News - March 2014

Monday 31 March - Deadline day signing

With the Ryman League registration deadline passing at 5pm this afternoon, we are able to announce that Gary McCann made one final addition to the squad.

Joining on a dual registration from Chesham United is Daniel Brathwaite, the older brother of Elliott. The 32 year old defender is vastly experienced and has also appeared for Enfield, Boreham Wood, Ashford Town (Middx), Dover Athletic and Hayes & Yeading United.

Posted at 19:53

Monday 31 March - Long trip to Lewes tomorrow

We make the long trip to Lewes tomorrow evening for our latest fixture as we look to pick up another 3 points to keep those slim play off hopes alive.

Lewes have failed to win any of their last seven games, having beaten both Dulwich Hamlet and Maidstone United in the two games prioer to that. As a result, they currently sit in midtable in 14th position with 51 points from 38 games.

On Saturday afternoon they lost 2-0 at Thamesmead Town, and were dealt a further blow as skipper Jack Walder was stretchered off with a suspected broken ankle during the first half.

In the reverse fixture at Earlsmead back at the end of August, we played out a 1-1 draw, Jack Dixon equalising late on for the Rooks after Jefferson Louis had given us the lead.

Kick off at The Dripping Pan is at 7.45pm, and admission is £11 adults, £6 for concessions and under 16s go free.

We look forward to seeing those of you able to make the journey tomorrow evening

Posted at 12:59

Sunday 30 March - Gary satisfield with Carshalton victory

Gary McCann was satisfield with yesterday's victory and said, "I would take another seven or eight ground-out performances like that, but we need to do a bit more.

"There is mental fatigue as well as physical, and the performance wasn't as pleasing on the eye but it was full of work-rate, endeavour and commitment. It wasn't as fluent as we would have liked, but we managed to get the win.

"We need to be better in the final third and that is not just the front two but also those from deeper on the pitch. Our wide players haven't been as effective in recent games, but that is because of tiredness.

"It has taken an awful lot to get where we are, from the management and players. It is four 1-0 wins in the last nine games and we are still just hanging-on in the play-off picture. We have to keep plugging away."

Posted at 16:50

Sunday 30 March - Gary adds depth to squad

Gary McCann has made four additions to the squad to add depth as we enter the final month of the season.

Three of the arrivals are on dual-registrations with Northwood in the form of 17 year old keeper Danny McNicholas, 18 year old forward Karl Oliyide and 20 year old wide man Oliver Sprague. The fourth arrival is 22 year old Joel Dawes, who was with Hertford Town last season, but has just been playing Sunday football this term.

The agreement with Northwood manager Mark Burgess goes together with the fact some of our squad have been dual-registered with Northwood throughout the campaign, with Michael Murray and Berkley Laurencin currently keeping their match-fitness levels up by appearing for the Woods on a regular basis of late.

Posted at 16:48

Saturday 29 March - Another 1-0 win ground out

Hendon ground out a second 1-0 win in three days as they beat Carshalton Athletic this afternoon.

Once again the goalscorer was Leon Smith who netted from close range when largely left with an open goal.

As was the case on Thursday evening, it was the defensive group that stood out as they kept out the Robins comfortably, with Joe McDonnell keeping another clean sheet and being largely untroubled throughout the game.

The win means that the Greens slim hopes of gatecrashing the play-offs are still alive as they move on to a trip to Lewes on Tuesday evening.

Posted at 19:39

Friday 28 March - Gary pleased with Bury victory

Gary McCann was delighted following last night's victory against Bury.

"I am really pleased with the result. The players let themselves down on Saturday and I told them so, but their reaction was nothing less than I expected. They are a very honest bunch.

"It was difficult at times because they were young and leggy. But our back four was very good as were the boys in front of them. I was very pleased with Elliott Brathwaite, who got his head on pretty much everything.

"It was not our most fluent performance of the season, and some of our decision making up front wasn't the best. I must admit it did get very edgy in the last 10 minutes because we knew how important the three points were to us. It keeps our very slim playoff hopes alive.

"After picking up just five points from our first seven games of the season, we have now collected 55 from our last 30 matches. Our next two games are going to be very important.

"Leon Smith took his goal very well. He is doing exactly what I hoped he would do when he signed for us and he is trying to improve his fitness. He was ill in the dressing room at half-time because he hadn't taken on enough fuel."

Posted at 10:56

Friday 28 March - Greens grind out win

Hendon ground out a 1-0 win over Bury Town this evening to return to winning ways after Saturday's disappointment.

The goal came in the 26th minute when Leon Smith slotted the ball home between a defender and the keeper.

At the other end Joe McDonnell was largely untested with the back four of Chris Seeby, Jack Bennett, Elliott Brathwaite (in his first league appearance of the season) and Sam Flegg holding firm.

Posted at 00:00

Wednesday 26 March - More details on Quiz Night

As we mentioned last week, We are holding a Quiz Night at Silver Jubilee Park on Tuesday 22nd April beginning at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £15 and include a fish and chip supper. There will also be a raffle with tickets priced at £2 each. First prize is 2 Club Wembley tickets for an England match, second prize of £100 and third prize of £50.

Please support this event if you can. Please speak to Simon Lawrence on simon.hendon@btinternet.com or speak to him on a matchday if you would like tickets for the quiz and/or raffle tickets.

Posted at 12:00

Wednesday 26 March - Volunteer for Snowdon fundraiser

We have been invited to join other supporters and climb Snowdon to raise money for the club. When we say we, we mean one of you.

If anyone fancies trekking up Snowdon to raise money for the club, the event is being organised by Wrexham FC, a fans owned club. The walk takes place on 29 June 2014. You will walk with up to 300 other fans.

Who is fit enough to undertake this for us?

If anyone is interested please email John Rice on johnerice@hotmail.com.

Posted at 08:39

Monday 24 March - McDonnell loan extended

We are pleased to announce that Joe McDonnell's loan from Basingstoke Town has been extended to the end of the season. He will also be available to play in the play-offs should we reach them.

Joe has made 9 appearances so far, and has kept 5 clean sheets in the process. We hope that there are plenty more to come over the next few weeks.

Posted at 21:16

Sunday 23 March - Gary unable to hide disappointment

Gary McCann couldn't hide his disappointment at the performance and defeat against East Thurrock. He said, "I think that this was a game too far for us. A number of players looked like they were running on empty. But we were very poor today and got what we deserved.

"This was a 6-1 result that was entirely merited. Sam Higgins was unstoppable today, scoring a hat-trick and setting up another goal too. He showed why he has spent most of the season playing the Conference South.

"I don't think there was one player who won his individual battle against his East Thurrock opponent. And there were a number of players whose performance was completely substandard.

"We did lose two or three very key players to injury and we were not the same after they went off. I am going to have to consider making a number of changes for the two games in three days at the end of the week."

Posted at 21:33

Sunday 23 March - An afternoon to forget

A performance described by Gary McCann as out of character resulted in Hendon losing 6-1 at East Thurrock United, playing the last half hour with ten men.

Gary also said that the team were outfought, outworked and outplayed on what turned out to be an afternoon to forget.

The Greens were behind in the 2nd minute through Sam Higgins, and the same player doubled the lead in the 39th minute before Neil Richmond made it 3-0 just before half-time.

With all three substitutions having been made, Casey Maclaren was then forced off with over half an hour to go with an injury, meaning the remaining ten men had to see the game out with no further reinforcements.

Leon Smith pulled a goal back in the 65th minute, but within four minutes, Sam Higgins had completed his hat-trick, becoming East Thurrock's leading scorer ever in the process. Mitchell Gilbey then scored twice in the 72nd and 80th minute to complete the Greens' biggest league defeat of the season.

Posted at 00:02

Friday 21 March - Wealdstone highlights on YouTube

Highlights of Monday's game against Wealdstone are now available on YouTube by clicking the link below. The highlights include the various penalty shouts during the game.

The highlights were filmed by Wealdstone's regular cameraman, Lawrence Mason.

Wealdstone highlights

Posted at 12:53

Friday 21 March - Trip to East Thurrock tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon sees the first team make the trip to East Thurrock United, who are currently embroiled in the fight against relegation.

They are in a rotten run of form having won just three of their last seventeen games, drawing a further four, which has resulted in them plummeting down the table over the past couple of months. However, they do come into the game on the back of a 3-1 win over title contenders Maidstone United with two goals from Lewis Smith and one from Neil Richmond.

In the reverse fixture at Earlsmead in November, we played out an entertaining 2-2 draw, with Lee O'Leary and Jefferson Louis on target. David Bryant and Jason Hallett netted for East Thurrock.

Kick off tomorrow at Rookery Hill is at 3.00pm, and we hope to see as many of you there as possible cheering Gary McCann and the squad on to another three points as we bid to keep our play off hopes alive.

Posted at 11:10

Thursday 20 March - Looking ahead to 2014/15 and beyond

Those of you who attended the recent Nostalgia Evening will have seen and heard some very interesting and exciting things.

There was a sense of optimism in the air. There is a light at the end of what has been a long and dark tunnel. With the appointment of Rob Morris as a Director, his purchase of the lease on Silver Jubilee Park and the introduction of around 20 youth teams playing as Hendon FC for next season, we can start to think about a long-term strategy involving a ground of our own.

However, a move to Silver Jubilee Park and financial self-sufficiency are a couple of years or so away and so the focus for now needs to be on how we navigate our way through the next two seasons.

The Trust was formed in 2006 and we had a couple of years where we were able to raise a fighting fund before we became responsible for the club's expenditure. That fighting fund, donations received from a number of supporters and a couple of very profitable FA Cup runs meant that we were able to provide a playing budget that, together with Gary McCann's ability to pull rabbits out of hats, has allowed us to remain in the Premier Division of the Ryman League.

As we move into the last quarter of the current season, we have to start planning for next season. Our fighting fund has diminished over the past 6 years and, sadly, we did not enjoy the best of runs in the FA Cup this season. What all of this means is that we are going to need every supporter to do whatever they can to help if we are going to be able to sit down with Gary at the end of the campaign and offer him a budget that allows him to put together a competitive squad for the 2014/15 season.

We are currently some way from being able to achieve this.

The Trust Board is asking all those people who care about Hendon Football Club to make a donation to help ensure that we are in a position to offer Gary a competitive budget.

Pledges can be as much or as little as you can afford because every little really does help. You can pledge a one-off amount or a monthly donation.

The Board will be sitting down with Gary towards the end of April and so any pledges need to be made by 15 April so that the budget we can offer can be calculated.

If you are able to help, please speak to Simon Lawrence on a matchday or send him an email to simon.hendon@btinternet.com.

Posted at 13:27

Wednesday 19 March - Quiz Night coming soon

The club have arranged for a quiz night to take place on Tuesday 22nd April at Silver Jubilee Park. More details will be available a bit nearer the time, but our quizmaster for the evening will be Steve Rogers.

Please put the date in your diary for what promises to be a fun social evening to raise funds for the club.

Posted at 12:00

Wednesday 19 March - Summer Trip to Weymouth

We are pleased to announced that are relaunching the annual summer day trips, and the first will be to Weymouth on Saturday 12th July. It is intended to be a family day and all are welcome to come along.

It is not a fundraising event, and just a social trip. Ideally we will run a coach, but will go by train and/or cars should numbers not work viably for a coach. This is one of a number of social events that will be arranged in the coming months with the aim of bringing our supporters closer together as we look to build for the future.

If you are interested in coming along on the trip, please speak to John Rice on a matchday or email him on johnerice@hotmail.com

Posted at 08:00

Tuesday 18 March - Gary on Monday's Wealdstone clash

"It was a game where both defences were on top and both defences were excellent. The match was intriguing and, in the last half-hour, I felt that one goal would settle it.

"Casey Maclaren and Sam Flegg were magnificent in the middle of the defence and Kevin Maclaren and Lee O'Leary were outstanding in front of them.

"However, I am sure if we would have scored early in the second half we would have won it. For the first hour, we were the better team and looked the more like team to score.

"I was really pleased with the way we started the second half, but we failed to take the chances in those 15 minutes.

"The level of commitment from my boys was so pleasing. I couldn't have asked much more of the boys, other than taking one of those chances.

"In recent months we have lost four key players, Tony Taggart and James Fisher to injury and Carl McCluskey and Jefferson Louis, who moved on. This doesn’t even take account of Scott Cousins and Elliott Brathwaite who have, to all intents and purpose, not played this season. But we have not let that us derail us and lose our focus."

Posted at 22:49

Tuesday 18 March - Gary's thoughts on Cray victory

"It was difficult for us and the opposition didn't make it easy. However, we gave the ball away to easily and to be honest, it wasn't our most convincing or pleasing displays, but sometimes - like here - you just have to grind out a result.

"But the important thing is that we got the job done, and I will take the result. There were one or two hairy scary moments, and maybe if we had had a wake-up call, we might have come back.

"It is a matter of just getting results at the moment. There has been a lot of football played and we are not on our own - and, of course, there are other teams who have played even more.

"The squad doesn't have as much as depth in some areas, and some of the players are running on empty. Everyone is exhausted mentally and physically, and I think this goes for fans as well as players and officials.

Posted at 22:40

Monday 17 March - Entertaining goalless draw

Hendon and Wealdstone played out an entertaining goalless draw at Earlsmead in front of Hendon's biggest home crowd since leaving Claremont Road.

575 spectators, the vast majority from Wealdstone, saw both sides match each other throughout the game, with clear-cut chances at a premium. Both sides also had shouts for penalties turned down by the referee.

The Greens best chances came during a spell in the first 15 minutes of the second half, but they were unable to find the back of the net. Both defences were otherwise on top, and both sides will probably be satisfied with a point for their nights work.

Posted at 23:35

Monday 17 March - Wealdstone our visitors tonight

This evening sees our run of three home games in 8 days end with the visit of league leaders Wealdstone. The Stones hit top spot last week, and with their games in hand, many observers believe that the title is theirs to lose.

They showed their title credentials on Saturday as they beat East Thurrock United 5-0, a game which included a hat-trick from veteran striker Scott McGleish. They are currently unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions, 9 in the league. Their squad includes former Greens Elliott Godfrey and Carl McCluskey, the latter having scored his first goal for them on Tuesday in the 2-0 win at Wingate & Finchley.

As has been the case during the recent busy run of games, Gary McCann is likely to rotate his squad to try and keep everyone fresh and ready to go, but your support as always will be crucial as we bid to secure three points and a rare home win over Wealdstone.

We would like to remind all supporters about the parking restrictions in the car park on a Monday night. As the Tanglewood Club are meeting, an area of the front car park will be coned off so that their minibuses can get in and out. However, there will be plenty of parking behind the far end goal - the gate will be manned to take your admission money as you drive behind the stand - and there is plenty of side street parking, but we do ask that you park considerately and don't block residents driveways.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there tonight. Our normal admission prices of £10 adults, £5 senior citizens & students and free for under 16s apply, and programmes, which are a double edition with the Cray game, are priced at £2.

Posted at 09:33

Sunday 16 March - LDN Wrestling come to Earlsmead

LDN Wrestling, Britains biggest company, are coming to Earlsmead on Easter Saturday, 19th April.

Deliberately timed to start at 6pm after our game against Grays Athletic that afternoon, British Heavyweight champion Travis and Capital Champion Paul Malen are heading up a line up that promises a fun night of action.

Gary McCann and the squad will be there, and the club are making money on the night by renting the venue out to LDN Wrestling.

Tickets will be available on the door on the night, priced at £12 general, £10 children, and the evening will finish around 8.15pm. If you'd like to purchase tickets in advance please call 0843 208 0638.

Posted at 14:42

Saturday 15 March - Cray defeated again

Hendon made it three wins out of three against Cray Wanderers this season with a 2-0 win at Earlsmead this afternoon.

On a lovely mild sunny afternoon, the Greens took the lead in the 12th minute when Leon Smith scored a fine individual effort.

It wasn't a great game to watch as Hendon struggled to get their passing game going, but once again the defensive unit were in fine form restricting Cray to little in the way of chances.

The points were secured as the game moved into stoppage time when Casey Maclaren touched home a fine free kick from Michael Murray.

Posted at 22:24

Friday 14 March - Nostalgia night a huge success

We were delighted to welcome over 200 people to the Nostalgia night at Silver Jubilee Park yesterday evening. An amazing collection of memorabilia was enjoyed by many, and great stories were told of days gone by.

The new Hendon Youth section turned out in force to see the first team train and learn about the history and tradition of our great club.

The board announced that it was looking at the feasibility of playing its home games at Silver Jubilee Park on an artificial surface in the future, an announcement that received a very positive response.

The club would like to thank all those who attended, and particularly to those who brought such wonderful items for all to see.

Posted at 18:53

Friday 14 March - Travel alert for Saturday

Once again there is disruption on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly Lines this weekend for those travelling by public transport.

The Metropolitan Line will be closed between Wembley Park and Uxbridge, whilst the Piccadilly Line will be closed between South Harrow and Uxbridge. There are regular buses that run from South Harrow to the top of Carlyon Avenue.

The Chiltern Railways service to Northolt Park, and Central Line to Northolt will both be operating a normal Saturday service.

Posted at 11:45

Friday 14 March - Bottom side Cray visit tomorrow

Our visitors tomorrow are bottom side Cray Wanderers in a game that will kick off at 3:00pm at Earlsmead.

The Wands have been stuck at the foot of the table for most of the season, and we have already beaten them twice at Hayes Lane. Firstly, in the FA Trophy, we ran out 4-1 winners with Jefferson Louis scoring twice, whilst Chris Seeby and Tony Taggart also found the back of the net. Jack Clark had given Cray an early lead direct from a corner. Then in December in the league fixture, we won 6-0, again with Louis scoring twice, and Seeby, Anthony Thomas, James Fisher and Sam Flegg also all netting.

Gary and the squad will be keen to put Monday's disappointment behind them and pick up another 3 points, along with the boost in confidence that will bring ahead of this coming Monday's game against WEaldstone.

Admission prices are the usual £10 adults, £5 senior citizens & students and free for under 16s. Programmes are £2 and it is a double edition that also covers the Wealdstone game.

With the weather set to be mild and sunny, why not make the most of it and come along and get behind the team. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible tomorrow afternoon.

Posted at 09:31

Friday 14 March - Gary's thoughts on Lowestoft defeat

"Just like Saturday, I don’t think we deserved to win the game but I don't think we deserved to lose it either.

"I still think we were the better team for large parts of the game, but neither team created any clear-cut chances and both goalkeepers had very little to do.

"We gave away three needless set plays in the last five minutes and the laws of average means that you are really taking a risk. And that ended up being our downfall.

"All three of the fouls we committed were needless and it cost us a point. Going into the game, I would have been disappointed with only one point, but I would have been happy with that as the game went on, so I am gutted that we got none.

"There has been a big, big shift put in by the boys and I think the last two performances have been a bit jaded. It's not just tired bodies, but tired minds, too, and some of the decision-making rather showed that."

Posted at 09:06

Tuesday 11 March - Hendon FC Nostalgia & Open Night

On Thursday 13th March the club will be holding a Nostalgia evening in the clubhouse at Silver Jubilee Park, the former home of Kingsbury Town. The evening commences at 7pm, entrance will be free, but there will be a raffle and collection during the evening.

Everyone is welcome to come and share their memories, bring photos, old programmes, shirts and their favourite stories. We also hope to have footage from the past showing on the big screen.

The first team will be training at the ground, and it will be an excellent opportunity to meet the squad, along with Gary, Freddie and Junior, who it is hoped will recollect their days playing in green and answer questions.

The board of directors will be represented and will share their vision of the clubs future, and you will have an opportunity to discuss this with them.

There will also be representatives from the Supporters Trust and the new youth set up to tell us about what they do, and their aspirations going forwards.

Other organisations who will be present include the Supporters Association, who will have their range of merchandise available for sale, Excel Sport, who are sponsoring many of our home games this season, the Silver Jubilee Park Committee, who look after the ground and clubhouse, the Hendon Foundation, a charity arm of the club who are planning a fun run. It is also hoped to have some other former players and administrators there, along with our old friend Monty the Lamb.

We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend if you are free that evening and we look forward to seeing you there.

Posted at 21:56

Tuesday 11 March - Gary reaches 500 games as manager

Last night's game was Gary McCann's 500th in charge as manager since he took over in February 2005. Despite another hard working performance from the squad, the game ended in defeat as Lowestoft converted a late spot kick.

Gary is the club's longest serving manager, and having also made 196 appearances as a player, the game against Bury Town later this month will be his 700th game as a player or a manager.

So far in his reign as manager he has overseen 385 league games (148 wins and 527 points) and 115 cup games (59 wins and 2 trophies). In total the club have scored 796 goals and conceded 731.

There have been plenty of highlights during his time as manager so far, including two appearances in the first round of the FA Cup, the two final wins in the London Senior Cup, and spells challenging at the top end of the table.

Everyone at the club congratulates Gary on this excellent milestone, and we all hope that there are many more games to come under his fantastic leadership.

Posted at 08:00

Tuesday 11 March - Last minute penalty costs Greens

For the second home game in a row, Hendon were made to pay as they conceded a late penalty.

This time it was Lowestoft Town who profited as Jack Ainsley converted the spot-kick following a foul by a home defender.

The game was an entertaining affair despite the goal being the only clear-cut shot on target, with both defences holding firm against everything that was thrown at them to the extent that neither keeper really had a save to make.

The result lifted Lowestoft into 4th place in the table, whilst the Greens remain in 8th place, 8 points adrift of the play-offs.

Posted at 00:33

Monday 10 March - Gary satisfied with Saturday's win

"I'm not sure that smash and grab is a fair description of our win, because we weren't under pressure for long periods and they didn't have chance after chance.

"In the first half we looked jaded and leggy - but they were no different. That said, I don't think they caused us too many problems, despite all their possession.

"We changed things around at half-time and wanted to get 20-odd minutes out of Leon before bringing on Adam Wallace. I knew Smith could occupy both of their central defenders and then Wallace could use his power and strength to run at them.

"I thought we were the better team in the second half without creating anything like the number of chances we have done in recent games. Wallace should have scored a second with that late header and the only good chance they created was the one Sutherland kicked over the bar."

Posted at 10:27

Monday 10 March - Lowestoft come visiting tonight

This evening sees Lowestoft Town visit Earlsmead as both clubs continue the busy run of fixtures that will continue through to the end of the season.

Whilst we were winning 1-0 at Metropolitan Police thanks to a goal from Adam Wallace, the Trawlerboys had a comfortable 4-0 victory at bottom side Cray Wanderers. Their goals came from Jake Reed and Robert Eagle, who both scored twice.

It is yet another game where both sides are currently in good form, Lowestoft are unbeaten in their last six games, and have won all of their last four. Earlier in the season the Greens came from behind to win 3-2 at Crown Meadow thanks to second half goals from Jack Bennett, Junior Morias and Sam Flegg.

We would like to remind all supporters about the parking restrictions in the car park on a Monday night. As the Tanglewood Club are meeting, an area of the front car park will be coned off so that their minibuses can get in and out. However, as soon as we have someone to man the relevant gate, we will open up the car park behind the far end goal, which will ensure plenty of space for parking.

Please note that we cannot open this gate until we have a volunteer to man it, as we have to take admission money as the gate gives access to the ground, and clearly we don't want to lose out on valuable income.

Please also note that we will be issuing the programme for the original date, but it will have an update supplement included in it.

Kick off tonight is at 7.45pm, and our usual admission prices of £10 adults, £5 senior citizens & students, and free for under 16s apply.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there this evening.

Posted at 08:51

Saturday 08 March - Three points from the Met

Hendon picked up three points from the Metropolitan Police this afternoon courtesy of a 1-0 victory at Imber Court.

The decisive goal came ten minutes of time from substitute Adam Wallace in his first appearance following his recent injury.

Posted at 23:13

Saturday 08 March - Urgent assistance required on Monday

We urgently require a volunteer who can get to Earlsmead as close to 6pm as possible on Monday evening. This is to man the gate to the car park near the players tunnel, and with the Tanglewood Club being on the premises as well, it is extremely important that this gate is manned as early as humanly possible.

We do realise that many supporters are unable to get to the ground that early due to work and family commitments, but as with every role at the club, the more people that volunteer, the less often your services will be required.

If you are able to help, you will get free entry to the game, and will be able watch the game from the corner by the tunnel.

If you are able to assist, please email John Rogers on johnrogers070@gmail.com or the club on admin@hendonfc.net as soon as possible.

Posted at 09:00

Friday 07 March - Ted Wood

It is with regret that we have learnt of the death of long standing supporter Ted Wood, who was involved in a fatal road traffic accident a few weeks ago.

Ted was a regular attender at games, both home and away, and whilst he may have not been known by name to supporters, his face was a very familiar one.

His funeral takes place on Thursday 13th March, with a Requiem Mass at 11am at St Josephs Church, Lambs Buildings, off Lambs Passage, off Bunhill Row, London, EC1Y 8LE. Nearest stations are Barbican, Moorgate or Old Street.

The burial will then take place at 1pm at Islington Cemetary, 278 High Road, London, N2 9AG, followed by a wake from 2.30pm at The Globe pub, 20 Morning Lane, Hackney, London, E9 6NA.

Everyone at the club sends their deepest sympathies to Ted's family at this very sad time.

Posted at 20:00

Friday 07 March - Two form teams clash tomorrow

The squad return to league action tomorrow afternoon with a trip to fellow in-form side Metropolitan Police. In the reverse fixture earlier in the campaign, the Greens ran out 4-1 winners courtesy of a brace from Jefferson Louis and goals from Carl McCluskey and Jack Bennett.

Our opponents have won four of their last five games in all competitions, including two away wins at Dulwich Hamlet, one in the league cup and one in the league. Their recent improvement in form has seen them rise to 13th place in the table with 46 points from 33 games, probably enough to ensure safety from relegation.

Kick off at Imber Court is at 3.00pm, and we hope to see as many of you as possible there as Gary and the squad bid to move another step closer to the play off zone.

Posted at 17:50

Friday 07 March - Cup hopes ended by Beavers

Hendon's cup hopes for the season came to an end at the hands of Hampton & Richmond Borough this evening. The entertaining Middlesex Senior Cup semi final ended with a 4-3 win to the Beavers.

The Greens fielded a side that contained 9 changes to the starting line-up, including two debutants in Jonathan Hippolyte and Archange Nkumu, and Elliott Brathwaite making his first appearance in just over a year.

It was Hendon who scored first in the 10th minute, Jack Bennett scoring a fine effort, but from the restart Hampton attacked and Aaron Wickham equalised. Dave Diedhiou restored the lead in the 28th minute, but within two minutes Tommy Brewer had levelled again. Five minutes later the Greens were back in front when Michael Murray converted a spot kick.

The game was all square again 13 minutes into the second half when Belal Aite-Ouakrim came back to haunt his former side. The winner came eight minutes from time. The referee ruled that Berkley Laurencin had fouled Aite-Ouakrim in the box and was also denying a clear goalscoring opportunity. Laurencin was sent off, and Nkumu was sacrificed for Joe McDonnell, but he was unable to keep out Wickham's penalty.

Posted at 00:26

Thursday 06 March - It's game on this evening

Tonight's game against Hampton & Richmond Borough in the Middlesex Senior Cup goes ahead as planned this evening and there is no need for a pitch inspection.

With the weather having been dry this week, the groundsman has been able to roll the pitch following Harrow's goalless draw against Margate on Tuesday evening.

With this being our final chance of silverware this season, your support will be very important and gratefully received by Gary and the squad.

We look forward to seeing those of you who can get there later today.

Posted at 11:17

Wednesday 05 March - Two additions to the squad

Gary McCann has added two players to the squad today as we continue the busy run of fixtures.

Joining on a dual-registration from Maidenhead United is 20 year old forward Jonathan Hippolyte. The son of Johnson (Drax), who is manager of the Magpies, Jonathan has also had a spell with Aylesbury United this season.

Also joining is Archange Nkumu who was previously with Concord Rangers. He is a 20 year old defender who spent his formative years with Chelsea, and made one appearance on loan at Yeovil Town.

We welcome both players to the club, and hope that they enjoy their time with us.

Posted at 23:50

Wednesday 05 March - New date for Bury game

Our home league game against Bury Town will now be played on Thursday 27th March, kicking off at 7:45pm. This means that all our fixtures are now dated, and the full list can be found on the fixtures & results page.

Posted at 23:44

Wednesday 05 March - Gary pleased with professional win

Gary McCann was pleased with the win at Carshalton last night in what he described as a difficult game.

"I am pleased with the win. It was a difficult game for us.

"I thought the boys were very professional because games like that are banana-skins. If you are not right then you can slip up, so it is a matter of how you prepare yourself for games and there was a focus from the players that I was very proud of.

"Carshalton are definitely not the worst team we have seen this season. They put in a real shift, but we limited them well.

"We were much more efficient in the second half and limited them to a few pot-shots from distance. We could and probably should have won the game by more than the two goals we won."

Posted at 23:33

Wednesday 05 March - Urgent assistance required for tomorrow

We urgently require a volunteer who can get to Earlsmead as close to 6pm as possible tomorrow evening. This is to man the gate to the car park near the players tunnel, to ensure that no one gets into the ground without paying their admission fee.

If you are able to help, you will get free entry to the game, and will be able watch the game from the corner by the tunnel.

If you are able to assist, please email John Rogers on johnrogers070@gmail.com or the club on admin@hendonfc.net as soon as possible.

Posted at 15:09

Wednesday 05 March - Three points in scrappy game

Hendon picked up another three points as they beat Carshalton Athletic 2-0 in a scrappy game earlier this evening.

The Greens took the lead in the 22nd minute when a well worked corner routine resulted in Lee O'Leary heading home, whilst the second goal came early in the second half when Leon Smith hit a shot on the turn that beat the young home keeper.

Whilst Carshalton did have plenty of possession, they never really stretched the defence, which was well marshalled by Casey Maclaren and James Fisher once again.

The result moves the club up to 8th in the table as attention now turns to Thursday evening's semi final against Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Posted at 01:06

Tuesday 04 March - Carshalton confirm game on

Carshalton Athletic have been in touch within the past few minutes to confirm that everything is fine and that tonight's game goes ahead as planned.

Kick off at the War Memorial Ground is at 7.45pm, and we look forward to seeing those of you who can make it there.

Posted at 15:35

Monday 03 March - Two midweek games coming up

Tomorrow evening sees the first team make the trip across London to play struggling Carshalton Athletic. The Robins have been unable to take advantage of their reprieve from relegation last summer, and are in desperate need of a run of results to try and get out of trouble at the foot of the table.

After their 3-1 defeat at Canvey Island on Saturday afternoon, in which they had two players sent off, they lie in 23rd place with 17 points from 31 games, and are currently 12 points from safety.

This is the first of two midweek games this week for Gary McCann and the squad, as they also face a home Middlesex Senior Cup semi final against Hampton & Richmond Borough on Thursday evening, so we will almost certainly see Gary make full use of the squad at his disposal.

Kick off at the War Memorial Ground tomorrow evening is at 7.45pm, and admission prices are £10 adults, £6 senior citizens and £3 for under 18s. Photo ID must be shown by under 18s, and any under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

7.45pm is also the kick off time on Thursday evening, and our normal admission prices of £10 adults, £5 concessions and free for under 16s will apply. Please remember that the county cup tie will go to extra time and penalties if required.

We look forward to seeing those of you who are able to get to one or both games over the next few days.

Posted at 09:28

Saturday 01 March - Bury Town game postponed

Unfortunately following the heavy rain yesterday, todays game against Bury Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

A new date for the game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 10:05

Saturday 01 March - Inspection at 9.30am

There will be an inspection at 9:30am to see whether todays game against Bury Town can go ahead following yesterdays rainfall.

There will be a further update to the website as soon as the result of the inspection is known.

Posted at 08:59