News - April 2014

Wednesday 30 April - More details on Race Night

As we mentioned earlier in the week, the End of Season awards evening will include a Race Night, and we are offering some opportunities to make it more interesting. They are as follows :

Race Sponsorship - £20. For that you get your company logo/name on the Race Card, your company name will be mentioned before the race starts, you get to name the race and your company logo/name will be displayed on a special sponsorship page on the new Supporters association website being launched very soon.

Owners - £2. You pay for a horse and you get to name it (if you pay before the event due to preparing the Race Card), your name will go on the Race Card and if you win you receive one bottle of red and one bottle of white wine.

Jockeys - £1. You pay of your horse and your name appears on the Race Card and if you win you get a box of chocolates (eg. Roses, Celebrations).

The above options are open to you, your family, friends or anyone you can think of.

If you are interested in any of the above please email John Rice at johnerice@hotmail.com.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute perhaps you could donate bottles of wine (red/white) or boxes of chocolates. If so, please contact John.

Posted at 23:50

Wednesday 30 April - Thanks to our staff & supporters

As we continue our week of thanks, we would like to thank all those supporters who help out behind the scenes.

Probably the most important person to thank is Graham Etchell, who works so hard throughout the season to ensure that players are registered, kit is ordered, programmes are edited and printed, along with all the other multitude of jobs that come with being club secretary.

In particular we would like to thank Mike Hogan and the Supporters Association for all they do on matchdays, with the club shop and other fundraising activities.

Then we would like to thank Bryan Roberts and the Supporters Trust Board for all their hard work - without the trust and association, we wouldn't have a club to support.

And of course thanks go to Simon Lawrence, Mike Harte, David Bedford and Rob Morris for all the hard work they do as directors of the club.

Thanks go to John Rogers, who works so diligently to try and ensure we have enough matchday staff to open all the gates, clean the dressing rooms, shake the buckets, operate the PA system, and of course to all of you who do help out with all these extremely important jobs.

We mustn't forget David Ballheimer, our press officer, who has now been producing his excellent match reports for many years. Those of you who buy the programme will know that he has written a series of articles on a number of players who have appeared for the club. These will be reproduced on the website throughout the summer for those who don't buy the programme, or are unable to attend games.

Other people we must thank are Lyn Etchell and David Richbell who are our boardroom hosts at home games, and of course Ted Peck who works so hard in and around the dressing rooms on matchdays.

Finally, thanks go to Gary McCann, Freddie Hyatt, Junior Lewis, Mark Findley, and all the players who have put in so much effort this season, and should be very proud of their achievement of finishing 8th in a very competitive division.

Posted at 07:00

Tuesday 29 April - End of season awards & race night

Our end of season awards evening will also include a race night. This will take place after the awards have been presented, and is included in your entrance to the evening.

Full details of how the race night will operate will be available on the evening, but this should be another thoroughly enjoyable evening that raises more money to help the club fund next season.

If you would like to attend the evening, tickets cost £3 for supporters association and supporters trust members, and £10 for all others. Please indicate your intention to attend by emailing Sandra Wood on sandra.wood50@ntlworld.com as soon as possible so that we have an idea of numbers for catering purposes.

Posted at 13:00

Tuesday 29 April - Thanks to Harrow Borough

We would like to thank everyone at Harrow Borough for being excellent landlords this season. It has been a real pleasure staging our home games at Earlsmead and we look forward to continuing our relationship next season.

We would particularly like to thank Peter Rogers and all the directors at the club, their manager Dave Anderson, Peter Webber and Ian who have helped in the dressing room area, Yvonne and the two ballboys, Alfie and Mitchell, Steve and Ray in the bar who have also provided the excellent food for the players and boardroom, the tea bar staff, and anyone else at Harrow Borough.

Without exception they have made our first season at Earlsmead as welcoming, friendly, happy and as comfortable as possible, and we are extremely grateful to them all.

Posted at 07:00

Monday 28 April - Terry Brown compliments Greens

Margate manager Terry Brown was full of compliments for Hendon after Saturday's game despite his side coming out winners.

He said, "I think Hendon were the better team today and we didn't deserve to win. The passion, honesty and commitment of the Hendon team today was tremendous and they - and the management team - are a credit to the club."

On hearing Mr Brown's observations, Gary McCann said, "It was very nice of Terry to say that. He said much the same to me and it means a lot when it comes from a manager with his level of experience.

"Unfortunately, in the last five games of this season we have not defended well enough to win football games. We have played well enough overall, but our defending, especially late in games, wasn't good enough.

"In the grand scheme of things I think we have done well to finish eighth. This was our first season at Harrow and although we have enjoyed our time at Earlsmead (they have made us more than welcome), I think the first season at a new ground, and this goes for any change of home, is a bit like playing every game away.

"Our performances in the last half dozen games warranted a great deal more in terms of points, but we have had to reshuffle our troops in key positions too much. We didn't have settled midfield or defence in the last month of the season, with a series of niggling injuries disrupting us, but almost every team was in the same position as us.

"However, I am not going to use that as an excuse for the poor defending as a team that has cost us dearly in the run of home defeats. This was much more down to mental tiredness and physical exhaustion which led to the mistakes.

"But the players have been excellent all season and on Saturday, every single one of them gave me everything they had. I could not have asked for more in terms of effort and commitment, and it was so disappointing to concede another late goal to lose the game.

"Maybe there was a bit of tiredness involved, but we showed what we can do by the way we came back from going 2-1 down. For the third or fourth time in recent games we have come up against a goalkeeper who has been man of the match and Nikki Bull kept them in the game with some fantastic saves. If it hadn't been for him, we would have been out of sight at the end of the first half."

Posted at 14:23

Monday 28 April - Thanks to Cafferty & Eskinazi

We would like to thank our main club sponsors, Cafferty Construction and Eskinazi & Co for their support and sponsorship this season. Without our sponsors things would be even tougher financially than they already are.

Also, we would like to thank Adidas for their continued support in their supply of the playing and training kit, not just this season, but for the past few seasons as well.

We must also thank our programme advertisers, Gerald Edelman, MyTravelMoney.co.uk and The RealBuzz Group

Of course we mustn't forget all our match, ball and player sponsors - all of whom are listed below. Your support and sponsorship is just as vital - as we all know, every penny counts.

The full list of sponsors for the season is as follows.

Adidas, Camerascan CCTV Ltd, Alex Barrett, Joyce Barrett, Melv Bond, Paul Cafferty, Cafferty Construction Ltd, David Coote, Michael Cox, Jim Duggan, Brian Durrant, Gerald Edelman, Jean Edwards, Joe English, Eskinazi & Co, Excel Sport Academy, David Freedman, Clive Gates, Blake Hamlin, Riley Hamlin, Roger Harrison.

Chris Harte, Jeff Hill, Mike Hogan, Peter Kemp, David Lake, Bernard Lawrence, Jeremy Lawrence, John Leahy, Andrew Lingard, Ian Lush, Peter Lush, Lee Marriner, Faris McKinnon, Caleb Meldrum, Neve Meldrum, John Melnyk, Rob Morris, MyTravelMoney.co.uk, Henry Neville, Sophia Neville, John Phillips, The Realbuzz Group.

Graham Rice, David Richbell, Jake Richman, Bryan Roberts, John Rock, Chris Rogers, Elsie Rogers, James Rogers, Steve Rogers, Julian Rose, Jack Simons, The Singing Vicar, Doug Smith, Keith Taylor, Megan Tomlin, William Tomlin, Lucy Watters, Alan Wightman, Sandra Wood, Tony Wood, Rob Young, Chrystal Young.

Details of sponsorship for the 2014-15 campaign will be made available during the summer, and we hope we are able to attract even more sponsors for next season.

Posted at 07:00

Sunday 27 April - 100 up for James Fisher

Congratulations go to James Fisher who made his 100th appearance for the club yesterday against Margate.

Having joined us in the summer of 2011, he made his debut at Margate on 10th September 2011 as a substitute for the injured Ryan Wharton, and since then has been a regular in defence, despite picking up a number of injuries throughout his three seasons with us so far.

Of course we all hope that James is still with us next season to add to his tally.

Posted at 18:00

Sunday 27 April - Highlights of Margate game

Highlights of yesterday's entertaining game are now available courtesy of the Margate website.

Filmed by their press officer, Ryan Day, they can be found via the link below.

Hendon v Margate highlights

Posted at 13:25

Saturday 26 April - Final day defeat for Hendon

Hendon's season finished on a disappointing note as they lost 3-2 to Margate.

It was an entertaining game and it was Leon Smith who struck first in the 9th minute to give the Greens the lead. Margate equalised just before half time courtesy of Charlie Allen.

Matt Bodkin put Margate ahead in the 48th minute but within 8 minutes Dave Diedhiou had restored parity. The winner came with four minutes to go when Luke Medley found the back of the net.

Whilst it has been a disappointing end to the season, the overall achievement of 8th place is one we should all be proud of. Gary McCann and the squad have given their all throughout the campaign and the club thank them all for their efforts.

Posted at 18:34

Wednesday 23 April - Player of the year voting

Don't forget to vote for your player of the year on Saturday afternoon. Voting closes at half-time, and the winner will be announced at the end of season awards evening on 10th May.

Previous winners of the award 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 Berkley Laurencin

Posted at 16:27

Wednesday 23 April - End of season awards evening

The Supporters Assocation will be holding their End of Season Awards evening on Saturday 10th May at Silver Jubilee Park.

The evening will take place from 7.30pm, and will include the presentation of all the end of season awards and a raffle.

Entry to the evening is just £3 for members of the Supporters Association or Supporters Trust, and £10 for non-members, and the price includes a buffet. The bar will be open for drinks.

Gary McCann and the squad will be attending, so this will be your opportunity to show your appreciation for their efforts this season, as well as to all those who work so hard behind the scenes not only through the season, but through the close season as well.

If you are planning to come, please could you let Sandra Wood or John Rice know on Saturday afternoon, or email the club on admin@hendonfc.net. This is so that we have some idea of numbers for catering purposes. Entry money can be paid on the day.

This promises to be a great way to round off what has been another enjoyable season under the leadership of Gary and his backroom staff, so please do make an effort to be there and join us.

Posted at 09:04

Tuesday 22 April - Quiz night raffle results

The quiz night was a resounding success this evening with over 130 people attending the event.

At the end of the evening the raffle was drawn and the winning ticket for the Club Wembley tickets was number 649. The second prize of £100 was won by number 361 and the third prize was won by number 565. All winners were present at the evening and have already received their prizes. Thanks go out to all those who bought and sold tickets.

The quiz itself was a close run affair with the winners winning by just 2 points. We would like to thank all those who supported the event and we hope to hold plenty more in the future.

Posted at 23:18

Tuesday 22 April - URGENT : Marker required for quiz tonight

Unfortunately the volunteer who was going to mark the answers for tonight's quiz has had to drop out due to illness.

Therefore, we have an urgent need for someone to step in and assist in marking the questions.

If you are free and not already taking part this evening, and are able to be at Silver Jubilee Park for 7.30pm, please contact Steve Rogers on his mobile if you have his number, or via email on admin@hendonfc.net. Food will be provided for you if you are able to help.

Posted at 16:09

Tuesday 22 April - Gary pleased with performance

Gary McCann was pleased with the effort and performance despite losing at Bognor Regis yesterday afternoon.

He said, "I thought we stood toe-to-toe with one of the form teams in our League and gave a really good account of ourselves. The players put in a really good shift and worked very hard. We made two mistakes down in the first half and they punished us clinically.

"But in the second half, I thought we were the better team for the first 15-20 minutes but couldn't find a way through. We created some good chances and had them on the back foot.

“After the sending off we had to go into damage limitation mode. I didn't want us to suffer a hammering because we didn't deserve it. We had to change things because playing 10 against 11, when they are such a good passing team, could have resulted in a much worse scoreline.

"The most disappointing thing about the red card was that it ruined what had been a very intriguing and open contest. I felt if we had scored once we might well have been able to put them under pressure and get a second.

"I must also mention the pitch which was superb even after the heavy rain that fell on it during the first half. It was the best surface we have played on for a long while and I can see why players want to come and play there. It suits the way they play and it suited us too."

Posted at 13:47

Monday 21 April - 200 up for Dave Diedhiou

Dave Diedhiou made his 200th appearance this afternoon in the defeat at Bognor Regis Town.

The versatile 25 year old, who plays in both defence and midfield, joined from Willesden Constantine in the summer of 2008, and made his debut from the bench in a 1-0 defeat at Sutton United early that season.

He spent a large part of this first season dual registered with Wembley, but he returned at the beginning of the 2009/10 season and has been an important member of the squad ever since, and after the game against Margate on Saturday, will have compelted six seasons with the club.

During his time with us, he has scored 23 goals, and this season has been his most prolific, having scored 8.

We warmly congratulate Dave on his latest milestone, and hope that he is able to make many more for us in the future.

Posted at 23:05

Monday 21 April - Disappointment on the road for Greens

Hendon's final away game of the season ended in disappointment as they lost 3-0 at Bognor Regis Town.

In a first half which saw both sides pass the ball superbly, Bognor took the lead in the 24th minute when Ollie Pearce was allowed too much time in front of goal and he finished clinically. The lead was doubled 8 minutes later when Terry Dodd finished off a fine passing move.

After a much brighter second half the Greens were dealt a blow when debutant keeper Danny McNicholas was controversially sent off for violent conduct and Ben Johnson coolly fired the penalty past stand in keeper Casey Maclaren for the third and final goal.

The difference between the two sides was the 8 minute period where the home side scored their first two goals otherwise the Greens were a match for their hosts.

Posted at 17:07

Sunday 20 April - Gary disappointed by last minute defeat

Gary McCann was disappointed to concede yet another last minute goal following the defeat against Grays Athletic.

He said, "It is very disappointing that we have conceded the winning goal deep in stoppage time three home games in a row. I have a very honest bunch of players, and they have given me all the effort I could have asked for but, once again, we have made some bad mental errors at key moments in the game.

"Coming to the end of the season, as with every team, there is a lot of tiredness and tired players are more likely to make mistakes. This has been our downfall in recent games.

"We had to make a number of changes to give some players more minutes. They not only needed the minutes, but it was also to reward them for their loyalty to me and the Club over the past months. However, we looked a little short in the first half and never really got going.

"In the second half, we were much better and played much more like I wanted us to. We deservedly equalised and then ran into a goalkeeper in inspired form. He made three or four outstanding saves, and we also missed a number of excellent chances.

"Even after we conceded that second goal, when a lucky deflection bounced right to their scorer, we showed great resilience in fighting back. When we got the penalty in stoppage time, I thought we would escape with a deserved point, only to give away another terrible goal to lose it.

"What is most frustrating of these three games is that all three of the match-losing goals have come from us giving away the ball cheaply in good attacking positions."

Posted at 22:16

Sunday 20 April - Junior Lewis to leave at end of season

Gary McCann announced yesterday evening that Junior Lewis will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Junior, who has played an influential part as coach over the past three seasons, has decided that it is time for a new challenge, and the news was broken to the squad yesterday afternoon.

The squad, as well as the other members of the management team, have learnt a lot from Junior during his time with us, and he will very much be missed in the dressing room.

It would be wonderful if all our supporters could show their appreciation to Junior next Saturday against Margate and thank him for his contribution. He will of course always be a Hendon legend as he scored the winning goal against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup back in 1997.

Everyone at the club wishes Junior every success for the future, and let's see if we can finish the season on a high note.

Posted at 13:00

Sunday 20 April - Joe McDonnell recalled by Basingstoke

Joe McDonnell made his last appearance for the club yesterday against Grays Athletic, as he has been recalled from his loan by Basingstoke Town.

Joe has played a big part in our play off push over the past couple of months, keeping 9 clean sheets in his 16 league appearances - a very impressive record.

We thank Joe for all his efforts, and also his Dad who has been at every game and shown support to the club by sponsoring Max McCann.

We are sure that Joe has a very bright future ahead of him, and we wish him every success as he looks to build his career.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 19 April - Last gasp goal defeat again

Hendon slipped to a last gasp goal defeat for the third home game in a row, this time losing to Grays Athletic.

The only goal of a rather lethargic first half came in the 6th minute when Christopher Benjamin gave the visitors the lead.

The second half was a livelier affair and the Greens equalised in the 51st minute through Dave Diedhiou. Joel Nouble put Grays back in front in the 83rd minute, but 5 minutes into stoppage time Michael Murray converted a spot kick for what appeared to be a deserved equaliser.

However it was Benjamin who had the last laugh as he scored the last gasp winner for the visitors.

Posted at 17:28

Wednesday 16 April - Coach bookings for Bognor

We are running a coach to Bognor Regis on Easter Monday, and seats are available at the usual price of £12.

The coach will depart from Earlsmead at 9.45am - and bookings must be made no later than half-time on Saturday afternoon.

Bookings can be made at the club shop on Saturday, or by emailing the club on admin@hendonfc.net. Unfortunately we are unable to take telephone bookings on this occasion.

Posted at 10:32

Tuesday 15 April - Please confirm your Quiz Night attendance

If you are planning to attend the Quiz Night, please could you confirm your attendance with Simon Lawrence by Saturday evening. Failure to do so means that you may run the risk of there not being any food for you!

Tickets are still available, priced at £15 including a fish & chip supper, whilst raffle tickets are also available for £2 each, with the first prize of 2 Club Wembley tickets for a future England game, a second prize of £100 and a third prize of £50.

Tickets and raffle tickets are available from Simon, either by emailing him on simon.hendon@btinternet.com or by seeing him on Saturday afternoon at Earlsmead.

Posted at 19:12

Tuesday 15 April - Gary angry and frustrated after defeat

Following last night's defeat to Harrow Borough, an angry and frustrated Gary McCann didn't hold back in his post-match analysis. He said, "I am angry and frustrated to lose a game like that. I know there are some tired bodies and minds out there, but our decision-making wasn't good enough.

"I don't like criticising players, especially after they have given me so much over the season, but there were four or five whose mental strength was not what I wanted. I learned a lot about them in this match.

"We played very well for 15 minutes, but that is never going to be enough to win a game like that. After we went 1-0 up, I thought we were going to win the game easily, but after their goal we were never the same. Our reaction to the goal was very disappointing.

"I am going to have to freshen up the team for the last few games. Casey Maclaren has worked incredibly hard to get back from his injury and there may be one or two others who can return too."

Posted at 15:54

Tuesday 15 April - Don't forget Wrestling on Saturday

Don't forget this Saturday after the game against Grays, LDN Wrestling make their first appearance at Earlsmead.

All of the LDN champions are scheduled to appear including Paul Malen defending his Capital title against former champion Hakan, while heavyweight champion Travis will be in tag team action with his partner against Team Hate.

Doors open at 5.30, show starts at 6. Tickets are £12 adults and £10 children and will be available on the door.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 14 April - Last gasp goal for Harrow

A last minute goal from Steve Butterworth earnt Harrow Borough all three points at Earlsmead this evening.

Leon Smith had given the Greens the lad on the hour mark but as has been the case so often this season, further chances were squandered.

Victor Osobu equalised in the 74th minute with a fine effort before Butterworth secured the points.

Posted at 22:09

Monday 14 April - Gary frustrated after Canvey draw

Gary McCann was frustrated following the goalless draw at Canvey Island on Saturday afternoon.

"It was a day of frustration for us. We weren't at our best but we still did more than enough to win. Unfortunately we didn't take our chances.

"Their goalkeeper was the man of the match and he made six very good saves, but if our finishing had been as good as it can be, he wouldn't have had a chance to make most of those saves.

"Mentally, the defeat last Monday took a lot out of us and I could see at training on Thursday and in the dressing room before the game that it was still on their minds. I stressed to them that they should play without fear, and we did, but we were missing someone to take control when we were in good positions.

"The penalty miss was very disappointing. Since Jefferson Louis left, Anthony Thomas has been our designated penalty-taker, but when we have got them in recent matches, he wasn't on the pitch. Leon Smith took over the responsibility and did a good job.

"I would rather Leon had taken the kick, because he had scored with his last three attempts for us, but he let Anthony take the responsibility and I wasn't going to order which player was going to take the kick."

Posted at 09:10

Sunday 13 April - Last Monday Night Football of the season

Tomorrow sees our final Monday Night Football of the season as we have the slightly odd experience entertaining our landlords Harrow Borough on their own ground.

Harrow, who of course are managed by a very familiar face in Dave Anderson, have had a disappointing season, but should have enough points on the board to ensure their Premier Division status for another season despite their 2-1 defeat to AFC Hornchurch on Saturday afternoon at Earlsmead. It was their first home defeat since Boxing Day - a run of nine games.

They currently lie in 18th place with 49 points from 42 games, and are 10 points ahead of East Thurrock United who lie in the final relegation spot. The maximum points tally that East Thurrock can get is 51.

The reverse fixture took place way back in September, when Jefferson Louis scored twice in the opening five minutes, before Simeon Akinola pulled a goal back for Harrow midway through the second half, but Tony Taggart secured the points with his first touch after coming on as a very late substitute.

Gary McCann takes the squad into the game knowing that only a win will keep alive any lingering play off hopes, and even then it will need clubs above to drop points later in the week and over the Easter Weekend.

Kick off at Earlsmead is at 7.45pm, and our usual admission prices of £10 adults, £5 concessions and free for under 16s will apply. Programmes will be available as normal priced at £2.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there tomorrow evening.

Posted at 18:45

Saturday 12 April - Greens rue saved penalty

Hendon were left rueing a saved penalty as they drew 0-0 at Canvey Island, a result that leaves them eight points off the play-offs with four to play.

The penalty came in the 78th minute, but Anthony Thomas's spot kick was easily saved by man of the match Gines Guzman Rosique. The Greens then had a further chance to score a winner but Dave Diedhiou's header went over the bar, whilst in the dying moments, John Sands saw his effort fly over the bar from 10 yards.

Posted at 18:18

Wednesday 09 April - Volunteer markers required for Quiz Night

We are looking for one or two volunteers to mark the answers at our forthcoming Quiz Night.

If you are interested in helping out in this way, please speak to Steve Rogers or Simon Lawrence on a matchday, or email Steve via the website on admin@hendonfc.net

Posted at 09:00

Wednesday 09 April - Canvey game to kick off at 3.07pm

It has been confirmed that our game at Canvey Island on Saturday will kick off at 3:07pm as part of the FA's commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

The FA have requested that all games hold a minute's silence at 3.06pm - the time the game at Hillsborough was stopped as the disaster unfolded.

Our thoughts will be with the families of the 96 who died, particularly at the current time as the new inquest takes place.

Posted at 07:00

Tuesday 08 April - Gary disconsolate after Hampton defeat

Gary McCann was disconsolate after the defeat against Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Soon after the match, he said, "This might be one of the most disappointing defeats I have suffered since I became manager here."

This morning, he added, "I spent a sleepless night, tossing and turning, and thinking about what I could have done differently. I should have gone with my gut when it came to the last substitution - the first two were forced on me by injuries - and shored up the defence with Elliott Brathwaite, because I wasn't sure we could hold on to a 3–2 lead.

"A number of players put their hands up in the dressing rom, but as I said to them, this was not down to individuals, but we are all collectively responsible. However, I am pleased that they recognised their mistakes, because if you know you are doing something wrong, you will try to avoid making the same mistake again. It also showed me what an honest group of players I have in my dressing room.

"Just before half-time, I was thinking that if we got into the dressing rooms only 1-0 down we will have escaped, because we had been so poor. But Kevin's injury meant the Hampton midfield had more space and that led to the second goal.

"It was a real kick in the teeth. However, the response from the boys in the second half was truly memorable. At 3-2 up we had a few chances to make the game safe but we didn't take them."

Posted at 19:16

Tuesday 08 April - 300 and counting

Last night's game against Hampton & Richmond Borough was Alex Barrett's 300th league match in a row. His run of not missing a league game began on Saturday 31st March 2007 at Ashford Town (Middlesex). In that time his Mum, Joyce, has only missed eleven of those games, with all but one being due to her being hospitalised!

Posted at 09:00

Tuesday 08 April - Gary's thoughts on AFC Hornchurch win

Following the win at AFC Hornchurch, Gary McCann said, "Our second half performance was outstanding, but I don't think we were that bad in the first half either.

"The penalty decision against us worked as our motivation for the rest of the game. Before the game restarted, I called the players over to tell them not to let anything deflect from what we were trying to do, and to keep our discipline.

"Then, when we got into the dressing room at half-time, I could tell by the look on the players' faces the steely determination as they listened to my team-talk. In fact, the way the first half went galvanised and motivated us.

"This is a very special squad. They have (almost) literally run through brick walls for me and my coaching team; it has been a difficult few weeks.

"A couple of weeks ago, I said that we were hanging onto the playoffs by our fingertips; last week we had one hand on the playoffs; and now, speaking before the game against Hampton, we are stretching for the playoffs with both hands."

Posted at 00:33

Monday 07 April - Last minute defeat for Greens

Hendon went down to a 4-3 defeat to Hampton & Richmond Borough when Charlie Moone scored a last minute winner.

Hampton were two goals up at half time through Tommy Brewster and Ben Osman but as has so often been the case the Greens refused to give up.

Anthony Thomas pulled a goal back in the 59th minute and almost immediately Michael Murray equalised with a superb strike from 25 yards. Thomas then put the Greens ahead in the 64th minute but goals from Moone in the 79th and 90th minutes.

Posted at 22:11

Monday 07 April - Player of the year voting

With just four home games remaining voting slips for your player of the year will be available from the club shop this evening and at all remaining home games.

The award, won by Berkley Laurencin last season, will be presented at the end of season awards, the date for which will be announced very soon.

Posted at 09:40

Monday 07 April - Greens aim to keep pressure on

Hendon will be aiming to keep the pressure on the clubs currently occupying the play off spots as they entertain Hampton & Richmond Borough this evening.

Another win tonight will mean that the Greens will move up to 7th place, and just 2 points off the play offs. The squad will be full of confidence following the win at AFC Hornchurch on Saturday afternoon, whilst the Beavers will also take confidence from their second half showing against Lowestoft Town. Having been 2-0 down, and having had both their main strikers, Dave Tarpey and Charlie Moone, sent off before half-time, they recovered enough to pull a goal back in the second half, although they were unable to fashion an equaliser.

They currently lie in 13th, comfortably in mid-table and safe from relegation barring a bizarre set of results. We have faced them twice already this season, losing 5-2 at The Beveree in the league, and then going down 4-3 a few weeks ago in the semi final of the Middlesex Senior Cup.

The programme, costing £2, for tonight's game will be the one printed for the original date, and will include an update sheet.

Supporters are reminded that the Templedown Club use the clubhouse on Monday evenings - so parking in front of the clubhouse is very limited. Please do not park in the coned off areas as the space is required for their minibuses. There is plenty of parking behind the clubhouse and at the far end of the ground, as well as on the local side streets. We do ask that you park considerately.

Kick off tonight is at 7.45pm, and our normal admission prices of £10 adults, £5 concessions and free for under 16s apply.

Your support is valuable as we look to continue our push for the play-offs, so we look forward to seeing as many of you as are able to make it to the game later today.

Posted at 09:17

Sunday 06 April - Supporters game against Street League

Our friends from Street League have challenged the HFC Supporters to a game. The game is to be played at Silver Jubilee Park on 16th April kick off 7.30 pm. under the lights. Bar will be open, supporters welcome. If you are interested in playing please let us know by e mail. to eddieeedd@hendonfc.net

Posted at 13:55

Saturday 05 April - Goal clips from AFC Hornchurch

Clips of the goals from todays victory at AFC Hornchurch can now be found online courtesy of our hosts today.

Please click the link below to see them.

AFC Hornchurch goal clips

Posted at 21:06

Saturday 05 April - Greens make second half comeback

Hendon came back from a goal down to win 2-1 at AFC Hornchurch this afternoon.

The Urchins took the lead in the 26th minute when George Purcell converted a spot kick following a debatable challenge in the box.

The Greens restored parity within 3 minutes of the second half starting courtesy of Tony Taggart before Leon Smith secured the points with a penalty on the hour mark for his 10th goal of the season.

The win keeps the club in the play off hunt with just six games to go.

Posted at 17:19

Friday 04 April - Final travelcard away game tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon sees our final away trip of the season within the Travelcard zones as we travel to AFC Hornchurch.

It promises to be another challenging game against a side who are looking to secure a spot in the play-offs, with their title hopes hanging by a thread. Indeed, if Wealdstone win tomorrow, AFC Hornchurch and Bognor Regis Town both lose, and Lowestoft Town drop points, Wealdstone will win the title.

The Urchins come into the game in good form, having lost just four times since the turn of the year. Over the past week they have had away wins at Wingate & Finchley and Carshalton Athletic, 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.

In the reverse fixture back in December, AFC Hornchurch won 1-0 courtesy of a Stefan Payne goal.

Gary McCann and the squad, who have gone one better than the Urchins and have lost just three league games since the turn of the year, will be confident of causing their hosts problems as they look to continue the bid for the play-offs. But as always, your support will be important to cheer them on to what will hopefully be another three points.

Kick off at Bridge Avenue is at 3.00pm and admission is £10 adults, £7 concessions and £3 for 12-16 year olds. Under 12s get in free.

Posted at 11:15

Wednesday 02 April - Special effort for final game

Saturday 26th April is our final game of the season, which is at home against Margate. Whilst it would be great to see you all at every game, we appreciate that work and family commitments as well as financial constraints make this challenging.

To that end, we are asking that everyone makes a special effort to attend our final game of our first season at Earlsmead. This should give us a healthier crowd, and will allow us to thank Gary, his backroom staff and the squad for all their hard work and particularly their commitment and loyalty to the club.

They have delivered some sterling performances during a challenging season. It would be fitting for us all to make a concerted effort to get together on what is normally a sunny* game and end it with a flourish. And who knows, if we are able to keep this current run of performances and results going, we could all be in the bar afterwards planning for the play-offs.

As we say for all of our games, we hope to see as many of you there as possible, as well as at our other remaining games home and away.

(* we offer no guarantees of sunny weather)

Posted at 18:00

Wednesday 02 April - Play Off Dates

One or two supporters have asked for confirmation of the play-off dates, just so they can ensure the dates are in their diaries in case we are successful in our challenge.

The semi finals will be played on Wednesday 30th April, kicking off at 7.45pm, and the final will be played on Monday 5th May, kicking off at 3.00pm.

Clearly details of venues and prices will only be confirmed should we get there.

Posted at 14:00

Wednesday 02 April - Possible supporters game

We are looking to arrange another Supporters Game before the end of the season to take place midweek at Silver Jubilee Park.

As it will be midweek there are not too many options for opposition, so Eddie Edwards, who co-ordinates the Supporters team, has two questions.

Do any of you have a works team or similar that might like to have a game?

Who would like to have a game if we can get it organised.

The game would be within the next four weeks, and probably on a Tuesday - but clearly not on the same night as the quiz.

If you are interested, please email Eddie on eddieedd@hendonfc.net

Posted at 10:11

Wednesday 02 April - Leon at the double in Lewes

A brace of goals from in-form striker Leon Smith secured all three points at Lewes yesterday evening. But it was a superb team performance that also contributed to the result, with the squad winning just about every battle throughout the 90 minutes.

The first goal came in the 21st minute of actual playing time, there had been a 16 minute stoppage for a floodlight failure, when Alex Malins handled the ball in the box, and Smith stepped up to send Rikki Banks the wrong way.

The Greens really turned the screw in the second half and were rewarded in the 66th minute when Smith scored again. However, mention must be made of Sam Flegg and Jack Bennett who kept the ball in play at the opposite end of the pitch having broken up a Lewes attack, and then launched the counter-attack that led to Smith's goal.

Whilst Lewes did push for a consolation, once again the backline held firm, earning Joe McDonnell another clean sheet.

The result means that the Greens now lie 5 points adrift of the play-offs with 7 games to go.

Posted at 01:35