News - April 2018

Friday 20 April - Max McCann running London Marathon for Bowel Cancer

Max McCann, who is a former player and of course one of Gary's sons, is running the London Marathon on Saturday to raise money in support of Bowel Cancer UK in memory of his uncle, Gary's brother, Lee who died in January 2016 of the illness aged just 38.

All donations, however big or small, will be greatly appreciated by Max and the family and will go to the research, support and care involved with the charity.

We wish Max good luck with his run on Sunday, and if you happen to be watching the Marathon - look out for him.

The link to make a donation is available by clicking here

Posted at 12:13

Thursday 19 April - Don't forget we kick off early on Saturday

Don't forget that our final home game of the season against Merstham kicks off at the earlier time of 2:30pm on Saturday afternoon. This will hopefully enable everyone to avoid the worst of the Wembley traffic heading to the FA Cup semi-final.

Posted at 21:50

Thursday 19 April - Another Thursday night goalfest

It was another Thursday goalfest in the league this evening, with 15 goals across the three games played. Most importantly for us is that Staines Town were beaten 4-2 at Metropolitan Police, meaning they remain five points behind us, having played the same number of games as our focus now turns to Saturday's game against Merstham.

Elsewhere, Jake Robinson scored a hat-trick as Billericay Town beat Needham Market 5-0, whilst Dorking Wanderers drew 2-2 with Wingate & Finchley. Robinson's goals mean that he moves above Niko Muir in the leading goalscorer charts, now with 33 - Niko has 32 - but Elliot Buchanan continues to lead the way as he netted for Staines this evening, taking his tally to 34.

Posted at 21:49

Thursday 19 April - What's in the Merstham programme?

This is what you can expect in Hendon's match programme against Merstham on Saturday.

- GARY MCCANN: Gary's final notes of the league season, talking about recent games and looking forward to the challenge of making the play-offs

- GREENSVIEW: Daz Bloor's final programme editorial of the season

- PROGRAMME NO.37! Designer Nigel Kyte summarises his first season of working on the HFC programme

- MATCH REPORTS: Covering the four most recent games v Worthing, Lowestoft, Kingstonian and Staines Town

- THE GREENS IN ACTION: Pics of the Worthing and Staines Town fixtures - including a few great images from Derek Beech of the Middlesex Senior Cup success

- HENDON A to Z: David Ballheimer completes his excellent series with Xs and Zs!

- WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Elliott Brathwaite answers Paul Sachdev's usual questions in the last of the series

- THE HENDON PINKS DO IT AGAIN: More success for Hendon's young girls team - including a lovely Pink kit picture!

- FANS' FLASHBACK: The last this season, covering a cup tie v Banbury Town

- STAT ATTACK: Another excellent stat-filled extravaganza by Steve Rogers, this one covering Hendon's goalscoring exploits this season

- MEMORY LANE: Hendon v Blyth Spartans - the big Champion of Champions Cup game in 1973!

- OUR VISITORS: History and player profiles of the opposition

- PLUS: HFC Fixtures and Results, Supporters Trust and Association News, Away Travel, Youth Update, HFC Sponsorship, Gary McCann Stand Sponsorship, Stats page

Programmes on sale at SJP on Saturday or by subscription for PDF versions to Eddie Edwards on hendon.edd@hotmail.com

Posted at 10:19

Wednesday 18 April - Wednesday night update

There was just one game tonight in the league, which saw Dulwich Hamlet win 1-0 at Leatherhead to close the gap on Billericay to one point. The result also means that the Tanners remain three places and one point behind us in the race for the play offs. Staines and Billericay are both in action tomorrow night, against Metropolitan Police and Needham Market respectively.

Posted at 22:28

Wednesday 18 April - Cup final match report now online

The match report from last night's Middlesex Senior Cup success is now online. The report from David Ballheimer can be found here.

Posted at 17:51

Wednesday 18 April - Cup final photos now online

The photos from last night's Middlesex Senior Cup success are now online. Derek Beech's photos can be found on Facebook and Flickr.

Posted at 17:51

Tuesday 17 April - Middlesex Senior Cup won on penalties

Tom Lovelock was the hero for the first team tonight as he saved the crucial penalty to ensure a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win in the Middlesex Senior Cup Final following a goalless draw over 90 minutes.

Lovelock, who was also named man of the match, had also made a simply stunning triple save in the dying minutes of the match, made the save from Elliott Buchanan's penalty, which the Staines top scorer needed to net to take the shoot-out into sudden death.

Sam Murphy, Josh Walker, Ashley Nathaniel-George, Daniel Uchechi and Niko Muir all scored in what was a high quality penalty shoot-out.

The game itself was thoroughly enjoyable, despite being goalless, and whilst the defences were largely on top, both sides did get in shots at goal, only to find both keepers in fine form.

The victory is the Greens first Middlesex Senior Cup win since 2004, and the first time the trophy has been won since Gary McCann took over as manager.

Posted at 23:56

Tuesday 17 April - Tuesday night play-off update

There were two games tonight involving sides in the top eight. Billericay strengthened their hold on top spot with a 1-0 win at Dorking Wanderers, whilst Folkestone Invicta all but secured a top three spot after winning 2-1 at Thurrock.

Realistically, the highest we can now finish is fourth - to finish third we would need to win all our last three games, and Folkestone would need to lose their last two - and other results to go our away.

The focus tomorrow night is on the game between Leatherhead and Dulwich Hamlet.

Posted at 23:24

Monday 16 April - Monday night update

There was just one game involving any of the play-off sides this evening, and that saw Leatherhead win 7-0 at Brightlingsea Regent. This means that Leatherhead remain in 7th place just a point behind us with a game in hand, but despite their big win, we still have a superior goal difference by 13.

Posted at 21:41

Sunday 15 April - Lowestoft and Kingstonian reports now online

The match reports from the games against Lowestoft Town and Kingstonian are now online. The reports from David Ballheimer can be found here for Lowestoft and here for Kingstonian.

Posted at 16:07

Sunday 15 April - Update on the race for the play-offs

The race for the play-offs is still wide open, with Billericay Town being the only side guaranteed a top five finish as things stand, although Dulwich Hamlet only need a point to secure their top five place. As for ourselves, if we win all our final three league games we'll be guaranteed a play-off spot without having to rely on other results.

The only side that can move above us during this midweek is Leatherhead, but they would need to win at Brightlingsea Regent on Monday evening, and also at home to Dulwich on Wednesday evening, although Staines can close the gap if they win at Metropolitan Police on Thursday evening, just 48 hours after our Middlesex Senior Cup Final. Like ourselves, Leiston are without a midweek league game, whilst Margate only have Saturday fixtures left to play.

What this all does mean is that there is a huge amount to play for as we enter the final fortnight. Saturday's final home game of the season against Merstham is just as important as the potential six pointers against Leatherhead and Leiston in the final week, who in turn play each other on Saturday afternoon. Looking at this weeks fixtures, it looks as though Saturday could be a key day. However, with points continuing to be dropped by all the clubs involved, things can easily change.

This weeks fixtures involving the top eight are as follows:

Monday 16th April

Brightlingsea v LEATHERHEAD

Tuesday 17th April

Dorking v BILLERICAY

Thurrock v FOLKESTONE

Wednesday 18th April

LEATHERHEAD v DULWICH

Thursday 19th April

BILLERICAY v Needham Market

Met Police v STAINES

Saturday 21st April

Burgess Hill v STAINES

FOLKESTONE v DULWICH

HENDON v Merstham

LEATHERHEAD v LEISTON

MARGATE v BILLERICAY

Posted at 13:42

Sunday 15 April - Kingstonian photos now online

The photos from yesterday's draw with Kingstonian are now online. Derek Beech's photos can be found on Facebook and Flickr.

Posted at 12:19

Saturday 14 April - Ten men Greens give it everything

Despite having to play with ten men for an hour, the first team came away from Kingstonian with a very creditable point following a goalless draw.

Casey Maclaren was the man sent off for two yellow cards, the first for a mistimed tackle, and the second on the half hour mark for handball when going for a corner.

Chances through the game were at a premium at either end, the Greens defence holding firm and keeping the home side at bay. Meanwhile, going forward the ten men had plenty of possession, especially in the second half, but were unable to fashion any clear cut chances.

With Staines and Margate drawing 2-2, the Greens remain in fourth place going into the midweek fixtures. Elsewhere in the title and play-off race, Billericay came back from two goals down to draw 2-2 at Wingate & Finchley, allowing Dulwich to close the gap to one point after a 2-1 win over Thurrock. Leiston won 2-0 at Burgess Hill Town, Leatherhead drew 1-1 at Merstham whilst Folkestone Invicta lost 5-3 at Dorking Wanderers.

Posted at 20:42

Saturday 14 April - Arthur Lee makes 100th appearance

Arthur Lee made his 100th appearance this afternoon in the 0-0 draw at Kingstonian, becoming the 5th member of the current squad to have reached the milestone.

Arthur, who signed from Concord Rangers in the summer of 2016, has been an integral part of our defence for the past two seasons, playing either at left back, or more regularly at centre back, captaining the side on many occasions. He has scored five goals so far during his time with us, and we hope that there are many more appearances to come in the future.

Posted at 20:27

Friday 13 April - Supporters coach to Leiston

The Supporters Association will be running a coach to Leiston for our final game of the season, which could yet be vital in our push for a place in the play-offs.

The cost will be £15 for adults and £10 for children and seats can be booked by calling the HFCSA on 07340 410688 or by visiting the club shop next Saturday when we play Merstham. Pick up points and timings will be confirmed when booking.

All those travelling must be members of the Supporters Association, but you will be able to join when you book if you are not already a member.

Posted at 22:50

Thursday 12 April - Thursday night goalfest

Thursday night's games saw 19 goals scored in just four games, with 13 of them being scored by play-off contenders, and the other six by Harrow Borough.

Dulwich Hamlet closed the gap on Billericay Town to two points thanks to a 4-0 win over Dorking Wanderers, whilst Staines Town and Folkestone Invicta shared eight goals in a 4-4 draw at Wheatsheaf Lane. Elliot Buchanan scored a hat-trick for the Swans, meaning he draws level with Niko Muir on 32 goals at the top of the scoring charts.

Leatherhead closed the gap with a 1-0 win at Burgess Hill Town, and it was Lowestoft Town that Harrow put six goals past, having been just 1-0 up at half time.

The results mean that as we go into the weekend, we remain in fourth place, six points behind third placed Folkestone Invicta, level on points with Margate, who have played a game more, three ahead of Leiston on level games, four ahead of Leatherhead who have two games in hand, and five ahead of Staines Town who have one in hand.

Posted at 22:01

Thursday 12 April - Youth partnership agreed with Watford FC

We are delighted to announce that our youth set up signed a partnership agreement with Watford FC earlier this week. Our youth teams are delighted to be working with a Premiership club who have excellent community values.

The partnership includes players leaving the Watford development programme and academy being given the chance to join Hendon Youth and if Watford sign a Hendon Youth player, an article will be placed in their matchday programme giving exposure to the club.

There is much more to the partnership agreement, and Hendon Youth are proud to be an associate of the Watford FC academy and look forward to working together as we move ahead into the summer and next season.

Posted at 08:39

Thursday 12 April - U18s draw against Ashford

The under 18s picked up another point last night as they drew 1-1 against Ashford Town (Middlesex) at SJP. The scorer was Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway who was recently signed on first team forms.

Next up for the young Greens is a trip to Aldershot Town on Friday 20th April.

Posted at 08:31

Wednesday 11 April - Middlesex Senior Cup Final admission prices

The Middlesex FA have announced the admission prices for Tuesday's Senior Cup Final against Staines Town.

A reminder that the game is being played at Uxbridge FC and will kick off at 7:45pm, and admission is £10 for adults and £5 for concessions.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there. For those unable to be there, live updates should be available through FootballWebPages as usual.

Posted at 19:49

Tuesday 10 April - Bucket collection in memory of Dermot Drummy

As supporters will be well aware, popular former player Dermot Drummy sadly passed away on 27th November. The inquest into his death has been held, and the coroner has recorded a verdict of suicide. The full BBC news story on the inquest can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-43647451. We continue to hold Dermot's family in our thoughts as they come to terms with their loss.

In memory of Dermot, we have decided that our bucket collection at our final home game of the season against Merstham will be donated to the Samaritans and MIND. Please give generously if you are able.

There are organisations out there who you can call upon should you be going through tough times. You can call the Samaritans on 116 123, free of charge from any phone at any time, and you can check out their website as well - https://www.samaritans.org/. Also there is MIND, who are a mental health charity, who on the front page of their website state that they will not give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect. Their website is at https://www.mind.org.uk and is full of helpful information.

As a club we want to be supportive to our own supporters as well. We are aware that Hendon Football Club has been a lifeline to some of our own supporters - giving them somewhere to go to avoid being sat at home on their own.

If you are someone who is suffering from depression or loneliness or anything similar, please email our chairman Simon Lawrence on simon.hendon@btinternet.com and he will arrange for you to have free admission to our next home game. This is not just for now - this offer will be open into next season and beyond.

Posted at 22:03

Tuesday 10 April - Disappointment on the East Coast

It's been a disappointing night for the first team as they were beaten 2-1 at Lowestoft Town, a result that helps our hosts in their battle for survival.

Harvey Hodd gave Lowestoft the lead on the stroke of half-time, and whilst Zak Joseph equalised shortly after the break the winner was scored by Renei Batlokwa with twenty minutes to go.

The only bonus was that Dulwich Hamlet and Margate both slipped to 2-1 and 2-0 home defeats to Tonbridge Angels and Kingstonian respectively, although Leiston won 3-0 at home to Harrow Borough to keep their play-off hopes very much alive.

Meanwhile, Leatherhead, whose game at Brightlingsea Regent was postponed, have had their appeal hearing with the Bostik League and they will not be receiving a points deduction, so their play-off hopes are still alive as well.

Posted at 21:50

Monday 09 April - Monday night play-off update

There was one game in the league tonight, which saw Billericay Town cement their place at the top of the table with a 5-3 win over Staines Town.

This result is a good one for the Greens, as it means Staines are now six points behind with just one game in hand. A win at Lowestoft tomorrow would extend the gap to nine points.

Both Jake Robinson (Billericay) and Elliot Buchanan (Staines) scored twice, to take their league tallies for the season to 30 and 29 respectively, closing the gap on Niko Muir.

Posted at 21:47

Monday 09 April - Worthing highlights now online

The highlights from Saturday's win over Worthing are now available through HFCTV. You can access the highlights by going to HFCTV in the "other" section of the website menu, or by clicking here.

Posted at 17:09

Sunday 08 April - Worthing report now online

The match report from yesterday's win over Worthing is now online. The report from David Ballheimer can be found here.

Posted at 22:26

Sunday 08 April - The race for the play-offs & league title

Only 8 teams can now finish in the top five this season, Billericay Town, Dulwich Hamlet, Folkestone Invicta, Leatherhead, Leiston, Margate, Staines Town and of course ourselves. Whilst we know Leatherhead potentially have a points deduction heading their way that may well take them out of contention, we can't discount them at the moment.

Wingate & Finchley could do it mathematically, but have a goal difference of -11, compared to that of Margate which is +27, or ourselves which is +33, and it would need Wingate to win all their remaining games, and Margate or ourselves to lose all ours, plenty of other results involving Staines and Leiston to go the way of Wingate, and for our neighbours to overturn those huge goal differences.

The remaining fixtures for the eight clubs chasing the top five places is as follows - with clashes between two play off chasers in capitals. Just this coming week, Staines have three games against fellow play off chasing clubs, and the final two Saturday's of the campaign each have three fixtures with a clash between two top eight clubs, all of whom could yet win the league title.

Monday 9th April - BILLERICAY TOWN v STAINES TOWN

Tuesday 10th April - Brightlingsea Regent v Leatherhead, Dulwich Hamlet v Tonbridge Angels, Leiston v Harrow Borough, Lowestoft Town v Hendon, Margate v Kingstonian

Thursday 12th April - Burgess Hill Town v Leatherhead, Dulwich Hamlet v Dorking Wanderers, STAINES TOWN v FOLKESTONE INVICTA

Saturday 14th April - Billericay Town v Wingate & Finchley, Dorking Wanderers v Folkestone Invicta, Dulwich Hamlet v Thurrock, Kingstonian v Hendon, Leiston v Burgess Hill Town, Merstham v Leatherhead, STAINES TOWN v MARGATE

Tuesday 17th April - Dorking Wanderers v Billericay Town, Thurrock v Folkestone Invicta

Wednesday 18th April - LEATHERHEAD v DULWICH HAMLET

Thursday 19th April - Billericay Town v Needham Market, Metropolitan Police v Staines Town

Saturday 21st April - Burgess Hill Town v Staines Town, FOLKESTONE INVICTA v DULWICH HAMLET, Hendon v Merstham, LEATHERHEAD v LEISTON, MARGATE v BILLERICAY TOWN

Monday 23rd April - Kingstonian v Staines Town

Tuesday 24th April - Billericay Town v Harlow Town, Leiston v Needham Market

Wednesday 25th April - LEATHERHEAD v HENDON

Thursday 26th April - Kingstonian v Dulwich Hamlet

Saturday 28th April - BILLERICAY TOWN v FOLKESTONE INVICTA, DULWICH HAMLET v MARGATE, LEISTON v HENDON, Staines Town v Thurrock, Tonbridge Angels v Leatherhead

There is a huge amount to play for over the next 20 days, and we'll be following it closely all the way.

Posted at 15:43

Sunday 08 April - Worthing photos now online

The photos from yesterday's victory over Worthing are now online. Derek Beech's photos can be found on Facebook and Flickr.

Posted at 14:06

Saturday 07 April - 50 career goals for Niko

Niko Muir's 7th minute converted penalty was his 50th career goal for the club in his 82nd appearance.

His first competitive goal came in the 5-2 FA Cup win over Cheshunt in September 2016, and he went on to score 11 goals last season before moving on to Leiston for the second half of the campaign.

Upon his return, he hasn't looked back, and today was his 39th goal of the season. Since we joined the Isthmian League in 1963, only two players have scored more goals - David Hyde (59 in 1964-65) and Paul Whitmarsh (42 in 1998-99).

There will be a special Stat Attack article in the final programme of the season against Merstham detailing more of Niko's - and the squad's - goalscoring exploits this season.

Posted at 20:17

Saturday 07 April - Greens win seven goal thriller

The first team were winners by the odd goal in seven this afternoon as they played out an entertaining 4-3 victory over Worthing.

The Sussex side, who have had an excellent second half of the season, were dangerous going forward and give the Greens backline plenty to do throughout the game.

The opening goal came in the 7th minute when Niko Muir converted a penalty after Jake Eggleton had his shirt pulled in the box. A few minutes later Zak Joseph doubled the lead, but a minute later Worthing pulled a goal back through Reece Myles-Meekums.

The Greens restored their two goal advantage in the 57th minute when Josh Walker finished off a fine move - which included him going to ground but just getting up to find the back of the net. Worthing then took the game to the Greens and were rewarded with two goals in a minute from Ben Pope and then George Barker.

Just as the game looked as though it was going to end all square, Ashley Nathaniel-George popped up to fire the ball home in the second minute of stoppage time to secure all three points.

The win has made the Greens position in the play-offs more secure, particularly with Staines Town and Leiston both losing this afternoon.

Posted at 19:51

Friday 06 April - Gattas Denfield Solicitors Player of the Month result

The winner of the Gattas Denfield Solicitors Player of the Month award for March is Josh Walker, with 34% of the vote. Michael Corcoran was second with 18% of the vote, whilst Tom Lovelock was third with 11% of the vote. Josh will be presented with his award at a future game.

The final Player of the Month award voting will take place after the final game of the season - including the play-offs should we be taking part.

Posted at 22:11

Friday 06 April - Wingate & Finchley report and photos now online

The photos and match report from Mondays's victory over Wingate & Finchley are now online.

Derek Beech's photos can be found on Facebook and Flickr.

David Ballheimer's match report can be found here.

Posted at 22:05

Friday 06 April - Met Police highlights now online

With many apologies for the delay (caused by holidays), the highlights from last Saturday's win over Metropolitan Police are now available through HFCTV. You can access the highlights by going to HFCTV in the "other" section of the website menu, or by clicking here.

Posted at 21:43

Friday 06 April - Merstham kickoff time changed

Our home game against Merstham on Saturday 21st April will now kick off at the earlier time of 2:30pm. This is to help enable supporters to beat the traffic going to the FA Cup Semi Final at Wembley later the same afternoon. The change of kick off time has been agreed with the league and our opponents.

Posted at 09:19

Monday 02 April - Texas Hold’em fundraiser on Saturday

SJP are holding a Texas Hold’em night on Saturday 7th April after the game against Worthing.

This event is £20 entry and there is £10 buy in for the first hour. All for a good cause.

To find out more and also to reserve your place, please contact Olivia Pascoe on 07964427012 or email Oliviappascoe@hotmail.com

Posted at 20:48

Monday 02 April - Muir penalty double earns a point

As has often been the case over the years, Summers Lane proved to be a tough place to get a result, with the first team drawing 2-2 against Wingate & Finchley this afternoon.

The Greens were indebted to Niko Muir who converted two penalties either side of two goals scored by Irnti Rapai and Marc Charles-Smith.

This means that Muir has taken his tally for the season to 38, becoming just the fourth player to reach that total in a season since we joined the Isthmian League in 1963, the others being David Hyde (59 in 1964-65), Paul Whitmarsh (42 in 1998-99) and Gerry O'Rourke (39 in 1963-64).

Posted at 16:56

Monday 02 April - Niko Muir first to reach 30 league goals since 1965

When Niko Muir scored his 30th league goal of the season this afternoon at Wingate & Finchley, he became only the second Hendon player to reach that milestone since the club joined the Isthmian League in 1963. The only other player to have achieved the same feat is David Hyde in the 1964-65 season, when he scored 35 in the league, and another 24 in cup games.

Posted at 16:16

Monday 02 April - Game on at Wingate this afternoon

We have been contacted by Wingate & Finchley this morning who have said that the pitch has survived the overnight rain and is in a perfect condition for this afternoon's game. Kick off at Summers Lane is at 3:00pm.

Posted at 09:32

Sunday 01 April - Possible supporters coach to Leiston

After yesterday's win, we are in 4th position and a place in the play-offs are a big possibility. This could mean the game at Leiston on 28th being a really important one. With that in mind the Supporters Association are thinking of running a coach to the game.

Would you be interested? If so, please email hendonfcwebsite@gmail.com as soon as possible to indicate your interest. (If you've already voted on the twitter poll there is no need to email us as well - we're just getting a rough idea of numbers at the moment). Once we have an idea of how many may be interested, we'll make a decision on whether it is viable to run a coach or not.

Posted at 11:50

Sunday 01 April - Supporters Player of the Season voting

The Hendon FC Supporters Association player of the season voting will open on Saturday 7th April when we play Worthing at SJP.

In order to be eligible to vote, you must either be a member of the Supporters Association - you can join on Saturday for the tiny price of £3 if you aren't currently a member - or a member of the Supporters Trust.

Just pop over to the club shop before or during the game, and you'll be able to make your vote. Voting will also be possible during the home game against Merstham two weeks later.

Posted at 11:49

Sunday 01 April - Met Police photos now online

The photos from yesterday's victory over Metropolitan Police are now online. Derek Beech's photos can be found on Facebook and Flickr.

Posted at 11:10