News - July 2009

Friday 31 July - News from the AGMs

The Supporters Association and Supporters Trust AGMs took place at Vale Farm last night. The evening began with the Association meeting, at which it was announced that vice-chairman Tony Wood had decided to step down from the committee after 45 years service. A vote of thanks was expressed to Tony for all his efforts over the years.

The Association committee now consists of Mike Hogan (chairman), Sandra Wood (secretary), Geraldine Clarke (treasurer), Les Vincent, Chris Rogers, Bernard Lawrence and new committee member John Rock.

The Supporters Trust AGM then took over, at which it was made clear that despite the fact the club is in a far more stable position, we must not be complacent and should continue to work hard to raise funds.

The question was asked of trust members if they had recruited as many family members, work colleagues and friends to the trust as they felt they could. Members were also asked if they felt they had recruited as many people as possible to the Snowball Draw. The question was also asked - if not, why not? Membership forms and snowball forms can be downloaded from the Supporters Trust website.

There have been some changes to the trust board, and this now consists of the following people.

Bryan Roberts & Phil Rogers (joint-chairmen), Chris Rogers (acting-secretary), Mike Harte (treasurer), Jacqui Cox, Paul McGreal, John Rock, John Rogers, Steve Rogers, Chris Rogers, Simon Lawrence (elected board members), Tony Rice, Eddie Edwards, Keith Taylor, Doug Smith (co-opted board members).

A huge vote of thanks was expressed to everyone who had helped the club over the past year, particularly those from Wembley FC who have made us so welcome at Vale Farm. Supporters will notice that the ground has had a further tidy-up this summer, and there are now brand new signs around the ground, as well as a new club shop for the Supporters Association.

Posted at 08:38

Friday 31 July - Snowball draw results

The May, June and July Snowball draws were made at last night's AGM evening, and the results are below. All winners will be contacted in the next week or so.

The May first prize of £243.00 was won by number 67, and the second prize of £121.50 was won by number 84.

The June first prize of £244.50 was won by number 56, and the second prize of £122.25 was won by number 155.

The July first prize of £243.00 was won by number 92, and the second prize of £121.50 was won by number 141.

The August draw will be made at our first home game in September.

Posted at 08:26

Wednesday 29 July - New under 21 managers appointed

We are pleased to announce that Alan Bolger and Tom Bullock have been appointed as the new managers of our under 21 side. They take over from Eamon Finn, who has left due to increased work commitments, and Graeme Bourne, who left during last season for medical reasons. Both Alan and Tom have played for the under 21s in the past couple of years and we wish them every success as they take over as managers. We would also like to thank Eamon and Graeme for all their efforts over the past few years.

Also leaving the youth set up is John Creith, who has been with the club for the past six years. John and his family have been a very important part of our youth teams and we thank them for all their efforts as well, as well as wishing them every success for the future.

Our under 18 side will continue to be managed by Lewis Copeland and Marco Amaldi, whilst our under 16 side this season will be managed by Paul McGreal and Nick McMullen, with Liam Coogan-Jobes, who recently took his first coaching badge, helping them in a coaching capacity.

Posted at 08:38

Monday 27 July - Player sponsorship packages now available

We are delighted that following the resounding success of the player sponsorship scheme last season, we are running this again for the forthcoming campaign.

Over the last two to three weeks, we have contacted all those who sponsored players last season to give them first option on sponsorship this season. Having now had replies from the vast majority, we are now opening this up to everyone.

If you are interested in sponsoring a player, you can find more information and all the prices on the advertising & sponsorship page.

Posted at 21:32

Sunday 26 July - Dons continue to show promise

Hendon's promising pre-season continued yesterday afternoon with a 4-0 win at Barton Rovers, with the Greens largely being on top throughout despite making ten changes during the game. Glenn Garner opened the scoring in the 8th minute and Wayne O'Sullivan ensured the visiting side went into half time two goals ahead with a strike in the 29th minute. Brian Haule netted in the 65th minute after being put through one-on-one with the goalkeeper while Guentchev benefited from clever play to finish the scoring with ten minutes remaining.

Posted at 00:29

Thursday 23 July - Bedfont Green beaten

Hendon's good pre-season results continued with an improved performance against a Bedfont Green side that included former captain Jon-Barrie Bates in their line up. Peter Dean opened the scoring in the 10th minute, whilst in the second half two goals from Yacine Hamada, and strikes from Glenn Garner and Brian Haule took the score to 5-0.

Posted at 22:43

Wednesday 22 July - Match sponsorship package launched

Our latest sponsorship package has been launched in the form of Match Sponsorship. This package, which costs £200, includes 10 complimentary tickets and programmes, boardroom hospitality and the chance to pick the man of the match. Full details can be found on the advertising & sponsorship page.

Posted at 08:58

Tuesday 21 July - Hendon beat landlords

Hendon ran out 3-1 winners over a vastly improved Wembley side this evening. The Greens fielded two completely different outfield line ups in each half, with Harry Hunt scoring in the first period, and Glenn Garner and James Bent scoring in the second.

Posted at 22:27

Tuesday 21 July - Cheshunt game cancelled

The friendly against Cheshunt due to take place next Tuesday has been cancelled due to problems with the pitch at Theobalds Lane.

Posted at 14:15

Monday 20 July - eBay shop update

The trust's eBay shop continues to sell plenty of items. Indeed, over 3000 items have now been sold since it was launched, making over £5000 in additional funds for the trust.

However, as plenty of items have been selling throughout the summer, the trust are on the lookout for more items to sell. If you have any books, programmes, magazines, CDs, DVDs, videos, clothes etc that you would otherwise be taking to the charity shop, why not donate it to the trust. If you have anything that you think may be of interest, please speak to Steve Rogers, or email him on steve_rogers2506@btinternet.com.

The current list of items available can be found by clicking the eBay shop link on the menu.

Posted at 22:57

Monday 20 July - Admission details for tomorrow

Wembley have confirmed that tomorrow's friendly will kick off at 7:30pm. Admission will be a very reasonable £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions.

Posted at 13:16

Saturday 18 July - Hendon win pre-season tournament

Hendon won their second pre-season tournament in two years this afternoon as they saw off a physical Slough Town side with a 1-0 victory. The goal came in the 10th minute courtesy of a fine strike by Danny Dyer

Posted at 16:32

Friday 17 July - Greens in comfortable win

Hendon had a comfortable 6-0 victory over Bracknell Town this evening in the semi-finals of the Hillingdon Borough Tournament. The result was never in doubt after Kevin Maclaren had given the Greens the lead in the 10th minute, with Harry Hunt doubling it soon afterwards. Marc Leach made it 3-0 before half time, whilst in the second half further goals from Hunt, James Bent and Glenn Garner completed the scoring.

We will play Slough Town in the final tomorrow afternoon, kicking off at 1.15pm after the Rebels beat hosts Hillingdon Borough 1-0 in the second semi-final.

Posted at 22:45

Friday 17 July - Free tickets to Boreham Wood v Arsenal

Boreham Wood chairman Danny Hunter has kindly donated 25 free tickets to the Boreham Wood v Arsenal friendly that takes place at Meadow Park on Tuesday 4th August.

The Supporters Trust have decided to offer these tickets to the first 25 supporters who purchase either a matchball sponsorship, player sponsorship or a mascot package. Tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis, based on when forms are handed in, or received in the post by Steve Rogers. The deadline for claiming tickets is Thursday 30th July, so that we have time to post them to you.

Those supporters who have already purchased a sponsorship package will be contacted over the weekend.

Posted at 13:56

Friday 17 July - Mascot Package

The club are delighted to be able to offer a mascot package for all home games for the forthcoming season. The price of the package is £85.

The package includes a free programme signed by the team, the mascots name in the programme and on the website, a kit to wear on the day (subject to availability), photo with the captains before kick off, leading out the teams, and free admission for the mascot and up to three additional family members.

A form will be available to download on the mascots page, or alternatively you can email Steve Rogers on steve_rogers2506@btinternet.com and he will send you a form.

Posted at 13:54

Wednesday 15 July - Matchball Sponsorship

Now that the fixtures have been released, we are pleased to announce that following its success last year, we are running the matchball sponsorship scheme again for all home games. The package costs £80, and will include free entry to the game, a free programme in which you will be mentioned, and a mention on the website throughout the season. Full details and the application form can be found by going to the sponsorship page on the menu.

Posted at 19:25

Wednesday 15 July - 2009/10 Fixtures Released

The fixtures for the new season were released by the Ryman League this morning, and we open our campaign with a trip to the seaside as we visit our old friends at Bognor Regis Town. That is then followed up by two home games against Billericay Town and Sutton United. We have a Boxing Day/New Year double header against Harrow Borough, whilst on Easter Monday we will be travelling to Boreham Wood.

The full list of fixtures is now on the fixtures & results page.

Posted at 10:18

Wednesday 15 July - New site launch

We are pleased to launch our new website this morning, completely rebuilt from scratch with the intention of making updating quicker, easier, cut the number of errors and provide a better browsing experience for all users. While some of the archived content is yet to be transferred over, the majority of regularly used pages have been moved and fully updated to reflect the 2009/10 season.

Please bear with us as we rebuild our archives and add various information into our database as well as with any teething problems that we may have. If you do encounter any problems or errors with our new site, please let us know by e-mailing the website team at admin@hendonfc.net or by leaving a message on the forum and we'll aim to fix them as soon as possible.

Posted at 00:44

Saturday 11 July - Friendly defeat at Maidenhead

Hendon lost 2-1 today in a hastily arranged friendly away to Maidenhead United. The goalscorer for the Greens was Jamie Busby who converted a spot kick. There were two further new trialists in the squad today who were Ryan Mattos, a striker who was with Potters Bar Town last season and Victor Osubu, who scored against us for AFC Hayes in the Middlesex Senior Cup Final last season and was also a trialist with us a year ago. The full line up for today can be found on the report page as normal.

Posted at 14:15

Saturday 11 July - County Cup draws

The draws for the Middlesex Senior Cup and the London Senior Cup have both been made this week. We start our defence of the London Senior Cup with an away tie in the third round to either Dulwich Hamlet, South Kilburn or Clapton. The date for this game will be fixed once our opponents are known. Meanwhile, in the Middlesex Senior Cup, we will travel to either Hanworth Villa or Wingate & Finchley in the second round. This round is due to be played on Tuesday 8th December.

Posted at 14:00

Wednesday 08 July - Greens win in first run out

Hendon ran out 1-0 winners this evening in their first run out of pre-season against a Hayes & Yeading United side that was made up predominately of trialists. There were a few new faces in the Hendon line-up including goalkeeper Sam Tanner, who finished last season with Stansted having previously been with Leyton, midfielder Sam Berry, who was with Ware and Harlow Town last season, and defender Melvin Baptiste who was with Uxbridge last term. Other trialists included defender Aaron Silcott, who used to be in our youth set-up and has also played for Harrow Borough, Tommy Higgins who includes Harrow and AFC Wimbledon among his former clubs, Ben Butler, who was with Berkhamsted Town, and Ricky Campbell. The winning goal came in the 53rd minute courtesy of Harry Hunt after he had been set up by Jamie Busby. The full line-up can be found as usual through the results page.

Posted at 23:35

Wednesday 08 July - Player news

Gary McCann was pleased to report this evening that everyone who was with the club last season has returned to training with just a small number of exceptions. As previously reported Sam Collins has moved on, whilst Gary revealed that we have also parted company with William Viner. Will has expressed his desire to play at a higher level, and whilst we feel that we could have helped him to continue to improve, he has decided to move on. We thank Will for his efforts last season. Also missing so far this summer is Lubomir Guentchev, who is currently in Bulgaria, but he is expected to return to training within the next couple of weeks. There are also some new faces, more details of whom can be found in the details on tonight's friendly.

Posted at 23:30

Tuesday 07 July - Hillingdon Tournament details

The details for the Hillingdon Tournament on 17th and 18th July are now available. The semi-finals take place on the Friday evening, we will be playing Bracknell Town at 7.00pm. This will be followed by a short U11s game at 8.15pm, and then by Hillingdon Borough v Slough Town at 8.30pm.

On the Saturday at 12.00pm will be the 3rd/4th play-off between the two losing semi-finalists followed by the final at 1.15pm. All the main games will be be formed of two halves of 30 minutes.

Admission fees are £3.00 for adults for one day, or £5.00 for a two day pass. Admission for children is £1.00. There will be food & drink available, as well as a raffle. All proceeds from the day are being donated to Michael Sobell House, a cancer care hospice based at Mount Vernon Hospital.

Posted at 10:45

Friday 03 July - Change of venue for Hayes friendly

Due to the fact that the pitch at Yeading's old ground won't be ready in time, our friendly on Wednesday evening against Hayes & Yeading United will now be played at Rosedale College, kicking off at 7.00pm. The game will be played on a third generation synthetic pitch.

The full address is Rosedale College, Wood End Green Road, Hayes, UB3 2SE.

Posted at 13:20

Wednesday 01 July - FA draws released

The FA competition draws have been released this morning, with both draws seeing us guranteed to play lower division opposition. In the FA Cup we have been drawn away to play either Marlow or Ilford in the First Qualifying Round. The game will be played on Saturday 12th September 2009. Marlow and Ilford meet in the Preliminary Round on 29th August.

Meanwhile, the FA Trophy draw sees the Greens due to host either Lowestoft Town or Redbridge, also in the First Qualifying Round. This game will be played on Saturday 17th October. Lowestoft and Redbridge meet in the Preliminary Round a fortnight earlier.

Posted at 11:10