News - March 2016

Tuesday 29 March - Kevin O'Donnell

Kevin, who supported Hendon since the mid 1980’s has sadly passed away.

He attended most home games and travelled to many away games before moving to Bromsgrove 7 years ago, after he met Diane.

They had a very happy, but sadly brief, relationship. Kevin was always very good company, especially on away trips. He was humorous, reliable, with a tremendous sense of recall concerning Hendon players and our games.

Kevin will be sorely missed.

Posted at 11:18

Monday 28 March - Unbeaten run extends to 10 games

The first team continued their good form in 2016 as they drew 1-1 at Wingate & Finchley to extend their unbeaten run to 10 games.

Both goals came in the first half, with Billy Healey giving the home side the lead in the opening minute, before Dave Diedhiou equalised twenty minutes later.

Posted at 16:57

Monday 28 March - Gary's thoughts on Brentwood draw

Gary McCann was very frustrated after Brentwood's last gasp equaliser on Saturday afternoon

He said, "It was very disappointing to drop two points with almost the last kick of the match, a game in which we should have been out sight by the time they got their equaliser.

"The feeling in the dressing room is that we lost the game, which is a good sign. I thought we were very good in the second half and rarely looked in danger.

"We were denied by a goalkeeper who was inspired and there was always a feeling that there was the chance that by not taking our chances it could come back to bite us.

"We had a very young team, and I thought they performed well, but we were limited in our options from the bench to close the game out. It was a touch of inexperience that saw us wind down the clock and better game-management with a corner in the 92nd minute was needed. A big positive was Maz came through his first start in four months.

"We had more than enough chances to win the game and I could not see where they would score. But the moment we conceded that corner, I had a bad feeling about the way we had set up.

"I don't think anyone was to blame for their equaliser: Sam Flegg got a terrible bounce which deflected off him for the corner and then Joe was impeded as he tried to come for the ball.

"The wind took the ball and Big Dave could not have done much more as it swung towards the line."

Posted at 11:44

Monday 28 March - Oliver Achille added to first team squad

Another member of our U18 squad has been registered for the first team, defender Oliver Achille being the player in question.

Oliver becomes the fourth member of the U18 squad to join the first team in recognition of his performances throughout the season, joining Keagan Cole, Kieran Warren and Gillyane Silva.

Posted at 10:52

Monday 28 March - Wingate game goes ahead

Wingate & Finchley have been in touch this morning to say that their pitch is playable and no inspection is planned following the storms overnight and this morning. Kick off at Summers Lane is at 3.00pm.

Posted at 10:49

Saturday 26 March - 100th appearance for Kezie Ibe

This afternoons game against Brentwood Town saw Kezie Ibe make his 100th appearance since joining the club in the summer of 2014.

Kezie has been a regular in the side since joining, and played a big part in last season's successes, and his experience has been extremely valuable this campaign as well. He celebrated his 100th appearance with a goal, his 39th for the club so far.

Posted at 23:36

Saturday 26 March - Greens pick up another point

The first team kept their unbeaten run going with a draw against Brentwood Town this afternoon, but only dropped points when Dave Diedhiou inadvertently found the back of his own net in stoppage time.

Earlier, Kezie Ibe had given the Greens the lead in the 72nd minute from the penalty spot.

Posted at 23:24

Friday 25 March - Dominic Gentle

It is with sadness that we have learnt of the death of Dominic Gentle, who passed away on 18th March aged 44. His passing came shortly after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.

Dominic played for the Greens in the 1999/2000 season, playing an important part in the campaign scoring 21 goals in 53 appearances.

During his career he played for a number of clubs including Cockfosters, Boreham Wood, Grays Athletic, Enfield, St Albans City, Purfleet, Billericay Town, Bishop's Stortford, Slough Town, Heybridge Swifts before finishing his career at Waltham Abbey.

Everyone at Hendon send our condolences to Dominic's family at this very sad time.

Posted at 21:34

Tuesday 22 March - London Senior Cup final opponents

Our London Senior Cup final opponents will be Tooting & Mitcham United, who beat Dulwich Hamlet 3-0 this evening at Imperial Fields. The final will be played at Metropolitan Police on Wednesday 4th May.

Posted at 21:49

Sunday 20 March - St Albans friendly cancelled

Tomorrow evening's planned friendly against St Albans City has been cancelled due to injuries & illness. Therefore our next fixture is now the home game at Earlsmead against Brentwood Town on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 19:24

Friday 18 March - Mark Kirby released

The club have announced this afternoon that Mark Kirby has been released and is expected to return to Enfield Town.

Mark rejoined the club in the summer from Enfield and made a further 25 appearances, scoring 1 goal, taking his total across his two spells to 68 appearances and 2 goals.

We thank Mark for his efforts throughout the season, and wish him well for the future.

Posted at 13:46

Thursday 17 March - Friendly arranged against St Albans

A friendly has been arranged against St Albans City on Monday evening, kicking off at 7:30pm at Silver Jubilee Park.

Posted at 19:25

Wednesday 16 March - Joyce Barrett

It is with sadness that we have learnt of the death of Joyce Barrett, who passed away this afternoon following a collapse and cardiac arrest earlier this week.

Joyce, along with her son Alex, has been one of our most regular attenders at first team games over the past few years both home and away, and was most recently at the game against Canvey Island on Saturday afternoon.

Our thoughts are with Alex at this very sad time.

Posted at 17:14

Tuesday 15 March - Gary accepts a point was fair

Gary McCann felt that a point apience from the Canvey Island game at the weekend was the right outcome. He said, "It was a game of two halves and I think it was a fair result. Canvey might feel that their second half performance merited more, but we were on top for most of the first 45.

"For the first 44 minutes we were very good and really should have scored more than once. But we were given a warning just before they scored and didn't learn from it.

"The equaliser knocked us out of our stride and while it gave them hope, we lost our momentum a bit.

"We then had a couple of players going off injured and had to change our shape slightly. It could have made things even more difficult, but I thought we coped very well and showed excellent resilience in dealing with it.

"After they scored their second goal, we did very well to get back into the game so quickly to make it 2-2. Then, in the final 10 or so minutes, it was anybody's game, but we had the best late chance to win it.

"We played with a very youthful look to us with five under-21s in the squad. I was really pleased with our youngsters, especially Keagan Cole on his first home league start, Brandon Adams who took the equalising penalty with maturity and Finnbar Robins, who gives us that little something different."

Posted at 19:00

Tuesday 15 March - Third U18 player joins first team

We are pleased to announce that a third member of our under 18 team, Gillyane Silva, has been registered with the first team.

Gillyane, who normally plays in midfield, has been a regular in the side with Keagan Cole and Kieran Warren, and has earnt a chance to gain some first team experience.

Posted at 12:19

Saturday 12 March - Greens keep picking up points

The first team kept up their good run of results this afternoon as they picked up another point in a 2-2 draw against Canvey Island. It was a young Hendon side that was selected by Gary McCann, with four teenagers starting, and fifth coming off the bench.

It was the Greens who took the lead when Dave Diedhiou found the back of the net, but shortly before half-time veteran striker Cliff Akurang equalised for the visitors.

It was Akurang who gave Canvey the lead with ten minutes to go, but Hendon were given a lifeline a minute later when Lawrence Yiga handled on the line and was sent off, and Brandon Adams stepped up to convert the spot kick.

Posted at 18:57

Saturday 12 March - Today's Match Sponsor : AR Accountancy Services

Anthony Rickman owner of AR Accountancy Services is today's Match sponsor, for which the club is very grateful.

Anthony has been in the accountancy profession since he started working for his father in 1977. He has been in business on his own account since 1986 when he qualified as a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians.

The firm operates from an office in Borehamwood, offering a full range of accountancy, bookkeeping and payroll services, ably backed by a great team of helpers.

In conjunction with colleagues AR Accountancy Services is able to offer audit work as well as all aspect of business advice and planning.

Anthony was recently nominated for the AI Global Media awards in the category for 'Best for Construction Industry Schemes Returns' and won the 2016 award.

Anthony is a keen supporter of non-league football and abhors the way that 'big' money is now controlling the game and where it is played. He pleads guilty of having a season ticket at Watford – but has supported them since the old 3rd division days with the bad times which preceded the good.

Anthony wishes Hendon all the best for the future and their new home at Silver Jubilee Park and hopes to attend many games there should the fixtures clashing allow.

Posted at 00:01

Thursday 10 March - London Senior Cup upset

We are one step closer to knowing our London Senior Cup Final opponents after Tooting & Mitcham United beat Harrow Borough 1-0 this evening.

The Terrors will now host Dulwich Hamlet in the semi final on a date to be confirmed.

Posted at 21:50

Thursday 10 March - Gary delighted to reach cup final

Hendon manager Gary McCann could not hide his pleasure with the defeat of Redbridge saying "It seems to be a cup I have a real affinity with, reaching the final seven times. That is quite an achievement in any competition.

"We may have had a slightly less difficult path to the final this year than in previous competitions, but we can only beat who ever is in front of us and we did that. Remember Redbridge had beaten Wingate & Finchley in the quarter-finals.

"What pleased me most was the fact that we finished the match with five players between 16 and 19 years old on the pitch. We have got a lot of players who were unavailable for one reason or another and the youngsters have stepped up.

"It was a very tough game, on a difficult pitch, but the pitch probably was not more difficult that those we have played on in recent weeks. We have had to adapt and I think we did that.

"The key moment in the game when Joe Wright made that save from Carlos Espirito-Santo. It was one of the best he has made this season and it was doubly important because it not only kept the game at 0-0 but also I am not sure how we would have reacted to going behind. Instead, a few minutes later we took the lead.

"But we also had lots of good moments and passages of play. And we did create lots of good chances, which we should have taken.

"It is really pleasing that we have reached the cup final and it will be a satisfying finish to what has been a very difficult season, stretching back to almost the last kick of last season."

Posted at 17:13

Tuesday 08 March - Greens reach London Senior Cup Final

The first team reached the London Senior Cup final for the 7th time in 11 years as they won 1-0 at Redbridge in the semi-finals. The final will be against either Tooting & Mitcham United, Harrow Borough or Dulwich Hamlet. Tooting and Harrow play their quarter final on Thursday evening. The final is at Metropolitan Poloice on Wednesday 4th May.

The game saw Keagan Cole make his first start for the club with a very impressive performance, whilst Kieran Warren made his debut from the bench. The other sub used was Mahrez Bettache as he builds up his return from injury.

The only goal of the game came in the 19th minute when Kezie Ibe scored his 10th of the season.

Posted at 21:41

Monday 07 March - Gary satisfied with point

Hendon manager Gary McCann was satisfied with the point Hendon gained on their trip to the South Coast at the weekend.

He said: "All in all, I think we were worth a point, but probably no more than that. Having said that, we had a great chance to win the game in last couple of minutes. Last week I said I would be happy with four points from the two Lewes games and we achieved that.

"I don't think we were at all good in the first half. We were a little too loose and didn't make good decisions defensively. The two goals we conceded were very poor from us.

"We struggled to cope with their youthfulness and enthusiasm in that first half and were probably a little lucky to go in only one down at half-time. The second half was much better all round, especially the back four, and the performance was much more like us.

"We were down to the bare bones with the squad. Dave Diedhiou played despite being ill during the week and he was down on his normal energy.

"I was delighted with Brandon Adams' two goals. The first was a powerful strike and the second was a superb header. I didn't realise how good it was until I looked at it in the highlights and saw how he directed the ball over the goalkeeper.

"Some players were losing their footing, but I don't think it was the pitch as much as it was the players making the wrong choice of footwear, and that is a gripe of mine. It certainly contributed to Finnbar Robins' second yellow card because both players looked as though they slipped as they went towards the ball."

Posted at 18:46

Monday 07 March - SJP working party again this Sunday

Yesterday saw nearly twenty helpers from both Hendon and Edgware put in an outstanding effort to help at Silver Jubilee Park.

The volunteers made a significant difference painting, digging, erecting signs amongst many other duties. Although it was a resounding success there is still much to be done and so we are back again this coming Sunday from 9.30am.

If you can spare any time it would be a great help in ensuring we are able to move to our new home from the start of next season.

If you can make it just send Rob Morris an email via the website on admin@hendonfc.net

Posted at 17:19

Saturday 05 March - Unbeaten run extended with draw

The first team extended their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions as they drew 2-2 at Lewes, just days after beating the Rooks at Earlsmead.

Brandon Adams, the teenage striker on work experience from QPR, was the Greens hero as he scored two equalisers, the first in the 12th minute after Lloyd Cotton had given Lewes a 2nd minute lead, and the second in the 58th minute after Ronnie Conlon had put the home side back in front just before half time.

Posted at 17:33

Wednesday 02 March - Coach to Lewes

The club are running a coach to Lewes on Saturday, with seats costing £12 each as normal. If you would like to travel on the coach, please email the club on admin@hendonfc.net no later than 6pm on Friday. We will advise the departure time from Earlsmead when we confirm your booking.

Posted at 11:55

Tuesday 01 March - Gary puts result ahead of performance

Hendon manager Gary McCann was reflective after the victory over Lewes at Earlsmead last night.

"It was never going to be a pretty game," McCann admitted. "We had to be very careful with our passes because the surface was difficult, but we coped with it quite well.

"I was very impressed by Lewes, who seemed to play without fear and made things very difficult for us. They have some very good players and it is going to be tough to play them again on Saturday.

"This was a night to grind out a win. I thought we were very strong not only defensively with the centre-backs, but the two in front of them as well.

"As for going, forward, I was happy and we produced some very good passages of play. Our decision-making wasn't always the best, but I felt we had good control.

"We are very close having both Maz Bettache and Chris Seeby back in action. There will also be the chance of possibly giving games to a couple of other players from our youth team."

Posted at 19:50

Tuesday 01 March - Kieran Warren added to the squad

Gary McCann has added another member of our U18 squad to the first team squad, Kieran Warren being the player concerned.

Like Keagan Cole, Kieran has been a regular in the U18 side this season, and has scored 7 goals so far this season, and will be keen to follow Keagan's footsteps and be involved in the first team over the next few weeks.

Posted at 12:09