News - March 2011

Thursday 31 March - Three deadline day signings

Gary McCann has made three deadline day signings to ensure there is plenty of back up for the squad as we enter the final month of the season.

Two players join us on dual-registration terms. The first is 20 year old striker Lewis Putman, who is also registered with Oxhey Jets in the Spartan South Midlands League, and the second is a familar face in Mark Burgess, who is also registered at Northwood.

The third arrival is Albanian forward Albjon Blloku, who has most recently been at Walton & Hersham, but has also played for FK Kamza in the Albanian First Division.

Posted at 17:13

Thursday 31 March - Three more released

Three more players have been released from their Ryman League registration by the club. Those players are Jason Mason, Matt O'Brien and Paul Robinson. All three only made a small number of appearances for the club, and we wish them all the best for the future.

Posted at 13:45

Thursday 31 March - Gary congratulates milestone achievers

Upon being told of the milestones reached by James Parker (250 appearances) and Jamie Busby (50 goals) last night, Gary McCann was one of the first to offer his congratulations.

Speaking to Greensnet after the win at Thamesmead Town he said "James (Parker) is one of only two players who have been at the club since I took over as manager, the other being James Burgess. His performances have been excellent throughout his time with the club, and he's been thoroughly deserving of his regular spot in the starting line up."

Busby, who scored his 50th goal for the club last night, was also praised by Gary. "For a midfielder to score 50 goals for one club is a superb achievement, it doesn't happen very often. Again, Jamie is another player who always gives us everything, and I am sure that there are plenty more goals to come from him.

"I'd like to congratulate both players on reaching their milestones. Both players have been a credit to the club and the management team look forward to working with them further over the coming months."

Posted at 09:18

Thursday 31 March - Brian Haule released

The club have announced that Brian Haule's third spell at the club has come to an end and he is expected to join AFC Hornchurch today before the transfer deadline of 5.00pm this afternoon.

Brian rejoined us in November 2010 from Hemel Hempstead Town, but has been unable to gain a regular place in the starting line up due to the form of the other strikers at the club. His career at Hendon, since his debut back in September 2002, has seen him make 144 appearances, scoring 53 goals.

As always, we'd like to thank Brian for his efforts during his time with us, and we hope that things work out for him at AFC Hornchurch.

Posted at 09:17

Wednesday 30 March - James Parker reaches 250 appearances

The club would like to congratulate James Parker on reaching 250 appearances tonight, following our win at Thamesmead Town.

James joined the club back in January 2005, making his debut in a London Senior Cup tie at Fisher Athletic. That was the last game the club played before the departure of Gary Farrell, and since then James has been a firm fixture in the starting line-up under Gary McCann.

We congratulate James on reaching his latest milestone, and we hope that there are many more appearances to come.

Posted at 22:13

Wednesday 30 March - Greens reach London semi finals

The first team face a London Senior Cup semi final trip to AFC Wimbledon following their 2-0 win at Thamesmead Town this evening.

The Greens were in control for much of the game, and took the lead in the 19th minute through Jamie Busby, his 50th goal for the club, before Dave Diedhiou doubled the lead eight minutes later. Whilst Thamesmead's performance improved in the second half, the Greens were rarely in danger and were able to progress into their second semi-final of the season with a reasonable degree of comfort.

The date for the semi-final will be announced in due course.

Posted at 22:10

Tuesday 29 March - Gary on Lubo and Canvey

Gary McCann has spoken to the website this morning with regard to Lubomir Guentchev leaving the club and also with his reaction to last night's game.

Speaking first about Lubo, Gary said "The management team would like to thank Lubo for his efforts during his time with Hendon. We have found it very rewarding to see him progress, and he has matured greatly as a player, particularly over the past 12-18 months, and he has been a joy to work with.

"The offer on the table from Lowestoft is a very good one, and with his university course finishing this summer, I understand that he is planning to move back to that area, which is an area that he is very familiar with, having spent time at Ipswich Town as a youngster, and lived their with his family.

"Lubo goes with our very best wishes, and we hope that the move proves to be a successful one for him. He will always be made very welcome back at Hendon."

Moving on to last night's game, Gary said "Whilst we are disappointed with the result and performance, I must give credit to Canvey, who were very good.

"They are the hardest working side we have come up against this season, and they didn't allow us to get our passing game going. and it is a result that we need to just take on the chin."

The squad have a chance to put last night's game behind them tomorrow evening when they travel to Thamesmead Town in the London Senior Cup.

Posted at 11:29

Tuesday 29 March - Lubo decides to move on

It has been confirmed this morning that Lubomir Guentchev has left the club, following nearly four years with the Greens. He is expected to sign for Lowestoft Town later today, for whom he played a few years ago on loan whilst a youngster at Ipswich Town.

Lubo was the third member of the Guentchev family to join the club, following in the footsteps of father Bontcho, and younger brother Iavor, and he made his debut in August 2007. He went on to make 166 appearances, scoring 29 goals, the most memorable of which was his outstanding lob against AFC Hornchurch at the end of last season which dipped just under the crossbar.

Everyone at the club would like to thank Lubo for all his efforts over the past four years, and we wish him all the best for the future.

Posted at 09:47

Tuesday 29 March - McCarthy signs on

We are pleased to announce that goalkeeper Damien McCarthy has joined the club from Kentish Town. The youngster, who turns 20 in a few days, has impressed for the Spartan South Midlands League club and we warmly welcome him to the club.

Posted at 09:40

Monday 28 March - Canvey complete double

Hendon lost their second game in as many months to Canvey Island this evening, this time going down 3-0 at Vale Farm. The Islanders were good value for their win, while Hendon struggled to get started and retain possession. However, it wasn't until just before halftime that the deadlock was broken - Craig Vargas' attempted header back to James Reading being intercepted by Jason Hallett, who made no mistake in putting the visitors 1-0 up.

The second half started much as the first had finished, with the Gulls holding the upper hand, and it took just seven minutes for Hallett to double the lead and a further seven before his hat-trick was complete. The Greens rallied somewhat in the last 25 minutes, and held onto the ball better, but rarely posed much of a thread on James Russell's goal - the visiting 'keeper barely having anything on target to deal with.

Posted at 23:09

Monday 28 March - Busy week ahead

For the second time this season, the first team face two midweek games, starting tonight when they entertain Canvey Island in a league game at Vale Farm.

When we met Canvey a few weeks ago, it was an afternoon to forget as we lost 4-1 and had three players sent off. The squad will be in a determined mood tonight, not only to gain some revenge by winning the game, but also by extending the recent winning run to a third game.

Then, on Wednesday evening, we enter uncharted territory as we travel to Thamesmead Town, whom we have never played before, in the London Senior Cup quarter final. The winners of the tie will travel to AFC Wimbledon, who beat Beckenham Town 4-3 after extra time last week.

Both games kick off at 7.45pm, and we hope to see as many of you as possible there.

Posted at 12:41

Sunday 27 March - Under 18s four points away from title

The under 18s need to earn four points from their remaining two fixtures to secure their league title this season following their 4-1 win over current leaders Whitewebbs Eagles earlier today. The young Greens lie three points behind, with Whitewebbs having now finished their season.

The goalscorers today were Patrick Daval, Ferhat Pirudak, Hasan Dungunyurdu and Bradley Ambrose, the latter of whom made an impact for the first team at Folkestone yesterday afternoon.

The under 18s finish their season with games against Apoel next week and then Yalova Youth the following week. We wish them all the best as they aim to complete the season with silverware.

Posted at 15:04

Saturday 26 March - Belal earns three points at Folkestone

For the second game in a row, it was a brace from one of the strikers that earnt the Greens a 2-1 victory, this time at Folkestone Invicta.

After an entirely forgettable first half, Folkestone drew first blood three minutes into the second period when Frankie Chappell found the back of the net. In the 55th minute, the home side were awarded a penalty, but James Reading made a fine save from the spot kick.

Midway through the half, Danny Dyer hit the woodwork, and the Greens were eventually on level terms in the 75th minute when Belal Aite-Ouakrim found the back of the net. It was the same player who scored the winner, with his 18th goal of the season coming just three minutes from time.

The result moves the club up to 14th place in the table, and it is no longer possible for the Greens to finish bottom as Maidstone cannot catch up even if they win all their remaining games.

Posted at 17:05

Saturday 26 March - Under 21s beaten at St Lawrence

The under 21s lost their second match in a row this afternoon as they were beaten 3-1 by St Lawrence. The goal for the Greens was scored by Dean Roper.

Posted at 16:08

Friday 25 March - Long trip to Folkestone tomorrow

The first team make the long trip down into Kent tomorrow afternoon to face Folkestone Invicta in our latest league fixture. The game will kick off at the normal time of 3.00pm, despite the clash with the Wales v England international that kicks off at the same time.

Folkestone have spent much of the season embroiled in the fight against relegation, and currently sit in 20th place in the table. Their recent league form is similarly rotten to ours, with their only recent win coming against Maidstone United a few weeks ago. Most recently they played at Wealdstone last Saturday, coming away with a creditable 1-1 draw.

Earlier this season, the Greens ran out 2-1 winners at Vale Farm, with Lubomir Guentchev and Brian Haule netting. Josh Vincent scored for Invicta, before later being sent off.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as are able to make the trip at Cheriton Road tomorrow afternoon. There are still seats available on the coach, which leaves Vale Farm at 10.30am. If you would like to travel on the coach, please email us before 9pm this evening on admin@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 10:41

Thursday 24 March - Fred Titmus

As many people will be aware, it was announced yesterday that former Middlesex and England cricketer Fred Titmus has sadly died after a long illness aged 78.

As well as his first class cricket career that spanned a period from 1949 to 1982, Fred also played football. His football career included a couple of years with Hendon, mainly in the reserves. He did make one first team appearance in November 1950, in a London Challenge Cup semi final against Charlton Athletic Reserves, a game that the Addicks won 1-0.

Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends at this sad time.

Posted at 10:31

Wednesday 23 March - Peter Dean to retire at end of season

Peter Dean, who has held the post of assistant secretary at the club for more than 25 years, has announced his intention to retire at the end of the season. He will continue to attend games and support the club, and we are all delighted that we will still see him around at games.

Peter has been a very important member of the club's backroom staff, and everyone at Hendon would like to thank him for all his hard work since he took on the role in November 1985.

Posted at 11:37

Wednesday 23 March - Raki returns to the club

We are delighted to announce that the popular Rakathar Hudson has returned to the club, having signed Ryman League forms last night. Raki originally joined us in the summer of 2006, and up to his departure in the autumn of 2008 he made 97 appearances, scoring 7 goals. He has had a couple of years as manager at Kentish Town, but resigned that role a few months ago, with a view to returning to playing again.

We welcome Raki back to the club, and hope he enjoys his second spell with us as much as he did his first.

Posted at 11:31

Tuesday 22 March - Ngoyi double earns first win in nine

Two goals from Greg Ngoyi earnt Hendon their first win in nine games this evening as they beat AFC Hornchurch 2-1 at Vale Farm.

Ngoyi opened the scoring just before half-time, but the Urchins fought back and deservedly equalised in the 74th minute through Martin Tuohy. The winner came against the run of play when Ngoyi scored his second of the night.

The result moves the Greens up to 15th place in the table.

Posted at 21:43

Tuesday 22 March - Horsham kick off time changed

Our home game against Horsham on Saturday 16th April will now kick off at the earlier time of 1:00pm. This will enable supporters of both Hendon and Horsham travelling to our game to have an easier and less congested journey to Vale Farm, as the Manchester United v Manchester City FA Cup Semi Final takes place later that day at Wembley Stadium (kick off 5.15pm).

We would like to thank Horsham for their co-operation in agreeing to the earlier kick off time.

Posted at 12:28

Monday 21 March - Coach seats available for Folkestone

There are seats available on the coach for the trip to Folkestone on Saturday, priced at £10 as normal. The coach will depart from Vale Farm at 10.30am, and if you would like to travel, please email the club on admin@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 22:13

Saturday 19 March - Hendon lose in eventful game

Hendon lost 3-2 to Margate this afternoon in a game that contained three red cards and three penalties, Margate ending the game with nine men.

The first part of the game went all Margate's way as they scored twice through Craig Cloke and Tom Bradbrook, before the Greens were reduced to ten men as Danny Dyer was dismissed for a poor challenge.

The early part of the second half went Hendon's way as Belal Aite-Ouakrim pulled goal back, and in the 57th minute Margate were reduced to ten men as Tommy Osborne was sent off for deliberate handball. Jamie Busby stepped up and converted the spot kick to equalise things.

However, Hendon were unable to keep things level for long as Berkley Laurencin was somewhat fortunate to only see yellow when he committed a foul in the box. Wayne Wilson converted from the penalty spot to restore the advantage for Margate.

The third penalty of the afternoon was awarded in the Greens' favour after Kevin Maclaren was fouled, but Jamie Turner was able to save the strike. Margate were then reduced to nine men when James Rogers was shown his second yellow card of the afternoon. The best chance of the closing stages fell to Busby, but his blistering strike from 20 yards hit the post.

Posted at 17:01

Saturday 19 March - Nick Morgan loan agreement terminated

Nick Morgan has returned to Billericay Town after they requested an early termination to his loan agreement with us. This was because Billericay have suffered an injury crisis on the goalkeeping front and therefore needed to call Nick back to play for them this afternoon.

The FA have approved the termination of the loan agreement, and Nick returned to Billericay yesterday. We would like to thank Nick for his efforts over the past couple of weeks.

Posted at 14:44

Friday 18 March - Greens look to build on midweek result

Gary McCann and the first team will be looking to build on the much improved performance during the week as they entertain managerless Margate at Vale Farm. Kick off is at 3.00pm.

Reports broke on the Your Thanet website (www.yourthanet.co.uk) just over an hour ago that Margate had sacked Iain O'Connell earlier today having only been at the club for just over a year. At the time of writing there was no news on who would be in charge of the club tomorrow afternoon.

We last met Margate back in January, when we drew 1-1, Jamie Busby scoring for the Greens. Craig Cloke scored for our hosts that evening.

Like ourselves, Margate were in action on Tuesday evening when they lost 2-1 at Bury Town despite taking the lead through a James Pinnock penalty. That result leaves them one place below us in the table on goal difference.

It will be great to see a good turnout from all those supporters who are able to get to the game - the players do really appreciate your support when you get behind the team. We look forward to seeing you all there tomorrow.

Posted at 15:24

Friday 18 March - Don't forget the quiz tomorrow

A final reminder about the quiz night that will take place after the game tomorrow to raise funds for the club. Don't panic if you haven't bought your ticket yet as they will be available on the door. The evening starts at 5.30pm, and snacks & nibbles will be available, whilst the bar will be open as normal.

As advised earlier in the week, there will be a management team, whilst Gary McCann has promised that there will be at least one team of players taking part in what promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

Posted at 15:19

Thursday 17 March - Under 18s beaten at Northwood

Our under 18 side were knocked out of the Ryman Youth Cup at Northwood this evening, going down 4-2 after extra time. More details on the game will be available in the next few days.

Posted at 23:22

Thursday 17 March - Under 18s at Northwood tonight

Our under 18 side are away to Northwood tonight in a Ryman League Youth Cup third round tie, kicking off at 7:45pm. There will be a small admission charge, and all supporters are welcome to attend the game at Chestnut Avenue. First team squad members Bradley Ambrose and Barkley Miguel Panzo are both likely to be taking part.

Posted at 11:08

Wednesday 16 March - Sintim returns to Woking

The club have announced today that Daniel Sintim's loan period has now expired and he has returned to his home club, Woking. We would like to thank Daniel for his efforts during his time with us, and wish him all the best for the future.

Posted at 16:15

Wednesday 16 March - Don't forget the Quiz Night on Saturday

A reminder to all supporters that the quiz night takes place this coming Saturday, and Gary McCann has confirmed that there will be a management team, and at least one team of players taking part.

Tickets are £3 for adults, with accompanied children free, and will be available on the day. It would be great to see as many supporters as possible at Vale Farm for the game on Saturday, and even better if as many as possible are able to stay and support this important fundraising event. Supporting the fundraising efforts of the Supporters Trust and Supporters Association is very important for the future of the club.

Proceedings will start at 5.30 and should be finished around 7pm or soon after. Snacks and nibbles will be provided, and the bar will be open as normal.

Posted at 10:42

Tuesday 15 March - Greens end rut with a draw

Hendon ended their run of defeats with a point at home to Lowestoft Town, taking revenge for their 8-1 defeat last month. The Greens took the lead with a first half strike from Belal Aite-Ouakrim - the forward waiting for keeper Reynolds to commit himself before sliding the ball into the bottom right corner.

The visitors rallied early during the second half, and midway through broke through from a set piece, playing the ball to the far post where it was knocked back across goal for Joe Francis to net. Hendon continued to press, with Ngyoi finding himself in a good position, but he first struck wide and then was surprisingly flagged offside.

Posted at 23:12

Monday 14 March - Shock defeat for under 18s

The under 18s hopes of winning their league title took a major blow yesterday when a poor first half performance meant they lost 1-0 to Apoel. The result leaves the Greens six points behind the leaders with just 3 games remaining.

They are back in action on Thursday evening in the Ryman Youth Cup when they travel to Northwood. Kick off at Chestnut Avenue is at 7.30pm.

Posted at 16:50

Saturday 12 March - Sutton gain revenge and win comfortably

League leaders Sutton United gained revenge for their defeat at Vale Farm last month by beating the first team 3-0 at Gander Green Lane this afternoon.

Sutton took the lead in the 7th minute through Leroy Griffiths before Richard Jolly doubled the lead ten minutes before half-time. In between the goals, the Greens had the ball in the net, but Greg Ngoyi was ruled to have been offside.

The third goal came in the 64th minute courtesy of Craig Dundas, whilst Ngoyi had the Greens best chance of the half when he narrowly missed connecting with Danny Dyer's cross into the six yard box. Shortly before the final whistle the Greens were reduced to 10 men when Aaron Morgan was sent off for a second caution following a needless challenge on Kevin Scriven.

Posted at 17:34

Saturday 12 March - Under 21s pick up three points

The under 21s picked up three points with an excellent 3-1 win over FC Team. Daryl Atkins scored two of the goals, and Conrad Lewis scored the other. A more detailed report will appear on the under 21 news page early next week.

Posted at 16:45

Saturday 12 March - eBay shop now open again

The supporters trust eBay shop is now open again, and items will gradually be listed for auction over the coming weeks. The first few items have been listed this morning and consist of a selection of programmes from the current season. You can find out what is currently being auctioned by clicking on the eBay shop link on the website menu.

We are on the lookout for items to sell on eBay to raise funds for the club, if you have anything you think maybe of interest, please bring them to any home game and pass them over to one of the Rogers family, or email us on admin@hendonfc.net. Please note that we will take virtually all items, but please do not donate VHS videos as there is now very little demand for them.

Since the shop originally opened, it has raised over £5000 for the club.

Posted at 12:37

Saturday 12 March - Coke and Fletcher released

The club have announced this morning that Jonathan Coke and John Fletcher have both been released, and have left the club with immediate effect. We thank both players for their efforts during their time with us.

Posted at 11:10

Wednesday 09 March - February snowball draw results

The February snowball draw was made on Saturday afternoon by Leah Forsyth, who works for National Cash Advance who are one of our sponsors. The winner of the first prize was number 121, and they go away with £274.50, whilst the second prize was won by number 11, who will receive a cheque for £137.25.

Posted at 17:11

Tuesday 08 March - Middlesex Cup run ends

Hendon's hopes of regaining the Middlesex Senior Cup came to an end for another season as they were comfortably beaten 4-1 by Staines Town.

The Greens had by far the better of the opening exchanges, and had three great chances to take the lead in the first 15 minutes. They were made to pay in the 19th minute when Howard Newton opened the scoring, and ten minutes later Scott Taylor had doubled the lead. Shortly before half-time the score was 3-0 after Roscoe Dsane found the back of the net.

Early in the second half Dave Diedhiou pulled a goal back for Hendon, but any hopes of a comeback were ended in the 68th minute when Dsane scored his second of the evening.

Posted at 23:42

Monday 07 March - Semi final date at Staines tomorrow

The first team will be looking to put their disappointing league form to one side tomorrow evening as they travel to Staines Town in the semi final of the Middlesex Senior Cup.

Staines currently lie in 13th place in Blue Square Bet South with 39 points from 31 games, and picked up an excellent point at Braintree Town on Saturday afternoon in a 0-0 draw. They have reached this stage of the competition courtesy of a 6-2 win over Uxbridge, and a win on penalties at Wealdstone.

We last met Staines in the 2008-09 season, when the Swans won both league meetings 2-0 on their way to promotion via the play-offs.

Kick off tomorrow evening at Wheatsheaf Lane is at 7.45pm, and the game will go to extra time and penalties if required. In the other semi final Hayes & Yeading United will be entertaining Bedfont Town at the same time.

Posted at 19:16

Monday 07 March - Under 18s run riot

The under 18s returned to winning ways in style yesterday morning as they won 8-0 against William Fitt. First team squad member Bradley Ambrose and Casey Stewart both netted hat-tricks with the remaining goals coming from Ivan Tihati and Hasan Dugunyurdu.

The result leaves the under 18s in second place in the league, in the knowledge that winning their remaining four league games would guarantee the championship.

Meanwhile, in the third round of the Ryman Youth Cup, they will travel to Northwood on Thursday 17th March.

Posted at 19:08

Saturday 05 March - Greens rue flat first half hour

A poor first thirty minutes, during which time Aveley scored twice, was the main contributing factor to the first team's latest defeat, with the Essex side winning 2-1.

The Greens performance for that first half hour is best described as very flat, and lacking urgency, and Aveley took advantage of an apparent slip by debutant keeper Nick Morgan in the 9th minute as Tony Russell bundled the ball home. Less than fifteen minutes later the lead was doubled as Danny Slatter found himself in masses of space, with no one closing him down, and he was able to fire of an excellent strike from 30 yards.

Hendon's goal came in the 33rd minute when a Scott Cousins corner was flicked home by the head of Brian Haule, and this seemed to spark the Greens into action.

The second half saw Hendon have the vast majority of possession, but the Aveley defence was in an unforgiving mood and chances were limited to a premium, the best chance falling to Jamie Busby, whose 82nd minute effort was nearly fumbled into the net by Dave McCartney.

Posted at 21:01

Saturday 05 March - Aveley are our visitors today

The first team return to Vale Farm this afternoon as they entertain Aveley, who are firmly involved in the battle to avoid relegation. The two teams met just five weeks ago when the Greens ran out 2-0 winners courtesy of goals from Michael Peacock and Greg Ngoyi.

Aveley's league form has been up and down of late, but in their last game they ran out 2-0 winners over Carshalton Athletic. They also had an impressive result in the Essex Senior Cup on Monday night when they beat a Southend United side that included a number of first teamers 2-1 to reach the final, where they will meet Billericay Town.

Gary McCann and the squad will be keen to end the recent run of defeats, and also improve on the disappointing performance at Kingstonian on Monday.

Kick off at Vale Farm is at 3.00pm and we hope to see as many of you as possible at the game, and we ask that everyone gives the team plenty of vocal support as they look to pick up three points. See you all there.

Posted at 09:17

Friday 04 March - Nick Morgan joins on loan

25 year old goalkeeper Nick Morgan has joined us on a months loan from Billericay Town. The 6'7" stopper has previously had spells at Braintree Town, Crawley Town, Farnborough and Bishop's Stortford.

We welcome Nick to the club, and hope that he has a successful month with us.

Posted at 12:28

Tuesday 01 March - Tonbridge game rearranged

Our game against Tonbridge, which was postponed on Saturday, will now be played at Vale Farm on Tuesday 12th April, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 15:45

Tuesday 01 March - Change of date for Thamesmead

Due to a clash with another fixture at Thamesmead's ground on the original date, our London Senior Cup tie will now be played on Wednesday 30th March, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 15:45

Tuesday 01 March - eBay shop looking for donations

The supporters trust are looking for more donations so that the eBay shop can be restarted to raise further funds for the club. The intention is to also make use of the Amazon marketplace system, to make items available to a even wider audience.

If you have anything, particularly unwanted Christmas or birthday presents that you would either be giving away to charity, or even just throwing away, please bring it to any home game and pass it on to member of the Rogers family, and they will be happy to take it off your hands.

Books, DVDs and CDs always go down well, as do old football programmes. Any old bric-a-brac also sells. However, please do not donate videos (unless they are Hendon related) as the market for these now seems to have largely disappeared.

If you are unsure whether what you have is worth donating, or indeed if you have a lot of stuff that may need collecting, please email the club on admin@hendonfc.net and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible.

Posted at 12:28