News - December 2013

Tuesday 31 December - Inspection ahead of Enfield Town game

There will be a pitch inspection at 10:00am tomorrow morning ahead of the Enfield Town game. As soon as the result of the inspection is known, we will update the website & twitter feed, so please do check before travelling.

Posted at 15:11

Monday 30 December - David Bedford awarded OBE

The club are delighted to announce that director David Bedford has been awarded with an OBE in the 2014 New Years Honours list released this evening.

David, who is a former 10,000 metre world record holder and celebrated his birthday today, has been awarded the OBE for his services to athletics, which includes his work with the London Marathon, including many years as Race Director.

He has been a supporter of the club for many years, and has been a director of the club both under Ivor Arbiter's chairmanship, and also since the Supporters Trust have taken over the running of the club. He is still a regular attender at games, home and away, along with friends and family.

Everyone at the club congratulate David on his thoroughly deserved honour.

Posted at 23:29

Sunday 29 December - Gary delighted with Greens response

Gary, who celebrated his 200th victory as Hendon manager yesterday, was delighted with his team's response to the Boxing Day defeat. "I asked the boys to replicate Thursday's performance and they did that," he said. "We didn't play that badly at Wingate & Finchley but I wanted to us to make better decisions.

"We had excellent games out of many players. We showed our credentials in the number of chances we created. It's not just Jefferson Louis's goals but the other chances we created – there must have been seven or eight in addition to the goals we scored. That is why we are in the top two or three scorers in the division.

"I was really, really pleased with the reaction to the disappointment of Thursday. We didn't feel sorry for ourselves. I was also pleased with our reaction to the equaliser.

"We freshened up the squad because we had played 48 hours earlier and I told the players were purely to give some players a rest and instil a fresh impetus. It gives me a real headache because the players who came in did very well.

"It is a matter a getting the balance of the side correct. We want to be attractive on the eye and get fans in through the gate. I like playing an expansive game, but we have to get results too."

Posted at 13:36

Sunday 29 December - 200th win for Gary

Yesterday's win over Leiston was the 200th under the management of Gary McCann. The landmark has come a few weeks before his 9th anniversary of taking the job on, and everyone at the club congratulates Gary on this.

Of course, everyone will be hoping that 200 will become 201 on New Years Day when we entertain Enfield Town at Earlsmead, so please come along, show your appreciation to Gary on his achievement, and get behind the team and cheer them on to another three points. Kick off on Wednesday will be at 3.00pm.

Posted at 09:30

Saturday 28 December - Hendon bounce back to win

Hendon bounced back from the Boxing Day disappointment to comfortably beat Leiston 3-1 this afternoon at Earlsmead.

The Greens controlled much of the game and it was no surprise when they took the lead when Michael Bryan opened his account for the club with a fine strike from 25 yards just after the half hour mark.

Early in the second half it looked like it might be another one of those days as another soft goal was conceded as Gareth Heath was left unmarked to fire home from the edge of the area to equalise.

However, this spurred the Greens on and they secured the points with two goals in four minutes. First Carl McCluskey headed home, following which Jefferson Louis scored a lovely curling effort from 20 yards. Shortly before the two goals Adam Wallace, in his first start, had hit the crossbar.

Posted at 20:34

Saturday 28 December - Leiston game is on

Today's game against Leiston at Earlsmead will go ahead as planned. No inspection is required and kick off will be at 3.00pm. We look forward to seeing you all this afternoon.

Posted at 09:45

Friday 27 December - Gary unable to hide disappointment

Gary McCann was unable to hide his disappointment at yesterday's defeat at Wingate & Finchley.

"I am very frustrated by today's game," he said. "I honestly believe that if we had played that match 10 more times, we would win nine of them.

"I thought we were very unlucky not to win the game. In fact, at the final whistle I would have been disappointed to have got only a draw, though in the final analysis, I would happily have taken a point.

"At the moment, when we are good we are very, very good; but when we are not on our game, we're not very good. In the final third we made too many wrong decisions, and it was not just the front two I am talking about.

"The goal we conceded was very disappointing because four or five players could have dealt with the situation before the ball was hit into the net."

Posted at 13:07

Thursday 26 December - Boxing Day defeat for Hendon

There were no late Christmas presents for Hendon supporters this afternoon as the Greens went down to a 1-0 defeat at Wingate & Finchley.

The goal came midway through the first half courtesy of Wingate's new signing Adam Bolle.

Hendon worked hard to get back into the game, with Anthony Thomas firing a thumping shot against the crossbar in the first half probably being the best opportunity, but the Wingate defence held firm to secure all three points.

Posted at 17:58

Thursday 26 December - Wingate game is on

Wingate & Finchley have confirmed that no inspection is required and today's game goes ahead as planned. Kick off at Summers Lane is at 3.00pm.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 24 December - Merry Christmas

The directors, officials, management and players of Hendon FC would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.

We hope that everyone gets through the current stormy weather safely, and we look forward to seeing you at our holiday fixtures over the next few days.

A reminder that we are due to be at Wingate & Finchley on 26th December, and then at home to Leiston on 28th December and Enfield Town on 1st January. All three games will kick off at 3.00pm.

With the continuing inclement weather that is forecast over the holiday period, please do check before travelling. If any pitch inspections are planned, we will update the website as quickly as we can.

Posted at 11:02

Saturday 21 December - Ryan Wharton returns to the squad

After a year away with St Albans City, defender Ryan Wharton has returned to the club on a dual registration. The 29 year old will add depth to the defensive options, and will be available for selection on Boxing Day at Wingate & Finchley.

This is his third spell with the club, and to date he has made 79 appearances, scoring one goal.

We warmly welcome Ryan back to Hendon, and hope that he enjoys his time with us once again.

Posted at 12:07

Friday 20 December - Joe Oli McCann gets representative honours

We are delighted to announce that Joe Oli McCann, the youngest son of manager Gary, has been selected to represent the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

He will be representing the borough's in their under-11 side as they take part in the A.S Cannes International Youth Tournament that will take place in the spring. The borough have been sending a side for the past 12 years, and the squad are selected from local schools around the borough. It is part of the International Town Twinning process that has been in existence since 1970 between Kensington & Chelsea and Cannes.

The tournament is a two day, 48 team event that includes sides from the acadamies of top French sides such as Paris St Germain, Nantes, Montpellier and Metz.

Many supporters will know Joe Oli, who is celebrating his 11th birthday today, as he has been a regular attender at games home and away since Gary became manager. As a striker he has been scoring regularly for his club and school which has ensured his selection for the squad.

Everyone connected with the club congratulates Joe Oli on his selection, and we look forward to hearing about his trip next year. And who knows, maybe in a few years time, he'll become the another member of the McCann dynasty to pull on a Hendon shirt.

Posted at 06:00

Thursday 19 December - February fixture alterations

Due to our progression in the Middlesex Senior Cup there have been some alterations to our midweek fixtures in February.

Instead of playing at "home" to Harrow Borough on Monday 10th February, we will now play that game a week later on Monday 17th February.

The Middlesex Senior Cup tie at Staines Town will be played on Tuesday 11th February at Wheatsheaf Lane.

Posted at 15:36

Wednesday 18 December - Gary thrilled with Cray performance

Gary McCann was thrilled with the performance at Cray last night following the 6-0 victory.

"That was a really professional performance," he said. "We were thorough, clinical and professional throughout the game.

"Most pleasing was the fact that we performed in both halves, it was a 90 minute performance.

"We now need to take that into our game at Wingate & Finchley on Boxing Day and ensure we pick up another three points."

Posted at 18:34

Wednesday 18 December - Travel advice for Maidstone game

It has been brought to our attention that there are no trains calling at Maidstone East on 4th January, the day we travel to Maidstone United, due to engineering works.

There is an alternative which avoids rail replacement buses, which is to travel to Maidstone Barracks which is on the Medway Valley line. Our best advice with the engineering works is to travel from London Bridge to Tonbridge, and then change onto the Medway Valley line to Maidstone Barracks.

The journey from London Bridge takes just over an hour and ten minutes, and the last train that will get you to the game in time leaves London Bridge at 13:23, then getting the 14:04 from Tonbridge, arriving at Maidstone Barracks at 14:35. Trains only run hourly between Tonbridge and Maidstone Barracks.

Return journeys depart at 25 minutes past the hour.

To get from the station to the ground, come out of the station, cross the road and turn right. Follow the alleyway next to the other railway line. You can then either walk all the way into town past Naidstone East, turn left at the end and follow the road along to the roundabout from where the ground is visible, or immediately after crossing the river, go down the steps and along the riverbank away from town then go up the steps next to the boat club next to the ground. The second is a shorter route but doesn't pass any pubs.

If you are driving to the game, please be advised that parking at the stadium is reserved for pass holders only. Pay and display car parks are located at Invicta House, Maidstone East Station and Fremlin Walk, all a short walk from the ground.

Posted at 14:02

Wednesday 18 December - Travel advice for holiday period

The good news for those planning to travel by public transport to our two holiday home games is that there are no engineering works on Chiltern Railways, the Piccadilly Line or the Metropolitan Line.

Chiltern Railways trains depart from London Marylebone at 39 minutes past the hour and arrive fourteen minutes later on 28th December, and depart at 28 minutes past the hour on 1st January.

There are also no major engineering works to affect your journey to Wingate & Finchley on Boxing Day, but please be advised that buses will be running to a Sunday service on Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Posted at 14:01

Wednesday 18 December - Win £300 in New Year Draw

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. If you haven't already got tickets, please email Eddie on eddieedd@hendonfc.net and he will post some to you.

Also, if you are unable to get to the Leiston or Enfield Town games, but have stubs and monies to return, please contact Eddie and he will tell you where to send them.

Posted at 08:44

Wednesday 18 December - Hendon go goal Crayzy

Hendon hit Cray Wanderers for six this evening at Hayes Lane with a superb dominating performance.

Chris Seeby opened the scoring in the 2nd minute, before James Fisher scored his first goal for the club in the 21st minute. Jefferson Louis made it 3-0 three minutes later, before Anthony Thomas netted just before half-time.

Louis added to the scoreline ten minutes into the second half to score his 20th league goal of the campaign, and Sam Flegg completed the scoring with 25 minutes, with the club's 50th league goal of the season, two more than were scored in the whole of last season!

The result moves the Greens up to 11th place in the table, with the squad now going into a short pre-Christmas break before the next game on Boxing Day at Wingate & Finchley.

Posted at 00:28

Wednesday 18 December - Ross Fitzsimons joins on loan

We are pleased to welcome Ross Fitzsimons to the club on a months loan from Crystal Palace. The 19 year old goalkeeper joined in time to make his debut at Cray Wanderers this evening, and has previously had loan spells at Harrow Borough and Havant & Waterlooville.

Posted at 00:24

Sunday 15 December - EasyFundraise your Christmas shopping

With Christmas hurtling towards us many of you will be doing a lot of last minute online shopping and so will your family and friends. By signing up to our EasyFundraising page the club can earn a serious amount of much needed cash. So please can we urge you to sign up at the link below but also send it to as many people as you can and ask them to sign up as well.

If you refer a friend through the EasyFundraising page, the club will earn an additional donation of up to £5. It costs you no more when you shop and it can be set up to remind you when you are online.

We currently have 56 supporters signed up, who between them have raised nearly £650 for the club - nearly £100 has been raised in the last six weeks.

Please act now and help the club raise some Christmas cash. HFCST EasyFundraising Page

Posted at 08:43

Saturday 14 December - Greens beaten at Dulwich

Hendon were beaten 2-0 at Dulwich Hamlet, but put in another good performance against one of the leading sides. Crucially, they stopped the supply of crosses by stifling their speedy wide men, to the extent that one of them was withdrawn on the hour mark.

Both goals were disappointingly soft goals to concede, with Ian Daly opening the scoring in the 59th minute, and then the second being an own goal by Sam Flegg.

Jefferson Louis was superb leading the line once again, and had two or three chances only miss the target by narrow margins.

Posted at 22:54

Wednesday 11 December - Hendon pick up three points at Grays

Hendon picked up three points this evening as they won 3-1 at Grays Athletic, with Jefferson Louis taking his goal tally for the season to 21.

The Greens took an early lead through Anthony Thomas, his 10th goal of the campaign, and Louis doubled the lead just before half-time.

In the 68th minute Grays keeper Lemar Johnson was sent off for denying a goalscoring opportunity, and Louis stepped up to beat the outfield player who had gone between the sticks. Jeff Hammond scored a consolation shortly afterwards for the home side, but the Greens were able to hold on and secure all three points.

Posted at 22:25

Wednesday 11 December - Tomer Sherman makes debut

Those at tonight's game at Grays, and those watching the live updates will have spotted a new goalkeeper in the line up.

Tomer Sherman is an Israeli keeper who actually signed for us in October, but has been getting some game time on a dual registration with Northwood. Before joining us he was playing for Hapoel Marmorek in Israel.

We are pleased to welcome Tomer to the club and hope that he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 22:00

Tuesday 10 December - Trip to Staines in county cup

A trip to Staines Town awaits in the Middlesex Senior Cup after they beat Harrow Borough 1-0 this evening.

The date for the game is to be confirmed, but is expected to take place sometime in February.

Posted at 22:18

Tuesday 10 December - Trip to Grays tomorrow

In something of a rarity, the first team now embark on a run of four consecutive away games - without having to travel outside of the M25. The run begins on Wednesday evening when we travel to play Grays Athletic, who currently play their home games at Aveley.

Grays currently lie in 9th place with 28 points from 17 games and come into the game having beaten Harrow Borough 2-0 on Saturday. It is their first season back at this level following promotion from Division One North last season, and they are very familiar opponents, with the two clubs having met many times over the years.

Gary McCann and his squad will be going into the game looking to build on the performance against AFC Hornchurch, knowing that if they can play like that again, they have every chance of coming away with a positive result.

Kick off at Mill Field is at 7.45pm, and admission is £10 for adults, £6 for over 65s and those aged 14-19 and £1 for under 14s.

Posted at 13:00

Tuesday 10 December - McCann pleased with Hornchurch performance

Gary McCann was pleased with the performance against AFC Hornchurch on Saturday despite the eventual defeat.

"I am very disappointed to have lost the game," he said, "but that was because we played very well against a very good team. If we play with that commitment and application for the rest of the season we will win many more matches than we lose.

"I think we played against the League champions today, and to have kept a very dangerous team to so few chances shows how well we played. They are a very well-organised team and they play percentage football, not flashy, just very effective.

"Our defence was excellent, but we could not get many clear chances at the other end. I thought we should have had a penalty late on and Jefferson Louis twice went very close."

Posted at 08:26

Saturday 07 December - Hendon beaten by screamer

Hendon were beaten by a solitary goal against AFC Hornchurch this afternoon in a closely fought, entertaining encounter.

The goal came on the hour mark when the experienced Stefan Payne fired off a superb shot from 25 yards which gave the unsighted Berkley Laurencin no chance.

Laurencin made a number of saves during the game, whilst at the other end the Greens did create a number of chances but were unable to find the back of the net.

Posted at 22:34

Friday 06 December - Adam Wallace joins Hendon

We are pleased to announce the signing of striker Adam Wallace from Enfield Town. He has signed in time to be available for selection tomorrow afternoon for our game against AFC Hornchurch.

Adam began his career at Hadley, before joining Steve Newing at Edgware Town. He followed him to Leyton, Welwyn Garden City and then Enfield Town, where he has been a regular in the side making nearly 200 appearances.

We are delighted to welcome Adam to the club, and hope that he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 19:32

Friday 06 December - League leaders visit tomorrow

Our last home game before Christmas sees us entertain league leaders AFC Hornchurch in a 3:00pm kick off.

The Urchins come into the game on the back of a five match unbeaten run, most recently winning 3-0 at home to Wingate & Finchley last weekend. and have 41 points from their 20 games played so far. However, both Wealdstone and Maidstone United are just three points behind with three games in hand.

Gary McCann takes the squad into the game knowing that recent results have been much improved over the beginning of the season, and will be keen to ensure that the run continues. There was a boost with the news that Michael Murray was back in training last night after a couple of weeks out with a hamstring strain.

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

Posted at 08:59

Friday 06 December - Last chance to buy Christmas gifts

Tomorrow afternoon is your last chance to buy gifts from the club shop before Christmas. There are plenty of gift ideas on sale, including mugs, scarves, badges, oystercard holders, mousemats and more. Just pop along to the shop tomorrow afternoon before the end of half-time to see what they have to offer.

Posted at 08:58

Friday 06 December - Don't forget the New Year Draw

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 Eddie or the club shop on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 08:58

Wednesday 04 December - Gary happy to progress in Middlesex Cup

Gary McCann and the management were happy to have progressed in the Middlesex Senior Cup last night.

"Lady Luck shone on us tonight,” admitted a relieved Gary. "The woodwork fortune was with us in a way that it wasn't on Sunday.

"We did everything in our power to throw away a three-goal lead.

"We totally controlled the game for 65 minutes. Our application and attitude after the Whitstable game was first class. We scored three goals that all very good in their own ways."

Posted at 22:53

Tuesday 03 December - Hendon progress in Middlesex Cup

The first team progressed to the quarter-finals of the Middlesex Senior Cup this evening as they defeated North Greenford United 3-2. The result was a reverse of the scoreline at the same stage last season.

All the goals came within 17 minutes in the second half, with Jack Bennett opening the scoring in the 53rd minute. Anthony Thomas doubled the lead in the 61st minute, with Carl McCluskey adding to the tally three minutes later. Within seven minutes the home side had come back to 3-2 courtesy of Aaron Silcott and Liam Hind, but the Greens held on to win despite the late dismissal of Dean Cracknell for violent conduct.

The reward in the quarter-finals is an away tie against either Harrow Borough or Staines Town who are due to play next Tuesday evening as the Swans were involved in an FA Trophy replay at Luton Town this evening where they lost 2-0.

Posted at 22:42

Tuesday 03 December - Jamal Stewart joins on dual-registration

Jamal Stewart, a 20 year old striker, joined the club on a dual-registration from Erith Town in time to play in tonight's game at North Greenford United.

Posted at 22:00

Monday 02 December - Gary disappointed and angry at Trophy exit

Gary McCann was disappointed and angry following yesterday's exit from the FA Trophy at the hands of Whitstable Town.

"I am more than a little disappointed - and angry - with the result. I am really disappointed for everyone at the football club.

"It isn't often you hit the underside of the crossbar three times and don't get one bounce going your way. I thought we were more than a little unlucky in the first half.

"When you go a goal up against a team from a lower division you would expect your team to see the game out. But, even after we went a goal up, I was very concerned because they had shown that they could come back from a goal down in their recent matches. Three clean sheets in 25 games tells its own story.

"We dominated the first half after the scare in the first few seconds. I felt our quality from wide might have been a little better, but we controlled the game in the first half. It was a combination of bad luck and good goalkeeping that kept them in the game.

"At half-time I did say to the players that we had to put in the same level of effort as we had in the first half. We couldn't quite match the performance and the game did level out a bit more in the second half.

"It was more a matter of us losing the game than them winning it. Individually, we were the architects of our own downfall.

"Our focus now becomes on improving our position in the League. It expect a big reaction from the players."

Posted at 13:34

Monday 02 December - More cup action tomorrow

Gary McCann and the squad make a quick return to cup acton tomorrow evening as they bid to lay aside yesterday's disappointment. We make the short trip to North Greenford United in our opening game of the Middlesex Senior Cup, the last cup that we have interest in this season.

North Greenford are currently on a run of 9 games without a win, a run that has included a 9-1 FA Trophy defeat at Hemel Hempstead Town and a 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Egham Town in the league. On Saturday they drew 0-0 with Aylesbury, who are now managed by former Hendon favourite Steve Bateman. The result leaves them in 20th place in the Southern League Division One Central with 11 points from 14 games. Just Chertsey Town and Ashford Town (Middlesex) lie below them. Aylesbury are the team immediately above them with just one more point.

Gary and the squad will be keen to forget about the FA Trophy exit yesterday afternoon, and get back to winning ways in a competition that we have often done well in, although we haven't won it since 2004. Our last final appearances were in 2008 and 2009.

Kick off at Berkeley Avenue is at 7.45pm, and admission prices are £8 for adults and £4 for concessions.

Posted at 08:45

Sunday 01 December - Greens defeated by Oystermen

Hendon were knocked out of the FA Trophy this afternoon by a hardworking Whitstable Town side, despite taking the lead.

The first half was goalless, but both sides had chances to take the lead. Indeed, the Greens hit the woodwork three times, and the Whitstable keeper made a number of excellent saves during the first period.

Hendon eventually took the lead in the 69th minute through Jefferson Louis, but then inexplicably let things slide, and Whitstable equalised through Laurence Harvey just two minutes later.

The Oysterman then took the game by the scruff of the neck and took the lead in the 75th minute through Charlie Smith, a lead that they were not going to give away as they then defended in numbers, and defended superbly.

So the Greens hopes of an extended FA Trophy run have been blown apart, but we wish everyone at Whitstable all the best for the next round, and hope that the draw is kind to them.

Posted at 20:32