News - December 2014

Tuesday 30 December - Season ticket winners announced

The 10 winners of the season ticket draw that was held following Saturday's game have been announced.

The winners are Anthony Conway, Richard Hart, Ian Howard, Rob Fisher, Paul Held, Anoop Okhai, Yashma Maic, Martin Fox, Steve Krieger and Neil Harvey.

All winners have been contacted by email with details of how to collect their season ticket.

Posted at 17:21

Sunday 28 December - Gary delighted to reach 50 points

Hendon manager Gary McCann was delighted with his team’s performance against Wingate & Finchley.

"I am more than satisfied with the win," he said.

"To reach 50 points by the end of the year is a fantastic performance by the whole squad and management team. I am sure Hendon haven't achieved that total very often, it at all before. It puts us in a very strong position for the second half of the season.

"The conditions were very testing, right from the first kick, and we had to adapt to them, which we did very well. Pitches are going to be like this for a while and I told the players that we are going to have to get used to surfaces that are not ideal.

"We had to keep our discipline and I think we did it very well on the pitch. There were a lot of contentious incidents throughout the match, and I think we got the benefit on the majority of them."

Posted at 14:47

Saturday 27 December - Greens end 2014 in third

Hendon will see out 2014 in third place following their 3-1 win over Wingate & Finchley this afternoon.

In front of a crowd that was probably double what would normally have been expected, the Greens took the lead in the 5th minute through Leon Smith, and on the half hour mark, the same player doubled the lead by scoring his 20th goal of the season.

The visitors pulled themselves back into the game early in the 2nd half when Karl Oliyide found the back of the net, but in the 69th minute they were reduced to ten men when Marc Weatherstone was dismissed for a foul on Kezie Ibe. Sam Murphy stepped up to convert the spot kick.

Wingate were reduced to nine men when Ahmet Rifat was sent off for what appeared to be a perfect tackle on Peter Dean. Murphy stepped up again, but this time his penalty was saved by Bobby Smith.

The result moved the Greens up to third in the table above Dulwich Hamlet, whose game at Enfield Town was postponed, whilst both Margate and Maidstone United drew their games, leaving them 6 and 4 points ahead of the Greens respectively.

Posted at 17:09

Saturday 27 December - No inspection planned for Wingate game

There is no inspection planned for today's Pay What You Want game against Wingate & Finchley.

The pitch is heavy but draining well, and whilst the final decision will lie with the match referee when he arrives at the ground in a couple of hours, we do not expect there to be any problems.

Please bring all your friends and family along for what promises to be a really good afternoon at Earlsmead.

Posted at 11:27

Friday 26 December - Pay What You Want tomorrow

A final reminder that tomorrow's game against Wingate & Finchley is a Pay What You Want game.

This means that you can pay as little or as much as you want, but as an incentive, if you pay £5 or more, you will get a free ticket for the New Year Draw, which will be drawn a week tomorrow.

With no football in the top 6 levels of the game on the day, please do encourage your friends and family to come long. There is no football or Soccer Saturday on TV, and as they can pay what they like, there is no better opporunity to introduce them to life with the Green Army.

Other things running tomorrow are as follows.

If you're new to Hendon, sign up to enter a free draw to be in with a chance of winning one of 10 free Season Tickets for the remainder of 2014/5.

Bring your unwanted Christmas presents and donate them to our charity sack in aid of St. Luke's Hospice.

Post-Match charity collection in aid of the Royal British Legion.

If you can't make the game, please do make use of the virtual pay what you want admission ticket, which is available on the link below. Each virtual spectator will receive an e-copy of the matchday programme.

Pay What You Want Page

Posted at 00:01

Wednesday 24 December - Merry Christmas

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

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the Wingate & Finchley game on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 10:22

Monday 22 December - Gary delighted with point

Gary McCann was delighted to return from Maidstone with another point safely in the bag. He said, "I am delighted to have got a draw from this game.

"We did well to stay in the game and we had to do well defensively. The back four stood up and were counted today.

"I think we stood toe-to-toe with them. We were not as good as we could be offensively, but sometimes you have to credit to the opposition for that and they made it very difficult for us.

"We have worked hard on set pieces, but we haven't been very good this season, either in terms of the delivery into the penalty area or when the ball arrives in the box. But, today, when it really mattered, we got it just right and Elliott scored with a brilliant header.

"This could be a defining point for us because we showed our mental strength. Their record at home is so good that to get something from the game was fantastic and the way that we didn't buckle under pressure shows how good our attitude and dressing room is.

"We got the same one point on Saturday as we did the previous week against VCD Athletic, but the feelings afterward could not be more different.

"We discussed, as a management team, what we he hoped for and wanted from our last two away games and if you had offered me four points from trips to Leiston and Maidstone, I would have bitten off your hands. To gain a win and a draw in two of your toughest away trips in the season takes us nicely into the Christmas fixtures."

Posted at 14:58

Monday 22 December - Wingate sponsorship auction total

We are pleased to announce that the total amount raised in the Wingate sponsorship auction was £651:86.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the game on Saturday afternoon, but don't forget that if you can't make it, you can buy a virtual admission ticket, which includes a free e-programme, and anyone paying £5 or more gets a free New Year Raffle ticket.

For full information on the day, and details of how to buy a virtual admission ticket, please click the link below.

Pay What You Want Page

Posted at 11:01

Sunday 21 December - Wingate sponsorship winners

The winners of the Wingate & Finchley matchball and match sponsorship auction have been announced this morning.

The matchball sponsorship has been won by Ian Sassoon, who made the lowest unique donation of £2.03.

The winner of the match sponsorship is Richman & Co, who made the highest unique donation of £75.00.

We are hoping to be able to announce the total amount raised within the next couple of days.

We would like to thank all 58 people and organisations who made a donation for the auction - the full list can be found at the bottom of the page on the link below.

Pay What You Want - Wingate & Finchley

Posted at 12:37

Saturday 20 December - 250 up for Casey and Lee

Today's game saw both Casey Maclaren and Lee O'Leary make their 250th appearances.

Lee, who started the game today in his regular number 8 shirt, joined the club in February 2006, although he has had spells away in that time. He has had a couple of serious injuries, one of which resulted in his absence for the whole of the 2011/12 season, but his determination to regain full fitness has been rewarded over the past couple of years.

Casey, who's appearance from the bench was his first since injuring his shoulder against Lewes earlier in the season, is in his eighth consecutive season with the club. Like Lee, he has had spells out with injury, but when fit is a regular in the side.

We congratulate both players on their latest appearance milestone, and we are sure that there are many more to come.

Posted at 17:09

Saturday 20 December - Brathwaite scores late equaliser

A late equaliser from Elliott Brathwaite, his first goal for the club, earnt Hendon a point in a 1-1 draw at Maidstone United. The home side had taken the lead in the 52nd minute courtesy of Frannie Collin.

With Margate losing at home to Peacehaven, both clubs have closed the gap on the leaders, although 3rd placed Dulwich Hamlet did win against Witham Town.

Posted at 16:52

Saturday 20 December - Sponsorship auction ends at 5pm today

Don't forget to made a donation for the Wingate & Finchley sponsorship auction which closes at 5pm this afternoon

The minimum sum that may be donated is just £2.01 and the matchball sponsor (which is normally available for just £80) will be the person or group who makes the lowest unique donation. Similarly the match sponsorship (which is normally available for £150) will be awarded to the person or group who makes the highest unique donation.

The Matchball sponsor will receive a complimentary ticket, free programme, mention in the matchday programme (and for the rest of the season) and on the website.

The Match sponsor will receive up to 10 tickets, matchday programmes, mention in the matchday programme (and for the rest of the season) and on the website, and will be entitled to boardroom hospitality.

Donations are preferred via PayPal - a link can be found via the link below - or if you prefer to pay by other means, please contact the club on admin@hendonfc.net before 5pm today.

Pay What You Want - Wingate & Finchley

Posted at 00:01

Friday 19 December - Gary delighted after Leiston win

Gary McCann was effusive in his praise of the whole squad following the long midweek trip to Leiston on Tuesday.

He said, "This was a great win and a solid performance. I am really pleased with the focus of the players in the last couple of games.

"There was a real threat and purpose to our attacks and I am especially pleased with the back-four. I was critical of them in the game at Bognor, but they have responded with three very good displays.

"It is always difficult to make long trips in midweek. I realise that Leiston have to do it maybe eight times in a season, but maybe that makes it a bit easier for them."

Posted at 17:21

Tuesday 16 December - Greens win at Leiston

The Greens reached the halfway point of the season tonight with a 1-0 victory at Leiston.

The only goal of the game came in the 77th minute courtesy of Kezie Ibe, his thirteenth of the campaign.

The result leaves the club in 4th place with 46 points from 23 games, level on points with 3rd placed Dulwich Hamlet with a game in hand. The result also leaves the Greens eight points clear of Leiston who are 5th and ten points clear of 6th & 7th placed Metropolitan Police and Enfield Town.

Posted at 21:45

Tuesday 16 December - Sponsorship auction reminder

Don't forget to made a donation for the Wingate & Finchley sponsorship auction which closes at 5pm on Saturday.

As we have previously advised the Supporters Trust have decided to sell both matchball and match sponsorship via donation for this match.

The minimum sum that may be donated is just £2.01 and the matchball sponsor (which is normally available for just £80) will be the person or group who makes the lowest unique donation. Similarly the match sponsorship (which is normally available for £150) will be awarded to the person or group who makes the highest unique donation.

The Matchball sponsor will receive a complimentary ticket, free programme, mention in the matchday programme (and for the rest of the season) and on the website.

The Match sponsor will receive up to 10 tickets, matchday programmes, mention in the matchday programme (and for the rest of the season) and on the website, and will be entitled to boardroom hospitality.

Donations are preferred via PayPal - a link can be found via the link below - or if you prefer to pay by other means, please contact the club on admin@hendonfc.net.

Pay What You Want - Wingate & Finchley

Posted at 07:00

Monday 15 December - Hampton league cup date fixed

Our Robert Dyas League Cup third round tie against Hampton & Richmond Borough will take place at Earlsmead on Monday 26th January, kick off 7:45pm.

Posted at 22:42

Monday 15 December - Gary reflects on weekend point

Gary McCann was in a reflective mood when talking about the match. He said, "I am frustrated that we didn't get the three points today, because we had more than enough chances to win the game.

"But it was also a game where we could have ended with no points.

"I thought we had some very good passages of play, but I was not happy with our decision-making in and around their penalty area. The final passes were not what we wanted.

"However, the conditions were very difficult. Some of the players were wearing the longest studs they could, but they were still slipping over and that goes for both teams."

Posted at 18:08

Saturday 13 December - John Westmore

We are sad to announce the passing of John Westmore earlier this week, a former player from the 1950s.

John sadly passed away after a long illness on Tuesday, and his funeral will take place at Hendon crematorium on Friday 19th December at 11am.

John made his debut in a 4-0 win at Millwall on 23rd October 1950 in the London Challenge Cup, a game in which he scored one of the goals, playing alongside a number of Hendon legends from that era including Laurie Topp, Dexter Adams, Bill Fisher and Roy Stroud.

He was never a regular in the first team, but made appearances throughout the 50s, and made his final appearance in a 2-0 defeat at Hitchin Town in the Athenian League on 16th April 1960.

He ended his Hendon career having scored 16 goals in 106 first team appearances, appearing in every season except the 1953/54 campaign.

Posted at 18:12

Saturday 13 December - Hendon draw at Earlsmead

Hendon came away with just a point this afternoon as they drew 1-1 with struggling VCD Athletic at Earlsmead.

Both goals came in the first half, with Mikhail Kennedy giving the visitors a 3rd minute lead, before Leon Smith equalised on the stroke of half-time.

Posted at 17:01

Saturday 13 December - Polo shirts now in

The new polo shirts have arrived and will be on sale in the club shop this afternoon, priced at £14 each.

They will also be available through the online club shop on the Supporters Association website.

Posted at 11:13

Wednesday 10 December - Gary pleased with reaction from squad

Hendon manager Gary McCann was pleased with the reaction to the weekend reverse at Bognor.

After the Robert Dyas League Cup victory over Enfield Town, he said, "I am really satisfied with the result. It was a very professional performance in difficult weather conditions. It rained from minute 1 to minute 90 and the swirling wind didn’t help either.

"The defence went about their jobs in a very good manner. I criticised them for their display - especially the first 30 minutes - on Saturday and they responded as I expected them to.

"I was really pleased with the way that the whole squad reacted to the performance at Bognor and I think we played well, deserving to win the game.

"The changes I made to the defence were as much precautions as anything that happened on Saturday. It is better that James Fisher and Chris Seeby miss one game than play a game too many and have to miss significant time.

"The big worry from last night was the injury to Aaron Morgan, which we will assess over the next few days. Kevin Maclaren was withdrawn at half-time, mainly as a precaution. He felt he could play on, as he always does, but we have to make these decisions."

Posted at 17:27

Tuesday 09 December - Greens win again in League Cup

Hendon won their second round tie at Enfield Town 1-0 this evening, the first time in nine seasons that the club have progressed through two rounds of the competition.

The result also ended a run of five consecutive defeats against Enfield Town, and extended the 100% cup record against the same opponents to six games. All five defeats have come in league games.

The only goal of the game came in the 48th minute when Kezie Ibe found the back of the net.

Up next in the third round, which is the last 16, will be a home tie against Hampton & Richmond Borough. The date will be announced in due course.

Posted at 21:50

Monday 08 December - Gary reacts to Bognor defeat

A very unhappy Hendon manager Gary McCann didn't pull any punches when he talked about Saturday's match at Bognor Regis Town.

He said, "We didn't start the game at all well and were blitzed in the first 25 minutes. The defending was not good enough and that goes from right-back to left-back. I think it was as poor as we have been all season.

"The opened us up at will, especially in the defensive end. It was very disappointing and I certainly didn't see that sort of display coming, given where we have been at in recent games.

"But, after the early shambles, I thought we had a degree of control, although they did sit back deeper to let us play.

"I believe that if we had taken one of our chances either before half-time, or just after, to make it 3-2, we could have got something from the game. I think they would have been on the rocks.

"The team I selected I thought would be good enough and we were deliberately quite offensive, but I don't think it would have mattered given the way we defended in the early part of the game. Far too many players were off their game and it was not good enough.

"All of the goals we conceded were very disappointing, but the last one didn't really matter as it came on a break as we were looking for a goal ourselves.

"The back four have not been criticised very often this season. Their performances have been of a high standard, but we dropped below the levels required Saturday. I do see this very much as a blip and expect a reaction."

Posted at 21:43

Saturday 06 December - Rocks end unbeaten run

Hendon's 13 match unbeaten league run came to an end this afternoon as they were beaten 4-1 at Bognor Regis Town.

It was a very disappointing start from the Greens as they were 3 goals down inside 23 minutes, the first being a James Fisher own goal, followed up by goals from Alex Parsons and Ollie Pearce.

Belal Aite-Ouakrim pulled a goal back in the 25th minute but that was it for goals until the 89th minute when Doug Tuck completed the win for the home side.

Posted at 16:56

Friday 05 December - Snowball draw results

The September, October and November Snowball draws were made earlier this week at the Supporters Trust board meeting.

The winning numbers are as follows.

September : First Prize (£283.50) - number 39. Second Prize (£141.75) - number 157.

October : First Prize (£304.50) - number 142. Second Prize (£152.25) - number 23.

November : First Prize (£301.50) - number 32. Second Prize (£150.75) - number 115.

Posted at 18:53

Thursday 04 December - Polo shirts now available to pre-order

The Supporters Association are pleased to announce they are now taking pre-orders for the new polo shirts.

The shirts are on order, and will be green with the club crest on them. Costing just £14 each, they can be ordered through the link below.

If you have any questions, please email the Supporters Assocation on hendonfcsa@yahoo.co.uk.

Hendon FC Polo Shirts

Posted at 19:07

Wednesday 03 December - Gary pleased to progress

Gary McCann was pleased to progress in the London Senior Cup last night.

He said: "I thought the boys' attitude tonight was exemplary in conditions the like of which I have not seen before.

"Even so, the performance was nothing like what I expected. We had to change our style in the second half, but we still didn't do that in the way that I wanted.

"But, we did get the job done and that was very important.

"The best news of the night is that we got through the game without any players picking up any injuries."

Posted at 23:00

Wednesday 03 December - Programmes from London Bari

We are pleased to say that we will have a limited number of photocopied editions of tonight's programme available at our next home game. Please call at the club shop to pick up a copy if you would like one.

London Bari only had a limited number of programmes available tonight, and have given us permission to produce a few more for those who missed out.

Posted at 18:00

Tuesday 02 December - Greens win on penalties

Hendon progressed into the quarter finals of the London Senior Cup, winning on penalties at London Bari after goalless draw.

The Greens found it tough to cope with a heavy bobbly pitch which didn't allow them to play their natural game and chances were limited for both sides, although Hendon had the bulk of the possession.

With the scores level after 90 minutes, the tie went straight to penalties. The home side scored their first spot kick before Peter Dean equalised. Ben McNamara gave the Greens the advantage as he pushed their second kick onto the post.

Andre Da Costa, Lee O'Leary and Dave Diedhiou all successfully completed their spot kicks as London Bari scored their 3rd and 4th, but the home side's 5th penalty taker fired his effort onto the bar and the ball bounced away to safety.

The draw for the quarter-finals will see the Greens play at home to either Bromley, Corinthian-Casuals or AFC Wimbledon - Bromley and Corinthian-Casuals are yet to play their first round tie, the winners of which are then at home to the Wombles. A date for the tie will be arranged once our opponents are known.

Posted at 22:43

Monday 01 December - Gary reflects on FA Trophy exit

Gary McCann was disappointed with the result but saw plenty of positives in the display at Ebbsfleet on Saturday, and also explained the reasons for the formation.

He said, "I am disappointed in the result. We knew it was going to be a difficult game because they are a team at the top of a division above us. I went to watch them on Tuesday night and they looked a different team on Saturday, but a change of manager often does that.

"Overall, I think we gave a very good account of ourselves. We played our part in containing them when they attacked us, but we were well shackled when we went forward. I don't think we let ourselves down at all in this game - unlike the loss to Dorchester.

"It was a tactical decision to play Sam Murphy instead of Leon Smith on the right, but we felt he could do a better job in defending Anthony Cook, who we knew was their danger man. It worked well overall in containing him, but we were shackled in attack.

"This was one of those occasions that you are damned if you do and damned if you don't. I prefer not to set up our team to stop an opponent, but there are times when you have to make a difficult decision. Had the game gone to a replay, I would probably have played Leon.

"I thought we had the best chance of the first half, the one to Andre Da Costa, but we couldn't really get it up to the next gear to get past them. Kezie Ibe and the midfield were well marshalled by Ebbsfleet, who you must remember are one of the favourites to win their division."

Posted at 23:28

Monday 01 December - Supporters game at Maidstone

We have been contacted by Maidstone United's supporters team to see if we would like to play them on Saturday 20th December.

The game would be played in the morning ahead of what will be an extremely important league fixture between the two clubs. We would like to put out as strong a team as possible, so Eddie Edwards is looking for early commitment from those who can make it.

If you are up for the challenge, please contact Eddie on eddieedd@hendonfc.net as soon as possible.

Posted at 19:00

Monday 01 December - Unique sponsorship offer

As well as the Pay What You Want promotion, we are also making a unique offer for the sponsorship of the Wingate & Finchley game.

The Supporters Trust have decided to sell both matchball and match sponsorship via donation for this match.

The minimum sum that may be donated is just £2.01 and the matchball sponsor (which is normally available for just £80) will be the person or group who makes the lowest unique donation. Similarly the match sponsorship (which is normally available for £150) will be awarded to the person or group who makes the highest unique donation.

The deadline for donations is 5pm on Saturday 20 December – when the Trust will announce the sponsors.

The Matchball sponsor will receive a complimentary ticket, free programme, mention in the matchday programme (and for the rest of the season) and on the website.

The Match sponsor will receive up to 10 tickets, matchday programmes, mention in the matchday programme (and for the rest of the season) and on the website, and will be entitled to boardroom hospitality.

Donations are preferred via PayPal - a link can be found via the link below - or if you prefer to pay by other means, please contact the club on admin@hendonfc.net.

Pay What You Want - Wingate & Finchley

Posted at 07:00