News - July 2003

Thursday 31 July - Reserves win at Potters Bar

The reserves won their first game under the managership of John Morris at Potters Bar Town last night, running out 10-2 winners. Martin Randall scored 4 goals, Ricci Crace scored twice and Andy Cook scored one. The other scorers are unknown at present. Also appearing in the squad were Luke Thornton and Mark Burgess. The reserves have an additional friendly on Saturday afternoon at Amersham Town, kicking off at 2.00pm

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 30 July - Hunt signs as two depart

Dave Anderson has confirmed one new signing this morning while two players have left the club. The new signing is 18 year old midfielder Dave Hunt who has impressed during pre-season. Hunt was youth team captain at Ware last season and also made appearances for their first team.

Leaving the club are Paul Towler and Rob Hollingdale. Paul has moved away from the area and as a result is unable to play for us. Paul joined us in the summer of 1999 from Metropolitan Police and was always a very important part of our squad. We thank Paul for his efforts over the past four years and wish him and his family all the best for the future. Meanwhile Rob Hollingdale has left the club and is expected to sign for Kingstonian, with whom he has been training for the past few weeks. Again we thank Rob for his efforts last season and wish him all the best at his new club.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 30 July - Junior Supporters Club details

The Supporters Association have launched a new Junior Supporters Club which has been named The Lambs. Membership is just £2.00 per year and members will receive an exclusive membership card & badge, an autograph book, a pen or pencil, 10% discount on all merchandise in the club shop (excluding sweets), exclusive player profiles, competitions, a birthday card and a christmas card. Youngsters who would like to join should call into the club shop at any home game.

Posted at 09:55

Wednesday 30 July - New stock available in shop

There are two new items available for purchase in the club shop. A new scarf has been made and is available for £6.00 (£6.60 for non-members) and a new polo shirt is available in either black or white with the club badge on for £18 (£20 for non-members).

Posted at 09:50

Tuesday 29 July - Greens lose by odd goal in seven

The Greens lost by the odd goal in seven to Yeading at Claremont Road this evening. The visitors took the lead in the 12th minute after Dave King spilled the ball. Dale Binns missed a penalty midway through the first half before Eugene Ofori scored twice to put Hendon in front. On the stroke of half time Yeading equalised when they scored from the spot. Yeading then scored two good goals in the 62nd and 89th minutes before Steve Forbes saw a long range shot beat the keeper, who really should have done better, and hit the back of the net.

Posted at 22:30

Tuesday 29 July - Home friendly tonight

This evening sees our only home friendly this summer as we entertain Yeading. Admission this evening is £7.00 for adults and £3.00 for concessions. Please note that the turnstiles will not be open and your money will be taken on the members gate. Kick off this evening will be at 7.30pm

Posted at 10:00

Monday 28 July - Managers Cup entry problem

We have had some problems with the online entry form for the Managers Cup. Unfortunately no entries have been received by us. We have tweaked the system this morning and it now seems to be working ok. We would be grateful if anyone who has submitted an entry could send it again. Apologies for the inconvenience.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 26 July - Hendon lose to penalty

In a repeat of the last day of the season, Hendon lost 1-0 to Chesham United courtesy of a penalty, which was scored today by Ben Smith. Chesham fielded a much changed side from the one that was relegated last season. Hendon welcomed goalkeeper Dave King to the side for his first appearance as the only player who hadn't appeared in friendlies so far this season. Hendon had a number of reasonable chances, with Rob Haworth having a good header cleared off the line by Steve Sinclair, Eugene Ofori firing just wide, Martin Randall heading narrowly wide and Dave Hunt having a drive well saved by Matt Ramsey. The penalty was given away by Mark Burgess who pushed Garry Sippetts as he entered the 18 yard box.

Posted at 18:00

Thursday 24 July - Greens cruise to victory

Hendon cruised to a comfortable 4-1 win at Hanwell Town this evening with all the goals coming in the second half. Mo Stevenson opened the scoring shortly after the break with a cross/shot that looped over the keeper and into the net. In the 72nd minute Dave Hunt broke clear of a static Hanwell defence and finished well. Rob Haworth made it 3-0 a few minutes later, and then tapped the ball home from a couple of feet following a goalmouth scramble for his second and the Greens fourth. Hanwell were given a consolation when an Andy Cook backpass bobbled awkwardly in front of Luke Thornton and trickled into the net.

There were a couple more new faces this evening one of which was Scott Cousins, who was released by Chelsea this summer having made 27 reserve team appearances, while Mark Burgess is back training with the club having been with Aylesbury United and Wealdstone last season.

Posted at 23:00

Wednesday 23 July - Reserve fixtures released

The fixtures for the Reserve teams first season in the Capital League have been released and they open their campaign on Wednesday 20th August with a home game against Staines Town, and are at home again a week later when they entertain Woking. The League Cup draw has also been made and we have been given a home tie against Hornchurch which will we played on Wednesday 24th September. The winners will travel to Stevenage Borough or Harrow Borough in the next round.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 22 July - Dons draw first friendly

Hendon drew their first friendly of their pre-season build up with Wealdstone, the final scoreline being 1-1. Hendon fielded an experimental side that included a number of trialists as Dave Anderson ran the rule over a number of possible signings. Among the trialists were Andre Delisser, who was formerly with Boreham Wood and Alon Hemmerdinger, who played against us for Wingate & Finchley last season in the League Cup. Wealdstone took the lead in the 80th minute through Richard Jolly before Ricci Crace equalised for the Dons four minutes later.

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 22 July - London Senior Cup draw

We are entering the London Senior Cup this season for the first time for a few years and we have been seeded to enter in the 4th Round, which is the last 16. The draw was made last night and we have been given a home tie against Dulwich Hamlet to be played sometime in October or November. Should we win that tie, we will travel to either Bromley or Hornchurch in the quarter finals.

Posted at 14:00

Saturday 19 July - Managers Cup 2003/04

The annual prediction competition is now up and running. All you have to do is predict the results for the forthcoming season. Entry is £2.50 per team and the winning manager will receive £60 at the end of the season. Click here for more information

Posted at 14:00

Wednesday 16 July - Additional friendly

There has been a late addition to the pre-season friendly programme. On Thursday 24th July the first team will travel to Hanwell Town and the game will kick off at 7.30pm.

Posted at 14:00

Wednesday 16 July - Season tickets available

Season ticket prices have been released for the new season. The price for adults has increased to £160, but this reflects the increase in admission charges to £8. The price for senior citizens remains unchanged at £60, and the price for juniors is also unchanged at £15. Season tickets will admit supporters to all league games. Anyone who would like to purchase a season ticket should apply in writing to Graham Etchell at the club enclosing the correct payment. Those supporters who submit their form before Friday 25th July will receive two free tickets to the friendly against Yeading which can be collected on the night of the game.

Posted at 13:45

Wednesday 16 July - Reserve friendlies

The reserve team have got three friendlies planned prior to starting their first season in the Capital League. On Wednesday 30th July they will travel to Potters Bar Town, on Thursday 7th August they will travel to Bedfont and on Saturday 9th August they will travel to North Greenford United.

Posted at 13:30

Wednesday 16 July - Supporters AGM report

Around 40 supporters attended an upbeat Supporters Association AGM last night. The Association had a much better year financially and was able to donate £8,000 to the football club. Thanks were given to all those who have supported the Association either through the shop or snack bar or by helping out on matchdays. As always more help would be gratefully received on matchdays, and if anyone feels able to help please speak to any member of the committee.

The meeting agreed to increase membership fees to £3 for adults and £2 for under 16's. The junior members will now be part of a junior supporters club which is being run by Dave Garner and will include plenty of extras including birthday cards, pens, and a prize for the junior supporter who attends the most games this season.

The existing committee was voted back into their posts, and consists of Mike Hogan (chairman), Tony Wood (vice-chairman), Sandra Wood (secretary), Geraldine Clarke (membership secretary), Derek Furmedge (treasurer), Ted Peck, Bernie Lawrence, Stuart Liverdsidge, John Rice, Dave Garner and Paul Hutton.

There was nothing new to report regarding the move to Copthall and discussions are continuing with the various parties involved. However, the general feeling amongst those present was that the move would be a good thing for the future of the club.

Dave Anderson spoke about the playing side of the club and said he was delighted to secure the signatures of Dave King and Andy Cook. He thanked David Hook and Gary McCann for their services to the club, as well as Kieran Gallagher and Lee Harvey who were released earlier in the summer. Kieran has signed for Windsor & Eton, while Lee has returned to Boreham Wood.

Michael Woolner has decided to take a break from playing football for a year or two for personal reasons. Dave has spoken at length with Michael and has told him that the door will always be open should he want to return. We are also unlikely to see very much of Paul Yates as his work commitments now mean that he has to work on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. However, Paul will be registering for the club so that we can call upon his services if we have injury problems or wish to rest a few players. Again, should Paul's commitments change Dave would be delighted to welcome him back to the club to be part of the squad.

Dave said that his realistic aim for the new season is to finish in the top six and hopefully pick up some silverware in one or two of the cup competitions. He is looking for another two or three new faces and said that we would probably see a number of trialists in the forthcoming friendly games and the aim is to have a first team squad of 18-20 when the league campaign starts.

Posted at 13:15

Monday 14 July - Suppporters AGM tomorrow

Members of the Supporters Association are reminded that the AGM takes place at 8.00pm tomorrow evening in the clubhouse. All those eligible to attend should by now have received a copy of the agenda, and it is hoped that Ivor Arbiter and Dave Anderson will be able to be in attendance for a question and answer session. It would be great to see as many supporters as possible tomorrow night.

Posted at 19:30

Monday 14 July - Youth team set up 2003/04

The club confirmed last week which youth teams will be running for the forthcoming season. An under 11s side is being started up and the intention is to use youngsters from our mini soccer schools that are run during the season. A manager is yet to be appointed for the team. The under 14s (last season's under 13s) will be continuing, but now under the guidance of Dewi Davies who was the assistant to last season's manager Gary Hyams. The under 15s (last season's under 14s) will also be carrying on, but a new manager has yet to be appointed as Gary Giessing has moved on to be a youth coach at Arsenal.

The under 16s (last season's under 15s) will continue under the guidance of Mark Crawford and they will be looking to make an impact on the Premier Division following their Division One championship last season. There will unfortunately be no under 17s team following the retirement of manager Lou Llewellyn, and we are unable to run an under 18 team as the club are unable to find a slot for them to play on the stadium pitch. We thank our departing managers, Gary Hyams, Gary Giessing, Lou Llewellyn and Hedi Bouchnak and wish them all the best for the future.

Any youngsters who would like to try out for any of the youth teams this season should contact the club during office hours on 020 8201 9494

Posted at 19:15

Monday 14 July - HFCSA go to the dogs

The Supporters Association held what is hoped to be the first of many nights out on Saturday when a party of 17 supporters went to the greyhounds at Walthamstow. Despite only one member of the party coming away with a profit, a great time was had by all and the unanimous verdict was that the trip should be repeated. It has been suggested that the next trip will be arranged on a Saturday when we are playing at home, and to go to Walthamstow after the game. Further details will be available when it has been arranged. Thanks go out to Dave Garner for organising what was an excellent evening.

Posted at 19:00

Thursday 10 July - Fixtures released

The fixtures for the new season have been released and we open our campaign with a home game against promoted club Hornchurch on Saturday 16th August. Our first trip is three days later when we travel to Basingstoke Town, and we then travel to Thurrock, who were formerly known as Purfleet, on the second Saturday of the season. Our Boxing Day and Easter Monday games are against Harrow Borough, and the last day of the season sees us travel to Kettering Town. The full fixture list can be found on the fixtures page.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 04 July - Womens team at East Barnet Festival

Hendon have organised a women's tournament which will take place at the East Barnet Festival on Saturday 5th July. This will be the first time women's football has featured in the festival's history and is a result of a partnership between our women's team and the festival organisers. The festival is one the largest free festivals in London and includes live music and workshops for all ages.

Our ladies will compete against teams such as Tottenham Hotspur, Dagenham & Redbridge and Crystal Palace. Fulham and England International Rachel Yankey has been invited along to present the trophies to the winners. A signed England shirt donated by Arsenal and England International Kirsty Pealing will be raffled to raise money for the team and Breast Cancer Research. There will also be Brazilian Taster Sessions for girls at 3.00pm and 4.00pm led by our mascot, Monty. Any girls interested in joining in these sessions are welcome, as well as supporters for the women's team - the festival promises to be a lively event.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 04 July - Admission prices released

Admission prices for the new season have been released and there has been an increase in charges for the first time for 4 years. The price for adults to see first team games will now be £8.00 for home league and cup games. However, the price for concessions is remaining unchanged at £3.00 which now represents one of the cheapest prices for concessions in the Premier Division. Season ticket prices will be released in the next few days.

Posted at 09:45