News - April 2008

Wednesday 30 April - Under 21s beat league champions

Hendon Under-21s inflicted the first league defeat of the season on league champions Harrow Club at a very wet Claremont Road this evening. Despite the heavy rain, the pitch actually played very well and consequently the game was very entertaining and with all credit to both teams, was played in the right spirit. Harrow Club took the lead midway through the first half, and before the break they also hit the woodwork. However, the Greens fought back and were rewarded when Michael Roache scored in the 72nd minute, and the winner came just three minutes later when a shot from Raphael O'Selle was fumbled over the line by the Harrow keeper. The win gives Hendon a great chance of securing second place in the table.

Posted at 23:00

Wednesday 30 April - Weekend youth team action

Two of our youth teams are in action this weekend. First of all the under 21s face Harrow Club in the reverse fixture of that played tonight. Kick off at Claremont Road will be at 3.00pm and there will be no admission charge. Then at 12.00pm on Sunday, the under 16s face Hampstead in their league cup final. This game is being played at North Greenford United's ground. All are welcome to attend, but there will be an admission charge.

Posted at 18:00

Wednesday 30 April - Weekend youth round up

On Saturday afternoon the under 21s took another step towards securing the runners up spot with a 7-1 demolition of Sporting Hounslow. Raphael O'Selle scored four of the goals, whilst Michael Roache, Billy Taylor and Diji Bonjoko were also on the scoresheet.

On Sunday morning at Claremont Road, the under 16s beat Brunswick 3-0. Jack Hopkins scored twice, whilst Daniel Worgan scored the other. If the under 16s win their last two games, they will win the title. Finally, the under 15s beat Pinner Albion 3-1 to secure their runners up spot with Damilola Thomas, Ryan McKenna and Nestor Bokuli on target.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 26 April - Brian is fans favourite

Following todays game, despite the on field disappointment, there were over 100 people in attendace at a celebration in the clubhouse of a thoroughly exciting and enjoyable season. Everyone involved at the club, whether management, players, behind the scenes staff, matchday staff, supporters and indeed anyone else were congratulated on their efforts this season.

The supporters player of the season went to Brian Haule, with James Burgess and Davis Haule coming second and third respectively. The players player of the season was won by Jamie Busby, whilst Iavor Guentchev won the most improved player award. The clubman of the season award was given to Freddie Hyatt, the chairmans award went to Mark Findlay, whilst a special centenary achievement award was awarded to Gary McCann. A full list of the awards are listed below and we congratulate all the winners.

Players Player of the Year : Jamie Busby

Supporters Player of the Year : Brian Haule

Most Improved Player : Iavor Guentchev

Clubman of the Season : Freddie Hyatt

Chairman's Award : Mark Findley

Supporter of the Season : Jacqui Cox

Young Supporter of the Season : Liam Coogan-Jobes

Centenary Special Achievement : Gary McCann

200 Appearances : James Burgess

100 Appearances : Richard Wilmot

100 Appearances : Marc Leach

100 Appearances : James Parker

Posted at 20:45

Saturday 26 April - Play off dream comes to an end

Hendon's play off dream came to an end this afternoon as they lost 2-1 to local rivals Wealdstone. The Stones took the lead in the 53rd minute courtesy of a Dean Papali penalty, and the lead was doubled seven minutes from time by Nick Salapatas. The consolation for the Greens was scored by Belal Aiteouakrim in the final minute, but it was too little too late.

Despite the disappointment, there is no doubt that the team have achieved great things this season, and their final position has surpassed all expectations throughout the club. Every player contributed so much this season and have built a great base to build on next season.

Posted at 20:30

Saturday 26 April - Supporters v Players match

The players have challenged the supporters to a game at Claremont Road on Wednesday 7th May. Kick off time is to be confirmed but will probably be 7.30pm. There will be a guest appearance in goal for the supporters by Gary McCann and the match will be refereed by Steve Rogers. Any supporters who wish to play in the game should email Eddie Edwards as soon as possible on eddiedd@hendonfc.net

Posted at 20:15

Saturday 26 April - More football to come

Despite the first team's season ending this afternoon, there is still more football to come at Claremont Road this season. On Sunday morning, kicking off at 11.00am, our under 16s team continue their bid for the league title as they entertain Brunswick. Then on Wednesday evening, our under 21s are in action against Harrow Club (in what is officially an away fixture). Kick off will be at 7.30pm. Next Saturday, the under 21s are in action again against Harrow Club in the reverse fixture, kick off time to be confirmed.

Posted at 20:00

Tuesday 22 April - Under 15s title hopes end

Hendon Under-15s hopes of winning the league title came to an end as they lost 2-1 to Acton Ealing Whistlers at Claremont Road this evening. Acton as a consequence have won the title. The Greens took the lead in the 15th minute through Nestor Bokuli, a lead they held through to half-time. Acton equalised in the 51st minute and the winner came seven minutes later. Manager John Creith was full of praise for his team after the game as he said "I'm very pleased and proud of our boys to have pushed until the penultimate game of the season for the title in our 1st season in the Premier Division, particularly given the injuries we had. We now have to ensure we get a point at Pinner Albion on Sunday to secure 2nd place. My man of the match tonight was centre-back Gavin Austin."

Posted at 23:30

Tuesday 22 April - More cup final disappointment

For the second time this season, Hendon had cup final disappointment as they were beaten 3-2 by a Tooting & Mitcham United side that thoroughly deserved the win. The Ryman Division One South side took the lead early in the first half, before Daniel Dyer finished off a fine move to equalise for the Greens. However, almost immediately Tooting regained the lead, and they were 3-1 ahead early in the second half. There was controversy seven minutes from time when former Hendon keeper Dave King brought down Brian Haule in the area. Despite King appearing to be the last man, the referee only showed a yellow card. Haule stepped up to convert the spot-kick. Hendon then had the better of the last few chances, with Rakatahr Hudson coming closest when he hit the post deep into stoppage-time.

Posted at 23:15

Sunday 20 April - End of season party - Are you coming?

Are you intending to come to the end of season party that will immediately follow our final league game against Wealdstone on Saturday afternoon? If so, and if you haven't given your name to Geraldine Clarke, Sandra Wood or Steve Rogers already, it is very important that you email Steve as soon as possible so that we know how many people we are catering for. Tickets for the evening cost just £2.00 and include a hot buffet. Drinks will be on sale.

The evening will start as soon as the players have got changed after the game, and will include all the end of season awards and an auction. It will also be a chance to celebrate the wonderful season we have had, and hopefully a chance to celebrate reaching the play-offs and winning the London Senior Cup.

All supporters are welcome to attend, but we cannot reiterate enough that it is important that you email Steve on steve.rogers@dsl.pipex.com so that the relevant catering plans can be put in place.

Posted at 18:00

Sunday 20 April - End of season awards

Supporters are advised that this season the end of season awards will not be presented on the pitch after the game on Saturday afternoon as has happened in previous years. Instead, the awards will be presented in the banqueting suite, once the players have got changed, as part of our end of season party. For more details on the end of season party, please see the item above.

If you haven't voted for your player of the season, it is not to late as votes will be accepted in the club shop on Saturday up until half-time. Just call in and see Geraldine Clarke to make your vote.

Posted at 17:45

Sunday 20 April - Youth team round up

The under 21s continued their superb form with a 6-3 win over AMU yesterday. A brace of goals from Simon Connaughton helped them on their way, and they have been boosted with the news that, as expected, they have been awarded the points for the abandoned game at Hilltop a fortnight ago. The full match report and league table can be found on the relevant team page. Their next game is away to Sporting Hounslow next Saturday.

The under 16s have played twice since last weekend. Firstly in appalling conditions on Tuesday evening they drew 1-1 at Kensington Dragons, Jordan Copeland scoring the goal, whilst this morning they lost 3-1 to Hanwell Town, their first defeat in 10 games. The goalscorer today was Conrad Lewis. The under 15s were without a game, whilst the under 14s have completed their season

Posted at 17:00

Saturday 19 April - One game to go

With the Greens winning 2-0 at Staines Town this afternoon, Ashford Town (Middx) losing 3-1 at East Thurrock United and Tonbridge Angels only drawing 1-1 with AFC Hornchurch, all that is needed next weekend to secure a place in the play-offs is a win against Wealdstone, whilst hoping that Ramsgate either drop points or are unable to make up the 4 goal difference between us and them if they beat Boreham Wood.

At the other end of the table, there are still three relegation spots up for grabs. Our opponents next weekend, Wealdstone, will be safe if Folkestone drop points against AFC Hornchurch on Monday evening. Folkestone are the only team in the bottom three that can catch Wealdstone, but they play Maidstone United next Saturday. Should Folkestone fail to win on Monday, it is then impossible for both Maidstone and Folkestone to overtake our local rivals regardless of the results on Saturday afternoon. We will update you on this situation again on Monday evening after the Folkestone v AFC Hornchurch game has been played.

Going back to this afternoon's game, the Greens put in a superb performance after a poor opening fifteen minutes, and Davis Haule opened the scoring with a fine finish with Hendon's first chance of the game. From there on, Hendon always looked like the most likely winners and secured the points ten minutes from time when a 30 yard drive from Jack Page was deflected into the net by Danny Gordon, the goal being awarded to the Leyton Orient youngster -his first goal in a Hendon shirt. The result means that the Greens go into Tuesday evening's London Senior Cup final high in confidence.

Posted at 20:00

Monday 14 April - U16s in action tomorrow

Our under-16s continue their title bid tomorrow evening when they travel to Kensington Dragons for a 6.00pm kick-off. The game takes place at Kensington Memorial Gardens, St Marks Road, North Kensington, just off Ladbroke Grove.

Posted at 15:00

Sunday 13 April - Youth team round up

Having been told off by our under-21 managers yesterday, we probably ought to bring you up to date with the latest from our youth teams. The under-21s have played three matches since the last update. First of all they ran out 5-3 winners against Sporting Hounslow, whilst a goal from Michael Roache and a brace from Glenn Garner saw them win 3-1 at Acton Town yesterday. In between their game at Hilltop was abandoned with the Greens leading 5-3 with eight minutes to go when the home supporters and players decided to have a punch-up amongst themselves! We await the ruling from the league committee to see whether the result will stand or not. The under-21s are well placed for a top two finish.

The Sunday youth teams have been disrupted over the past few weeks by the bad weather, and two of them returned to action today. The Under-16s extended their winning run to 8 games in all competitions with a 1-0 win at Springfield in the league. If they continue their good form, they have a wonderful chance of winning their division.

The under-15s haven't played for over a month, but need just one point to guarantee a top two finish. They have two games to go. Meanwhile the under-14s completed a disappointing season yesterday with a 3-2 defeat to Charville Athletic in their Supplementary Cup. All the youth team pages have been updated with full reports and league tables.

Posted at 22:00

Saturday 12 April - End of season function

Following our final game of the season against Wealdstone, the Supporters Association will be holding an End of Season party in one of the Banqueting Suites. Doors will open at 5.30pm, and tickets cost just £2.00 and include a hot buffet. Drinks will be on sale. Instead of the awards being presented on the pitch after the game, the awards will be part of the evening so all the players and the management team will be attending.

All Hendon supporters are welcome to attend, but to help with catering, we ask that you email Steve Rogers on steve.rogers@dsl.pipex.com as soon as possible and let him know if you intend to come along. You can pay for your ticket on the day.

Posted at 22:00

Saturday 12 April - Hendon beat the Champions

Hendon beat the newly crowned Ryman League Champions Chelmsford City 2-1 this afternoon in an entertaining game at Claremont Road. The Clarets took the lead when a free-kick from Ollie Berquez left Richard Wilmot stranded in the 17th minute, but the Greens equalised sixteen minutes later when Davis Haule headed home a superb cross from Lubo Guentchev. The winner came five minutes from time when Davis Haule fired home after the Chelmsford keeper, Danny Gay, had parried his first shot. The goal rounded off an excellent second-half performance from the Greens and the result keeps the play-off dream alive for at least another week.

Posted at 21:30

Saturday 12 April - Player of the season voting

The Supporters Association are now accepting votes for the player of the season award. Last season the award was won by Richard Wilmot, with James Parker winning it the year before. Call into the club shop anytime today to cast your vote. Votes will also be accepted at our last home game of the season against Wealdstone up until half-time.

The Supporters Association are also looking for nominations for supporter of the season. Anyone who has a nomination should speak to Mike Hogan or Sandra Wood at this afternoon's game.

Posted at 20:00

Tuesday 08 April - Greens well beated

Hendon came away from Tonbridge Angels well beaten as they lost 4-0 to their fellow play-off hopefuls. The hero for the Kent side was Akwasi Edusei who hit a hat-trick, with Carl Rook scoring the other goal. Hendon did have chances to get on the scoresheet, particularly in the first half, but as has so often been the case recently, they were unable to find the back of the net.

Posted at 23:45

Saturday 05 April - It's a century of goals, and for Leach

The second goal by Davis Haule this afternoon was the 100th goal scored by Hendon in competitive games this season. 28 of them have come in cup games, whilst the league total now stands at 74 after this afternoon's game.

Meanwhile, defender Marc Leach made his 100th appearance for the club today. Leach joined the club in the autumn of 2005 from Yeading, before leaving for spells at Aylesbury United and Slough Town. He returned to the club in December 2006 and has been one of the first names on the teamsheet ever since, playing an important part in defence for the club. We congratulate Marc on reaching the milestone and look forward to the next hundred appearances.

Posted at 20:00

Saturday 05 April - Three sets of brothers

It is believed that a record was set this afternoon as the Greens named three sets of brothers in their line-up this afternoon. For much of this season there have been two sets of brothers in the form of Davis and Brian Haule, and Iavor and Lubomir Guentchev. The third set are Sam and Jack Page, with the latter, a recent work experience signing from Leyton Orient, making his debut as a substitute late in the game. The only player of the six not to take part in the game today was the younger Guentchev brother, Iavor.

Posted at 19:45

Saturday 05 April - Davis hits hat-trick

Davis Haule was the hat-trick hero for Hendon this afternoon as they won 4-3 at Hastings United to re-ignite their play-off hopes. The elder Haule brother put the Greens 1-0 ahead in the 40th minute and doubled the lead ten minutes into the second half. On the hour mark Russell Eldridge pulled a goal back for Hastings, and just a minute later Ade Olorunda equalised. The hat-trick was completed in the 62nd minute before Sam Adams equalised again in the 69th minute. The winner came six minutes from time courtesy of Lubomir Guentchev. The Greens now need to pick up a win at Tonbridge Angels on Tuesday evening to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Posted at 19:30

Wednesday 02 April - Memorabilia Auction

As part of the forthcoming Quiz Night on Saturday 12th April, the Supporters Trust are also holding an auction of Hendon related Memorabilia. The items up for auction include signed photos of former players John Swannell and Peter Anderson. Full details of the six items up for auction, along with details on how to make a bid if you are unable to attend this fundraising event can be found on the link below. This link will open in Microsoft Word.

Posted at 22:00

Wednesday 02 April - One deadline day signing

Gary McCann made one deadline day signing in the form of 18 year old midfielder Jack Page, younger brother of Sam. Jack has joined us on work experience terms from Leyton Orient, for whom he has made one first team appearance, for the rest of the season. We welcome Jack to the club, and hope that he enjoys his time at Claremont Road.

Posted at 21:45

Tuesday 01 April - Play off hopes dented

Hendon's play off hopes were dented tonight as they lost 1-0 to Boreham Wood. The Greens put in a disappointing performance following their efforts in difficult conditions on Saturday night, but it took a superb free-kick from Danny Barber in the 17th minute to win the game for the relegation haunted visitors. Hendon's best chances fell to Brian Haule during the second period, but he was only able to direct his efforts at the Boreham Wood keeper.

Posted at 22:45