News - August 2000

Tuesday 29 August - Wilmot on months loan

Yesterday's new 'keeper, Richard Wilmot, has been signed on a months loan from Hitchin as extra-cover whilst McCann recovers from his long term injury, playing due to Andy Iga being struck by the flu over the weekend.

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Monday 28 August - U's snatch late winner

Sutton left the LOOT stadium today with all three points, having snatched a last minute winner after a free-kick, given for a foul by Fitzgerald. The kick was well saved by debutant Richard Wilmot, but Nko Ekoku put the rebound away, leaving Hendon with half a minute to attempt to reply. The Greens came away from the game pleased with their performance overall however, having dominated the game for long periods and looking much the better side.

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Saturday 26 August - Hendon fightback again

On a wet, warm afternoon Hendon came away from Hitchin Town with a 3-3 draw, the goals coming through 2 Warren Kelly penalties, and the other from Dale Binns. The Dons were 2-0 down after 50 minutes, but came back to equalise. Hitchin took the lead again, but Kelly converted his second penalty just 2 minutes later. The team showed real character again to come back from a 2 goal deficit away from home.

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Tuesday 22 August - Kelly spot on for the Greens

A late converted penalty from Warren Kelly following a foul on Jon Daly (the other goalscorer from a goalmouth scramble meant that Hendon gained a well earned point against a very physical Heybridge side. After going in 2-0 down at half time, a superb second half performance preserved the Green's unbeaten start to the season, but other results prevented them from staying top of the pile.

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Tuesday 22 August - Saturday's win: best for 33 years

Tuesday 29th August - Wilmot on months loan

Yesterday's new 'keeper, Richard Wilmot, has been signed on a months loan from Hitchin as extra-cover whilst McCann recovers from his long term injury, playing due to Andy Iga being struck by the flu over the weekend.

Monday 28th August - U's snatch late winner

Sutton left the LOOT stadium today with all three points, having snatched a last minute winner after a free-kick, given for a foul by Fitzgerald. The kick was well saved by debutant Richard Wilmot, but Nko Ekoku put the rebound away, leaving Hendon with half a minute to attempt to reply. The Greens came away from the game pleased with their performance overall however, having dominated the game for long periods and looking much the better side.

Match Report

Saturday 26th August - Hendon fightback again

On a wet, warm afternoon Hendon came away from Hitchin Town with a 3-3 draw, the goals coming through 2 Warren Kelly penalties, and the other from Dale Binns. The Dons were 2-0 down after 50 minutes, but came back to equalise. Hitchin took the lead again, but Kelly converted his second penalty just 2 minutes later. The team showed real character again to come back from a 2 goal deficit away from home.

Match Report

Tuesday 22nd August - Kelly spot on for the Greens

A late converted penalty from Warren Kelly following a foul Jon Daly (the other goalscorer from a goalmouth scramble meant that Hendon gained a well earned point against a very physical Heybridge side. After going in 2-0 down at half time, a superb second half performance preserved the Green's unbeaten start to the season, but other results prevented them from staying top of the pile.

Match Report

Tuesday 22nd August - Saturday's win: best for 33 years

Hendon enjoyed their biggest opening day win for 33 years when they recorded a 4-0 defeat of Croydon at LOOT Stadium on 19 August. It was back in 1967 that Hendon went on a second half scoring spree to rout Dulwich 5-0. Hendon's first five season openers in the Isthmian League produced pairs of wins over Clapton (2-1 in 1963 and 8-3 in 65), and Dulwich (6-0 in 64 and 5-0 in 67) and a 3-0 defeat of Barking in 1966. However, it took 22 years for another opening day win to be claimed by the Greens (4-1 at Bromley) in 1989. In that 1989 game, Hendon scored their 24th goal since their last opening victory - the same number they had scored in the first five years. The half-time score of 3-0 matched Hendon's best ever opening day lead at the interval, matching the 4-1 scoreline in 1965.

Hendon's opening day record in the Isthmian league is : P38, W11, D16, L11, F70, A49

Croydon were Hendon's 25th different opponent in an opening day fixture. 11 these are in the Ryman League Premier Division this season, 4 are in the Nationwide Conference, 4 in Ryman League Division 1, 3 in Division 2 of the Ryman League, 1 club is in Division 3, 1 is out of the Isthmian League and the other is now out of senior football).

16 opening day fixtures have been at home, while 22 have been away.

Chesham United, in 1992-93, were the only champions to open their season with a game against Hendon.

Hendon have never conceded more than 3 goals on opening day in the Isthmian League.

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Saturday 19 August - Dons kick-start season

Hendon won their first league fixture this season against new-boy's Croydon convincingly, never looking like conceding a goal. An early second minute goal from Simon Clake kick started the game for Hendon, with Pickett then doubling the lead on his debut by lobbing the 'keeper. Man-of-the-Match Adolphe scored the third late in the first half and Watson scored the fourth with a cool header from Binns' cross to send the Don's top of the league for the first day of the season.

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Saturday 19 August - Gridelet resigns for Dons

Ex-Don, Phil Gridelet has been re-signed by Frank Murphy for Hendon, along with Andy Iga (second choice 'keeper from last season) and David Adekola (trialist from Walton and Hersham). The former Barnet, Barnsley, Southend and Woking player, Phil Gridelet, left Hendon in the late 1980's and enjoyed a long career in the top flight. He also made Non-League international appearances for England while still at Hendon, the first one away at Italy, and then at home to Wales at Kidderminster in March 1989. Eight months later, he was transferred to Barnet for a reputed fee of �8,000 with a sell on fee, which was duly collected when he joined Barnsley.

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Wednesday 16 August - Four trialists sign on

The club have confirmed that 4 new players have signed Ryman League forms for the new season. The new signings are midfielder Jason Soloman from St Albans City, defender Iain Duncan from Aylesbury United, striker Ross Pickett from Walton & Hersham, and midfielder Paul Adolphe from Harrow Borough. All other triallists have been released with the exception of goalkeeper Farai Jackson, defender Paul Johnson and striker David Adekola. Contrary to reports in yesterday's Daily Telegraph, the club do not believe that Adekola has signed for Chesham United, and he is expected to be at training tomorrow evening. Paul has rejoined the reserves, and is part of Franks plans for the future. Also contrary to various rumours, Andy Iga has not left the club, and Frank is hoping that he will make himself available to play on Saturday.

A list of the 18 players who have signed Ryman League forms for the new season so far can be found below.

Paul Adolphe, Matt Bartholomew, Dale Binns, Simon Clarke, Jon Daly, Iain Duncan, Nathan Edwards, Gary Fitzgerald, Bontcho Guentchev, Davis Haule, Warren Kelly, Frank Murphy, Gary McCann, Ross Pickett, Jason Soloman, Paul Towler, Curtis Warmington, Marvyn Watson

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Wednesday 16 August - Supporters Association membership

Membership applications are now being accepted by the Supporters Association. If anyone is interested in joining, please contact the Hendon Football Club Supporters Association, c/o Hendon Football Club. Prices are £2 for adults, and 50p for children. Benefits include 10% off all purchases in the club shop, discounts on coach travel to away matches and priority on tickets for cup matches, as well as being able to vote for the supporter's player of the season.

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Wednesday 16 August - 150 club

For just £2 per month, you can have the chance to win up to £600. The 150 club has a monthly draw with varying winning amounts each month including an annual jackpot prize of £600. The club membership is limited to 150 people, giving everyone a good chance of winning one of the monthly prizes. For more details contact Mike Hogan c/o Hendon Football Club.

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Wednesday 16 August - Two Dons named in Conference XI's

n this week's Non-League Football Paper, two Hendon players made it into all-Conference squads. These were penned to celebrate the League's 21st anniversary.

Frank Murphy made it into an all-Conference 22 with the following (paraphrased) observations: Frank Murphy may be a surprise selection, but he did score over 150 goals for Nuneaton, Kettering and Barnet. He gets his place because of his ability to do the unexpected.

Another article followed with just five names and this includes former Hendon player-manager and England player and Under-21 manager, Peter Taylor as the Conference's best-ever midfielder.

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Monday 14 August - Goalkeeper crisis

The club is currently going through a goalkeeping crisis, and although he has a certain amount of cover, Frank Murphy is still looking for possible cover while Gary McCann continues his rehabilitation following his summer operation. Any goalkeepers who are still looking for a club should call 020 8201 9494.

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Monday 14 August - Middlesex Senior Cup draw

The Middlesex Senior cup draw has given Hendon a first round tie with Wembley at the LOOT stadium. The two clubs last met competitively in the final of the same cup, Hendon winning the game on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

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Saturday 12 August - Clacton pull back to draw

Hendon drew their final friendly before the start of this season's campaign, Bartholomew and Pickett putting the Greens 2-1 up before half time. Clacton scored twice in the second half however, which along with Pickett's second of the game lead to a 3-3 draw. The team was almost unchanged from Thursday, the only changes being Jackson at 1, Clarke at 3 and Daly at 11.

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Saturday 12 August - Gentle and Scott leave

Dominic Gentle and Paul Scott have both left the Dons to play elsewhere, and it is unlikely that they will re-sign to play at the LOOT stadium this season. Dominic has gone to Purfleet on trial, and Paul Scott is with Dulwich Hamlet, again on trial. Matthew Howard has signed a contract with Boreham Wood.

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Thursday 10 August - Pickett sinks Ducks

Two Ross Pickett goals gave the Dons victory against Aylesbury United tonight, a chip around the keeper from just inside the area putting the Dons ahead and the second coming after a cross from Haule was slid across the keeper. Two new faces appeared for the Dons, Jason Solomon, formerly of Watford and Aylesbury, who only played around 50 minutes due to an injury and Luljan Gjeloshi, an ex-reserve 'keeper who played last season with Hemel Hempstead.

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Wednesday 09 August - Wembley beat Hendon XI

A Hendon side consisting again of reserves and trialists fell to a 4-0 defeat to a full strength Wembley side, which included former Hendon player Steve O'Carroll in their starting line up. Also in their side were two or three members of the side that played against the Dons in the Middlesex Senior Cup Final in 1999. Wembley took the lead midway through the first half, and they appeared to field a stronger side after substitutions in the second half, as they took control to win 4-0. However, the Hendon side still made a good account of themselves, and they were unfortunate not to score a goal for their efforts.

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Tuesday 08 August - Walton soundly beaten

Hendon beat Walton and Hersham soundly last night in a friendly match with goals from Warren Kelly, Davis Haule and Matthew Bartholomew. The match was soured however by a player from each side being sent from the field, Marvyn Watson being asked to leave the pitch within 5 minutes of coming on as substitute, although unlike Walton, Hendon were asked to bring on a replacement player. All the trialists from Saturday played again, but there were no new faces.

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Tuesday 08 August - Managers cup entries to be in

The Managers cup will start on Saturday 19th August with the league game against Croydon, meaning that to be elegible to score points from the beginning of the season, entries must be in by kick off. Entries can be sent to the address enclosed with any entry forms that you have been sent, handed in at the club-shop before the Croydon match, or made over the internet for the first time ever via the form on the site.

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Monday 07 August - White upon further review

Hendon defender John-Simon White has not, as previously reported, left the club. White, who has been at LOOT Stadium for 4 years, is currently awaiting a major operation and will not be fit in the immediate future. "I couldn't just leave John-Simon without a club," said Hendon manager Frank Murphy. "He is still part of the club, but won't be playing as he needs a second operation on his groin. He is not under contract, and cannot train, but he has been very useful especially for the rehabbing Gary McCann, helping him a lot. In fact a he has been a constant companion for Gary."

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Monday 07 August - Whitmarsh wanted a new challenge

Whitmarsh, who signed for Hendon in November 1997, struggled last season to find the form he showed in 1998-99, when he scored over 40 goals, but remained one of the most feared strikers in the Ryman League. "Paul is going to sign for Welling United," said Hendon manager Frank Murphy, his boss at their former clubs Dulwich. "We have now lost two of the best players in the League under the Bosman ruling with Junior Lewis going to Gillingham last season. It just means I have got to find some new players of that quality, but they don't fall from trees. Paul decided he wanted a new challenge, playing in a new or different league and Welling is very close to his home, so it is local even though there will be much more travelling in the (Dr Martens) Southern League."

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Monday 07 August - Reserve team round-up

Hendon Reserves have now played four preseason games and they are looking quite good. A 5-1 defeat of Ilford was followed by narrow defeats at the hands of Bedfont Town and Ruislip Manor, despite dominating both games. Their last game was for a selection of triallists against Spartan South Midlands League Brimsdown Rovers' first team and it ended in a 2-2 draw (last season, Rovers handed Hendon a 3-0 defeat). Hendon's scorers were John McGrattan and John Pomeroy.

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Monday 07 August - Death of two Hendon favourites

It has been a bad news week for Hendon Football Club with the death announced of two familiar faces at LOOT Stadium. John Muir, long-time physio, and as previously reported, Laurie Thurgood, President of Hendon FC Supporters Association, both died in late July.

Mr Muir, Moo-Moo to generation of players, was a no-nonsense physio of the "old school". He was the spongeman when Hendon won the Amateur Cup in 1972 and was still going strong at the end of that decade. He was made a life member in honour of his service to the club when he retired. As with so many of former Hendon people, he still made occasional appearances at home games, until he moved up to Derbyshire a few years ago and he died in the North Midlands county.

Mr Thurgood, who lived in West Hampstead was almost certainly the last of the founding members of Hendon FC Supporters Association which was founded in 1933. In his late 80s, Laurie had been President of the Association for a few years since stepping down from the active committee, where he had been a member for over 20 years. He was the brother-in-law of the late Len Burt, a former chairman of the Supporters Association who died in the winter of 1994-95. Mr Thurgood had been in increasingly frail health in recent years, but still paid occasional visits to LOOT stadium.

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Saturday 05 August - New faces impress at Berkhamsted

Hendon continued their preseason build-up with a 1-0 victory over Berkhamsted Town, courtesy of a goal from ex-Walton & Hersham player, Ross Pickett, now on trial with the Dons. Other new faces included David Adekola (also with Walton & Hersham last season), Paul Johnson (former Wycombe Wanderers YTS player) and Paul Adolphe (with Harrow Borough last season).

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Wednesday 02 August - Supporters Association president dies

Laurie Thurgood, the President of the Supporters Association died on Friday night. His funeral will be held at Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, London NW11, on Wednesday, 9th August at 12.30pm. Laurie was one of the founder members of the Association, and had been a supporter of the club for 60-70 years. He will be missed by many, and everyone from Hendon send their deepest sympathies to his family.

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Tuesday 01 August - Walton friendly postponed

Hendon's friendly scheduled for this Thursday against Walton & Hersham has been postponed until next Monday, when the two sides will meet at Stompond Road.

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Tuesday 01 August - Whitmarsh moves on

It has been confirmed that Paul Whitmarsh has signed a 2 year contract with Welling United, who were relegated from the Nationwide Conference to the Dr Martens League last season. Paul scored 70 goals in 120 appearances for the club, including 42 in the 1998/99 season, when he also won the supporters player of the year award. All at Hendon Football Club wish Paul and his family all the best for the future, and thank him for his efforts for the club over the past 2 and a half years.

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Tuesday 01 August - Ruislip Manor 1 Hendon XI 0

Hendon fielded a reserve team in the friendly at Ruislip Manor last night, and lost to a goal early in the second half after a defensive error. Hendon had a few chances to score during the match, including one chance which clipped the bar. All in all a draw would probably have been a fair result against a Ruislip Manor side managed by former Harrow Borough and Southall manager, Keith Chamberlain.

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