News - August 2013

Saturday 31 August - Coach bookings to Lowestoft

We are now taking coach bookings for the trip to Lowestoft next Saturday with seats priced at £12 as normal.

Details of pick up points and departure times are to be confirmed on Monday, but we are hoping to be able to offer a pick up point that is accessible by public transport.

If you would like to book a seat, please either email admin@hendonfc.net or call Steve Rogers on 07748 526594. Steve is able to take bookings between 1pm and 5pm tomorrow, and between 8.30am and 7pm Monday to Friday.

Posted at 21:33

Saturday 31 August - Positive signs for Gary

Gary McCann feels that there are a lot of positive signs following this afternoon's draw against Lewes.

"I felt we controlled the game for long periods, without actually dictating play as we can. However, the final ball into dangerous areas was lacking.

"We are looking a little edgy and lacking confidence at the moment. That is nothing won't be cured with a win.

"I thought we should have gone in ahead at half-time, even though they had the two best chances. Our execution around the penalty area was disappointing.

"And it was also disappointing to lead late in the game and concede an equaliser.

"There are a lot of positive signs there at the moment. The balls just simply aren't dropping for us at the moment, but it will come. We looked a lot more solid defensively today and it was a more assured performance. We are not far away."

Posted at 21:29

Saturday 31 August - Greens draw at home again

It was a more assured performance from Hendon this afternoon despite the game ending all square against Lewes.

After the first hour past goalless, it was Jefferson Louis who gave Lewes the lead in the 65th minute. Just as it looked like the Greens were going to take all three points, Jack Dixon rose to head home a lovely cross and earn the Rooks a point that, on balance, they deserved.

Posted at 21:13

Saturday 31 August - FA Cup opponents now known

We will be entertaining Biggleswade United in the FA Cup in a fortnight's time following their 3-1 win at Leighton Town this afternoon.

The date of the game will be confirmed early next week as Harrow are also at home, but it will be played over the weekend of 13th, 14th & 15th September.

Posted at 21:11

Friday 30 August - Lewes visit Earlsmead tomorrow

August comes to an end tomorrow as we entertain Lewes at Earlsmead in a game that will kick off at 3:00pm.

Lewes have started the season well and currrently lie in 6th place with 12 points, winning three and drawing three. Two of those draws came over the Bank Holiday weekend as they had a goalless encounter at Maidstone United, and then drew 1-1 with Bognor Regis Town on Monday afternoon with Jack Dixon finding the back of the net.

Last season, both league games were drawn, Dean Cracknell and Kevin Maclaren scoring in a 2-2 draw at Vale Farm, whilst the match at the Dripping Pan last November was goalless. We did however win the FA Cup tie 3-0 with goals from Cracknell, Elliott Charles and Michael Murray.

One familiar face to Hendon fans in the Lewes squad is former goalkeeper Rikki Banks, who returned to the club this summer having been with Wealdstone last season.

Gary McCann and the squad are very keen to ensure that they return to winning ways and iron out the individual errors that have been costing us so far this season. Your support is very important to the squad, so please get behind them and lets start seeing if we can make Earlsmead feel like home. Then hopefully we'll all be celebrating three points come the end of the game.

Usual admission prices apply and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Earlsmead tomorrow afternoon.

Posted at 08:37

Wednesday 28 August - Greens win training match over landlords

A squad side ran out 2-1 winners this evening in a training match over landlords Harrow Borough at Earlsmead.

After Anthony Thomas had given the Greens the lead, Harrow equalised with a free kick, but Michael Murray secured the win with Hendon's second goal of the evening.

Squad : Tom Sherman, Brandon Horner, Jack Bennett, George McCluskey, Emmanuel Shossala, Elias Moses, Bilal Butt, Max McCann, Anthony Thomas, Michael Murray, Michael Bryan, Jamal Joseph, Junior Lewis, Paul Cafferty, Evandro Delgado.

Posted at 23:12

Wednesday 28 August - Latest blog posts now online

The latest Kilburn Times and Whitmarsh Whiskers blog posts are now online, with thoughts on the Bank Holiday action.

The blogs can be viewed by clicking the links below.

Brent & Kilburn Times blog

Whitmarsh Whiskers blog

Posted at 13:00

Wednesday 28 August - Wingate & Finchley Kindle programme

The Kindle edition of the Wingate & Finchley programme is now available to buy on Amazon.

To purchase your copy, just go to the link below.

A full list of the Hendon related eBooks and eProgrammes available can be found on the eBooks page.

Wingate & Finchley programme

Posted at 08:37

Tuesday 27 August - Shirt signed by Lee Mack relisted

Unfortunately the winning bidder for the Hendon shirt signed by top comedian Lee Mack failed to pay, so we have relisted the item on eBay.

If you would like to bid for the item, please go to the link below - all proceeds from the sale will go to the Supporters Trust.

Also relisted is a programme from the end of season game aganst Enfield Town which has been signed by the squad and management.

Hendon shirt signed by Lee Mack

Hendon v Enfield Town programme signed by squad and management

Posted at 08:00

Monday 26 August - Gary praises Horlock performance

Gary McCann was quick to praise Charlie Horlock after the game today despite being disappointed with the performance.

"This was easily the poorest performance of the past three matches, but we got a point. We certainly didn't deserve to win today, and a draw was probably the right result. That said, Charlie Horlock was easily our best player; he had an excellent game in goal.

"It is a positive that we didn't roll over and die after going one goal down - and in a run like ours, many teams would have done that. Instead we rolled up our sleeves and, in the end it was a point gained. The boys have to take credit for that."

Posted at 22:23

Monday 26 August - Angol snatches deserved late equaliser

A late headed equaliser from Lee Angol earnt Hendon a deserved equaliser against Wingate & Finchley this afternoon.

The game, which was played on a warm afternoon, ended 1-1 after Leon Smith had given the visitors the lead four minutes from the end of normal time. Angol's equaliser came in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

The best chance of the first half fell to Dave Diedhiou, but he fired wide when it appeared easier to score. At the other end Charlie Horlock was in excellent form, making a number of important saves and interceptions in a series of one on one situations with Smith.

The Greens will be delighted that they have ended the recent run of defeats, but equally disappointed that they only got a point, as they created the chances to win the game.

Posted at 19:47

Sunday 25 August - Tube closures tomorrow

Supporters travelling to Earlsmead tomorrow are advised that there are a number of closures on the underground.

The Piccadilly Line is closed between Acton Town and Rayners Lane, with a rail replacement bus operating, whilst the Metropolitan Line is closed between Aldgate and Harrow-on-the-Hill.

As a result, supporters travelling from Central London are advised to go to London Marylebone and use the Chiltern Railways service to Northolt Park which operates hourly, departing at 39 minutes past the hour, returning from Northolt Park at 1720 or 1820. The journey takes about 15 minutes, and is then a 10 minute walk to the ground, therefore the latest departure from Marylebone that guarantees arrival in time for kick off (unless you fancy running) is the 1339 departure.

The other alternative from Central London is to use the Central Line to Northolt, which is a longer walk, or you can catch a bus from Northolt to Northolt Park.

Full details on buses can be found on the directions page.

Posted at 22:41

Sunday 25 August - eProgrammes now available to purchase

We are delighted that we are now able to bring you Kindle editions of our matchday programmes. These are aimed at those who are unable to come to the game, but would still like to read a programme. The programmes are sold via Amazon, and are priced at £2.00, same as the printed version. A list of the issues available can be found on our eBooks page the link to which is on the left hand menu.

Posted at 19:00

Sunday 25 August - Gary frustrated after Enfield defeat

Hendon manager Gary McCann was a frustrated man when he talked about the game on the following day. "We played ever so well," he said.

"The defeat was very hard to digest. We gave them poor goals at poor times, two minutes into the first half and two minutes into the second half. And the passage of play leading up to the penalty was disappointing defensively. It looked a penalty from my angle.

"In the first half, it was as good as we have played and we could have been two or three goals up at half time. It looked like we tired a little in the last 20 minutes (a few of the players have not trained much recently), even though I thought we were still on top – only not quite as much.

"It is individual errors defensively that have cost us massively. We have to be better and eliminate them. But, all in all, I thought it was a very good performance."

Posted at 14:50

Saturday 24 August - Last gasp penalty defeats Hendon

Hendon were beaten 3-2 by Enfield Town this afternoon despite putting in their best performance of the season at a very wet QEII Stadium. However, a last minute penalty converted by Liam Hope, who was then sent off for a second caution in the aftermath, consigned the Greens to a fourth consecutive defeat.

Adam Wallace had put the home side ahead in the second minute, but the rest of the opening period belonged to the Greens and they deservedly equalised through Dave Diedhiou.

Hope restored the lead with a superb free kick early in the second half, only for Diedhiou to equalise again shortly afterwards. Diedhiou had a third goal struck off for offside, as the Greens searched for a winner, but they were stung by the late penalty award for an offence spotted by the assistant referee.

Posted at 20:26

Saturday 24 August - Greens and Duberry part company

Gary McCann spoke to Greensnet this afternoon before the game and announced that the club and Michael Duberry have parted company.

Unfortunately things hadn't been working out as hoped and it was felt that it would be best for all concerned for there to be a parting of the ways.

We wish Michael all the best for the future.

Posted at 20:17

Friday 23 August - Bank holiday derby weekend

The Bank Holiday weekend has thrown up two local derbies, at Enfield Town on Saturday and at home to Wingate & Finchley on Monday. Both games kick off at 3.00pm.

The trip to Enfield Town will be just the second time we have visited their new home at Donkey Lane. Like ourselves they have had a disappointing start to the season and lie just one place and one point ahead of us in the table.

Our last trip to Donkey Lane saw us come out on the receiving end of a 6-3 defeat when Jack Mazzone and Belal Aite-Ouakrim were on target, along with a Mark Kirby own goal, whilst there was also an own goal in the return fixture where Dave Diedhiou also scored in a 3-2 defeat.

Against Wingate & Finchley last season, we won at Summers Lane in the first league game, Julian Owusu-Bekoe coverting a late penalty, but lost the return fixture 2-0, and a London Senior Cup quarter final at Summers Lane 3-0.

Admission prices at Enfield Town are £10 adult, £6 concessions and £1 for under 16s. Their programmes are priced at £2.00.

Our usual admission prices apply on Monday afternoon - £10 adult, £5 concessions, free for under 16s. Our programmes are also priced at £2.00 and will be on sale from the club shop on the opposite side of the ground to the turnstiles.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at one or both games this weekend as we look to kick start the season and get some more points on the board.

Posted at 15:00

Friday 23 August - Striker Lobjoit signs up

Former Leyton Orient youngster Billy Lobjoit has signed this afternoon from Bishop's Stortford as Gary McCann further strengthens his squad.

The 19 year old striker began his career with Doncaster Rovers before joining Leyton Orient as a 15 year old, and made one substitute appearance for the O's. He had a spell on loan at Boreham Wood in 2012, and after being released by Orient, he joined Bishop's Stortford where he scored 3 goals in 8 appearances in Conference North.

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

Meanwhile, Gary McCann has confirmed that George Bowerman has signed for Guildford City on a dual-registration.

Posted at 14:38

Friday 23 August - Former Watford winger joins the squad

Gary McCann added another face to the squad ahead of tomorrow's game at Enfield Town.

23 year old winger Michael Bryan has signed from Conference North side Corby Town, although he wasn't part of the side that played against us in the FA Cup last season. He is a full Northern Ireland international having made two appearances in 2010, as well as four for their U21 side.

Michael began his career as a schoolboy at QPR before joining Hayes and then Hayes & Yeading United where he played in their under 18 and reserve sides. He moved on to Watford and made his professional debut for the Hornets in August 2009 and went on to make a further 13 appearances, as well as having a spell on loan at Bradford City.

He was released by Watford in the summer of 2012 and joined Brackley Town, then had a spell on loan at Daventry Town before joining Corby in January.

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

Posted at 10:53

Tuesday 20 August - Free kick defeats Hendon

A 60th minute free kick from Stuart Boardley was enough to defeat the Greens at Leiston this evening.

However, Hendon did have plenty of chances throughout the game but just couldn't convert them. On another evening Jefferson Louis could have had a hat-trick. It was just one of those nights where things didn't run for us.

A full report on the game will be online sometime tomorrow.

Posted at 21:45

Tuesday 20 August - First game beyond zone 6 tonight

Hendon play the first of just 10 league games that will take place this season outside travelcard zone 6 tonight as they make the long trip to Leiston.

The Suffolk side have picked up 2 wins in their 3 games so far, opening with a 4-1 win at home to Cray Wanderers, before losing 3-2 at Grays Athletic and then winning 1-0 at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday afternoon courtesy of a Ryan Crisp goal in the 76th minute.

The Greens completed a league double over Leiston last season, winning 2-1 at Vale Farm thanks to a Greg Ngoyi brace, whilst Jack Connors scored the only goal in a 1-0 win at Victory Road towards the end of the season.

Gary McCann will be hoping for another quality offensive performance from the squad tonight, but hopefully complimenting that with a much improved defensive performance.

Kick off at Victory Road tonight is at 7.45pm and live updates should appear on the @HendonFC twitter feed and also on the vidiprinter on the Ryman League website.

Posted at 08:50

Monday 19 August - Maidstone video highlights

Maidstone United's video team have put together an excellent 15 minute highlights package from Saturday's game.

To see all the thrills and spills, just click the link below.

Maidstone United highlights

Posted at 13:55

Monday 19 August - New regular blog column for Kilburn Times

Steve Rogers will be writing a regular weekly blog column for the Kilburn Times and Ham & High local newspaper websites.

His thoughts on Saturday's game against Maidstone have gone online this morning can can be read on the link below.

Green Agenda

Posted at 13:55

Monday 19 August - Whitmarsh's Whiskers is back

The popular Whitmarsh's Whiskers blog has returned for the new season with an excellent post on the game against Maidstone.

The blog can be found on the link below. We will aim to post a link from the website each time the blog is updated.

Whitmarsh Whiskers

Posted at 13:55

Sunday 18 August - FA Cup update

We are a step closer to knowing who our FA Cup opponents will be after Biggleswade United won 2-0 at Irchester United this afternoon.

Biggleswade will now travel to Leighton Town in the Preliminary Round on 31st August - with the winners travelling to play us over the weekend of 13th/14th/15th September. The date will be confirmed once both Harrow and ourselves know who our opponents will be.

Posted at 17:05

Saturday 17 August - Greens beaten in entertaining game

Hendon lost a thoroughly entertaining game 5-3 to Maidstone United this afternoon at Earlsmead. It was a very open game, and could quite easily have finished level, or indeed the other way round. As it was, it was the Kent side who took away the three points.

The opening goal was scored by the returning Lee Angol, who saw his shot deflected into the net, but within minutes Maidstone were level through Frannie Collin. A beautiful cross was superbly headed home by Dave Diedhiou a few minutes later to restore the lead for the Greens, but Collin was on target again in the 35th minute, and before half-time his fellow front man Paul Booth made it 3-2.

Alex Brown put the Stones 4-2 ahead in the 58th minute, before Jefferson Louis pulled a goal back seven minutes later. The only time the Greens got really sloppy was immediately after that goal as they let Brown in to score within a minute, and that was the end of the scoring.

Whilst Hendon fans will be disappointed with the result, no one can deny that this was a really entertaining game.

Posted at 18:32

Saturday 17 August - Morias and Angol return on loan

We are delighted to announce that we have secured Junior Morias and Lee Angol on a month's loan from Wycombe Wanderers, along with their team-mate Charlie Horlock.

Both Junior and Lee are well known to Hendon fans, having spent time with the club last season. Junior scored 5 goals in his 8 appearances, whilst Lee scored 3 goals in his 10 appearances.

Charlie Horlock is an 18 year old goalkeeper who will give Gary McCann an added option between the sticks. Charlie is on a longer term loan and will be with us until the beginning of January.

We are delighted to welcome both Junior and Lee back to the club, and we welcome Charlie as well, and hope that all three enjoy their time with us.

Posted at 15:00

Friday 16 August - Maidstone come visiting tomorrow

Our visitors for our first Saturday home game of the season are newly promoted Maidstone United, who came up from Division One South last season.

The Stones, who are now based back in their home town, have seen their fortunes turn around since their relegation in 2011, as well as their home attendances go through the roof - with over 2000 attending their opening game of the season against Wealdstone on Saturday.

They have picked up 4 points from their two games so far, drawing 1-1 with Wealdstone, and then winning 2-1 at Carshalton Athletic on Tuesday.

The Greens will be keen to put their disappointing performance and result against Dulwich Hamlet behind them, and bounce back to winning ways. It won't be an easy task as Maidstone have a number of talented players in their squad, including experienced striker Frannie Collin.

Kick off at Earlsmead is at the usual time of 3.00pm. We are expecting a bigger crowd than normal, so we would advise you to arrive early so that we can hopefully avoid any last minute queues at the turnstiles.

The bar will be open as normal before and after the game, as well as at half-time, but we do remind you that alcohol is not allowed inside the stadium.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible tomorrow afternoon for what will hopefully be an entertaining game.

Posted at 14:00

Friday 16 August - Coach bookings for Leiston

We are currently taking bookings for the coach to Leiston on Tuesday evening, which are priced at £12 each. The coach only be making one pick up and that will be from South Mimms Services.

If you would like to travel on the coach, please email us on admin@hendonfc.net before 9pm on Monday, and we will let you know the departure time.

Posted at 12:35

Friday 16 August - Don't forget to use EasyFundraising

The supporters trust have recently recieved an email from Easy Fundraising informing them that a cheque for £96.50 is on its way. This is for commission earned on purchases through their website for the three months up to the end of June. This is double the amount we usually receive.

So an enormous thank you to everyone who has contributed - it really does make a difference to the club.

Whilst this amount is fantastic, it would be wonderful to smash the £100 in the run up to Christmas. Remember, you can buy online from more than 2000 vendors earning money for Hendon FC at no extra cost to yourself.

Perhaps you're planning to travel to an away game by train? Most major train operators give a percentage of every purchase to us if you go to the EasyFundraising website first.

Or are you thinking of switching energy supplier in the run up to Autumn? Most providers will donate at least £20 if you switch to them from another supplier. Likewise if you shop around for your car or home insurance.

To make use of the EasyFundraising site - just click the link on the left hand menu. If you'd like more information on how the site works, please speak to John Rogers on a matchday.

Posted at 08:30

Thursday 15 August - Ryman League Statistical Review 2012/13

The sixteenth edition of the Ryman League Statistical Review, covering season 2012/13 and compiled as usual by Mike Wilson, is now available.

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 previous years Chris Rogers is happy to order copies at a cost of £6.00, this price includes postage if required. If you would like a copy please either speak to Chris on Saturday or at the Wingate & Finchley game, or email the website on admin@hendonfc.net and we'll pass your details on. The deadline for orders is Monday 26th August - the day we play Wingate & Finchley.

Copies will be distributed as soon as possible after they have been received.

Posted at 19:15

Wednesday 14 August - Robert Dyas League Cup 3rd round draw

Despite the 1st and 2nd rounds of the Robert Dyas League Cup having not taken place yet, the league have released the draw for the 3rd round.

Should we win our 2nd round tie at Wealdstone, we would then be at home to the winners of the tie between Soham Town Rangers and Harrow Borough.

Posted at 18:38

Tuesday 13 August - Greens in goalless friendly

A squad side played out a goalless behind closed doors friendly this evening against Met Police (Bushey).

The game, which was set up to give players much needed game time should they be required for first team action, saw just twelve players take the field.

The line up was Tom Sherman, Dave Diedhiou, Brandon Horner, James Fisher, Junior Lewis, Kevin Maclaren, Tom Inch, Max McCann, Isaiah Rankin, Michael Murray, Anthony Thomas. Substitute : Michael Kalu (for Rankin, 46)

Posted at 21:50

Tuesday 13 August - Match reporter required for Leiston

We are looking for a volunteer to write a match report on next week's game at Leiston. Unfortunately none of our regular reporters are able to get to the game, and we would much prefer to have a report from someone who is in attendance, rather than compiling a report based on second hand information.

If you are interested in doing this, please contact the club on admin@hendonfc.net or speak to Steve Rogers at Earlsmead on Saturday.

Posted at 12:57

Monday 12 August - Hendon outplayed by the Hamlet

Hendon were thoroughly outplayed by Dulwich Hamlet, particularly in the first half, and went down to a 2-1 defeat.

Dulwich are a quick pacy side who never gave the Greens time to settle on the ball. On the attack their pace gave the defence all sorts of problems and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 20th minute through Harry Ottoway.

It was Ottoway who doubled the lead a few minutes later, and had they had more luck in front of goal, the visitors could easily have been further ahead at half-time.

Having read the riot act, Gary McCann made two changes at half-time which did spark a bit of life into the performance, but the first shot at goal didn't come until deep into stoppage time when Jefferson Louis converted from the penalty spot.

Posted at 23:05

Monday 12 August - Camera operator wanted

The management team have asked if anyone knows of someone who might be willing to come and record our home games. This would then give Gary, Freddie, Junior and Paul a chance to review the games, and ensure they know what needs to be worked on.

This would require someone who has a camera, but it doesn't need to be anything top of the range. Free admission would be arranged for the camera operator.

If any supporter is interested, or knows of someone who might be interested, please email the club on admin@hendonfc.net in the first instance and we'll put you in touch with the management team.

Posted at 08:00

Sunday 11 August - Highlights of Thamesmead win

The Football Exclusives website has now posted video highlights of yesterday's win at Thamesmead.

Unfortunately there are some errors with the spelling of names in the line ups, but it is an excellent highlights package which gives you not only the chance to see all four goals, but also some of the chances missed by both sides.

Thamesmead highlights

Posted at 20:43

Sunday 11 August - Dulwich visit for first home game

Tomorrow evening sees our first home game of the campaign as we welcome our old friends Dulwich Hamlet to Earlsmead. It is the first time since May 2001 that we have met in the league, having been regular league opponents since 1963. That game saw us win 3-0 courtesy of goals from Rene Street, Bontcho Guentchev and Dale Binns.

We have met three times in cups since then - losing 3-1 in the London Senior Cup in December 2003, then winning 2-1 in an FA Cup replay in October 2008 at Earlsmead after a 2-2 draw at Champion Hill. Dave Diedhiou and Harry Hunt scored in the replay after Hunt and Rakatahr Hudson had scored in the original tie.

Like the Greens, the Hamlet opened their campaign yesterday with a 2-0 win over Lowestoft Town with goals in each half from Ellis Green, who was later sent off, and Erhun Oztumer who scored from the penalty spot. Lowestoft had an early weak penalty easily saved by Phil Wilson.

Gary McCann and the squad will be keen to build on their excellent start at Thamesmead, and will be boosted by James Fisher being available following his suspension.

Kick off tomorrow is at 7.45pm, and admission is £10 adults, £5 senior citizens & students, and free for under 16s. Programmes will be available priced at £2.

We hope to see a good turnout of Hendon support tomorrow, getting behind the team and hopefully cheering them on to three points. See you there.

Posted at 18:00

Sunday 11 August - Two more post-match interviews

The Football Exclusives website has now also posted two further post-match interviews with Casey Maclaren and Anthony Thomas.

These can be viewed by clicking the links below.

Casey Maclaren Interview

Anthony Thomas Interview

Posted at 07:45

Saturday 10 August - Gary McCann video interview

Gary McCann has spoken to the Football Exclusives website following today's 4-0 win at Thamesmead Town.

You can see and hear his thoughts on Casey Maclaren's goal, the game, and Monday's match against Dulwich Hamlet by clicking the link below.

Gary McCann Interview

Posted at 21:23

Saturday 10 August - Casey reaches double ton

Today's game saw Casey Maclaren mark his 200th appearance with a screamer of a goal.

Casey, who can play in defence or midfield, and has been known to play up front as well, made his debut as a last minute substitute in a 2-1 win over Leyton in August 2007, and has been an important member of the squad ever since.

He has suffered with injury a couple of times, missing most of the 2008/09 season and a fair chunk of the 2011/12 season, but when fit to play, he is a player that you can always rely on to give 100% when he pulls on the Green shirt.

Today's strike was the 27th goal he has scored for the club, his most prolific season being the 2009/10 campaign when he scored ten.

Everyone at the club congratulates Casey on reaching the milestone, and given that he's still only 26, there is every chance that there are many more appearances to come.

Posted at 21:09

Saturday 10 August - Casey's screamer highlight of win

A screaming shot from 30 yards by Casey Maclaren set Hendon on their way to a 4-0 win at Thamesmead Town this afternoon. The result puts the Greens top of the embryonic league table on alphabetical order.

Maclaren's goal was the highlight of not only the first half, but the game as he let rip with his shot that gave Rob Budd no chance in the home goal.

The Greens then ground down their opponents in the second half, and were rewarded when Jefferson Louis opened his account as he headed home a fine cross from Anthony Thomas with ten minutes to go. Five minutes later Thomas also made the scoresheet, knocking the ball home from close range to score on his second debut for the club, before Brandon Horner joined the debutant scorers with a diving header in stoppage time.

It was an excellent professional performance by Gary McCann's charges, and they will go into Monday's home game against Dulwich Hamlet full of confidence.

Posted at 19:26

Friday 09 August - Former Chelsea and Leeds defender signs

We are delighted to announce that former Chelsea and Leeds United defender Michael Duberry has signed for the club in time to be part of the squad tomorrow afternoon.

The 37 year old former England U21 defender has been a part of the squad throughout pre-season, and was with Oxford United last season.

He began his career at Chelsea, making his debut in the 1993-94 season. Whilst at Stamford Bridge he won the League Cup, Cup Winners' Cup and European Super Cup.

In 1999 he moved on to Leeds United for £4.5 million and played in their 1-0 win over AC Milan in the Champions League. In 2005 he moved on to Stoke City, and has since had spells at Reading, Wycombe Wanderers and St Johnstone before signing for Oxford in 2011.

We are delighted that Michael has agreed to join the squad for the new season, and hope that he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 20:05

Friday 09 August - League campaign begins tomorrow

Our long-awaited start to the season is nearly upon us, and we will begin our 51st season in the Isthmian League with a trip to Thamesmead Town tomorrow.

Our opponents will be facing their first season at this level of football, having progressed through the play-offs from Division One North at the end of last season.

We have played them just once before, that coming in a London Senior Cup quarter final in March 2011 when we won 2-0 courtesy of goals from Jamie Busby and Dave Diedhiou.

The Greens will go into the game keen to build on the excellent second half of the last campaign, and having had a largely positive pre-season, the squad does seem to be gelling well.

Kick off at Bayliss Avenue tomorrow afternoon is at 3.00pm, and directions to the ground can be found on the directions pages.

Admission is £10 adults, £5 concessions & students, £2 for those aged 11-16, and accompanied youngsters under 11 are admitted free.

Posted at 14:37

Friday 09 August - Harrow away game date change

Our away game against Harrow Borough will now be played 24 hours earlier on Monday 9th September, kicking off at 7:45pm. This is to avoid a clash with the televised World Cup qualifier between Ukraine and England being shown on the Tuesday evening.

Posted at 12:00

Thursday 08 August - Keeper options strengthened by an Inch

Gary McCann has added to his goalkeeper options by signing Cameron Inch from Hillingdon Borough. The 20 year old has appeared in friendlies in each of the past three summers, but this is the first time he has registered to play competitively.

We hope that he enjoys his battle with Berkley Laurencin and Sean Thomas for the number 1 shirt this season.

Posted at 22:42

Thursday 08 August - Michael Kalu becomes a Green

Michael Kalu has become the second former Watford youngster to sign for the club this summer. The 19 year old winger has impressed in recent friendlies and will be part of the squad that travels to Thamesmead Town on Saturday afternoon.

We are delighted to welcome Michael to the club, and hope his time with us is very successful.

Posted at 22:41

Thursday 08 August - James Fisher registers

We are pleased to announce that popular defender James Fisher has registered for the club this season, meaning that he'll be starting his third season with the Greens.

Posted at 22:41

Wednesday 07 August - Live Updates - Season 2013/14

We are pleased to confirm that there will be live updates from our games this season. However, there substantial changes in how the information is received by the system, and where you will need to go to see the updates.

The live updates system that we have been using has been upgraded during the summer, and is now the official Ryman League Livescores system. As a consequence, all Ryman League teams have been asked to operate the system for their home games - but not away games. Clearly it is daft for two clubs to submit information from the same game.

As a result this means we are no longer responsible for the updates from our away league and league cup ties, and away ties in any other competition against Ryman League sides. Please bear this in mind if things go wrong for away games - any mistakes will not be the fault of our volunteers.

At the current time, the upgraded system has not been configured to post updates to messageboards, but it is hoped that this feature will return during the season.

Updates will appear on the Isthmian League website which can be found at www.isthmian.com or on our twitter feed at www.twitter.com/hendonfc.

Hopefully the fact that all 72 Ryman League clubs should be operating the system for their home games, will actually make things easier for our volunteers, as we will no longer be trying to find someone to feed information through from those long distance midweek away games.

If you have any questions regarding this, please email us on admin@hendonfc.net

Posted at 21:00

Wednesday 07 August - League cup date fixed

We have agreed with Wealdstone that our Robert Dyas League Cup tie will take place at The Vale on Monday 7th October, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 16:00

Wednesday 07 August - Eskinazi & Co become club sponsor

We are pleased to announce that Eskinazi & Co solicitors, have agreed to become our club sponsor for the forthcoming season. The company is based in North Finchley and specialise in all aspects of family law with a highly experienced team eight solicitors and one barrister

We are delighted to be in partnership with Eskinazi & Co and we look forward to seeing their representatives at our games throughout the season.

Posted at 13:44

Tuesday 06 August - Chelsea show their class

The Chelsea U21 squad showed their class as they won 2-0 at Earlsmead tonight, and included Josh McEachran in their starting line up.

With Jody Morris and Jon Harley also in the starting line-up there was plenty of experience to assist the Blues youngsters.

The Greens meanwhile gave most of the squad 45 minutes, ensuring that as many as possible got the chance to pit their wits against their professional opponents.

Chelsea scored a goal in each half, the first coming on the stroke of half-time when Josh McEachran coolly scored from the penalty spot.

The only goal of the second period came midway through the half when Ben Pattie broke clear of the back line to slot the ball past Cameron Inch.

It must be said that the Greens did not disgrace themselves - and were unfortunate not to go in all square at half-time - and they will be able to take plenty of positives into Saturday's first league game at Thamesmead.

Posted at 22:49

Tuesday 06 August - Chelsea game this evening

Chelsea's U21 side are our visitors this evening for our first game as tenants at Earlsmead, and they are including Jody Morris and Jon Harley in their squad.

The two former Chelsea players are both without clubs and have been training with former Hendon favourite Dermot Drummy and his youngsters to keep their fitness up.

Whilst Drummy is resting a number of players ahead of their opening U21 league game against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday evening, he is still bringing a squad full of exciting youngsters, who will provide a tough test for Gary McCann and the team as they make their final preparations for the opening game at Thamesmead Town on Saturday.

Kick off tonight is at 7.45pm, but please arrive in good time to ensure that you are in the ground in time for kick-off as we are hoping that the attendance will be higher than we are used to. Also our matchday staff will be getting used to working at a new venue, so please be patient if there are any teething troubles.

Admission is £10 for adults, £5 for senior citzens and students, and free for under 16s. The offer for season ticket holders of professional clubs does not apply for this game.

We hope to see as many of you as possible this evening for what promises to be an entertaining evening of football.

Posted at 09:11

Sunday 04 August - Have you sponsored a matchball yet?

Matchball sponsorships have now been available for 10 days or so, and we have sold all sponsorships up to mid-October. But that's not enough - we would love to sell them all.

If you haven't sponsored a ball yet and would like to see which games are still available, please go to the link below where you will also be able to download the form.

Matchball sponsorship costs £80 and includes a complimentary ticket, complimentary programme, credit in the matchday programme and credit on the sponsorship page on the website and on the match report page.

If you would like to reserve a matchball, please just drop Simon Lawrence an email on simon.hendon@btinternet.com or contact us via the website on admin@hendonfc.net

Remember, this is your club and every penny counts.

Player Sponsorship

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 03 August - Goalless draw at Northwood

The final away friendly of preseason at Northwood ended in a goalless draw this afternoon.

In a game of few chances, it was the Greens who had the better ones, but they were unable to find a way past former keeper James Reading.

Posted at 23:15

Friday 02 August - Morris and Harley to guest for Chelsea

Chelsea Under-21 manager Dermot Drummy has been in touch and advised that he will be resting a few of his more experienced players on Tuesday evening. However, he will be fielding two players with more than 150 senior Chelsea appearances between them in the form of Jody Morris and Jon Harley.

Drummy's charges have a big derby against Tottenham Hotspur next Friday evening in their opening league encounter, so he understandably wants to ensure his players are ready to go. Morris and Harley are both without clubs at the moment, but are training with Drummy and the under-21s and they are both expected to be in the starting XI.

Admission to the game is £10 for adults, £5 for senior citizens and students and free for under-16s. Tickets are not on sale in advance and will be available through the turnstiles on the night.

Posted at 18:46

Friday 02 August - Short trip to Northwood tomorrow

The squad enter their final week of preparations tomorrow as they make the short trip to Northwood in a game that will kick off at 3:00pm.

Northwood are now managed by former Hendon favourite Mark Burgess, and his twin brother James has been turning out for them in pre-season. Other former Hendon players in their squad include James Reading and Wayne Jackson.

The Woods play one level below the Greens in the Calor League Division One Central and finished in 13th place last season.

Mark Burgess and his charges were in action last night, one squad winning 4-2 at Harefield United, and another losing 2-0 at Cockfosters.

There will be no live updates from the game tomorrow, and the website will not be updated with the details of the game until late tomorrow evening.

Posted at 16:00

Friday 02 August - Have you sponsored a player yet?

Player sponsorships have now been available for just over a week and we would love to be able sell them all.

If you haven't sponsored a player yet and would like to see who is still available, please go to the link below where you will also be able to download the form.

Home kit sponsorship costs £90, away kit sponsorship costs £60, or you can choose to sponsor both kits for just £120. Sock sponsorship is available for under 16s priced at just £5.

All sponsors will see their name listed alongside their chosen player both here on the website, and in the matchday programme throughout the season.

If you would like to reserve a player, please just drop Simon Lawrence an email on simon.hendon@btinternet.com or contact us via the website on admin@hendonfc.net

Player Sponsorship

Posted at 08:36