Will Viner was the hero last night as Hendon won the London Senior Cup for the first time in 40 years following a penalty shoot-out against Croydon Athletic at Kingsmeadow. The Rams took the lead early in the second half through Sam Clayton, before James Bent equalised in the 70th minute with a fine shot from 20 yards. Five minutes into extra time Glenn Garner put the Greens head with a fiercely struck low drive, before Richard Blackwell equalised for Croydon in the 114th minute.
And so the tie moved into penalties. Viner made a fine save from Croydon's first penalty. Danny Dyer converted for Hendon, before Croydon scored their second. Marc Leach then scored, Viner saved another Croydon spot kick and then Bent scored clinically. The fourth penalty from Croydon was a very poor effort which Viner easily saved to spark huge celebrations by players and supporters alike.
Posted at 08:00
The April snowball draw, which was made by Lee O'Leary and his girlfriend, saw a record entry of 163 balls. The winner of the Â£244.50 prize was number 174, whilst the winner of the Â£122.25 second prize was number 59.
If you would like to join the draw, and have a chance of winning part of the monthly prize fund of over Â£360 please go to the supporters trust website where will you find all the necessary information.
Posted at 12:00
Following todays game, around 100 people attended the end of season celebration in the clubhouse at Vale Farm. 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. Thanks were also expressed to the team who put on an excellent spread of food - including Sally Garner, Dave Garner, Sandra Wood and Geraldine Clarke.
Moving on to the awards, Jamie Busby won the double of players player and supporters player of the season. In the players player voting, Kevin Maclaren and Craig Vargas came second and third respectively, whilst in the supporters vote, the same positions went to Glenn Garner and James Burgess. Gary McCann chose Kevin Maclaren as his Young Player of the season, while the all important Clubman award went to James Burgess after completing his eighth full season with the club.
Off the pitch, the Chairman's award was again chosen by Graham Etchell and went to the co-authors of The Hendon Story, Peter Lush and David Balheimer. Supporters of the season were Paul McGreal and Jacqui Cox, the 500 mile walkers, while Charlie Osbourne was presented with the Young Supporter of the season.
Posted at 22:00
The Arsenal shirt auction that was held this afternoon raised Â£275 for Lee O'Leary. Following a minor bidding war between Will Viner and James Burgess, the winner of the shirt was Ricky Lawrence. We would like to thank Ricky for his generousity, and also thank Boreham Wood chairman Danny Hunter for kindly donating the shirt to us.
Also auctioned was a copy of the Hendon history book which had been signed by a number of former players. This raised Â£50 and was won by Robert Fraser.
Posted at 21:55
Despite going down to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Carshalton Athletic this afternoon, Hendon put in a decent performance, and were rewarded for their efforts in stoppage time when James Burgess scored his second goal of the season from close range. Carshalton won the game in the first five minutes of the second half with goals from Richard Jolly and Charlie Ide. Results elsewhere today meant that Hendon finished the season in 16th place.
Posted at 21:50
The supporters trust would be very grateful if all outstanding sponsor monies for the sponsored walk, Paul & Jacqui's 500 mile walk, and Phil Rogers running the London Marathon are paid either on Saturday, Wednesday at AFC Wimbledon or next Friday at the supporters game. It is very important that all monies are paid in so that the trust board can finalise the budget for next season.
Posted at 08:00
A stoppage time screamer of a goal from Kevin Maclaren, his first for the club, ensured Premier Division safety for Hendon as they beat Horsham 3-1. After going behind to a 25th minute goal from Steve Davies, the Greens equalised courtesy of a Jamie Busby penalty shortly before half-time.
Busby scored his second of the evening, and his 15th of the season, early in the second half as he was first to react to a rebound from a save from the keeper. Kevin Maclaren's winner late in the game beat the keeper all ends up to set off celebrations similar to those at Boreham Wood last week.
Posted at 23:00
Hendon still require a point to make certain of safety (due to the superior goal difference) after they lost 2-1 at Hastings United. After Glenn Garner had given the Greens the lead in the 12th minute, Rhys Whyborne equalised almost straight away. Hastings winner came in the 65th minute courtesy of Matt McLean. Both sides had second half efforts cleared off the line.
Posted at 19:00
With the end of the season rapidly approaching, it is time for supporters to make their votes for their choice of the player of the season. You can vote by emailing Sandra Wood on email@example.com, quoting your supporters association membership number, or you can vote in person at the supporters association stand at our two remaining home games. Email votes must be placed by 6pm on Friday 24th April, whilst votes in person must be placed by half-time at our game against Carshalton.
Posted at 08:00
We are pleased to announce that there will be a friendly game between the supporters and the first team at the end of the season. The game will be played on Friday 1st May at Vale Farm, and the game is expected to kick off at 7.30pm. Any supporters who would like to play are asked to contact manager Eddie Edwards in advance of the game, so that he can plan his tactics for seeing off the challenge of the first team. You can book your place in the squad either by speaking to him at our remaining home games, or by emailing him on firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a charge of Â£5.00 for supporters to play, with all money raised going to the supporters trust.
Posted at 07:55
Hendon took a huge step towards safety this evening as a stoppage time goal from Brian Haule meant that three points were secured in a 1-0 win at Boreham Wood. The result means that if we need just a point to secure safety with our superior goal difference acting as an extra point. The goal, and shortly afterwards the final whistle, were met with huge celebratiosn by players and supporters alike as the disappointment of Monday night suddenly became a distant memory.
Posted at 23:00
Hendon suffered cup final disappointment in the Middlesex Senior Cup this evening for the second year in a row. This time AFC Hayes were the victors, running out 2-0 winners. Victor Owusu gave them the lead in the 8th minute, whilst the second goal came deep into stoppage time courtesy of a Dean Papali penalty. The Greens were left bemused late in the first half when what seemed a certain penalty for a foul on Kevin Maclaren was denied and the youngster was booked for diving, despite in control of the ball 6 yards from an unguarded net. The relief on the faces of the AFC Hayes players was clear to see.
The Greens were the better side for much of the game, but were unable to create much in the way of clear cut chances. The best fell to Sam Collins, but his shot was well saved by the AFC Hayes keeper, whilst a quick free kick from Jamie Busby flew just wide of the far post with the keeper stranded. However, it wasn't to be, and it was AFC Hayes who were celebrating when the final whistle blew.
Posted at 23:00
Hendon made Maidstone United pay the penalty this afternoon as they ran out 2-0 winners at Earlsmead. Both goals came from penalties scored by Jamie Busby. The first in the 29th minute was awarded for a foul on Brian Haule, whilst the second in the 88th minute was awarded for a trip on Peter Dean.
Posted at 19:00
There is an Easter feast of football coming up over the next few days. Firstly, on Saturday morning at 11.30am, our supporters team are taking on the supporters from Maidstone United. The game is being played at Northwick Park Playing Fields (entrance off The Fairway). Any supporters who would like to come and watch are more than welcome to do so.
Then on Saturday afternoon, the first team play Maidstone's first team in a very important Ryman League fixture. This game is being played at Earlsmead, the home of Harrow Borough, and will kick off at 3.00pm.
On Monday evening, we have the first of our two cup finals as we play AFC Hayes in the Middlesex Senior Cup final. The game will kick off at 7.30pm at Northwood's Chestnut Avenue ground.
Finally, on Wednesday evening, we make the short trip up the A1 to play Boreham Wood in another crucial Ryman League fixture, kicking off at 7.45pm. Whilst we realise that everyone has very busy lives, it would be great to see as many of you as possible at as many of these games as possible.
Posted at 09:00
The London FA have confirmed this afternoon that our London Senior Cup final against Croydon Athletic will take place on Wednesday 29th April, kicking off at 7.30pm. The game will still be played at AFC Wimbledon's Kingsmeadow ground.
Posted at 08:55
Hendon reached the London Senior Cup final for the third year in a row tonight after seeing off Tooting & Mitcham United 4-0 at Imperial Fields. Star of the evening was Glenn Garner who scored a superb hat-trick, with goals in the 10th, 17th and 51st minutes, whilst James Bent scored a fine goal in the 27th minute.
Our opponents in the final will be Croydon Athletic, who beat Harrow Borough 5-0 this evening. The date for the final is yet to be confirmed as the Ryman League are currently insisting that our league game against Horsham goes ahead on Tuesday 21st April. As soon as we receive confirmation of the date, we will post it to the website and the messageboard.
Posted at 23:00
Harlow Town's appeal to the FA against their 3 point deduction failed this afternoon. As a result Harlow have dropped back into the relegation zone, moving us up to 18th place in the process.
Posted at 22:55
Tonbridge Angels are turning into something of a bogey side for Hendon as the Kent side ran out 5-1 winners today. Scott Gooding opened the scoring after 10 minutes for Tonbridge, and doubled the lead in the 32nd minute. Anthony Storey scored a fine goal a few minutes later, and early in the second half Carl Rook made it 4-0.
Jamie Busby pulled a goal back for the Greens from the penalty spot, a thoroughly deserved point for a much improved second half performance, before Dwain Clarke finished the scoring shortly afterwards. Bizarrely, Tonbridge had Ade Olorunda sent off in stoppage time for a very dangerous looking tackle on James Parker, a tackle that was surely completely unnecessary given the state of the game.
Posted at 20:00
The March snowball draw was made at half time on Tuesday evening, and the winner of the Â£235.50 first prize was number 107. The second prize of Â£117.75 was number 96. The winners will receive their cheques in the next few days.
It's never too late to join the snowball draw, numbers cost just Â£5.00 per month. We currently estimate that the December Snowball jackpot prize will be over Â£900.
Posted at 20:00