News - August 2004

Tuesday 31 August - Reserves start campaign tomorrow

The reserves open their Capital League campaign tomorrow with a trip to Yeading in what is likely to be a tough fixture for the squad. Yeading currently lie 5th in the table having won one game and lost one game, most recently winning 3-1 at Harrow Borough last Wednesday. All supporters are welcome to attend, and entry is likely to be around £3.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 30 August - Ofori strike enough for Greens

A 54th minute Eugene Ofori goal was enough to earn all three points for Hendon this afternoon against Dover Athletic. In a dour first half, the best chance to open the scoring fell to Dover striker Craig Wilkins shortly before half time. The Greens came out in determined style in the second half and were rewarded when Ofori fired home a rebound after John Frendo had hit the post while laying on the ground. Hendon were reasonably comfortable for the rest of the game, and had a few half chances to extend the lead. The result moves the Greens into fourth place in the table.

Posted at 18:00

Sunday 29 August - Dover come visiting tomorrow

The first team make a quick return to action tomorrow afternoon, and will be aiming to put the disappointment at Tonbridge to the back of their minds as they entertain Dover Athletic at Claremont Road. Kick off will be at 3.00pm. Dover currently lie 20th in the table having lost their last four games, most recently losing 3-1 at home to Braintree Town yesterday afternoon, their goal coming from Craig Wilkins. The Lilywhites finished last season in the bottom four of the Dr Martens (Southern) League, just a couple of years after being relegated from the Nationwide Conference. One of Hendon's finest victories of the past ten years came at Dover's Crabble ground, in the 1996 FA Cup third qualifying round. A goal from Paul Kelly, early in the second half, and an inspired performance in goal by Jan Wagennar was enough to give the Greens a 1-0 victory and led to the club's first FA Cup 1st round proper appearance for eight years (and the first of four in a row).

Posted at 18:00

Sunday 29 August - Non League fanzine now available

There is a new Non League fanzine available entitled Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. It is edited by a Bishop's Stortford fan and includes contributions from a number of supporters of clubs in the Ryman League, Southern League and Nationwide South. It costs just £1 and will be available in the club shop tomorrow. If anyone would like to reserve a copy, or receive one in the post, please e-mail us on admin@hendonfc.net and we will sort one out for you. P&P will cost an extra 30p. It is well worth a read and is chock full with no adverts. We are able to purchase copies from the editor at cost, so all profits will go to the Supporters Association.

Posted at 13:45

Saturday 28 August - Spirited Greens lose at Tonbridge

Hendon put up a spirited performance this afternoon as they lost 4-1 at Tonbridge Angels. The afternoon got off to a bad start when the coach only arrived at 2.40pm after being stuck in traffic, and within 6 minutes of the game starting, it got worse when John Frendo was sent off for apparently striking a defender in the face with an elbow as he tried to shrug off his opponent who was pulling his shirt. Tonbridge opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Craig Roser fired home from a tight angle. Hendon's best first half chance came shortly before half time when Wayne Carter directed the ball just wide of the post. There was still time however for Tonbridge to double their lead through Anthony Hogg.

The scoreline became 3-0, when Tonbridge were awarded with a penalty which was converted by Tony Dolby. There was no complaint from the Hendon defenders about the foul, but they were convinced it took place outside the area. However, the Greens never gave up and continued to play some good football which was rewarded in the 75th minute when Dave Hunt slammed the ball into the net from a rebound. Luke Piscina restored the three goal advantage five minutes later, and shortly before the end of the game came the second red card when Mark Nicholls was dismissed for allegedly spitting at the referee.

Posted at 18:45

Thursday 26 August - The Angels await the Dons

Hendon will be looking to continue their good start to the season on Saturday when they make their first trip to Tonbridge to take on the Angels. The two clubs have met just once in recent times in an FA Trophy tie at Claremont in November 2000 which ended 2-0 to Hendon thanks to a rare goal from Iain Duncan and an own goal. After an opening day defeat, Tonbridge have won one and drawn two games, most recently a 2-2 draw at Slough Town on Tuesday evening which has left them in 15th place in the table.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 26 August - Robinson signs for Hendon

As supporters who were at Harrow on Tuesday night will have noticed, there was a new face on the substitutes bench in striker Anthony Robinson. A full Barbados international, who played against Northern Ireland last season, he started his career as a schoolboy at Birmingham City before moving on as a YTS apprentice and then as a pro at Coventry City. He then made over 40 appearances in the Conference for Kidderminster Harriers before a spell at Peterborough United where he was unable to break into the first team. He then moved into the Dr Martens League with spells at Bedworth United, Stourbridge and most recently Stourport Swifts.

We also have some background information on Will Davies, who signed just before the start of the season. He is a central defender who started his career at Derby County before moving on to play for IR Reykjavik in Iceland, Bangor and Cobh Ramblers in Ireland, before moving on to Gainsborough Trinity, Gresley Rovers and then Matlock Town.

Posted at 09:45

Tuesday 24 August - Greens win as Borough see red

Hendon won 3-0 tonight against a Harrow side that was reduced to nine men with just over 20 minutes to go. The first half saw the Greens largely control the game, playing some good football, and their reward came in the 11th minute when Eugene Ofori opened his account for the season. Hendon created a number of chances but the shots either went just wide or over, or were saved by Harrow keeper Keita Karamoko.

The second half was far more eventful. As Harrow became more frustrated they lost their discipline and were reduced to ten men in the 62nd minute when Daniel Dyer was sent off for two yellow cards in as many minutes, the first for a late challenge and the second for an off the ball incident. Just five minutes later, Harrow lost a second man when Daniel McGonigle was dismissed for stamping on Danny Butler. It should be said that the Greens were fortunate to come out of both of the ensuing scuffles without any cautions or dismissals.

In the 71st minute Harrow grabbed a lifeline when Brian Haule equalised, but within four minutes Ofori had restored the lead bundling the ball home from close range. In the 85th minute the Greens were awarded a controversial penalty which was converted by Mark Nicholls. The decision was controversial simply because the foul on Ofori by Dean Marney was at least a yard outside the penalty area. Hendon controlled the closing minutes and Nicholls, new signing Anthony Robinson and Ofori were all unfortunate not to extend the lead further.

Posted at 22:15

Monday 23 August - More on the reserve win

Reserve team joint manager Eugene Spellman has kindly supplied us with further details on the win at Haringey yesterday afternoon. Despite going a goal behind in the first half, the Greens battled back well to equalise in the second half through 16 year old Chad Edwards. Warren Clarke, Jack Woodcraft (who is also only 16) and Roy Santos scored the other goals before Haringey converted a dubious penalty. A win against Clapton in the final game may well see the Greens qualify for the next round of the competition.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 23 August - Hendon look forward to local derby

Tomorrow evening, the Greens make the short trip to play local rivals Harrow Borough at Earlsmead. Supporters are reminded that kick off is at the earlier time of 7.30pm. Harrow have had a disappointing start to the season, picking up just one point so far in a 1-1 draw at Eastleigh on Saturday, the goal being scored by Daniel McGonigle. Harrow are likely to include former Hendon players Brian Haule and Paul Johnson in their squad.

Last season the Greens completed a double over Harrow. Goals from Dean Brennan and Scott Cousins helping towards a 2-1 win at Earlsmead, and Ricci Crace and Dale Binns scoring in the 2-0 win at Claremont Road. This is a game that is usually well attended by Hendon supporters, so it would be great to see as many as possible getting behind the team like you have so far this season.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 23 August - Player sponsorship

There are still plenty of players available for sponsorship. You can sponsor a player in your name, a relative's name, a friend or a business and this will be printed in the matchday programme. The cost is £140 plus VAT. To pick up an application form either call into the club shop on a matchday, or call the club office on 020 8201 9494.

Posted at 09:55

Monday 23 August - Programme problems

We apologise for the problems that have affected the production of the first couple of matchday programmes this season. We should have our normal system back up and running within the next few days, and in time for our next home game. If there is anything else you would like us to include, or anything you would like us to take out of the programme, please e-mail us on admin@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 09:50

Sunday 22 August - Reserves win at Haringey

The reserves won their Middlesex Millennium Cup game at Haringey Borough this afternoon, 4-2 being the final score. As yet we don't have any details of scorers. Meanwhile, the reserves will be in action again on Wednesday evening when they entertain Wealdstone at Claremont Road. Kick off will be 7.45pm and there will be no charge for entry.

Posted at 18:00

Sunday 22 August - Season 2003/04 review video

As many supporters are aware, Paul and Ian Butler have produced a video which takes in highlights from almost every game from last season. Copies cost £10 and can be ordered through the club shop or by email on videosales@hendonfc.com. A full list of available videos and DVDs can also be found on the unofficial website. All profits are being donated to the Supporters Association, and we thank Paul and Ian for the hard work they do in producing the videos and DVDs.

Posted at 10:00

Sunday 22 August - Fancy running in the London Marathon?

We are looking to enter a whole football team in the 2005 London Marathon. We already have some names for the team, but are still looking for a few more. If you are interested please see Dave Garner on a match day, or send the website an e-mail on admin@hendonfc.net and we will pass your details on. The London Marathon is celebrating its 25th year next year and the race takes place on Sunday 17th April.

Posted at 09:45

Sunday 22 August - Monty back in action

Our mascot was due to be back in action this afternoon taking part in the Mascot Egg & Spoon Race at Folkestone Racecourse. Also, on Sunday 26th September, he will again be attempting the Mascot Grand National which takes place at Huntingdon Racecourse. The day will have six great horse races for you to enjoy and Monty would love to see loads of you there.

Posted at 09:30

Saturday 21 August - Late penalty earns Greens victory

A late penalty converted by Mark Nicholls gave Hendon all three points this afternoon against Hampton & Richmond Borough. In a closely fought game, Hampton had a clear cut penalty shout turned down midway through the first half when René Street handled the ball on the line, and shortly afterwards the Greens had their own shout turned down when a Hampton defender handled in the area. In the 32nd minute Hampton took the lead when Luke Fontana took advantage of a slip in defence, but within three minutes Nicholls had equalised, firing the ball in low from an acute angle. There was very little in the way of clear cut chances in the second half, until Jamie Jarvis bundled Street to the ground to give away the spot kick.

Posted at 18:45

Saturday 21 August - Reserves in Millennium Cup action tomorrow

The reserves will be playing Haringey Borough tomorrow afternoon in the Middlesex Millenium Cup, and will be looking to lay to rest the nightmare 5-0 defeat at Brimsdown Rovers a couple of weeks ago. Kick off at Haringey is at 3.00pm if anyone would like to give our second string some support.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 19 August - Dons aim to build on win

The first team will be aiming to build on the midweek victory over Heybridge on Saturday afternoon when they entertain Hampton & Richmond Borough at Claremont Road in a 3.00pm kick off. Hampton have picked up two points so far this season, drawing 0-0 with Braintree Town last Saturday, and drawing 3-3 at Eastleigh last night. Michael Currie, Luke Fontana and Craig Lewington were on the scoresheet for the Beavers.

The Beavers spent five seasons in the Premier Division from 1998 to 2003, but were in Division One South last term, where they finished fifth to gain automatic promotion to the restructured top flight. The two teams last met in the 2002-03 season when a late Brian Haule debut goal earned Hendon a point at Beveree in a 1-1 draw, while strikes from Ricci Crace and Lee Endersby, 2 - the second, again, in the last minute, brought Hendon a 3-3 draw at home. However, in the Middlesex Senior Cup semi-final that season, Dale Binns and Jon-Barrie Bates scored to ensure the Greens progressed to the Final, 2-0.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 19 August - Middlesex Senior Cup draw

The draw for the Middlesex Senior Cup has been released, and once again due to the fact that we are the current holders, we have received a bye into the second round. In that round we have been drawn at home to the winners of the tie between Enfield Town and North Greenford United. Should everything run to plan our tie should be played on Tuesday, 14th December.

Posted at 09:45

Tuesday 17 August - Hendon bounce back in style

Hendon bounced back from the disappointing performance on Saturday with a convincing 3-0 victory over Heybridge Swifts tonight, a team they failed to beat last season. The Greens had a number of chances to take the lead in the first half, but couldn't quite find the right final touch. However, within three minutes of the second half starting, René Street fired the ball through a crowd of legs to open the scoring. Five minutes later Richard McDonagh scored with a bullet header to complete an excellent move involving a number of players including Eugene Ofori and Dave Sargent. In the 65th minute John Frendo opened his account for the club on his league debut to put the game out of reach of the Swifts. Dave King in the Hendon goal had a pretty comfortable night and the delight was clear to see on the faces of players and supporters alike at the end of the game.

Posted at 22:45

Monday 16 August - Greens look for Swift improvement

Tomorrow evening, Hendon will be looking for an immediate improvement following the disappointing performance on Saturday as they entertain Heybridge Swifts in the first home league game of the season. Kick off tomorrow is at 7.45pm. The Swifts have struggled to retain their Premier Division status in recent seasons, but last season narrowly missed out on automatic promotion to the Conference South Division, then lost in the playoffs. Last season, Hendon lost 1-0 at home to the Swifts in September, before drawing 0-0 at Scraley Road earlier this year.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 16 August - Crack Colombia too good for youth

Hendon's new senior youth side played a preseason friendly last weekend, travelling to Herne Hill to take on Colombia FC, a team made up of South Americans from that country. They were a much older and more skilful squad than Mark Crawford's charges, but the final score of 2-0, a goal in each half to the hosts, was a promising outcome.

Posted at 09:45

Sunday 15 August - Supporters Association section launched

We are delighted to announce that there is now a section on the website dedicated to the Supporters Association. It gives details on who they are, who and what they represent, their aims, and what you can do to help the club however big or small. There are also links so that you can download various application forms including membership forms, 150 club forms and Junior Lambs membership forms. The section can be accessed at all times by clicking the relevant link on the menu bar.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 14 August - Late comeback not enough

Hendon were made to pay for three individual defensive errors this afternoon as they lost 3-2 at Yeading. After soaking up plenty of pressure, an error by Danny Butler saw DJ Campbell take advantage to open the scoring in the 39th minute. Within ten minutes of the restart the game looked to be out of reach as Campbell and then Davis Haule took advantage of further errors to treble the advantage. However, the Greens refused to give up and in the 78th minute pulled a goal back when Mark Nicholls was brought down in the area by Delroy Preddie and it was Nicholls that converted the spot kick. Six minutes later Usif Bangura opened his account with a close range header after Dave Sargent's shot had hit the bar. Hendon were unable to find a third goal despite their best efforts in the dying minutes.

Posted at 18:30

Thursday 12 August - The new season approaches

After a traumatic summer, the Greens can concentrate on football again as they kick-off their 42nd consecutive season in the top division of the Isthmian League on Saturday with a trip to Yeading. Our hosts won Division One North, but fell to Lewes in the first round of the playoffs for one of the two remaining places in the new Conference South. This is Yeading's second spell in the top flight, having spent six seasons in the Premier Division in the 1990s. Last season, Yeading won a pre-season friendly 4-3 at Claremont Road (Eugene Ofori 2, and Steve Forbes netting for Hendon). The Greens did play at The Warren last season in the Middlesex Senior Cup Final, when they beat Uxbridge 3-1 after extra time (Ofori, Martin Randall and Dave Hunt finding the net). We look forward to seeing as many supporters as possible at the game, and it would be an added bonus to hear plenty of noise coming from behind the goal.

Posted at 21:00

Thursday 12 August - First team squad 2004/05

This evening saw the first team squad for the new season get together for the team photo and individual photos. These can now be seen by clicking the playing squad link on the left hand side. This also gives the full squad list as it stands at the moment, along with brief profiles on the players. To round up the new faces, coming from Northwood are Scott Williams, Mark Nicholls, Danny Julienne, Wayne Carter, Dave Nolan and René Street. Danny Butler joins us from Wealdstone, Richard McDonagh was formerly with Hemel Hempstead Town, Dave Sargent was released by St Albans City a few days ago and Usif Bangura was previously playing for Wakefield & Emley. We have yet to confirm the former clubs for Martin Vrhovski, Warren Clarke, Spencer Nelson-Wright and Will Davies. As and when we get more information on the new players, we will update their profiles accordingly. We welcome them all to the club, and hope they all have an enjoyable time with us.

Posted at 20:45

Thursday 12 August - Womens FA Cup draw

The draw for the first qualifying round of the Womens FA Cup has been released, and we will be travelling to Woking on Sunday, 5th September 2004. Should we win we would then travel to the winners of the tie between CEFI and Heywood United.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 10 August - Defeat in Millennium Cup

A squad of reserve team trialists had a disappointing night as they lost 5-0 at Brimsdown Rovers. The opening goal came in the 16th minute from the penalty spot, and within 60 seconds the scoreline had been doubled. Further goals were scored in the 32nd and 36th minutes as the game was taken out of sight. The final goal came in the 57th minute, and had it not been for some good saves from Andy Vincent in the Hendon goal, including a superb double save in the 81st minute, the scoreline may well have been higher.

Posted at 23:00

Saturday 07 August - Greens too strong for Cardiff

On another hot sunny afternoon, Hendon ran out comfortable 5-1 winners over Cardiff Corinthians, who ply their trade in the CC Sports Welsh League. However it was the Corries that had the first goal when Kevin Crock gave them the lead after just 4 minutes. Mark Nicholls equalised with a 20 yard drive a quarter of an hour later, and in the 36th minute Eugene Ofori made it 2-1. Nicholls converted a penalty shortly before half time, before two strikes from Martin Vrhovski in the 63rd and 73rd minutes completed the scoring.

Posted at 18:00

Friday 06 August - Weakened side to play at Brimsdown

Tony Choules has announced that he will be fielding a weakened side at Brimsdown Rovers on Tuesday evening in our second Middlesex Millennium Cup tie. The side will mostly be made up of reserve team squad members. Kick off at Goldsdown Road is 7.45pm.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 05 August - Nicholls hat-trick leads Dons to victory

Hendon won their first tie in the Middlesex Millenium Cup with a convincing 5-2 win over Wingate & Finchley. Mark Nicholls put the Dons ahead in the 14th minute and doubled the lead just after the half hour mark. Shortly before half time, Dave King misjudged a bouncing shot from Gary Grimsdown to bring Wingate back into the game, and ten minutes after the break Sam Sloma had equalised with an excellent strike across the goal. Nicholls completed his hat-trick in the 65th minute, before Ricardo Alves fired home an unstoppable shot from a Mark Burgess cross with ten minutes to go, and a couple of minutes later Martin Vrhovski, who was playing for Wingate last season, completed the scoring with a long distance strike that Wingate keeper Michael Kalli failed to deal with.

Posted at 22:45

Wednesday 04 August - Clapton game postponed

Tomorrow evening's fixture against Clapton has been postponed as the pitch at the Old Spotted Dog is not yet ready to take a game. We will inform you of the new date as soon as it is arranged. The first team will be fulfilling the fixture at Wingate & Finchley.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 03 August - Hendon win at Chertsey

Hendon came away from Chertsey Town tonight with a comfortable 3-1 victory in a game that beat the torrential thunderstorms that hit London today. After a very lively start, Hendon took the lead on the half hour mark when John Frendo took advantage of a defensive slip to slot the ball home. Two minutes later Matt Griffths equalised for Chertsey but shortly before half time Eugene Ofori restored the lead when he headed home a cross from James Burgess. The third goal came just before the hour mark when John Frendo scored his second of the evening, completing a great move involving Richard McDonagh and Dave Nolan. There was a pleasant surprise for the travelling Hendon support shortly after goal as the popular Ricardo Alves made his return to the club as a substitute.

Posted at 22:45

Tuesday 03 August - Two games on Thursday

We will now be playing two games on Thursday evening. As well as the Middlesex Millennium Cup tie at Clapton, we will also be fielding a side at Wingate & Finchley in the same competition. Both games are expected to kick off at 7.45pm. If we receive details of how strong the line ups will be we will update the site accordingly.

Posted at 18:00

Tuesday 03 August - Two more departures

Supporters may well have seen reports about Dale Binns playing for Cambridge City at the weekend. It is expected that Dale will be signing for the Lilywhites. Hendon are entitled to a compensation fee under the Bosman ruling as Dale is under 24 despite the fact he is out of contract. A departure that has is now definite, is that of Ricci Crace who has been released from the club so that he can join Cheshunt, closer to where he is now living. We thank both players for their efforts over the years, and wish them good luck with their new clubs.

We should have confirmation of the first team squad and details on all the new arrivals with in the next few days. As soon as the players have put pen to paper, we will let you know.

Posted at 14:00