News - May 2003

Tuesday 27 May - Two more friendlies announced

Two more friendlies have been announced. On Tuesday, 22nd July we will play Wealdstone. This will be more of a training match, and will consist of three periods of 30 minutes. The game is expected to be played at the Heathrow Club in Hayes, but we will confirm this nearer the time. Kick off will be at 7.30pm. On Saturday, 9th August we will travel to Derbyshire to play Gresley Rovers. Kick off at Gresley will be 3.00pm. Finally our friendly at Hampton & Richmond Borough will now kick off at 1.00pm.

Posted at 15:00

Friday 23 May - Two players released

Dave Anderson announced this afternoon that he has released two players. The players concerned are midfielder Kieran Gallagher and defender Lee Harvey. Kieran joined the club last summer from Slough Town and made 32 appearances, scoring 4 goals before missing the end of the season due to illness. Lee joined in January, and proceeded to make 18 appearances. Dave said that he thanked both players for their effort and workrate during their stay with the club and wished them all the best for the future.

Posted at 15:00

Thursday 22 May - Friendlies announced

The club have today announced the list of confirmed pre-season friendlies. On Saturday 26th July we shall travel to Hampton & Richmond Borough, kick off at 3.00pm. Yeading will come to Claremont Road on Tuesday 29th July, kick off 7.45pm, and on Saturday 2nd August, we will travel to Enfield Town for a 3.00pm kick off. Enfield Town play at Brimsdown Rovers FC and directions will be posted to the website nearer the time. The final confirmed friendly is on Tuesday 5th August when we travel to Hemel Hempstead Town for a 7.30pm kick off. Dave Anderson is looking to line up another couple of friendlies, one of which will almost certainly be on Saturday, 9th August.

Posted at 16:00

Thursday 22 May - No player news yet

Dave Anderson has let us know today that he is hoping to make an announcement in the next couple of weeks with regard to new signings ahead of the new season. Obviously no names have been mentioned as we do not want other clubs to get wind of which players we are hoping to sign. Dave has also confirmed that none of the current squad have been released by the club so far.

Posted at 15:00

Saturday 10 May - End of Season Dinner & Awards

The club held the annual End of Season Dinner & Awards evening last night, which included an excellent cabaret by an ABBA look-a-like & sound-a-like band. All the various awards were given out, the winners can be seen below.

As has already been mentioned Paul Towler and Steve Butler shared the Supporters Player of the Year award, while Dave Garner won the Supporter of the Year award for his efforts in fundraising and running the marathon dressed as our mascot Monty the Lamb. The Supporters also gave a special award to Dave Anderson and the team for their excellent efforts this season.

The Greensnet Player of the Year was Eugene Ofori who was some distance ahead of the rest, while clubman of the year went to physio Mike Rayner. Probably the most important award of the night is the Player's Player of the Year award which was won by Mark Cooper, with Steve Butler & Paul Towler coming a close third and second respectively. The young player of the year was Ricci Crace, while the Chairman's Award went to Dave Anderson and his wife Paula.

Posted at 12:00

Tuesday 06 May - Feltham win on penalties

Hendon were unable to retain the George Ruffell Memorial Trophy last night as they lost 6-5 on penalties to Feltham after a 0-0 draw. Hendon made several changes to the line up and included a number of reserve players who have been on the bench during the season, along with Mark Burgess who made an appearance having been with Aylesbury United and Wealdstone this season. Neither side really looked like scoring during normal time, Hendon's best chance probably fell to Sam Byfield who saw a free kick tipped just over the bar by the keeper. Dale Binns, Evren Arkali, James Burgess, Mark Burgess and Paul Towler all converted their spot kicks for Hendon, but Simon Huggett fired over the bar and Ricardo Alves saw his penalty saved by the keeper. Gary McCann was only able to keep out the first attempt from Feltham meaning that Feltham won the shootout. Just over £900 was raised for MacMillan Nurses from gate receipts and programme sales.

Posted at 11:00

Monday 05 May - Supporters given L of a beating

Hendon FC held a fun day at Claremont Road on Sunday and were blessed with fantastic weather for the event.. More than 200 people attended the day, the highlight of which was a special challenge match between the first team squad and supporters and social club members. The game ended 4-3 to the club, with the goals coming from a Simon Lawrence penalty (despite Lawrence actually being a supporter of the club rather than a player) and a hat-trick from vice-chairman Andrew Landesberg.

Posted at 18:00

Monday 05 May - Youth team are chapmions

Hendon Under-17s became champions of the Harrow Youth League Premier Division when their match against Omonia "B" was called off on Sunday morning. It was due to be the opening event of the Fun Day, but Omonia could not raise enough players to play the game so the match was postponed. By Harrow Youth League rules, Omonia "B" will have to forfeit the match and the 3 points Hendon gain will give them the title. It may be an unsatisfactory way to end the season and claim the championship, but the title is a reward for all the efforts of Hedi Bouchnak and his boys from September onwards.

Posted at 17:45

Saturday 03 May - Butler and Towler share supporters award

Steve Butler and Paul Towler shared the Supporter's Association's award for Player of the Year, the two being level in the poll of the association's members. Also awarded after the game was the award for Supporter of the Year, which went by a popular majority to Dave Garner, whose work for the association and the club this season and his efforts in running the London Marathon as Monty the Lanb to raise money for both the club and for the NSPCC couldn't go unnoticed. Finally, the Managers Cup was a dead heat this year, with the two entrants - Simon Lawrence and David Ballheimer - being inseperable on the basis of their entries.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 03 May - Greens finish third despite defeat

Hendon finished in 3rd place in the Ryman Premier this season, despite losing 1-0 to Chesham United at Claremont Road. Results elsewhere condemmed Chesham to relegation and ensured that St. Albans City couldn't get the points required to leapfrog the Greens. The only goal of the game came in the 82nd minute when the Generals were awarded a penalty - David Hook bringing down a substitute in the penalty area and recieving his marching orders. Michael Woolner took over the number one shirt and despite getting his hands to the ball, Grant Cooper's penalty was just about good enough to ensure victory for the away side.

Posted at 18:15

Saturday 03 May - Fun day tomorrow

Tomorrow sees the club's planned football fun day, kicking off at 11.30am (not 12.00pm as earlier advertised) with the Under 17's league title decider against Omonia B. At 2.00pm there will be a game for Under 12 supporters, followed by a similar match at 2.30pm for Under 16s supporters. The highlight of the afternoon will be at 3.00pm when the first team will play a squad of supporters. There will also be a number of sideshows available during the day, along with a Beer Tent, and the club shop and tea bar are also expected to be open

Posted at 10:00

Friday 02 May - Last game of season against Generals

Hendon entertain Chesham United tomorrow afternoon in their final league game of the season. Both clubs go into the game with something to aim for, the Greens looking for the point required to secure third place, while Chesham must win to have any hope of avoiding relegation. Should Heybridge Swifts win, then Chesham will be relegated regardless of the result tomorrow. After the game will be the presentation of the supporters player of the year. It would be fantastic to see a big crowd behind the goal tomorrow afternoon giving the players the support they deserve after what could turn out to be the club's best league season for almost 30 years.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 01 May - Shots complete controversial double

Aldershot Town completed a quick and controversial double over Hendon tonight, running out 3-1 winners at Claremont Road. The Greens had reason to feel aggrieved at the result, having had two goals disallowed - one for offside and one apparently for a foul on Gareth Howells - and two good penalty shouts turned down. However, it still only took four minutes for a weakened Shots side to take the lead through Nick Roddis, and the Shots doubled their lead later in the first half when Stafford Browne took advantage of a loose pass at the back and comfortably finished past McCann. The Shots then scored their third just after half time, Steve Perkins heading home a free kick from around 10 yards. Crace hit back almost immediately for the Greens - firing an Ofori cross home past Howells, but despite the Dons putting in a good performance there was little they could do to pull back the deficit.

Posted at 23:00

Thursday 01 May - Hendon look for rapid revenge

Hendon will be looking for rapid revenge this evening for their defeat on Saturday as they entertain league champions Aldershot Town. Kick off at Claremont Road tonight is at 7.45pm. A win for the Greens tonight will make certain of a third place finish so it would be great to see as many supporters as possible at the game getting behind the team.

Posted at 10:00