News - August 2011

Tuesday 30 August - Norweigan Greens enjoy Vale Farm visit

Hendon Football Club have a Norwegian branch of their Supporters Club and six members were in attendance as the Greens made it four wins out of four on Bank Holiday Monday.

Geir Adge Holen, Erik Berntzzen, Rolf Erik Eriksen, Geir Borghov Tommy Lervang and Olav Buø watched Hendon beat Harrow Borough 3-2 and then, as they were taking photos of the ground at Vale Farm, they were thrilled to hear the Norwegian national anthem being played in their honour.

Hendon's support is truly worldwide, with fans in Australia, North America and Sweden, as well as Norway, Bulgaria and a few other countries.

Posted at 14:01

Tuesday 30 August - Federico suffers cracked ankle

As those who were at the game yesterday will be aware, Jerome Federico had to be substituted just minutes after coming on for his home debut. Unfortunately he has suffered a crack in his ankle and is expected to be out of action for 6-8 weeks. We are sure that everyone will join us in wishing Jerome a speedy recovery.

Posted at 09:10

Monday 29 August - Harrow beaten in bank holiday derby

The first team kept up their perfect start of the season in an entertaining bank holiday derby against Harrow Borough, 3-2 being the final score.

The first half was evenly balanced until two minutes before the break when the ball was only half cleared by Harrow, and Dave Diedhiou was able to set himself before scoring with an exquisite lob that beat three defenders on the line.

Five minutes into the second period, Carl McCluskey doubled the lead with a header having been left unmarked, but in the 68th minute Harrow pulled a goal back. Michael Peacock pushed a Harrow attacker over in the box, and Gary Jones stepped up to fire the penalty into the right hand side of the goal.

Isaiah Rankin opened his account in the 81st minute to restore the two goal advantage, but Dave Lawrence set up a nervous finish as he pulled another goal back for Harrow deep into stoppage time.

Posted at 18:13

Monday 29 August - Possible travel problems this afternoon

There are currently delays on the London Overground between London Euston and Watford Junction, and on the Bakerloo Line between Queens Park and Harrow & Wealdstone. This is following a problem in the Stonebridge Park area.

However, the National Rail website suggests that the problem should clear in the next hour or so, and suggest that trains should be running normally again by the time you are travelling to the game. However, we advise that if you are relying on these lines, that you allow a bit of extra time for the journey in case the delays knock on into the afternoon.

There are no reported problems on the Piccadilly Line to Sudbury Town.

Posted at 10:40

Sunday 28 August - First local derby tomorrow afternoon

Tomorrow afternoon sees our first local derby of the season as we entertain Harrow Borough as we bid to build on the excellent start to the season so far.

Harrow, who are now managed by Dave Anderson, have had a slow start to the season, although after losing their opening game 1-0 at Metropolitan Police, they have drawn 1-1 at home against both Billericay Town and Aveley.

Last season, both teams won the respective league games on their opponents patch, the Greens winning 3-2 at Earlsmead and Harrow winning 3-0 at Vale Farm as they went on an excellent run to secure a play off spot at the end of the season.

Kick off tomorrow afternoon is at 3.00pm and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Posted at 16:03

Sunday 28 August - Photos from the Carshalton victory

Simon Roe, who takes photos at many non league games, was present at our game yesterday afternoon, and has put a number of photos on his website.

You can take a look at the photos by going to http://www.simonroephotography.co.uk/.

Posted at 15:58

Saturday 27 August - Ryman League Statistical Review 2010-11

The Ryman League Statistical Review of the 2010/11 season is now available, and we will be placing an order for it in a weeks time.

The book includes players league appearances, results of league and cup matches, goalscorers and attendances of the 66 clubs. Also included is an index of players in alphabetical format of each player used in the Ryman League and their regular playing position.

As in recent years, Chris Rogers will be happy to order copies for anyone who would like one. Please note that ordering through me will give a small saving on the cost of each copy - the cost will be £5.

If you would like to order copy, please either speak to Chris Rogers at one of the next two home games, or email us on admin@hendonfc.net and we'll pass your details on to him.

The deadline for ordering is Sunday 4th September.

Posted at 22:21

Saturday 27 August - Hendon go clear at the top

Hendon are three points clear at the top of the table this evening following a 3-0 win at Carshalton Athletic this afternoon.

The result means that it is only the second time that the club has won their first three league games since 1965, and it is believed that it is only the second time in the clubs history that the club haven't conceded any goals in the opening three games.

Hendon took the lead in the 10th minute when Carl McCluskey scored his first goal for the club, and Greg Ngoyi scored seven minutes later to double the lead. The goal that killed the game off came two minutes into the second half when Elliott Godfrey also netted his first goal.

Posted at 17:05

Friday 26 August - First team at Carshalton tomorrow

The first team make the trip across London tomorrow afternoon to face Carshalton Athletic who, like ourselves, are unbeaten so far this season. However, they have dropped points, as they drew 0-0 at home to Wealdstone on Saturday, having won 2-1 at Canvey Island last Saturday.

The Robins have made a string of new signings during the summer, including goalkeeper Nick Hamann, defender Kieran Murphy, midfielders Billy Cook, Francis Quarm, Dean Lodge and Tom Davis and striking trio Dean McDonald, Paul Vines and Laurent Hamici, although the latter is reported to be out injured for three weeks.

Last season, Carshalton finished 2 places and 6 points better off than the Greens, although both teams won their respective home games. A late goal from Mariusz Serwin earnt the Greens a 1-0 win at Vale Farm in September, whilst Carshalton won 2-1 on the final day of the season at Colston Avenue, with Aaron Morgan scoring for Hendon.

Kick off tomorrow is at 3.00pm, and admission is £10 for adults, £6 for senior citizens and £3 for under 16s (who must be accompanied by an adult). Programmes are priced at £2, and if you are driving, please be advised that there will be a £2 parking charge.

Posted at 15:46

Wednesday 24 August - Highlights of last night's game

Bury Town have made highlights of last night's game available on You Tube, giving those of you unable to make the trip to Suffolk a chance to see Jamie Busby's fine goal.

The highlights can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_suukZyy5k.

Posted at 11:21

Tuesday 23 August - Second half performance earns the points

An excellent second half performance led to a second 1-0 win in four days, as the Greens ran out winners at Bury Town.

Once again, Jamie Busby was the goalscorer, with one of his specials from outside the box that flew into the bottom corner of the net.

The first half had seen Bury have the lions share of possession, but the new look Greens defence held firm with another disciplined performance. Hendon came out in the second period in determined mood and were rewarded with Busby's goal in the 70th minute.

Posted at 21:47

Monday 22 August - First away game tomorrow

The first away game of the season sees the first team travel to Bury Town tomorrow evening. Like ourselves, Bury won their first game of the season, coming away from Horsham with a 3-1 victory. Russell Short, Lee Smith and Roy Essandoh were on target.

Last season, both games between the two clubs were entertaining draws, 2-2 in Suffolk, and 3-3 at Vale Farm.

Both sides will go into the game, keen to build on their opening day wins, and it promises to be a closely fought encounter.

Despite the poor weather forecast for the next 24 hours, Bury are confident that the game will go ahead, so we will only update the website if any inspections are planned. Of course, if you are unable to get to the website, you can call the postponement information line where you will find a recorded message with the latest news on the game.

Admission at Bury is £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, and kick off will be at 7.45pm.

Posted at 16:16

Monday 22 August - Non-League Day offers for Lewes

With a confirmed date and kick-off time for the Lewes game, we are now pleased to confirm that we will be taking part in the national Non-League Day campaign, albeit 24 hours after most teams. With international fixtures taking place on Friday 2nd September, there are no Premier League or Championship fixtures that weekend and Non-League fans and clubs are working together to try and get supporters to try out a local game.

For our part, we are reducing admission for the day to all league club season ticket holders as well as anyone who holds a dated ticket stub from this season for a league game to just £5 on production of their stub. With Under-16 admission already at just £1, we believe this will offer excellent value for football lovers within the capital.

With a Sunday kick-off, we expect there to be a very limited amount of football on show in London, so please do encourage everyone you know to give Non-League a go at Vale Farm. If someone you know is interested, but unable to make the Lewes fixture, then a full list of fixtures for the weekend can be found on the Non-League Day website at http://www.nonleagueday.co.uk/match-day/.

Posted at 14:32

Monday 22 August - Lewes game put back 24 hours

Our home game against Lewes has been put back by 24 hours, and will now be played on Sunday 4th September, kicking off at 3:00pm.

This is because Wembley have a home FA Cup tie against Ardley United on the Saturday afternoon, following their 2-1 win at Ascot United on Friday evening.

Posted at 14:02

Monday 22 August - Youth divisional constitutions announced

The divisional constitutions for our two new youth teams have been announced by the Harrow Youth League, and both teams will be in Division Two of their respective age groups.

The Under 15s, under the leadership of manager Andrew Reith, will face Eagles United, Hampstead, Harrow St Mary's, Headstone Manor A, Headstone Manor B, Heathrow Club, Kodak, Magix, Parkfield and St Lawrence.

The Under 14s, who are managed by John McKinney, will face Actual Soccer, Brunswick, Harrow St Mary's, Kensingston Dragons, Magix B, Pinner United, Pinnstars, Pitshanger and St Johns Wood.

The season starts on 11th September, and fixtures will be released soon.

Posted at 13:58

Monday 22 August - FA Cup update

We are one step closer to knowing who our FA Cup opponents will be on 17th September after Tring Athletic beat Hanwell Town 1-0 at the weekend.

Tring now travel to AFC Hayes on 3rd September in the Preliminary Round, and we will travel to the winners of that tie.

Posted at 10:23

Saturday 20 August - Busby penalty enough for opening day win

A penalty converted by Jamie Busby was enough to secure all three points for the Greens this afternoon in the opening game of the season against Concord Rangers.

It was an excellent defensive performance from the Greens, with the new centre half pairing of Elliott Brathwaite and Michael Peacock limiting Concord to a mere handful of chances, and just one clear cut chance in the second half.

The penalty, which was awarded for a foul on Casey Maclaren, came in the 48th minute, and was clinically converted by Busby, which was his 52nd career goal for the club.

Five players made their debuts this afternoon, with Brathwaite, Carl McCluskey and Elliott Godfrey all starting, and Isaiah Rankin and James Archer coming on as substitutes.

Posted at 17:10

Friday 19 August - Federico joins the squad

Gary McCann has added one final player to the squad ahead of tomorrow afternoon's opening game of the season.

19 year old wide midfielder Jerome Federico has joined us from Hayes & Yeading United, for whom he has already made one substitute appearance this season against Alfreton Town last Saturday, having begun his career by coming through the youth set-up at Wycombe Wanderers.

Posted at 16:33

Friday 19 August - Reminder about leafleting

We would like to remind supporters that we are still looking for assistance with distributing leaflets around the local area both tomorrow, when we hope to run a stall in front of The Swan, and in the next couple of weeks with a leaflet drop in the surrounding streets.

We have around 5000 leaflets printed to promote the club for the coming season, but at the moment don't have the manpower to hand them all out. If you're free before the Concord game tomorrow to assist on Harrow Road, or you have some free time in the next few weeks where you could deliver - even if you've only got time to cover a single road, please get in touch with Eddie Edwards via email (eddieedd@hendonfc.net), or speak to him tomorrow during the Concord game.

Posted at 11:18

Friday 19 August - The season starts tomorrow

After what seems like a long pre-season, we finally open our Ryman League campaign tomorrow afternoon as we entertain Concord Rangers at Vale Farm, kick off at 3:00pm.

Last season was the first time we had played the Canvey Island based side, and in August, we beat them 4-1 at Vale Farm, with the now departed Belal Aite-Ouakrim scoring all four goals, Harry Elmes scoring the consolation.

In the return fixture, Aite-Ouakrim scored another two goals, but Concord were in much better form, and the Essex side won 3-2 with goals from Tony Stokes, Gary Ogilvie and Steve King.

Like ourselves, Concord have made some changes to their squad during the summer, including one new recruit who is familiar to Hendon fans. Full back/winger Sam Collins, who himself lives on Canvey Island, has joined Concord, following his summer departure from Maidenhead United.

With the weather forecast looking good for tomorrow, we hope to see as many of you as possible at Vale Farm, hopefully cheering the team on to victory, and three points.

Posted at 09:46

Thursday 18 August - Questionnaire deadline approaching

The deadline is approaching for the return of the questionnaires that the Supporters Trust sent out to all members a few weeks ago.

If you haven't yet returned it, the deadline is Monday 29th August. This is a very important questionnaire as the trust continues to look ahead to the future. If you need another copy, please email us on admin@hendonfc.net and we'll email a copy to you. Alternatively John Rogers will have hard copies with him on Saturday afternoon at the Concord Rangers game.

Posted at 08:39

Wednesday 17 August - Middlesex Youth Cup draws released

The draws for the Middlesex County Youth Cups have been released this morning for our U15 and U14 sides.

Our U15s face a first round trip to Whitewebbs Eagles, with the game due to be played on Sunday 18th September. Should they progress, they will travel Ruislip Town A in the second round.

Our U14s have a bye in the opening round, and will be at home to either Enfield Rangers or Headstone Manor A in the second round on Sunday 16th October.

Posted at 10:22

Wednesday 17 August - Slight change to youth team set-up

There has been a late slight change to our youth team set-up. Due to the numbers available, we have decided to withdraw our under 13 side, and reinstate the under 14 side.

Posted at 10:20

Tuesday 16 August - Former Arsenal striker among four signings

Four more players signed league forms this evening, just one of which is new to the club, one of whom was with us last season, one was in the under 21s and the final one has played for us in the past.

The new player is former Arsenal striker Isaiah Rankin, who joins us from Ashford Town (Middlesex), where he scored 12 goals in 35 league appearances last season. He has played for numerous league clubs, including Bradford City, Barnsley, Grimsby Town and Brentford.

The returning player is 27 year old defender Ryan Wharton, who originally made 11 appearances in the early part of the 2006-07 season. He was with Hemel Hempstead Town and Beaconsfield SYCOB last season.

Also registering are Greg Ngoyi, who of course was with us last season, and Daryl Atkins, who impressed for the under 21s last term.

Posted at 21:56

Tuesday 16 August - Volunteers required for leaflet distribution

Are you available for an hour or two before the game on Saturday afternoon? If so, the Supporters Trust board are looking for volunteers to help hand out leaflets promoting the club outside the Swan pub in Sudbury.

The Swan have once again kindly agreed to allow us to distribute leaflets from their forecourt on Saturday between 11am and 2.30pm. As a number of the trust board have other matchday duties, they are very keen to have some other volunteers to help out. Even if you are only available for an hour before the game, that would be very helpful.

The trust are also aiming to distribute leaflets in the streets local to the ground on Sunday and during the following week.

If you are able to assist either on Saturday, or with the door to door distribution, please email Eddie Edwards on eddieedd@hendonfc.net and he will be delighted to hear from you.

This is a fantastic way that you can support and help your club, without no cost to yourself.

Posted at 10:24

Tuesday 16 August - Information for season ticket holders

We would like to advise all those supporters that have purchased season tickets for the new campaign that your tickets will be available for collection on the gate on Saturday afternoon.

If you are unable to attend on Saturday, then your ticket will be available at the first home league game you come to.

It's not too late to order a season ticket - for full details on prices, please click the admission tab on the menu.

Posted at 09:29

Monday 15 August - Clarification on yesterday's player news

Gary McCann has asked us to clarify the situation with regard to Craig Carby's move to Northwood.

The reason that Craig feels that he is unable to really commit to the fight for his place in our starting XI is down to his work commitments. Gary said that Craig knows the expectations this year and wanted to be totally upfront with his situation.

His move to Northwood is on a dual-registration basis, as it was felt by both Craig and Gary that it was better for all concerned that he gets some important game time at Northwood, and we know that he will be in very good hands under the leadership of Gary Meakin.

Gary also said that Craig is still very much in our thinking, and remains registered with the Ryman League to play for Hendon.

We apologise to all concerned that the news item posted yesterday didn't make the above as clear as it should have done.

Posted at 08:59

Sunday 14 August - Imber signs and more player news

After the game at Harlow, Gary McCann confirmed that experienced goalkeeper Noel Imber has signed for the club. The 34 year old stopper has been out of the game for a couple of years after leaving Boreham Wood, and has played for a number of clubs including Stevenage Borough, Slough Town, St Albans City and Wealdstone. We warmly welcome Noel to the club.

Gary is hoping to confirm two or three final signings after training on Tuesday evening.

Meanwhile Craig Carby, formerly Craig Vargas, has signed for Northwood as he felt he wasn't going to get regular first team football following the defensive additions to the squad during the summer. We will continue to hold his Ryman League registration. We thank Craig for his efforts over the past few years, during which time he made 174 appearances, scoring 4 goals. Gary McCann is keen to make it clear that the door remains open should he wish to return.

Finally, James Parker will not be a regular member of the side this season. As many supporters will be aware, James works as a school teacher, and unfortunately commitments to his job mean that getting to training and matches on Tuesday nights is very difficult. James will remain registered with the club, and very much remains part of the squad. We hope that he will be able to add to his 259 appearances for the club when circumstances allow.

Posted at 09:38

Saturday 13 August - Final friendly ends goalless

The first team's pre-season friendlies ended with a goalless draw at Harlow Town this afternoon. The home side had the better chances in the first half, the best of which fell to Louis Perkins who saw his shot thunder off the woodwork.

The second half saw the Greens create a number of chances, with Lawrence Yaku, Dave Diedhiou, Greg Ngoyi and Aaron Morgan all seeing chances go narrowly wide.

With the friendlies now completed, the squad have two training sessions this week to put the final touches to their preparations before the season starts next week against Concord Rangers.

Posted at 18:25

Saturday 13 August - It's Harrow again in the League Cup

We have once again been drawn to play Harrow Borough in the second round of the league cup - the third time in four years we have been drawn together.

However, as opposed to 2008 and 2010 when we were drawn at home, losing on both occasions, we have been drawn away and will travel to Earlsmead, with the game due to be played on Tuesday 18th October.

Posted at 11:01

Thursday 11 August - Final friendly on Saturday

The season is nearly upon us, and Saturday sees us travel to Harlow Town for the final friendly of the summer. The Hawks currently play in Division One North, and finished in 4th place, losing to Wingate & Finchley in the play off semi finals.

We last met Harlow in February 2009 when we ran out 5-0 winners at Vale Farm, Peter Dean (2), Brian Haule, Lee O'Leary and Jamie Busby finding the back of the net. A couple of months earlier we won 5-3 at Barrows Farm, with Harry Hunt (3), Glenn Garner and Busby scoring.

Admission at Barrows Farm on Saturday is £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for children. We hope to see as many of you there as possible as Gary and the squad make their final preparations for the season ahead.

Posted at 15:27

Wednesday 10 August - Youth section 2011-12

We will be running just two youth teams this season, as we look to re-establish the club into the Harrow Youth League, and the local youth football scene.

Following the trials a couple of weeks ago, it was decided that we would just run sides in the under 13 and under 15 age groups. As previously reported, the under 13s will be managed by John McKinney and Dave Stewart, and the under 15s will be managed by Andrew Reith.

As was mentioned a few weeks ago, the under 21 side has been disbanded, and since then the under 18 side has also been disbanded.

Any prospective players who are interested in the possibility of joining one of the two teams this season should send an email with their contact details to youthsection@hendonfc.net

Posted at 19:12

Tuesday 09 August - Second half recovery for Greens

The first team needed a second half recovery to earn a 4-1 win at Northwood this evening, having gone behind to a first half Wayne O'Sullivan goal.

The Greens fought back in the second half, and goals from Jamie Busby, Scott Cousins, Elliott Godfrey and Liam Hind ensured the victory.

Posted at 22:00

Tuesday 09 August - Tonight's friendly is going ahead

The club have confirmed that tonight's friendly at Northwood is going ahead as planned. A number of matches around the capital, including Wembley's home game against Windsor, have been postponed this evening in response to the current situation in the capital.

We do ask that any supporters travelling to Northwood ensure that they take the utmost care, and no unnecessary risks. We fully understand if you feel that it is safer to stay at home rather than attend the game.

Posted at 15:56

Saturday 06 August - Archer and Lewis sign up

Following this afternoon's game at Harefield, both James Archer and Michael Lewis have signed up for the new season.

Lewis, who impressed on Tuesday night for Chalfont St Peter, is a 29 year old midfielder who was playing for Hayes Gate last season, whilst 22 year old James Archer was with Chichester City in the Sussex League last term.

We warmly welcome both players to the club.

Posted at 17:43

Saturday 06 August - Rankin nets double in win

Two goals from Isaiah Rankin helped the first team to their latest friendly win at Harefield United this afternoon. The final score was 3-0, with Casey Maclaren scoring the second goal of the afternoon.

There were two new trialists in the squad. The first was striker Claude Seanla, who was with Tonbridge Angels and Concord Rangers last season, and has also appeared for Boreham Wood and Horsham, whilst Michael Lewis also started, having impressed for Chalfont St Peter on Tuesday evening.

Posted at 17:12

Friday 05 August - Northwood friendly rearranged for Tuesday

Following the cancellation of the friendly against Brentwood, we have now arranged to visit Northwood on Tuesday evening, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 17:32

Friday 05 August - Brentwood game cancelled

Our planned friendly at Brentwood Town on Tuesday evening has been cancelled due to their pitch not yet being match ready. Gary McCann is currently working to try and arrange an alternative fixture for that evening.

Posted at 11:25

Thursday 04 August - Godfrey & Fraser sign on

Elliott Godfrey & Bradley Fraser have both joined the club from Boreham Wood for the new season after signing forms this evening.

Bradley is already known to the club, having made 4 appearances for us last season whilst dual-registered with Boreham Wood. Meanwhile, Elliott is a former Canadian U20 & U23 international who began his career at Watford, before spells at Hampton & Richmond Borough and AFC Wimbledon.

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

Posted at 21:38

Thursday 04 August - Northwood game called off

This evening's friendly with Northwood has unfortunately had to be called off at short notice due to a waterlogged pitch following the persistent rain in North-West London today. Our next friendly is now due to be on Saturday afternoon at Harefield United.

Posted at 16:44

Tuesday 02 August - Greens draw at Chalfont

In tonight's friendly, the first team drew 3-3 at Chalfont St Peter, despite playing for 47 minutes with ten men.

The home side took the lead in the 42nd minute through Daniel Ailey, and just a minute later the Greens were reduced to ten men when Daryl Atkins was sent off for a second bookable offence.

The game came to life midway through the second half with 5 goals in 10 minutes. In the 69th minute Ailey doubled the lead, but this sparked Hendon into action.

Elliott Godfrey pulled a goal back in the 74th minute, and just a minute later equalised from the penalty spot. In the 78th minute the Greens were ahead courtesy of an own goal, but didn't concentrate as Daniel Tomlin equalised for Chalfont just moments later.

Posted at 21:21