News - November 2015

Monday 30 November - Greens beaten at Farnborough

The first team slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Farnborough this evening, and were left rueing the chances that they didn't take throughout the game.

The only goal came in the 74th minute and was scored by Bogdan Vastsuk.

Posted at 22:11

Saturday 28 November - One goal enough to secure win

The first team picked up a much needed league win this afternoon as Burgess Hill Town were beaten 1-0 at Earlsmead.

The goal came in the 18th minute courtesy of Kezie Ibe.

Posted at 17:37

Friday 27 November - Wesley Fonguck joins on loan

Gary McCann has added Wesley Fonguck to the squad on a month's loan from Barnet in time for tomorrow's game against Burgess Hill Town.

Wesley is an 18 year old defensive central midfielder and is a second year scholar with the Bees.

Posted at 17:33

Friday 27 November - Silver Jubilee Park works update

As we announced yesterday, preliminary work has started at Silver Jubilee Park. This is not an ideal time to do building works due to the weather conditions but we don't have any choice. The first phase is to excavate the areas where the three stands are to be positioned and install concrete bases with a steel reinforcement.

The first area cleared is behind the park end goal and it is anticipated that all three will have concrete bases in by the end of next week weather permitting.

We will then move our attention to the changing room extension and excavate the footings and lay the foundations.

We are working closely with building control who need to inspect each phase and approve.

Our fingers are firmly crossed that all will be done on time! We will endeavour to keep you all updated as work progresses over the coming weeks.

Posted at 13:23

Wednesday 25 November - Preliminary work begins at SJP

As supporters who were at the game last night will be aware, preliminary work began at Silver Jubilee Park today to begin the upgrade to the stadium. More information regarding the schedule of works and expected completion date will be announced soon.

Posted at 22:19

Tuesday 24 November - Greens back to winning ways

The first team returned to winning ways this evening with a clinical 4-1 win over Cray Valley Paper Mills to open their defence of the London Senior Cup.

The Greens took control of the game with three goals in 14 minutes during the first half. Firstly Sam Murphy converted a spot kick after Aaron Morgan was fouled just inside the box, and then Oliver Sprague finished off a fine move firing the ball into the roof of the net. On the half hour mark Aaron Morgan also scored.

The second half was a quieter affair until the last ten minutes. Jordan Sandiford pulled a goal back for the visitors, before Leon Smith scored an exquisite chip to secure the win.

Another home tie awaits in the quarter finals, with the winners of the game between Greenhouse Sports and Croydon up next. They play their 2nd round tie on 9th December.

Posted at 23:53

Monday 23 November - Under 18s keep on winning

The under 18s winning run now extends to eight games after they won twice in the past two days.

Yesterday, in the Eastern Junior Alliance, they ran out 5-0 winners against Cheshunt, and then this evening, they completed a Ryman Youth League double over Aldershot Town, winning 4-2.

The results mean that the youngsters consolidated their position at the top of both league tables.

More details can be found on the youth section of the website.

Posted at 22:19

Monday 23 November - Pay What You Want again

The club are delighted to announce that admission for our home game against Wingate & Finchley has again been made a Pay What You Want game, and the sponsorship auction will also be taking place. The game is to be played on Saturday 2nd January at Earlsmead, kicking off at 3:00pm.

Regular fans are encouraged to bring a friend along and introduce them to the club as we look ahead to an exciting future.

We are also running the sponsorship auction again, in which donations are made to the trust, and the lowest unique donation will win the Matchball Sponsorship and the highest will win the Match Sponsorship.

Virtual Admission is also available for those supporters who are unable to come to the game.

Full details can be found by clicking the link below.

Pay What You Want - January 2016

Posted at 18:51

Monday 23 November - Tomorrow's game at Silver Jubilee Park

Supporters are reminded that tomorrow's London Senior Cup tie against Cray Valley Paper Mills is being played at Silver Jubilee Park and admission is £5 for all adults, and £1 for under 16s. Kick off is at 7.45pm and we look forward to seeing you all there, hopefully cheering the squad on to victory and a positive start to the defence of the trophy.

Posted at 17:38

Saturday 21 November - Tonbridge bogey strikes again

After picking up 4 points against Tonbridge Angels last season, things returned to normal as one of the Greens' bogey side's ran out 3-1 winners at Longmead this afternoon.

The scorers for Tonbridge were Tom Parkinson (32), Nathan Elder (42) and Tommy Whitnell (63), while Kezie Ibe (34) equalised for Hendon shortly after the Angels had taken the lead.

Posted at 22:07

Saturday 21 November - 100 up for Sam Flegg

Congratulations go to Sam Flegg made his 100th appearance for the club this afternoon at Tonbridge Angels. Sam has been with the club for nearly three years, joining in December 2012 from Thatcham Town and making his debut in a 3-1 win at Croydon in the London Senior Cup. He has scored 4 goals in his 100 appearances, and we hope there are many more appearances and goals to come in the future.

Posted at 22:05

Friday 20 November - Ben Pattie signs on loan

Gary McCann has today signed Ben Pattie on a youth loan from Queens Park Rangers, and he will be in the squad for tomorrow's game at Tonbridge Angels.

Ben, who is a 19 year old striker, was in the squad that played against us for Gary's testimonial game back in August. He has spent some time this season playing for Woking, having begun his career with Hemel Hempstead Town.

We are pleased to welcome Ben to the club and hope that he enjoys a successful time with us.

Posted at 17:51

Tuesday 17 November - October Snowball Draw result

The October Snowball Draw was made at last week's Supporters Trust Board meeting, and the winners are as follows.

1st Prize - £291.00 - Ball 149.

2nd Prize - £145.50 - Ball 58.

Posted at 19:55

Monday 16 November - Greens beaten in Middlesex Senior Cup

The first team lost to a lower ranked side for a third time in cup competitions this season as they were beaten 2-1 by Northwood this evening.

The Middlesex Senior Cup tie was goalless in the first half, but Charlie Kennedy opened the scoring in the 67th minute to put Northwood ahead. Omar Vassell scored against his old club to equalise in the 79th minute before Michael Murray found the back of the net to win the game for the visitors.

Posted at 21:40

Monday 16 November - FSIF funding application successful

The club is delighted to be able to announce that our application to the Football Stadia Improvement Fund was successful and we have been awarded a total of £113,578.

This represents another major milestone towards achieving long-term security as, together with the planning permission obtained earlier in the year and the money received from Fairview Homes in connected with the redevelopment of Claremont Road, we are now in a position to be able to develop Silver Jubilee Park to a level that will enable Hendon Football Club to play all our first-team matches there.

We are hopeful that this will be in time for the start of the 2016/17 season.

Thanks go to Graham Etchell and Tom Stockman for all their hard work and, of course, to Craig Low and all of his colleagues at the Football Stadia Improvement Fund which provides financial support to football clubs towards their ground improvement projects.

Posted at 14:03

Monday 16 November - Biggest challenge for Gary

Hendon manager Gary McCann promised there would be changes after the Needham Market defeat. "That was not good enough, especially in the first half," he admitted. "We were better in the second half, but still were lacking and left ourselves too much to do."

"Of course it is a concern that we have not scored in four of the five defeats. We have been struggling to score goals recently, but we are also not keeping clean sheets at the other end. We are not doing enough defensively. It is a poor combination and a recipe for defeat.

"We are going to have to make some big changes to our application, attitude and work-rate. Can this be achieved within the current squad? Recent results have left me unconvinced.

"I must also add I'm aware of the talent within. The balance is not quite right. I know that it is going to take a lot of hard work to get us out of this position and confidence is at an all time low. This my biggest challenge.

"These are difficult times at the moment, but I am confident we will get through this."

Posted at 09:14

Sunday 15 November - Under 18s progress in county cup

The under 18s continued their winning run with a 6-1 win at Wealdstone in the Sunday version of the Middlesex County Youth Cup today. Their reward is a home quarter final against Barnet Azzuri on Sunday 6th December - scheduled to kick off at 2:00pm at Silver Jubilee Park.

Posted at 17:54

Saturday 14 November - Greens struggles continue

The first team's struggles continued this afternoon as they were beaten 2-0 by Needham Market, a result that means there are now very nervous looks towards the relegation zone.

Both goals came on the first half with Adam Mills and then Luke Ingram finding the back of the net.

Posted at 21:53

Friday 13 November - Finbarr Robins signs

We are pleased to announce the signing of Finbarr Robins ahead of tomorrow's game against Needham Market.

Finbarr is a 20 year old midfielder who has been a regular for Ware over the past couple of seasons, and we warmly welcome him to the club.

Posted at 10:53

Friday 13 November - Ryman Youth League Cup draw

The draw for the quarter finals of the Ryman Youth League (Lucas Fettes) Cup has been made.

If the under 18s beat Camberley Town at SJP on Wednedsay 9th December, they have another home tie against either Ashford Town (Middx) or Carshalton Athletic.

Posted at 09:53

Monday 09 November - Gary upbeat despite defeat

Gary McCann found many positives despite the loss at Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday afternoon. He said, "Yes it was another defeat and I don’t like losing, but I do take solace from the performance.

"It does soften the blow a little, but we are in an industry where winning is all that counts. Nevertheless, the players deserve a huge amount of credit for the way they played.

"Dulwich are the likely champions in my opinion; last year they were a very young team with plenty of flair, but this is a team of men and I think they will cope with the lesser pitches when they deteriorate. Against us, although they had most of the possession, in terms of good chances, I think it was more even.

"When we went 3-1 down early in the second half, we could have capitulated, but we showed a character and resilience that may have been lacking in the last few weeks. Mentally, we are in a tough place at the moment, but we showed some strength.

"We grew in confidence, after getting back into the game in the first half and looked more like us, but then the sending off left us with so much to do. Then, when we pulled it back to 3-2, we created two or three really good chance and it was not until they 86th minute that they felt comfortable.

"It was a game which I thought we had everything to gain. For the first time, I felt if the game had been level we had a bench that might have been able to stretch them in the latter stages of the second half."

Posted at 18:41

Saturday 07 November - Another defeat for Hendon

The first team slipped to another defeat, this time losing 4-2 at Dulwich Hamlet, and again finishing the game with ten men after Luke Tingey was dismissed.

Dulwich took the lead in the 4th minute, before Russell Short equalised in the 18th minute. Tingey was dismissed for a dangerous challenge on the half hour mark, before Nyren Clunis put the home side back in front.

Ashley Carew extended the lead from the penalty spot in the 56th minute, but then the Greens were back in the game twenty minutes later when Matt Drage deflected the ball into his own net. However a fine strike from Dean McDonald secured the win for the South London side.

Posted at 16:58

Thursday 05 November - New Year Raffle 2016

The popular New Year Raffle will be drawn on 2 January 2016 immediately after our home game against Wingate & Finchley with prizes of £300, £200, and £100, together with additional cash prizes of £50.

Individual tickets are available at every home game from the club shop or from any Trust Board member costing £1 each or £5 for a book of 5.

The success of this raffle in past years has been because of supporters selling tickets to family, friends, work colleagues etc. If you are willing to sell some tickets or want to buy tickets please email Ed1die Edwards eddieedd@hendonfc.com. and these can be sent to you in the post. Thank you to all who can help.

Posted at 19:11

Thursday 05 November - New dates for Farnborough games

The dates for both of our league fixtures have been rearranged - with a change of date for our away game.

The trip to Farnborough will now take place on Monday 30th November, whilst the home game will be played at Earlsmead on Monday 14th December. Both games will kick off at 7.45pm.

Posted at 12:33

Wednesday 04 November - Under 18s continue winning streak

The under 18s continued their winning streak tonight winning 5-2 against Ashford Town (Middx) despite being behind at half-time

Ashford took the lead in the 27th minute, only for Keagan Cole to equalise five minutes later. Within 90 seconds Ashford were back in front and that's how it stayed at half-time

Cole restored the lead in the 48th minute, and from then the young Greens were in control. Joe Patrick put the Greens ahead in the 68th minute and the points were made safe by Cole as he completed his hat-trick and Kieran Warren.

Posted at 22:09

Tuesday 03 November - Gary angry after FA Trophy exit

Hendon manager Gary McCann was furious at the performance against AFC Sudbury saying "We severely under performed in the first half".

"Even so, their goalkeeper still made a number of very good saves. How many times am I going to have to say that the other team's goalkeeper was their best player and we had lost the game? He was very good, but I still think we should been more clinical and efficient.

"The performance was not what I expected, especially in such an important game as this, and it really shocked me. It is a very damaging defeat. We have to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch, and against Sudbury, especially up front.

"We conceded a very poor, poor goal. We spoke to the players before the game about what they had to be aware of, especially early in the game, but we were very careless and paid the price.

"I made two changes at half-time and both were tactical. In truth, there were probably five or six players I could have taken off because they were nowhere near where I expected them to be. Over the 90 minutes, there were probably no more than five or six from 14 players who performed in the way I expected of them, and that is nowhere near good enough to win any game.

"There may well have to be changes to the squad. We have failed miserably in both the major competitions, with no finances gained in much needed circumstances. After this performance, it is clear to all there is both improvement and reassessment needed."

Posted at 19:56

Sunday 01 November - No FA Trophy run this season

The first team's hopes of an FA Trophy run fell at the first hurdle as they lost 1-0 to AFC Sudbury at Earlsmead this afternoon.

The only goal of the game came in the fourth minute when Craig Parker found the back of the net.

Next up is a trip to Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 16:52