News - May 2010

Friday 28 May - Supporters game on 8th June

Eddie Edwards has arranged a 7-a-side supporters game on Tuesday 8th June against Paul McGreal's work side. The game will kick off at 8.00pm, and will be played at The Hive, Camrose Avenue, Edgware.

If any supporters would like to be added to the squad, please contact Eddie on eddieedd@hendonfc.net and he will be able to give you full details.

Posted at 15:41

Friday 28 May - Youth team trials

We will be holding trials for our youth section for players aged 12 upwards on Saturday 3rd July at Copthall Playing Fields. Full details of timings will be made available in the next couple of weeks.

Posted at 11:31

Wednesday 26 May - Brentford and QPR to visit Greens

Gary McCann has announced details of the pre-season friendlies, and top of the bill are home games against a Brentford XI and a QPR XI on Wednesday 28th July and Tuesday 3rd August respectively. We will also be at Vale Farm on Saturday 24th July for our annual game against our landlords.

Pre-season opens with a training match of 3 periods of 30 minutes against Maidenhead United which will be played at Bisham Abbey on Saturday 10th July. Kick off time for this game will be confirmed nearer the time. There are also trips to Hillingdon Borough (Thursday 22nd July), Hitchin Town (Monday 26th July), Boreham Wood (Saturday 31st July), AFC Hayes (Thursday 5th August), Chesham United (Saturday 7th August) and Northwood (Tuesday 10th August).

The final game is at Potters Bar Town on Saturday 14th August at 3.00pm, which will be preceded by a game involving our U21 squad at 1.00pm.

The squad will also be going away for a weekend training camp at an army base near Taunton in mid-July.

The full list of friendlies along with kick-off times can be found on the 2010-11 fixtures page. Until the beginning of July - you will need to access this by clicking on the results link in the archive section, and then selecting season 10/11.

Posted at 13:00

Friday 21 May - Gladys Burt

We have also learnt today of the recent passing of Gladys Burt, wife of the late Len Burt. Gladys will be well known to our older supporters, especially as her husband, Len, was for a long time heavily involved with the Supporters Assocation where he was chairman for many years.

Our thoughts are with the family of Gladys at this sad time.

Posted at 12:41

Friday 21 May - Jack Jones

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the death of long standing supporter Jack Jones, who passed away on Wednesday after a battle with cancer.

Jack was a devoted fan of the club, and had been supporting Hendon for over 60 years. He also occasionally brought along his son David and his grandson Daniel to games.

As well as supporting the club, Jack had spent a lot of time over the past few months researching match results and line ups from the 1940s and 1950s to help us build up the match archive on the website. It was always a pleasure to talk to Jack and listen to his memories of watching the club all those years ago.

We send our deepest symapthies to Jack's family at this very sad time.

Posted at 10:34

Wednesday 19 May - Supporters Assocation & Trust AGM date set

As in previous years, the 2010 Annual General Meetings for the Supporters Assocation and the Supporters Trust will take place on the same evening. The date this year is Thursday 29th July, and the evening will commence at 8.00pm.

We will be inviting Gary McCann to the meeting as normal for a short question and answer session.

Full details of both AGMs will be posted and/or emailed out to all current members nearer the time, but please put the date in your diary.

Posted at 11:53

Monday 17 May - 2010-11 league line up announced

The FA have this afternoon announced the provisional league line-up for next season. As expected, Margate have gained a reprieve from relegation for the second season in a row due to the demise of various clubs higher up the pyramid.

There are no clubs relegated to the Ryman League from Blue Square South, whilst coming up from Division One North are Concord Rangers and Lowestoft Town, and from Division One South are Folkestone Invicta and Croydon Athletic. Also joining us from the Zamaretto League Midland Division are Bury Town.

The full list is as follows : AFC Hornchurch, Aveley, Billericay Town, Bury Town, Canvey Island, Carshalton Athletic, Concord Rangers, Cray Wanderers, Croydon Athletic, Folkestone Invicta, Harrow Borough, Hastings United, Hendon, Horsham, Kingstonian, Lowestoft Town, Maidstone United, Margate, Sutton United, Tonbridge Angels, Tooting & Mitcham United, Wealdstone.

The constitution will be confirmed at the Ryman League AGM which takes place in mid-June. The FA have also said that they have a number of issues still to be sorted out, so it is possible that there may be some alterations to the list ahead of the AGM.

Fixtures are expected to be released in mid-July, and the new season will start on Saturday 21st August.

Posted at 14:46

Sunday 09 May - Under 21s secure third place

The Under 21s secured third place in the Middlesex County League Division One Central & East yesterday afternoon with a 3-3 draw against FC Team.

The Greens took the lead in the 17th minute through man of the match Lewis Cook, before Stephen Cunningham doubled the lead a minute before the break. However, FC Team pulled a goal back from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time.

FC Team equalised in the 63rd minute, before taking the lead sixteen minutes later. Hendon's equaliser came in stoppage time when Gianni Marotta found the back of the net, a goal that secured third spot for the Greens.

Posted at 08:59

Friday 07 May - Looking forward to the new season

While the football is over for a few months, work continues behind the scenes. The club has now agreed a budget for the coming season with Gary McCann. Although it has proved necessary to reduce the budget from last season's level in order to help balance the books, Gary, Freddie, Roy and Mark remain fully committed to the club.

Gary has already started speaking to players to positive effect. Although next season is likely to be a huge challenge on the pitch, it is a challenge that Gary, his management team and playing staff are already looking forward to.

Posted at 14:33

Wednesday 05 May - Vargas undertakes cross-dressing forfeit

As some of our supporters will be aware, our squad this season shared a bet that saw every outfield regular looking to score at least one goal this season. Although clearly getting on the scoresheet is incentive in itself, an additional wager between the players saw the team agreeing that any regular that failed to score would turn out at the end of the season in a dress.

A number of players came close, with Danny Dyer's goal early in the season against Aveley earning him a reprieve, while Kevin Maclaren's goal in the 17th(!) minute of first half stoppage time against Horsham was enough to save the younger Maclaren brother. Club captain James Parker's excellent shot on the turn at Harrow saved him the humiliation, while James Burgess did everyone a favour in the last week of the season by netting the final goal against Maidstone to avoid the forfeit.

However, Craig Vargas failed to find the back of the net despite winning the 'miss of the season award' against Waltham Abbey and being given every chance by being sent up front towards the end of the season on several occasions by Gary McCann and so was subjected to the embarrassment of turning out in public in a full women's outfit last Thursday.

To his credit, Craig arrived at last week's supporter vs first XI match not only in dress and short top, but played for the first twenty minutes or so in the same clothes before changing into his normal kit. Unfortunately for Craig, a change of outfit did nothing for his game - despite playing against a team of amateurs, he still failed to score!

Thanks to Lee O'Leary for the image below.

Posted at 23:06

Wednesday 05 May - Under 21s look to secure third place

The Under 21s go into their final game at home to FC Team on Saturday in the knowledge that a win will secure a 3rd place finish in the Middlesex County League Division One Central & East.

The game gives supporters a chance to see the three youngsters who were registered for the first team before the transfer deadline in the form of Stephen Cunningham, Raphael Augustin and Gianni Marotta.

The game is being played at Chase Farm Playing Fields, Page Street, Mill Hill and kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday afternoon. All supporters are warmly invited to attend. There is no admission charge.

Posted at 12:51

Tuesday 04 May - Under 16s end with defeat

The under 16's season ended in defeat on Sunday as they lost 1-0 at Wealdstone, the goal coming in the final minute.

On a pitch that was heavy following the overnight downpours, both teams found it difficult to play decent football, particularly as there was also a gusty wind and Wealdstone scored with the last chance of the game.

Manager Paul McGreal was disappointed after the game and said "The difficult conditions made it tough, and we also suffered from some poor discipline. My man of the match today was goalkeeper Liam Hyland."

Posted at 13:44

Saturday 01 May - Wood, Invicta and Rangers win the playoffs

Boreham Wood, Folkstone Invicta and Concord Rangers won their respective Ryman League Playoff finals this afternoon, to seal respective promotions to the next level of football. Boreham Wood's 2-0 win means that Hendon's regular bank holiday rivals will most likely spend next season in Conference South, Dewayne Clarke sealing promotion with a strike worthy of winning virtually any game not long before the final whistle.

Folkstone Invicta and Concord Rangers won their respective finals 2-1 and 3-1, meaning Hendon are likely to face relatively long trips to replace Wood and relegation candidates Ashford Town (Middx). Elsewhere, former Don John Frendon scored in the first half as Chesham United sealed promotion with a victory over Slough Town.

The FA are expected to meet and confirm our opponents for next season in the next few weeks - Greensnet will carry the news as soon as we hear.

Posted at 18:36