News - December 2002

Tuesday 31 December - Pitch inspection at Kingstonian

We have been informed by Kingstonian that the match referee will be inspecting the Kingsmeadow pitch sometime before midday tomorrow. As soon as we have the result of the inspection, whether positive or negative, we will update the website.

Posted at 16:00

Tuesday 31 December - Extra special present for Rob

Rob Haworth had an extra special Christmas present on Christmas morning when his wife Lisa gave birth to a son at 7.20am. The baby is called Joshua, and both mother and baby are doing well. We send our congratulations to Rob & Lisa on the good news. Warren Kelly is also expecting to become a father anytime, and as soon as we hear anything we will let you know.

Posted at 15:00

Monday 30 December - New Year trip to Kingstonian

Our first game of 2003 sees us travel to Kingstonian on New Years Day for a 3.00pm kick off. Kingstonian currently lie 9th in the league, having drawn their last 3 games, most recently a 0-0 draw against Boreham Wood on Saturday afternoon. With the recent wet weather it is worth checking before travelling on Wednesday, and if there are any pitch inspections or news of postponements, Greensnet will be updated as soon as we hear anything. Lets hope that the game goes ahead and that we can get a big, vocal support into Kingsmeadow and start 2003 off with a bang.

Posted at 12:00

Monday 30 December - 2002 is a good vintage for Hendon

Hendon will look back at 2002 with some fondness. They end the year lying in 4th place in the Ryman League Premier Division, 9 points behind leaders Aldershot Town, but with 2 games in hand. But things look much better than they did on 1 January.

On that day the Greens' record was P22, W8, D1, L13, GF30, GA38, Pts25. The great run actually started on the last weekend of 2001, the 6-4 defeat of Billericay, but in the remainder of 2001-02, Hendon's record is:

2001-02 P20, W11, D4, L5, GF36, GA17, Pts37

2002-03 P23, W12, D8, L3, GF39, GA21, Pts44

Composite P43, W23, D12, L8, GF75, GA38, Pts81

In cup action, Hendon have enjoyed some success too, claiming the Middlesex Senior Cup. This season, the only defeat has been in the FA Cup, The Greens' record is:

2001-02 P7, W4, D1, L2, GF14, GA8

2002-03 P7, W6, D0, L1, GF20, GA8

Composite P14, W10, D1, L3, GF34, GA16

Overall, including the George Ruffell Memorial Trophy, the Greens record for the year is: P57, W33, D13, L11, GF109, GA 54.

Posted at 11:00

Saturday 28 December - Results go Hendon's way

The results in the Premier Division this afternoon generally went the way of the Greens. Leaders Aldershot Town slipped up again, losing 2-1 at Braintree Town, while second placed St Albans City lost 3-1 at home to Maidenhead United. The only side in the top six this morning to win were Purfleet who beat Hampton & Richmond Borough 5-2 to replace St Albans in second place. Fifth placed Sutton United drew 0-0 with Bedford Town, which means that Hendon remain fourth with games in hand on the top three, and handily placed to keep up the challenge for the Championship as we go into 2003. The updated table can be found by clicking the tables link on the left hand menu.

Posted at 18:00

Thursday 26 December - St Albans game postponed

Unfortunately due to the heavy overnight rain today's game against St Albans City was postponed at 11.50am this morning by the match referee. The pitch inspection happened as soon as he arrived at the ground, and all present were in agreement that the game should be called off. No new date has as yet been set, but we expect it to be rearranged sometime in February.

Posted at 12:00

Thursday 26 December - Today's game

At the time of writing today's Boxing Day clash with St Albans City is going ahead as planned. Any updates to the situation will be available on the Greensline (09066 555836) from 11.00am. We apologise that we are unable to update the website any further this morning.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 23 December - Big Boxing Day clash

Hendon have just the one match left this year and it is a real cracker. On Boxing Day, Hendon will entertain St Albans City at Claremont Road with a 1.00 kick-off. St Albans made a fantastic start to the season and led the way for over two months. On Saturday, they had their biggest League crowd for many years when they lowered the colours of leaders Aldershot, cutting their advantage to just 4 points, with Hendon just two points and two positions behind the second-placed Saints. Last season, Hendon drew 1-1 at St Albans, Eugene Ofori scoring, and won the return at Claremont Road, 1-0 on a Dale Binns goal. Unless there are any further updates to the site saying otherwise, the game is going ahead as planned.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 23 December - Reserve and youth update

Outside of the first team, only one team played at the weekend as the Under 17s ran out 9-1 winners in the league against LNER St Georges, with Ben Bouchnak hitting a hattrick. The reserves fixture at home to Basingstoke Town on Saturday was postponed.

Posted at 09:45

Saturday 21 December - Hendon give fans Christmas present

Hendon won for the first time in 8 years at Basingstoke Town this afternoon, coming away 2-0 winners and giving the travelling support a present for Christmas. After a tough early spell that saw some baffling decisions by the match officials and three Hendon players booked, Hendon took the lead in the 36th minute when Eugene Ofori beat Steve Hemmings to a long ball and ran on to draw Scott Tarr out of his goal and slot the ball past him. The lead was extended early in the second half when Hemmings hooked the ball into his own net. Hendon held on comfortably for the rest of the game, creating a number of half chances but not being able to convert them. The result moves Hendon up to fourth in the table going into the festive period.

Posted at 18:45

Friday 20 December - Weekend preview

We have a double header this weekend as both the first team and the reserves play Basingstoke Town. The first team travel to Hampshire for their game as they look to keep in touch with the leaders, while the reserves play at home looking to extend their recent improvement in form and move away from the wrong end of the table. If you can't get down to Basingstoke, then why not get away from the shopping crowds and give the reserves some much needed support.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 17 December - Arlesey beaten eventually

The Greens made hard work of it, but eventually overcame Arlesey Town 2-1 in tonight's Bryco Cup tie. Falling behind to a 21st minute converted penalty by Dean Harding, the Greens struggled to get into the game during the first half. The introduction of Steve Forbes at half time sparked some life into the team and Ricci Crace hooked home the equaliser in the 59th minute after good work by Eugene Ofori. The Greens controlled much of the second half and it was no real surprise when Paul Towler headed home when Steve Forbes headed a Kieran Gallagher corner back across the goal. The Greens then saw out the rest of the game in relative comfort, hindered only by the withdrawl of Forbes with a suspected hamstring strain, and now face Wingate & Finchley in the Fourth Round, the game due to take place on Tuesday, 14th January, kick off 7.45pm at Claremont Road.

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 17 December - Forbes signs new deal

Before tonights game, midfielder Steve Forbes signed a one year extension to his contract which means that he is now contracted to the club until May 2004.

Posted at 22:45

Tuesday 17 December - New date for Canvey game

Our home league fixture against Canvey Island has now been arranged for Tuesday, 11th February 2003, kick off 7.45pm

Posted at 16:00

Tuesday 17 December - League cup campaign continues tonight

We continue our league cup campaign tonight as we entertain Division One North side Arlesey Town. We last met Arlesey in the same competition in September 2000, running out 4-3 winners courtesy of goals from Bontcho Guentchev, David Adekola and a brace from Dale Binns. Arlesey are currently in midtable of Division One North having drawn 0-0 against Wingate & Finchley on Saturday, who ironically travel to the winners of our tie in the Fourth Round.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 16 December - Binns fires brace for Reserves

Dale Binns continued his progress towards full fitness by scoring twice for the reserves on Saturday afternoon in their 3-2 win at Dulwich Hamlet which moved them off the bottom of the table. The other goal came from Greg Price. This followed up their 2-0 win in the Middlesex Premier Cup at North Greenford United, with Paul Yates and Kieran Gallagher scoring. The only youth team game to go ahead yesterday was the Under 15's County Cup tie against Brimsdown Rovers A, which saw two goals from Craig Jones, and strikes from Lewis Parker and Stephen Chambers give Hendon a 4-0 win and progress them into the last 16.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 14 December - Dons continue run over E's

Hendon continued their good run over Enfield in the past few years, beating the homeless Middlesex side 3-0 at Claremont Road this afternoon. A good ten minute spell for the Greens did the bulk of the damage, Randall scoring in the 18th minute from an Ofori cross. Just two minutes later, Ofori was played in by Forbes, but still had a lot to do as he fired home past Michael Kali on the turn. The Dons finished their scoring rout with Randall's second in the 27th minute, Forbes knocking forward a ball which was then flicked on to Randall, who thumped home his second. To their credit, Enfield didn't cave in, but in all honesty Hendon didn't attempt to keep the pressure on for much of the game.

Posted at 18:00

Saturday 14 December - New date for Stortford

The postponed game with Bishops Stortford has now been re-arranged for Tuesday 21st January. Kick off at the Blue's new Woodside Park ground will be at 7.45pm.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 13 December - Local derby tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon we entertain Enfield, who will be looking to bounce back having been thrashed 7-1 at Hitchin Town last Saturday, despite playing the whole game with 11 men. Enfield are in 18th place going into the game and have been at the wrong end of the table for most of the season. Hendon will be looking to return to winning ways after the disappointing draw at Chesham United last week, so your support, particularly vocally is very important. Hope to see you there.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 12 December - Wingate beat Croydon

We now know that if we beat Arlesey Town next week we will entertain Wingate & Finchley early next year in the Fourth Round after our near neighbours beat Croydon 3-1 last night.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 11 December - And if we beat Arlesey.....

We will be at home to the winners of tonight's Third Round tie between Croydon and Wingate & Finchley if we overcome Arlesey Town on Tuesday. The provisional date set by the league for the fourth round is Tuesday, 14th January.

Posted at 12:00

Tuesday 10 December - It's Arlesey next week

We will be entertaining Arlesey Town next Tuesday evening in the Third Round of the Bryco Cup. Arlesey struggled to beat a poor Chalfont St Peter side 2-1 this evening. Kick off next week is 7.45pm.

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 10 December - Burton released

Reserve team goalkeeper Dan Burton was released by the club yesterday. Burton joined the club in the summer from Poole Borough but was unable to break David Hook's hold on the first team jersey. We wish Dan all the best for the future.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 09 December - Reserve and youth update

The reserves returned to winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they beat Hanwell Town 2-1 in the League Cup with Dale Binns starting, while yesterday the Under 16s progressed in style in the County Cup beating Pinnstars 9-0. The Under 17s won 5-1 at FC Roundwood in the League Cup, the Under 15s beat Wembley 31, but the Under 14s lost 6-0 to St Josephs. Full details can be found on the relevant team pages.

Posted at 10:00

Sunday 08 December - Coach to Heybridge

The Supporters Association are looking to possibly run a coach to Heybridge for the FA Trophy game in January. Interest must be registered as soon as possible so that a decision can be made. Either speak to someone in the club shop, or call the number on your membership cards.

Posted at 16:00

Sunday 08 December - Messageboard is back

Following the move of the server for the messageboard, the service has returned this evening. Remember that this is your chance to discuss recent games, the news concerning Copthall and anything else that you'd like to discuss. Just click the link on the left hand side.

Posted at 15:55

Saturday 07 December - Point disappoints Dons

Hendon left The Meadow this afternoon disappointed to only leave Chesham with a single point, the only sticking point for the Greens' being their poor finishing. Hendon without doubt had the lions share of the chances in the game, although it took until the 45th minute for Martin Randall to break the deadlock in Hendon's favour. Forbes played the ball into Randall from the right, only to see the striker's first attempt well saved by Delroy Preddie. However, Randall was first to the rebound and slammed it into the back of the net, much to Preddie's dismay. However, Chesham equalised in the 56th minute, Dwayne Clarke playing in a cross-cum-shot from the left wing which snuck just inside the far post. Hendon then laid seige on Chesham's goal for most of the remaining half hour, but failed to convert any of the chances, shots either going high, wide, or being saved by Preddie.

Posted at 18:00

Friday 06 December - Weekend preview

Tomorrow afternoon, the Greens make the trip to The Meadow, Amy Lane to take on Chesham United, kick-off 3.00 pm. The Generals were held to a goalless draw by Division One South Walton & Hersham in the FA Trophy last Saturday a rare blank given that there have been 71 goals in Chesham's 21 Ryman League matches so far this season. They then went on to win the replay at Stompond Lane 1-0 on Tuesday evening. They lie 14th in the table with 24 points, thanks to 6 wins and 6 draws, but their defence has the second-worst goals-against record (41) in the division. Last season both teams won their away League encounter, Steve Forbes scoring in both the 2-1 loss at Claremont Road and, with Martin Randall, in the 2-0 win at The Meadow. Our travelling support has been excellent in recent weeks, lets hope that we can have a big noisy support once again, it is greatly appreciated by the players.

The reserves are due to be in action in the Second Round of the Suburban League Cup as they travel to Hanwell Town. Kick off at Hanwell is 3.00pm.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 06 December - Copthall update

On the Greensline earlier this week, chairman Ivor Arbiter was interviewed about the move to Copthall. He confirmed that everything was progressing and although nothing was yet in writing, Barnet Council are committed to giving the club the lease to play football at Copthall, but there are still 101 details to be ironed out. The Ryman League have been to Copthall to tell us what work is required to bring it up to Premier Division standard. The intention is also to put plenty of money into the pitch so that we have a good quality playing surface. In an ideal world we'll start next season at Copthall, but because of the negotiations that are involved it may well be held back. It's believed that we currently have a 60% chance of starting next season at Copthall.

As to promotion to the Conference if we win the title, it is something that the board will seriously look into if we are still challenging in a few weeks time. It's not certain how close Copthall is to Conference standard as there are mixed messages regarding the number of seats required etc, and no promises can be made as planning permission in such a short time could be a problem. Things we'll be taken as they come along and we'll just have to see how things are going. Copthall stadium has plenty of potential to become a lovely stadium in years to come, and is the way to settle the club's long term future.

The question of transport came up, as Copthall is currently at least 15 minutes walk away from public transport, and Ivor did say that if necessary transport would be laid on from nearby tube or mainline railway stations and would be something else that is looked at as the move comes closer.

Posted at 09:45

Thursday 05 December - Boxing Day kick off confirmed

Our Boxing Day fixture at home to St Albans City will kick off at 1.00pm. There has been no confirmation as yet of the kick off time for our New Year fixture at Kingstonian.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 05 December - Messageboard problems

We have had an e-mail from our messageboard provider saying that the board should be back up and running by this evening at the latest. The site is currently moving server, to hopefully provide a faster and more reliable service

Posted at 09:45

Wednesday 04 December - Ivor interview on Greensline

There will be an interview with Chairman Ivor Arbiter on the Greensline (09066 555836) tonight and all day tomorrow, in which he speaks about the proposed move to Copthall. The interview will bring you up to date with the Copthall situation. Please call in and listen to what Ivor has to say.

Posted at 18:00

Wednesday 04 December - New date for Shots

Our recently postponed fixture against Aldershot Town has been rearranged for Tuesday, 7th January. Kick off at Claremont Road will be 7.45pm

Posted at 17:45

Wednesday 04 December - Calendar now on sale

The much awaited 2003 Hendon calendar is now on sale in the club shop and is priced at £5. The calendar features many of the current first team squad in a somewhat more revealing but tasteful state than we normally see them. The calendars will be available at the Enfield game a week on Saturday

Posted at 17:30

Wednesday 04 December - Wealdstone next

The next round of the Middlesex Senior Cup sees Hendon travel to Wealdstone, who beat Northwood 3-0 at the White Lion Ground last night courtesy of a brace from Mick Swaysland and a strike from Marvin Morgan. The provisional date for this tie is Tuesday, 28th January.

Posted at 17:15

Tuesday 03 December - Greens score five again

Hendon started this seasons Middlesex Senior Cup defence in the same way they fought their campaign last season, putting five goals past Hillingdon Borough. The first came in the 14th minute, a Kieran Gallagher free kick being finished off by Steve Butler. Ofori added the second in the 45th minute, Randall latching onto a through ball from Bates, and squaring the ball for Ofori to sweep home. Mark McGinty pulled one back for Hillingdon in the 58th minute, to give Borough a lifeline, but just five minutes later Paul Yates scored from around two yards after a long goalmouth scramble. Gallagher added the fourth in the 69th minute from a free kick just outside the area, and the fifth came from Crace in the 82nd.

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 03 December - Your chance to quiz the manager

Greensnet are once again giving you the chance to submit your questions and comments to Dave Anderson. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Friday 13th December and the answers will be posted on the website the following evening.

Posted at 22:45

Tuesday 03 December - County cup defence starts tonight

Hendon start their Middlesex Senior Cup defence tonight with a home game against Hillingdon Borough. Our opponents currently lie 5th in the Minerva Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, having lost at home to leaders Dunstable Town on Saturday afternoon. They reached this stage of the competition by comfortably beating Viking Greenford 6-0 in the first round, and Hendon will have to be in the right frame of mind to ensure progression to the next round where we will travel to the winners of the Wealdstone v Northwood tie also taking place tonight

Posted at 10:00

Monday 02 December - FA Trophy draw

The draw for the FA Trophy Third Round was made this lunchtime at Anfield, and has been us drawn away to Heybridge Swifts. The game will take place on Saturday, 11th January 2003, kick off 3.00pm

Posted at 13:00

Monday 02 December - Stortford game off again

Our game at Bishop's Stortford on 10th December has been called off due to the fact that our opponents will be playing Hungerford Town in a Bryco Cup replay. No new date has yet been set for the game

Posted at 12:45

Monday 02 December - Reserve and youth update

The reserves suffered another heavy defeat, this time losing 6-3 at Maidenhead United, despite leading 3-1 at half time with goals from Duncan Hamilton, Evren Arkali and Simon Huggett. The result leaves the reserves firmly rooted to the foot of the table, and a rapid turn around in form is required if they are to avoid relegation. Meanwhile, the only youth side in action this weekend was the Under 13's, who also suffered a heavy defeat losing 10-4 at Forest United, the goals coming from Srdhan Jovanovic, Matthew Hornblow and Theo Williams. The reserves next game is tomorrow evening when they make a third attempt to play their Middlesex Premier Cup tie at North Greenford United.

Posted at 10:00

Sunday 01 December - Anderson speaks about recent departures

As reported a few days ago Hendon lost two players last week in entirely different circumstances. First midfielder Adrian Clarke, on loan from Stevenage Borough was recalled by the Nationwide Conference club after another club in the league offered him a permanent deal. "It was always the agreement," said Hendon boss Dave Anderson, "if a team came in for Adrian we would let him go. We had agreed for him to stay for a second month, but once another club wanted to take him on, that was the end of it."

On a less happy note, striker Brian Haule has joined his brother Davis at Harrow Borough. "I feel very bitter," said Mr Anderson. "I believe that Brian lied to me over his situation." The youngster, who made such a spectacular debut for Hendon in September picked up an ankle injury a few weeks ago and was doing his rehab away from the club. Despite frequent requests to come to the club - Hendon wished to offer him a contract - Brian stayed away, citing a number of different reasons for failing to appear. Mr Anderson spoke with Haule the weekend before last and they agreed to meet at Haule's house to sign the contract. However, when Mr Anderson turned up at the house, there was nobody there. An official notice of approach was then received from Harrow Borough. Last Thursday, Anderson and Haule met at Claremont Road and the young striker was let go without further ado. "I have been in management and coaching for 15 years and have never been treated like that by a player. He has been badly advised." stormed Mr Anderson

Posted at 10:00