News - April 2017

Sunday 23 April - Under 13 Girls win on penalties

Our under 13 girls team won the Capital Girls Cup Final on penalties against St Joseph's this morning at Bedfont Sports.

The shoot-out was won 5-4 after the game ended all square at 2-2 at full time.

Congratulations go to the team, many of whom were at SJP yesterday afternoon supporting the first team.

Posted at 13:01

Saturday 22 April - News from the awards evening

Following this afternoon's game, the end of season awards were presented, together with chairman Simon Lawrence making a few announcements.

The awards started with the Supporters Association, who gave a special award to Graham Etchell for all his efforts over the many years he has been with the club. His wife Lyn, who has given Graham so much support, was given the Supporter of the Year award. Finally, the Supporters' Player of the Year award was won by Arthur Lee.

Gary McCann then made the first team presentations, with a special award for 10 years service going to Sports Therapist Mark Findley, who does so much hard work with the players, especially those who are injured. Mark was also the recepient of the Clubman of the Year award. An award for 300 appearances was made to Casey Maclaren.

The Manager's Player of the Year, and the Players' Player of the Year awards both went to Arthur Lee, thus completing a hat-trick for the popular hardworking defender, whilst the Young Player of the Year award was won by Keagan Cole.

John Creith then took over as he made the U-18 awards, with Malachy McGovern winning the Clubman Of the Year award, Ben Gray winning the Manager's Player of the Year award, and Perry Aitchison-Smith winning the Players' Player of the Year.

Then Simon Lawrence took the stage, and his annual award went to Graham Etchell, who also received his retirement gifts from the club and the first team, whilst a large bouquet was presented to Lyn.

Simon went on to announce that a new secretary has been appointed, with current Edgware Town secretary Daz Bloor taking over from Graham Etchell in a part-time capacity.

However, Graham and Lyn aren't leaving the club - Graham is remaining with the club in a consultancy role for the next year and will also be joining the board of directors, whilst Lyn has been made a Vice-President.

Simon also announced that Rob Morris and Tom Stockman, who run and look after Silver Jubilee Park, would also be made Vice-Presidents, and they were thanked for all their hard work in ensuring things are ready for us on a match day.

In terms of sponsorship, Simon was pleased to announce that GGH Hire has agreed to sponsor the club again next season.

Finally, the matchday programme, which has been edited by Graham Etchell for many years, is being taken over by Steve and John Rogers for the new season.

Posted at 23:21

Saturday 22 April - Dramatic day sees Hendon stay up

We all knew it was going to be a dramatic day today, but what we didn't know was that the drama would be extended by over an hour after a late kick off.

The game at SJP didn't kick off until 4.20pm following the late arrival of the two assistant referees who had been caught up in the traffic chaos following a fatal accident on the A406, by which time all the other games were well into the second half.

On the pitch, the Greens were dealt an early blow when they fell behind in the 5th minute as Mo Bettamer fired home from the edge of the area.

Off the pitch, as all the other games edged towards the final whistle, it looked as though the Greens would stay up as both Burgess Hill Town and Canvey Island looked set to draw - until Burgess Hill scored a stoppage time winner.

And following all the other final scores, it came down to either Hendon or Harrow Borough who would take the final relegation spot. All the Greens needed to do was equalise, and then ensure they didn't lose the game.

However, at half-time the Greens remained a goal behind, but whatever was said in the dressing room during the break worked as within a minute of the restart, Casey Maclaren headed home an equaliser.

After that it was a case of ensuring the game wasn't lost, which, as has often been the case in recent weeks, was done comfortably on the most part, although there were a couple of late scares when Staines had a couple of free kicks around the box.

There was relief all round SJP when the final whistle finally blew at about 6.15pm - with celebrations as safety and a 54th consecutive season in the top flight of the Isthmian League was secured.

Posted at 23:00

Wednesday 19 April - Job not done yet for Gary

Gary McCann looked back with pride at the defeat of Harrow Borough. He said, "I am so proud of the group; how they have gone about their work under such pressure. They have given me everything I could have asked for.

"It wasn't the best of games to watch, but I thought we were very good in the right areas and deserved to win. Our midfield, defence and goalkeeper were immaculate – I think we limited Harrow to two attempts on goal.

"It has been a relentless 10 games for us. I did not think that winning our three penultimate games in a row would not have got us clear of danger.

"In fact, if you had offered me 21 points out the last 27 available I would have ripped off your hand. But the job is not done yet and we must not fall at the final hurdle on Saturday.

"We are in a great place in terms of our confidence and there has been a real togetherness about us.

"After we lost at Billericay, we had 32 points from 36 games and I gave the players a target from four groups of games, three, three, two and two. I knew 50 points - our target at the start of the season - was not going to be enough, but I thought 51 or 52 would have sufficed.

"We met the target in each of the first three sets, but even with a win from the first of game of the last pair, it was no enough. It is hard to believe that 53 points - or even 54 - may not be enough, but that just says how unpredictable the division is."

Posted at 17:16

Wednesday 19 April - U13 Girls Reach Cup Final

Our Under 13 girls team are in cup final action on Sunday morning against St Joseph's in the Capital Girl's Cup Final. The game is being played at Bedfont Sports with an 11.00am kick off.

The girls, who have had a 23 match winning streak this season, currently lead their division, and are also in their league cup final. To reach the final of this competition, they have beaten Ruislip Rangers U13 (11-0), Kinja Youth U13 (5-0), Tottenham Hotspur U12 (5-1) and Tottenham Hotspur U13 (4-1).

Everyone at the club congratulates them on reaching the final of this competition, which is the biggest that they can enter and includes teams from Middlesex, London and Surrey, and we wish them every success on Sunday morning.

Posted at 17:14

Tuesday 18 April - U18s lose last game of campaign

The under 18s played their last game of the season at Bedfont Sports tonight and slipped to a 2-1 defeat, courtesy of a goal scored deep in second half stoppage time.

However, at half time it was the young Greens who were in the acendency, courtesy of a 20th minute goal from Malachy McGovern who was set up by the impressive James Raptis.

The second half saw a lot of pressure around the Hendon goal and the pressure told in the 75th minute as Bedfont equalised, and then in stoppage time when the winner was scored.

Posted at 22:57

Monday 17 April - 150 up for Kezie

This afternoon's game saw Kezie Ibe make his 150th appearance for the club since he joined back in the summer of 2014. He has scored 45 goals so far for the club

Kezie's experience has been invaluable this season in the fight against relegation, just as it was in our play-off season two years ago, and his commitment to the club has been superb, through the good times and the tough times.

Everyone at the club congratulates Kezie on his latest milestone.

Posted at 19:23

Monday 17 April - Greens set for final day drama

The battle to avoid relegation is going to the final day of the season after this afternoon's matches, with the Greens winning 2-0 at local rivals Harrow Borough.

It was another professional performance from the squad, and a deserved lead came about in the 26th minute when Matt Ball drove the ball into the net. The second goal came early in the second half when Khale Da Costa turned his marker to break clear and score, and whilst Harrow had plenty of possession in the second half, they were largely unable to fashion anything that really tested Tom Lovelock, which the back four holding firm again.

The final whistle saw the away following, who had travelled from as far away as Glasgow, celebrate with relief that the club's destiny is in our own hands on Saturday afternoon.

With AFC Sudbury joining Grays Athletic in having their relegation confirmed today, there are now 2 relegation places to be avoided, with six clubs in the battle to avoid the drop. Other than the Greens, the others are Canvey Island, Burgess Hill Town, Folkestone Invicta, Metropolitan Police and Harrow Borough. Kingstonian and Leatherhead are safe, barring a freak set of results and a huge swing in goal difference.

Saturday's games that affect the relegation battle are as follows : Bognor Regis Town v Metropolitan Police; Burgess Hill Town v Merstham, Canvey Island v AFC Sudbury, Grays Athletic v Folkestone Invicta, Hendon v Staines Town and Lowestoft Town v Harrow Borough. The Greens go into Saturday knowing that a win will guarantee safety, whilst a point or worse will mean at least two of Burgess Hill, Folkestone and Canvey will need to better our result for us to be relegated. It's sure to be a tense afternoon for all involved.

We hope as many of you as possible will be able to be there on Saturday afternoon - we know the Scottish band of supporters are making the journey again - to hopefully cheer the squad on to a final win of the season and securing another season in the Premier Division.

Posted at 19:21

Monday 17 April - Gary reflects on Met Police victory

Gary McCann, while delighted with the win against Metropolitan Police on Saturday, admitted that he could not really enjoy it.

"We have picked up 18 points out of the last 24, but such is the pressure and tension we have been under that we have not be able to really enjoy and appreciate any of the victories. It has been win one game and get ready for the next match and trying to pick up another three points.

"At the start of the season, a points target of 50 is set firstly. We have reached it later than expected , but with two games to go we are still looking to steer clear.

In the other two leagues (Northern Premier and Southern League Premier), the teams fourth-bottom have 41 and 42 points, so our 50 points would leave us safe. A few weeks ago, I thought 52 would be enough, but now I believe we will need a point or two more than this total.

"The last two games are going to be very difficult. But I have confidence in my players having the mental strength to cope with the pressure and come through with the results we need."

Looking back at the win over the Police, McCann said, "I said last week that the level of our fitness would be the key against Folkestone and so it proved. I made the same point about the game against the Police and I think our improved fitness made the difference again, along with our substitutes.

"Our first half display was OK, but I didn't think we had done enough to deserve to be ahead at half time. I wasn't happy and asked for a bit more energy from the players and also to replicate recent standards.

"Our defence, both full-backs and both centre-halves, were excellent and limited the number of chances for their forwards. We did really well to keep a lively front three quiet and didn't give their dangerous front men any real chances.

"In the second half, I thought we were very good and completely dominated for large parts of the period. But, the longer we went without scoring, the more concerned you become about conceding a goal and there were two incidents that might have been costly - the counter-attack when Roman passed behind Collins and then Lloyd Macklin's long-range shot which Tom Lovelock saved.

"Our first substitute had a huge impact. Marcel Barrington added pace against the tiring defenders and they could not cope with him. I thought the way he added to the attack it would be a matter of time before we made the breakthrough.

"However, once we had gone in front, another followed and we very nearly added a third in stoppage time."

Posted at 10:06

Saturday 15 April - Barrington's boots help boost Greens

The first team were indebted to Marcel Barrington this afternoon as he had a key contribution to both goals in the 2-0 win over Metropolitan Police - a result that moved the Greens out of the bottom four on goals scored.

The goals came in the last few minutes, the first saw Barrington make an excellent run to the byline where he played the ball into the box whereupon it was diverted into the net by Steve Sutherland for an own goal.

The second came two minutes before the regular 90 minutes were up when he was the first player to react after Branon Daly was only able to parry Reis Stanislaus's fierce drive.

It secured a deserved win for the Greens who had put in another professional hardworking performance, but, until the intervention of Barrington as a substitute, had been unable to fashion a goal despite having the majority of possession, particularly in the second half.

Results elsewhere mean that the survival bid is now in our own hands, having moved out of the bottom four by virtue of scoring nine more goals than Burgess Hill Town this season.

Next up is the short trip to Harrow Borough on Monday afternoon - we hope to see as many of you as possible there.

Posted at 18:55

Friday 14 April - Supporters Trust to help improve heart health in London

Young children in North West London will receive healthy heart lessons and exercise classes thanks to Hendon FC Supporters Trust who have benefited from a grant from national health charity Heart Research UK and SUBWAY stores.

The community group has been awarded £8,600 to facilitate sessions to improve children's heart health and lifestyles in the local area through the use of physical activities such as football, dodgeball, walking and cycling amongst others.

The project will also include the club's fitness coach facilitating sessions in order to make children more aware of which foods are healthy and unhealthy in order to tackle this issue in a fun and approachable way.

The club have already worked with various schools but are looking to further extend their impact, and the project is expected to reach around 360 primary school children.

The initiative was started in February 2017, running through to July and will enable the club to deliver key health messages to children living around the clubs' new home at Silver Jubilee Park in Kingsbury.

Mike Harte, a director of Hendon Football Club said: "The club's objectives have been to strengthen the bonds between the club and the community and to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. Thanks to HRUK and SUBWAY stores we will be able to encourage local children to take some form of physical exercise that they enjoy, to improve diet and change their lifestyles in a fun way. We also want to encourage their parents to become role models to a more healthy life.

Beyond that we hope that the children and their families will be inspired to join our football coaching sessions, dance and exercise classes and holiday courses.”

Heart Research UK National Director, Barbara Harpham, said: "One of the aims of our Healthy Heart Grants scheme is to help people of all ages to improve their heart health, and the Hendon FC Supporters Trust project is aiming to achieve that. It’s important for children to understand all about healthy lifestyles to help them live healthier, happier and longer lives."

Sacha Clark, Marketing Director for the SUBWAY brand in UK and Ireland, said: "The SUBWAY brand is delighted to be able to help fund this worthwhile initiative which helps young people to live healthier lifestyles. SUBWAY stores nationwide have enjoyed fundraising and it's great to see local community initiatives such as this come to fruition as a result of the money generously donated by our customers both in store and at fundraising events, like our popular family 5K series."

Posted at 14:16

Tuesday 11 April - Gary delighted with Folkestone victory

Gary McCann was happy to return from the Kent coast with three valuable points in the battle to avoid relegation. "It was another good performance," he said.

"I thought we just about edged the first half even though we were a goal down. But we performed to a much better level in the second half.

"The second half display was one of the best displays to date. We completely dominated and took the game to them. In the final half hour we could have really put the game away and won by three or four. Do play this way under the pressure we was experienced made me very proud.

"When we hadn't scored early in the second half, we had to make a change. It was a risk to take off James Harper, but Keagan Cole and Matt Ball did a good job holding in midfield with Marcel Barrington playing further forward. It was a calculated risk and one we had to take.

"Everyone contributed but the two centre halves, Josh McLeod-Urquhart and Arthur Lee, were outstanding. They made sure that Tom Lovelock was almost a spectator until the last five minutes.

"But also special praise for Sam Murphy, who has been exceptional at left-back. This is an unfamiliar position for him and he has taken to it really well, but I still cannot bring myself to put him in the No. 3 shirt.

"We have really benefited from the consistency of selection in the past 10 or so games. Not only have the players done a really good job, they have shown great mental strength when we have had adversity.

"We have three games left and I think if we can win two of them there is a good chance safety will prevail."

Posted at 17:54

Sunday 09 April - Player of the Season voting open

Voting for the Player of the Season award is now open, and Sandra Wood will be available at both our final home games for you to place your vote. Votes will only be accepted from Supporters Association and Supporters Trust members, and must be made by half time on 22nd April.

If you are unable to get to either game, you may send in your vote by email to Sandra on sewood50@gmail.com, to arrive no later than Friday 21st April.

Previous winners of the award are : 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, 2014 Kevin Maclaren, 2015 The First Team Squad, 2016 Dave Diedhiou

Posted at 17:23

Sunday 09 April - Presentation Evening date set

Our annual presentation evening will take place at 6:00pm on Saturday 22nd April following our final game of the season against Staines Town.

At the time of writing no details of any entry charge have been made known, but we will let everyone know if there is one.

Posted at 17:18

Sunday 09 April - Another vital win in relegation fight

The first team picked up another vitally important three points yesterday afternoon as they won 2-1 at fellow strugglers Folkestone Invicta. The result leaves the Greens just one point from safety, although realistically when goal difference is taken into account, it is two points.

It was another performance full of heart, effort and desire, particularly in the second half, after Folkestone had taken a half time lead through Nathan Ferguson in the 37th minute despite the play being relatively even.

The Greens came out for the second half in determined move, and it took nearly half an hour for the equaliser to come when Khale Da Costa fed the ball into Kezie Ibe, who turned his marker and slotted the ball into the net.

Da Costa, who gave the home left back a torrid afternoon, was the provider for the second, which was converted by substitute Marcel Barrington with eight minutes to go. Reis Stanislaus had a chance to extend the lead go wide, whilst Keagan Cole was unlucky to see his lob hit the woodwork with the home keeper well beaten.

The focus now turns to the Easter weekend, when we are at home to Metropolitan Police on Saturday afternoon, and away at our old landlords Harrow Borough on Monday afternoon - both games kick off at 3:00pm.

Posted at 17:05

Tuesday 04 April - Gary devasted by Tonbridge defeat

Gary McCann could not hide his disappointment after Tonbridge scored their late, controversial winner on Saturday afternoon.

"I was devastated by the result," he admitted. "Tom Lovelock is adamant the whole ball didn't cross all of the line, though he did admit that most of it was over the line. Sam Murphy was also on the line and he was just as certain.

"This was a game that we did not deserve to lose. A draw would have been a much fairer result as both teams had chances.

"On balance, I thought we probably had the better chances, they were spread amonst the team and we really needed to take one of these chances to take the game away from them.

"I thought we had our set-up to take on Tonbridge absolutely right. But I felt that we desperately needed a second goal, ideally before they equalised and we had good chances to do that.

"No complaints from me in regards to the attitude and effort from all of the players. I have been trying to put together a squad like this all season and last. It has taken me longer than I would of liked to get the right balance. We are as strong now as we have been for a couple of seasons.

"Four weeks ago, I gave the players a target for points from our last ten matches – broken into four quarters (three, three, two and two) and we have achieved the first two. What is disappointing is that we have lost the third game of the first two batches but reached points target. The next two games will be pivotal, if we can achieve a maximum return then I think we will hold our destiny in our own hands.

"I have been telling the players that we have to quickly turn the page after every game in this run, win or lose. The players will have to show great mental strength after what happened on Saturday, but I have full confidence that they will be able to do it.

"Saturday's game at Folkestone is absolutely massive for us, just as it is for them."

Posted at 18:18

Tuesday 04 April - Coach to Folkestone

We are running a coach to Folkestone Invicta on Saturday, with seats priced at £12 for supporters as normal.

If you would like to travel on the coach, please email the website team on hendonfcwebsite@gmail.com no later than 9pm on Friday evening. Upon receipt of your booking, we will confirm the departure time of the coach.

Posted at 17:39

Saturday 01 April - Battling Greens beaten by Angels

The first team put in a battling, hard-working performance this afternoon, but were left empty handed as Tonbridge Angels headed back to Kent with all three points after winning 2-1.

It was the Greens who drew first blood when Reis Stanislaus was fouled in the box, and Matt Ball stepped up to convert the spot kick in the 14th minute.

Both sides had periods of possession, but were unable to find the back of the net until Nathan Elder slid the ball home in the 68th minute. The winner came with four minutes to go when the linesman ruled that Andre McCollin had managed to bundle the ball over the line before a Hendon player was able to clear it.

The focus for the squad is now on next weekend's game at Folkestone Invicta as they continue their bid to avoid the drop.

Posted at 20:23

Saturday 01 April - Young Greens win FA County Youth Cup

The two youngest members of our first team squad, Keagan Cole and Malachy McGovern, helped the Middlesex FA U18s win the FA County Youth Cup final this afternoon. They beat Cornwall 2-1 at The Hive.

Both players played a part in the win, with Keagan playing the full 90 minutes and delivered the free kick from which the opening goal was scored. He also almost scored direct from a corner, but the ball was cleared off the line by a Cornwall defender. Malachy was substituted late in the game as the youngsters looked to see out the game and secure the cup.

We congratulate both players, along with Mickey White who played in some of the earlier rounds, on winning the cup, and we hope to see plenty more of them in the first team in the future.

Posted at 20:15