News - June 2015

Monday 29 June - Club Statement

Following reports that have emerged in the media over the past couple of days, chairman Simon Lawrence has issued the following statement.

"Along with Casey and Kevin Maclaren, club representatives attended a Football Association Personal Hearing earlier this month where it was alleged that after the Ryman League Premier Division game against Wingate & Finchley FC at Earlsmead on 27 December 2014, Casey and Kevin, along with others, were involved in an altercation in the bar sometime after the game.

The club are now in receipt of the Official Documents relating to the Hearing and the confirmation of the decision and sanctions issued by the FA Regulatory Commission.

Both Casey and Kevin were handed lengthy suspensions (to start with immediate effect), fined, had to forfeit the Hearing fee and ordered to pay towards the costs of their Hearings.

The club, despite The FA confirming that it had no previous misconduct record, was fined a significant sum, had to forfeit the Hearing fee and ordered to pay towards the Hearing costs.

The club also wish to place on record that throughout this situation the Board of Directors and Team Management have fully supported Casey and Kevin.

Both Casey and Kevin have lodged Appeals with The Football Association and now await the date on which these appeals will be heard.

With the Appeal process now underway, Hendon Football Club is not in a position to make any further comment until after such time the Appeal has been heard.

Simon Lawrence"

Posted at 16:42

Wednesday 24 June - Hendon Green & Gold 30 - Ted Hardy

The subject of this Green & Gold is one of only two men who merit inclusion as a manager only, i.e. without having made a playing appearance for Hendon.

Ted Hardy's career had seen him in charge of amongst others Leyton, Bishop's Stortford, Dagenham, Leytonstone and Ilford, and Enfield before he was appointed Hendon manager just before Christmas in 1985, succeeding Gary Hand. The Greens were languishing at or near the bottom of the Isthmian League table and had suffered some crushing defeats, most notably 5-3 at Epsom & Ewell, having led 3-0 early, and 4-0 at Windsor & Eton. The defence was leaky, the midfield lacked bite and the forwards were lightweight.

Hardy's reputation as a no-nonsense manager was already the stuff of legend, having won the Isthmian League title with Enfield and the FA Amateur Cup with Bishop's Stortford - one of his four appearances as a manager in the final. Used to almost unbroken success and wealthy clubs, a battle at the foot of the table for a club with significantly fewer resources was a very different challenge.

It quickly became clear to Ted that the team needed the injection of equal amounts of quality and experience, though few of the players were hardened battlers against relegation. The return of goalkeeper Mark Broughton was important as was the arrival of Roger Wade, who marked his New Year's Day debut with the goal that brought a point against Bishop's Stortford. A couple of weeks later, Ted was forced to make more changes after a pitiful 3-0 defeat against Kingstonian at Richmond Road, a match which marked the arrival of Micky Kiely, to partner Colin Tate in attack, and veteran left-back John Knapman.

Two weeks later, there were three more arrivals, Derek Brown and Dave Clark from Dartford and Tony Gibson - a key member of the Enfield squad which had dominated non-league football for almost a decade. Of all the players to represent Hendon, few have been as uncompromising and - there is no nice way of putting it - efficiently violent at Gibson. What he brought, however, was not only a winning mentality, but a midfield presence that allowed Knapman to move to left back and a certainty that the younger Hendon players weren't going to be bullied. In the trio's second match, a 2-0 victory at Worthing, Hendon had a new face in the dugout, albeit for only this game - John Still.

Things got worse before they got better and the nadir was reached on 23 March 1986, a 5-0 drubbing at Farnborough, a result that left Hendon eight points behind 20th-placed Epsom & Ewell, having played nine more matches. It would be the Greens' final defeat of the season as Ted engineered a miraculous turnaround. With free-spirited midfielder Steve Parsons on board for a few weeks, Hendon suddenly were dangerous opponents and five wins and five draws - plus victory in the Middlesex Senior Cup final - meant the Greens had their fate in their own hands when they travelled to Slough Town for the last game of the season. Three key results were a come-from-behind 3–3 draw at Wokingham and quickfire League double over fellow strugglers Billericay Town (4-1 away, 4-2 at home). At Wexham Park, Wade - looking suspiciously offside - scored early with a 30-yard chip, Broughton produced a wonder save to keep the lead at half-time and Andy O'Brien, Kiely and Gibson added further goals to seal a 4-1 win and safety was assured.

One of Ted's strengths was his ability to organise his teams. They may not have been the prettiest to watch, but they were remorseless, efficient and uncompromising. A team that let Hendon play usually found themselves outsmarted and outplayed; a team that wanted to mix it up, got more than they bargained for and usual lost both the battles and the war. A final finishing place of fourth in 1986-87 would have been better with less success in cup competitions, but the Greens lost in the finals of both the AC Delco (Isthmian League) and GMAC (Premier Inter-League) Cups. The quarter-final replay replay (sic) against Harrow Borough - 5-3, having been 3-0 down at half-time - and the two games with Burton Albion stand out as especially memorable. The draw in Staffordshire on a Sunday afternoon came a day after a 3-1 win over Croydon at Claremont Road.

Sadly, it all fell apart early the following season. A shock FA Cup exit against Hertford Town in late September resulted in Ted's resignation. His long-time assistant Micky Janes took over as manager and he led the team out at Wembley in June 1988, mainly with the players Ted had brought to the club or nurtured. He stayed in football until March 1999, when approaching 70 years old, he finished his fourth spell at Victoria Road, having become the oldest man to lead out a team in a Wembley cup final in 1998.

Joined Hendon: November 1985. Left Hendon: September 1987

Trophy won: Middlesex Senior Cup: 1985-86

Posted at 19:35

Monday 22 June - Greens gain recognition in Non League Paper

The club gained some much deserved recognition in the Non League Paper yesterday in their selection of the Ryman League team of the season.

Gary McCann was named manager, whilst Elliott Brathwaite and Andre Da Costa were in the starting XI, with Charlie Goode, now at Scunthorpe United of course, on the bench.

Posted at 18:16

Sunday 21 June - Hendon Green & Gold 29 - Dale Binns

Dale Binns is someone who began his career as a teenager at Hendon and who has since gone on to become a most respected player and a fan favourite where ever he has been.

He made his debut more than three months before his 18th birthday, a second half substitute replacing Steve Bateman, who had won an Isthmian League winner's medal before Dale's third birthday. There was not much to the teenager, quiet to the point on introverted off the pitch, but a livewire on it. A flying winger, he terrified defences with his extreme pace, but he had to wait a number of years before he nailed down a first-team place.

His first manager, Frank Murphy, who had played in Dale's debut, was infatuated with his game-changing speed and it meant that 43 of the 83 appearances he made in the 1999-2000 and 200-–01 seasons were as a substitute, taking advantage of tiring defenders. Dale's first start was overshadowed by Bontcho Guentchev, also in his first start for the Greens and the spectacular overhead scissors kick in the 3-2 defeat of Canvey Island. It is hard to imagine two more different football characters than Dale and Bontcho, but the former learned a huge amount from the latter. The 1999-2000 season saw Hendon reach the second round of the FA Cup and Dale started in three of the first four matches, coming off the bench in the defeat of Margate. In the first round victory at Bath City, he was Hendon's brightest attacking force for much of the game before late goals from Dominic Gentle and Guentchev won the tie. It was something of a surprise Dale was omitted for the game at Blackpool, won 2-0 by the Tangerines. Three weeks later, Dale scored his first Hendon goal, the fourth in a 4-3 win at home to Basingstoke, and he was on the scoresheet again a week later at Aylesbury.

Murphy's last season at Claremont Road was Dale's most productive and he netted 18 goals in 50 appearances, 22 of which were as substitute and he scored the last goal of the weather-accursed curtailed campaign. It should also be noted, Dale - who won the Supporters Association Player of the Year Award - played in all 19 of the League matches between 3 March and 5 May. Under Dave Anderson, Hendon's football was less expansive, but Dale was a key component, starting 43 matches and only David Hook and Simon Clarke (40 apiece) appeared in more than his 39 League games. His nine goals were also second at the club and included two, off the bench, when the Greens came from 4-3 down to beat Billericay 6-4 at New Lodge. At the end of the season, Dale won his first medal with Hendon, in the Middlesex Senior Cup, and he netted the last goal as the Greens beat Northwood 4-2 after extra time at Hayes.

Dale's style of play left him susceptible to injuries and in 2002-03 he suffered a groin injury in the 4-4 draw at Canvey Island and missed three months. In terms of League position, this was Hendon's best season since 1973-74, with the Greens finishing third. And there was more silverware too, the Middlesex Senior Cup being retained with a 2-0 defeat of Enfield Town at Northwood. More than half of Dale's 35 appearances (20) in 2003-04 were as a replacement, but this was because his fitness was monitored much more closely and risks simply weren't taken when he wasn't 100 percent. The Greens finished closer the League champions than they had 12 months earlier but finished one place lower. If Hendon won the last game, at Kettering, they would have been runners-up, and if Dale hadn't been suspended, it might have been different. These are ifs and buts, and, sadly, it was buts that were Dale's downfall because, in the Middlesex Senior Cup final victory over Uxbridge at Yeading, he had lowered his head towards John Swift and been sent off.

Before the start of the following season, most of the Hendon playing and management staff decamped to AFC Wimbledon, but Dale didn't. However, the fact that Hendon had decided against taking their place in the new Conference South, and the way that new manager Tony Choules wanted him to play, meant that after 45 minutes of a friendly at Berkhamsted - he wore the No. 3 shirt - Dale elected to move on. Since then, Dale has played at the highest level of non-league football for a number of clubs, but he still pays an occasional visit and - although he's nearly 34 years old - has not ruled out a return to the club where it all began for him.

Joined Hendon: 1998. Left Hendon: 2004

Appearances: 212 (118 starts, 84 as a substitute). Goals: 41

Supporters Association Player of the Year: 2000-01

Medals won: Middlesex Senior Cup: 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03

Posted at 16:19

Saturday 20 June - Gary McCann Testimonial Match

We are delighted to announce that a Queens Park Rangers XI will visit on Tuesday 28th July for Gary McCann's Testimonial Match.

The game will be played at Earlsmead, and will kick off at the earlier time of 7:30pm. Admission will be on a Pay What You Want basis, as per the game against Wingate & Finchley last season.

This is our chance to show our appreciation to Gary for all his efforts for the club so far, not only as manager for the past ten years, but also for his 196 appearances in goal, the first of which was over 18 years ago.

We hope that as many of you as possible will come to the game, and if you only come to one pre-season game during the summer, please make it this one.

Posted at 13:45

Saturday 20 June - Hendon to launch Walking Football

Hendon FC in conjunction with the Middlesex FA are planning to launch Walking Football at Silver Jubilee Park in July.

Following a positive meeting with Let's Play officer Andy Perrin, it was decided that the programme for over 50s will help people engage in physical activity in a fun and friendly environment.

Walking football is a slower version of the real game with the same competitiveness. It's a great way to still enjoy playing the game with like minded people, and perhaps score that wonder goal you always dreamed about.

If you would like to take part and want more information, please contact us on admin@hendonfc.net and we'll pass your email on to the organisers.

Posted at 10:59

Thursday 18 June - Hendon Green & Gold 28 - Casey Maclaren

Loyalty is almost a forgotten trait in modern football but Hendon is a glorious exception to that rule because the management team has instilled a level of loyalty that is as refreshing as it is unheard of. Casey Maclaren is a case in point. Now in his eighth season with the Greens, he has had to endure a huge amount of time on the sidelines and instead of heading towards 300 appearances, he should be looking towards his 400th, but back, knee and muscle problems have kept him out of one-third of all matches. Casey's bravery in overcoming these setbacks, together with this loyalty and willingness to help the team where ever it is needed are just two of the most laudable of his attributes.

Casey joined Hendon in the summer of 2007, aged 20, after he had been released by AFC Wimbledon. He was an unused substitute in the opening game of the season, but made his first-team debut three days later, a 2-1 home victory against Leyton, albeit as a stoppage time substitute for Brian Haule. Casey made his first start at Earlsmead on August Bank Holiday Monday, another 2-1 win against Harrow Borough.

It would be wrong to say that Casey's versatility hurt him, but as he was comfortable at full-back, centre-back and in midfield - his attacking days were in front of him - it did mean he didn't have one position. As a right-back, he opened his Hendon scoring account, netting the first in a 2-0 victory over Horsham at Claremont Road in mid-November, the goal coming as he anticipated a deflection and was athletic enough to apply the decisive touch. Two weeks later, at an almost waterlogged Folkestone Invicta, midfielder Casey opened the scoring in a 4-0 win, scoring with a 20-yard strike. Although he appeared in only two-thirds of the matches in 2007-08, he still managed to register six goals - a more than acceptable strike rate of one in six. Towards the end of the season, however, Casey began to experience back trouble and he missed the London Senior Cup final defeat against Tooting & Mitcham United at Imber Court. He had more than played his part in earlier rounds scoring against both Corinthian–Casuals and Leyton. Away from football, Casey attracted national attention by becoming the youngest-ever holder of a taxi-driver's green badge, receiving it on his 21st birthday, the youngest possible age.

The 2008-09 season was one of huge frustration for Casey as he was limited to just nine appearances, only six of which were starts. A multitude of tests failed to discover the cause of back problems. There was a reward for him at the end of the season as he was on the substitutes' bench for the London Senior Cup final against Croydon Athletic at Kingsmeadow. Although he didn't come on, he did receive a winner's medal after the Greens triumphed in the penalty shoot-out following a 2-2 draw.

At the start of the following season, Casey gutted it out and he scored one of the most important goals in his Hendon career when he equalised against Kingstonian in the FA Cup, a match the Greens won 2-1 and they went on to reach the last qualifying round. It was Casey's most prolific season for Hendon and a total of 10 goals was a laudable return, as he played in defence, midfield and - on a couple of occasions - lone striker and he missed only one League game all campaign. His willingness to take on that attacking role summed up Casey's dedication to the club and the cause. Twelve months later, Casey was a key member of the squad which reached the first round proper and it was his goal that sealed victory over the Metropolitan Police at Imber Court in a fourth qualifying round replay. He played the full 90 minutes in the 3-2 loss at Chelmsford City.

Unfortunately, the 2011-12 season was another injury-ravaged one for Casey as he suffered a serious knee injury in the FA Cup defeat at Luton Town. He did make it back for the end of the season and collected a second London Senior Cup winner's medal, this time playing the full 90 minutes in the 2-0 defeat of Kingstonian at Imber Court. The following season, Casey again played in the FA Cup first round proper, being part of the team which was so unlucky to lose 2-1 at Aldershot Town. In the last couple of seasons, Casey has stepped up to become an outstanding central defender, and that may - today - be his best position.

Casey has won three winners medals, all in the London Senior Cup, as well as some runners-up ones, a good reward for a very loyal and dedicated player. Unfortunately he missed the win in the Isthmian League Cup last season through injury.

Joined Hendon: Summer 2007

Appearances: 276 Goals 40

Medals won: London Senior Cup: 2008-09, 2011-12, 2014-15

Posted at 21:44

Thursday 18 June - Over 20 Hendon teams in action in 2015/16

We will have over 20 teams representing the club in action in the 2015/16 season, from the first team through to under 7's.

Of course, the main focus will be on the first team, who will be bidding to go one better than last season, but their will also be plenty of work going on at other levels.

In youth football, we will be fielding 19 teams. The youngest age group will be U7, and we will have teams at U8, U9, U10 x 2, U12, U13 x 3, U14, U15 x 2, U17, U18 x 3, U11 Girls, U12 Girls and the Academy team. This means that we will have teams competing in the following leagues : Harrow Youth League; Watford Friendly League; Eastern Junior Alliance; Capital Girls League and Ryman Youth League.

We also have the Hendon Youth Development which is coaching another 100 children a week, and also run our successful holiday courses.

We are planning to have at least one supporters team in action, and we are also looking into having a ladies team and a veterans team. We estimate that we will have over 300 players representing the club in the forthcoming season.

If you are interested in playing for any of these teams, other than the first team, please contact us on admin@hendonfc.net and we will pass your email on to the relevant people.

If you are interested in playing for the first team, then you must submit a full Football CV to the same email address which will be passed on to the management team.

Posted at 17:24

Wednesday 17 June - Hendon Green & Gold 27 - Roy Sleap

Roy Sleap joined Hendon in September 1960, after representing Great Britain at the Rome Olympic Games. Although only 19, he had already carved out a big reputation at Barnet, earning England and Great Britain representative honours as a teenager - a rare distinction at the time. Technically Roy was not a Hendon player when appearing twice, in Rome, including against the hosts. He had re-signed as a member of Barnet, but had not actually signed for Hendon, even if it was known that was his intention. At Claremont Road, Roy had giant shoes to fill as he was replacing arguably the finest player ever to represent Hendon, Laurie Topp. He made his debut against Grays Athletic, a match the Greens would win 3-0. Roy made 20 appearances during the season as Hendon won the Athenian League title by a point from Wealdstone, with Barnet a further two points adrift.

Before the start of the 1961-62 season, Roy - along with Terry Howard and Jimmy Quail - joined Enfield, where they would stay for two seasons. When the Es, Sutton United and Hitchin Town all switched from the Athenian League to the Isthmian, Jimmy and Roy returned to Claremont Road, where they enjoyed great success. Hendon missed out on the title by six points, finishing runners-up behind Wimbledon, while Roy was absent for the London Senior Cup final victory against Enfield having picked up a knee injury. He did earn another England Amateur cap during the season.

The 1964–65 season was the greatest in Hendon history and Roy played a huge part in it, normally at a left-back, though he later became what we now call a midfielder, then a half-back. The Greens won the FA Amateur Cup, 3-1 against Whitby Town, the Isthmian League title in a playoff against Enfield, 4-1 at Dulwich, and the Middlesex Senior Cup, 1-0 over Finchley, in the last three games of the season. There was also the London Challenge Cup victory over Arsenal at Highbury – when Hendon came back from 3-0 down to win 4-2 and a narrow 2-1 FA Cup first round reverse away at Port Vale. Roy - who wore the No.3 shirt in all of those games - missed just three out of 58 matches in the season, and registered his first Hendon goal, the Green's only one in a 1-1 draw at Oxford City. He also added to his list of representative honours, playing for England, the FA XI and London teams during the season.

Apart from a return to Wembley in the Amateur Cup final - where Wealdstone beat Hendon 3-1 - it was not a happy cup season for Hendon, and they played only 15 knock-out matches, but Roy played in all but one of the Greens' 53 outings, scoring nine times. Roy was exceptionally strong and would rarely lose a tackle, but could also pass the ball well when necessary, though he would usually feed it to a playmaker in front of him. Over the next three seasons, Hendon's levels of success dipped and the team showed numerous changes. Roy, by now a midfield linchpin, playing alongside Rod Haider, had his most prolific season in 1966-67, scoring 12 times in 51 appearances and he was one of four Hendon players who took to the field at Claremont Road when Great Britain played a 1968 Olympic Games qualifying match against West Germany. Sadly it was the visitors who won 1-0 as Great Britain failed to qualify for the Games in Mexico City. Roy also added to his collection of England Amateur Caps, finishing with 16 in total, the majority whilst with Hendon.

Roy briefly left Hendon during the 1967-68 season, and made only 37 appearances in all. The following season, Roy moved to Slough Town, but did return to Claremont Road for a special match on 13 April 1969, when the current Hendon team took on the 1965 FA Amateur Cup winners. Amazingly, only four years after the victory at Wembley, just John Swannell and David Hogwood were still at Claremont Road, and the Amateur Cup-winners ran out 3-1 winners. Roy made his final Hendon appearance on the opening day of the 1970-71 season, but was substituted by John Baker in a 3-2 home defeat against Barking. With his chances at Claremont Road extremely limited, Roy returned to Slough, before moving on to Sutton United a few weeks later. He retired as a player at Guildford City, and went into management at Slough, taking the Rebels into the Isthmian top division in his first season, 1973-74.

Joined Hendon: September 1960, Summer 1963, Summer 1970. Left Hendon: Spring 1961, November 1968, August 1970

Appearances: 288 (20 in Athenian League era, 268 in Isthmian era – all starts). Goals: 31 (all Isthmian era)

Supporters Association Player of the Year: 1965-66

Medals won: Athenian League 1960-61; Isthmian League 1964-65; FA Amateur Cup 1964-65; Middlesex Senior Cup: 1964-65, 1966-67

Posted at 18:05

Tuesday 16 June - Under 18 friendly arranged

Our under 18 side, who will be playing in the Ryman Youth League this season, have arranged their first friendly of the summer. They will face AFC Dunstable at Silver Jubilee Park on Friday 21st August, kicking off at 7:00pm.

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 16 June - Change of friendly opponents

There has been a change of opponents for one of our friendlies, and we will now be playing Haringey Borough instead of Arlesey Town.

It is a direct change of opponents, the game will be played on Tuesday 21st July, kick off 7:30pm at Silver Jubilee Park.

Posted at 11:09

Monday 15 June - Hendon Green & Gold 26 - Phil Gridelet

Few players make their senior debut, let alone a club debut in a cup final, but that was the first of countless achievements by Phil Gridelet. A former Watford junior, Phil, like his Princes Park FC team-mates Steve Newing and Danny Worley, graduated from Hendon's midweek youth team into the first eleven. The date was Tuesday 7 May 1985, and it was the early in the Middlesex Charity Cup Final when John Palmer collided with a Feltham player and went off with a broken nose. On came Phil, one week after celebrating his 18th birthday.

The injury to Palmer caused a reshuffle in Hendon's formation and Phil was used as a midfielder, as opposed to defender where he spent most of his first spell. His talent had been clear to see and his hair-trigger temperament had certainly been calmed down. But his talent to wind up opponents remained throughout his career and in the second half of the game, he wound up one of the Feltham players so much that he exacted revenge on the next green shirt he encountered; Paul Robinson was led from the field with a nose broken by a savage elbow, spotted the by the linesman, and the offender was sent off. Carl Zacchau of Yeovil, on the opening day of the 1986-87 season, in front of more than 1,600 home fans, lasted only 23 minutes before he was dismissed for retaliating to something committed by Phil - and, seven months later, the Dane was still bitter about it!

That was jumping the gun by a season, because Phil was one of the few consistent shining lights in the Hendon team which battled against relegation in 1985-86. Phil apart, another central defender, Andy O'Brien, and striker Colin Tate were the only two others of the 40-odd players used who appeared in more than 26 League matches that season, indicative of a team that is struggling. He scored his first goal in September, the second in a 2-2 draw with Worthing at Claremont Road, but he managed only eight in more than 250 starts in his career. Stopping the other team scoring, now that was a different story and Phil was one of the best. He and O'Brien were superb is stopping Les Ferdinand when Southall were beaten in the Middlesex Senior Cup final on Easter Monday 1986.

Hendon's 1986–87 season was the longest the club endured with 75 matches - including 33 cup ties. Phil played in 30 of them, bettered only by Dave Root's 31, a tribute to his strength and stamina. He also got his nickname in the first preseason friendly when a referee at South Bank booked him but wrote down Gripper – then a character in the children’s television series Grange Hill.

Phil's biggest attributes were his speed, strength and ability to read a situation quickly. Although he would make his name in the Football League as a midfielder, Ted Hardy couldn't find a better sweeper than Phil. The best examples of his talents came as he turned defence into attack single-handedly. Two runs he made stick in my mind: the first was against Worthing, on a desperately foul afternoon in quagmire conditions. He ran from inside his own penalty area and struck an unstoppable drive from the "D" of the Worthing penalty area. An offside flag ruled out the goal, but the home goalkeeper turned around and said, "That was a travesty. I will never be beaten by a better goal!" The next came in the FA Trophy at Fareham; again it was a lung-bursting run from his own box, but this time after the goalkeeper had saved Phil's shot, Iain Dowie scored the goal, taking the ball off Phil's toe.

In 1988–89, Phil received a call-up to play for England and made two appearances, the first in Italy, then at Kidderminster against Wales. After the end of the season, when he won the Supporters Association Player of the Year award, he moved on to Barnet - he had a trial at Nottingham Forest where Brian Clough was manager, before enjoying a long career in the Football League. He played for Barnsley, Rotherham and Southend before moving to Woking in 1998. Phil returned to play for Hendon under Frank Murphy in 2000. He was by now a veteran midfielder and still hard man to get the better of, if not to out-run.

Joined Hendon: Autumn 1984, Summer 2000. Left Hendon: Summer 1988, Summer 2001

Appearances: 264 (257 starts, 7 as substitute). Goals: 8

Supporters Association Player of the Year: 1988-9

Medals won: Middlesex Senior Cup: 1985-6; Middlesex Charity Cup 1984-5, 1987-8

Posted at 20:26

Sunday 14 June - Brathwaite in team of the year

We are delighted to announce that Elliott Brathwaite has been named in the Ryman League Premier Division Team of the Year.

The team is voted for by all the managers in the division, and whilst the team was dominated by Maidstone United players, Elliott's performances in the back four have been recognised by our opposition managers. The team was announced last night at the annual Ryman League awards dinner.

Also at the evening, chairman Simon Lawrence represented the club as he picked up the awards for winning the Robert Dyas (Isthmian) League Cup and being runners-up in the Ryman League Premier Division.

The Ryman League AGM takes place this morning, at which the proposed constitution for the new season is expected to be rubber stamped.

Posted at 09:03

Saturday 13 June - Hendon Green & Gold 25 - Colin Tate

The subject of today's feature is a player who scored lots of goals and played a key role in the club during the late 1980s.

Colin Tate appeared for Hendon in seven consecutive seasons, but the reality is that his Greens' career was in two parts and six seasons. He was a much-respected striker when signed by Gary Hand early in the 1985-86 season and made his debut against Epsom & Ewell on 31 August 1985, scoring twice at West Street as Hendon blew a 3-1 lead and lost 5-3. It was a very difficult season for the Greens and it was not until Ted Hardy arrived as manager just before Christmas that things began to turn around.

Colin's goals were a key factor in Hendon's late run, in which the Greens won six and drew five of the last 11 games to avoid the drop in the final game of the season - the famous 4-1 victory at Slough Town. Colin won the Supporters Assocation Player of the Year award, playing in every League match after joining the Club and finishing the season with 21 goals in 51 appearances. Two of these came when Hendon beat Southall 2-0 after extra time in the Middlesex Senior Cup final at Enfield.

In the almost interminable season which followed - Hendon played 75 matches in total - Colin suffered a few injuries and, as a result, was able to only match his 51 starts - he also came off the bench twice from the previous season. He did, however, improve his goal tally by a couple, the last of which was on 25 April 1987. This goal, against Croydon in a 3-1 win at Claremont Road, was followed by a full 90 minutes, 24 hours later, as Hendon drew 1-1 away to Burton Albion. Earlier in April, he had scored twice in one of the most remarkable Hendon victories, coming from 3-0 down at half-time against Harrow Borough in the Middlesex Senior Cup quarter-final to win 5-3 after extra time. He got the ball rolling with the first goal 22 seconds after the resumption. All Hendon had to show for their efforts were runners-up medals in the GMAC (Premier Inter-League) and the AC Delco (Isthmian League) Cups.

Before the start of the following season, Colin left the club, but he still made one appearance - right at the end - on 2 June 1988, when Hendon met Wembley in the Russell Grant Middlesex Charity Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Some fans felt that the players who had performed all season deserved the glory of a Wembley appearance, but manager Micky Janes went with the player most likely to win the Cup. As it happened, there were two match-winners already in the squad and both Dermot Drummy and Iain Dowie scored in the Greens' 2-0 victory.

Colin's second spell lasted from, effectively 1988 to 1992, as the club went through very difficult financial times. In 1988-89, injuries played a key part in a campaign that fell apart in December. He played in the Greens' 4–2 FA Cup first round defeat at Reading, but didn't get on the scoresheet, and his strike rate for the season dropped from 1 in 2.5 in his first spell to worse than 1 in 6 in 1989 - but he had not been relied upon as the main goal-getter. Things did get better in 1989-90, when he played the most matches of his Hendon career, with only Dave Root and Greg Zacharia passing his total of 55. Colin was much more of a second striker now, and Uche Egbe and Sean Baker - whose season ended prematurely - both got more than his 13.

Not the tallest of players, nor the most imposing, Colin's game was built around his intelligence – unsurprising for a lawyer – and ability to create openings. He was always a willing runner, though without a breathtaking turn of pace to get him clear of defenders. Nonetheless, he needed constant attention, which gave others around him the chance to shine. His final season with the Greens was in 1991-92 and when the new owner Victor Green started signing high-profile players such as strikers Kurt Davidson and Colin Sowerby, there was nowhere for Colin to play. The final one of Colin's 86 Hendon goals came against Marlow in a 2-1 home defeat and, on 17 March 1992, 32-year-old Colin played his final game for Hendon. At least he went out on a winning note, a 1-0 defeat of Enfield.

Joined Hendon: August 1985, June 1988. Left Hendon: Summer 1987, March 1992.

Appearances: 284 (259 starts, 25 as substitute). Goals: 83

Supporters Association Player of the Year: 1985-86

Medals won: Middlesex Senior Cup: 1985-86; Middlesex Charity Cup 1987-88

Posted at 17:25

Friday 12 June - Middlesex Senior Cup draw made

The draw for the 2015-16 edition of the Middlesex Senior Cup has been made this morning, and we have been drawn at home to Northwood. The date for the game will be announced in due course.

The full draw is as follows, and includes Barnet who are taking part for the first time in many years.

First Round : Spelthorne Sports v Bedfont Sports; Wembley v Enfield 1893; Harefield United v AFC Hayes; Hanworth Villa v Ashford Town (Middx).

Second Round : Staines Town v Barnet; Harrow Borough v Wealdstone, Spelthorne/Bedfont v Wembley/Enfield; Hanworth/Ashford v Harefield v AFC Hayes; Hanwell Town v Uxbridge; Hendon v Northwood; North Greenford United v Enfield Town; Hayes & Yeading United v Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Posted at 12:54

Thursday 11 June - Two free eBooks now available

The Supporters Association have released two free eBooks, which are now available for download from their website.

One book features anecdotes by Hendon fans, and the other is the combined answers to the My Hendon feature that has appeared on both the messageboard and Facebook.

Both books can be downloaded by going to http://hendonsupporters.com/members/claremont-road-memory-lane/

Posted at 17:03

Wednesday 10 June - Chris Seeby's operation is successful

We are pleased to report that Chris Seeby's operation on his cruciate ligament went very well earlier this week, and he is now able to begin the long road to full fitness.

He would like to thank all those that have sent him messages of support over the past few months, and he is determined to make a full recovery to be part of the squad that Gary has put together for the new season.

Posted at 19:09

Wednesday 10 June - Charlie snapped up by Scunthorpe

It has been announced this morning that Charlie Goode has signed for SkyBet League One side Scunthorpe United on a two year contract.

Charlie, who is still only 19, joined us from AFC Hayes in November 2014, and was a firm fixture in the side throughout the rest of the season, and his impressive performances in the back four were rewarded by a call up to the England C squad, for whom he played against Republic of Ireland U21s just a few days ago.

Whilst his time with us was only short, he played a huge part in our success last season, earning two cup winners medals in the process in the London Senior Cup and the Robert Dyas (Isthmian) League Cup.

Gary McCann was full of praise for Charlie when he spoke to the website last night. He said, "The minute Charlie walked through the door you could see he was destined for bigger things.

"He's been an absolute credit to himself. His performances have belied his age, and I am not surprised that a League One club has signed him on a two year deal.

"I'm confident that he will settle quickly and I am also sure he will progress further.

"He is a top lad and a top player, and his progression is a fitting tribute to his performances and great recognition for all involved at the football club."

We are sure that all our supporters will join us in wishing Charlie every success as he takes the next step in his football career. We'll all be keeping our eyes on his progress in the months and years to come.

Please click the link below to see the news item on the Official Scunthorpe United Website.

Ready To Make A Goode Impression

Posted at 10:05

Wednesday 10 June - Fixture & cup draw release dates

The fixtures for the new season are expected to be released sometime during the week commencing 13th July 2015. This is around the same time as they are normally released.

Meanwhile the draws for the early rounds of the FA competitions are expected to be released at the beginning of July.

In all cases, we'll get news of the fixtures and cup draws on to the website as soon as we can after they have been released.

Posted at 08:17

Monday 08 June - One keeper signs as another departs

Gary McCann has announced today that he has secured the signature of Joe Wright, as Ben McNamara leaves the club, and two more from last season sign on.

Joe, who is 22 years old, signs from Billericay Town having also appeared for Bishop's Stortford and Welling United after coming through the youth system at QPR.

Ben moves on having spent a full season with us after leaving Northampton Town, making 50 appearances during his time with us. We thank Ben for all his efforts last season and wish him every success for the future.

Also confirming their services for next season are Elliott Brathwaite and Leon Smith.

Posted at 17:06

Monday 08 June - Hendon Green & Gold 24 - Jamie Busby

Jamie Busby gave Hendon six seasons of great service, but has no winners' medals to show for it. The Greens won two London Senior Cups, but he missed the 2009 success as he was on holiday - the final being delayed until after the League season - and was injured in 2012.

Always a midfielder, Jamie had an exceptional scoring record, averaging better than one goal every five games 58 in 258 matches. Rail-thin, Jamie was very strong and quick, a good clean tackler and an above-average passer - a pre-requisite for a Gary McCann midfielder.

He was also a superb striker of the ball, either at a set-piece or in open play. His goal in the 1-0 victory at Bury Town, in the second game of the 2011-12 season, stands out: a low tracer shell that Marcus Garnham wasn't close to saving as it arrowed inches inside the post.

Jamie's Hendon debut came during the relegation battle of 2005-06, when the Greens only avoided the drop because of another club's financial woes.

He joined from Hillingdon Borough just before the 31 March signing deadline and made his debut at Maldon Town on 1 April. His first three appearances were all as a substitute - replacing Lee O’Leary in the 2–2 draw at Park Drive. His first start also resulted in Hendon's first win in 12 League outings - a 4-0 crushing of Leyton at Claremont Road. Jamie also started the last three games of the season, including the 3–2 London Senior Cup final loss against Fisher Athletic at Tooting.

Buzza's first Hendon goal was the last one in a 4-0 FA Cup victory over Arlesey Town in mid-September 2006. His next one - three months later - was more important, the winner against Worthing at Claremont Road

Hendon started the following season in spectacular form, scoring goals for fun. With Brian Haule, Belal Aite-Ouakrim and Wayne O'Sullivan sharing 58 goals between them, there weren’t many opportunities for others to register and Jamie had his lowest return in a full season, just four goals in 48 appearances, and half of those were in the 11-1 victory at Leyton. Hendon reached two cup finals in spring 2008, losing to 3-0 Hampton & Richmond Borough in the Middlesex Senior and 3-2 to Tooting & Mitcham United in the London Senior and Jamie picked up a second runners-up medal in the former, missing the London final with an injury.

The 2008-09 season served as Jamie's coming out party as a goalscorer. He netted 15 in 44 games, to finish the campaign as leading scorer and winner of the Supporters Association Player of the Year Award, the first of two he would receive. It was a difficult season for Hendon, the club's 101st and the one when the Greens lost their Claremont Road home. A 16th-place finish showed how tough things had been, but the 69 goals scored were fifth-best in the Division. There was another runners-up medal at the end of the season, the 2-0 loss to AFC Hayes in the Middlesex Senior Cup, but he was away for the London Senior success.

Jamie missed almost one-third of the 2009-10 season, but still managed to score eight goals - all in the Ryman League. The following season was probably Jamie's best for Hendon, as he won his second Supporters Association Player of the Year Award. He netted 18 times in 53 outings, including two in the FA Cup first round proper, when the Greens lost narrowly 3-2 to Chelmsford City. How vital to Hendon was Jamie at this time? One of the four Ryman League games he missed was the trip to Lowestoft - Hendon lost 8-1.

Sadly, Buzza's Hendon career ended the following season, one which saw him suffer a number of injuries, easily the worst of which was the broken cheekbone during the FA Cup fourth qualifying round at Luton Town. He played in only 27 matches, though he did score seven goals, the last of which was a penalty-spot equaliser against Carshalton at Vale Farm in late March. An ankle injury soon after half-time proved to be his last action of the season - and to date his Hendon career, though he is still only 29 years old. In the summer of 2012, Jamie announced – that with a young family and work commitments taking up more and more of his time – he was taking a break from football.

Joined Hendon: Spring 2005. Left Hendon: Summer 2012

Appearances: 258 (224 starts, 34 as substitute). Goals: 58

Supporters Association Player of the Year: 2008-09, 2010-11

Posted at 17:02

Sunday 07 June - Chris Seeby to undergo surgery

Chris Seeby is to undergo surgery on his knee tomorrow, following his injury earlier this year.

We are sure that all supporters will join us in hoping that the surgery is a success and wishing Chris a quick and full recovery so that he can get himself back in contention for a place in the side.

Posted at 13:56

Friday 05 June - Additional friendly arranged

A further friendly has been arranged, and we will travel to play Fisher on Thursday 30th July. The game will be played at Dulwich Hamlet's ground where Fisher normally play their home games.

Posted at 17:40

Thursday 04 June - Hendon Green & Gold 44 - Tony Jennings

As a tribute to Tony Jennings who passed away yesterday, we are jumping in our Green & Gold series to number 44.

Tony is one of the very few to have won both FA Amateur Cup and FA Trophy winners medals, and he won the former as a Hendon player.

Tony Jennings's career was one of the most decorated in non-league football. Not only did he win the Amateur Cup with Hendon, he was captain of Enfield and England Non-League (now England 'C'). He was still only 20 years old when he arrived at Hendon in the summer of 1971, signing from Leytonstone. Brought in to replace a combination of Mickey Cooper and Dave Hogwood, both Claremont Road stalwarts, Tony was a tough-tackling right-back. Not tall, even for those days, he was defensively very sound and linked well with Bobby Childs in front of him. John Evans built his teams from the back and the quartet of Jennings, Gary Hand, Alan Phillips and Peter Deadman - in front of John Swannell - was, for almost three seasons, one of the most dominant in non-league history. Tony's debut came on the opening day of the 1971-72 season, a 1-1 draw away to Sutton United. Tony made a total 57 appearances during the campaign and played in every one of the Greens' 22 cup-ties. Although there was no FA Cup glory, a fourth-qualifying round replay exit against Barnet, in the other three competitions, Hendon went all the way - and met Enfield in the latter stages too.

In the Middlesex Senior Cup, it was the semi-final, and Tony scored his first cup goal for the Greens against the Es, in a 2-0 victory - his first two goals had come in a 4-0 win over Corinthian–Casuals in October and the only goal to beat Hayes in March. Hendon's cup success came at the expense of the Isthmian League and in the three months, December to February, inclusive, the Greens played only twice in the league - a win and a draw against Enfield. In April 1972, Tony lined up against the Es at Wembley Stadium in the Amateur Cup Final, and ended up with a winners' medal after a 2-0 victory. There was another winners' gong in the Middlesex Senior Cup – a two legged victory over Hampton - but Enfield avenged their Amateur Cup by beating the Greens in the London Senior Cup Final.

The following season, Hendon dominated the Isthmian League in a way that few teams have ever done. It took until the 39th match for the Greens' colours to be lowered, by which time the championship had long been decided. Take out the first game and the last five, and Hendon's Isthmian League record was played 36, won 32, drew 4, but maybe even more astonishing was the defence's achievement of conceding only 18 goals in 42 games - none from corner kicks. The cornerstone of John Evans and Jimmy Quail's teams - Quail replaced the Bogota-bound Evans in the new year - was continuity. Tony was one of 10 players who missed 10 League games or fewer in the season; he missed four games. Tony collected three winner's medals: the League, Middlesex Senior Cup and the Barassi Cup, the Anglo-Italian Amateur Cup-winners Cup. The first match was at Claremont Road, and the Greens won 2-0. In the return in Italy, Hendon achieved a 1-1 draw to claim the Cup 3-1 on aggregate.

Tony was called up for the England Amateur squad in the final season of the amateur game, where he was joined by team-mates Swannell, Deadman and captain Rod Haider.

Hendon enjoyed their best-ever FA Cup run, reaching the third round proper. Tony's free-kick, midway through the second half, was headed on by John Baker and knocked into the net by Haider as Hendon achieved a 1-1 draw away to Newcastle United. The replay was lost 4-0, and Newcastle went on to lose in the Final. Favourites to retain their league title when the season started, the cup success played its part in the second-place finish, as did the mid-March departure to Enfield of Derek Baker, Phil Fry and Tony. The Greens ended up runners up by two points behind Wycombe, who beat them 2-0 at Loakes Park on 30 April, when there were still seven League matches to play.

At Southbury Road, Tony's career thrived. He was England semi-professional captain for a dozen matches and he won just about every medal imaginable, including in 1982 when he lifted the FA Trophy. After retiring as a player, Tony spent a few months as Hendon coach, but living out in the wilds of Essex, the commute was too much for him. He did, however, become the first man to captain and coach the Non-League team and also was manager of Dagenham. As England Non-League manager, Tony gave Hendon defender Phil Gridelet his first international caps.

Born: 17 August 1950

Joined Hendon: Summer 1971. Left Hendon: March 1974

Appearances: 155 (all starts). Goals: 7

Winners medal won: FA Amateur Cup 1971-72, Barassi Cup 1972-73, Isthmian League 1972-73, Middlesex Senior Cup 1971-72, 1972-73

Posted at 22:16

Thursday 04 June - Tony Jennings

We were sad to hear the news today that former player Tony Jennings has died following a long illness.

Tony first joined the club as a player in the summer of 1971, and went on to make 155 appearances, including in the FA Amateur Cup win in 1972, over three seasons before signing for Enfield. He made over 500 appearances for the E's.

Everyone connected to the club sends their deepest sympathies to Tony's family at this very sad time.

As a tribute to Tony, we will run his Hendon Green & Gold entry this evening, please do look out for it.

Posted at 12:45

Tuesday 02 June - Hendon Green & Gold 23 - John Baker

Ranked second in goalscorers in the past 52 seasons, John Baker reached double figures in goals in all seven of his seasons at Claremont Road and scored more than 20 in five campaigns.

John Baker's Hendon career stands up against all of the greats to wear the green and white. In seven seasons, he won the Isthmian League title, as well as gaining winners' medals from the FA Amateur Cup, Barassi Cup, Middlesex Senior Cup and Middlesex Charity Cup. And, at the end of the 1973-74 season, during which the Greens played Newcastle United in the FA Cup third round, John won the Supporters Association Player of the Year award. John joined Hendon as a 19-year-old in summer 1969, signing from Isthmian League rivals Kingstonian, this after being released by Brentford a little earlier.

He started his Hendon career with a bang, scoring in all of first three games of the season and two in the fifth match. The goals continued to flow in the FA Cup, where John's goal against Cambridge City booked Hendon's place in the first round proper. He scored twice as Carshalton Athletic were beaten 5-3 at Claremont Road, but the FA Cup run ended against Brentwood Town at the next stage. John finished his first season with Hendon as 26-goal top-scorer, a return that proved to be his best at Claremont Road, though he was 21-goal top-scorer in 1970-71.

Between August 1971 and May 1974, John would play 164 times and net 56 goals, a return of better than one goal every three games, but not as prolific as his almost one in two return from his first couple of campaigns. The difference was that he was not centre of attention for defenders in quite the same way, especially in 1971-72 and 1972-73, when the leading scorer was an old-fashioned target man centre-forward, Tony Bass. John and Tony, assisted by John Connell in the first of those seasons, made for a fearsome attacking line-up and amassing 70 goals between them (and this doesn't include the 23 from midfield provided by Rod Haider). Bass's quality in the air - at 6ft 3in he towered above most defenders - suited John's game perfectly because he could run onto to knock-downs or sniff out chances on the rebound. John's style was built on incredible bravery, speed and strength, which made him a handful for any defender. Fans of that age remember John chasing a lost cause at Granleigh Road, Leytonstone, where he was knocked off balance and careered head-first into the concrete wall surrounding the pitch. He was desperate to continue, but wiser heads - no pun intended - prevailed.

In the 1971-72 FA Amateur Cup run, John scored in only the quarter- and semi-finals. Wembley authorities at the time, gave John the credit for the Greens' opening goal in the 2-0 Final defeat of Enfield, but it is more generally recognised as an own goal by the man trying vainly to stop him, Mick Smith. John's shot caromed off Smith's leg and looped over Andy Williams' head into the net. The following season was fantastic for championship-winning Hendon, but not quite so good for John, who missed almost a quarter of the campaign and ended with only 11 goals from 46 appearances. But he was back towards his very best in 1973–74, the season Hendon reached the third round of the FA Cup proper. John scored in the 3-0 defeats of Leytonstone and Merthyr Tydfil in the first and second round proper. He didn't score against Newcastle, but it was his flick-on of Tony Jennings' free-kick that set up Haider for the equaliser. The run ended at Watford's Vicarage Road in the replay. John played in 64 of Hendon's 67 games, as the Greens missed out on a second consecutive Isthmian League championship by only two points - a title that would have been Hendon's based on goal average and two points for a win. In each of the last three seasons, John added Middlesex Senior Cup glory to the other successes.

Baker - along with John Swannell - went to Leatherhead for the following season, where he enjoyed a run to the fourth round of the FA Cup. He was back at Claremont Road for the following season, and collected his only Middlesex Charity Cup-winner's medal. He hadn't lost his taste for goals, grabbing 23 in 55 appearances. John then spent more than three seasons away, but returned for a last hurrah in October 1980. Now in his 30s, and suffering for his craft - he had a chronic hip problem - he made only 21 appearances in six-plus months, but still managed a dozen goals.

Joined Hendon: Summer 1969, Summer 1975, October 1980. Left Hendon: Summer 1974, Summer 1976, Summer 1981

Appearances: 346 (339 starts, 7 as substitute). Goals: 138

Supporters Association Player of the Year: 1974.

Medals won: Isthmian League: 1972-73; FA Amateur Cup 1971-72; Barassi Cup 1972-73; Middlesex Senior Cup: 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74; Middlesex Charity Cup: 1975-76

Posted at 18:07

Monday 01 June - Charlie Goode makes England C debut

Charlie Goode made his debut for the England C side when he came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute this afternoon.

It meant he was able to play a part in the 2-1 victory over a Republic of Ireland U21 side that included former Hendon loanee Jack Connors as a substitute.

The goalscorers were Matt Pearson of FC Halifax Town and Jordan Roberts of Aldershot Town.

Posted at 19:06

Monday 01 June - Seaside trip in pre-season schedule

We are now able to announce the pre-season friendlies that have been arranged so far, which include a trip to Eastbourne Borough.

The games scheduled are as follows, we do expect add one or two more in the coming weeks, and we'll announce them as they are confirmed. Please also check before travelling that games are still on, and to get confirmation of the kick off times.

Saturday 11th July : Home v Northwood (at Silver Jubilee Park, kick off 12.30pm)

Tuesday 14th July : Away v Tring Athletic (kick off 7.45pm)

Saturday 18th July : Away v St Neots Town (kick off 3.00pm)

Tuesday 21st July : Home v Arlesey Town (at Silver Jubilee Park, kick off 7.30pm)

Saturday 25th July : Away v Eastbourne Borough (kick off 3.00pm)

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