News - April 2013

Monday 29 April - Gary on Lowestoft

Hendon manager Gary McCann spoke after the Lowestoft game about both red cards and the overall performance.

"I was disappointed and frustrated with Kevin's reaction. I thought I had got through to him. However, I have no doubt he is singled out because his reputation precedes him.

"Kevin has come on so much this season with his discipline - yes, he has had a lot of bookings, but they have been because of his effort and trying too hard.

"I was also disappointed with his reaction to his red card, but he did apologise on Twitter afterwards. I had a heart-to-heart conversation with him on the way back home.

"As for Fisher's red card, it was a little unfortunate. On a booking already, maybe he shouldn't have gone for the ball.

"After that it was a real backs against the wall response and the players were magnificent. We only had two substitutes that we could call on, and every player gave me everything they had. Berkley kept us in the game, and it was most unfortunate his slip led to the only goal.

"It has been a long season and in the past week we have been running on empty. We have had a small squad and our finishing schedule was asking too much of us. But I must thank all of my backroom staff who have worked heroically throughout the season."

Posted at 20:18

Sunday 28 April - Please return your raffle tickets

The Supporters Trust would like to remind everyone that any outstanding raffle tickets for the draw on Saturday evening need to be returned as soon as possible.

If you are attending the event, please hand your stubs and money to Sandra Wood or John Rice on the night and they will ensure that they are included in the draw.

If you are unable to attend, please contact John Rice on johnerice@hotmail.com and he will provide details of where to send the stubs and money that you have. Please ensure that they are posted so that they arrive with John no later than Saturday morning.

The draw will be made during the celebration and awards evening on Saturday, and the winning numbers will be posted to the website later next weekend.

Posted at 15:28

Saturday 27 April - Discipline lets Greens down again

The first team's discipline let them down once again this afternoon as they were reduced to nine men within the opening 25 minutes in the final game of the season.

As a result, the game was one of the most one-sided games seen in the Ryman League this season, but Lowestoft Town only managed to score once, despite having a vast majority of possession.

The first player to see red was Kevin Maclaren, who let himself and the club down when he reacted to being fouled by grabbing his opponent by the neck. The reaction was entirely unnecessary, especially as the Greens had been awarded the free kick.

The second player to go was James Fisher, who was sent off for dangerous play when he went to play the ball with a high foot with an opposing player also clsoing in on the ball.

However, the Greens held out until the 67th minute before the home side scored the only goal of the game when Michael Frew pounced on a loose ball to slam it into the net.

Credit must go to the nine men remaining on the pitch, along with the two substitutes used, but mention must be made of Berkley Laurencin, who barring a slip for the goal, was in stunning form, making numerous claims and saves throughout the 90 minutes.

Posted at 18:04

Tuesday 23 April - Play off hopes finally ended

The first team's slim hopes of reaching the play-offs finally came to an end tonight following their 2-1 defeat at Metropolitan Police.

As it happens, even if the Greens had won, the fact East Thurrock United won 2-0 against Harrow Borough meant that the Greens would still have been out of the race.

The boys in blue were 2-0 ahead at half-time, whilst the Greens scored a late consolation thanks to Kambo Smith, his first goal for the club.

Posted at 21:50

Sunday 21 April - Player of the year voting still open

If you weren't at yesterday's game, it is not too late to vote for your player of the season.

All members of the Supporters Association and Supporters Trust are eligible to vote - if you would like to do so, and haven't done so already, please submit your vote to Sandra Wood via email on sandra.wood50@ntlworld.com no later than Saturday 27th April.

The winner will be announced at the celebration and awards dinner on Saturday 4th May, and on the website later that evening.

Posted at 15:22

Saturday 20 April - Greens beaten by Enfield Town

The first team lost their final game at Vale Farm this afternoon as Enfield Town won 3-2, almost ensuring their safety from relegation.

The visitors took the lead in the 3rd minute through Joe O'Brien, and doubled it shortly afterwards through Tyler Campbell. Liam Hope made it 3-0 ten minutes before the break, but the Greens did have first half chances, the best falling to Dave Diedhiou and Max McCann.

It was Diedhiou who got Hendon back into the game early in the second half with a fine shot that flew into the net, and when O'Brien headed a long throw from Jack Connors past his own keeper.

Jack Bennett forced visiting keeper Noel Imber into a fine save late on, but the visitors were able to hold for all three points.

Posted at 18:02

Friday 19 April - Player of the season voting

Voting slips for your player of the season will be available in the club shop at tomorrow's game - so please call in to make your vote either before the game or at half-time. The winner will be announced at the celebration and awards evening on 4th May.

Previous winners of the trophy are as follows.

1965 - Peter Slade, 1966 - Roy Sleap, 1967 - John Swannell, 1968 - Rod Haider, 1969 - Micky Cannon, 1970 - Dave Shacklock.

1971 - Keith Jameson, 1972 - Peter Deadman, 1973 - Tony Bass, 1974 - John Baker, 1975 - Rod Haider, 1976 - Bobby Childs, 1977 - Alan Campbell, 1978 - Alan Campbell, 1979 - Roy Butler, 1980 - Peter Deadman.

1981 - Peter Anderson, 1982 - Dermot Drummy, 1983 - Andy O'Brien, 1984 - Dermot Drummy, 1985 - Andy O'Brien, 1986 - Colin Tate, 1987 - Tony Gibson, 1988 - Dave Root, 1989 - Phil Gridelet, 1990 - Dave Root.

1991 - Andy O'Brien, 1992 - Dave Root, 1993 - Simon Clark, 1994 - Bob Dowie, 1995 - Dave Hudson, 1996 - Dave Stephenson, 1997 - Simon Clarke, 1998 - Steve Bateman, 1999 - Paul Whitmarsh, 2000 - Jon Daly.

2001 - Dale Binns, 2002 - Simon Clarke, 2003 - Steve Butler & Paul Towler, 2004 - Eugene Ofori, 2005 - Rene Street, 2006 - James Parker, 2007 - Richard Wilmot, 2008 - Brian Haule, 2009 - Jamie Busby, 2010 - James Burgess.

2011 - Jamie Busby, 2012 - Ryan Wharton, 2013 - ???

Posted at 08:41

Friday 19 April - Last chance to get a Hogey Burger

Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of leaving Vale Farm is that tomorrow will be the last chance for you to get a Hogey Burger or any of the other items through the snack bar.

Mike Hogan and Bernie Lawrence will be hanging up their aprons for the last time tomorrow, as the catering when we go to Earlsmead will be handled by Harrow's existing providers.

The Hendon snack bar has been run by our Supporters Association for many years, and has had a reputation for being one of the best and cheapest in the league. Many supporters have helped out from time to time, and many supporters will remember the likes of Derek Furmedge and Mike's mum, Mrs Hogan, who were regular faces in the snack bar at Claremont Road.

We are hoping to have a club shop at Earlsmead, but at the time of writing we are unsure how the arrangements will work. As soon as we know more, we will let you know.

We would therefore also like to thank all the Supporters Association committee for all their hard work this season, particularly Sandra Wood and Geraldine Clarke.

Of course, we must also thank all our matchday staff, co-ordinated superbly by John Rogers. Many supporters have stepped up to help out, and by doing so it has meant we have been able to share the load. Whether you are operating the turnstiles, manning the members gate, selling programmes, rescuing footballs, stewarding the tunnel, cleaning the changing rooms or any of the other jobs that go on on matchdays, you are so important to the smooth running of things, and it is very much appreciated by everyone.

Posted at 08:34

Friday 19 April - Last home game at Vale Farm tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon sees us entertain Enfield Town in what will be our final home game at Vale Farm. We have been based with Wembley for the past four and a half seasons, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank Wembley for allowing us to use their facilities during this time.

The squad will be very keen to continue their good run of results, which stems back to the win at Thurrock in December, and keep their slim play-off hopes alive. They will also be looking for revenge over Enfield, following the 6-3 defeat back in November - which was the first away game in which we scored this season. Kick off at Vale Farm will be at 3.00pm as usual, and our normal matchday admission prices will be there.

We look forward to seeing you all there to cheer the boys on to what will hopefully be another three points.

Posted at 08:25

Thursday 18 April - Double century for Kevin Maclaren

Kevin Maclaren has reached a double century of appearances for the club - making his 200th this evening in the win at Leiston.

His older brother, Casey, made his 199th tonight and, unless we sneak into the play-offs, he will have to wait until next season for number 200 as he now has a three match suspension to serve that starts on Saturday.

Kevin joined us in the summer of 2008, beginning as a right-back but soon moving into midfield, where he has been a regular in the side ever since. Still only 24 years old, he has plenty of time to make many more appearances for the club.

Our congratulations go to Kevin on reaching his milestone.

Posted at 22:10

Thursday 18 April - Greens keep slim play off hopes alive

The first team kept their slim play off hopes alive this evening as they put in an excellent performance to win 1-0 at Leiston.

Having soaked up the pressure from the home side for the first 20 minutes, the Greens grew into the game. Dave Diedhiou has a first half chance fly straight at the keeper, whilst Darren Currie hit the woodwork with a free kick.

The goal came in the 70th minute when Jack Connors, who has just signed his first professional contract with Dagenham & Redbridge, scored a terrific goal into the near top corner, a goal that secured all three points.

The Greens now lie in 9th place, four points adrift of the play-offs with three games to go.

Posted at 22:02

Thursday 18 April - Do you have any items for eBay?

In the past, we have had an eBay shop where we have sold items donated by supporters, and we are now looking for more items to sell over the summer period.

As many regular supporters will know, Steve Rogers, who has run the eBay shop, no longer has a car, so that means it is difficult for him to take donations back home to Luton. However, he will have a vehicle on Saturday, and is willing to take any donations that people may have.

Donations of programmes, books, CDs & DVDs will be gratefully accepted, and anyone bringing donations should see Steve either before the game or at half-time on Saturday. This is very much a one off opportunity to make donations of items to go on eBay, and is unlikely to happen again in the foreseeable future.

All proceeds from those items that sell will go directly to the Supporters Trust to be used to the benefit of the football club next season and beyond.

Posted at 10:32

Wednesday 17 April - Coaches to Leiston and Lowestoft

We are running coaches to the games at Leiston tomorrow, and Lowestoft on Saturday week.

If you would like to travel on the coach to Leiston, please book by calling Steve Rogers on 07748 526594 before 7.30pm this evening.

If you would like to travel on the coach to Lowestoft, please either book in the club shop on Saturday afternoon, or by calling Steve before 6pm on Friday 26th April.

Seats on both coaches cost £12, and you will be advised of the departure time upon booking.

Posted at 10:51

Tuesday 16 April - 150 up for Diedhiou

Congratulations go to Dave Diedhiou, who made his 150th appearance this evening in the win over Hastings United.

Dave originally joined us in the summer of 2008, and apart from a spell at Wembley in his first season, he has been a regular member of the squad ever since.

We congratulate Dave on his latest milestone, and we are sure that there will be many more appearances to come.

Posted at 22:58

Tuesday 16 April - Hastings see red as Greens win

Hendon completed a quick-fire double over Hastings United this evening with a 2-0 win, in a game that ended with 4 visiting players seeing red.

The first half was largely uneventful, with the Greens taking the lead in the 21st minute courtesy of Lee O'Leary. The first half hour of the second period was also fairly uneventful, although Hastings did have three booked for dissent in that time. Then chaos ensued!

In the 74th minute, Jamie Crellin was about to replace Freddie Warren, but was asked to remove his undershorts that were not the same colour as his kit shorts. He responded with a volley of abuse to the officials, and was shown the red card. Warren was allowed to continue, so Hastings still had eleven on the pitch, but was replaced by Ryan Murphy shortly afterwards.

In the 80th minute, Hastings were reduced to nine men on the pitch when Danny Ellis and Tom Vickers were both dismissed. Ellis was sent off for a high dangerous challenge, and Vickers was shown his second yellow card for dissent in the aftermath.

Then, as the game entered stoppage time, Hastings player-manager, and unused sub, Sean Ray was also dismissed for foul and abusive language, making it four red cards for the visitors, two of whom were unused substitutes.

Hendon then secured the points deep in stoppage time courtesy of the returning Isaiah Rankin following a couple of weeks out injured.

The result moves the Greens up to 10th place in the table, a position that looked very unlikely back in December.

Posted at 22:22

Tuesday 16 April - Under 15s defeated by Chelmsford

The under 15s were well beaten by champions-elect Chelmsford City on Sunday, the Essex side winning 6-0.

The youngsters are in action again this coming weekend when they travel to play Ryan FC.

Posted at 20:08

Tuesday 16 April - 250 and counting

Alex Barrett has continued his long run of attending consecutive league games by reaching the 250 game milestone. This came at the home match against Wingate & Finchley on Easter Monday, and has taken just over 6 seasons to reach.

His mother, Joyce, has attended all bar six of these matches, only missing them due to having to have a hip replacement!

Alex and Joyce are very familiar faces at Hendon games as a result, and we thoroughly appreciate the efforts they go to in supporting the club.

Posted at 07:16

Tuesday 16 April - Two midweek games coming up

We have two midweek games coming up this week, the first of which is the return fixture against Hastings United.

The Sussex side will be very keen to gain revenge for their defeat on Saturday afternoon, and the Greens will need to be at their best to ensure that doesn't happen.

Then on Thursday evening, we make the long trip to Leiston for the second time this season, following our defeat there in the FA Trophy back in September.

Both games kick off at 7.45pm and live updates will be available on the messageboard and twitter feed as normal.

Posted at 07:13

Tuesday 16 April - Jack Connors earns pro contract

We are delighted to announce that Jack Connors has signed a one year professional contract with Dagenham & Redbridge.

Jack joined us from the Daggers earlier this year on work experience terms, and will remain with us until the end of the season. He has so far made 14 appearances, scoring 1 goal, and has become an important member of the squad.

We congratulate Jack on earning his contract, which based on his performances for us is thoroughly deserved.

Posted at 07:10

Saturday 13 April - Greens win at soggy Hastings

Hendon picked up three more points this afternoon as they beat Hastings 2-1 at a very wet Pilot Field.

The first half saw the Greens have the bulk of possession, but only Hastings found the back of the net when Sam Adams capitalised on a slip by a Hendon defender.

The Greens equalised in the 57th minute when Carl McCluskey bundled the ball home from close range, and the winner came towards the end of the game courtesy of Casey Maclaren.

Posted at 18:35

Saturday 13 April - Hastings game is on

Following an early morning pitch inspection, we are pleased to announce that today's game at Hastings United goes ahead as planned this afternoon. The referee has ruled that their pitch is currently playable.

Kick off at the Pilot Field is at 3pm and we look forward to seeing you there.

Posted at 09:51

Friday 12 April - Possible inspection at Hastings tomorrow

We have been advised by Hastings United that they have been suffering with the rain this week, and that a morning inspection may be required tomorrow.

Their pitch was waterlogged yesterday morning, but they managed to get their game against Harrow played yesterday evening. Unfortunately the overnight rain created more waterlogging problems this morning, but they have been working on it all day, and they have had a dry day.

If tomorrow's game is postponed, we will try again on Sunday afternoon, kick off at 3.00pm.

We will update as soon as possible tomorrow morning once we have heard from Hastings. Please do check the twitter feed and messageboard as we may not be able to immediately update the website. We will aim to have an update available one way or another by 10.30am.

Posted at 19:07

Thursday 11 April - Goalless at Vale Farm

Hendon and East Thurrock United played out a goalless draw at Vale Farm this evening.

The first half was an entertaining affair with both keepers called into action, Sean Thomas making two excellent saves for the Greens, and Elliott Justham making one from a Scott Cousins effort. Justham was beaten once, but Dean Cracknell's effort hit the crossbar.

The second half belonged to the visitors in terms of possession, but they were unable to create much in the way of shots on target, with Thomas just having a couple of routine saves to make.

The Greens now travel to Hastings United on Saturday afternoon for the first part of a double header, the return fixture coming at Vale Farm on Tuesday.

Posted at 21:53

Sunday 07 April - Celebration night raffle tickets on sale

As part of the Celebration and Awards Night being held next month, a raffle will take place with a first prize of £100. The draw will be made at 8pm on the night of the event at the Park Inn Hotel in Watford.

As well as the top prize, there will be a second prize of £50, a third prize of £25 and other prizes depending on the size of the prize pot. The more tickets that are sold, the bigger the prize pot will be.

Tickets are £1 each and are available at home games from the club shop or from any Supporters Trust board member.

If you are unable to get to a game but would still like to purchase tickets, please email Eddie Edwards on eddieedd@hendonfc.net with your name and address and the number of tickets required and they will be posted to you.

Posted at 16:06

Sunday 07 April - Under 15s concede late equaliser

The under 15s conceded a late equaliser this afternoon as they drew 1-1 with Cheshunt.

Domenico Contino had given the Greens the lead in the 68th minute, only to see the visitors equalise in the final minute.

Posted at 16:01

Saturday 06 April - 9 man Hendon hold on to draw

Hendon played for 70 minutes with 9 men this afternoon, but were able to secure a point as they drew 2-2 with Lewes in an eventful game.

The first man to go was Sam Flegg, who was very unfortunate to be dismissed for a professional foul. Karl Beckford stepped up to take the spot kick, but managed to hit the bar.

Five minutes later the Greens were a goal ahead as Dean Cracknell flicked a Scott Cousins free kick home with his head. Shortly afterwards, however, Hendon were down to 9 men when Casey Maclaren was sent off for violent conduct, a decision felt by many from both sides to be rather harsh.

However, this didn't deter the Greens who doubled their lead in the 32nd minute when Cracknell found Kevin Maclaren in space and he slotted the ball home past the keeper.

Just before half-time, Lewes were back in the game when they were awarded a soft penalty which player-manager Simon Wormull converted.

The second half saw the vast majority of the action in Hendon's half as Lewes laid siege, but the performance from the Greens was absolutely heroic as they held firm for 41 minutes. The equalising goal came late in the half when Ben Godfrey bundled the ball home from close range.

The result, along with results elsewhere, mean that the Greens are now mathematically safe from relegation, with seven games to go.

Posted at 21:05

Thursday 04 April - Greens win at Concord

Hendon returned to winning ways with a 2-1 win at promotion hopefuls Concord Rangers this evening. This was despite going a goal behind in the 5th minute when Nicky Cowley scored a 25 yard piledriver that gave Sean Thomas no change.

The first half was an entertaining affair, and just after Concord had a chance to double the lead, Darren Currie helped set up Dean Cracknell to equalise five minutes before the break.

The second period was less entertaining, but the Greens secured the points late on courtesy of Casey Maclaren.

Posted at 22:05

Tuesday 02 April - Angol returns to Wycombe

Lee Angol has returned to Wycombe Wanderers following the expiration of his loan spell after yesterday's game. Lee scored three goals in his ten appearances, as he made a big contribution to our rise up the table since January.

We thank Lee for his contribution over the past couple of months, and wish him every success for the future.

Posted at 19:57

Monday 01 April - Bank holiday disappointment

It was a disappointing Easter Monday for Hendon this afternoon as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Wingate & Finchley.

The first half was an even affair, with very little in the way of clear-cut chances, the best for the Greens falling to Max McCann whose shot wasn't as good as he had hoped.

The second half largely belonged to the visitors, although their first goal came largely out of nothing when Hector Mackie scored. The second goal came from Leon Smith, who had an earlier effort disallowed, and Wingate were able to hold on to the three points comfortably.

Posted at 19:43