News - September 2000

Saturday 30 September - Dons survive early cup scare

Hendon managed to beat St. Margaretsbury yesterday by the narrowest of margins, as Jason Soloman made his debut for the first team. The visting side, having previously beaten Boreham Wood, made light work of the 5 division gap between the two sides, and in fact took the lead early on from a penalty, but not before Davis Haule had been sent off for an elbow in retaliation. Hendon worked hard, and in fact came back to take the lead by half time, goals from Clarke then Pickett showing the FA Cup newcomers that the competition is never an easy ride. However, in the second half, St. Margaretsbury came back to score a second, leaving the Greens worried. However, Pickett scored again, to seal the win for Hendon.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 30 September - AXA FA Cup news

As readers of the matchday programme will know, today's game was videoed by Hughes Video who have produced occasional videos involving the Dons in previous years. Copies will be availiable from the club shop, or for St. Margaretsbury through Christine O'Driscoll. Contact the club for further details. The 3rd Qualifying Round tie will be played on Saturday 14th October, meaning that the game at Purfleet will be postponed till a date to be announced.

Posted at 18:15

Tuesday 26 September - Wilmot stays whilst four left suspended

Richard Wilmot has signed a one month extension to his existing loan deal, and Hitchin have given permission for him to be available for the FA Cup tie against St Margaretsbury. Andy Iga and Jon Daly will both miss the FA Cup game on Saturday as their one match suspension following their red cards at Billericay takes effect. David Adekola will be suspended for the Maidenhead United match, while Paul Towler misses 3 matches commencing on the 7th of October. Paul is therefore available for the Maidenhead game as it has been brought forward to the Friday.

Posted at 14:00

Tuesday 26 September - Sportsmans dinner at Hendon FC

A sportsmans/ladies dinner will be held in the Banqueting Suite at Hendon FC on 30th November with Peter Osgood of Chelsea and England staring along with top London Comedian Wally Marddell. Along with there there will also be an auction of football memorabilia, a raffle with top prizes and Irish Bingo. Tickets, costing £25, will go on sale on Thursday 5th October at 10am through the Booking Office on (020) 8455 9185 ex28. Doors open at 7.30 with the dinner starting at 8.30.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 23 September - Dons make their point at the Rec

Yet again Hendon were reduced to 10 men, but this time took a point away from the home side as well due to another good overall performance. A first half strike from Haule looked to have sealed the game for the Dons, but Aldershot came back in the 89th minute with an Owen Coll equaliser. Paul Towler was sent off following a brawl, but two Shots also went for an early bath, Wayne Andrews, for two bookings, and also Mark Blake.

Posted at 19:00

Saturday 23 September - League cup test at home

The league cup draw has given Hendon a home tie against 1st division side Braintree Town in the 2nd round, following the narrow win over Arlesey Town. The provisional date for the fixture is Monday 13 November although this depends on other cup commitments.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 18 September - Grave end to day for Dons

Hendon fell to a 2-1 defeat under Gravesend tonight at a sparce LOOT Stadium. Only 207 saw Adekola score his first league goal for Hendon to send the home side 1-0 up early on in the second half. Gravesend however tightened their grip, and scored twice, to take the lead, and held on to win the game. Hendon's case wasn't helped by their third sending off in three days, but Adekola, unlike Iga and Daly on Saturday, had no complaints with his red card, as he was fairly sent for two bookable offences.

Posted at 22:30

Saturday 16 September - Monday to go ahead? / FA Cup news

Monday's game with Gravesend will hopefully go ahead, as the fuel situation is improving. However, before travelling please check either the messageboard or news page on Greensnet, or phone the Greensline (09066 555 836), to make sure the match is still going ahead. Calls cost 60p at all times. Hendon will be playing St. Margaretsbury in the FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round, as the Spartan South Midlands side caused a shock beating Boreham Wood 1-0 this afternoon.

Posted at 20:00

Saturday 16 September - 'Ricay take points from New Lodge

Hendon came away from Billericay's New Lodge with nothing but two likely suspensions, for goalkeeper Andy Iga, and midfielder Jon Daly. Both sides had chances in the first half, but the home side got their first goal just before half time, leaving Hendon with everything to do in the second half yet again. This time however, the Dons found themselves with a much tougher job, as Iga was sent off for allegedly handling outside the area, and Simon Clarke going in goal could do nothing to stop the resulting free-kick from hitting the net. Late on in the game Jon Daly followed Iga for an early bath after his second booking. Daly said after the game that he had been mistaken for Gary Fitzgerald. Hendon could do nothing with their chances in the remaining minutes.

Posted at 18:30

Tuesday 12 September - Hendon progress at expense of Arlesey

A Hendon side containing only 4 players from Saturday's victory over Slough progressed through to the second round of the League Cup after beating league newcomers Arlesey Town 4-3. Arlesey took the lead in the second minute before Bontcho Guentchev equalised, and Dale Binns put Hendon 2-1 up inside a quarter of an hour. David Adekola's first goal for the club made it 3-1 before Arlesey pulled another goal back just before half time. Binns then scored his second of the game after half time to take him onto 4 goals this season, now Hendon's leading scorer, before another Arlesey goal set up a frantic finale.

Posted at 23:00

Saturday 09 September - Greens too good for Rebels

Another three points were won by Hendon this afternoon, lifting them up to 6th in the league. Slough started admirably, dominating the early exchanges, having scored in the second minute from a corner, Mark Hall scoring with a blistering shot, only 4 yards from the goal. It took Hendon a while to get into the game, but Binns scored just before half time from a rebound after Mautone produced a great save from Haule's strike. Hendon produced another brilliant performance in the second half, Haule scoring the only goal with a low chip over the 'keeper.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 09 September - Maidenhead on Friday

Due to a clash with England's final game at the current Wembley Stadium, Hendon have moved their home game with Maidenhead United a day forward, to Friday 6th October. Meanwhile, Greensnet has had it confirmed that Guentchev has currently been awarded the first goal against St. Albans City, instead of Haule, as originally stated.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 06 September - Further cup news

Hendon will face a trip to Arlesey Town next week, due to the Division Three side's 3-1 win over Barking last night. Also, the Full Members Cup tie against Harlow Town is on Wednesday 25th October, not Tuesday 24th October as previously advertised on Greensnet.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 05 September - Dons slay Saints

Hendon produced another excellent performance to beat 10th place St. Albans City at Clarence Park tonight. Haule opened the scoring for the Greens in the sixth minute, deflecting a goalbound strike from Guentchev, leaving St. Albans 'keeper Laurence Batty diving the wrong way. The Saints soon drew back however, Gary Ansell producing a stunning strike that left Wilmot with little hope of preventing it from entering the top corner. By the second half, Hendon had regained the initiative though, as early on Clarke produced a curling shot that deceived the 'keeper, and five minutes later, Haule drove a shot from a cross low under the diving Batty.

Posted at 22:30

Tuesday 05 September - Greens to visit Harlow in cup

Hendon will be playing at Harlow Town in the Full Member's Cup first round on the 24th of October. The Dons will be looking to keep up their proud recent record in the competition, winning it two seasons running, before last season being knocked out last season by Wealdstone on penalties. The last time Harlow met the Greens was also in a cup match at Hammarskjold Road, Hendon running out 4-2 victors (Whitmarsh and Lewis both netting twice) on their way to a 1st Round replay in the FA Cup against Notts. County.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 04 September - Landesberg bemused by takeover rumours

The article that was allegedly carried in some editions of last Friday's Evening Standard which stated that Lionel Ritchie had made a bid to buy Hendon Football Club carries no truth. Vice-chairman Andrew Landesberg said that today is the first he has heard of it, and there have been no approaches from anyone to buy the club from the Arbiter group. He also stated that he was very disappointed that no supporter approached a club official on Saturday, when the rumours were around on terraces. He would like to stress that if a supporter has a question they would like to ask the club, they can be assured that they will find himself, chairman Ivor Arbiter, or secretary Graham Etchell, all approachable and honest in the answer they will be given.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 04 September - Youth teams look forward to new season

Hendon's four youth teams will start their season on Sunday. There is one new team and one of last year's squads has disbanded. Gone are last year's under-16s, who finished runners-up in the Premier Division of the Harrow Youth League. Manager Peter Perry, who became a father for the first time in May, has moved out the area and realised he could not devote enough time to the team.

This means that the senior team this season will be the Under-16s, managed by Steve Neville. They have a proud record to defend, having gone unbeaten through their Harrow Youth League Division One campaign and also won the Middlesex Youth Cup.

The Under-15s are also defending league champions, having won Harrow Youth League Division Two last season. Managed by Dave Merrilees, they will be making a big step up because this year the team will be in the Premier Division, a rise of two levels.

Last season's new boys are making an even bigger climb. Undefeated champions of Division Three of the Harrow Youth League (they dropped just 2 points in 14 matches and had clinched promotion in January), Dragan Jenic's boys will also be playing in the Under-14s Premier Division.

The new team is the Under-13s. They will be managed by Phil Neville, a member of the youth squad managed by Martin Herring and Gary Eaton 1995-98, Middlesex Under-17s Cup winners in that final season. Phil makes his managerial debut, after acting as coach to brother Steve, in Division Two of the Harrow Youth League.

Posted at 10:00

Sunday 03 September - FA Cup opponents narrowed down

The Greens are far closer to knowing who they will be facing in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. Both Boreham Wood and St. Margaretsbury won their matches, so the Dons now know they will face the winners of the tie between those two clubs. Neither Arlesey and Barking drew either, meaning that they will meet on Tuesday to decide who will host Hendon in the 1st Round of the Ryman League Cup.

Posted at 14:00

Saturday 02 September - Dons and Generals share the spoils

Hendon and Chesham each took a point from the LOOT Stadium today, Hendon coming back from a goal down each time. A comparatively dull first half was followed by a second which saw a defensive mistake let Renner in to score Chesham's first, only to see a fluid move end with a Pickett header from kick-off. Pickett later put a lob over not only the keeper, but the bar too, and then with around 15 minutes to go, another mistake from the Greens' defence let in Bowes to put the Generals ahead again. A late equaliser from Daly saved a point for the Dons though.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 02 September - Greens wait on Arlesey and Barking

The midweek match at Mayesbrook Road between Barking and Arlesey ended 0-0 after extra-time, leaving Hendon having to wait longer to find out who they will play in the 1st Round of the League Cup. The two sides will meet again next week at Arlesey's Lamb Meadow ground, as long as neither team drew in their FA Cup ties today. The eventful 120 minutes saw a player from each side being sent-off, and Arlesey's Ian Ward stretchered off with a broken ankle.

Posted at 10:00