News - July 2018

Saturday 28 July - Late goals earn win at Uxbridge

Jimmy Gray's squad continued their pre-season campaign this afternoon at Uxbridge's Honeycroft, with a solid performance being rewarded by two late goals and a win. For all that, Zaki Oualah was probably the standout for the Greens in the first half, not only with a great save to keep the score level but nearly getting himself on the scoresheet; his clearance went only inches wide of the post.

As normal, Gray continued to look at his options, making a large number substitutions during the second half and the goals came from two of the players who were brought on; both trialists who managed to make the most of their opportunity to show what they're capable of.

As ever, the result will have pleased the backroom staff as they continue to prepare for the start of the league season, now only a fortnight away, but more important was the promise shown as the squad continue to gel.

Posted at 20:25

Saturday 28 July - Griffith signs up

We are pleased to be able to report that Jimmy Gray has signed another member of his pre-season squad for the forthcoming season, with Taishan Griffith putting pen to paper this morning for the Greens.

Taishan has already made a couple of appearances during our pre-season campaign where he has already proved a capable addition out wide. Although only in his early 20s, he has already made well over 100 senior appearances having turned out for Bedford Town, AFC Dunstable, Welwyn Garden City and both Biggleswade clubs amongst others.

As always, we're delighted to be able to welcome Taishan onboard and look forward to seeing him perform at Silver Jubilee Park.

Posted at 20:12

Friday 27 July - Walton Casuals match tickets now on sale

We are pleased to announce that tickets for all home games will be available for purchase online for the 2018-19 season with tickets for the Walton Casuals game now on sale. Further tickets will be released roughly 2-3 weeks before each game.

The idea is that this will speed up entry to the ground, and also the amount of cash that is handled in the turnstiles on a matchday.

There is a booking fee for purchasing tickets online, but this is purely to cover the costs involved in running the online ticketing system.

In order to gain access to the ground having purchased your online ticket, you should either print off the E-ticket, or show it on your phone, so that the ticket number can easily be identified and ticked off on our list.

We hope to have a dedicated ticket sales page on the website very soon, but in the meantime you can purchase your Walton Casuals tickets by clicking here.

Of course, tickets will still be on sale in the turnstiles as normal - please note we are not able to take card payments - it is cash only.

If you have any questions about the online ticketing, please email us on hendonfcwebsite@gmail.com and we will get back to you. However, please note that due to holidays we will be unable to respond between 28th July and 4th August.

Posted at 14:38

Friday 27 July - Replica shirts available online

The Supporters Association have had a very good summer for replica shirt sales, but there are still some available for purchase - both the new home and away shirts.

Children's shirts are priced at £25, and adult shirts are priced at £30, and availability of sizes can be found in the HFCSA online shop which can be found by clicking here.

Shirts are also available in the club shop on home matchdays - this includes when the under 23s and under 18s are playing at home where possible.

Posted at 13:32

Friday 27 July - Three away friendlies coming up

Jimmy Gray's preparations for his first season as Hendon manager continue over the next week with three away games, starting with a trip to Uxbridge on Saturday afternoon. That is followed by trips to Cheshunt on Tuesday evening, and then Enfield Town a week on Saturday.

Admission prices at Uxbridge will be £5 adults, £2 concessions, whilst at Cheshunt they will be £5 adults, £1 concessions. Unfortunately at the time of writing we don't know what the admission prices at Enfield Town will be.

Posted at 11:26

Thursday 26 July - Two more added to the squad

Jimmy Gray has signed two more players ahead of the new season - one defender and one midfielder.

21 year old midfielder Prince Mbengui has signed having been with Uxbridge last season, and he has also appeared for Staines Town and Hillingdon Borough.

Meanwhile 30 year old defender Junior Osborne has come out of retirement to join the squad, having started his career at Watford, also playing for Kidderminster Harriers, Aldershot Town and Northwood.

We welcome both players to the club and hope they enjoy their time with us.

Posted at 21:18

Wednesday 25 July - Under 23s win first home friendly

The under 23s played their first home friendly this evening against Enfield Borough and ran out 2-1 winners. Previously they have had away friendlies at Sporting Bengal (won 1-0) and Epping (lost 3-1).

Enfield were ahead at half-time, scoring shortly before the break, but the Greens came back well to equalise through Carl Mensah and score a late winner thanks to Kahlil Francis-Onwuaha.

They are next at SJP on Wednesday evening when they play Whetstone Wanderers, but before that they travel to Woodford Town on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 23:09

Wednesday 25 July - Mental Health sessions win award

Our mental health sessions that have been taking place at SJP over the past few months have been named Middlesex FA Community Project of the Year. This is a great reward for all those who have been involved with this project, which continues to go from strength to strength.

This award is part of the FA & McDonalds 2018 Grassroot Football Awards. On 9 July, The FA's National Panel will meet to select national winners from the pool of County FA recipients and they will be formally announced at the 2018 FA Community Shield on 5 August.

Greg Clarke, chairman of The FA, said "It's been fantastic to see a record number of nominations for this year's Grassroots Football Awards and hear so many stories of dedication and commitment throughout the grassroots game.

"The selection of winners chosen alongside Middlesex FA represents the diverse nature of football in this country and I would like to congratulate each and every one for their inspirational work."

Leigh O'Connor Chief Executive of Middlesex FA, said: "We had a fantastic range of nominees, and firstly a massive well done to all of them. Our winners have shown a commitment to grassroots sport throughout the year and beyond that which makes a huge difference to the Middlesex football community. I would personally like to thank them for all their hard work."

Posted at 13:50

Tuesday 24 July - Friendly draw against Royston

Tonight's friendly against Royston Town ended all square in a 1-1 draw at a very warm SJP.

Royston took the lead in the 42nd minute through Chris Assombolonga, whilst the Greens recovered well with a good second half performance, which was rewarded when Dylan Kearney was fouled in the box and he stepped up to convert the spot kick very well.

Next up for Jimmy Gray's squad is a trip to Uxbridge on Saturday afternoon - kick off 3:00pm

Posted at 23:25

Monday 23 July - Josh Walker signs for Barnet

Josh Walker, who scored 17 goals for us last season, has signed for National League side Barnet. He has been with them throughout pre-season and has played in their recent friendlies against West Bromwich Albion, Queens Park Rangers and Ipswich Town. We wish him every success for the future, and thank him for his efforts with us last season.

Posted at 18:08

Monday 23 July - Hendon games at SJP this week

We have two games at SJP this week, one for the first team and one for the under 23s.

The first team are home to Royston Town on Tuesday evening as Jimmy Gray continues the preparations for the forthcoming season - kick off is 7:30pm. Admission is £6 adults and £1 under 16s (£3 for Hendon season ticket holders).

Then on Wednesday evening, the under 23s are at home to Enfield Borough, again kick off is at 7:30pm. Supporters are very welcome to attend.

The club shop will be open at both games for you to purchase your replica shirts, book your seat on the coach to Frome, and much more.

Posted at 11:19

Sunday 22 July - Haringey report now online

The match report from yesterday's friendly against Haringey Borough is now online. The report from David Ballheimer can be found here.

Posted at 19:50

Sunday 22 July - HFCSA taking coach bookings for Frome game

The Supporters Association are planning to run a coach to various away games this season, starting with the opening game at Frome Town on August 11th. Prices will be £20 for adults and £10 for U16.

If you are interested in travelling please call the association on 07340 410688, email Sandra Wood on sewood50@gmail.com, or pop over to the club shop on Tuesday evening.

Posted at 14:52

Saturday 21 July - Greens defeated by Haringey in friendly

This afternoon's friendly, once again played on a hot afternoon at SJP, ended with the visitors, Haringey Borough, winning 3-2.

There was just one goal in the first half, that coming in the 42nd minute when Marvin Morgan headed home a free-kick from Laste Dombaxe.

The Greens were caught napping early in the second half as Haringey scored twice in the opening six minutes, extending their lead further in the 72nd minute. It was Dean Mason who scored Hendon's second, with a couple of minutes to go, as he fired a loose ball through a crowd into the back of the net.

Posted at 19:51

Saturday 21 July - Live Updates - An Apology

We would like to apologise for the lack of live updates from this afternoon's game. We are very aware that many supporters value this service, particularly those who are unable to get to games.

Without going into all the technical details, the issue has arisen due to the way the FootballWebPages service is currently set up - giving priority to Isthmian League clubs as the league use the system for their own live updates service.

As a result, it is looking likely that we will be unable to run the service for our remaining friendlies against Isthmian League opposition this summer - but we are in contact with the people that run the service, and we are assured that we will be able to operate the service as normal once our competitive games begin on 11th August. We will assess this on a game to game basis, and will endeavour to get a message out ahead of the game if we are unable to run the live updates service.

The Southern League do not use FootballWebPages on an official basis, so we will be one of the only Southern League clubs using the service. This means that we will be back to covering all our competitive games - home and away - as long as one of the four people who know how to use the system are able to be at the game.

Finally, for those who have wondered why there were no updates at all on the twitter feed - our official twitter feed is only accessed by two people, neither of whom were able to be at SJP this afternoon. The people who update the FootballWebPages system on matchdays are not the same people who have access to the official twitter feed.

Posted at 19:51

Friday 20 July - Under 18 fixtures released

The fixtures for our under 18 side, who will be playing in the Southern Counties Youth League Delphian Division, have also been released. The under 18s will be managed by Joe Pascoe, who many supporters will know as he can regularly be found behind the bar on matchdays.

They open with a home game against Brimsdown Rovers on Wednesday 29th August at SJP, kick off at 7:30pm. The other teams in the division are Brimsdown FC, Cockfosters, Haringey Borough, Hayes & Yeading United, Hillingdon Borough, Kings Langley Red, London Tigers

The full list of fixtures can be found by clicking here.

Posted at 21:13

Friday 20 July - Under 19 fixtures released

The fixtures are now coming out rapidly, with the under 19 fixtures being released yesterday. We will be running an under 19 side in the National League U19 Alliance, and we have been placed in the C Division. The under 19 side will be managed by James Duncan, and is being run in conjunction with Stanmore College. Games at SJP will normally kick off at 2:00pm.

Their first game is a home fixture against London Tigers on Wednesday 12th September, followed by an away game at Brentford CST Bees two weeks later. The other teams in the division are Bishop's Stortford, Boreham Wood Whites, Brentwood Town, Hitchin Town, Kings Langley, Luton Town Cedars and Staines Town.

We hope to have a dedicated page set up for the under 19s very soon on which the full fixture list will be available.

If anyone would like the fixture list in the meantime, please email the website on hendonfcwebsite@gmail.com and we'll send it to you.

Posted at 21:08

Friday 20 July - HFC Supporters Trust AGM date

The Hendon FC Supporters Trust AGM will take place at SJP on Monday 6th August, beginning at 7:45pm. The minutes from last years AGM and notices of the meeting will be sent out by email or post this weekend.

We are waiting to hear from the Supporters Association regarding their AGM. There is a possibility that it will take place on the same day as has been the case in recent years, but that is yet to be confirmed.

Posted at 12:57

Friday 20 July - Another four sign on for first team

At training last night, four more players signed first team forms for the 2018-19 season - all of whom are new to the club.

Joining from Northwood is 18 year old right back Lewis Hobbs, who began his career as a youngster with Barnet. He has also played for Royston Town.

Romario Jonas, who is a central defender, joins us from Ashford Town (Middlesex) having previously been with Maidenhead United.

Matty Newman is a midfielder who has come back to the UK after playing in Cyprus, and the final arrival so far is full back Kai Davis, who was with Stafford Rangers last season and has also played for Tamworth and Barwell. Kai has recently moved to London for work reasons.

We welcome our latest batch of signings to the club, and hope that they enjoy our time with us.

Posted at 11:28

Thursday 19 July - First team begin with Somerset trip

The Southern League have just released the fixtures for the new season, and we begin with a trip into Somerset as we travel to Frome Town on Saturday 11th August.

We then have back to back home games against Walton Casuals (Tuesday 14th August) and Farnborough (Saturday 18th August) before a trip to Taunton Town on Saturday 25th August and a bank holiday home game against Harrow Borough on Monday 27th August.

Our Christmas games are at Harrow Borough on Wednesday 26th December, at Walton Casuals on Saturday 29th December and at home to Chesham United on Tuesday 1st January.

We end the season on Saturday 27th April with a home game against Swindon Supermarine.

The full fixture list can be found on the fixtures & results page. The reason there is no game on Saturday 22nd September is because that is the date for the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.

Posted at 13:00

Tuesday 17 July - Four more sign first team forms

Four more players have been registered this evening - two of which were part of the squad last season, and one other who part of the squad in the 2016-17 season.

The two players who were with us last season are forward William Murphy and defender Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway, both of whom were in the under 18 squad last season, and are both part of the new under 23 squad for the forthcoming campaign. William made 6 first team appearances last season, whilst Riccardo was an unused substitute.

Attacking midfielder Laste Dombaxe returns to the club having originally spent a few weeks with us in the 2017-18 season, joining from East Grinstead Town and then moving off to Scandinavia. Upon his return from Sweden - where he played for Ostersunds IFK, he joined Hayes & Yeading United where he scored 7 goals in 24 appearances. In his first spell with us he made 8 appearances.

Finally, midfielder Cole Brown, who scored in tonight's friendly at London Colney, joins us having previously been with Uxbridge - where he scored 11 goals last season - Hayes & Yeading United and Welling United.

Posted at 23:46

Tuesday 17 July - Greens draw at London Colney

A side made up largely of players who are yet to sign first team forms played out a 2-2 draw at London Colney this evening.

On a pitch that had clearly suffered from the dry hot summer so far, the Greens took the lead in the 4th minute through Matty Newman, only to see the home side equalise two minutes later. Cole Brown restored the lead with a tap in in the 21st minute and that ended the scoring for the first period.

The second half saw the usual raft of substitutions, including the first appearances of the summer by William Murphy and Daniel Purdue - both members of the U18 squad last season who made first team appearances - but the only goal was scored by London Colney and the game ended all square.

It's back to SJP on Saturday as we entertain Haringey Borough, kick off is at 3:00pm.

Posted at 22:36

Monday 16 July - St Albans report online

The match report from Saturday's friendly against St Albans City is now online. The report from David Ballheimer can be found here.

Posted at 16:40

Saturday 14 July - Greens defeated on hot afternoon

In a game that was much more closely fought than on Thursday, St Albans City ran out 2-1 winners over the Greens.

The Saints, who included former Greens Luke Tingey, Dave Diedhiou, Roman Michael-Percil, Khale Da Costa and Harold Joseph in their squad, took the lead in the 11th minute, and doubled it shortly afterwards with a fine effort.

The Greens were always in the game, and created some chances, but were unable to find the back of the net until the 87th minute when Dylan Kearney was sent clear and he finished clinically. As the game moved into stoppage time, Cole Brown was fouled in the box, but Kearney saw his well struck spot kick saved by the feet of the diving keeper.

Next up is a trip to London Colney on Tuesday evening.

Posted at 21:52

Friday 13 July - Tyriq Hunte added to the squad

Following his hat-trick against Edgware last night, Tyriq Hunte has been added to Jimmy Gray's squad for the forthcoming season. The 20 year old striker joined from Kettering Town, and has also played for Oxford City, Wantage Town, Aylesbury and Aylesbury United.

We welcome Tyriq to the club and hope he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 11:13

Friday 13 July - Edgware report now online

The match report from last night's friendly win over Edgware Town is now online. The report from David Ballheimer can be found here.

Posted at 10:46

Friday 13 July - Clarification on friendly admission prices

We would like to clarify our admission prices for our remaining three friendlies as the information posted earlier in the week was incorrect.

The correct pricing for the games against St Albans City, Haringey Borough and Royston Town is £6 for all adults and £1 for under 18s. The exception on the adult price is season ticket holders, who will gain admission for £3.

We apologise for any confusion that has been caused.

Posted at 10:08

Thursday 12 July - Good first run out for new look Greens

Jimmy Gray will have plenty to think about, in a very positive way, as his new charges ran out 9-1 winners over Edgware Town at SJP this evening.

A squad mainly made up of trialists - some of whom whose names were kept under wraps - made a good impression and took the lead in the 10th minute when the trialist wearing number 7 found the back of the net. Adam Martin doubled the lead with a superb strike three minutes later, before Rene Howe headed home a cross in the 37th minute, and the trialist wearing number 10 scored in the 39th minute. The Edgware goal came in the 21st minute when one of their trialists converted a spot kick.

Despite the Greens making 10 substitutions at half time, and a further one with fifteen minutes to go, the goals continued to flow with Tyriq Hunte scoring a hat-trick, and the trialist wearing number 19 scoring twice.

Next up is a home friendly against St Albans City on Saturday afternoon, kicking off at 3:00pm.

Posted at 23:03

Tuesday 10 July - Admission prices for friendlies

Our admission prices for our home friendlies are as follows, with our first friendly against Edgware Town taking place on Thursday evening.

Edgware Town - adults £5, concessions £1.

All other home friendlies - adults £6, concessions £1.

Season ticket holders can get in for the reduced price of £3. We are aware that season tickets haven't yet been issued to most supporters, but something will be in place at the turnstiles to aid identification.

Posted at 20:58

Tuesday 10 July - U14 Girls team moving on

The all conquering Hendon U14 Girls team are will not be with us next season. Managers Ben Moore and Dean Harrington are moving on to a new project at London Bees with a number of players going with them. Ben and Dean have done an excellent job giving the girls so many wonderful opportunities and experiences. They have won numerous Leagues and Cups culminating in last years Aces National victory. The team have been great ambassadors for Hendon FC and their contribution to the rebuilding of the club is immeasurable.

Ben Moore said: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we move onto a new project at the London Bees. Both Dean and I, as managers, would like to say the very deepest thank you to each and every member of the staff, committee, volunteers & supporters association at Hendon FC for all the time & commitment they have given the young people at Hendon FC Girls over the past three years.

"We feel incredibly lucky to have worked & learnt within such a selfless club, where the members have given endless support, advice & positivity to us all. Hendon FC has been a truly wonderful organisation to have worked within, giving fantastic opportunities to children and adults of all heritages within the local, surrounding communities, and we shall always remain true Hendon FC supporters!

"We will be forever grateful to the club and its community for giving the platform & foundations for the young people to create such special experiences & memories - ones they and their families will never forget."

We will miss the team including all their families but wish them all well for the future and will always welcome them back to SJP.

Posted at 17:48

Sunday 08 July - Mental health project features in Middx FA review

The Middlesex FA have issued their review of the 2017-18 season and have included a feature on our Mental Health project. This is great publicity for both the project and the club.

The report can be found by clicking here.

Posted at 10:48

Sunday 08 July - Under 23 game postponed on Wednesday

The U23's have postponed their first friendly of the summer, which was due to take place on Wednesday, as it now clashes with England's World Cup semi-final against Croatia.

The U23's friendly list can be found by clicking here. We will get the under 23s on to the top menu as soon as we can.

Posted at 10:45

Saturday 07 July - Striker added to the squad

We are pleased to announce that Rene Howe has agreed to join the club for the forthcoming season. The 31 year old striker was with Kettering Town last season and has previously played for Newport County, Burton Albion, Torquay United, Bristol Rovers and Peterborough United. He scored 63 goals for Kettering in two spells at the club in 168 appearances.

We are delighted to welcome Rene to the club and hope that he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 17:47

Friday 06 July - FA Youth Cup Draw

The draws for the early rounds of the FA competitions were released earlier today, and in the FA Youth Cup we have been drawn away to Hanwell Town in the Preliminary Round. The tie is due to be played during the week commencing 3rd September. As soon as the date and kick off time is confirmed we will let you know. Should we be successful at Hanwell, we are at home to Spelthorne Sports or Chalfont St Peter in the first qualifying round a fortnight later.

The first team will start in the first qualifying round of both the FA Cup and FA Trophy, and the draws will be made nearer the time. The FA have only drawn the Extra Preliminary Round and Preliminary Round for both competitions so far.

Posted at 16:00

Thursday 05 July - Jimmy adds coach to backroom staff

We are pleased to announce that Rob Pattwell has joined the club in a coaching capacity with the first team. Rob has most recently been at Egham Town and Northwood, and has worked at various clubs across the Isthmian and Southern leagues.

Upon joining the club Rob said: "I'm delighted to join a wonderful club in Hendon FC. Having lived in the Hendon area for around 10 years when I first came to London it's like going back in time. I'm looking forward to helping Jimmy and Boycee rebuild this squad and prepare for the season ahead."

Posted at 08:31