News - April 2011

Saturday 30 April - Robins emerge as winners

Carshalton Athletic ran out 2-1 winners this afternoon in a closely fought encounter at Colston Avenue in the final league game of the season.

The Robins took the lead in the 5th minute through Sonny Ayers, before Aaron Morgan equalised in the 16th minute. Ayres restored the lead in the 69th minute, and the Greens best chance of levelling matters fell to Bradley Ambrose, but he was just unable to find the back of the net.

The result means that Hendon finish the season in 15th position, and the squad will now be looking forward to the London Senior Cup Final in ten days time.

Posted at 17:08

Thursday 28 April - Kick off time for cup final

The kick off time for the London Senior Cup final on Tuesday 10th May has been confirmed as 7:30pm.

Details of admission prices are yet to be received from the London FA, but we will ensure that the information is passed on as soon as the club receive it.

Posted at 12:11

Tuesday 26 April - Range of DVDs up for auction in eBay shop

The Supporters Trust have had a donation of over 20 DVD's, which have now been individually put up for auction on eBay. To see the list of DVDs available, please click the eBay shop link on the main menu. All proceeds from the auctions will go directly to the trust.

Posted at 11:42

Tuesday 26 April - April Snowball draw result

The April Snowball draw was made yesterday evening during the end of season awards, and the winner of the £270 first prize was ball number 13. The second prize of £135 was won by ball number 93.

Posted at 09:36

Monday 25 April - Busby named Supporters Player of the Season

Jamie Busby was named as Supporters Player of the Season at tonight's awards evening that followed the game against Billericay Town. This is the second time that Jamie has won the award, having won the vote two years ago.

The Players Player of the Season was Scott Cousins, whilst Gary McCann named Aaron Morgan as the Young Player of the Season. Casey Maclaren won the Managers Player of the Season award, whilst Freddie Hyatt was named as Clubman of the Season.

The Chairman's Award was awarded to Peter Dean and Ted Lee. Both Peter and Ted are retiring from their roles as Assistant Secretary and Boardroom Steward at the end of the season, and the award was in recognition of their efforts over many years.

Simon Lawrence also made a special award to Gary McCann in recognition of his 500th game at the club, both as a player and a manager, a milestone that was reached back in October at our game at Maidstone United.

The Supporters Association named Fynn Roberts as their Junior Supporter of the Season, and Peter Dean as their Supporter of the Season. Fynn is the youngest member of our matchday staff, and has missed very few home games this season.

The Under 18s also made their awards this evening, with Steven Gonzalez named as their Player of the Season, whilst Bradley Ambrose won the award for leadig scorer.

The awards for the Under 21s are yet to be made, and will be announced in due course.

Posted at 20:46

Monday 25 April - Greens pick up point against Billericay

The first team continued their improvement in fortunes as they picked up another point by drawing 1-1 against Billericay Town in the final home game of the season.

Billericay took the lead with a penalty converted by Adam Flanagan in the 13th minute, before Jamie Busby equalised ten minutes later. Whilst there were a number of chances at either end throughout the game, no one was able to find the back of the net, meaning that both teams had to be satisfied with a point.

Posted at 18:39

Monday 25 April - Last chance to vote for player of the season

This afternoon is your last chance to vote for your player of the season, as the awards are presented after the game. If you would like to vote, please call into the club shop before half-time of this afternoon's game.

Everyone is welcome to attend the awards & disco after the game, with entrance at just £2, and tickets will be available on the door. The evening will commence shortly after the game.

Posted at 07:51

Saturday 23 April - Diedhiou equaliser enough to secure point

A 65th minute equaliser from Dave Diedhiou was enough to secure a point at Hastings United as the game ended 1-1 this afternoon at Pilot Field.

On a hot & sunny afternoon on the south coast, Hastings had taken the lead late in the first half when Sam Adams had converted a penalty following a foul by Casey Maclaren.

Diedhiou had an excellent chance to win the game when he did everything right and headed the ball into the ground, only to see it bounce over the net with the Hastings keeper left helpless.

Posted at 17:09

Wednesday 20 April - Supporters 5-a-side in Chester

Supporters Direct are organising a 5-a-side tournament as part of their annual conference weekend in Chester and Eddie Edwards is looking into entering a team to represent Hendon.

The tournament takes place on Saturday 16th July, but it is likely that the team would travel up on the Friday evening. and travel home on the Saturday evening.

If you are interested in taking part, and would like to find out more information, please contact Eddie by emailing him via the website on admin@hendonfc.net

Posted at 15:55

Tuesday 19 April - London Senior Cup final details

The final of the London Senior Cup will be played on Tuesday 10th May, at Tooting & Mitcham United, and our opponents will be Wingate & Finchley.

Confirmation of the kick off time and admission prices will be available in due course, but please put the date in your diary, and hopefully we can end the season on a high note with some silverware.

Posted at 22:30

Tuesday 19 April - Hendon beat the Wombles to reach cup final

The first team have progressed to the final of the London Senior Cup by winning 3-2 at AFC Wimbledon this evening in a pulsating semi final.

The Greens took the lead through Rakatahr Hudson, his first goal since returning to the club, but rode their luck for the remainder of the half. They put in a better showing early in the 2nd half and were rewarded when Greg Ngoyi doubled the lead in the 64th minute.

However, Christian Jolley pulled a goal back for the Wombles a minute later, and eight minutes from time, Reece Jones equalised to take the game into extra time.

The winning goal came in the 105th minute, when Dave Diedhiou found the back of the net after a Scott Cousins cross had caused chaos in front of the home goal, and the Greens were able to hold on to secure progression the final.

Posted at 22:26

Monday 18 April - Semi final date at AFC Wimbledon tomorrow

Tomorrow evening sees the first team make the trip to AFC Wimbledon for the semi final of the London Senior Cup, in what is the club's final chance of silverware this season. Supporters are reminded that admission to the game is just £5 for adults and concessions, and free for under 16's. Those who are under 16 will need to ensure that they have some proof of age with them.

Gary McCann made it clear on Saturday where his priorities lay, as he rested a number of first choice players for the game against Horsham, all of whom are expected to be in the starting line-up at Kingsmeadow.

AFC Wimbledon reached the final last season, where they lost on penalties to Metropolitan Police following a pulsating 4-4 draw. Their scorers that night were Danny Kedwell, Luke Moore, Elliot Godfrey and Ricky Wellard.

In reaching the semi final this season, the Wombles have seen off the challenges of Dulwich Hamlet (3-2 with Mark Nwokeji, Callun Dunne and Jon Main scoring), and Beckenham Town (4-3 with Lee Minshull, Harry Knock and Jerson Dos Santos scoring, the latter with a brace).

Our opponents secured their place in the Conference National play-offs on Saturday with a 4-0 win at Histon, with both Kedwell and Moore scoring two goals apiece, and they just have home games against Mansfield Town and Grimsby Town, along with a trip to Forest Green Rovers left to play before they embark on the play-off campaign.

This will be the 10th meeting between the two clubs. We haven't met the Wombles since they won promotion from the Ryman League in 2008, since when they have continued to progress through the leagues under the excellent leadership of Terry Brown.

Kick off at Kingsmeadow will be at 7.45pm, and the game will continue into extra-time and penalties if required. The winners will face Wingate & Finchley in the final, which is due to be played on Tuesday 10th May at Tooting & Mitcham United's ground.

Posted at 16:27

Monday 18 April - Supporters Trust launch new fundraising schemes

The Supporters' Trust have launched two new schemes where supporters can raise funds for the Trust whilst surfing the internet.

Easysearch is a search engine along the same lines as Google or Bing that will make a donation to the Supporters' Trust for every successful websearch from the funds paid to Easysearch by their advertising sponsors. By using Easysearch instead of Google, you will be able to raise funds for the club at no cost to yourself and still enjoy the very best results for every search. To begin searching and raising funds for the Supporters' Trust at the same time, please visit http://hfcst.easysearch.org.uk/

In addition, the Trust has been registered as a cause with sister company Easyfundraising. Those of you who have used the buy.at Hendon webshop in the past will be familiar with the way Easyfundraising works. For every online purchase from a retailer's link on Easyfundraising, a percentage of the value of the purchase, or a fixed donation will be made to the Trust.

In addition, there are numerous discount vouchers and online only offers from companies offering everything from Finance to Dating, Phones to Books. In some cases, donations can be made simply by registering with a retailer or by claiming a free pay as you go Sim card. There are 10 times as many retailers on Easysearch than on buy.at Hendon FC, so to begin shopping simply visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/hfcst/

Posted at 16:15

Saturday 16 April - Hornets sting makeshift Greens

Horsham picked up a very important three points in their battle against relegation as they beat a makeshift Hendon 3-0 at Vale Farm this afternoon.

The Hornets took the lead, in front of a number of visiting Manchester City supporters, in the 20th minute through Jamie Brotherton. Things were made much tougher for the Greens just before half time when James Burgess was sent off for violent conduct.

Hendon's best chance came early in the second half when they were awarded a penalty, but Greg Ngoyi's strike was well saved by Mark Zawadski. Goals in the last ten minutes from Jamie Cade and Paul Kennett secured the points for Horsham, meaning they took a huge step towards safety.

Before the game, the two teams made up a guard of honour for Horsham stalwart Gary Charman, who was making his 500th appearance. Hendon fans will remember that Gary suffered a nasty facial injury last season at Vale Farm, and we are all delighted that he was able to make a full recovery, and is now back playing regularly. We congratulate him on what is a very rare milestone in modern football.

Posted at 14:52

Friday 15 April - Travel warning for tomorrow

We would like to advise all those planning to attend the game tomorrow that the M1 is closed all weekend between Junction 1 and Junction 4. This means that traffic in NW London will be even busier than anticipated.

The M1 closure is due to a major fire in the Mill Hill area. Consequently all other routes to the Wembley area, particularly the M40 & A40 are likely to be very busy, even allowing for our early 1pm kick off for the game against Horsham. Therefore we advise that you allow plenty of time for your journey, even if you only have a short distance to travel.

The goods news is that the trains in the area should be operating as normal. The Piccadilly, Bakerloo and London Overground lines should all be operating a normal service.

We hope that everyone has a safe journey to the game, and then home again afterwards.

Posted at 20:06

Tuesday 12 April - Angels come out on top

Tonbridge Angels came out on top at Vale Farm this evening as they defeated the first team 3-0, with all the goals coming in the second half. The Angels scorers were Frannie Collin, Carl Rook and Ade Olorunda.

That said, the Greens did have chances, the best falling to Aaron Morgan and Casey Maclaren who both hit the woodwork, whilst James Parker had a goalbound effort cleared off the line.

Posted at 21:45

Tuesday 12 April - March snowball draw results

The March snowball draw was made on Saturday afternoon, and the winner of the £270 first prize was ball number 40, whilst the second prize of £135 was won by ball number 52.

Posted at 20:44

Monday 11 April - Under 18s share the goals

In their championship winning 12-0 victory yesterday, the under 18s had no less than eleven different scorers, eclipsing their recent 15-0 win over Enfield Community when they had ten scorers.

The only player to score twice was Patrick Daval, whilst the only players who took part who didn't score were the right back and goalkeeper. The other scorers were Corey Stewart, Bradley Ambrose, Steven Gonzalez, Barkley Miguel Panzo, Jerome Ntumba, Jay Oloko, Sholto Nene, Ivan Tihati, Mohammed Afsari and Ferhat Pirudak.

Joint manager Jason Fevrier was delighted after the game and said "I was proud to be there to watch them play like that. We won the championship in great style and we played Yalova off the park today; our passing and movement was top class. At one point in the second half, such was our domination, I think our goalkeeper was sunbathing!"

Posted at 16:15

Monday 11 April - Player of the Season voting opens tomorrow

Voting for the Supporters Player of the Season opens tomorrow evening, and you can vote by calling into the club shop. You will be able to make your vote tomorrow, on Saturday afternoon, or up till half-time on Easter Monday after which the votes will be counted.

The result of the vote will be announced during the end of season awards evening that follows the Billericay game on Easter Monday.

Recent winners of the award have been as follows: 2010 - James Burgess, 2009 - Jamie Busby, 2008 - Brian Haule, 2007 - Richard Wilmot, 2006 - James Parker, 2005 - Rene Street, 2004 - Eugene Ofori, 2003 - Paul Towler & Steve Butler, 2002 - Simon Clarke, 2001 - Dale Binns, 2000 - Jon Daly.

Posted at 15:26

Monday 11 April - Reduced adult admission for Horsham game

As a one-off special offer, the club are reducing admission for adults for Saturday's home game against Horsham to just £5. Prices for concessions (£5) and under 16s (£1) will remain unchanged for the game.

Posted at 11:16

Sunday 10 April - Under 18s crowned league champions

The under 18s secured their league title in style this afternoon as they trounced Yalova Youth 12-0. Full details of the game will appear on the under 18 page in the next day or two.

Posted at 14:37

Sunday 10 April - U21s beaten by West Essex

Our U21 side lost their penultimate game of the season yesterday afternoon as they went down 3-0 to West Essex. Their final game against Greens United is due to be played on Saturday 7th May.

Posted at 14:25

Saturday 09 April - End of Season Presentation Evening

The club are pleased to be able to released details of the End of Season Presentation evening which will be held on Monday 25th April immediately following our final home league game against Billericay Town.

The evening will include all the first team presentations and will be followed by a disco and accompanied by a cold buffet kindly provided by the Supporters' Association. The bar will also of course remain open during the evening.

Tickets for the event will cost just £2 and will be available on the door, we hope that as many fans as possible will be able to attend what promises to be an enjoyable evening and show their thanks to the players for their efforts this season.

Posted at 21:27

Saturday 09 April - Wes Stones Greens

A 51st minute header from defender Wes Parker was the enough to settle an evenly contested local derby between Wealdstone and Hendon at a warm and sunny Vale Farm this afternoon. Rakki Hudson came closest to given the Greens the lead in the first half when he just failed to connect with a Scott Cousins free kick, whilst Jamie Busby forced a good save from Jonathan North late in the half with a quickly taken free kick.

Wealdstone began the 2nd half much brighter and took the lead when Parker was left unchallenged from a corner to head powerfully inside James Reading's far post. Reading then made a good save from Callum Martin whilst Hendon's best effort of the 2nd half came courtesy of a deflected Belal Aite-ouakrim shot that North did extremely well to get down low to. Despite late pressure from the Greens, Wealdstone were able to hold out for a win to give them the local bragging rights for another season.

Posted at 21:16

Friday 08 April - Reduced admission for AFC Wimbledon game

We have now agreed admission prices for the London Senior Cup semi final at AFC Wimbledon, with admission for under 16s being free. For adults and concessions, the price will be just £5.00, which will allow access to both the terraces and the stand.

Both clubs hope that by reducing the admission charge, coupled with the fact that the schools are on holiday, a much larger crowd than would normally be expected for a county cup tie, even at the semi final stage, will come to the game.

So why not bring your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews and have a family night out at the football where two teams will be battling it out for a place in the final.

Posted at 13:02

Friday 08 April - Derby day tomorrow afternoon

The first team entertain Wealdstone tomorrow as they begin a run of three consecutive home games. Both teams have nothing other than pride to play for, as neither club is likely to be involved in the play offs, or in the relegation battle over the final few weeks of the season.

The Stones have slipped out of the play off race in recent weeks, with just one win in their last six league games, during which time they have scored just three goals. The solitary win came against Aveley four weeks ago. Since then they have drawn against Folkestone Invicta, and then lost to Tonbridge Angels (2-0), Concord Rangers (3-1) and most recently Cray Wanderers (1-0) on Monday evening.

Both sides will therefore be keen to return to winning ways in what could well be a decent competitive game, despite both sides being comfortably in midtable.

Kick off at Vale Farm is at 3.00pm, the bar will be open from 12.00pm and the turnstiles will open around 2.00pm. We hope to see plenty of you there on what is forecast to be another glorious warm, sunny day.

Posted at 10:37

Thursday 07 April - Help needed in tea bar on Tuesday evening

The Supporters Association are looking for one or two volunteers to help serve in the tea bar on Tuesday evening. If are able to help, please speak to Mike Hogan or Sandra Wood on Saturday afternoon, or email Sandra on sandra.wood50@ntlworld.com as soon as possible.

If no one volunteers, the likelihood is that the tea bar will not be open on Tuesday evening.

Posted at 21:13

Wednesday 06 April - Coach to Hastings

There will be a coach running for our game at Hastings United on Saturday 23rd April. Seats will cost £12, and can either be booked by calling into the club shop at one of our next three home games, or by emailing the club on admin@hendonfc.net.

The coach will depart from Vale Farm as normal, the departure time will be confirmed nearer the date.

Posted at 12:35

Monday 04 April - Date set for AFC Wimbledon game

The London Senior Cup Semi Final against AFC Wimbledon will take place at Kingsmeadow on Tuesday 19th April, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Admission prices are yet to be confirmed between the two clubs, but they are likely to be lower than Wimbledon's normal league prices.

The winner of the semi final will play Wingate & Finchley in the final, which takes place on Tuesday 10th May at Tooting & Mitcham United's ground.

Posted at 17:03

Monday 04 April - Online Matchday Magazine subscription now available

If you are not able to get to watch Hendon but would still want to read the matchday magazine, well there is a new solution. We propose to make available an electronic version of all home game matchday magazines to be sent out to Supporters Trust Members who are unable to get to our home games. At present this will be at an introductory price of £25 for the whole of the season 2011/2012.

The electronic version would be in PDF format and will normally be e mailed the day after the game has been concluded. If you are interested in taking forward this option now for next season, we will send you the remaining home games of this season as a bonus.

We will continue to provide a mail out service for the printed Magazine so if you would prefer to receive the ‘real thing’ by post please click on the admission tab on the menu for more information.

To subscribe to the online matchday magazine, please email us on admin@hendonfc.net and we will send you an application form.

Posted at 15:59

Monday 04 April - Under 18s on the brink

Hendon Under-18s need just one point from their final game of the season to win the Cheshunt Youth League title after their match on Sunday was forfeited by their opponents. Their final game is away to Yalova Youth this coming Sunday morning.

Posted at 13:04

Saturday 02 April - Greens beaten at Cray

The first team were comfortably beaten 3-1 at Cray Wanderers this afternoon, largely thanks to a disappointing first half performance.

The home side took the lead in the 14th minute through Leigh Bremner, before their leading scorer Laurent Hamici doubled the lead twelve minutes later.

Kevin Maclaren, with his first goal of the season, pulled the Greens back into the game in the 57th minute, but Cray secured the points shortly before full time when Hamici converted a spot kick.

Posted at 17:15

Saturday 02 April - Under 21s back to winning ways

The under 21s returned to winning ways this afternoon with a 5-2 victory over The Wilberforce Wanderers. Goalscorers were Dean Roper (2), Daryl Atkins with a penalty, Ercan Yildirim and Freddie Boffa.

Posted at 17:13

Saturday 02 April - Ton up for Hudson

Today's game at Cray Wanderers saw the recently returned Rakatahr Hudson make his long awaited 100th appearance for the club. This is a milestone that he was disappointed not to have made before he left us a couple of years ago. We all sincerely hope that there will be plenty more appearances to come in the future.

Posted at 17:11

Friday 01 April - Gary, Freddie & Mark to play at Cray tomorrow

Due to an injury crisis, Gary McCann, Freddie Hyatt and Mark Findley will appear for the first team in the game at Cray Wanderers tomorrow.

The game will see Gary make his first appearance since his last appearance at Bedford Town in September 2003, whilst Freddie last played for the club in May 2000 when he scored at Heybridge Swifts in the final game of the season. Supporters who were at that game will remember his outrageous piece of skill that left a Heybridge defender utterly dumbfounded.

Meanwhile, Mark, who has yet to make a competitive appearance for the club, was excellent in training last night according to Gary.

Posted at 09:30