News - April 2007

Sunday 29 April - Great day for youth teams

It was a great day today for our youth teams that were in action. The Under 14s travelled to Old Isleworthians A in the league cup quarter-final and won 5-2 with Patrick Crinnigan scoring two goals. They now face Pinner Albion in the semi-finals, the date of which will be announced in the next few days. Their day was made even better with the news that title rivals Greenford Celtic lost to Forest United meaning that John Creith's young Greens only need one point in their final league game against Alpha & Omega to secure the title. The date for this game is also yet to be confirmed. As soon as the dates are fixed we will let you all know.

The other team in action today were the under 13s who ran our comprehensive 12-0 winners over St Joseph's B in their final league game of the season which was also their first ever game on the Claremont Road pitch. The under 15s won their home game against Sandgate by default after their opponents failed to arrive on time for the game. A full update on the youth team pages will be online in the next couple of days.

Posted at 17:00

Sunday 29 April - April Snowball draw

The April snowball draw was made at half-time of yesterday's game. The winner of the £205.50 first prize was number 129, whilst the winner of the £102.75 second prize was number 47. Don't forget that it's never too late to joint the snowball draw, which is proving to be a great fundraiser for the Supporters Trust.Just click the link below for more information.

Posted at 16:00

Sunday 29 April - Sponsored walk update

The total raised so far by those who took part in the sponsored walk to Harrow Borough earlier this month is nearly £1800. The money will be split equally between the Supporters Trust and St Lukes Hospice in Kenton. The trust would be grateful if those walkers who still have money to send please send it in as soon as possible to HFCST, 45 Homefield Road, Radlett, Herts, WD7 8PX as soon as possible.

Posted at 15:00

Saturday 28 April - Wilmot is fans favourite

After todays game, the end of season awards were presented on the pitch. The main award, supporters player of the year went to goalkeeper Richard Wilmot, who has played in all but one game this season. Supporter of the year was Nick McMullen, who has helped out on matchdays as well as helping lead the under 13s as assistant manager. Young supporter of the year was won by Sam Harrison, who has been at many games this season and was the youngest supporter to take part in the sponsored walk, or in his case sponsored scoot, to Harrow. All the other awards are listed below and we congratulate all the winners.

Players player of the year - Wayne O'Sullivan

Most Improved Player - Rakatahr Hudson

Clubman of the Year - Graham Etchell

Chairman's Award - Gary McCann

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Saturday 28 April - Greens end on a high

Hendon completed their season on a high note with a good 1-0 win against Margate, who went into the game needing to win to have any chance of reaching the play-offs. Hendon played the better football in the first half which ended goalless, but their efforts were rewarded five minutes into the second half when Belal Aiteouakrim fired home. The game was also notable for the fact that father & son Bontcho and Iavor Guentchev both came on as subsitutes, Iavor for his debut. The results today leave Hendon in a very decent 14th place, and congratulations must go to Gary, Freddie, Bontcho and all the players for what has been a superb achievement this season.

Posted at 17:00

Saturday 28 April - Eric Wilbey

The club regret to announce the passing of long-time supporter Eric Wilby who died this week aged 77. Eric had been supporter of the club for many years and will be known to a number of our supporters. The funeral will take place on Friday 4th May at 2.30pm at Hendon Crematorium. Everyone at the club would like to send their deepest sympathies to Eric's family and friends at this sad time.

Posted at 14:00

Tuesday 24 April - Youth team round up

On Sunday morning, the under 14s moved a step closer to earning at least a championship play-off with a two wins in their double header against Brunwick. If Hendon win their last game, and Greenford Celtic win their last three, the two teams will both finish on 52 points and a play-off will required to decide who are champions. Goal difference does not come into it. The Greens won the first game 4-1, Nestor Bokuli scoring a hat-trick, whilst Nassir Elmi scored twice in a 3-0 win in the second game.

Meanwhile, the under 13s hopes of finishing second took a big blow as they lost 7-3 to Ruislip Town. The result means Ruislip are now just a point behind the Greens with three games in hand. Kasim Mohsin scored twice, whilst Jordan Hornblow also found the back of the net for Hendon. Full reports and updated tables for all four age groups can be found in the usual place.

Posted at 19:00

Sunday 22 April - Phil makes the top 2000

Supporters Trust Board member Phil Rogers completed the London Marathon today and finished in the top 2000. His time of 3hrs 16mins 48secs meant that he finished in 1966th place, and in 56th place in his age group. He would like to thank all those supporters to kindly sponsored him. All proceeds will be going to Cancer Research UK.

Under 13s joint manager Ben Schiffer-Harte also completed the marathon, crossing the line in a time of 4hrs 21mins 5secs, meaning a placing of 11161th overall and 499th in his age group. Many congratulations to both runners for completing the course on what must have been a tough day with the heat.

Posted at 15:00

Saturday 21 April - Greens secure Premier status

Hendon secured their Premier Division status this afternoon with a 2-1 win at already relegated Worthing. The Greens took the lead in the 11th minute when Darragh Duffy scored from close range at the near post. The second goal came in the 34th minute when Takumi Ake fired home a superb free-kick just inside the far post. Worthing's goal came in the final minute when Ben Andrews found the net with an excellent strike. The result moves the Greens up to 14th place with 51 points.

Posted at 21:00

Saturday 21 April - Supporters in eight goal thriller

The Hendon Supporters team played the Worthing Supporters team this morning ahead of the first team game and drew 4-4. Dai Cooper opened the scoring for the Greens before Worthing equalised. Andrew Vincent restored the lead with a fine free-kick before Worthing equalised again, and then Andrew scored again, this time from the penalty spot to make it 3-2. Worthing equalised almost straight away and then took the lead before Michelle Vincent scored a superb goal to equalise.

Posted at 20:00

Monday 16 April - Another point on the board

Hendon picked up another point as they drew 1-1 with Staines Town in a largely uneventful game. The Greens took the lead in the 7th minute when Wayne O'Sullivan headed home, but Staines equalised in the 49th minute. The best chance of a winner fell to O'Sullivan late on, but his excellent drive flew narrowly over the bar.

Posted at 22:00

Sunday 15 April - Under 15s are champions

Our Under 15s won their league today with a convincing 6-0 win over Belmont United. Star man of the day was Rory Lincoln, who scored 4 goals on his first start. The other goalscorers were Geoffrey Lloyd and Realwan Omotoso. Congratulations go out to our under 15 squad on their success, and of course we congratulate their manager Kris Bhalla and his assistant Lewis Copeland.

It was good news as well for our under 14s who beat Yeading HEW 4-3 in their league cup tie, meaning that they now travel to face Old Isleworthians A next Sunday in the quarter finals. Zack Amankwaah scored twice with Daniel Mateus and Nassir Elmi also finding the back of the net. Their day was made even better with the news that their title rivals Greenford Celtic had lost their league game against FC Roundwood.

The under 13s were also winners as they won 7-2 at Bessingby Park Rangers. Three players scored twice, Luke Azumah, Jordan Hornblow and Abdul Nazim, whilst Nazim Choudhury scored the other goal. The under 16s won their game against Headstone Manor courtesy of a forfeiture.

Posted at 17:00

Saturday 14 April - Sponsorship money please

The supporters trust have asked that all the sponsored walkers bring in their money as soon as possible. If you can bring it on Monday evening it would be great, but otherwise please bring it to the final home game of the season. All monies should be given to Mike Harte.

Posted at 19:00

Saturday 14 April - Greens and Swifts draw

Hendon and Heybridge Swifts played out a 1-1 draw at a very warm Claremont Road this afternoon. The first half was almost a complete non-event, with neither keeper having to make a save, but early in the second half Hendon took the lead when a free kick out of defence from Marc Leach was controlled by Belal Aiteouakrim and he sent a beautiful lob over the advancing keeper. The equaliser came in the 81st minute when Heybridge broke away and Gary Burrell sent a fine shot low into the corner of the net.

Posted at 18:30

Tuesday 10 April - And another step closer

Following Worthing's 1-1 draw at Horsham this evening, the Greens can not finish in the bottom three and thus be relegated automatically. There is still a bit of work to be done as there is still a chance of finishing 19th, but it is looking increasingly likely that the worst 19th placed club will come from either the Southern or Unibond leagues.

Posted at 23:00

Monday 09 April - Hendon another step closer to safety

The Greens moved another step closer to safety with a hard fought 2-1 win at Harrow Borough this afternoon. Hendon now only need 1 more point to avoid finishing in the bottom 3 and its looking increasingly likely that whichever Ryman club finishes 19th will have enough points on the board to stay up. Harrow were the better side for the first half an hour and took the lead with an outstanding long range strike from Bobby Highton that simply flew into the net in the 18th minute. However nine minutes later Hendon were level when Marc Leach slammed the ball home after a goalmouth scramble. From there on Hendon gradually took control of the game and in the second half piled on the pressure. Their efforts were rewarded in the 81st minute when Wayne O'Sullivan slid the ball home from close range from a fine low Craig Vargas cross.

Posted at 17:30

Monday 09 April - 100 up for Davis

Davis Haule made his 100th first team appearance for the club on Saturday afternoon against Horsham. He originally joined the club in 1999 and scored his first goal against Farnborough Town in the 5-3 home win on 22nd April 2000. He left in 2002 after making 88 appearances and scoring 18 goals and before rejoining the Greens in January 2007 he spent much of the time in between at Yeading. We congratulate Davis on his milestone and hope that he has many appearances ahead of him.

Posted at 17:15

Monday 09 April - eBay auction of football memorabilia

The supporters trust have secured a number of items of football memorabilia. The best of the items is a Signed shirt from the Wales national team, and there are four Hendon items also included.

Posted at 10:00

Sunday 08 April - Cricket ticket auction

Three County cricket clubs, Surrey, Hampshire and Warwickshire, have very kindly donated tickets to the supporters trust to auction to help the continuing fundraising effort. These were going to be auctioned at the Variety Night, but it has now been decided to advertise them both on the website and in the programme.

Bids must be either emailed to Steve Rogers on steve.rogers@dsl.pipex.com or given to him in person. All bids must be accompanied with your full name, contact address, phone number and email address if you have one so that you can be contacted should you have the highest bid. If two or more people make the highest bid, the winner will be drawn out of a hat. Bids will be accepted until 4pm on Saturday 28th April 2007 ((half-time of the home game against Margate).

The three sets of tickets are as follows.

2 tickets to see any Surrey home game at The Brit Oval except in the 20/20 competition during the 2007 season.

2 tickets to see any Hampshire home Pro-40 League or C&G Trophy match (not floodlit) during the 2007 season at The Rose Bowl.

4 tickets to see any Warwickshire home Pro-40 League match during the 2007 season at Edgbaston.

Posted at 15:00

Saturday 07 April - Variety Night postponed

It is with much regret that the Supporters Trust have taken the decision to postpone the Variety Night, due to have taken place in three weeks time, due to very low ticket sales. As there had been very little interest in the event, the trust had no option but to call it off so that they didn't lose any money on the night. There was serious danger that the evening wasn't going to break even, which given that it is a fundraiser for the future of the club, is very disappointing.

The trust would like to thank Joe McGowan for his hard work in arranging the acts for the night, and for giving up his time for free. It's just a shame that his time has been wasted. We hope that we may be able to work with Joe in the future.

The trust would like to take this opportunity to remind supporters that it is events such as this that will be crucial in raising funds for the long term future of the club. We hope that people will be able to support future events as and when they are arranged.

Posted at 20:00

Saturday 07 April - Archer and three others sign on

Ahead of the transfer deadline last Saturday, Dale Archer, who has been training with us for a couple of months after leaving Enfield, signed forms to play Ryman League football for us. He was an unused substitute this afternoon. Also signing Ryman League forms ahead of the deadline were Lubo Guentchev, the son of Bontcho, and two experienced heads as cover for the squad in our management team of Gary McCann and Freddie Hyatt.

Posted at 19:45

Saturday 07 April - Belal at the double

Two goals from Belal Aiteouakrim not only gave Hendon all three points in a 2-0 win over Horsham this afternoon, but also took him ahead of Dean Green as leading scorer for the season. Hendon were in control for most of the game and deservedly took the lead in the 18th minute when Aiteouakrim broke clear of the defence and slid the ball into the net. The second goal came in the 49th minute when he was put clear by Davis Haule and finished clinically. The win was soured slightly when Jamie Busby was sent off for violent conduct with five minutes to go, but the ten men held on comfortably to move up to 16th place in the table, and a step closer to safety.

Posted at 17:30

Friday 06 April - eBay donations required

The supporters trust eBay shop continues to do very well and has now raised nearly £2000 since it was opened twelve months ago. However, the trust are on the lookout for more items to auction and sell. If you have any old programmes (they don't need to be Hendon related), books, videos, DVDs, CDs, bric-a-brac, literally anything, please bring them to any game, speak to Steve Rogers on a matchday or email him on steve.rogers@dsl.pipex.com

Posted at 15:00

Friday 06 April - St George's Flags on sale

The supporters association will have St George's Flags on sale at the reduced price of £7.00 (normal price £10.00) if purchased before St Georges Day (23rd April). Just see Geraldine Clarke in the club shop at a home game to purchase your flag.

Posted at 14:30

Friday 06 April - Are you walking on Monday?

If you are planning to take part in the sponsored walk on Monday, please could you ensure you give your name to Mike Harte, John Rice or Tony Rice on Saturday if you haven't done so already. If you aren't able to take part, please seriously consider sponsoring someone who is.

Posted at 14:00

Wednesday 04 April - Player of the season voting

Voting for the player of the season will open on Saturday afternoon. Only members of the Supporters Association and Junior Lambs are eligible to vote, and they should see Geraldine in the club shop to make their vote. Voting will be open before and during all home games and will close at half-time of our final home game of the season against Margate.

Posted at 15:00

Monday 02 April - Greens win monthly award

We have won the GX Soccer Performance of the Month award for March. This award is made by the Ryman League to clubs who have made particular achievements during the month. On their website their reason for awarding it to us was "Hendon commenced the month in the relegation zone, but a series of good performances took the Middlesex club up to 18th place in the Premier Division. On Saturday, 10th March they inflicted a 3-1 defeat on AFC Wimbledon, the first reverse after a run of ten undefeated matches for the Dons, preventing the Surrey club going top of the Division."

Posted at 15:00

Monday 02 April - April Fool!!

We can confirm, just in case anyone is wondering, that the story posted yesterday about the Greens playing at Wembley Stadium next season is indeed an April Fool. The story was also published in the Non League Paper yesterday and has caused much amusement around the non league fraternity.

Posted at 00:01

Sunday 01 April - Hendon to play at Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium, The Football Association, the London Borough of Brent and Hendon Football Club are delighted to announce that the Greens will be playing at the newly-refurbished Wembley Stadium in season 2007-08.

The situation arose after The FA and Brent Council remained dissatisfied with the amount of activity at The Stadium in its first season of operation. The Council noted from reading local newspapers that Hendon were shortly to lose their home of 81 years, Claremont Road, and as the club is based less than a mile from the Borough's border, there was synergy.

A Brent Councillor, on guarantee of anonymity, said, "We had seen that Hendon Football Club were having problems with their ground and we knew of their negotiations to groundshare with another Football Club in our Borough.

"As the usage of Wembley Stadium is still unsatisfactory, and problems with regard to ticketing remain unresolved, we contacted The Football Association to propose allowing a small Club to use the stadium for the season.

"There are three very good reasons for this from a local perspective why Hendon are the perfect choice. Firstly, as a senior Non-League football club, attendances at matches will vary from hundreds to maybe a few thousand, thus meaning that various levels of stewarding can be tested.

"Secondly, many of Hendon's supporters live in the London of Borough of Brent, so for them to go to Claremont Road or Wembley Stadium makes little difference in terms of journey time.

"And thirdly, maybe most importantly, as the cost of visiting Wembley Stadium for major matches, such as internationals or Cup Finals, will be very high and for football fans everywhere the chance to watch a competitive match at the Stadium at a reasonable price is an excellent one. Hendon FC are bound by their League's rules regarding maximum admission prices and these will not change, even though they will be playing at possibly the best stadium in the world."

The Ryman League are delighted with the move. "Hendon Football Club have been members of this League for more than 40 years and have a proud tradition. It will be a shame to see their old stadium disappear, but it has been in need of major restorative work for a number of seasons.

"League regulations regarding ground grading will have to be met, so stand-alone dugouts will have to be in place. However, because the regulation regarding covered standing accommodation for spectators was waived when Yeovil Town were members - they had more than 4,000 covered seats and allowed standing spectators to use the seats in inclement weather - it is only fair that with 92,000 covered seats, standing under cover will not be necessary for matches at this venue."

An FA spokesman said, "We have made certain representations to Hendon Football Club and the Ryman League regarding the use of Wembley Stadium. We are happy that many more fans will get the chance to visit the Stadium for football matches, but there is an agreement that Hendon will neither train on the pitch more than once per week and they will neither train nor play matches on the pitch at any time within 10 days of a major match, be it an international, special event or Cup final."

Brent Council's controversial "exclusion zone" for events at Wembley Stadium will not be enforced for any Hendon match, so the Car Park - at minimal cost - and local transport facilities will be available for spectators.

Hendon Football Club manager Gary McCann said, "This is fantastic news for the Club. It will make quite a change to play at Wembley Stadium after all these years at Claremont Road. We all know that the facilities here are not the best, and attracting players has been a problem on occasion.

"It always was the biggest ambition of my career to play at Wembley Stadium. I think I might have to come out of retirement for a game or two next season."

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