News - June 2017

Friday 30 June - SJP Volunteers Day tomorrow

Don't forget that the volunteers day takes place at SJP tomorrow from 9:30am to get the ground ready for the start of the season.

Tasks to be done include replacing the seats in the old stand as well as general cleaning, gardening and painting duties.

Supporters will remember that we used to hold similar days at Claremont Road - and whilst a lot of hard work was done, fun was also had at the same time.

If you can spare some time during the day it would be greatly appreciated, and refreshments will be available.

Posted at 19:22

Friday 30 June - Nine more commit to the club

Pre-season training started last night as the squad prepare for the new season, and nine more players signed up for the new season.

Joining us permanently is Geo Craig, who was with us on loan from Luton Town last season, and was released by the League Two club earlier in the summer.

The other eight were all with us last season and are Malachy McGovern, Andre Da Costa, Kezie Ibe, Reis Stanislaus, Dave Diedhiou, Luke Tingey, Keagan Cole and Dave Smalley - the latter signing again as a back up goalkeeper.

The squad list on the website now reflects the players who have actually signed forms for the new season.

Posted at 09:11

Thursday 29 June - SJP Community Cup draw released

The draw for the SJP Community Cup, which takes place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July, was made last night.

The first semi final on the Saturday will be Hemel Hempstead Town v Hendon, kicking off at 1.00pm, and the second will be Hitchin Town v Hayes & Yeading United, kicking off at 3.30pm.

The losers will play a 3rd/4th play-off at 1pm on the Sunday, with the final taking place later that afternoon at 3.30pm.

Posted at 18:56

Thursday 29 June - Fixtures released in a fortnight

The Bostick League have announced that the fixtures are due to be released on Thursday 13th July, with the season starting on Saturday 12th August. The season will end on Saturday 28th April, with play off semi finals on Thursday 3rd May and the play off final on Monday 7th May.

We will get the fixtures on,one as quickly as we can once they are released, subject to our own work commitments in our day jobs.

Posted at 11:34

Wednesday 28 June - Management team update

The club have announced today that Gary McCann has made some adjustments to his backroom staff for the new season, with the squad returning to training tomorrow evening.

Leaving the club is Jason Dale, who joined us midway through last season, and we thank him for his efforts and wish him all the best for the future.

Joining the club in a coaching capacity is Fabio Valenti, who is very well known locally, having most recently been manager at Edgware Town, but also having played for the likes of Harrow Borough. We are pleased to welcome Fabio to the club and hope his time with us is successful.

This means our current backroom staff consist of Gary McCann as manager, Freddie Hyatt as assistant manager, Ben Bukowski and Fabio Valenti as coaches, Dave Smallsey as goalkeeper coach, and Mark Findlay as Physio/Fitness coordinator.

There will also be a coach advisory role introduced and announced in due course.

Posted at 10:33

Saturday 24 June - Greens sponsor Somalian Community Cup

Hendon are the main sponsors of the Somalian Community Cup which will be staged at SJP this Summer.

The tournament will open on Sunday 20th August and it's the final on Sunday 27th August.

Hussein Aden is delighted that Hendon FC are supporting such an important event for the youth in the Somalian Community

Cole Harbi Farah also thanks Hendon FC and is looking forward to attending the event.

Posted at 09:13

Friday 23 June - Jamie Alexander joins U18 management team

We are pleased to announce that Jamie Alexander has joined the club, and is now joint-manager of our U18 side with John Creith.

Jamie was with Edgware Town in a similar role last season, and we are pleased to welcome him to the club.

Posted at 17:30

Friday 23 June - Midweek Boardroom Hospitality volunteer(s) needed

Nikki Bloor, wife of new club secretary Daz, has agreed to take on the role of boardroom hospitality for weekend home matchdays, taking over from Lyn Etchell who retired at the end of last season.

However, Nikki is unable to make midweek fixtures and so we are looking for a/some volunteer(s) to assist with this on home midweek matchdays.

Duties will include ensuring visiting officials and any other dignitaries are warmly welcomed before the game, providing them with a programme and team-sheet, and then making sure they have a cup of tea at half-time and taking orders for drinks after game.

We will ensure that anyone taking the role on is given full training. If you are able and willing to assist the club, please let John Rogers know by email – johnrogers070@gmail.com.

Posted at 17:23

Thursday 22 June - Ashley Nathaniel-George is the latest addition

The latest addition to the squad is winger player Ashley Nathaniel-George, who joins from Potters Bar Town. Ashley, who was 22 last month, has been sought after by numerous clubs after scoring 17 goals for his former club last season.

Speaking after signing Ashley, Gary McCann said "I'm thrilled that Ashley chose Hendon, and I'm looking forward to us working with each other this coming season."

We are pleased that Ashley has decided to join the club and we look forward to seeing him in action in a few weeks time.

Posted at 20:52

Thursday 22 June - New teams for 2017-18

As well as the first team, our new academy team and our various youth teams, we have three new teams starting out for the new season.

Firstly, we are pleased that we will have a new ladies team, playing as Hendon Ladies FC. This is a joint effort in conjunction with UCFB Wembley, and they will play a number of friendly games at SJP.

We are working with the Brent Mental Health Unit which is part of the Central and NW London NHS Foundation Trust to set up a Hendon FC Disabilities team to play other similar teams in Middlesex. For more information on this please contact Richard Hay on rhay@nhs.net.

Finally, our community U18 team from last season are now too old to play for the youth but still want to be part of Hendon FC. They will continue to play as Hendon Springfield FC and are entering a team in the Middlesex County League.

Posted at 16:23

Monday 19 June - SJP Volunteers Day

On Saturday 1st July from 9:30am, there will be a volunteers day at SJP to get the ground ready for the start of the season.

Tasks to be done include replacing the seats in the old stand as well as general cleaning, gardening and painting duties.

Supporters will remember that we used to hold similar days at Claremont Road - and whilst a lot of hard work was done, fun was also had at the same time.

If you can spare some time during the day it would be greatly appreciated, and refreshments will be available.

Posted at 18:28

Saturday 17 June - Zak Joseph joins the club

We are pleased to announce the signing of Zak Joseph from Hanwell Town, after he signed a contract at SJP this afternoon.

Zak, who is 24 years old, is a forward player who scored 13 goals for Hanwell last season, as well as 4 for Egham Town. He has also appeared for Uxbridge, Burnham, Beaconsfield SYCOB and North Greenford United.

Zak is the son of Francis Joseph, who was a striker for a number of football league clubs including Brentford, Wimbledon, Reading, Sheffield United, Gillingham, Crewe Alexandra and Bristol Rovers, whilst his uncle Roger Joseph also played in the league for Wimbledon and Brentford.

Speaking about the new arrival Gary McCann said, "Zak is a young offensive talent who can play anywhere in the offensive area of the pitch. I am pleased to have added him to the squad".

We are pleased to welcome Zak to the club, and we hope that he enjoys a successful time with us.

Posted at 21:32

Saturday 17 June - Isthmian League announce new sponsors

At today's AGM, the Isthmian League announced that Bostik are the new sponsors for the competition, following the end of Ryman's involvement which dates back to 1997.

Bostik have a long-standing relationship with grassroots football, including the sponsorship of the Northern Premier League and Southern Football League under its well-known Evo-Stik brand.

The three divisions will be known as the Bostik Premier Division, Bostik North Division and Bostik South Division.

Also at the AGM, the divisional line-ups were confirmed - and ours is as expected with no late changes.

Posted at 21:23

Saturday 17 June - Squad update - three confirmed departures

Gary McCann has updated us with regard to whether players who were with us at the end of last season are likely to be here for the new season. Of course we already know that Tom Lovelock, Casey Maclaren, Niko Muir, Arthur Lee, Sam Murphy and Matt Ball are already on board for the new campaign.

The only confirmed departures other than Khale Da Costa are Berkley Laurencin, Marcel Barrington and Elliott Charles who are expected to move on to pastures new. We thank all three for their efforts and wish them every success for the future.

Gary is hopeful that the remainder of the squad that ended last season with the club will be on board for the new campaign those players being Elliott Brathwaite, Keagan Cole, Andre Da Costa, Dave Diedhiou, James Harper, Kezie Ibe, Malachy McGovern, Chris Seeby, Reis Stanislaus, Luke Tingey and Mickey White, but of course things may change.

Gary also hopes to have some news of some new signings as we approach the beginning of pre-season, so watch this space.

Posted at 09:12

Friday 16 June - FA Competition dates 2017-18

The FA have confirmed the dates for the FA Competitions for the new season, and we will enter the FA Cup in the first qualifying round on Saturday 2nd September. Each further round taking place every fortnight until the fourth qualifying round on Saturday 14th October. The first round will be on Saturday 4th November, the second round on Saturday 2nd December and the third round on Saturday 6th January. The final will be on Saturday 19th May.

Our FA Trophy journey also starts in the first qualifying round and that will be on Saturday 28th October, with the second and third qualifying round following a fortnight later in each case. The first round is on Saturday 16th December, and the second is on Saturday 13th January. The final will be on Sunday 20th May.

Posted at 18:39

Friday 16 June - Matchday programme survey

Following the retirement of Graham Etchell, who has edited our programme for many years, we have a new editorial team consisting of Steve Rogers, John Rogers and Nigel Kyte.

They are already working towards a new design for the programme, but would like to have your input in terms of what you would like to see - and not see - in the programme.

A survey has been set up at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WN3NYLM. Please click the link and fill in your responses, whether or not you purchased the programme last season.

Posted at 13:00

Thursday 15 June - Isthmian Youth League line up confirmed

Our Under 18 side will be playing in the Isthmian Youth League West Division again this coming season, and the line up is the same as last season.

The squad, who will continue to be managed by John Creith, finished in 6th place last season, and will be up against the following clubs : Aldershot Town, Ashford Town (Middlesex), Bedfont Sports, Camberley Town, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Hayes & Yeading United, Northwood, Staines Town and Wealdstone.

Home games will be played on Wednesday evenings at SJP, kicking off at 7:30pm.

Posted at 17:51

Thursday 15 June - Player Sponsorship 2017/18

In view of the number of supporters who have pledged to sponsor player's kits for the forthcoming season, the trust board have agreed that we will allow up to 2 separate sponsors for each kit.

This means that, if we sold all the packages, there would be up to 2 sponsors for home kit, 2 for away kit and 2 for socks.

Prices remain unchanged - £90 for home kit, £60 for away kit, or both kits for £120. Sock sponsorship is again available to under 16s at just £5.

This will provide a very welcome boost to the club's finances, and to Gary's playing budget, as evidenced by the number of players already signed on contract.

Clearly, it is early days in terms of knowing for sure who is staying and going other than the six players who have signed contracts so far, but if you would like to pledge to sponsor a player, please contact Simon Lawrence on simon.hendon@btinternet.com.

Posted at 17:32

Thursday 15 June - Friendly admission prices announced

Admission prices for our home pre-season friendlies have been announced and are as follows.

The game against Hanwell Town will be free entry for all on Tuesday 11th July.

Admission to the SJP Community Cup over the weekend of 15th & 16th July will cost £5 for all adults and free for U18s for each day. Whilst the draw is yet to be made, we can confirm that the games will kick off at 1pm and 3:30pm.

Admission to the games against Ebbsfleet United on 25th July and Hertford Town on 7th August will be £5 for all adults and free for U18s.

Posted at 14:00

Thursday 15 June - SJP to stage small sided school tournament

We are delighted to announce that SJP will be staging a small sided football tournament over two days in July. This will be for local primary schools, with a girls tournament taking place on the first day, followed by a Year 5 boys tournament on the second day.

Twenty local schools are taking part and there will be trophies for the winning teams. We are pleased to continue supporting local schools even though the funding we had from the Wembley National Stadium Trust has now come to an end.

Posted at 09:00

Wednesday 14 June - Trio receive community awards

The Mayor of Brent recently visited SJP to present Community Volunteer awards to people connected to Hendon FC, with over 150 people in attendance.

John Creith, who is our head of youth football development, has over 25 years of involvement in youth football working in Brent, Harrow and Barnet, including a number of years with us.

Tom Stockman, who most supporters will know as he is often behind the bar at SJP, and John Hart, our youth chairman, have given nearly 40 years of voluntary service to Brent and continue to do so.

There was also a special award for director David Bedford in recognition of his amazing charity work through his involvement with the London Marathon.

Posted at 22:28

Wednesday 14 June - Summer Holiday Football & Multisport Camps

One of our Academy coaches, Kevin Randall, will bne running three week long holiday camps during the summer holidays for kids aged 4-12.

The courses will run during the weeks commencing 31st July, 7th August and 28th August from 9am to 3pm - with an early drop off available from 8.15am for an additional £4 charge. The charges for the football course itself are £50, or £12 per day, whilst the multi sport camp is £60 for the week, or £15 per day.

To book your child's place, please email the office at hfcjunioracademy@yahoo.com

Posted at 17:59

Tuesday 13 June - Academy recruitment 2017-18

We are holding trials for our Academy programme for 16-18 year olds on Friday 30th June from 7pm to 9pm at Silver Jubilee Park.

The academy course starts in September, and players will study either BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport (equivalent to 3 A Levels) or Level 2 Award in Sport.

Entry requirements for the Level 3 course are 4 GCSE's A-C Grade including English, and for the Level 2 course are 3 GCSE's D Grade including English.

All coaches are UEFA A or B Licenced, and there will be training three times a week, with games in the Conference Youth Alliance, FA Youth Cup and Middlesex FA Youth Cup.

To register your place or for more details, please email hendonfcacademy@outlook.com

Posted at 22:28

Tuesday 13 June - Real Madrid to stage coaching course at SJP

Real Madrid and Hendon have linked up to offer a coaching course this summer for children aged 7 to 14.

The course offers 30 hours of fun and professional support, nutritional lunches, a Real Madrid football school strip, an Adidas football, and a Real Madrid football school drinks bottle

The course runs from 14th to 18th August at Silver Jubilee Park and bookings can be made by going to the

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Posted at 17:14

Monday 12 June - Lots of improvements at SJP

Whilst Gary McCann is busy putting together his squad for the new season, there is plenty of work happening at SJP off the pitch.

Rob Morris and Tom Stockman continue to work hard to improve the facilities at SJP, and things may look a bit different when we return in a few weeks time for the pre-season friendlies.

The existing boardroom is being decorated and being turned into a dedicated office to be used by club secretaries as well as admin staff from SJP.

The main hall is being refurbished and will now have the flexibility of being two classrooms for our educational needs, or a hall for matches and functions.

The existing classroom between the hall and the changing rooms will have a dual use as the boardroom as it is a larger room to make delivering hospitality to sponsors and our opponents directors much easier.

A corner of the ground will be named Clarke's Corner, in memory of Geraldine & Dave Clarke, and this will house the new club shop and catering hut, both of which will be ready for pre-season.

The changing rooms for players and match officials will be repainted.

It is also hoped that, time permitting, the seats in the old main stand will be replaced with the white seats from Lords that were kindly donated by the MCC.

It is likely that we will need some help and plan to have a supporters day where you can lend a hand to get SJP ready for the season ahead. Please keep your eyes open for news of a date for this.

Posted at 20:44

Monday 12 June - Hertford Town to visit SJP for friendly

Hertford Town will be visiting SJP for a pre-season friendly on Monday 7th August - kick off 7:30pm.

Posted at 14:58

Monday 05 June - Matt Ball signs contract for new season

Gary McCann has secured the services of Matt Ball on a contract for the new season. Matt played a huge part in our relegation survival fight after joining us from St Albans City, and we are delighted that he has agreed terms to for the new campaign. Last season he made 20 appearances, scoring 7 goals.

Posted at 17:57

Monday 05 June - Another friendly confirmed

A further friendly has been confirmed, and we will travel to Potters Bar Town on Tuesday 1st August, with the game kicking off at 7:30pm.

Posted at 17:54

Thursday 01 June - HFCST & HFCSA AGM's date set

The Supporters Association and Supporters Trust AGMs will take place on Wednesday 19th July in the bar at SJP with the Association AGM beginning at 7.45pm sharp and the Trust AGM commencing afterwards. Attendance will be limited to members of the Association and / or Trust only.

Notifications, agendas and the minutes from last year’s Trust AGM will be sent out in June. We hope as many supporters as possible are able to attend.

Posted at 10:02