News - March 2012

Saturday 31 March - Fifteen years ago today

On 31st March 1997, Gary McCann made his playing debut for the club having been signed from Dulwich Hamlet by Frank Murphy. His first game was a 3-0 defeat against Aylesbury United at Claremont Road, but the club went on to win 6 of their last 7 games with Gary between the sticks, ensuring safety from relegation.

As long standing supporters will know, he was a regular between the sticks until the summer of 2000, and whilst he had spells away at other clubs including Slough Town and Aylesbury United, he made his 196th and final appearance at Bedford Town in September 2003 covering for the unavailable Dave King as a favour to then manager Dave Anderson.

Gary returned to the club as manager in February 2005 and has been with the Greens ever since, overseeing 394 games as manager so far - 304 in the league and 90 in the various cup competitions.

We are all hoping that Gary is able to celebrate the anniversary of his debut with three points at Lewes this afternoon.

For more about Gary's time with us as a player, check out the excellent Whitmarsh Whiskers blog linked below.

Whitmarsh Whiskers Blog

Posted at 09:59

Friday 30 March - Two more additions to squad

We have added two more bodies to the squad as we go into the crucial final few weeks of the season.

Joining on dual-registration terms from Woking, is 18 year old striker Jack Mazzone, whilst joining from Uxbridge is 28 year old central midfielder James Duncan.

Posted at 17:32

Thursday 29 March - Shulton & Burgess return, four released

Gary McCann has announced this evening that Scott Shulton has returned to the club for a third spell, whilst James Burgess has returned from his loan spell at Cheshunt.

Shulton originally played for the club in the 2007-08 season on work experience terms from Wycombe Wanderers, and then returned the following season on loan having signed professionally for the Chairboys. This time he joins us on dual-registration terms from Blue Square North club Bishop's Stortford, and gives an extra option in midfield for the squad.

Burgess needs no introduction, having made 323 appearances for the Greens, the last of which was in the FA Cup tie at Luton Town earlier this season

Leaving the club are Leandre Lohourignon, who made one appearance, Byron Bubb, whilst Joel Greaves and Lee Pearce are also both released having not appeared for the club.

Posted at 19:52

Thursday 29 March - Another crucial game on Saturday

The first team face another crucial fixture on Saturday afternoon as they make the trip to the south coast to face Lewes.

It'll be the Greens' first trip to The Dripping Pan for a competitive fixture since September 1987 when two goals from Gary Keen, and one from Iain Dowie helped the club to a 3-0 win in the League Cup.

In the reverse fixture earlier this season, an entertaining game ended 2-2, with the now departed Michael Malcolm scoring twice for Lewes, and Elliott Godfrey and Greg Ngoyi scoring for the Greens.

The Rooks have been in and around the play-offs for much of the season, despite suffering a run of 9 league games without a win during the first part of 2012. They have recovered of late, winning three of their last five games, and last Saturday they only lost to Billericay after Harrison Chatting scored a late winner for the league leaders. Our opponents have had a change of manager during the season, with Steve King parting company with the club, and Simon Wormull has taken over.

It'll be something of a homecoming for our on-loan keeper Rikki Banks, who not only spent a period on loan at The Dripping Pan earlier this season from Eastbourne Borough, was also the Rooks regular keeper a couple of years ago.

Supporters travelling to the game are advised that Brighton & Hove Albion are also at home on Saturday afternoon at nearby Falmer, so traffic is likely to be busy. There is a public car park immediately outside the ground, you will need to pay to park - the club does not have their own car park - or alternatively there are limited car park spaces in the Sussex Downs College and Priory School car parks down Mountfield Road past the ground.

By far and away the easiest way to get to Lewes is by train - the station is just two minutes walk from the ground - and trains run every 30 minutes direct from London Victoria and Clapham Junction, taking just over an hour from Victoria.

Whilst we understand that the cost of travel makes it difficult to get to away games, we hope that as many of you as possible are able to make the trip, and hopefully cheer the squad on to another three points in the race to the play-offs.

Posted at 07:21

Wednesday 28 March - £5 entry at AFC Wimbledon next week

We are pleased to announce that admission prices for Tuesday's London Senior Cup semi final at AFC Wimbledon will be just £5 for adults and concessions, and free for under 16's.

Kick off at Kingsmeadow will be at 7.45pm.

Posted at 13:04

Tuesday 27 March - McCluskey scores quality goal as Greens win

A superb goal from Carl McCluskey earnt Hendon all three points this evening as they beat Cray Wanderers 1-0 at Vale Farm.

The result moves the Greens back into 5th place and a further three points at Lewes on Saturday will really keep the club in the play off mix.

In the first half, Rikki Banks saved a spot kick from Lewis Perkins, whilst at the other end Belal Aite-Ouakrim missed an open goal from six yards.

McCluskey's goal came in the 51st minute, and the Greens were able to see the game out despite Cray having a goal disallowed late on.

Posted at 22:08

Monday 26 March - Cray to visit tomorrow

Tomorrow evening's game against Cray Wanderers has taken on even more significance after both clubs dropped points over the weekend.

Following our draw against Carshalton on Saturday, Cray were beaten 2-1 by Leatherhead yesterday afternoon at Hayes Lane. This means that a win for Hendon tomorrow would move the club back into the play-off spots, although Cray would still have a game in hand.

Clearly, both sides will be keen to pick themselves up after the disappointing results at the weekend, so it promises to be a tough encounter for all concerned on what looks likely to be a very pleasant spring evening at Vale Farm.

The reverse fixture back in November was a goalless draw, one of only two the Greens have been involved in this season.

Kick off tomorrow is at the usual time of 7.45pm.

Posted at 09:21

Sunday 25 March - Video from today

Thanks to a Carshalton Fan who both filmed and edited down video footage from today's game, highlights are now available on Youtube, showing most incidents from the game. Click to view the footage.

Hendon vs Carshalton Athletic highlights

Posted at 00:57

Saturday 24 March - Ten man Greens drop points

Hendon will look on today as two points dropped as they could only draw 1-1 at home to Carshalton Athletic. The visitors drew first blood as Rikki Banks misjudged a cross and was unable to get to the ball, leaving an open goal for Ola Sogbanmu to head home.

Around ten minutes later, Darren Currie released Elliott Godfrey into the penalty area where the midfielder was unceremoniously bundled over by Merrick James-Lewis. Jamie Busby kept up his excellent record from the penalty spot, sending Hamann the wrong way and bringing the Greens' back level.

The main incident of note in the second half was the dismissal of Kevin Maclaren, who the referee ruled had used his elbow while shielding the ball from Paul Vines. It left space in midfield, but the Robins seemed unable to take advantage, while Hendon failed to test Hamann with the few chances that fell to them at the other end.

Posted at 18:54

Friday 23 March - It's the start of an important week

The first team have a very important week ahead, with three games that will almost certainly make or break the play-off push, and your support will be crucial.

Coming up first on Saturday afternoon is a home game against Carshalton Athletic, who come into the fixture on the back of five straight defeats. The Robins have been a surprise package this season, as many tipped them to be involved at the top of the table, instead of which they are on the fringes of the relegation battle. In the return fixture earlier in the season the Greens ran out comfortable 3-0 winners with goals from Carl McCluskey, Greg Ngoyi and Elliott Godfrey.

The squad come into the game keen to bounce back from the disapponting defeat at Concord Rangers last Saturday, and following a good team meeting on Tuesday, they had a positive training session last night which was led by Reading first team coach Chris Cummings.

Gary McCann and the squad are very much focused on the task in hand, and they all ask that everyone gets behind the team from the first whistle to the last. We are all in this together, and the squad really do appreciate when everyone gets behind them.

Kick off at Vale Farm tomorrow is at 3.00pm as normal. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Posted at 12:53

Thursday 22 March - Improvements at Vale Farm

There are currently a number of improvements taking place around the Vale Farm site at the moment.

Inside the ground, work is in progress at the rear of the two terrace sections behind both goals, and new branding connected with Wembley's new sponsor has been placed around the pitch perimeter.

Meanwhile off the field, the bar area is undergoing a total refit, and it is likely that temporary bar arrangements will be in place on Saturday, and possibly on Tuesday as well. Any member of our matchday staff will be happy to assist you if you are unsure of where to go.

Posted at 15:07

Tuesday 20 March - Chairman racing for sponsorship

As you may know, Simon Lawrence has been training hard for next month's Virgin London Marathon. He completed the Silverstone Half Marathon earlier in the month as part of his preparations, turning in a time of just over 1 hour and 51 minutes.

Simon seems to have spent almost as much time trying to drum up sponsorship as he has training for the race - he's still got lots of training miles to complete so if you would like to sponsor him please go to his Just Giving page (http://www.justgiving.com/Simon-Lawrence2) or fill in one of his sponsorship forms when you see him at a game.

All sponsorship monies received will be split equally between the Trust and Aims2Cure, a charity that raises funds for research into finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

Posted at 20:00

Tuesday 20 March - Sport Relief 2012

The Ryman League are once again supporting the BBC Sport Relief fundraising effort, which takes place over this coming weekend.

As part of the event, our game against Carshalton Athletic on Saturday will see red footballs used as the match ball for the day.

Posted at 14:41

Saturday 17 March - Stokes brace defeats ten man Hendon

A goal in each half from Tony Stokes earnt Concord Rangers a 2-0 win over Hendon this afternoon.

Stokes opened the scoring shortly after the half-hour mark, and after Michael Lewis had been sent off early in the second half, Stokes doubled the lead to secure the points in the 71st minute.

We'd like to apologise to anyone who was looking for our usual live updates this afternoon, unfortunately our regular updater has been taken ill and was unable to operate the service.

Posted at 16:58

Tuesday 13 March - Former player to appear on The Apprentice

It has been revealed today that former player Stephen Brady will be one of the contestants on the 2012 series of The Apprentice. The new series starts next Wednesday, 21st March, at 9.00pm on BBC1. Stephen's photo appears in the latest edition of the Radio Times, along with the other 15 contenders, and the publication reveals that he is now a sales manager based in Vienna.

Stephen had two spells for the club, originally moving up to the first team from the reserves in February 1998, making his debut in a Full Members Cup tie against Dagenham & Redbridge. He left during the following season, before returning in the 2004/05 season when he took his total of appearances to 29 for the club. During his first spell with the club, he appeared alongside Gary McCann, Freddie Hyatt and Junior Lewis.

Posted at 15:11

Tuesday 13 March - AFC Wimbledon cup semi final date

Our London Senior Cup semi-final against AFC Wimbledon will be played on Tuesday 3rd April, kicking off at 7:45pm at Kingsmeadow.

Posted at 11:54

Saturday 10 March - Watch today's goals on YouTube

For those supporters who were unable to get to the game today, video clips of our goals are now available on You Tube. The footage was shot by Rob Monger, an AFC Hornchurch supporter, who has been filming their games for many years.

The goals can be viewed by clicking the links below

Elliott Charles goal

Isaiah Rankin goal

Posted at 23:58

Saturday 10 March - Solid performance earns three points

Hendon put in a very solid performance this afternoon to defeat title challengers AFC Hornchurch 2-0 at Vale Farm.

The Urchins had the better of the opening 20 minutes, but the Greens came into the game and gradually put more pressure on the visiting defence. Shortly after Carl McCluskey had a header well saved, Elliott Charles was able to bundle the ball home from close range from a corner, right on the stroke of half-time.

The second half was largely even, but the Greens defence, along with the returning Rikki Banks in goal, were able to deal with any Hornchurch chances comfortably. The second goal came deep into second half stoppage time when a clearance fell into the path of Isaiah Rankin, and he beat his defender and was able to fire the ball home from 20 yards.

The result moves Hendon back into 5th place, behind Bury on goal difference.

Posted at 23:35

Friday 09 March - Rikki Banks returns, Cox departs

We are pleased to announce that we have secured the services of goalkeeper Rikki Banks on a one month loan from Eastbourne Borough. The 23 year old keeper originally played for us on loan from Crystal Palace in the latter stages of the 2005-06 season, making 9 appearances. He has also spent a period on loan at Lewes this season.

Meanwhile, leaving the club without making a competitive appearance is Elliott Cox, who is expected to sign for Tooting & Mitcham United in time for this weekend's fixtures.

Posted at 14:41

Thursday 08 March - Former player passes away

We were saddened to hear earlier this week that one of our former players, Chris Harwood, passed away over the weekend.

Chris joined the club early in 1991, and made his debut at Claremont Road on 19th February 1991 in a 3-2 defeat against Enfield. He went on to make 41 appearances, scoring 6 goals in the process.

Our deepest sympathies go out to his family at this very sad time.

Posted at 16:07

Thursday 08 March - February snowball draw result

The February Snowball draw was made at half-time of last week's game against Harrow Borough, and the first prize of £277.50 was won by ball number 74. The second prize of £138.75 was won by ball number 2.

Posted at 16:04

Wednesday 07 March - Update on Sponsored Walk

Following the Middlesex Senior Cup Semi Final defeat to Hampton last night, the Sponsored Walk will be taking place on Easter Monday, 9th April to Wingate and Finchley. Proceeds will be split 50/50 between the Supporters Trust and Rays of Sunshine.

The distance will be approximately 9 miles and departure from Vale Farm will be at 11.00am.

If you are planning to take part in the walk please see John Rogers at Saturday's match against AFC Hornchurch or alternatively email him on johnrogers070@gmail.com and he will send through a sponsorship form to you.

However, the take up for the walk so far has been extremely disappointing, so we hope, now that the destination of the walk is known, more supporters will be able to sign up.

As Simon Lawrence said earlier this week "As a fans-owned club, we can only spend what we, the fans, generate by way of income".

If you are unable to take part in the walk, then why not consider sponsoring one of the walkers. John Rogers will be happy to point you in the direction of someone who is taking part in the walk.

Posted at 09:25

Tuesday 06 March - Greens go out of Middlesex Senior Cup

Hendon were beaten in the semi-finals of the Middlesex Senior Cup for the second year in a row this evening as they lost 3-2 at Hampton & Richmond Borough.

However, the Greens put in a very good account of themselves despite going two goals down in the first 11 minutes. However, as soon as Carl McCluskey pulled a goal back in the 17th minute, the game was then very even.

The next goal didn't come until the 86th minute when Michael Peacock scored a deserved equaliser, but, with just a minute of normal time left on the clock, Berkley Laurencin didn't get hold of a clearance, and the ball fell to a Hampton player who lobbed the ball into the net to score the winner.

Posted at 22:13

Monday 05 March - Greens will take up promotion spot

The board of directors have confirmed this morning that should the club claim a promotion spot this season, the place in Blue Square South would be taken up for the 2012-13 season. This would be regardless of whether or not it meant the club could be competitive or not at the higher level.

This announcement has been made following a posting on the Non League Matters website yesterday evening, which suggested that the club had decided not to apply for promotion.

Club chairman Simon Lawrence said this morning, "As all our supporters are aware, as a fans-owned club, we can only spend what we, the fans, generate by way of income. It is quite feasible that at some point in the future our financial constraints will dictate the level of football that we can afford to play in, but the intention remains to take up a promotion place in Blue Square South if we earn one."

Posted at 10:01

Monday 05 March - Under 15s pick up first win of 2012

The under 15s picked up their first win of 2012 yesterday afternoon with a 4-0 win over Hampstead, with Markal Luke-Harris scoring two of the goals. The other scorers were Riade Alvaranga and Treyvon Thompson.

Posted at 09:31

Saturday 03 March - Disappointing defeat at Canvey

Hendon suffered a disappointing defeat at Canvey Island this afternoon, losing 3-1, a result that drops the club down to sixth place.

The result was all the more disappointing after the Greens had controlle the first half, and deservedly gone in ahead courtesy of a Carl McCluskey goal in the 36th minute. Canvey rarely threatened during the opening period.

However, whilst Canvey didn't really step up their game in the second period, Hendon never got going. The home side equalised in the 55th minute, and took the lead ten minutes later. Berkley Laurencin made an excellent save from a penalty, but rather than spurring the Greens on to search for an equaliser, it was Canvey who scored again, their third and final goal coming in stoppage time.

Posted at 17:09

Friday 02 March - Former Manchester United youngster signs

We are pleased to announce that former Manchester United academy player Tico Gavi-Mihedji has signed for the club this morning.

Tico, who is equally at home in defence or midfield, began his career aged 8 at Manchester United, and spent a number of years there, before moving on to Stockport County.

He has recently moved to the London area, and has now joined us. We welcome Tico to the club, and we hope that he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 13:29

Friday 02 March - Coach now running to Canvey tomorrow

There is now a coach running to Canvey Island for tomorrow's game, with seats available for supporters as normal.

If you would like to travel on the coach, please contact Steve Rogers on 07748 526594 no later than 10pm this evening to secure your seat, and Steve will then let you know the departure time. Seats cost £10 each.

We apologise for the late announcement of the coach running, but the decision to run one was only made at training last night.

Posted at 09:49

Thursday 01 March - Under 15s end losing run

Our under-15s ended their losing run but had to be content with a goalless draw at home to St Lawrence on Sunday afternoon.

Posted at 18:39

Thursday 01 March - MyTravelMoney.co.uk Facebook Super Prize

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Posted at 18:35