News - December 2015

Wednesday 30 December - Silver Jubilee works update 5

Despite a few days off for the Christmas break, building work has now begun again at SJP.

The new toilet extension has had its stud walls erected and drainage around the building is now complete. Building control will inspect the joists on Monday before the plaster boards can be fixed into place.

Tom Stockman and a few volunteers demolished the old stage in the club house to create an area that will be transformed into a third changing room. This room will also be a physiotherapy and rehabilitation area used on training nights. Builders are due to start on Sunday 10th January and this should be finished in a week.

On Monday the contractors fitting the spectator rails and perimeter fencing are due onsite to commence work. The schedule of works enable us to fit the spectator rail in sections and not effect activities on the pitch. The rail and the fencing will be in green reflecting club colours but also aesthetically appealing.

There will be a number of advertising and sponsorship opportunities for both companies and individuals around the ground. If you are interested in the rate card please email the club on admin@hendonfc.net and we'll put you in touch with Rob Morris.

Posted at 18:40

Wednesday 30 December - Silver Jubilee Park New Year Darts Open

The Individual Darts League and Hendon Football Club are pleased to announce that the 2nd Silver Jubilee Park New Year Darts Open will be taking place this coming Sunday.

Organised by one of our regular supporters, Paul Butler, the event is open to everyone, and supporters are welcome to come along and watch even if they don't want to play.

Entry for Hendon FC Supporters Trust members is £7, and there is a £500 guaranteed prize fund. Registration closes at 1pm, and the draw will then be conducted live in front of all those in attendance.

There is no need to book in advance, just turn up in time to register if you want to play. The bar will be open throughout and following the tournament, the final of the PDC World Championships will be shown on the big screen.

We hope to see you there for what should be a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Posted at 18:36

Saturday 26 December - Taggart makes 100th appearance

Congratulations go to Tony Taggart who made his 100th appearance this afternoon when he replaced Sam Murphy as a substitute against Harrow Borough.

Tony joined the club in the summer of 2013, and has scored 10 goals so far in his 100 appearances - and has been an important figure down the left hand side, both at left back and further forward.

We congratulate Tony on being the latest player to reach 100 appearances, and we home that there are plenty more to come.

Posted at 18:45

Saturday 26 December - Wingate sponsorship auction winners

We are pleased to announce that the winners of the sponsorship auction for next week's game against Wingate & Finchley are now known.

The match will be sponsored by Lee Cousins, who donated the highest unique amount, and the ball will be sponsored by Mike Harte, who donated the lowest unique amount.

A full list of sponsors will appear on the Pay What You Want page in the next few days.

Posted at 18:29

Saturday 26 December - Hendon and Harrow share ten goals

It was something of a goalfest at Earlsmead this afternoon as the first team played out a 5-5 draw with landlords and hosts Harrow Borough.

It was a game which was full of entertainment but full of frustration for the management of both sides at the lack of defensive quality throughout the game.

The goals were scored as follows

1st minute : Lewis Driver puts Harrow 1-0 ahead, taking advantage of lax defending

5th minute : Jamie Cassel punches a long throw into his own net for the equaliser.

8th minute : Kezie Ibe bundles the ball home from another long throw to make it 2-1 to the Greens.

19th minute : Carl McCluskey flicks home a header from a corner to make it 3-1.

21st minute : Three becomes four as Finbarr Robins fires home a fine free kick.

41st minute : Driver brings Harrow back into the game, thanks to further poor defending.

45th minute : Marc Charles-Smith makes it 4-3 on the stroke of half-time.

59th minute : Adam Wallace finishes clinically as the home side's defence goes missing again. Score now 5-3.

62nd minute : Harrow are just a goal behind again as sub Fejiri Okerabirhie slots the ball home. 5-4.

75th minute. Charles-Smith completes the scoring with the 10th goal of the game.

The result sees the Greens move up a place to 19th, but knowing that much improvement will be needed defensively ahead of next Saturday's game.

Posted at 18:29

Saturday 26 December - Ben Pattie loan extended

We are pleased to announce that Ben Pattie's loan from QPR was extended in time for him to play in this afternoon's game against Harrow Borough. He will now be with us until the end of January.

Posted at 18:28

Tuesday 22 December - Silver Jubilee Park works update 4

More progress has been made since the last update ten days ago, and we are still on schedule.

The outer structure of the extension is complete with the only roof in our building that that doesn't leak! Next week the outside toilets will be fitted out and the changing room refurbishment will start.

The dugout bases are finished despite Monty, Rob Morris's dog, running over the wet cement to leave his mark. There are new steps leading up to the current stand behind the goal and the spectator rail has started to be dismantled.

The stands have been manufactured and are now ready to be sent to be galvanised in early January. We expect the stands to be delivered by mid January and be erected by the first week in February. The seated stand will have HFC in white seats!

The builders are working between Christmas and the New Year to keep us on schedule and if the weather remains on our side we have a very realistic chance of kicking off next season at SJP.

Posted at 21:16

Tuesday 22 December - Gary looks on the bright side

Hendon manager Gary McCann was trying to look on the bright side despite the loss to Leiston.

He said, "Reluctantly I am going to take the positives out of a defeat. I thought our energy levels, commitment and effort were absolutely faultless.

"However, when you lose 4-2 and all four goals come from the same type of attack - a breakaway - you don't have to be a brain surgeon to work out what and where the problem is.

"We have to get our defending right, and we had discussed this in the dressing room after the game. We also need to communicate better everywhere on the field.

"This team is not one which does a lot of shouting. In fact I can't recall a quieter dressing room in my time as manager.

"There were two or three key decisions that went against us. I am convinced if we had been given the penalty when Carl McCluskey seemed to be fouled in the box and we then scored to make it 3-3, it would have given the whole club a fantastic boost for the next few weeks.

"Lastly, I want to wish everyone involved in Hendon FC a very happy Christmas."

Posted at 21:12

Saturday 19 December - Pre-Christmas defeat for Greens

The first team suffered a pre-Christmas defeat at the hands of Leiston despite a second half comeback in which they scored two goals in a minute.

The visitors took the lead in the 18th minute through Gareth Heath, and after Christy Finch had scored in the 49th and 66th minutes it looked like game over.

However, a quickfire double from Ben Pattie and Adam Wallace pulled the Greens back into the game, but Joe Francis made the points safe for Leiston in stoppage time.

Posted at 23:13

Saturday 19 December - Pay What You Want - more details released

Further details regarding our Pay What You Want fixture against Wingate & Finchley on Saturday 2nd January have been released.

Following the success of last season's event, we are once again offering any supporter who pays more than £5 a free ticket into our grand New Year prize draw, which will take place following the game in the bar. With many cash prizes up to £300 on offer this is a great opportunity for spectators to receive some late Xmas cheer.

We will also be holding a collection of unwanted Xmas gifts at the club shop for donation to St Luke's Hospice Charity Shop and in adouble charity bonanza, will be donating the proceeds of the post-match bucket collection to CAD Brent (Community Action against Dementia).

We hope that all planning to attend will be able to support these charities and the fantastic work they do in the local community.

We are also once again offering 'virtual' admission to fans wishing to attend the game. Full details are on the link below and please mark your payment as 'virtual admission' and you will be in line to receive an e-copy of the match day programme.

Finally, the auction for matchball and match sponsorship now underway. The lowest unique donation will win the matchball package and the highest will win the match sponsorship package, complete with boardroom hospitality. The minimum donations are £2.01. Full details on the link below.

Pay Want You Want & Sponsorship Auction

Posted at 12:37

Tuesday 15 December - Gary on Farnborough victory

A delighted Gary McCann was realistic about last night;s victory over Farnborough. He said, "I am delighted with the three points from the game. We were in a real pressure-kettle situation and did well. We dominated throughout the game and kept our control and discipline very well.

"I thought the balance of the team was much better, the mix of youth and experience was better and the younger players will learn a lot. I don't think there was a bad performance from anyone in the 14.

"Mark Kirby may have had his best game for us so far, Ismael Ehui and Dean Cracknell brought an immediate energy up front and Finnbar Robins and Ryan Gondoh were very hard to stop. Wesley just improves with every game. Even Joe Wright, who had almost nothing to do all night, dealt with everything that came his way.

"Make no mistake, I am fully aware that there is still an enormous amount of work needed, but there were very good signs last night. We could have won by far more than 3-0, but you can only beat what is put in front of you.

"There were so many players who are not quite familiar with each other's playing styles and strengths, this can only get better. Add in Sam Murphy and Kezie Ibe to Ehui, Robins, Gondoh, Pattie, Carl McCluskey and Cracknell and we will have a number of attacking options."

Posted at 20:25

Tuesday 15 December - November Snowball Draw

The November Snowball Draw was made before last night's game with over £440 being given away in prizes.

The first prize of £297 went to ball number 3, and the second prize of £148.50 went to ball number 25.

Prize winners will be contacted in the next few days.

Posted at 19:54

Monday 14 December - Important win secured

The first team picked up a very important win tonight against Farnborough, winning 3-0 at Earlsmead.

Russell Short gave the Greens the lead in the 25th minute, with debutant Ismael Ehui netting on the stroke of half time. The third goal was an own goal from Darryl Siaw, and in the aftermath of the goal, Farnborough were reduced to ten men when Gary MacDonald picked up two yellow cards for dissent in a matter of seconds.

Posted at 21:42

Monday 14 December - Striker added to the squad

A second experienced player has been added to the squad in time for tonight's game, Ismael Ehui joining on a dual-registration basis from Hayes & Yeading United.

Ismael is a 28 year old French born striker who joined Hayes from Northwood in the summer, and he has scored 6 goals in 21 appearances this season in National League South.

We are pleased to welcome Ismael to Hendon - and hope he has a productive and enjoyable time with the club.

Posted at 17:37

Monday 14 December - McCluskey returns to Hendon

Gary McCann has added some experience to the squad today by signing Carl McCluskey on a dual-registration basis from Edgware Town. This will be Carl's second spell at the club having originally signed from Bedfont Town in July 2001, going on to score 19 goals in 95 appearances before moving on to Wealdstone in 2014.

We warmly welcome Carl back to the club and hope that he enjoys his second spell with us.

Posted at 17:24

Monday 14 December - Gary reflects on Billericay

Gary McCann looked back at Saturday's defeat against Billericay saying, "Of course it was disappointing to lose, but to be honest, they played the conditions better than we did. The conditions were very trying to say the least and it didn't make for a good game to watch.

"I cannot fault the effort, energy and commitment from my players. They are all pulling in the same direction and we are still trying to do things the right way.

"We didn't have enough periods of sustained pressure. The poor playing surface and windy conditions made things very tough. There was a spell at the start of the first half and during the second when we did have that pressure, but we did not make it count.

"The third goal was very disappointing especially as we had just pulled it back to 2-1. If we could have defended better after Tony Taggart's fine goal, we might have got something from the game as they were rattled.

"The bottom line is that their experience and know-how was more effective that our youth and they used this to get the points.

"We need to bring in some older, wiser heads and I will be making a couple of signings who will bring that level of experience to the club."

Posted at 17:24

Saturday 12 December - First team beaten at Billericay

The first team's struggles continued this afternoon as they were beaten 3-1 at Billericay Town.

Joe Ellul, Teddie Nesbitt and Onome Sodje were on target for the Blues, whilst Tony Taggart netted a consolation for the Greens.

Posted at 22:50

Saturday 12 December - London Senior Cup opponents known

Our opponents in the quarter final of the London Senior Cup will be Croydon, who beat Greenhouse Sports 3-2 this week.

It is a home game for us, and the venue and date will be announced in due course, but it will take place in the new year.

Posted at 09:31

Friday 11 December - Ryan Gondoh joins on loan

Gary McCann has added a second youngster from Barnet to the squad today.

18 year old left winger / forward Ryan Gondoh is the latest addition to the squad, and he goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's game at Billericay Town, joining his team mate Wesley Fonguck.

Posted at 21:53

Friday 11 December - Silver Jubilee Park works update 3

This week has seen significant progress and we are currently on schedule despite some inclement weather.

The bases for the stands have been filled with concrete and that has now set. Stadium Solutions have started manufacturing the new stands earlier than anticipated and it is expected that they will be erected mid-January.

The outer wall of the extension has been built and the roof will be started on Monday. Once the roof is on the builders have the flexibility to either work inside or out depending on the weather.

The fencing and spectator rails have been manufactured and could be delivered as early as Wednesday.

All supporters are welcome to come to SJP on Saturday 19th December at 11am to see the progress first hand and watch the youth teams train. We will be serving mulled wine, tea, coffee and mince pies before we head off to Earlsmead to cheer on the first team.

Posted at 21:51

Friday 11 December - Da Costa moves on

The club have announced that Andre Da Costa is moving on and has left the club.

Andre joined us in the summer of 2014, and scored 10 goals in 77 appearances, a number of which will remain in the memories of those who saw them - strikes from distance and superb free kicks.

We thank Andre for his efforts over the past 18 months and wish him well for the future.

Posted at 00:05

Tuesday 08 December - Soccer Chance Academy trials

The Soccer Chance Academy, which is based at Silver Jubilee Park is holding trials for prospective students on Monday 21st December from 3:00 until 5:00pm.

The Soccer Chance Academy is aimed at students currently in year 11 & 12 who wish to combine their studies with full time football training/games in a professional football environment.

Soccer Chance Academy will give you the chance to :

Train like a pro youth scholar with UEFA A/B Licensed coaching

Study fully funded NVQ's and BTEC's in sport

Gain FA coaching qualifications as part of your course

Progress to US Universities on soccer scholarships through the Parent Comany Soccer Chance USA

Coach in the US with partner Global Premier Soccer

Progress into the partner club Hendon FC who currently play in the Ryman League Premier Division

Still play for your current team outside of the academy

Progress into Higher Education in the UK and the working world

To register for the trials, please go to www.soccerchanceacademy.com or call 020 8144 8916 or email info@soccerchanceusa.com

Posted at 20:24

Monday 07 December - U18s reach semi finals

Our U18s reached the semi finals of the Sunday version of the Middlesex County Cup on Sunday with a 3-1 win over Barnet Azzuri at the weekend.

They will be at home to NPL Youth in the semi final on Sunday 17th January, kick off 2.00pm at Silver Jubilee Park. The other semi final sees Wingate & Finchley entertain Omonia Youth.

A full report will appear on the U18 news page in the next few days.

Posted at 22:25

Monday 07 December - Four goals shared at Earlsmead

The first team picked up another point this evening as they drew 2-2 with Grays Athletic at Earlsmead.

Dumebi Dumaka gave the visitors the lead in the 3rd minute, only for Dean Cracknell to equalise a few minutes later. Cracknell put the Greens ahead on the half hour mark, but Dumaka himself equalised shortly before half-time. The second half was goalless.

Posted at 21:41

Saturday 05 December - A point apiece at Earlsmead

The honours were shared at Earlsmead this afternoon as the first team drew 1-1 with Bognor Regis Town.

On a very windy afternoon, in which the elements were probably the overall winner, the Greens took the lead in the 7th minute when Finbarr Robins scored his first goal for the club, finding the back of the net from 20 yards. The equaliser came from Sami El-Abd midway through the second half.

Posted at 16:59

Thursday 03 December - Gary's thoughts on departures

Gary McCann has spoken to Greensnet this evening following the departures of Leon Smith and Aaron Morgan.

He said "I am disappointed to see both players move on as they were an integral part of our success last season.

"Leon had expressed concern at the lack of minutes he had been getting recently, and following discussions with him and with Jim Cooper at Metropolitan Police, it was felt that the move was the best outcome for all parties.

"Aaron and I have had a number of conversations in recent weeks, with Aaron saying that he was suffering from a lack of enjoyment. Despite giving it a few weeks, he has unfortunately been aunable to shake that feeling off, and he has decided to move on.

"I would like to thank both players for all their efforts during their time with us. They have both given us all moments that will live long in the memory.

"None of us are enjoying things at the moment, but we are all working hard to turn the corner and move our way up the table.

"Remember, we are all in this together, and your support is greatly appreciated by the players, my backroom staff and of course myself. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday."

Posted at 23:03

Thursday 03 December - Three players move on

The club have announced this evening that Leon Smith, Aaron Morgan and Goldy Capela have all left the club. We are aware that the news of this broke on social media earlier today but, as we have always done since the launch of the website, we wait until all the paperwork has been completed before making any official announcements.

Leon, who is expected to sign for Metropolitan Police, will forever live in club history after he equalled a club record when scoring in 8 consecutive games last season. He played a huge part in our successes last season, and leaves having scored 43 goals in 108 appearances.

Aaron, who originally joined us back in 2010, is expected to join Wingate & Finchley. Like Leon, he played an important part in our successes last season, and scored a total of 29 goals in 132 appearances.

We would like to thank both Leon and Aaron for their contributions to the club, and we wish them well for the future.

Also leaving is Goldy Capela, who has had his dual registration cancelled and is returning to Dagenham & Redbridge, scored 1 goal in his 7 appearances. We also wish Goldy well for the future.

Posted at 21:41

Thursday 03 December - Silver Jubilee Park works update 2

We are pleased to say that things are progressing well with the works at Silver Jubilee Park.

Rob Morris has reported that the bases for the stands have been excavated and boarded, the steel reinforcements are in place, and they are now ready to be filled with concrete. The stands should be delivered mid January and it is estimated that they will be finished by the beginning of February if there are no delays.

The foundations for the extension which will house the outside toilets including disabled facilities have been excavated and filled with concrete. Today the first bricks are being laid, and the builders are keen to get the outer wall finished before any bad weather sets in.

The spectator rail is being manufactured and will be at SJP in a couple of weeks. It will be fitted in sections so that there is the minimum disruption to activities at the ground. The rail should be fitted at tested by the end of January.

As work progresses we will continue to keep you all updated.

Posted at 11:13

Thursday 03 December - Under 18s reach quarter final

The under 18s continued their excellent form last night as they reached the quarter finals of the Ryman Youth League Cup. They ran out 3-1 winners over Camberley Town at Silver Jubilee Park. More details will appear on the youth pages as soon as we've received the match report.

Posted at 10:28