News - May 2006

Sunday 28 May - May Snowball draw result

The first Snowball Lotto draw was made last night, and the first prize of £78 went to the holder of number 8 and the second prize of £39 went to the holder of number 36. The winners will be contacted in the next few days. If you haven't joined the Snowball Lotto yet, it only costs a minumum £5.00 per month and the more people who enter, the bigger the prizes will be.

Posted at 19:00

Sunday 28 May - Race night a success

Last nights race night has proved to be a success with nearly £1,400 being raised for the supporters trust. The signed Arsenal photo was sold for £200 and we thank all those people that put bids in for it. Thanks must go to Dave Garner for all the hard work he put in for organising the evening.

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Saturday 27 May - Mrs Hogan funeral arrangements

The funeral arrangements for Mrs Hogan's funeral have been confirmed. The service will take place at Golders Green Crematorium at 2.15pm on Monday 5th June 2006. Anyone wishing to make floral tributes should send them to Levertons, 624 Finchley Road, Golders Green, NW11 7RR to arrive no later than 12.30pm on the day of the funeral.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 26 May - Pre-season friendlies announced

The full list of pre-season friendlies has been announced this morning and is as follows. Kick off times are 3.00pm for Saturday games and 7.45pm for midweek games. Travel and admission details for the games will be posted much nearer the time.

Saturday 22nd July - A v Wembley

Tuesday 25th July - H v Bishop's Stortford

Saturday 29th July - A v Potters Bar Town

Tuesday 1st August - A v Hemel Hempstead Town

Saturday 5th August - A v Braintree Town

Tuesday 8th August - A v Rayners Lane

Thursday 10th August - A v Chalfont St Peter

Saturday 12th August - A v Northwood

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Thursday 25 May - Mrs Hogan passes away

It is with much sadness that the club announces today the passing away overnight of Alice Hogan, the mother of Supporters Association chairman Mike Hogan. Known to most Hendon supporters as Mrs Hogan, she has been a long time supporter of the club and spent many years working in the snack bar. She was also an honourary life member of the club, an award given to her by former chairman Victor Green for services to the club.

Everyone connected with the club sends their deepest sympathies to Mike, his brother and their family.

Posted at 13:00

Thursday 25 May - Race night reminder

Supporters are reminded that the Race Night, organised by the supporters trust to continue their fundraising efforts, takes place on Saturday evening in the smaller of the two banqueting suites. The Arsenal photo will be auctioned along with some other items, and there will also be a raffle, so make sure you bring along plenty of money. Tickets will be available on the door at �2.50 each and all ages are welcome to attend.

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Tuesday 23 May - Club statement on ground situation

Club secretary Graham Etchell has today confirmed that, until such time of the sale of the ground, Hendon Football Club will continue to play at Claremont Road. Graham hopes to give supporters a further update in due course.

Posted at 12:30

Saturday 20 May - Parker makes it a double

James Parker has won a second award, as he has secured the Players' Player of the Season award to go alongside the award from the supporters. The runner up in the players' voting was Mark Cooper, with Dave Hunt coming third. The other award for the players was the Clubman of the Year award which went to James Burgess, who has now been with the club for several years. Congratulations to both players for their awards.

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Saturday 20 May - Hogan wins Chairmans Award

The annual Chairmans Award has been given to Mike Hogan, the chairman of our Supporters Association. The decision was made by Dave Bedford and Graham Etchell, and it is a deserved reward for all the work Mike does around the club. He has been on the Association committee for over 40 years, but as well as that he does an awful lot of work behind the scenes that goes unseen by our supporters. Many congratulations go to Mike for his award from everyone involved at the club.

Posted at 22:00

Saturday 20 May - Final youth and reserve round up

The Capital League season has now ended, and the Greens have finished in a respectable 5th place after an improved run of results in the latter part of the season. Danny Edwards and Adilson Lopes have both progressed from the reserves to make appearances in the first team, whilst six others will be training with the first team next season. As mentioned earlier in the week, we won't be running a reserve side next season so that all the resources can be concentrated on the first team.

The under 18/'A' Team had to unfortunately forfeit their final three fixtures following the departure of manager Mark Crawford as due to holidays we were unable to field a side. Again, purely to help concentrate resources on the first team, we won't have an under 18 side next season, but the club is intending to relaunch the reserves and under 18s in the future. The 'A' team have finished in midtable in their table.

The under 15s had their first season together this term, and have done exceptionally well after a difficult start under the leadership of Eamon Finn and Graeme Bourne. They have finished 5th in the table and look set to push on for honours next season as an under 16 side with some exciting players in their squad.

The under 13s had a very successful season, ending as champions of their division, dropping just 9 points during the season. Under the leadership of John & Michael Creith they are already looking forward to next season competing as under 14s in a higher division. Also this season they progressed to the semi-finals of the Supplementary Cup where they lost out in an excellent game to Yeading HEW.

As well as a big thank you to our managers and coaches, we would also like to thank all the parents, families and friends who have supported our youngsters this season, helping out with transport, running the line and also helping with coaching. Without their help it would make life much more difficult for our youth managers.

Next season we are hoping to add two new teams to our Sunday youth set up at under 15 and under 13 level. Any players interested in taking part should send their Football CV, detailing their football career to date and all their contact details, to the club by post or by email to admin@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 12:00

Wednesday 17 May - We've asked Gary

We asked Gary your questions this morning. To see the answers please click the link below.

Posted at 15:00

Wednesday 17 May - Player news

Gary McCann has also given out today the list of players who are staying and leaving. As well as Iain Duncan, four other players are definitely leaving the club. Blaise O'Brien has decided to move on and is expected to return to Hillingdon Borough, Charlie Mapes has returned to Yeading following the expiration of his loan period, while Jeff Campbell is returning to New Zealand where he is likely to be playing professionally.

Also departing is goalkeeper Rikki Banks who has a number of trials lined up during the summer, but also has a possibility of signing for Worthing, which is much nearer his Brighton home. We thank all the departing players for their efforts and wish them well for their futures.

Eleven players who appeared for the first team last season have committed themselves to the cause. Ricci Crace will be taking over the team captaincy, whilst also staying are Danny Murphy, Danny Edwards, James Parker, Adilson Lopes, Jimmy Froud, Lee O'Leary, Jamie Busby, Dave Hunt, Bradley Bubb and James Burgess. Also remaining at the club are reserve teamers Ricky Pattenden, Chad Griffiths, Conor Carroll, Francois Gabbidon, Mathew Peart and Maradona Mason.

A number of players have yet to make a decision on their playing future and are considering the offers made to them. These players include Dave King, Mark Cooper, Marc Leach, Andy Cook, Ross Pickett, Rene Street and Byron Bubb.

Gary confirmed that he is working to a much tighter budget than last season but his aim is to build a young, committed, energetic and physically strong side.

Posted at 14:00

Wednesday 17 May - Pape returns

Gary McCann has announced this morning that Andy Pape will be returning to the club as part of the coaching team for the 2006-07 season. Also Freddie Hyatt has agreed to stay on board as assistant manager. Iain Duncan is leaving the club due to work commitments. We are very grateful for the services Iain has given to the club over the years both on and off the pitch, and his presence will be missed in the dressing room.

Posted at 13:45

Wednesday 17 May - No reserves next season

Due to the reduced budget this season, the club have reluctantly decided that there won't be a reserve team or under 18 team this season so that the resources available can be concentrated on the first team. It is hoped that once the club is back on a stable footing that both teams will be revived.

Posted at 13:30

Tuesday 16 May - Last chance to Ask Gary

Today is your last chance to send in your questions for Gary McCann. The questions will be put to Gary tomorrow morning and the responses will be online later this week. If you have any questions please email them to Steve Rogers on steve.rogers@dsl.pipex.com by 10.00pm this evening.

Posted at 12:00

Tuesday 16 May - Premier Division Constitution

Following our reprieve yesterday, we can confirm that subject to any other changes, the Premier Division next season will consist of AFC Wimbledon, Ashford Town (Middx), Billericay Town, Boreham Wood, Bromley, Carshalton Athletic, Chelmsford City, East Thurrock United, Folkestone Invicta, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Harrow Borough, Hendon, Heybridge Swifts, Horsham, Leyton, Margate, Ramsgate, Slough Town, Staines Town, Tonbridge Angels, Walton & Hersham and Worthing.

We will be meeting Ashford Town (Middx), Horsham and Ramsgate for the first time in league competition, whilst we will renew battle with Boreham Wood and Carshalton Athletic. Supporters will notice that Wealdstone are absent from the line up, this is because they have been transferred to the Southern League to join their landlords Northwood.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 16 May - Season starts on 19th August

The Ryman League have confirmed that the 2006-07 season will commence on Saturday 19th August, and although unconfirmed we assume that the season will end on Saturday 28th April. Games will be fixed for Bank Holiday Monday 28th August, Boxing Day Tuesday 26th December and Easter Monday 9th April. There will be fixtures on Saturday 30th December, but no fixtures will be planned for New Years Day, although clubs will be allowed to rearrange fixtures for that day if they wish.

In the FA Cup we anticipate that we will start in the 1st Qualifying Round again, which takes place on Saturday 16th September with rounds continuing on a fortnightly basis through to the First Round on Saturday 11th November. The date for next years final is Saturday 19th May.

In the FA Trophy we expect to start also in the 1st Qualifying Round on Saturday 21st October with rounds running every three weeks beyond that. The final next year is scheduled for Sunday 20th May.

Posted at 09:45

Monday 15 May - Hendon to stay in Ryman Premier

Following a phonecall from the Ryman League at 3.00pm this afternoon, club secretary Graham Etchell has confirmed that Hendon Football Club have accepted a reprieve to remain in the Ryman League Premier Division for the 2006-07 season.

Posted at 15:30

Monday 15 May - Youth managers and players wanted

As is normal each summer, the club are looking for youth players for most age groups, along with experienced youth managers. In particular we are looking for a new manager to take over the running of the 'A' team that plays in the Middlesex County League. Anyone who is interested should send in their football CV to the club at Hendon FC, Claremont Road, London, NW2 1AE or call the club office on 020 8201 9494. CV's can also be emailed to the club on admin@hendonfc.net and they will be passed on to the relevant people.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 15 May - Final reserve game

The club have agreed with Farnborough Town and the Capital League that the final reserve game of the season will not be played. The result of the game has no bearing on the destination of the championship and all parties were more than happy to not play the game. It is likely that the result will go down as a 0-0 draw.

Posted at 09:45

Monday 15 May - Mark Crawford departs

The club have parted company with youth and reserve team manager Mark Crawford. Mark has been an integral part of the clubs youth set up for the past three or four years, and has developed a number of youngsters, one or two of whom have found themselves on the fringes of the first team set up, particularly Bradley Bubb and Chad Griffiths. We thank Mark for all his efforts over the past few years and wish him well in the future.

The club have confirmed that John Creith will be remaining at the club as manager of the under 14s next season, whilst Graeme Bourne and Eamon Finn will continue as manager of their team who will be under 16s next season.

Posted at 09:45

Friday 12 May - David Bedford resigns

David Bedford has announced this morning that he has resigned as vice-chairman of Hendon Football Club due to a major difference of opinion about the future of the club with the Arbiter Group. He has confirmed that he does remain an active member of the supporters trust.

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Thursday 11 May - League constitution announced

The League constitution for 2006-07 season has been announced by the FA this afternoon, and as expected we will be playing in Ryman League Division One North. Canvey Island have been placed in the Ryman League Premier Division following their resignation from the Nationwide Conference and consequently there is no reprieve from relegation for the Greens.

The full line up for our division next season is : AFC Hornchurch, AFC Sudbury, Arlesey Town, Aveley, Barking & East Ham United, Bury Town, Enfield, Enfield Town, Great Wakering Rovers, Harlow Town, Hendon, Ilford, Maldon Town, Potters Bar Town, Redbridge, Tilbury, Waltham Abbey, Waltham Forest, Ware, Wingate & Finchley, Witham Town and Wivenhoe Town.

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Wednesday 10 May - McCann quashes Crace rumour

Gary McCann has this evening quashed the rumour on the messageboard that Ricci Crace was likely to sign for Hertford Town. Gary has spoken to Ricci this week and is confident that the popular striker will agree to be part of the squad again next season early next week. Ricci has been with the club for four of the last five seasons, and so far has scored 53 goals in 157 appearances.

Posted at 21:00

Wednesday 10 May - Parker in oxygen tent

Supporters player of the year James Parker is now on the road to recovery from his ankle injury sustained at Bromley last month, Parker's rehabilitation is taking place at the Elite-Performance altitude centre where he is spending time in an oxygen tent just like Wayne Rooney. The centre is owned by Gary Anderson and is frequented by many of the UK's leading athletes.

Posted at 14:00

Tuesday 09 May - Signed Arsenal photo auction

Champions League finalists Arsenal have kindly donated a signed squad photo for the supporters trust to auction to help raise funds. The auction will take place on Saturday 27th May during the race night, but if you are unable to attend, we will accept bids in advance by post. For full details please click the link below. This could become a very valuable piece of memorabilia if Arsenal go on to win the Champions League.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 08 May - Looking for former players

The Supporters Trust are still looking to contact as many former players as they can. If any former players are reading this who haven't been contacted yet, or if anyone knows the whereabouts of any former players, John Rice would be delighted to hear from you and can be contacted on johnerice@hotmail.com.

Posted at 22:00

Monday 08 May - Under 13s lose semi-final

Hendon Under-13s saw their season come to a disappointing end as they lost 2-1 to Yeading HEW in the Supplementary Cup Semi Final at The Warren. Yeading took the lead in the 17th minute, only for Nassir Elmi to equalise with his 48th goal of the season four minutes later. The game remained level with both keepers making good saves until the final minute when Yeading managed to score the winner. John Creith had no complaints after the game saying "it was a really good cup tie this afternoon, both sides had chances to win it. My man of the match today was goalkeeper Joel Thomas."

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Friday 05 May - Reserves pick up two more wins

The reserves have picked up two more wins this week. In their double header against Slough Town on Wednesday evening, the Greens won one game 1-0 with Matt Peart on the scoresheet, and lost the other game by the same scoreline. This evening, they beat Chesham United 1-0 at Claremont Road, with Bradley Bubb scoring the decisive goal with a fine free kick from 30 yards. However, the game was soured with a red card for each side after Chad Griffiths exchanged punches with a Chesham player. On Tuesday evening, the under 18s drew 0-0 at CB Hounslow Reserves. The under 18s game tomorrow afternoon against London Tigers has been postponed and will now be played as an away game at Kingsbury Town on Tuesday 16th May at 7.45pm.

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Thursday 04 May - Anderson is also staying

The club are also deslighted to confirm today that our medical & fitness consultant Gary Anderson has agreed to continue his work behind the scenes. Gary has played a very important part in things this season, particularly working with the injured players, and will also be more involved in the footballing side of the club as well next season. Gary will confirm which players and other backroom staff are staying and going in due course once he has spoken to them.

Posted at 22:00

Thursday 04 May - Gary to stay on as manager

The club are delighted to announce this afternoon that Gary McCann has agreed to continue as first team manager for the 2006-07 season following a meeting with club officials earlier this week.

Speaking to Greensnet this afternoon Gary said "Next season is going to be difficult for everyone at the club, but we are committed to working towards stablising the playing side of the club. As difficult as it will be to assemble a young successfull challengeing side next year, I totally appreciate the more difficult position we are in off the pitch that has resulted the cost cutting needed on playing budget but I am confident that the club is in very good hands.

"I can't say enough about the fantastic support we've received from our club officials and supporters in what has been a very trying season both on and off the field. I am looking forward to assembling a side on limited resources and doing our utmost to achieve success in whatever capacity, as that is exactly what our supporters deserve."

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Thursday 04 May - First friendly confirmed

Gary McCann has confirmed today the first pre-season friendly for next season. We will be travelling to Rayners Lane, who play at the Tithe Farm ground, Rayners Lane on Tuesday 8th August, kicking off at 7.30pm. Full details of how to get to the ground will be online during the summer. Gary is in discussions with a number of clubs regarding friendlies, and we'll bring news of them to you as they are confirmed.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 02 May - Q&A with Gary

Gary McCann has agreed to hold another question and answer session via the website as he did earlier in the season. This means that you have the chance to e-mail your questions and we will put them to Gary in a couple of weeks time. and then post his answers on the website. Questions will only be accepted by e-mailing Steve Rogers on steve.rogers@dsl.pipex.com and we promise that all questions, unless they are abusive, will be put to Gary. This is your chance to pose those questions that have been bothering you in recent weeks.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 01 May - HFCST Race Night

The supporters trust have confirmed details of their next fundraiser. It will be a Race Night and will take place in the Banqueting Suite on Saturday 27th May. Doors open at 7.00pm and the first race will start at 8.00pm. Entrance is £2.50 each. There are a number of sponsorship opportunities still available, with two races available for a minimum of £25 each, and a number of horse and jockey sponsorships available at £2 and £1 each.

If you sponsor a race you'll see your name in lights before the race and will receive two free tickets, whilst if you sponsor a horse or jockey you will win a bottle of spirits or a box of celebrations respectively. A list of the available sponsorships can be found on the message board through the link below.

If you want to sponsor a race, horse or jockey, or book tickets please contact Dave Garner on davegarnercarpets@hotmail.com or by sending a cheque made payable to Hendon FC Supporters Trust to him at 57 East Road, Burnt Oak, Edgware, Middx, HA8 OAJ.

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Monday 01 May - Reserve team update

The reserves were back in action last Wednesday when they entertained Salisbury City. In a close fought game, the visitors from Wiltshire won 1-0 with a goal in the 63rd minute. They are back in action this coming Wednesday when they travel to Slough Town for a double header. Both games will be 30 minutes each way, and the first game kicks off at 7.30pm at Stag Meadow in Windsor. Following that on Friday they entertain Chesham United at Claremont Road also kicking off at 7.30pm. The recently postponed home game against Farnborough Town is yet to be rearranged, but is likely to be played sometime in the week commencing 8th May.

Posted at 09:45

Monday 01 May - Youth team update

Many apologies for the delay in youth and reserve updates. Starting with the under 18s, two weekends ago they had a double header against Spelthorne Sports Reserves. The first game saw the Greens win 1-0 thanks to a Ronald Adjekwei goal but they lost 3-0 in the second game. Last Saturday they had a great 2-1 win over CB Hounslow Reserves with a brace of goals from Marcel Byfield. Their next game is on Tuesday evening when they travel to CB Hounslow Reserves once again in a game that kicks off at 6.30pm at Osterley Sports Club, Tentelow Lane, Osterley.

Moving on to the under 15s they slipped out of the supplementary cup two weekends ago, losing 7-2 to a very good London Tigers side. The Greens goals cmae from David Paice and Mike Baende. However, the under 13s are still in their supplementary cup, having now reached the semi final stage following two wins over the past couple of weeks. Firstly they saw off Harrow St Mary's 4-2 with a Nassir Elmi hat-trick and a goal from Tony Teegan, whilst yesterday they ran out 4-3 winners in a great game at North Greenford United, with another Elmi hat-trick and a strike from Dean Rosenthal. Their semi final opponents will be confirmed during the week. Elmi's two hat-tricks take his goal tally for the season so far to 47 in 23 appearances.

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