News - May 2015

Sunday 31 May - Players sign up for new season

We are delighted that as well as our two new signings, fourteen of the existing squad have committed to the club for the 2015/16 season.

The fourteen players who have signed forms for next season, joining Mahrez Battache and Mark Kirby, are Scott Cousins, Andre Da Costa, Dave Diedhiou, James Fisher, Sam Flegg, Kezie Ibe, Max McCann, Aaron Morgan, Sam Murphy, Casey Maclaren, Kevin Maclaren, Lee O'Leary, Oliver Sprague and Tony Taggart.

Gary McCann fully expect more to do so when they return to training in a few weeks time.

Meanwhile, one departure has been confirmed by Gary this weekend, with Peter Dean choosing to move on to join Kingstonian after a second spell with the club. Peter played an important part in our success last season, taking his career goal tally to 12 in 109 appearances.

We wish Peter every success for the future, and thank him for his efforts and commitment during his time with the club.

Posted at 20:31

Sunday 31 May - Gary commits to another two years

Club chairman Simon Lawrence announced at the awards evening last night that Gary McCann has committed to the club for a further two years. The agreement takes him through to the end of the 2016/17 season.

Gary, who took over as manager in February 2005, has now completed ten full seasons in charge, making him comfortably the longest serving manager in the clubs history.

With Mark Kirby and Mahrez Battache having already joined the squad, Gary is already planning for the new campaign. Further player news will be announced as and when the necessary paperwork has been completed.

Posted at 12:38

Sunday 31 May - Charlie on international duty

Charlie Goode was absent from last night's awards evening as he is currently away on international duty with the England C squad.

He is in the squad of 16 who will be facing the Republic of Ireland U21 squad in Galway on Monday, and we wish Charlie good luck for the game, and we are sure he will make a good impression.

The Ireland squad also has a Hendon connection as it includes former loanee Jack Connors. Jack has been a regular member of the first team at Dagenham & Redbridge since his spell with us two years ago.

Posted at 12:37

Saturday 30 May - 2014/15 award winners announced

The 2014/15 season award winners were announced at the annual awards evening tonight as the curtain was brought down on one of the most successful seasons in the club's history.

The Supporters Player of the Year was awarded to the whole of the first team playing squad for their efforts throughout the season - with many supporters finding very difficult to single out one player.

The Players' Player of the Year and Management Player of the Year awards went to Elliott Brathwaite, whilst his defensive partner, Charlie Goode, who is in the England C squad to play Republic of Ireland U21s on Monday, won the Young Player of the Year.

The Clubman of the Year went to Tony Taggart, while Leon Smith was given a Special Achievement Award by the club for equalling the club record for scoring in consecutive games, and Kezie Ibe picked up the Golden Boot for his 28 goals.

There was also a Special Achievement Award from the Supporters which was accepted by Gary McCann on behalf of the whole squad.

The Supporter of the Year was Mike Cox, whilst the Young Supporter of the Year was Luke Harrison.

Finally, the Chairman's Award went to Rob Morris in recognition of the hard work he has put in so far both at Silver Jubilee Park and with the club.

Posted at 23:28

Saturday 30 May - Skelmersdale United - were you there?

Do any supporters have memories of the Skelmersdale United FA Amateur Cup Semi Finals in 1967?

We have been approached by a Skelmersdale United supporter, Kev Panther, who is in the process of compiling information regarding their 1967 appearance in the final at Wembley. The semi-final went to two replays, and some of their supporters consider that their eventual win over us is their club's greatest achievement.

If any supporters were there, and have any memories and stories they would like to share for inclusion in the book, you can contact Kev on kevpanther@btinternet.com - he will be delighted to hear from you.

Posted at 12:36

Saturday 30 May - Hendon Green & Gold 22 - Andy O'Brien

Ranked eighth in appearances in the past 52 seasons, few would recall Andy O'Brien’s service as being so long and distinguished

Andy O'Brien gave Hendon outstanding service in three spells, first as a youngster, then as a veteran coming back twice to help out his old club at a time of need. He joined Hendon as an 18-year-old and played in the reserves in the first part of the season before making his debut four days after the Greens had lost to Wycombe Wanderers in an FA Cup first round replay. Ken Payne's team was made up of vastly experienced players at various levels (Fred Smart, Gary Hand, Peter Deadman, Pat Morrisey, Bobby Gough, Paul Currie) and youngsters (Anthony Bennett, O'Brien, Dermot Drummy, Alan Cosby, Tom Murphy). Only mid-20s Kevin Folan didn't fit into either category. It was a losing start for Andy, a 1-0 reverse at Colston Avenue, but he got another chance when replacing the injured Bennett for a New Year's fixture against Harrow Borough, a 2-0 Greens victory.

When (high-priced) senior players were released in February 1982, a number of younger ones were given the chance to shine. None took the opportunity more successfully than Andy. He scored his first Hendon goal in just his fourth appearance, a Middlesex Senior Cup win at Southall. He became a cornerstone at the heart of an inexperienced Hendon defence managed by Dave Mawson, then Gary Hand in 1982-83, missing just four League games all season. Andy's performances earned him the first of three Supporters Association Player of the Year awards. This era was notable for Hendon changing managers on an almost annual basis and the 1983-84 man in charge was Roy Ruffell, who knew a good thing when he saw it - and that included Andy in the No.5 shirt. What was more remarkable was that Andy was studying at Nottingham University and he commuted from the north Midlands to play for the Greens.

This dedication no doubt played a part in Andy winning his second Supporters Association Player of the Year award in 1985, a season which saw the Greens struggle to avoid relegation under first Eddie Presland, then Gary Hand. Hendon won the Middlesex Charity Cup, beating Feltham in the final at Claremont Road and Andy collected his first cup-winners' medal. This time Gary was able to continue as manager in 1985-86, but it was not a happy time and relegation would have been a certainty, if he had stayed beyond December. Instead Ted Hardy engineered a miraculous recover, and Andy more than played his part, contributing goals in massive victories at Worthing (when John Still had a game on the coaching staff), Billericay and Slough. He collected a second - and last cup-winner's medal when Southall were beaten 2-0 in the Middlesex Senior Cup final.

In 1986–87, Andy's chances were limited and after 14 appearances, he left, joining Wembley early in 1987. It would be almost exactly three years before Andy returned to Claremont Road, and his second debut came in the FA Trophy, a 2-1 defeat at Wivenhoe Town. He slotted straight back into the Hendon defence, normally at centre-half, and started 83 of the next 86 games (for which he was eligible) in the following 16 months, including all 61 in the 1990-91 season. Off the field, things were going rapidly downhill for Hendon, but Andy had already left the club for a second time - and this time he would be away for four seasons.

By the time Andy returned in 1995, Mick Browne was starting his second season as manager, the second year of the club's ownership by Ivor Arbiter and the Arbiter Group. Andy was signed to help out with the reserves, but still be available for first team duty. As it turned out, once Neil Price had taken over in December 1995, Andy would be a regular and he played in 37 League and cup games during a campaign which once again saw a battle against relegation.

Andy was promoted to reserve team manager for the 1995-96 season, but when Price left Hendon in mid February, Andy was made first-team player manager. His debut in dugout was a 2-1 defeat of Kingstonian at Claremont Road - a Price-less victory according to the local press - but he would be in charge for only a couple more matches before Frank Murphy took over. Andy made a handful of appearances in the season, but that ended his first-team career.

Since retiring Andy moved back to the Midlands, though is frequently down in London on family matters - his brother used to be the postman at Claremont Road - and watches the occasional Hendon match, when he will reminisce with fans who fondly remember cheering on a dedicated and loyal Hendon man.

Joined Hendon: Summer 1981, January 1990, Summer 1995. Left Hendon: Winter 1987, Summer 1991, Summer 1997

Appearances: 370 (361 starts, 9 as substitute). Goals: 26

Supporters Association Player of the Year: 1983, 1985, 1991

Medals won: Middlesex Senior Cup: 1985–86; Middlesex Charity Cup: 1984–85

Posted at 08:40

Saturday 30 May - Awards evening tonight

Don't forget that tonight is our annual awards evening at Silver Jubilee Park beginning at 7:30pm.

Admission is by donation, with the money taken going towards the food, which is being provided by the team at SJP. The bar will be open, and there will also be a raffle.

We do understand that the short notice confirmation of the date has made it difficult for people to attend, but it would be wonderful to see as many of you as possible to celebrate what has been one of the best seasons in the clubs history.

For those unable to get there, we will have details of the winners on the website either late tonight or sometime tomorrow.

Posted at 08:16

Thursday 28 May - Isthmian League Charity Shield match

We have agreed to accept the invitation to take part in the Isthmian League Charity Shield match ahead of the new campaign.

The game, whilst optional, is traditionally played between the league champions and the league cup winners. We are pleased that Maidstone United have also accepted the invitation.

The game has been provisionally fixed to be played on Saturday 1st August at Maidstone's ground, kicking off at 3:00pm. We will confirm this as soon as we can.

We hope to be able to release our full pre-season schedule in the next few days, so please keep your eyes peeled to the website for more news.

Posted at 12:41

Wednesday 27 May - Hendon Green & Gold 21 - Mickey Cooper

Our next subject in the series is one of those players every successful club needs, a quiet, unflashy, reliable footballer who does the job well, in whatever position he is asked to play.

Mickey Cooper's Hendon career stretched from the mid-1960s to the end of the following decade, though he was considered a first-choice player for no more than three of his 15 seasons with the Greens, during which time he made 146 of his 416 appearances, and scored four of his six goals. In fact, although Mickey's Hendon career spanned 16 seasons, he made only one appearance in the Isthmian League championship campaign of 1972-73 and none in 1977-78. Indeed, he left the club on a number of occasions, normally returning a few months later.

Mickey was a full-back, and a very good one, winning three England Amateur international caps in 1972 on a tour to Scandinavia. He joined Hendon in the summer of 1964, an unheralded arrival, and spent the first half of the 1964-65 season in the reserves. On 30 January 1965, Mickey made his first-team debut, a 4-2 home victory against Tooting & Mitcham United. The debut would almost certainly have come earlier in the season, had substitutes been permitted, but that was still 18 months away. Mickey played twice more in the League during the rest of the campaign. The 1964-65 season was Hendon's finest with both the Isthmian League and FA Amateur Cup won, but Mickey's role was peripheral. His only Cup tie was in the quarter-final of the Middlesex Senior Cup, when he came in for regular left-back Roy Sleap in a 2-1 victory at Enfield - the Greens would later claim that piece of silverware too.

In the following season Mickey got the chance to shine at left-back and didn't let anyone down, making 27 League appearances and 11 more in Cup competitions, including at Wembley in the Amateur Cup final, where Wealdstone prevailed 3-1. In 1966-67, Mickey became the first-choice full-back. He also scored his first goal for the club and it could hardly have been more spectacular or important. The Greens were trailing 2-1 in the last minute of extra-time in their FA Amateur Cup semi-final replay against Skelmersdale United, at Birmingham City's St Andrews. Hendon forced a corner, which was half-cleared to Cooper who returned the ball, with interest, and it flew into the net. Mickey's reaction was, "the ball could have gone anywhere and my shots usually end up in the stand." Skem won the second replay easily, but the season ended with a Middlesex Senior Cup final victory over Enfield, 3-2 on aggregate. Mickey played in both legs to collect a winner's medal.

Not seeing much first-team action, Mickey briefly left, joining Slough Town in March 1968. However, when Ron Patterson replacing Bill Fisher as manager that summer, Mickey returned and, playing in midfield, he would be a near ever-present throughout the season, missing just one League game and a couple in cup-ties. The season ended with another winners' medal, this one the London Senior Cup, as the Greens beat Dagenham 1-0 at Underhill.

John Evans' return to Hendon in 1970 saw Mickey revert to full-back, and there was improvement on the pitch, one of the highlights of which was an FA Cup run which saw Hendon entertain Aldershot in the first round proper, but there was no joy as the Shots won 2-0. It was the same score - to the opposition, too - in both legs of the Middlesex Senior Cup final as Enfield took home the trophy. Mickey made almost 50 appearances and seemed set for a long run in the first-team. However, a combination of knee injuries and new full-backs, Tony Jennings and Gary Hand meant Mickey found himself on the outside.

Indeed it would not be until the 1973-74 season when Mickey played a notable part in the Hendon fortunes. He was the unused substitute in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle, and took over as the regular right-back when Jennings defected to Enfield in March. Many fans believe Hendon would have won the league that season had Mickey not broken a collar bone against Woking with four games left in the season. Two draws in the next two games proved the difference between champions and runners-up. Another Middlesex Senior Cup winners medal was scant consolation. Apart from one season until 1979-80, Mickey remained a valuable squad member, rather than a regular starter. After just five appearances in autumn 1979, Mickey left the club. His brother Robbie had been at the club with him, but never made a first team appearance. Robbie actually watches Hendon occasionally, especially when the Greens are at Staines - his house backs onto their stadium.

Joined Hendon: Summer 1964, Summer 1968, Summer 1973. Left Hendon: March 1968, Autumn 1972, Autumn 1979

Appearances: 416 (404 starts, 12 as substitute). Goals: 6

Medals won: London Senior Cup: 1968-69; Middlesex Senior Cup: 1966-67, 1973-74; Middlesex Charity Cup: 1975-76

Posted at 18:55

Tuesday 26 May - Gary makes second new signing

Gary McCann has added a second new signing to the squad today, securing the signature of Mahrez Bettache.

The 21 year old attacking midfielder signs from Corinthian-Casuals for whom he impressed in the London Senior Cup tie at Silver Jubilee Park in March. He previously spent 7 years at Fulham where he came through their youth set up.

Posted at 21:39

Monday 25 May - Hendon Green & Gold 20 - Peter Deadman

Peter Deadman, to many experts, was the finest defender ever to play for Hendon. His record suggests that he had few peers amongst his contemporaries which 45 England amateur international caps shows. He was a fantastic reader of the game, predominantly left-footed, but a great tackler and very good passer.

His dedication to Hendon can best be shown by an event in April 1974. Peter received a call-up to play for the England Non-League team for a tournament at the start of May, but turned them down because the Greens were still in the running for the league championship. He would also have been the only player to be simultaneously an international at both non-league and amateur levels.

Peter joined West Ham United as a schoolboy, but his education took priority. He went to Loughborough University, where his football team-mates included John Evans and Dario Gradi. He played for West Ham United during a work placement year, for the 'A' team, alongside, amongst others, Frank Lampard Sr and Harry Redknapp. In his final year at Loughborough, Peter captained British Universities then, having completed his chemistry degree, returned to London and signed for Barking, whose player-coach was John Evans.

When Evans moved to Hendon in 1970, Peter followed him and made his debut in a shock 3-2 opening day home defeat to Woking. Peter scored his first Hendon goal in October, in a 4-1 League win at Hitchin Town, and scored twice in cup-ties, as Hendon finished runners-up in the Middlesex Senior Cup and sixth in the League.

Evans strengthened the Hendon team significantly for the 1971-72 season and it paid off handsomely as Hendon spent the next three seasons as arguably the strongest team in amateur football. Peter was a key player in some outstanding achievements. In the Amateur Cup semi-final, against Wycombe Wanderers at Brentford's Griffin Park, Peter scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory that silenced the huge travelling support from Buckinghamshire. It was a magnificent long-range strike, which as Peter said came because, "We were so angry at having conceded an equaliser." In the 1972 Final against Enfield at Wembley, Peter was superb as Hendon were forced to defend for much of the game, but still won 2-0.

In the following season, Hendon won the Barassi Cup, dubbed the European Amateur Championship, although only the Italian and English Amateur cup-winners played. But it was in the Isthmian League that the Greens rewrote the record books, going 38 league games without defeat and storming to the title by a massive 18 points. The 1973-74 season was famous for that FA Cup run, which started with a draw against Barnet in the last qualifying round. The replay and first (Leytonstone at home) and second round (Merthyr Tydfil away) ties were negotiated with 3-0 wins before Hendon were drawn against Newcastle United. The Greens forced a 1-1 draw at St James' Park before succumbing 4-0 in the replay. There was no last-season Amateur Cup glory as Leatherhead won a third-round tie. More damagingly, however, the Greens needed nine matches to complete those three rounds and ended up with massive fixture congestion. This ultimately cost Hendon the title, losing by two points to Wycombe. Peter, however, was an ever-present in the League and finished the season with 67 appearances.

There was an exodus from Claremont Road in the summer of 1974 and Peter joined Ilford, managed by John Evans. He spent two seasons at Lynn Road before returning to Hendon, but the team was nothing like the powerhouse it had been half a decade earlier. He picked up a League Cup winners' medal and a number of Middlesex cup ones, but there were no titles and only occasional FA Cup competition proper appearances. On 18 March 1978, Peter made his only substitute appearance for Hendon, to go with 551 starts.

It all ended very suddenly for Peter at Hendon. The exit from the 1981-82 FA Trophy saw an immediate cut in the playing budget. First to go were senior non-contract players, Deadman, Peter Anderson and Paul Currie and the high-priced Trevor Dark, Bobby Gough and Martin Sperrin. Peter went to play at Dagenham for Ted Hardy, but found the Conference – then called the Alliance Premier League – travelling too much, then Grays Athletic, before retiring aged 42. In 1995-96, when his son John played for half a season at Claremont Road, Peter came to watch a few times, but had no other involvement in football. His main sporting activity is now cross-country running, but he did attend the launch of the Hendon FC book in November 2008.

Joined Hendon: Summer 1970 and summer 1976, Left Hendon: Summer 1974 and February 1982

Appearances: 552 (551 starts, 1 substitute), Goals: 15

Medals won: Isthmian League 1972–73, FA Amateur Cup: 1971–72, Barassi Cup: 1972–73, Isthmian League Cup: 1976–77, Middlesex Senior Cup: 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, Middlesex Charity Cup: 1976–77, 1978–79

Posted at 09:46

Sunday 24 May - Key dates for 2015/16

The key dates for the new season have been announced by the Ryman League and The FA, and the league season will commence on Saturday 8th August. The final round of games will be played on Saturday 23rd April, with the play-off semi-finals taking place in the midweek following, and the finals over the weekend of 30th April, 1st & 2nd May.

We will commence our FA Cup campaign in the First Qualifying Round, which will take place on Saturday 12th September, with rounds then following every two weeks up to and including the First Round Proper which will take place on Saturday 7th November. The Second Round takes place on Saturday 5th December, and the Third Round on Saturday 9th January. The Final will be at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 21st May.

Our FA Trophy campaign also begins in the First Qualifying Round and this will be played on Saturday 31st October, with the remaining two qualifying rounds and the First Round following fortnightly - the latter being played on Saturday 12th December. The Second Round will be played on 16th January with the Third and Fourth rounds following three weeks later each time. The two legged semi finals take place on Saturdays 12th March and 19th March, with the final being played as a double-header at Wembley Stadium with the FA Vase Final on Sunday 22nd May.

Posted at 21:06

Sunday 24 May - More details on awards evening

As previously advised, the awards evening will take place at Silver Jubilee Park on Saturday 30th May at 7:30pm.

We will be asking for a small donation on the door, there will be food provided for free and the bar will be open. There will also be a raffle held on the night.

We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend the evening to show your appreciation to Gary, Freddie, Scott, Mark and all the squad for their efforts this season.

Posted at 15:44

Sunday 24 May - Under 18s entered in Ryman Youth League

With our new youth set-up now a year old, we have decided to enter an under-18 side into the Ryman Youth League for the 2015-16 season. We have also entered the FA Youth Cup. All home games will be played at Silver Jubilee Park.

There are 40 teams in the league, split into four divisions, and we have been placed in the West Division.

The other teams in our division are Aldershot Town, Ashford Town (Middx), Bedfont Sports, Camberley Town, Frimley Green, Hayes & Yeading United, Northwood, Staines Town and Wealdstone.

We hope to bring coverage of the team on Greensnet throughout the new season.

Posted at 12:23

Saturday 23 May - Gary makes his first summer signing

We are pleased to welcome our first signing of this summer as Gary McCann has today been able to publicly announce that he has been able to reach agreement to add Mark Kirby to our squad for the coming season.

Mark will be no stranger to many of our fans as this is his second spell with the club, having originally joined for the 2008/9 season from Hillingdon Borough. After 43 appearances, Mark moved on in October 2009 to Enfield Town where he has been a constant presence ever since, making over 200 appearances, being nominated as their player of the season in 2013/14 and club captain in recent years.

Gary is delighted with the return of Mark, who will strengthen the squad not only with his talent but also his leadership skills.

Posted at 13:57

Friday 22 May - Awards Evening : Change of Date

The date of the end of season awards evening has been changed, and it will now take place on Saturday 30th May at 7:30pm at Silver Jubilee Park.

Posted at 17:08

Friday 22 May - Aaron Morgan red card overturned

We are pleased to announce that an FA Commission has overturned the red card shown to Aaron Morgan during Sunday's play-off final.

Appeals can only be made with good quality video footage, we were able to provide this courtesy of Football Exclusives who were filming at the game.

The commission looked at the footage today, along with written submissions made by the club, and ruled that the red card should be overturned. This means that Aaron will be available at the beginning of the new season and won't need to serve a suspension.

Posted at 13:46

Thursday 21 May - End of season awards date

Our annual end of season awards evening will take place at Silver Jubilee Park at 6:00pm on Sunday 31st May.

At the time of writing, your website team have not received any details of ticketing or refreshment availability.

Posted at 14:36

Wednesday 20 May - April Snowball Draw

The April Snowball Draw was made before the play-off final against Margate, and the winner of the £295:50 first prize is ball 25. The second prize of £147:75 was won by ball 132.

It's never too late to join the draw, with balls costing just £5 per month - all proceeds from the draw go directly to the Supporters Trust.

If you would like to join the draw, please email Simon Lawrence on simon.hendon@btinternet.com.

Posted at 17:06

Wednesday 20 May - Club Wembley auction result

The auction for the Club Wembley package for the England v Switzerland game in September was won by a bid of £170.

We would like to thank everyone who put in a bid, and hope that the winner enjoys the experience.

Posted at 17:06

Wednesday 20 May - Pat Austin

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of former player Pat Austin. Pat, who was 88, died on 30th April and his funeral took place on 14th May.

Pat made his debut for the club on 24th September 1949 in a 5-1 win over Sutton United, and over a period of nine seasons he went on to make 251 appearances, scoring 6 goals, playing an important part in the squad through much of the 1950s.

Everyone associated with the club sends their condolences to Pat's family and friends at this very sad time.

Posted at 12:56

Tuesday 19 May - Gary McCann reflects on play-off defeat

Gary McCann was understandably despondent after the play-off defeat on Sunday, but was able to look at the bigger picture. He said, "I am absolutely gutted to lose the game and in the way that we did.

"It was a gritty, determined and wholehearted performance. I admit it wasn't our best performance, but these were very difficult circumstances, especially after the sending off.

"I have an adulation for this group, and I feel proud and humbled for these players for what they have done in the past three and a half months. It has been a fantastic run.

"We played for 75-80 minutes a man short and we were still in the game right up to the final minute. You could see how desperate Margate were for the final whistle.

"But we have to take it on the chin, although it isn't easy. We have to turn the page and do it quickly.

"Their manager Terry Brown came up to me after the game and congratulated us on a fantastic season and was full of admiration for what we have achieved."

Posted at 17:06

Monday 18 May - Provisional league constitution

The provisional league constitution was released by the FA Leagues Committee last week and now that the result of our play-off is known, we can bring it to you.

Coming down from Conference South are Farnborough and Staines Town. Both are familiar names, although we have yet to play Farnborough in their current incarnation as they reformed a few years ago. Of course, we have a long history of playing against Staines over many years.

The four clubs coming up are all sides we have never faced in league action before, although we have played two of them in the past.

Coming up from Division One North are Brentwood Town - who beat us 2-0 in the 2nd round of the FA Cup in 1969/70, and Needham Market, whilst from Division One South are Merstham - who we beat 2-0 in the 1st qualifying round of the FA Cup in 1982/83, and Burgess Hill Town.

There have been no reprieves from relegation in our division this season, so Peacehaven & Telscombe, AFC Hornchurch, Witham Town and Bury Town will all be playing a level below us next term.

The constitution will be confirmed at the Ryman League AGM in a few weeks time, and the full list is expected to be as follows :

Billericay Town, Bognor Regis Town, Brentwood Town, Burgess Hill Town, Canvey Island, Dulwich Hamlet, East Thurrock United, Enfield Town, Farnborough, Grays Athletic, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Harrow Borough, Hendon, Kingstonian, Leatherhead, Leiston, Lewes, Merstham, Metropolitan Police, Needham Market, Staines Town, Tonbridge Angels, VCD Athletic, Wingate & Finchley.

Posted at 17:54

Monday 18 May - Message from the Chairman

I hope you enjoyed last season even if the Margate result wasn't what we were all looking for. If you had offered me 2 pieces of silverware, 2nd place in the League and a playoff final back in August of last year, I would have bitten your hand off.

Thanks for an outstanding season go, as ever, to Gary, his coaching staff and the players but also to everyone behind the scenes whether they contributed their time, their money or both - we couldn't have done it without you.

While last season was the most exciting one ever for me, it's over and we need now to start looking forward to 2015/16. I'm convinced that if we can retain Gary's services, give him a decent budget and keep the bulk of our players, we've got a great chance of going one better and achieving automatic promotion.

And that's, as usual, where you come in.

You know, because I keep telling you, that the key to keeping Gary and the bulk of the squad intact, is the playing budget and you also know that gate receipts alone do not even scratch the surface of what is required in order to make that budget a competitive one.

A number of you made one-off or monthly donations to the 2014/15 season budget and those donations played a critical role in convincing Gary to stay on for the campaign.

The purpose of this message is to ask you if you would be prepared to make a donation in order to give Gary the chance to finish the job that he so nearly completed yesterday. Those of you who did make donations over the past twelve months are asked to consider whether you are able to maintain or even increase your donations.

If you are able to do so, please email Simon Lawrence as soon as possible on simon.hendon@btinternet.com, detailing how much you are willing donate, and whether it will be a one-off lump sum or a monthly donation.

Thanks again and have a great summer.

Simon Lawrence

Posted at 17:18

Sunday 17 May - Hendon suffer play-off heartbreak

It was play-off heartbreak for Hendon this afternoon as they were beaten 1-0 by Margate in the play-off final at Earlsmead this afternoon.

The task turned out to be a tough one after Aaron Morgan was sent off for a tackle considered by the referee to be dangerous - leaving the Greens with ten men for well over an hour.

The decisive goal came in the 39th minute when the prolific Ryan Moss found the back of the net.

Hendon refused to give up, and searched for an equaliser, but found the Margate defence in unforgiving mood, with Charlie Wassmer outstanding for the visitors.

We congratulate Margate their win and promotion to Conference South, and we would like to thank everyone who came to the game this afternoon.

For the Greens, despite the disappointment of missing out today, this will be a season to remember - with two cup wins and 25 match unbeaten run living long in the memory.

The squad now take a well deserved break, before returning to training in a few weeks, undoubtedly keen to go one better next season.

Posted at 18:04

Sunday 17 May - Car Park Full : Travel Advice

The car park at Earlsmead is already full. Please travel by public transport if at all possible, or if not please ensure that you park considerately on local streets.

One alternative suggestion is to park in Harrow Town Centre and travel in on the 113 or H10 bus from Harrow Bus Station, or park at Harrow & Wealdstone Station and travel in on the H9 bus. On all services please alight at Kings Road and walk down Carlyon Avenue to Earlsmead.

We also would like to ask all supporters to enter the ground as soon as possible after they arrive, so as not to cause unnecessary congestion at the turnstiles.

Posted at 13:23

Saturday 16 May - Stand to be named after Gary McCann

We are delighted to announce that the main stand at Silver Jubilee Park will be named The Gary McCann Stand in recognition of his contribution to the club.

As supporters will be aware, Gary has been a key member of the Hendon family since he joined us as a player back in March 1997, and even more so since taking over as manager in February 2005.

There have been many highlights so far during his time as a player and manager, with hopefully many more to follow in the years to come. Those highlights include his performance in goal in the FA Cup win at Leyton Orient in November 1997 and many cup final wins as a player and a manager.

Undoubtedly the biggest highlight has been the current season, and Gary and the squad will be determined to complete the campaign on a high note by securing promotion to Conference South tomorrow afternoon.

Posted at 16:02

Saturday 16 May - Gary ecstatic to be in play-off final

A delighted Gary McCann said after the win on Thursday "I am ecstatic with the result. We are in such a good place right now, it seems that we always find a way to get the result that we want.

"I was'’t pleased with the way that we started, even though we hit the post in the first ten minutes. We struggled to come to terms with the pitch after the rain and we we were struggling with our footing. It played a part in their goal, but it was also careless play.

"The goal they scored was no more than they deserved, but it was a wake-up call for us and we were much better for the rest of the half. Once we equalised, I thought we were the better team.

"And so it is on to the Game 48 in the League and Game 66 overall. It has been a monumental effort by all of the players. They have, again, done me, and the club, proud.

"Our options for the final may be reduced. But, in the face of adversity, the strong only get stronger."

Posted at 13:10

Friday 15 May - Charlie Goode earns England call up

We are thrilled to announce that Charlie Goode has been selected for the England C squad to play Republic of Ireland Under 21s in a friendly.

England C manager, Paul Fairclough, has so far named a 15 man squad and there remains a slot to be allocated for the trip. The game will be played in Galway on Monday 1st JUne.

Fairclough stated "We will, no doubt, face a very talented Under 21 side which will be a mix of League of Ireland players together with those playing in England.

"This game provides me with an opportunity to plan for the forthcoming ICT games which will begin later in the year.

"Gone are the players who served us well over the last couple of years and I have selected a squad drawn from Step one, two, three and four of the National League System.

"I believe in giving young talented players an opportunity to represent their Country regardless of the level they are currently playing.

"There will be as many as ten players in the 16 man squad who will make their International debut. It will be a proud moment for the players, their families and me."

This is a real honour for Charlie, and is a thoroughly deserved reward for his efforts this season as part of our squad. Not only that, it is reward for Gary McCann and his backroom staff, along with the rest of the squad who have all played a huge part in his development this season.

Full Squad : Calum Kitscha (Hayes & Yeading United), Andrew Coughlin & Louis Moult (Wrexham), Simeon Akinola (Braintree Town), James Bolton & Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town), Ben Heneghan & Kingsley James (Chester), Sean Raggett (Dover Athletic), Alex Woodyard (Concord Rangers), Jake Gallagher (Welling United), Charlie Goode (Hendon), Callum Chettle (Ilkeston), Aaron Williams (Rushall Olympic), Jarrett Rivers (Blyth Spartans)

Posted at 21:52

Friday 15 May - The Luxury Fan semi final report

The Luxury Fan, Will Magee, was in attendance again last night and has written a report on the game. Will has been to two or three games during the season, and also plans to be at the final on Sunday.

You can read his report by going to https://theluxuryfan.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/police-police-police-let-me-get-what-i-want

Our regular match report will be online at some point over the weekend.

Posted at 20:10

Friday 15 May - Playoff Final details

We are pleased to confirm details for Sunday's playoff final. We will host Margate FC at Earlsmead this Sunday, kicking off at 3pm.

Tickets are not available in advance, all supporters will expected to pay on the day at the turnstiles. Our normal ticket prices of £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for Under-16s will apply.

As we are expecting a larger crowd than normal and have several coaches to host, we ask supporters to use public transport if possible or be considerate in parking locally if you need to drive. Please bear in mind that the Piccadilly line is not running beyond Acton Town and Uxbridge, although the Central, Metropolitan Line and Chiltern Railway services are expected to run as normal. For Chiltern Railway users, there is a new timetable this weekend, so please double check departure times from Marylebone before leaving.

Again, we would like to appeal for any volunteers that are willing to help before or after the game to contact John Rogers via email at johnrogers070@gmail.com as soon as possible as he puts together our matchday staff for the day.

Finally we'd like to pass on a message from club captain Kevin Maclaren. "Please sing your hearts out for the lads and make loads of noise...it makes a HUGE difference!"

Posted at 10:28

Friday 15 May - Who wants to go to Wembley?

First prize in the Quiz Night raffle was 2 Club Wembley tickets for England v Switzerland on 8 September. The winner has very kindly donated them back to the club and has asked for them to be auctioned off with the proceeds going back to the Trust. The current high bid is £170.

Bidding closes on the final whistle of our game against Margate on Sunday afternoon.

If you would like to bid, please do so by emailing the amount of your bid to simon.hendon@btinternet.com or by speaking to him before full time on Sunday.

Posted at 08:05

Thursday 14 May - Hendon reach play-off final

Hendon's season will run to a 66th and final game as they progressed to the play-off final after beating Metropolitan Police 2-1 at Earlsmead this evening.

The visitors, who only had their play-off spot confirmed on Tuesday afternoon, took the lead in the 17th minute when Charlie Collins converted a spot kick, but the Greens were back on level terms fifteen minutes later after Casey Maclaren headed home a corner.

Early in the second half, Andre Da Costa scored another goal of the season contender with a curling effort to put Hendon in front.

The Police's task was made much tougher in the 77th minute when Rob Bartley was sent off, and then as the game moved into stoppage time, their keeper Stuart Searle, reportedly playing his last game in senior football, was dismissed for handling outside the area.

The final will take place at Earlsmead on Sunday afternoon, kicking off at 3.00pm, and our opponents will be Margate, who beat Dulwich Hamlet by the same scoreline this evening.

Posted at 22:46

Thursday 14 May - Ryman Cup Final now on DVD!

We have teamed up with Football Exclusives to offer supporters the opportunity to buy DVDs of our recent Ryman League Cup Final win. The DVD will contain full match commentary, will have a disk menu and will include the trophy presentation and post match interviews.

DVDs are available at a cost of £12 including postage. Please email simon.hendon@btinternet.com if you would like a copy.

Please note that we have been given a minimum order size - you will be asked to pay up-front but only once we have met the minimum order.

Posted at 10:05

Tuesday 12 May - Volunteers needed urgently

We are in urgent need of volunteers to help with matchday duties on Thursday evening for the game against Metropolitan Police.

Due to the short notice of the game being arranged - a number of our regular helpers aren't available.

If you are able to help, please email John Rogers on johnrogers070@gmail.com as soon as possible. Anyone who is available to assist on Sunday for a possible final as well are asked to contact John.

Posted at 19:53

Tuesday 12 May - Play off dates announced

In the past few minutes we have learnt that Enfield Town have lost their appeal and their three point deduction has been confirmed.

Enfield will not be taking things any further, and so the play-offs can now go ahead.

We will therefore entertain Metropolitan Police on Thursday 14th May at 7.45pm, with the winners playing either Margate or Dulwich Hamlet on Sunday 17th May.

Posted at 14:15

Saturday 09 May - Gary relieved after cup final win

Gary McCann admitted relief was his primary reaction after winning his third London Senior Cup final on Thursday night. "My fears became reality," he said.

"It was very hard to focus on the Cup Final because everything has been focused on the playoffs. With the uncertainty of that situation, holidays and work commitments, and I am not pleased to say the Cup final was an oversight on our part.

"There was no intention on our part, but it shows how much the importance of the playoffs have been at the forefront of everyone's thoughts. I tried to make a conscious effort not to talk about them in my team-talk, but it was almost impossible. Waiting to know what will happen - when they will be - has been a real challenge mentally for all of us - management and players. All the uncertainty has unsettled us.

"And it showed in the performance. For 70 minutes, with the levels we expect, we were well below par. There was no intensity and no purpose in our play. It was just untidy.

"It took the sending off for us to get to the level we wanted to be at. The realisation that we might lose the cup final dawned on us and we got better. There was better energy on our part.

"In the last five minutes of normal time and the first period of extra time we were much better. We scored three very good goals and in the second period of extra time we wanted to hold onto what we had.

"We will be better for having got through the 120 minutes when it comes to the playoffs, though we had five of six players who were out on their feet. Sometimes it is better to be playing regularly than to have a break like we had for 12 days - but we also had a number of players who were lacking in minutes for one reason or another.

"But I must say I am delighted that we have won the Cup. It does a hold a special place in my heart and I have now won it three times as Hendon manager."

Posted at 13:44

Thursday 07 May - Greens win a second cup

A late comeback after a poor start saw Hendon win a second piece of silverware for this season as they beat Tooting & Mitcham United with a salvo of 3 goals in under 20 minutes.

The Greens started poorly and throughout normal time Tooting & Mitcham belied their inferior league status, often looking the better side before deservedly going ahead in the 38th minute through Nathan Gordon. Things got worse for Hendon in the second half as they lost Sam Flegg to injury and then went down to ten men with Oliver Sprague dismissed midway through the period for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

However, Gary McCann's side proved their mettle with a late comeback, Aaron Morgan equalising just 3 minutes from time to force extra time and then pouring forward to get two quick goals in the first period of extra time, Morgan in the 102nd minute and Ibe just two minutes later. Tooting refused to lie down with Francis Quarm scoring a late consolation, but it was too little to late and the Greens were able to lift the London Senior Cup for the second time this decade.

Posted at 23:10

Tuesday 05 May - Greens in cup final action on Thursday

Gary and the squad have put the uncertainty over the play-offs to one side and are fully coursed on the London Senior Cup final on Thursday night.

The match is against Tooting & Mitcham United at Metropolitan Police, kick-off 7.30 pm.

Hendon have played in five London Senior Cup finals in the last 10 seasons, winning two (against Croydon Athletic – 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw – in 2009 and Kingstonian – 2-0 – in 2012), and losing three (against Fisher Athletic – 3-2 – in 2006, Tooting in 2008 – also 3-2 – and Wingate & Finchley – 3-1 – in 2011). In the old Amateur days, Hendon won the Cup in 1964 and 1969, as well as losing the final on eight occasions.

In the 2008 final, also at Imber Court, Tooting scored twice in the first half, through Jon-Henry Hayden, with Danny Dyer equalising for the Greens. Paul Vines made it 3-1 in the second half, before Brian Haule reduced the arrears from the penalty spot.

Previewing the Final, Hendon manager Gary McCann said, "This was a game, we thought, which might come in the way of the playoff games. Now, with the delay in the playoffs, it has become a really good game for us because it is a competitive fixture.

"I am sure Margate and Dulwich will be trying to arrange friendlies as they wait, but you can’t imitate a competitive fixture in a friendly.

"We do take this competition seriously and we enjoy playing in the London Senior Cup, which has brought us a lot of success recently.. This is, after all, our sixth final in the last 10 seasons."

Posted at 06:47

Sunday 03 May - Play-off update : Enfield to appeal

We are no closer to knowing when the play-offs will take place as we understahnd that Enfield Town have lodged an appeal with the FA.

The hearing is scheduled to take place on Friday 8th May, so consequently the semi-finals will not take place before that hearing. We also do not expect to have any further updates on the play-off situation before then.

Our focus for this week, therefore, is on the London Senior Cup final, and the squad have been training in preparation for that.

The final is on Thursday evening at Metropolitan Police FC, and will kick off at 7:30pm. It will go to extra time and penalties if required. We hope to see as many of you as possible there.

Posted at 12:33

Friday 01 May - No more news on play-offs

With no further updates coming from the Football Association or the Ryman League, we can only assume that we will not be playing our play-off semi final over the Bank Holiday weekend. We do not expect any more updates until Tuesday at the absolute earliest.

Therefore, at the current time our next game is the London Senior Cup final against Tooting & Mitcham United on Thursday 7th May, kicking off at 7:30pm at Metropolitan Police.

We wish all our supporters a relaxing bank holiday weekend, and should there be any updates from the FA or the league we'll bring them to you as quickly as we can.

Posted at 17:29

Friday 01 May - Who wants to go to Wembley?

First prize in the Quiz Night raffle was 2 Club Wembley tickets for England v Switzerland on 8 September. The winner has very kindly donated them back to the club and has asked for them to be auctioned off with the proceeds going back to the Trust.

If you would like to bid, please do so by emailing the amount of your bid to simon.hendon@btinternet.com.

Bidding closes on the final whistle of our final match of the 2014/15 season (assuming that the playoffs have been completed by 8 September!).

Posted at 17:22