News - May 2004

Tuesday 25 May - Greens agree Adidas kit deal

Hendon have signed a new kit supplier deal with which will see every side at the club recieving kit free of charge for the coming season, saving a considerable outlay in the coming months. In addition to completing negotiations with Adidas on behalf of the club, Dave Bedford has also successfully negotiated a extention to our current shirt sponsorship deal with UK Packaging to June 2006. The extention will take the company's association with the Greens to eight years, with the initial sponsorship having started in 1998.

Posted at 23:05

Tuesday 25 May - More Greensline interviews

David Ballheimer has recorded two new interviews for the Greensline. From tonight for 48 hours, there will be an interview with Ivor Arbiter, and then on Thursday evening and through Friday there will be an interview with Dave Bedford. This will give those supporters who were unable to attend the meeting tonight a chance to hear what they have to say. The number is 09066 555836, and calls cost 60p per minute.

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 25 May - Review of supporters meeting

Approximately 50 supporters met with Ivor Arbiter and Dave Bedford this evening to discuss recent events at the club. It was felt to have been an excellent meeting, with everyone feeling that both Ivor and Dave were honest and upfront in answering the questions put to them. A brief rundown of what was discussed follows. We apologise if anything has inadvertently been left out.

Regarding the decision to pull out of Conference South, it was felt by the board that it was not the time to get involved in Conference South, and that we would regroup in the Ryman League, get the Copthall move completed and then move forward. Last season the gate receipts only covered 20 percent of the playing budget, a level that could not be sustained at any level, let alone in Conference South.

The move to Copthall was discussed, and the reason for the delay was due to the fact that the planning meeting regarding the development of Claremont Road hasn't yet taken place. It is due to take place in a few weeks time, and should everything go to plan, we could be playing at Copthall as soon as October. Once the move is completed, the board would be able to establish the club at Copthall. The stadium will be run by a charitable trust, which will be made up of representatives of Hendon Football Club and Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers and the trust will have a 25 year lease, just paying a peppercorn rent to Barnet Council.

The advantage of moving to Copthall is that it would become a multisport facility, which makes it much easier to obtain grants from authorities such as the Sports Council to help with future development. It was also pointed out that the Banqueting Suite and clubhouse at Claremont Road only just broke even, and had not made any financial contribution to the club for sometime. Also sorting the stadium at Claremont Road out would cost something in the region of £1.5million

With regard to next season, the ambition is to try and win the Isthmian League, but only at a price that we can afford. It was felt by the board that the restructuring this summer was going to make it more difficult for clubs to survive. Whether the club decides to go up next summer should we be in a position to do so, would be decided nearer the time.

Crucial to the club moving upwards in the future is getting more bodies through the turnstiles, something that it was agreed is easier said than done. The club are looking for ideas on how we can do this - if each supporter brought one or two friends to each game, it would make a considerable difference to the gate receipts.

In conclusion, the general message was that the club must play at a level that it can afford, and that the club had taken a step back so that it could move forward in a stronger position in the future.

Posted at 22:45

Saturday 22 May - Dave Anderson interview on Greensline

David Ballheimer interviewed our former manager Dave Anderson at the dinner last night. The interview will be on the Greensline this afternoon and throughout the weekend. The number is 09066 555836, and calls cost 60p per minute.

Posted at 14:00

Saturday 22 May - End of season awards dinner

The end of season awards dinner was held last night, and a good time was had by all who attended. Our recently departed backroom staff were all present, along with every member of the first team squad. The awards were given out and saw Eugene Ofori complete a hat-trick of awards, winning the players player, supporters player and Greensnet player of the year awards. The clubman of the year award went to Mark Burgess, who more often than not would quite happily play for the first team one evening, and then for the reserves the next evening. The Chairman's award went to the Supporters Association in recognition of their hard work and fundraising throughout the season. Finally as mentioned a couple of weeks ago, the supporter of the year was Dave Clarke.

Posted at 13:00

Thursday 20 May - More backroom departures

Two more members of our backroom staff have left the club today to join Dave Anderson at AFC Wimbledon. Coach Warren Kelly, and reserve team manager John Morris have joined Dave and Jon Turner to take up the same positions at AFC Wimbledon. We thank both Warren and John for their efforts during their time with us, and like Jon and Dave, we wish them all the best for the future.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 17 May - Jon Turner moves on

Following last weeks departure of Dave Anderson to AFC Wimbledon, it has been announced on by the South London club, on their official website that they have appointed Jon Turner as their assistant manager. As with Dave, we would like to thank Jon for all his efforts at the club over the past three years, and wish him luck with his new post at AFC Wimbledon.

Posted at 15:00

Sunday 16 May - David Bedford interview in NLP

David Bedford has given his first interview as a director of Hendon FC in todays Non-League Paper. In it, he sheds more light on the decision not to take up the place earned in the Conference South, revealing that costs were one of the contributry factors in the board's shock decision. Plans for the future are also discussed in the interview, with the unveiling of a new kit sponsorship deal with Adidas, plans to take the club to Copthall by Christmas and to "make (the club) financially sound" in the near future before taking the next step.

Posted at 14:00

Friday 14 May - David Bedford joins Hendon FC board

The club have released the following press release this afternoon

Dave Bedford, the former 10,000m World Record Holder and Race Director of the Flora London Marathon has accepted an invitation by Hendon FC to join its Board. Mr Bedford, 54 is a lifelong supporter of the Club, which he first visited as a boy in 1958.

"I am delighted to become part of the organisation of the Club and look forward to being part of its future success. The Club is currently at a crossroads with the move from Claremont Road to Copthall Stadium imminent and this will be a challenging time for the Club. The multi sports concept based at Copthall is the way forward for local sport and as a member of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, also based at Copthall I am in a good position to encourage local clubs to work together."

Bedford, always a local boy, lives in Hampstead less than 50m from where the Club was founded as Christ Church Hampstead in 1908. Club Chairman Ivor Arbiter added, "It will be great to have someone with Dave's experience working with us and he has some great ideas for the future. I am sure that all Club supporters will welcome him. The future financial stability of the club is very important to us all and I will be working with Dave to secure this.

"Hendon have never been relegated in almost 100 years and this is a great sign of good management. The Club's new facility at Copthall is a great step forward in its history but careful management has never been more important than now."

Posted at 16:00

Thursday 13 May - Youth team round up

With the exception of the Under 16's game at Claremont Road tomorrow evening, the youth team season has come to a close. We apologise again for the lack of coverage this season, and we will endeavour to bring back full coverage next season.

The league tables have been updated on the site, and show that the Under 16's will finish 4th should they pick up a point tomorrow evening against St Joseph's. Mark Crawford has brought on the team in leaps and bounds and this was proven a few weeks ago when a number of the Under 16 squad made their reserve team debuts.

The Under 15's, under the leadership of Tony Moran, had a very good season finishing 3rd, conceding just 16 goals during the season, an average of just one per game, an excellent record. The Under 14's finished 5th in their division, scoring 68 goals in their 16 games. However that scoring record pales into insignificance with Kentish Town, who scored 123 goals in their games. Finally, the Under 11's, in their first season and after a late start finished very well in 3rd place, again with their defence to thank.

We would like to thank Mark Crawford, Tony Moran, Dewi Davies, Gary Eaton and their assistants for all their hard work this season with the youth teams. Later in the summer we will let you know in which age groups we will be running teams next season and how to go about applying for a trial should anyone be interested.

Posted at 12:00

Thursday 13 May - Supporters meeting with Ivor

Following numerous requests from supporters, chairman Ivor Arbiter has agreed to meet with all Hendon supporters on Tuesday, 25th May at 7.30pm in the clubhouse to discuss the current situation at the club.

Posted at 11:30

Thursday 13 May - Message from the Supporters Association

The Supporters Association Committee had their monthly meeting last night that was also attended by Ivor Arbiter, Dave Bedford and Graham Etchell. The meeting was, as usual, very frank and open and left the Committee feeling very positive about recent developments and the long term future of Hendon Football Club.

The club are in the process of completing a press release that will clarify the club's position and the way forward. The press release will be as detailed as it can be and answer some very important questions. One piece of information that we are pleased to announce is that Dave Bedford has been invited and accepted onto the Board of Directors. This will have a major impact on the club and we are very fortunate to have such a high profile individual on board. Dave is a former athlete, and is the race director of the London Marathon as well as being involved with Shaftesbury Harriers. We ask that supporters are patient while the press release is put together, as the club needs to ensure that it answers as many questions as possible.

During our meeting we also discussed the communication between supporters and the Association. We on the Committee have an important role to play in the club and we are each open to speaking to any supporter. It is down to you to make use of this. In light of this we have created a Supporters Liaison post that will be held by John Rice. He will be your contact within the Committee and can be contacted via email on johnerice@clara.co.uk. Any serious points you raise will be addressed to the Committee at our monthly meeting.

The meeting last night shows this club has an incredible future ahead of it. The way forward is for each and every Hendon fan to do their bit to raise this club's profile and support it at every opportunity. So let's pull forward together.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 12 May - Under 16s in action on Friday

The Under 16s will be playing their final league game of the season on Friday evening, when they entertain St Joseph's at Claremont Road. St Joseph's have already been crowned champions of the Premier Division, while at least a point for Hendon will see them finish in 4th place. All supporters are welcome to attend. Admission is free, and the game will kick off at 7.00pm.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 11 May - Message from Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson has been in contact with us late this evening, and has asked us to publish on the following message.

"As you may now be aware I have accepted the job as manager of AFC Wimbledon. I have made many friends at Hendon, and I hope that when the dust settles the clubs supporters will look back fondly on what we have achieved over the past few years. Thank you all for your excellent support during my time here.

"I have always worked hard for the club, and I can honestly say that I have enjoyed my time at Claremont Road. I would like to stress that Hendon's decision to remain in the Ryman League played no part in my decision to leave and I hope that all the clubs supporters will appreciate that the Wimbledon job is one that I would never have turned down.

"I am very proud to have managed Hendon, and I now leave Claremont Road having made many more friends in football than I had when I arrived at the club."

We would like to thank Dave for taking the time out of his holiday to contact us, and as mentioned earlier today we wish him all the best at AFC Wimbledon.

Posted at 22:00

Tuesday 11 May - Dave Anderson moves on

It has been reported this afternoon on the Official AFC Wimbledon website that Dave Anderson has been appointed as their new first team manager with immediate effect. We would like to wish Dave all the best in his new appointment, and thank him for all his efforts during his five years with the club.

Posted at 14:30

Monday 10 May - Statement from the Chairman

The following statement has been released to the press this afternoon by club chairman Ivor Arbiter.

"The decision by myself and the Board to decline the invitation to join the newly formed Conference South was a very hard one to make. But as Chairman it is my duty to oversee and safeguard the future development of the club, and with the move to the Copthall Stadium in Hendon we have very positive plans for the future.

"At Hendon Football Club we are very proud of our playing achievements and the success that our manger Dave Anderson and his players have brought to the club in recent years. The Arbiter Group have been supporting the club financially for almost 10 years and we are all very grateful to them for their support.

"Our future at Copthall should be very exciting and the stadium will be a first class facility with a solid infrastructure to build upon, but while our loyal supporters have, as always, been magnificent, it is very important that we attract more spectators to our home games.

"Taking a place in the Conference South in the near future remains our ambition and when that opportunity arises it is hoped that Hendon Football Club will be in a strong stable financial position and our team will be built on a solid financial base."

Posted at 15:30

Monday 10 May - Line up for next season

As supporters are undoubtedly aware by now, especially given the statement from our chairman above, we will be continuing our membership of the Isthmian League next season and will be in the Premier Division. There is a considerable change to the line up following the restructure and sees us visiting a number of unfamiliar places.

The full line up for next season is as follows : Billericay Town, Braintree Town, Chelmsford City, Cheshunt, Dover Athletic, Eastleigh, Folkestone Invicta, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Harrow Borough, Hendon, Heybridge Swifts, Kingstonian, Leyton, Northwood, Salisbury City, Slough Town, Staines Town, Tonbridge Angels, Wealdstone, Windsor & Eton, Worthing, Yeading.

Posted at 15:29

Monday 10 May - Club statement on its way

We will have an official statement from the club regarding the decision not to take up our place in Conference South next season online by the end of the day.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 01 May - Dons slump to fourth

Hendon slumped from their long held second position in the league to fourth this afternoon, going down 1-4 at Kettering Town. In truth, the Greens were never really in the game, and were lucky to go in at half time with the scoreline still at 0-0. However, Kettering made better use of their chances in the second half, and struck three times in the minutes through Craig McIlwain, Chris Difante and Richard Graham to leave the score at 3-0 with only around twenty minutes to go. Substitute Ricci Crace did score a for the Dons in the 79th minute, but a last minute effort from Wayne Diuk made sure of the home side's third victory over Hendon this season.

Results elsewhere meant that Sutton (with a 5-0 win) and Thurrock (winning 2-0) rose above Hendon, but a 10 minute hat-trick from Lee Boylan at Canvey Island prevented Hornchurch from snatching another place from the Greens.

Posted at 19:30