News - May 2016

Tuesday 31 May - Club Statement

"As many of you know, Rob Morris is a director of Kingsbury Town Management Company (the Company that owns the lease of Silver Jubilee Park) as well as a director of Hendon Football Club.

In his short time with the club, Rob has played a huge role in ensuring the club's long-term survival by enabling us to move to our new home at SJP in time for the start of next season.

With that task achieved, the time is now right for Rob to focus on his day job, namely the development of the many other partnerships that have been created by Kingsbury Town Management Company in order to ensure that it, like Hendon FC, will be around for many years to come.

Accordingly, Rob is standing down as a director of Hendon Football Club.

While we thank Rob for his massive contribution to the club, we are reliably informed that he, Joanna and Monty will be regular attendees next season and, hopefully, for many years to come."

Posted at 10:40

Monday 30 May - Pay What You Want against QPR

Our pre-season friendly against QPR, who are expected to send an U-21 side, will be a Pay What You Want game.

Other Pay What You Want fixtures will be announced once the league fixtures have been released in mid-July.

Posted at 11:44

Sunday 29 May - Sponsor a seat in the Gary McCann stand

We are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for supporters to sponsor a seat in the Gary McCann stand, which is the new stand behind the goal at Silver Jubilee Park.

There are 118 seats available, and the sponsorship will cost £50 per seat per season.

Sponsors will receive a certificate, and sponsors' names will be displayed in the match day programme and on the website.

Sponsors will not be entitled to reserve "their" seat - all seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis on matchdays.

If you would like to sponsor a seat, please email the website on admin@hendonfc.net. We hope to have a separate page set up on the site for this very soon.

Posted at 09:31

Saturday 28 May - HFCSA & HFCST AGMs date

The AGM's of the Supporters Association and Supporters Trust will take place on Wednesday 20th July at Silver Jubilee Park.

The Supporters Association will commence proceedings at 7:45pm, with the Supporters Trust following at approximately 8:15pm. Members of each organisation will receive their formal paperwork nearer the time.

Posted at 12:34

Friday 27 May - FA Competition Dates 2016-17

The FA released the round dates for their cup competitions today, and we will begin our FA Cup campaign on Saturday 3rd September in the first qualifying round. Our FA Trophy campaign also starts in the first qualifying round, and this will be on Saturday 29th October.

The full list of dates up to the 3rd round in each competition is as follows

FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round - 3rd September

FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round - 17th September

FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round - 1st October

FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round - 15th October

FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round - 29th October

FA Cup 1st Round - 5th November

FA Trophy 2nd Qualifying Round - 12th November

FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round - 26th November

FA Cup 2nd Round - 3rd December

FA Trophy 1st Round - 10th December

FA Cup 3rd Round - 7th January

FA Trophy 2nd Round - 14th January

FA Trophy 3rd Round - 4th February

Posted at 19:51

Thursday 26 May - Hendon to host pre-season tournament

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting a four team pre-season tournament over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July at Silver Jubilee Park.

The other clubs taking part will be Carshalton Athletic, Farnborough and Slough Town. Two semi-finals will be played on the Saturday, with a 3rd/4th play off and the final taking place on the Sunday.

Confirmation of the fixtures and kick off times will be made available a bit nearer the time.

Posted at 15:45

Thursday 26 May - Friendly at Hayes & Yeading United

Our pre-season friendly programme has had another game added, and we will travel to Hayes & Yeading United on Friday 29th July - kick off 7:30pm.

We understand that the intention is that this game will be played at their new stadium, which is on the site of the old Yeading FC ground. We will confirm this nearer the time.

Posted at 15:43

Tuesday 24 May - Ryman Youth League Constitution

We have this week received the proposed constitution for the Ryman Youth League, and our U18 side will once again be playing in the West Division.

Their opponents will be Aldershot Town, Ashford Town (Middx), Bedfont Sports, Camberley Town, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Hayes & Yeading United, Northwood, Staines Town and Wealdstone.

Posted at 17:05

Monday 23 May - Admission & Season Ticket Prices

The club are pleased to announce that admission and season ticket prices for our first season at Silver Jubilee Park remain mostly unchanged, with a couple of reductions.

Admission remains at £10 for adults, £5 for senior citizens & students, and the £1 rate is extended to under 18s.

A new season ticket for students is available at just £25 for the campaign, whilst the senior citizen season ticket is reduced slightly to £80. Adult season tickets remain at £160 and those for under 18s are at £10. Season tickets allow entry to all 23 home Ryman League fixtures. They are not eligible for use for cup matches.

In addition, we will continue to admit season ticket holders of Premier League and Football League clubs for £5 for league matches, and the same for members of the Armed Forces, Emergency Services and NHS employees on production of the relevant ID.

Anyone wishing to buy a season ticket should contact the club on admin@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 21:35

Friday 20 May - QPR XI to visit SJP

The friendlies are being confirmed rapidly this week, and we are pleased to announce a home game against a QPR XI on Monday 18th July, kick off 7:30pm at Silver Jubilee Park.

Posted at 17:28

Friday 20 May - Daggers to visit SJP

We are pleased to announce that Dagenham & Redbridge have agreed to visit SJP on Monday 1st August, kick off 7:30pm.

Posted at 15:09

Thursday 19 May - Friendly at Whyteleafe

The latest friendly arranged is a trip to Whyteleafe, which will take place on Saturday 6th August, kick off 3:00pm.

Posted at 11:47

Wednesday 18 May - Ollie Sprague signs for Welling

The news has broken this evening that popular left back Ollie Sprague has left the club and signed for National League South side Welling United for the new season.

Ollie joined us two years ago from Northwood, and has been a regular in the side throughout the past couple of seasons, making the number 3 shirt his own. He made 102 appearances, scoring twice.

We wish Ollie every success for the future as he takes his career on to the next level.

Posted at 22:15

Tuesday 17 May - Second home friendly confirmed

Our second home friendly has just been confirmed, and will be against Hemel Hempstead Town on Tuesday 12th July, kick off 7:30pm.

Posted at 17:52

Tuesday 17 May - First home friendly arranged

Our first home friendly of the summer has been arranged, and we will entertain Margate at Silver Jubilee Park on Tuesday 26th July - kick off 7:30pm.

Further friendlies will be announced as soon as details are confirmed.

Posted at 16:59

Friday 13 May - First friendly confirmed

The first pre-season friendly has been confirmed, and we will play Hitchin Town at their Top Field ground on Thursday 21st July.

Further friendlies will be announced as soon as all details have been tied up with our opponents.

Posted at 17:11

Thursday 12 May - League allocations released for 2016-17

The FA have today released the club allocations for Steps 1 to 4 of the National League System for season 2016-17.

It has been confirmed that Farnborough have been demoted to Step 4 following their financial issues, and so Burgess Hill Town stay in our division. Coming down from National League South are Havant & Waterlooville, whilst down from National League North are Lowestoft Town. Coming up from Division One North are AFC Sudbury and Harlow Town, whilst Folkestone Invicta and Worthing come up from Division One South.

This means that we will have our first ever league games against Havant & Waterlooville and AFC Sudbury, although we have met both sides in FA competitions. Also, as well ourselves, AFC Sudbury, Harlow Town and Worthing play on 3G pitches.

The full Ryman League Premier Division line up, which is subject to ratification at the league AGM in June is as follows : AFC Sudbury, Billericay Town, Bognor Regis Town, Burgess Hill Town, Canvey Island, Dulwich Hamlet, Enfield Town, Folkestone Invicta, Grays Athletic, Harlow Town, Harrow Borough, Havant & Waterlooville, Hendon, Kingstonian, Leatherhead, Leiston, Lowestoft Town, Merstham, Metropolitan Police, Needham Market, Staines Town, Tonbridge Angels, Wingate & Finchley and Worthing.

Click the link below for the full line ups from Step 1 to Step 4.

Club Allocations 2016-17

Posted at 19:55

Thursday 12 May - Under 13s Cup Final on Sunday

Our under 13 side who play in the Watford Friendly League have a cup final on Sunday afternoon.

They face Olympiacos in the Watford Friendly League Spring Cup Final, kicking off at 1.30pm at Harvesters FC, Oaklands Lane, Smallford, near St Albans, AL4 0HR.

All supporters are welcome to attend.

Posted at 11:10

Monday 09 May - Another bumper Snowball payout

Saturday's awards night saw the club bring the snowball draws for this year up to date, with a large sum of money paid out, including the largest prize pot to date of £495 for April.

The full list of winners can be found on the Snowball Page, but first prizes of around £300 were scooped by ball numbers 99, 191, 200 and 218, while around £150 was picked up by the holders of each of the numbers 1, 59, 66 and 84.

We thank everyone who's entered in the past and continues to do so and would encourage you to share the draw with your friends and family - the Snowball Draw in December is currently on course to be over £1200 with your odds of winning the jackpot being far better than the chances of winning around £100 in the National Lotto draw.

Posted at 23:45

Monday 09 May - Thanks to Harrow Borough

The past three seasons have been made much easier thanks to the help and support from our friends at Harrow Borough.

In no particular order we would like to thank Peter Rogers, the Directors, Officials, Steve Watkins, Ray Watkins, Leanne, all the Clubhouse staff, bar members and users, Peter Webber, Babs & Bob in the Tea Bar, Alfie and the Ballboys, all the supporters, our wonderful friends at the Tanglewood Monday Club, local residents and everyone connected with or associated to the club for their friendship and support and for making us so welcome throughout our three season stay at Earlsmead.

We look forward to welcoming them to Silver Jubilee Park next season and in the years to come as well as returning to Earlsmead, simply as the away side.

Posted at 17:09

Saturday 07 May - Silver Jubilee Park recommended for C grade

We are delighted to announce that Silver Jubilee Park has been recommended for a C grade, following a visit from the FA ground graders yesterday.

This means that once all the paperwork has been completed, we will be able to play all our home games at SJP. This should happen shortly.

An awful lot of hard work has gone into bringing our new home up to the appropriate standard to enable us to play Ryman League Premier Division football there, not least from Rob Morris who has masterminded the upgrade, and has spent many many hours working hard, along with Tom Stockman.

We would also like to thank all those supporters, players and contractors who have contributed to the work.

However, the hard work doesn't stop here. This is just the beginning of a new chapter in the club's history. We now need to work hard to lay the foundations for our future.

As our twitter feed mentioned yesterday, the move to SJP will bring us back to within a Curtis Warmington clearance of our spiritual home, and we need to begin reaching out to past and potential supporters.

We can only do this by everyone pulling together. Remember - Hendon Football Club belongs to the supporters - so please spread the word, invite people along, and if you have any ideas for fundraising or collaborations that'll raise the club's profile, please speak to any member of the trust board or association committee.

After eight years living a nomadic existence, we have a fantastic opportunity to grow Hendon Football Club.

Posted at 20:31

Saturday 07 May - End of season awards announced

The end of season awards have been announced at tonight's event at Silver Jubilee Park.

The Supporters Player of the Year is Dave Diedhiou, who also received an award to recognise his 300th appearance for the club a few weeks ago. Dave also won the Managements Player of the Year.

The Players Player of the Year is Ollie Sprague, who was a near ever-present in the line up, and made his 100th appearance towards the end of the season.

The Young Supporter of the Year is Joe Oliver McCann, who is regularly at games, both home and away, whilst Rob Morris has won the Supporter of the Year award in recognition of his hard work at Silver Jubilee Park and around the club.

The clubman of the year award went to supporter Alex Barrett, and the chairman's award went to Lyn Etchell, who does so much to support our secretary, Graham, and also as one of our boardroom hosts on matchdays.

Posted at 20:30

Saturday 07 May - Under 18s in play-off action

The under 18s season has yet to finish - as they have three games to play in the Eastern Junior Alliance League Play Offs.

They face Thurrock, Buckhurst Hill and Cambridge City over the next couple of weeks, beginning with a trip to Thurrock on Thursday evening - the game kicks off at 7.45pm at Ship Lane. The other two games take place at 1.30pm on Sunday 15th May and Sunday 22nd May, both at Hullbridge Sports FC. Admission to the play off games is £3.50 if anyone is able to go along and support our youngsters - some of whom have played a part in the first team's relegation fight over the past couple of months.

Posted at 10:45

Thursday 05 May - Gary furious at final performance

Gary McCann was raging after Hendon's 2-0 London Senior Cup final defeat against Tooting & Mitcham United on Wednesday night.

"The performance is even more disappointing than losing the game," he said. "It was a Cup Final so normally getting over the line is the only thing that matters. But this performance was just so unacceptable.

"After the game, I spoke to their manager, shook him by the hand and congratulated him. Tooting thoroughly deserved to win the game 2-0.

"Too many of our players had very poor games and to have only one effort on target - Casey Maclaren's header - tells its own story. We had a great chance to score when it was still 1-0 and it might have been a different story if that had gone in.

"It is now time for evaluation of the whole squad. I have a lot of work to in considering everyone in every position and deciding on the way forward. This has been my most difficult season yet and I consider it a complete write off."

Posted at 18:26

Wednesday 04 May - Cup final disappointment

The first team's season ended in disappointment as Tooting & Mitcham United deservedly ran out 2-0 winners in the London Senior Cup Final - gaining revenge for last year's defeat.

Both goals came in the second half, the first after 65 minutes, and the second two minutes from time from the penalty spot.

The star man for the Greens was Joe Wright, who made a number of important saves, whilst at the other end Kezie Ibe and Casey Maclaren had the best chances to score.

A full report on the game will hopefully be online in the next few days.

Posted at 22:09

Sunday 01 May - End of season awards on Saturday

The End of Season Awards takes place at Silver Jubilee Park on Saturday evening, with the main event starting at 7:00pm.

Before that there will be a match between the youth management and youth supporters at 5:00pm, followed by a youth training session on the pitch.

All supporters are welcome to attend, and the youth teams that have won honours this season will be in attendance.

Posted at 17:23

Sunday 01 May - Cup final on Wednesday

The first team have one final game to play this season as they face Tooting & Mitcham United in the London Senior Cup Final - a repeat of last year's final. Last year the Greens ran out 3-2 winners after extra time, despite having to play 50 minutes with ten men. Aaron Morgan (2) and Kezie Ibe were on the scoresheet.

This is the 14th time the Greens have appeared in the final of the competition, and the 7th in eleven seasons, winning it five times so far. As well as last year's win, the cup was won in 1964 (1-0 v Enfield), 1969 (1-0 v Dagenham), 2009 (2-2 v Croydon Athletic - won 3-1 on penalties) and 2012 (2-0 v Kingstonian).

The defeats in the final came in 1936 (0-1 v Walthamstow Avenue), 1951 (3-4 v Bromley), 1955 (2-3 v Walthamstow Avenue), 1959 (2-5 v Tooting & Mitcham United), 1972 (0-2 v Enfield), 2006 (2-3 v Fisher Athletic), 2008 (2-3 v Tooting & Mitcham United), 2011 (1-3 v Wingate & Finchley).

The squad are continuing to train during the ten day break since the defeat at Bognor Regis Town, and Gary McCann is hoping that one or two of the injured players will be in contention for a place in the matchday squad.

The game takes place at Metropolitan Police's Imber Court ground, and kicks off at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening.

Posted at 08:37