News - June 2018

Sunday 24 June - Niko leaves gift for young fan

Niko Muir's final action before leaving London to head for Hartlepool was to make a 7 year old supporter a very happy young man.

Niko had read on twitter that a young supporter was likely to be very disappointed when he was told that Niko was leaving the club, and upon reading the tweet, contacted chairman Simon Lawrence to get contact details for the young fan's Dad, who had posted the tweet.

Simon passed on the contact details, Niko got in touch with John Rogers and made arrangements to meet John and his son, James, at SJP yesterday.

Upon meeting, Niko handed over one of his signed matchballs that he'd collected during the season for his hat-tricks to James - the ball being the one from the win at Harlow Town in December, and spent some time talking to him. John & James have already pledged to go and watch Niko play for Hartlepool next season when they are at Barnet if they can.

This was a wonderful gesture by Niko, taking time out from what must be a very busy time for him as he makes the move to Hartlepool, to make a young supporter's day. It shows what a class act Niko is, both on and off the pitch, and it's safe to say that James will be following Niko's progress over the coming years, as well as, of course, continuing to support Hendon.

Posted at 10:45

Sunday 24 June - Meet Our Opponents: Staines Town

The last of our familar opponents this season are Staines Town, who we have met 69 times in competitive action over the years since our first meeting in the Middlesex Senior Cup in January 1930. Staines have seen some change over the summer, with Matthew Boon, whose family have run the club for many years, handing control over to Fulcrum Sports Investments, who in turn have appointed Cristian Colas as manager to replace Johnson 'Drax' Hippolyte.

The club was formed in 1892, and has been known under various names including Staines, Staines Albany, Staines Vale and Staines Lagonda. They have worked their way up the leagues over the years, eventually joining the Isthmian League in 1973, winning the Division Two championship at the second attempt. They then spent many years flitting between Division One and the Premier Division, winning the Division One title in 1989, until 2009 when they were play-off winners and promoted to Conference South where they spent six seasons before relegation back to the Isthmian League.

They have reached the 2nd round of the FA Cup on two occasions, losing to Peterborough United in 2007-08, and losing in a replay to Millwall two years later.

Of course, our last meeting was in the Middlesex Senior Cup Final last season, where we ran out winners in a penalty shoot-out after a goalless draw.

Staines Town

Formed: 1892

Colours: Yellow & Blue

Manager: Cristian Colas

Best Season: Conference South - 8th (2009/10 & 2013/14)

Last Season: Isthmian League Premier Division - 8th

Address: Staines Town FC, Wheatsheaf Park, Wheatsheaf Lane, Staines-on-Thames, TW18 2PD

Distance from SJP: 24 miles

Capacity: 3,009

Record Attendance: 2,860 v Stockport County (FA Cup - 2007)

First Meeting: 25/01/1930 - Hendon 3-2 Staines Town (Middx Senior Cup 1) Match details

Last Meeting: 17/04/2018 - Hendon 0-0 Staines Town (won 5-4 on pens - Middx Senior Cup Final) Match report

Overall Record: P69 W34 D16 L19 F138 A84

Posted at 10:44

Saturday 23 June - Goal of the season competition result

We are delighted to announce that Richard Merryfield is the winner of the Goal of the Season competition. Richard's entry was the one that was closest to Gary McCann's top five, with Richard agreeing with four of the five selections.

Gary's selection was as follows: 1st - Goal 7 (Zak Joseph v Folkestone Invicta), Goal 3 (Ashley Nathaniel-George v Billericay Town), Goal 2 (Josh Walker v Dulwich Hamlet), Goal 13 (Zak Joseph v Folkestone Invicta), Goal 6 (Niko Muir v Brightlingsea Regent).

Richard's selection was exactly the same, except he had Goal 8 (Ashley Nathaniel-George v Thurrock) in second place. Richard will be contacted by the club once the fixtures have been released so that he can select which game he would like to attend as a guest of the club with three friends.

We would like to thank all those supporters who entered the competition from across the globe, including Italy and Australia, and all money raised will go to the 12th Man Fund to help James Gray has he builds a squad for the new season. We would also like to thank Gary McCann for choosing the top five.

The fourteen goals that were chosen for the competition are now available to view on our YouTube channel

Posted at 23:35

Saturday 23 June - Meet Our Opponents: Salisbury

Salisbury are another club that we'll be meeting this season who have had to reform after Salisbury City were liquidated. We only met Salisbury City twice, losing 2-1 on both occasions in the league in the 2004/05 season. In the first of those games Adam Wallace, who went on to play for us, scored both goals for Salisbury!

They began their reincarnation in the Wessex League in the Premier Division, winning the title at the first attempt. In their first season at Step 4, they finished second but missed out on promotion through play-offs, but put that right last season, finishing 2nd again, a position that guaranteed promotion due to the reorganisation of the non-league pyramid this summer.

In their first season, they very nearly reached Wembley, losing 3-1 on aggregate to Hereford in the semi-finals of the FA Vase, having progressed through eight rounds, seeing off Wincanton Town, Folland Sports, Calne Town, AFC St Austell, Highworth Town, AFC Dunstable, Nuneaton Griff and Ashford United.

They play at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium, where their predecessors played, a ground which has a good sized stand, and an bank of covered terracing behind one goal. Their manager is Steve Claridge, who also works in the media and is often found as a summariser on BBC Radio Five Live. Despite being 51 years old, he made two competitive appearances for Salisbury last season! He has made over 1,000 first team appearances, playing for many clubs both in the Football League and the non-league game.


Formed: 2015

Colours: White & Black

Manager: Steve Claridge

Best Season: Southern League Division One West - 2nd - 2017/18

Last Season: Southern League Division One West - 2nd

Address: Salisbury City FC, Raymond McEnhill Stadium, Partridge Way, Old Sarum, Salisbury, SP4 6PU

Distance from SJP: 92 miles

Capacity: 4,000

Record Stadium Attendance: 3,408 Salisbury City v Dover Athletic (Conference South Play Off Final - 2012/13)

First Meeting v Salisbury City: 04/12/2004 - Salisbury City 2-1 Hendon Match report

Last Meeting v Salisbury City: 23/04/2005 - Hendon 1-2 Salisbury City Match report

Overall Record v Salisbury: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0

Posted at 09:28

Friday 22 June - Meet Our Opponents: Poole Town

Our next opponents in our daily feature are Poole Town, a club we haven't met for nearly 70 years. Both our meetings came in the late 1940's in the FA Amateur Cup, with us winning on both occasions.

They were formed in 1890 when Poole Hornets and Poole Rovers merged, and they joined the Dorset League in 1896 and then the Hampshire League in 1903 and the Western League in 1923. Apart from a couple of years in the Southern League, they remained in the Western League until 1957 when, after winning the championship, they moved to the Southern League, flitting between the divisions until 1995/96 when they had a disasterous season, losing 39 consecutive league matches, and picking up just one point in their 42 league games. They dropped back to the Hampshire League Division One, since when they have worked their way back up the leagues, including three consecutive Wessex League Championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

They have just spent two seasons in National League South, but were relegated at the end of last season.

Poole Town

Formed: 1890

Colours: Red & White

Manager: Tom Killick

Best Season: National League South - 5th - 2016/17

Last Season: National League South - 20th

Address: Poole Town, Tatnam Ground, School Lane, Poole, BH15 3JR

Distance from SJP: 114 miles

Capacity: 2,500

Record Stadium Attendance: 2,203 v Corby Town (League - 2014/15)

First Meeting: 31/1/1948 - Hendon 3-1 Poole Town (FA Amateur Cup)

Last Meeting: 29/1/1949 - Poole Town 0-1 Hendon (FA Amateur Cup)

Overall Record: P2 W2 D0 L0 F4 A1

Posted at 06:51

Thursday 21 June - Niko Muir signs for Hartlepool

Niko Muir has signed for Hartlepool United this morning for an undisclosed fee. Niko, who scored 40 goals last season, the first Hendon player to do so for nearly 20 years, makes the move up north to join the National League club having scored a total of 51 goals in 90 apperances over the past two seasons.

Whilst we are sorry to see Niko leave, he goes with our very good wishes and we are sure that everyone would agree that he deserves the chance to test himself at a higher level following his performances last season.

We thank Niko for his efforts over the past couple of years, and we will be following his progress with interest.

Posted at 11:32

Thursday 21 June - Meet Our Opponents: Metropolitan Police

One of our more familiar opponents this season will be Metropolitan Police, who have been regular league opponents for the past nine years. Like ourselves, they start the new season with a new manager, Gavin McPherson taking over from the long serving Jim Cooper who resigned following the transfer to the Southern League.

The club was formed in 1919, and largely played friendlies for the first nine years of their life before joining the Spartan League, winning the championship in 1930, 1937, 1938, 1947, 1954 and 1955. They transferred to the Metropolitan League in 1960, and when that league folded in 1971 they moved to the Southern League Division One South. They transferred to the Isthmian League in 1977, starting out in Division Two. They bounced around the lower divisions of the Isthmian League until 2009 when they won promotion to the Premier Division.

They have played at Imber Court since they were established, the first set of floodlights were installed in 1971 and the ground was enclosed in 1973.

Metropolitan Police

Formed: 1919

Colours: Black & White

Manager: Gavin McPherson

Best Season: Southern League Premier Division - 5th - 2014/15

Last Season: Isthmian League Premier Division - 10th

Address: Metropolitan Police FC, Imber Court Sports Club, Ember Lane, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 0BT

Distance from SJP: 19 miles

Capacity: 3,000

Record Stadium Attendance: 4,500 v Kingstonian (FA Cup - 1934)

First Meeting: 23/03/1940 - Metropolitan Police 1-1 Hendon (Herts & Middx Combination) Match Details

Last Meeting: 31/03/2018 - Hendon 2-0 Metropolitan Police (Isthmian League Premier Division) Match Report

Overall Record: P31 W16 D5 L10 F47 A40

Posted at 06:14

Wednesday 20 June - Experienced striker added to squad

We are pleased to announce that James Gray has secured the services of experienced striker Marvin Morgan for the new season.

Morgan, who is 35 years old, joins us from Bath City, and has lots of experience playing at a higher level, including spells with Yeading, Woking, Aldershot Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Shrewsbury Town, Plymouth Argyle, Hartlepool United, Hampton & Richmond Borough and Wealdstone, where he began his career in their youth set-up.

We are delighted to welcome Marvin to the club, and we are sure that his experience will be invaluable as we get ready for the season ahead.

Posted at 17:51

Wednesday 20 June - Meet Our Opponents: Merthyr Town

This season will see a moment of history, as we play our first ever league game outside of England, when we travel into Wales to play Merthyr Town.

The current incarnation of Merthyr Town, who like ourselves are 100% supporters trust owned, were formed following the liquidation of Merthyr Tydfil at the end of the 2009-10 season after finishing 17th in the Southern League Premier Division. The reformed club were forced to drop three divisions and so began life in the Western League Division One.

They won Division One in their first season and were promoted to the Western League Premier Division winning a second consecutive championship and thus promotion back to the Southern League, and in 2015 they were promoted back to the Southern League Premier Division.

The original Merthyr Town club was formed in 1909, and played in the Football League in the 1920s, but folded in 1934. They were replaced by Merthyr Tydfil in 1945 who initially joined the Welsh League, before spending many years in the Southern League.

We played Merthyr Tydfil in an FA Cup tie at Penydarren Park in 1973, when we ran out 3-0 winners, with our reward being that famous trip to Newcastle United in the Third Round in January 1974.

Merthyr Town

Formed: 2010

Colours: Black & White

Manager: Gavin Williams

Best Season: Southern League Premier Division - 3rd - 2016/17

Last Season: Southern League Premier Division - 17th

Address: Merthyr Town FC, Penydarren Park, Park Terrace, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RF

Distance from SJP: 169 miles

Capacity: 10,000

Record Stadium Attendance: 19,500 Merthyr Tydfil v Reading (FA Cup 2nd Round - 1946/47)

Only Meeting v Merthyr Tydfil: 15/12/1973 - Merthyr Tydfil 0-3 Hendon (FA Cup 2nd Round) Match Report

Overall Record v Merthyr Town: P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0

Posted at 06:44

Wednesday 20 June - Goal of the season - last chance to vote

Voting for the Goal of the Season 2017-18 closes on Friday, so now is the time to get your vote in if you haven't already.

There are 14 goals to choose from via HFCTV. The entry fee is £5 and all proceeds will go to the 12th Man fund, which of course will then go towards the playing budget as our new manager James Gray begins to build his squad.

We are pleased that Gary McCann has agreed to select his top five goals, and all you have to do is match Gary's choice for a chance to win matchday boardroom hospitality for four people for a game next season. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend games, you can win a free programme PDF subscription and/or free HFCTV subscription.

We hope that as many of you as possible can have a bit of fun choosing and debating whilst supporting our club. Once you have paid and viewed, please email your choices to no later than Friday.

The goals can be viewed by clicking here. Please note that the entry fee will need to be paid in order to view the goals.

Posted at 06:44

Tuesday 19 June - Lionesses star delighted by Hendon FC's funding success

England Women and Arsenal striker Danielle Carter has praised Grow the Game and Hendon FC following the award of a £4500 grant from The FA.

The grant, which will provide a boost to grassroots female football in the London Borough of Brent, has paved the way for Hendon FC to create three new girls teams over the next three seasons. The grant will also enable the managers and coaches to get the relevant FA Coaching qualifications required to work with the teams.

Danielle said: "I would like to congratulate Hendon FC on working with the Football Foundation and Middlesex FA to secure a Grow the Game grant. Playing in an all-female team from a young age was key to my development, so I am delighted that there will be more opportunities for women and girls in the local area and wish Hendon FC good luck during their debut season!"

Grow the Game is a programme funded by The FA and delivered by the Football Foundation. It awards grants to grassroots football clubs wishing to create new teams, especially amongst under-represented groups.

This year, £1,500 was made available for clubs looking to create new female and disability football teams to help towards the costs of FA coaching courses; FA league affiliation costs; referees' fees; first aid kits; football kit and equipment.

John Creith, Head of Football Development, said: "The Football Foundation and Middlesex FA have given us the opportunity to increase female participation in football in Brent. It is the clubs aim to have a girls team in each age group within ten years."

For more information contact:

Posted at 18:15

Tuesday 19 June - Meet Our Opponents : Kings Langley

We met Kings Langley for the first time last season in the FA Trophy, when we ran out 3-1 winners at SJP.

They were formed in 1886 and were founder members of the West Herts League in the 1891-92 season. Their first league honour came in 1911-12 when they won the Division 3 title, and then followed up with the Division 2 title in 1919-20.

They have also played in the Herts County League, Parthenon League and Spartan South Midlands League, eventually reaching the Southern League Premier Division in 2016, so this will be their third season at Step 3.

Kings Langley

Formed: 1886

Colours: Black & White

Manager: Steve Conroy

Best Season: Southern League Premier Division - 21st - 2017/18

Last Season: Southern League Premier Division - 21st

Address: Global Metcorp Stadium, Gaywood Park, Hempstead Road, Kings Langley, WD4 8BS

Distance from SJP: 21 miles

Capacity: 1,963

Record Attendance: 661 v Hereford (Southern League Premier Division - 2017/18)

Only Meeting: 28/10/2017 - Hendon 3-1 Kings Langley (FA Trophy) Match Report

Overall Record: P1 W1 D0 L0 F3 A1

Posted at 06:53

Tuesday 19 June - 2018-19 fixture release date

The Southern League have announced that the fixtures for the new season will be released at 10:00am on Thursday 19th July. We will get them out on social media and the website as soon as we can after they have been released - subject to work commitments. The new season will start on Saturday 11th August.

Posted at 06:52

Monday 18 June - Meet Our Opponents: Hartley Wintney

Hartley Wintney are the fourth club we will face this season who we have never played before. Based in the village of Hartley Wintney in North Hampshire, they were formed in 1897 and began life in the Basingstoke & District League, before joining the Aldershot & District League in which they won three consecutive titles in the 1970s.

They joined the Home Counties League in 1978, which became the Combined Counties League in 1979. They won the championship in 2015-16 but were unable to take their place in the Southern League as they were unable to make the necessary improvements to their ground in time, but won the title again the following year and were able to take promotion to the Southern League. They earnt promotion via the play-offs at the first attempt to be promoted to the Premier Division for the forthcoming campaign.

Their best FA Cup season came in 2013-14 when they reached the 4th Qualifying Round, being knocked out by Daventry Town, and they reached the 5th Round Proper of the FA Vase in 2014-15, eventually going out to Hereford in front of a crowd of 1,300.

Hartley Wintney

Formed: 1897

Colours: Orange

Manager: Dan Turkington & Anthony Millerick

Best Season: Southern League Division One East - 4th (promoted via play-offs) - 2017/18

Last Season: Southern League Division One East - 4th (promoted via play-offs)

Address: The Memorial Playing Fields, Green Lane, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8DL

Distance from SJP:

Capacity : 2,000

Record Attendance : 1,392 v AFC Wimbledon (Combined Counties League 2002/03)

Overall Record : P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0

Posted at 06:59

Sunday 17 June - Gray makes first four signings

James Gray has been working hard since his appointment to bring new players to the club, and we are now in a position to announce his first four signings, one of whom is someone returning to the club.

The returning player is right back Howard Hall, who was previously with us in the 2012-13 season when he made 42 appearances, scoring 3 goals. He left us to join St Albans City, where he played under James. He has played for a number of other clubs including Barton Rovers, Bishop's Stortford, Dunstable Town, Hayes & Yeading United, Burnham, Uxbridge, Northwood, Welwyn Garden City and Harrow Borough, which is where he was last season.

The first of the three brand new faces is experienced left back Lee Chappell who was a regular at Wealdstone for a number of seasons, making over 300 appearances, before going on to make 200 appearances for St Albans City. He was with Royston Town last season, where he made 48 appearances.

Defender Sam Doolan, who is 23 years old, is our second new face and he was with Colney Heath last season, having begun his career with Boreham Wood. He has also played for Dunstable Town, Welwyn Garden City and Kings Langley.

The third new face is Dylan Kearney, who was with Wealdstone and Uxbridge during the last campaign. A 20 year old striker, he scored 21 goals for Uxbridge last season in 37 appearances, having previously been Hayes & Yeading United.

We warmly welcome the three new faces to the club, and welcome back Howard, and hope that they enjoy their time with us.

We are hoping to announce more new signings over the next few days, and we will announce them as soon as all the paperwork has been completed.

Posted at 09:00

Sunday 17 June - Meet Our Opponents: Harrow Borough

Having looked at a couple of new opponents over the past couple of days, today we look at very familiar opponents in Harrow Borough - our former landlords, and regular league opponents for nearly 40 years.

They were formed in 1933 as Roxonian FC, starting out in local football before moving into Earlsmead in 1934 and joining the Spartan League. They renamed as Harrow Town in 1939, and were promoted to the Delphian League in 1958. That league disbanded in 1964 and they transferred to the Athenian League, during which time they changed their name to Harrow Borough. They were elected to the Isthmian League in 1975, gaining promotion to the Premier Division in 1979 where they remained until they joined us in being transferred to the Southern League this summer.

In 1983 they reached the semi-final of the FA Trophy where they were beaten by Telford United, and the following season they won the Premier Division by 17 points, as well as reaching the FA Cup Second Round, losing to Newport County. They turned down promotion to the Conference as they wanted to ensure the long term security of the club.

We will of course always be grateful to everyone at Harrow for hosting us at Earlsmead for three years, making us feel very welcome and looking after us superbly during that time.

Harrow Borough

Formed: 1933

Colours: Red & White

Manager: Steve Baker

Best Season: Isthmian League Premier Division Champions - 1983/84

Last Season: Isthmian League Premier Division - 12th

Address: Harrow Borough FC, Earlsmead, Carlyon Avenue, South Harrow, HA2 8SS

Distance from SJP: 7 miles

Capacity : 3,070

Record Attendance : 3,000 v Wealdstone (FA Cup, 1946)

Overall Record : P107 W50 D26 L31 F202 A107

First Meeting: 12/09/1953 - Hendon 3-0 Harrow Town (FA Cup) Match Details

Last Meeting: 26/12/2017 - Hendon 4-0 Harrow Borough (League) Match Report

Memorable Match: 15/10/2008 - Hendon 7-0 Harrow Borough (League) Match Report

Posted at 08:57

Saturday 16 June - Keagan Cole moves on

Keagan Cole has become the latest departure from the club after he signed for newly promoted Potters Bar Town this afternoon.

Keagan, who is the youngest Hendon player ever to reach 100 appearances, and is still yet to turn 19 years old, joined the club at the beginning of the 2015-16 season in the under 18s, graduating to the first team towards the end of that season. Unfortunately his 100th appearance has turned out to be his last appearance, and he scored 17 goals in those games.

We thank Keagan for his efforts over the past three years, and we wish him well for the future.

Posted at 18:54

Saturday 16 June - Meet Our Opponents: Gosport Borough

The third of our new opponents this season are Hampshire side Gosport Borough.

The Boro' were formed in 1944 as Gosport Borough Athletic Club in an initiative to bring back organised sport, including football, to the town of Gosport after a break of several years. They joined the Hampshire League in their second season, winning Division One at their first attempt. They were renamed Gosport Borough in 1966 and joined the Southern League in 1978 after two successive Hampshire League titles. They flitted between the Premier Division and the Southern Division until they were relegated to the Wessex League in 1992.

They returned to the Southern League in 2008 after winning the Wessex League, and made it back to the Premier Division in 2012, beating Poole Town in the play-off final. The following season they were promoted again, to Conference South, beating Hemel Hempstead Town on penalties in the play-off final. Unfortunately, financial problems struck, and they were relegated in 2017, and only narrowly avoided relegation again last season.

They were runners-up in the FA Trophy in 2013/14 - losing 4-0 to Cambridge United, and their best season in the FA Cup saw them defeated 6-3 by Colchester United in the first round in 2014/15.

Gosport Borough

Formed: 1944

Colours: Yellow & Blue

Manager: Ryan Northmore

Best Season: 6th in Conference South - 2014/15

Last Season: Southern League Premier Division - 23rd

Address: Gosport Borough FC, Privett Park, Privett Road, Gosport, PO12 3SX

Distance from SJP: 94 miles

Capacity : 3,000

Record Attendance : 4,770 v Pegasus (FA Amateur Cup, 1953)

Overall Record : P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0

Posted at 09:13

Friday 15 June - Friendly arranged at London Colney

We will travel to London Colney on Tuesday 17th July for a pre-season friendly, kick off at 7:45pm. London Colney finished in 13th place in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division last season.

Posted at 18:26

Friday 15 June - FA Competition Dates 2018-19

The dates for the FA Cup and FA Trophy have been released by the FA for the new season.

We will begin in both competitions in the First Qualifying Round, with the FA Cup beginning for us on Saturday 8th September, and the FA Trophy beginning on Saturday 27th October. Both competitions will have had an Extra Preliminary Round and a Preliminary Round take place before we enter.

The full dates for each competition are below.


Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 11 August 2018

Preliminary Round Saturday 25 August 2018

First Round Qualifying Saturday 8 September 2018

Second Round Qualifying Saturday 22 September 2018

Third Round Qualifying Saturday 6 October 2018

Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 20 October 2018

First Round Proper Saturday 10 November 2018

Second Round Proper Saturday 1 December 2018

Third Round Proper Saturday 5 January 2019

Fourth Round Proper Saturday 26 January 2019

Fifth Round Proper Saturday 16 February 2019

Quarter Final Saturday 16 March 2019

Semi Final Saturday 6 April 2019

Final Saturday 18 May 2019


Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 29 September 2018

Preliminary Round Saturday 13 October 2018

First Round Qualifying Saturday 27 October 2018

Second Round Qualifying Saturday 10 November 2018

Third Round Qualifying Saturday 24 November 2018

First Round Proper Saturday 15 December 2018

Second Round Proper Saturday 12 January 2019

Third Round Proper Saturday 2 February 2019

Fourth Round Proper Saturday 23 February 2019

Semi Final 1st Leg Saturday 16 March 2019

Semi Final 2nd Leg Saturday 23 March 2019

Final Sunday 19 May 2019

Posted at 18:25

Friday 15 June - Meet Our Opponents: Frome Town

Frome Town are the second of our opponents for the new season that we will be meeting for the first time.

The Robins began life in 1904 in the Wiltshire Premier League, before joining the Western League in 1919, where they won Division Two at the first attempt. Apart from a couple of gaps, they remained in the Western League until 2009 when they were promoted to Southern League Division One South West, then moving up to the Premier Division two years later.

Their best season in the FA Cup was a first round defeat to Leyton Orient in 1953/54, the only time they have reached the competition proper. During their time in the Western League they reached the quarter finals of the FA Vase in 2004/05, a run that included wins over Middlesex sides Kingsbury Town - of course the former residents of SJP - and Brook House (now known as AFC Hayes). The win over Kingsbury Town was at SJP, so when they visit, it won't be their first game there.

Frome Town

Formed: 1904

Colours: Red & White

Manager: Josh Jefferies

Best Season: 8th in Southern League Premier Division - 2016/17

Last Season: Southern League Premier Division - 13th

Address: Frome Town FC, Badgers Hill, Berkley Road, Frome, BA11 2EH

Distance from SJP: 115 miles

Capacity : 3,000

Record Attendance : 8,000 v Leyton Orient (FA Cup 1R, 1953-54)

Overall Record : P0 W0 D0 L0 F0 A0

Posted at 06:44

Thursday 14 June - Meet Our Opponents: Farnborough

We've only met Farnborough competitively in one season, that being in the 2015/16 season with both teams each winning one of the two league games. We did of course play the previous incarnation of the club - Farnborough Town - mostly in the 1980s but also in the late 90s and early 2000s.

The club was formed in 2007 when the club was reformed into Step 4 following the explusion of Farnborough Town from the Conference, and having made it back to Conference South, were relegated back to Step 3, and then following financial irregularities were demoted to Step 4 in 2016.

Supporters and players should remember that Farnborough play in Hampshire, not in Kent as thought by a couple of former players who went to the wrong Farnborough back in the 1990s!


Formed: 2007

Colours: Yellow & Blue

Manager: Spencer Day

Best Season: Conference South Play-Off Final losers - 2010/11

Last Season: Southern League Premier Division - 20th

Address: Farnborough FC, Easy As HGV Stadium, Cherrywood Road, Farnborough, GU14 8UD

Distance from SJP: 41 miles

Capacity : 7,0000

Record Attendance : 4,267 v Ebbsfleet United (Conference South Play Off Final 2010/11)

First Meeting: 30/11/2015 Farnborough 1-0 Hendon (League) Match Details

Last Meeting: 14/12/2015 Hendon 3-0 Farnborough (League) Match Report

Overall Record : P2 W1 D0 L1 F3 A1

Posted at 07:07

Thursday 14 June - Hammond takes a step up

James Hammond has become the ninth (if we've calculated it correctly) member of last season's squad to take a step up for the new season. He has joined Gary McCann at Hampton & Richmond Borough having played a key part in our relegation fight two seasons ago, and our run to the play-offs last season.

We thank James for all his efforts, and wish him every success for the future.

James Gray is currently working hard on the squad for the new campaign, and we are hoping to have some news for you in the next few days.

Posted at 07:06

Wednesday 13 June - Promotion & relegation 2018/19

The FA have released the details of how promotion and relegation will work at the end of the forthcoming season. It's not particularly straight forward!

The full details can be found on the Southern League website but here is an attempt to detail what will happen at our level of the game.

We currently play at Step 3, and the champions of each of the four Step 3 divisions at the end of the season will be promoted to Step 2, together with two teams from the play-offs.

The play-offs will work as follows. Within each division, the team finishing 2nd will play the team finishing 5th and the team finishing 3rd will play the team finishing 4th, with the winners playing each other. All ties will be played at the ground of the team finishing highest.

However, this still leaves 4 teams (one from each of the Step 3 divisions) looking to fill 2 promotion spots. The Non League System committee will then draw the final play-off games based on the most suitable geographical basis. The two winners from those final two games will take up the two play off promotion spots.

Should any team finishing in the top five not be eligible for promotion, the next team down will take their place. However, clubs finishing lower than 7th will not be able to take part in the play-offs under any circumstances.

Relegation is far simpler - the bottom three are relegated to Step 4

Posted at 22:23

Wednesday 13 June - HFCSA Community Funday: Sunday 1st July

The Hendon FC Supporters Association are holding a Community Day & Funday on Sunday 1st July in association with SJP, Hendon Youth and the SJP Residents Association. The event will begin at 1pm, and entry is free to all.

The ground will also be open from 10am for maintenence work to be done if anyone is free and able to volunteer to come and help out.

The funday be an opportunity for you to meet the SJP Community including our new manager, James Gray, the Supporters Trust, our Community team and Edgware Town. Hendon Youth teams will also be present.

There will be Community Project work and fun activities taking place. This includes activities for kids such as face painting, a penalty competition, guest appearances from superheroes and more.

There will be a shootout for adults, a tombola, raffle (in which there'll be a chance to win Hendon FC season tickets and many other prizes), cake stall, refreshments, and of course the bar will be open. World Cup Football will be shown in the clubhouse from 5pm.

It promises to be a fun afternoon, and we hope to see you there.

Posted at 17:56

Wednesday 13 June - Meet Our Opponents: Dorchester Town

We have played Dorchester Town twice previously, once in the FA Cup and once in a pre-season friendly. The FA Cup tie was in the third qualifying round in 2014 when a goal from Andy Robinson saw us knocked out of the competition. A Steve Ohene goal saw us win 1-0 in the friendly that was played in August 1998.

Dorchester were formed in 1880, and were founder members of the Dorset League in 1896, winning the championship in 1938. They joined the Western League in 1947, winning that title in 1955, before joining the Southern League in 1972. They were founder members of Conference South in 2004, but were relegated back to the Southern League ten years later.

The club is in community ownership and is run by its supporters. They are converting their pitch to a 3G artificial pitch this summer, allowing the club to become a hub for the local community - just as is happening at SJP.

Dorchester Town

Formed: 1880

Colours: Black & White

Manager: Steve Thompson

Best Season: 8th in Conference South - 2004/05 & 2012/13

Last Season: Southern League Premier Division - 19th

Address: Dorchester Town FC, The Avenue Stadium (sponsored by Clayson Scaffolding Ltd), Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2RY

Distance from SJP: 133 miles

Capacity : 5,012

Record Attendance : 5,500 v York City (FA Cup R2 1954/55)

Only Competitive Meeting: 11/10/2014 Dorchester Town 1-0 Hendon (FA Cup) Match Report

Overall Record : P1 W0 D0 L1 F0 A1

Posted at 07:04

Tuesday 12 June - Meet Our Opponents: Chesham United

Chesham United are the second of our opponents that we will be renewing rivalries with this season. Like Basingstoke most of our competitive meetings were during the 1990s and 2000s, although our first meeting was way back in 1919 in the FA Amateur Cup, and we also met in the FA Cup in 1927.

The club was formed in 1917 when Chesham Town and Chesham Generals (who took their name from the General Baptist Church in Chesham Broadway) agreed to merge. They spent the inter-war years in the Spartan League, before joining the Corinthian League in 1946. A move to the Athenian League followed in 1963 when the Corinthian League disbanded, before a switch to the Isthmian League in 1973 - starting in Division Two. They moved to the Southern League in the 2004 reorganisation where they have remained ever since.

Chesham United

Formed: 1917

Colours: Maroon & Blue

Manager: Jon Meakes

Best Season: Isthmian League Premier Division Champions 1992/93

Last Season: Southern League Premier Division - 8th

Address: Chesham United FC, The Meadow, Amy Lane, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1NE

Distance from SJP: 23 miles

Capacity : 5,000

Record Attendance : 5,000 v Cambridge United (FA Cup R3 1979/80)

First Meeting: 15/11/1919 Hendon 1-2 Chesham United (FA Amateur Cup) Match Details

Last Meeting: 03/05/2003 Hendon 0-1 Chesham United (League) Match Report

Overall Record : P28 W10 D5 L13 F42 A45

Posted at 07:51

Monday 11 June - Ashley Nathaniel-George joins Football League club

Ashley Nathaniel-George has signed for Crawley Town today having scored 17 goals in 59 appearances for us last season, playing a key part in our run to the play-offs. It is a superb opportunity for Ash to show off his talents in the Football League. We wish him every success with his new club as he prepares for the new season and looks to build himself a career in the professional game.

Crawley Observer article

Posted at 17:49

Monday 11 June - New manager & league for U18s

We are pleased to announce that Joe Pascoe will be managing our U18 side for the new season, and they will be playing in the Southern Counties Midweek League.

Joe, who supporters will know well as he works behind the bar at SJP on matchdays, has been involved with Hendon Youth since it was reformed. He has a wealth of experience working with young players managing Brent and Middlesex Representative Teams.

Speaking about his appointment Joe said: "I am delighted to be given this opportunity and work with elite players that have the potential to be first team players."

The club's head of football development, John Creith, said: "The football structure and philosophy within the club is firmly in place and I believe we have the expertise to nurture and develop young talent and produce future first team players."

Posted at 17:48

Monday 11 June - Meet Our Opponents: Beaconsfield Town

Despite only being a relatively short distance away, according to our records we have never played Beaconsfield Town, or Beaconsfield SYCOB as they used to be known, either competitively or in a friendly. The club was formed in 1994 by a merger of Beaconsfield United and Slough Youth Club Old Boys. This coming season will be their first at Step 3 after their promotion from Step 4 this summer.

However, there are Hendon connections in terms of the personnel at the club, as Gary Meakin, who played for us in the mid-2000s, is their manager, and a number of former Hendon players appeared for them including Brendan Hazlett, Nick Hamann, Omar Vassell, James Rogers-Oben, Scott Cousins, Wes Daly, Andre Da Costa, Aaron Morgan, Michael Peacock and Kezie Ibe.

Formed: 1994

Colours: Red & White

Manager: Gary Meakin

Best Season: Southern League East Division Champions 2017-18

Last Season: Southern League East Division - 1st

Address: Beaconsfield Town FC, Holloways Park, Windsor Road, Beaconsfield, HP9 2SE

Distance from SJP: 21 miles

Capacity : 3,500

Posted at 07:03

Sunday 10 June - Goal of the season voting still open

Have you entered our goal of the season competition yet as part of the fundraising efforts for our 12th Man Fund?

There are 14 goals to choose from via HFCTV. The entry fee is £5 and all proceeds will go to the 12th Man fund, which of course will then go towards the playing budget as our new manager James Gray begins to build his squad.

We are pleased that Gary McCann has agreed to select his top five goals, and all you have to do is match Gary's choice for a chance to win matchday boardroom hospitality for four people for a game next season. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend games, you can win a free programme PDF subscription and/or free HFCTV subscription.

We hope that as many of you as possible can have a bit of fun choosing and debating whilst supporting our club. Once you have paid and viewed, please email your choices to - the closing date is Friday 22nd June.

The goals can be viewed by clicking here. Please note that the entry fee will need to be paid in order to view the goals.

Posted at 09:10

Sunday 10 June - Snowball draw update

The snowball draws for January to May 2018 were made recently by Jack, one of the team who works at SJP, and the winners are listed below. If you're not already in the snowball draw but would like to be, full details can be found on our Snowball Draw page.

January 2018 - 1st Prize £288.00 - Ball 4. 2nd Prize £144.00 - Ball 206.

February 2018 - 1st Prize £283.50 - Ball 22. 2nd Prize £141.75 - Ball 89.

March 2018 - 1st Prize £286.50 - Ball 133. 2nd Prize £143.25 - Ball 145.

April 2018 - 1st Prize £283.50 - Ball 59. 2nd Prize £141.75 - Ball 192

May 2018 - 1st Prize £282.00 - Ball 188. 2nd Prize £141.00 - Ball 109

Posted at 09:09

Sunday 10 June - Meet Our Opponents: Basingstoke Town

Over the next three weeks, we'll be looking briefly at each of our 21 league opponents in the coming season. Working through them in alphabetical order, the first team is Basingstoke Town.

It's over 15 years since we last met The Dragons, but we did meet regularly in the 1990s and early 2000s.

They were formed in 1896 by a merger of Aldworth United and Basingstoke Albion and joined the Hampshire League in 1901, where they remained until joining the Southern League in 1971, before a transfer to the Isthmian League in 1987. They were founder members of Conference South, being the team that gained the spot created when we decided not to take up our place in the then new league.

Formed: 1896

Colours: Yellow & Blue

Manager: Jason Bristow

Best Season: Conference South Play-Off Semi Finals 2011/12 & 2014/15

Last Season: Southern League Premier Division - 10th

Address: Basingstoke Town FC, The Ark Cancer Charity Stadium, The Camrose, Western Way, Basingstoke, RG22 6EZ

Distance from SJP: 56 miles

Capacity : 6,000

Record Attendance : 5,085 v Wycombe Wanderers (FA Cup R1 1997)

First Meeting: 29/11/1975 Hendon 6-1 Basingstoke Town (FA Trophy) Hendon Line Up

Last Meeting: 20/12/2003 Hendon 0-1 Basingstoke Town (League) Match Report

Memorable Match: 29/04/1998 Hendon 4-1 Basingstoke Town (Full Members Cup Final @ Chesham United) Match Report

Overall Record : P28 W14 D5 L9 F53 A39

Posted at 08:47

Friday 08 June - Change to league constitution

There has been a change to our league constitution for the new season following the withdrawal of Barnsley based side Shaw Lane from the Northern Premier League Premier Division. Following the resultant reshuffle, Banbury United have been shifted across to the Southern League Central Premier Division, Hednesford Town are shifted from that division to fill the Shaw Lane's spot and Wimborne Town are reinstated to Step 3 and will take up the vacancy in our division.

Posted at 23:13

Friday 08 June - Another home friendly arranged

We have arranged another home friendly, and we will entertain Royston Town on Tuesday 24th July, kick off 7:30pm.

Posted at 12:24

Friday 08 June - Four join Gary at Hampton

Four of last season's squad have followed Gary to Hampton & Richmond Borough, amongst 8 signings announced by the National League South club this morning.

Casey Maclaren has moved on, having spent 11 seasons with us since joining from AFC Wimbledon, spending a number of seasons as captain. Casey made 358 appearances, and scored 51 goals playing in pretty much every position on the pitch - including as emergency goalkeeper, once in a competitive game and once in a friendly, with only a series of injuries not allowing him to make many more appearances.

The second player to depart is Daniel Uchechi, who joined us last summer from Boreham Wood, making 33 appearances and scoring 3 goals.

Michael Corcoran is the third to make the move, also after just a season with us, one that was unfortunately disrupted by injuries, limiting his appearances to 31, also scoring 3 goals.

Jake Eggleton also departs after just one season with us, having been released by West Ham last summer. He was a regular in the side, making 48 appearances.

We thank all four players for their efforts, and in the particularly case of Casey, his loyalty to the club, and wish them every success for the future. They are joined at Hampton by Oliver Sprague, whose departure we announced a couple of weeks ago following the end of his loan to us from Billericay.

Posted at 09:14

Thursday 07 June - Club to hold a trial match

The club will be holding a trial match in the near future, and the trial will be by invitation only.

If you would like to be considered for the trial, please send in your Football CV to club secretary Daz Bloor on - the closing date for applications is Sunday 17th June.

Posted at 21:18

Thursday 07 June - Mark Boyce appointed as Assistant Manager

James Gray is delighted to announce that Mark Boyce will be joining him as his assistant. They have previously worked together at St Albans City and Barton Rovers, and Mark has played for a number of clubs including Hayes, Kingstonian, Chesham United and Maidenhead United.

'Boycee' said "I'm happy to join a club like Hendon. I'm excited at the new challenge, and can't wait to get started."

Posted at 09:48

Thursday 07 June - SJP to continue Mental Health project

We are pleased to announce that SJP have agreed with Richard Hay from the Brent Mental Health Team that when the funding for the Hendon FC project finishes next year, that SJP will ensure it continues through their sponsorship.

This will enable football to continue to be used to make a positive difference in the local community.

Posted at 09:48

Wednesday 06 June - Diedhiou and Tingey become Saints

National League South side St Albans City have announced today that they have signed Dave Diedhiou and Luke Tingey for the 2018-19 season.

Dave joined us in the summer 2008 from Willesden Constantine, and apart from a loan spell at Wembley in his first season, he's been with us ever since, playing roles both in defence and midfield. He leaves us after making 380 appearances, meaning he is in 12th place in our list of leading post-war appearance makers, and scoring 43 goals.

Meanwhile, Luke Tingey joined us in 2015 after being released by Milton Keynes Dons. Playing mostly in defence, but also in midfield, Luke made 113 appearances in a Hendon shirt, scoring 3 goals.

We thank both players for their efforts during their time with them, and we wish them well as they test themselves at a higher level.

Posted at 17:38

Monday 04 June - Club Statement

It has been brought to the Board's attention that James Gray posted a number of tweets when he was with St Albans City that were considered by some as being offensive and racially motivated. James responded to the ensuing criticism by issuing a full apology. The then St Albans Chairman spoke to James at the time and was satisfied that no action needed to be taken.

Notwithstanding the fact that these events occurred over 5 years ago and that there have been no further instances, a concern has been raised regarding James's suitability as Hendon manager and the process that was followed that resulted in his appointment.

The Board takes these types of concerns seriously. Having now reviewed the process that was undertaken and the outcome of that process, the Board remains of the unanimous view that, notwithstanding the events described above, James is still our number one choice as manager.

With regard to the process that the Board followed that led to James's appointment, the club can confirm that a process was agreed as soon as Gary announced that he was leaving and that all members of the Board participated in that process but to varying degrees. Simon Lawrence and Daz Bloor reviewed all CVs that were received prior to the application deadline and compiled a shortlist of potential managers from a gratifyingly strong pool of candidates. At that time, James was recommended by Simon and Daz as their preferred candidate. The other Board members, all of whom were in possession of James's CV and feedback on his references, supported this recommendation and the interviewing process was initiated.

In view of the fact that Gary only advised us of his decision to move to Hampton on 24 May and in an attempt to convince members of last season's squad to remain at the club, it was unanimously decided that we would only interview James at this stage in the hope that he would perform as strongly in his interview as we expected him to, given his CV and the quality of the references that we had obtained. Simon and Daz were very impressed both with what James had to say and with the way that he said it. That made the final decision to appoint James on Friday morning a formality.

With regard to the Board's decision to now re-confirm James's appointment, Simon Lawrence said "There have been a number of occasions in the past few years when the Board has had to consider difficult issues of this nature. Our guiding principle has tended to be that everyone is entitled to a second chance and we see absolutely no reason why James should not be treated in exactly the same way, particularly given that he apologised unreservedly at the time, that he appears to have been a model professional since then and that the references that we received prior to his interview painted him as an exemplary manager, coach and person. The Board hopes that everyone connected with Hendon will now get behind James and wish him luck for the challenges that lie ahead on the pitch."

James Gray said "I was happy to apologise 5 years ago and I am happy to repeat my apology now. Simon described the club as an inclusive one that is welcoming to all members of the community and I look forward to playing my part in helping to ensure that the club is recognised as such both in the local community and more widely. I am fully aware of the ambassadorial responsibility that sits alongside my responsibility to win football matches and I am firmly committed to both aspects of my role. I look forward to meeting other members of the Hendon family in the coming days and weeks".

As a fans-owned club, we pride ourselves on our openness and transparency and anyone connected to the club should feel free to contact Simon by email ( if they wish to discuss any aspect of this announcement. The club does not, however, intend to issue any further public statements on this matter.

Posted at 10:27

Sunday 03 June - Links page updated

The links page has been updated with all the links to the official websites of clubs we will be playing in the coming season. Also included are links to forums where we can find them, and also each clubs official twitter feeds.

There are also a couple of other Hendon related links, together with some other potentially useful links.

The links page can be found by clicking here or by using the "other" drop down menu at the top of the site.

If you know of any sites that you think we ought to link to, please let us know by emailing

Posted at 20:03

Sunday 03 June - Have you voted for your goal of the season yet?

Have you entered our goal of the season competition yet as part of the fundraising efforts for our 12th Man Fund?

There are 14 goals to choose from via HFCTV. The entry fee is £5 and all proceeds will go to the 12th Man fund, which of course will then go towards the playing budget as our new manager James Gray begins to build his squad.

We are pleased that Gary McCann has agreed to select his top five goals, and all you have to do is match Gary's choice for a chance to win matchday boardroom hospitality for four people for a game next season. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend games, you can win a free programme PDF subscription and/or free HFCTV subscription.

We hope that as many of you as possible can have a bit of fun choosing and debating whilst supporting our club. Once you have paid and viewed, please email your choices to - the closing date is Friday 22nd June.

The goals can be viewed by clicking here. Please note that the entry fee will need to be paid in order to view the goals.

Posted at 15:56

Friday 01 June - James Gray named as new manager

We are delighted to announce that we have appointed James Gray as our new manager. There was plenty of interest in the vacancy with over 25 applications received by the club.

James has previous managerial experience, having previously been in charge of St Albans City and Barton Rovers as well as a short spell as coach under Gordon Bartlett at Wealdstone.

Born in Yorkshire, Jimmy began his career at Sheffield Wednesday (he also had a trial at Sheffield United) and went on to have spells with Rotherham United, Sheffield, Denaby United, Worksop and Lincoln United.

Upon moving south, he appeared for a number of clubs including Harpenden Town, Barton Rovers, Chesham United, Leighton Town, Wealdstone, Arlesey Town and Dunstable Town.

Upon agreeing to be manager James said: "I'm really happy to be given this opportunity at Hendon FC. I had a really positive meeting with the club this week and am looking forward to meeting the players and getting started on our preparations.

"I think it's only natural that after the disappointment of narrowly missing out on promotion last season that there will be a bit of movement player wise during the summer.

"I am however excited by the challenge of putting our own stamp on the squad over the next few weeks. The Southern league will throw up different challenges for us but I have experience of this league and am hopeful we can put together a squad capable of challenging."

Simon Lawrence, club chairman said: "I'm very happy with our new appointment. James has a proven record in the Southern League, and going into a new era we feel this is a great fit. I know the fans will get behind him and the team next season."

We are sure that everyone will make James welcome at the club, and as and when he appoints his backroom staff, we will of course let you know.

Posted at 21:28

Friday 01 June - Under 23 trials now full

We would like to thank all those who has sent in a CV to be considered for our forthcoming trials for the new Under 23 side.

We have been inundated with CV's and are now looking through them, and will be in touch with successful applicants to invite them to the trials on 20th June. All other CVs will be kept on file.

Please note that to attend the trial you must be personally invited. Due to the numbers involved, we cannot look at anyone who turns up on the trial night uninvited.

Posted at 21:27

Friday 01 June - Mental health initiative featured by The Guardian

Simon Lawrence has been interviewed by The Guardian this week following the coverage our Mental Health Initiative has gained through social media.

The article is expected to be published in tomorrow morning's edition, but the article is also online and can be found by clicking here.

Posted at 21:25