged to bring a friend along - with the club enjoying its best season in the league for many years, no football or Soccer Saturday on television and admission of their choosing, there has rarely been a better incentive to introduce them to life with the Green Army.

On the day, not only will we be allowing spectators to choose how much they wish to pay, but there will be plenty more on offer for those thinking of attending and even a little something for those unable to make the game but would like to be there in spirit.

For full details on what is on offer, and how entry to the game will work, please check out the link below.

Pay What You Want - Wingate & Finchley

Posted at 07:00

Saturday 29 November - FA Trophy run ended

Hendon's run in this season's FA Trophy came to an end this afternoon at Ebbsfleet United where they were beaten 1-0.

The first half was goalless, with chances at a premium, and the decisive goal came six minutes into the second half when Anthony Cook found the back of the net.

The Greens had a few half chances, but Ebbsfleet didn't give them the time they like to have on the ball, and they were unable to fashion an equaliser.

Posted at 17:03

Wednesday 26 November - New dates for Enfield and Witham

Our recently postponed games against Enfield Town and Witham Town have both been rearranged.

Our league cup tie at Enfield Town will now be played on Tuesday 9th December, whilst our trip to Witham Town in the league will now take place on Tuesday 20th January. Both games will kick off at 7.45pm

Posted at 18:55

Tuesday 25 November - Enfield Town game postponed

Following the pitch inspection tonight's game at Enfield Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date for the game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 13:45

Monday 24 November - Pitch Inspection at Enfield Town

There will be a pitch inspection at around 1:30pm tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon to see if our game at Enfield Town can go ahead.

We will update the website as soon as we can after the result of the inspection is known, but it may not be straight away. Therefore, please also keep an eye on the club twitter feed and on the messageboard for news of the inspection result.

Posted at 21:59

Monday 24 November - Don't forget EasyFundraising

With Christmas looming, and many of us likely to do our Christmas shopping online, it seems to be ideal time to remind everyone about EasyFundraising.

The EasyFundraising site provides links to hundreds of online stores, including many of the most popular, including Amazon. If you are shopping online, please go to the EasyFundraising site, register as a supporter of Hendon FC Supporters Trust, and then use the site to find links to your favourite online shops. The trust will then get a percentage of whatever you spend. But for this to work, you must go to the EasyFundraising site each time you shop online, not just the first time. It may be a couple of extra clicks - but those extra clicks will result in extra funds for the trust.

Since this scheme was set up - we have raised just under £1000. If every Hendon supporter who shops online uses the EasyFundraising site, there is no reason why we cannot substantially increase this total.

If you have any questions about the scheme and how it works, please do speak to any member of the trust board or email the club on admin@hendonfc.net

Posted at 08:00

Sunday 23 November - Gary pleased to get three points

Gary McCann was pleased to secure all three points at Bury Town yesterday.

He said: "It was a very scrappy win on a very difficult pitch. We knew it was going to be hard the moment we stepped on it to warm up.

"If we had taken our three good chancres in the second half we wouldn't have been in the position where we nearly lost two points.

"It was a brilliant save by Ben McNamara because it wasn't a bad penalty, and then we got the third goal to put the icing on the cake.

"Would I have been disappointed to have dropped two points - of course yes, but would I have thought it unjust to only get a draw - no, but we had to grind out the win and I'm pleased that we did."

Posted at 16:44

Sunday 23 November - FA Charter Standard Award

We are delighted to announce that the club has achieved the FA Charter Standard Adult Club Award. This was approved this week, and goes alongside our FA Charter Standard Youth Club Award for our youth set up.

In a letter to the club, the Chief Executive of the Middlesex County FA, Peter Clayton said: "Middlesex County FA believe that it is a fantastic achievement and honour to achieve the FA Charter Standard Award and therefore I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate your club on behalf of all of us.

"By achieving the award your club has demonstrated an excellent level of discipline, administration and operating standards; and I trust that you will continue to uphold this reputation in the future."

The FA Charter Standard logo will appear on the website soon, and will also appear in the programme and on all club publicity.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 22 November - Hendon close gap on leaders

Hendon's excellent league form continued this afternoon as they beat Bury Town 3-1 at Ram Meadow, taking full advantage of defeats to both Margate and Maidstone United.

The Greens took the lead in the 21st minute through Leon Smith, before the home side equalised thirteen minutes later. Kezie Ibe restored the lead on the stroke of half-time.

All the key action in the second half took place in stoppage time. Firstly Ben McNamara was the hero as he saved a penalty, and as the game moved into the fourth minute of stoppage time, Kezie Ibe popped up to score his second and make absolutely sure of all three points.

The result means that the Greens are now 8 points behind leaders Margate with 2 games in hand, and just 1 point behind 2nd placed Maidstone although the Stones have played two games less.

Posted at 16:56

Friday 21 November - New date for Met Police fixture

Our home game against Metropolitan Police will now be played on Monday 12th January, kicking off at 7:45pm at Earlsmead.

Posted at 21:09

Thursday 20 November - Audio interview with Gary McCann

Matt Albright interviewed Gary McCann following Saturday's FA Trophy win over Worthing. To hear the interview, please click the link below and please accept our apologies for the poor sound quality on this occasion.

Gary McCann Interview

Posted at 18:20

Thursday 20 November - London Senior Cup date fixed

Our London Senior Cup tie against London Bari will take place on Tuesday 2nd December, kicking off at 7:45pm at Clapton FC's Old Spotted Dog ground.

Posted at 11:27

Wednesday 19 November - League cup draw

The draw for the third round of the Robert Dyas League Cup has been made today. If we beat Enfield Town next week, we will face a home tie against Hampton & Richmond Borough in the last 16.

Posted at 21:15

Tuesday 18 November - Witham Town game postponed

This evening's game at Witham Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch following an early afternoon inspection. A new date will be advised in due course.

Posted at 14:38

Monday 17 November - Ebbsfleet admission & replay details

We are pleased to be able to confirm admission price details for the Ebbsfleet United tie in the FA Trophy, along with the possible replay date.

Admission at Ebbsfleet will be £10 adults, £8 concessions (over 60s/students), £5 for 12-16 year olds and free for under 12s who are accompanied by an adult.

If a replay is required it will take place at Earlsmead on Monday 1st December, kicking off at 7.45pm. Our normal admission prices of £10 adults, £5 concessions and £1 for under 16s will apply.

Posted at 21:26

Monday 17 November - Tough test in FA Trophy draw

The third qualifying round draw of the FA Trophy has been made, and we have a tough test as we will travel to Ebbsfleet United.

Ebbsfleet, who we will remember facing a few years ago when they were Gravesend & Northfleet, are currently second in Conference South and thus are one of the highest ranked sides in this round of the competition.

The tie will be played on Saturday 29th November at Stonebridge Road, kicking off at 3.00pm

Posted at 13:06

Monday 17 November - New Year Draw

The HFC Supporters Trust New Year Draw will take place on the 3 January 2015, after our game at Earlsmead against East Thurrock United. Last year's draw was a record for both ticket sales and prizes. This year The Trust Board have increased the first prize to £300 and second to £150. There are also a guaranteed 5 third prizes of £50 each. Each ticket cost £1 and are available from the Club Shop on matchdays or you can contact Eddie Edwards direct at eddieedd@hendonfc.net to arrange for tickets to get to you.

The success of this draw in previous seasons has been the willingness of supporters to sell tickets to family and friends etc. If you able to take a number of tickets to sell over the coming weeks please let us know how many you need. Eddie will be at Witham Town on Tuesday. Alternatively we can send tickets out in the post, they come in books of 5, just e mail your details including the number of tickets required and your address. The money etc does not need to be returned until nearer the draw date. All proceeds, after paying prizes, go to the club.

Posted at 07:00

Sunday 16 November - Gary's thoughts on Worthing win

Hendon manager Gary McCann was satisfied overall with the result. He said, "I am really pleased with the win and the overall performance.

"I think as the game comes to an end you evaluate how you did and I feel we didn't play with enough intensity in the first half although we controlled things. However, for all our domination, we didn't get the final ball right.

"We were so much better in the second half. We were very comfortable with the ball and our link play was excellent. Kezie Ibe took his two goals extremely well and the passages of the play leading up to them very good.

"It proved that the changes we made on Tuesday night were correct. The reward for winning on Saturday was worth it because the prize-money on offer was too important.

"We are in the hat on Monday and that is what really matters. A relatively kind draw would be very nice."

Posted at 19:41

Saturday 15 November - Comfortable progress in FA Trophy

Hendon progressed to the third qualifying round of the FA Trophy this afternoon thanks to a 4-0 win over Worthing.

It was Andre Da Costa who opened the scoring when he rounded the keeper in the 18th minute. The Greens could have been further ahead by half time but had two goals disallowed.

Kezie Ibe doubled the lead in the 59th minute, and twelve minutes later he made it 3-0 as he tapped home a low cross from Tony Taggart. The win was confirmed with two minutes to go when Sam Murphy converted a spot kick after Lee O'Leary was brought down in the box.

The draw for the third qualifying round will be made on Monday lunchtime, and will see Conference North and South clubs join the fray. Ties will be played on Saturday 29th November.

Posted at 23:36

Thursday 13 November - FA Trophy admission details

We are pleased to announce that under 16s will go free on Saturday for our FA Trophy tie. Admission for adults will be the usual £10, and for concessions the usual £5.

Should a replay be required for the tie against Worthing, it will take place on Wednesday 19th November at Woodside Road. Of course, this would replace our planned trip to Witham Town on Tuesday evening.

Kick off will be at 7.45pm, and the admission prices will be £8 for adults, £6 for concessions and £4 for under 16s.

Posted at 18:49

Wednesday 12 November - Gary's thoughts on Staines defeat

Gary McCann was far from downbeat in his assessment of last night's Middlesex Senior Cup exit.

He said, "The final score of 5–2 was very deceiving," he said. "We more than matched Staines for most of the match.

"Our passing and possession was excellent and we got some very good performances from players in positions they are not used to, especially Dave Diedhiou at centre-half. Tony Taggart at left-back, Max McCann in midfield and Andre Da Costa up front all deserve a mention for their performances too.

"But the difference between the two teams was the performance of their goalkeeper. Jack Turner made four or five absolutely magnificent saves to keep them in the game.

"I was a little disappointed in the way that we conceded goals so soon after scoring. The last two goals came because we were looking to get back into the game and didn’t have as many players in the box as we would usually do.

"My team selection was based on our needs, not only in terms of giving players minutes, but also with Saturday's FA Trophy game in mind. Two or three players will be back from injury on Saturday and there were others I was not prepared to risk."

Posted at 20:19

Tuesday 11 November - No Middlesex cup run this season

There won't be a Middlesex Senior Cup run this season as the Greens were beaten 5-2 at Staines Town this evening.

A side that included six changes from Saturday's starting line-up went a goal behind in the 18th minute when Elliott Buchanan scored. Dave Diedhiou equalised almost straight away, but shortly afterwards Romone Rose put the home side back in front.

Peter Dean, with his first goal since returning to the club, equalised on the hour mark, but Staines hit back twice with goals from Chris M'Boungou and Danny Bassett, and Luke Neville completed the scoring just before the end.

Posted at 21:41

Sunday 09 November - Gary reflects on Grays victory

A slightly frustrated Gary McCann has reflected on the win over Grays Athletic yesterday afternoon.

He said, “I am pleased with the three points. It was a professional performance that shows what we are capable of.

"But the last four minutes took the gloss off the overall performance. We gave away two bad goals when we switched off.

"Our first half play was very good and we could have scored more than the two goals we got. We kept the ball very well and looked dangerous.

"We set out to be more defensive in the second half, but we probably played too deeply. We could have been more expansive in the second half and could also have made better use of possession when we had it.

"But, for all of Grays' possession, we limited them to very few chances and our defence was excellent. Charlie Goode was outstanding on his debut. We have been watching him for quite a while now."

Posted at 21:57

Saturday 08 November - Greens win despite late goals

Hendon secured another three points this afternoon as they beat Grays Athletic 3-2 at Earlsmead. However, the win was looking like being much more comprehensive as the game entered stoppage time, but Freddie Ladapo netted twice for the visitors to leave home fans fearing the worst.

Fortunately that wasn't the case, and the goals from Sam Murphy, Kezie Ibe and Kevin Maclaren were enough to ensure that another win was completed, strengthening further the Greens hold on third place in the table.

Posted at 17:00

Friday 07 November - Free football & job club

National football charity Street League, who the club have supported previously, have teamed up with the newly developed Silver Jubilee Park to offer a free football session and job club.

This is aimed at anyone 16-25 years old who wants help with their CV, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews or are just unemployed and a free football session. The football session will run every Tuesday from 2-3pm, with the job club running alongside it from 2-4pm. Anyone attending can either come to one or both. For more details or to register your interest, please contact Cheryl Forde from Street League – Cheryl.Forde@streetleague.co.uk.

Posted at 07:00

Thursday 06 November - Ollie Sprague trialling with Stevenage

As supporters may have seen in the local press and around the internet, Ollie Sprague is currently on trial with Stevenage.

The League Tow side are just one of a number of clubs who have expressed an interest in the 20 year old left sided defender, and Ollie has been one of the many reasons we have started the season so well. Other clubs believed to be showing an interest in the youngster include Brentford, Dagenham & Redbridge and Gillingham.

Gary McCann has confirmed that the club will not stand in Ollie's way should he accept an offer to step up into the professional game, and all at the club wish Ollie every success in any further trials he may have in the forthcoming weeks.

Posted at 17:58

Thursday 06 November - Ryan Palmer released

The club have announced today that Ryan Palmer has been released from his Ryman League registration and is expected to sign for Leatherhead before the weekend.

Ryan joined from Erith & Belvedere a few weeks ago, but has been unable to break into the matchday squad on a regular basis.

We thank Ryan for his efforts during his short stay and wish him well for the future.

Posted at 17:57

Thursday 06 November - Worthing date fixed

We are pleased to announce that our FA Trophy tie against Worthing will take place on Saturday 15th November at Earlsmead, kicking off at 3:00pm

Posted at 11:55

Thursday 06 November - FA Trophy match & ball sponsorship

We are looking for people to sponsor the match and the matchballs for our forthcoming tie against Worthing. If you are interested in doing so, please email Simon Lawrence on simon.hendon@btinternet.com as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Full details of what is included with each package can be found via the sponsorship link on the menu.

Posted at 07:00

Wednesday 05 November - Leiston game rearranged

Our league game at Leiston will now be played on Tuesday 16th December, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 20:10

Tuesday 04 November - It'll be Worthing in the FA Trophy

We will be playing at home to Worthing in the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy following their 1-0 win at Chatham Town in tonight's replay. The goal was scored by Corey Heath in the 83rd minute.

As mentioned yesterday, the date of the game will be confirmed later this week once the result of the Leatherhead v Canvey Island replay is known, and Harrow know whether they have a league game to stage on the same weekend.

Posted at 21:39

Monday 03 November - Charlie Goode joins the squad

Gary McCann has added defender Charlie Goode to the squad from AFC Hayes.

Charlie, who is 19 years old, came through the youth set up at Harefield United, before moving on to Hadley and then AFC Hayes, and we warmly welcome him to the club.

Posted at 18:27

Monday 03 November - Wealdstone friendly postponed

Tonight's planned friendly at Wealdstone has been postponed.

Posted at 13:48

Monday 03 November - FA Trophy draw released

The draw for the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy has been made today, and we have been drawn at home to either Worthing or Chatham Town. They will replay tomorrow evening at Chatham as they drew 1-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Worthing currently lie in 13th place in Ryman League Division One South, and Chatham currently lie in 14th place in Ryman League Division One North.

The winners will travel to Earlsmead on the weekend of Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November. Unfortunately we are unable to confirm the date until much later this week as Harrow are due to be at home in the league to Leatherhead that weekend - and that fixture is subject to the outcome of Leatherhead's FA Trophy replay with Canvey Island on Wednesday evening.

We should have confirmation of the date for the game on the website by Thursday evening, and we apologise for the uncertainty in the meantime which we are sure you will understand is out of our control.

Posted at 13:44

Sunday 02 November - Gary delighted with FA Trophy progression

Gary McCann was delighted with the win at Bury Town yesterday, and also had an update on Lee O'Leary's injury.

He said, "I felt we started very well and created a few good chances. But we didn't take them.

"It was a sloppy goal to concede and it let them back into the game. We weren't happy with how we finished the half and we addressed it at half-time.

"We were in the ascendancy in the second half. We could have won more comfortably, but we took the wrong the decisions in some very good attacking situations.

"Bury are a much better team now than they were when we met on the opening day of the season. They caused us more than a few problems.

"I am really pleased to advance to the next round. The FA Trophy is very important to us. Now I am hoping for a kind draw in the next round.

"The one negative and it was a big one - the injury to Lee O'Leary. We did all the tests for the most major injuries and the good news is that they were negative.

"However, we will have to wait for the joint to settle down before we can make a more definite diagnosis."

Posted at 22:43

Saturday 01 November - Greens progress in FA Trophy

Hendon progressed through the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy this afternoon as they won 3-1 at Bury Town.

Belal Aite-Ouakrim opened the scoring after just two minutes, but Phil Weavers equalised in the 29th minute.

Lee O'Leary, who was later stretchered off, restored the lead in the 58th minute, before Aite-Ouakrim completed the scoring eight minutes later.

The draw for the next round will be made on Monday, and ties will be played on Saturday 15th November. As a result our trip to Leiston has been postponed.

Posted at 17:04

Saturday 01 November - Wealdstone friendly arranged

Following this afternoon's win at Bury Town, we will now make the short trip to Wealdstone on Monday evening for a friendly.

This has been arranged to give both sides a chance to give squad players a much needed run out, as well as players returning from injury.

Kick off at The Vale is at 7.45pm. Livescores will not be operating for this game.

Posted at 16:57