News - September 2011

Friday 30 September - Archive updates continue

Archive updates continue

The website archive is continuing to be updated on a regular basis, with plenty of data during the 1920s and 1930s now having been entered as well as the second world war years.

Whilst there are still several hundred games for which we don't have the line-ups (and in the pre-2nd world war years, goalscorers), there are now less than 150 games for which we don't have the date the game was played.

There are now over 5200 matches on the archive, and just over 2000 players on the database.

The reserve and youth archive is now gradually being built up, and whilst this will be much tougher to complete, we do already have data to hand going back to the early years of the club.

We are also aiming to finally make some real progress with the league table archive over the next few months. It's not that we don't have the data - we do - but it's just a very time consuming process to get the data into the database that generates the league tables.

We are very grateful to those supporters who are continuing to feed information through to us, particularly Rob Wakeley and Chris Rogers who have been spending many hours researching in the Newspaper Library in Colindale.

As always, if you would like a list of the matches for which we are still looking for the team data, please email us on admin@hendonfc.net. That is also the address to use to send any data or information that you may find.

Posted at 19:46

Thursday 29 September - Greens aim for further cup progression

The first team will be looking to extend their FA Cup run on Saturday afternoon as they make their first ever trip to the Boundary Stadium to face Oxhey Jets.

The Jets, who are currently 11th in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, with 11 points from 7 games, have only reached the second qualifying round on one previous occasion, and so this is one of the biggest games in their history.

That occasion was in 2006 when they travelled to Kingsmeadow to play AFC Wimbledon, going down to a 3-0 defeat. Former Green Steve Butler scored one of the goals for the Wombles, whilst Antony Howard and Wes Daly were also in the starting line-up. Byron Bubb, who is now back with the Greens for his third spell, came on as a 75th minute substitute for Daly.

The Jets have reached this stage of the competition by defeating Wodson Park 6-0 in the extra preliminary round, Great Wakering Rovers 1-0 in a preliminary round replay and Hertford Town a fortnight ago in the first qualifying round.

Last Saturday they progressed through the first qualifying round of the FA Vase by beating AFC Dunstable 3-2, and on Tuesday evening they drew 3-3 with Hillingdon Borough in a league fixture.

Their squad has a good mix of youth and experience, with the men to watch out for including leading scorers Spencer Bellotti and Lee Inch who have 9 and 6 goals respectively. Their squad also includes Lewis Putman, who made a couple of appearances for the Greens towards the end of last season.

Gary McCann and the squad will be keen to ensure that they don't slip up on what is a definite banana skin of a cup tie. Hopes are high that a few more of the injured players will be available for selection, and that progression to the third qualifying round can be secured.

Any supporters travelling by public transport are advised that the Metropolitan Line is not running between Aldgate and Harrow-on-the-Hill. We would advise supporters to use the London Overground service that runs between London Euston and Watford Junction and alight at Carpenders Park. This service runs every 20 minutes.

The ground is 15-20 minutes walk from Carpenders Park station. Directions can be found by clicking the directions tab on the menu, and then selecting Oxhey Jets on the list of club.

Admission at the Boundary Stadium is £6 for adults and £3 for concessions, and the game will kick off at 3.00pm.

Should a replay be required, it will take place at Vale Farm on Tuesday 4th October, kicking off at 7.45pm. Our normal admission prices will apply for any replay.

Posted at 16:16

Wednesday 28 September - Met Police game rearranged

Our outstanding home league fixture against Metropolitan Police will now be played on Tuesday 25th October, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 10:20

Monday 26 September - Charles goal returns Greens to the top

Hendon returned to the top of the table, overnight at least, with a 2-0 win over local rivals Wealdstone.

Both goals came just a minute apart late in the second half. The first came when Jonathan North made a great save for the Stones, but Elliott Charles followed up to score on his debut.

Straight from the restart, the Greens regained possession and Greg Ngoyi was able to round North and double the advantage.

Before the goals came, the Greens were indebted to Sean Thomas, who made a number of decent saves to keep the scoreline goalless.

Posted at 21:52

Monday 26 September - Elliott Charles added to the squad

We are pleased to announce the signing of 21 year old striker Elliott Charles from Concord Rangers, and he goes straight into the squad for this evening's game at Wealdstone.

Elliott has just returned from playing for Grenada in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, where he made his debut in a 3-0 defeat against Belize on 2nd September. He also appeared on 18th September in a 2-1 defeat against St Vincent & Grenadines.

He began his career at Barnet, where he signed a professional contract in 2008. He had loan spells at a number of clubs including Farnborough, Lewes and Hemel Hempstead Town before signing for Kettering Town in January 2010. The following summer he moved to Dover Athletic, where he scored 3 goals in 18 appearances last season.

He joined Concord Rangers this summer, and made his debut for them in the opening game of the season at Vale Farm before signing for us this morning.

Posted at 17:14

Sunday 25 September - Mixed start for youth teams

Our two new youth teams had very different starts to their seasons today, with one win and one defeat.

The under 15s opened their campaign with an excellent 8-2 win at Kodak A, but the under 14s were well beaten, going down 12-0 at Actual Soccer.

More details on both games will appear on the youth team news pages in the next few days.

Posted at 17:51

Saturday 24 September - Penalty ends unbeaten start

Hendon's joint-longest unbeaten start to the league season since 1975 came to an end this afternoon as they were deservedly beaten 1-0 by Kingstonian.

Whilst the decisive goal came from the penalty spot, the kick converted by Bobby Traynor in the 78th minute after the well positioned referee ruled that Michael Peacock had handled the ball, it was the least that the home side deserved.

The first half hour was even, but from there on there was only one side likely to win, and that was Kingstonian, but they spurned a number of chances, whilst Berkley Laurencin made one excellent save in the second half.

Hendon weren't without their chances, but were unable to find the back of the net, and had a penalty shout of their own turned down late in the game when it appeared that Tom Hutchinson had handled the ball.

Results elsewhere mean that the Greens drop off the top of the table, although they could make an immediate return on Monday evening if they win at Wealdstone.

Posted at 17:21

Friday 23 September - Hendon in the NLP this Sunday

This Saturday, The Non League Paper will be at Kingsmeadow for our trip to strugglers Kingstonian.

The Greens are yet to be beaten in the league this term, winning five of their opening seven fixtures, and will be looking to continue their excellent start to the 2011/12 campaign.

The K's are second-bottom of the table with just four points from seven games but will be desperate to turn their fortunes around when the Greens visit.

With free tickets being offered to students there should be a cracking atmosphere and plenty of exciting action on the pitch.

For that reason, The NLP have selected it as their Ryman Premier feature game this weekend.

That means an extended 450-word match report plus all the best pictures of the action.

So if you miss the game, want to relive its highlights, read post-match reaction or simply want to catch up with the latest goings on in the Non-League game, make sure you pick up a copy from your nearest stockist this Sunday!

Posted at 15:33

Friday 23 September - Back to league action tomorrow

The first team return to league action tomorrow afternoon as they travel to Kingstonian in our latest Ryman League fixture.

This is likely to be a very tough test, against a side who, despite being among the pre-season favourites, have had a disappointing start to the season and currently lie in 21st place with just four points from seven games.

Our opponents are very much a wounded animal, having also been dumped out of the FA Cup by Poole Town last weekend, and have lost each of their last four competitive games without scoring a goal.

Gary McCann will be very much aware of how Kingstonian can bounce back, as supporters will remember two seasons ago when they lost their first four fixtures, and then came to Vale Farm with six new players, and promptly beat us 3-0. Gary and the squad will be very keen to ensure that this doesn't happen again, and that our unbeaten start to the season continues.

Gary is hoping that 2 or 3 of the injured players will be back and available for selection, whilst Noel Imber has gone to Enfield Town to get some game time to ensure that he is match fit should we require his services.

Kick off at Kingsmeadow tomorrow afternoon is at 3.00pm. Admission for adults is £10, for senior citizens is £7, for students is £4 and under 16s is £2.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 19 September - Draft AGM minutes available

Hendon Football Club Supporters' Trust have e-mailed draft copies of the proposed minutes from their July AGM out to all current members of the Trust this evening for review by members. The board are aware that not all members have access to e-mail and are happy to make hard copies available on request, although to save on postage costs will not be sending them out to all members by post until the next General Meeting is called.

The board are aware that several e-mail addresses we have appear to no longer be in use, as our e-mails have bounced. They would therefore be happy to hear from anyone who believes they are currently in membership, but haven't received an email so they can check and update our records to ensure you don't miss out in future.

Please contact the board by e-mail via philrogersuk@gmail.com, speak to any member at a match or by post via Hendon FC, c/o Wembley FC, Vale Farm, Watford Road, Sudbury, HA0 3HG

Posted at 20:54

Monday 19 September - Oxhey Jets away in FA Cup

We have been drawn away to Oxhey Jets in the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Cup, and the game will be played on Saturday 1st October.

The Jets began in the Extra Preliminary Round where they beat Wodson Park 6-0, before beating Great Wakering Rovers 1-0 in a Preliminary Round replay, and then winning 1-0 at Hertford Town on Saturday afternoon.

They are currently in mid-table in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division with 10 points from 6 games, and their squad includes striker Lewis Putman, who made a couple of substitute appearances for the Greens late last season.

Posted at 12:32

Monday 19 September - Under 15s get walkover

Our under 15s received a walkover in their county cup this weekend as Whitewebbs Eagles were unable to fulfill the fixture. They will now travel to Ruislip Town in the next round on 16th October.

Meanwhile, the under 14s, who had a bye in the first round of their county cup, will now host Headstone Manor A, who beat Enfield Rangers 5-0 yesterday, on the same date

Posted at 10:52

Saturday 17 September - Hendon make comfortable progress in FA Cup

Hendon progressed through the first qualifying round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win at AFC Hayes this afternoon.

Wearing the new yellow away strip, the Dons took the lead in the 2nd minute when Jamie Busby converted a spot kick after Greg Ngoyi had been fouled by the keeper. Fourteen minutes later the lead was doubled when Ngoyi turned in a low cross from Elliott Godfrey.

It was then a comfortable afternoon, with three experienced substitutes, Kevin Maclaren, Danny Dyer and James Parker, all joining the fray during the second half. In fact, the six outfield subsitutes named have made a combined total of 1151 appearances for the club after today's game.

The final goal came in the closing stages when Busby fired a free kick over the wall and past the statuesque keeper.

The next round is due to be played on Saturday 1st October and consequently our league game against Metropolitan Police is postponed. The draw for the second qualifying round will be made on Monday, and we'll have news of it as soon as it is available.

Posted at 17:06

Friday 16 September - Greens begin FA Cup trail tomorrow

We join the FA Cup trail this weekend, as the 66 Step 3 clubs join the remaining 166 clubs from the lower divisions in the first qualifying round.

We make the short trip to West London to play AFC Hayes, who as supporters will be aware were known as Brook House until 2008. Our opponents play at Step 4 in the Southern League Central Division, and come into the game on the back of 4 successive wins against Uxbridge, Tring Athletic (in the previous round of the FA Cup), Marlow and Bedfont Town.

They currently lie 9th in their league table, just five points behind joint leaders Biggleswade Town, St Neots Town and Beaconsfield SYCOB.

We have only played AFC Hayes twice in competitive games in the past, and honours are even. The first game was in November 2005 when we won 2-1 in the League Cup, and then most recently in April 2009 we were beaten 2-0 in the Middlesex Senior Cup Final.

Gary and the squad had a good training session last night, and will be keen to make a positive start on the FA Cup trail, as they bid to firstly match, and then improve on last season's run which was ended in the first round at CHelmsford City.

Kick off at AFC Hayes tomorrow is at 3.00pm, and if a replay is required, it will take place at Vale Farm on Wednesday evening, kicking off at 7.45pm.

Posted at 10:52

Thursday 15 September - Gary bolsters the squad

Gary McCann has bolstered the squad tonight after securing the signing of striker Joel Greaves, who played for Combined Counties League champions Guildford City last season.

The 24 year old gives Gary another option up front, particularly bearing in mind that both Isaiah Rankin and Aaron Morgan are out injured at the moment.

Joel has played for a number of clubs in Surrey & Sussex, including Croydon Athletic, Whitehawk, Holmesdale, Dulwich Hamlet, Lingfield, Thamesmead Town and Whyteleafe.

As always, we welcome Joel to the club, and we hope he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 20:24

Tuesday 13 September - Still top despite points dropped

Hendon dropped two points this evening at home to East Thurrock United, but remain top of the table as other results went their way, with both Lowestoft and Canvey Island both losing.

The first half performance from the Greens was rather disappointing, and East Thurrock deservedly went in ahead at half-time courtesy of an excellent goal from Kyle Ruel.

However, as has been so often the case so far this season, the table toppers refused to give up, and equalised in the 52nd minute when Greg Ngoyi found the back of the net. The Greens then had a number of chances but were unable to convert them, with Daryl Atkins looking particularly lively after making his debut as a substitute.

Posted at 21:58

Tuesday 13 September - East Thurrock in town tonight

The season continues this evening as East Thurrock United are our visitors to Vale Farm, in a game that will kick off at 7:45pm.

The Essex side, who were promoted from Division One North in the summer, have had a mixed start to the campaign, but come into the game on the back of a 1-0 win at home to Horsham on Saturday afternoon, Neil Richmond scoring the goal in the 70th minute. They have also picked up points by winning at Tooting & Mitcham United and drawing at home to Wealdstone.

There is one familiar face in the East Thurrock squad, as Sam Collins makes a rapid return to Vale Farm, following his opening day substitute appearance for Concord Rangers. Sam moved to East Thurrock ahead of the win at Horsham.

Hendon are likely to go into the game without three players who picked up knocks on Saturday. However, Gary McCann is confident that the strength in depth in the squad will result in a positive outcome this evening.

The good news is that although Casey Maclaren is unlikely to play this evening, he did not suffer a break on Saturday, so should be back in action much sooner than originally feared. Both Ryan Wharton and James Fisher are also likely to be missing after picking up knocks in Margate.

We hope that as many of you as possible will be at Vale Farm to cheer the team on as they look to continue the excellent start to the campaign.

Posted at 13:42

Saturday 10 September - Busby spot on as Margate beaten

Hendon's excellent start to the season continued this afternoon as they won 2-0 at Margate, meaning that the Greens are yet to concede a goal away from home this season.

The first half was a poor affair, but whilst things livened up in the second period, it was Margate that looked the better side. That changed in the 70th minute when the Greens were awarded a dubious looking penalty, but Jamie Busby wasn't going to turn the chance down and he converted the penalty in his usual clinical style.

The lead was doubled in the 77th minute when, after a string of corners, Margate half cleared their lines, but Kevin Maclaren was able to play it back towards the far post. The Margate keeper failed to claim the ball, and before he could retrieve the situation, it had rolled over the line.

From there on the Greens were able to hold on to secure the win, and a fourth clean sheet of the season, meaning that they remain on top of the table, a point ahead of Canvey Island and Lowestoft Town. Canvey's win at Wingate & Finchley means that Hendon are the only remaining unbeaten side in the league.

Posted at 17:20

Friday 09 September - Greens ready for trip to Margate

The first team make the long trip into Kent to play Margate tomorrow afternoon as they aim to continue their unbeaten start to the campaign.

Margate will be a tough test however, with their only defeat so far this season coming at the hands of Lowestoft Town. In their other games they have drawn at Wealdstone and Hastings United, won at Horsham, and beaten Aveley at home. Their most recent game was the win at Horsham, in which Tom Bradbrook scored both goals for the Gate.

Margate are back under the leadership of Chris Kinnear, who was previously manager of the club from 1996 through to 2006. During his five year break from the club, he spent some time scouting for Wolves.

Like ourselves, Margate have signed a number of new faces during the summer in a bid to push their way up the league table. The new faces include goalkeepers Simon Overland and Jack Smelt, defenders Mark Corneille and Dean Pooley, midfielders Richard Avery, Matt Bodkin, Adam Burchell, Liam Coleman, Dean Grant, Ashley Groombridge and Dan Stubbs, along with forward Kewsi Appiah.

The Greens go into the game without Aaron Morgan, who broke his foot in the incident that saw him shown the red card on Sunday afternoon. Elliott Brathwaite, Jerome Federico and Lee O'Leary are still on the injury list, but the good news is that James Fisher and Isaiah Rankin are both available for selection.

Rakatahr Hudson has gone to Potters Bar Town to get some game time, whilst Liam Hind, who began the season on a dual registration at Northwood, is now at Walton Casuals to gain some match fitness. Both players are very much in Gary's plans.

There are still some spaces on the coach to Margate, bookings must be made by 10pm this evening, seats are priced at £10 each, and you will be advised on the departure time upon making your booking. If you would like to book, please call Steve Rogers on 07748 526594. Please don't email as we may not get a chance to check the emails this evening.

Kick off at Hartsdown Park tomorrow is at 3.00pm.

Posted at 12:22

Monday 05 September - Byron Bubb rejoins the club

Grenadian international Byron Bubb rejoined the club last night to begin his third spell with the club. Byron originally joined us from Millwall in October 2001 and was part of the squad for a year before moving on. He's played for a number clubs since, including spells at Slough Town, AFC Wimbledon and Burnham, and has won 10 international caps for Grenada. His second spell came in the 2005-06 season when he took his appearance total to 41, scoring 9 goals in the process.

We welcome Byron back to the club, and hope that he has a successful time with us.

Posted at 08:59

Monday 05 September - Coach to Margate

The club will be running a coach to Margate, and there are a limited number of seats available for supporters priced at £10 each.

If you would like to travel on the coach, please email the club on admin@hendonfc.net or call Steve Rogers on 07748 526594 to book your seat, and we will let you know the departure time from Vale Farm.

Posted at 08:51

Sunday 04 September - Greens come back twice to secure draw

The first team twice came back from a goal down this afternoon against Lewes as an entertaining game ended 2-2. The Greens also had to play out the last 12 minutes with ten men after Aaron Morgan was sent off when the referee ruled that he had made a bad challenge on the Lewes keeper.

Lewes took an early lead in the 2nd minute, the first time the Greens have been behind in the league this season, when Michael Malcolm scored. Elliott Godfrey levelled things in the 27th minute when he blasted home a free kick, awarded after the Lewes keeper inadvertently handled outside his area.

Malcolm restored the lead for the Rooks in the 56th minute, but their advantage lasted less than 10 minutes before Greg Ngoyi equalised a second time.

The result puts Hendon back on top of the table ahead of next weekend's trip to Margate.

Posted at 20:40

Saturday 03 September - It''s AFC Hayes in the FA Cup

We will be making the short journey to AFC Hayes in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup after they beat Tring Athletic 4-2 this afternoon.

AFC Hayes play in the Southern League Division One Central and are currently midtable after 6 games.

The game will be played on Saturday 17th September, kicking off at 3.00pm.

Posted at 18:16

Friday 02 September - Lewes to visit on Non League Day

The first team look to build on their excellent start to the season as they entertain Lewes in a game that is one of the only matches taking place in London on Sunday afternoon.

The game is being promoted as part of the Non League Day campaign that is taking place over the weekend due to the fact there is no Premier League or Championship football. Do you have a friend who has a season ticket at a Premier League, Football League or Scottish League club? Why not bring them along and they can get in for the reduced price of just £5. Hopefully they will like what they see and will come back again.

Lewes have had a good start to the season, despite an opening day defeat to Lowestoft Town. They have followed that up with three straight wins against Metropolitan Police, Billericay Town and most recently Horsham.

They have had some player movement this week with 17 year old midfielder Jed Wallace signing for Portsmouth, whilst joining the Rooks is Christian Nanetti, who will be familiar to Hendon supporters as he appeared for Harrow on Monday afternoon wearing the number 11 shirt.

Kick off at Vale Farm on Sunday is at 3.00pm, and we look forward to seeing everyone there, particularly those who have never been before.

If you are one of those who has never been before, you can find out what to expect at Vale Farm by going to our new First Visit page via the link below.

If you are travelling by public transport, please note that the Metropolitan Line is only not operating between Harrow and Aldgate, whilst the Jubilee Line is not operating between Stanmore and West Hampstead. The London Overground, Bakerloo and Piccadilly Lines should be operating a normal Sunday service.

First Visit to Vale Farm page

Posted at 16:53

Friday 02 September - Over £350 given away in prizes

The August Snowball draw was made on Monday afternoon and over £350 was given away in prizes.

The winner of the £240 first prize was ball number 173, and the winner of the £120 second prize was ball number 93.

To take part in the next draw, please speak to Simon Lawrence on a matchday, or contact us via email on admin@hendonfc.net. Each ball costs just £5 per month.

Posted at 15:57

Friday 02 September - Sean Thomas back in training

As many supporters will be aware, new signing Sean Thomas has been away travelling during the summer and was absent during pre-season. He returned a few days ago and is now back in training, meaning that Gary McCann has a real conundrum with regard to who wears the keepers shirt, particularly following the excellent form of Berkley Laurencin so far this season along with the undoubted experience of Noel Imber in the squad.

Posted at 14:54

Friday 02 September - Paul Faulkner joins coaching staff

As well as Junior Lewis joining the coaching staff during the summer, Gary McCann has also added a goalkeeper coach.

Paul Faulkner joined the club during the summer to work with our goalkeepers, having been involved in football for most of his life. His time in the game includes spells as a coach and manager at Welwyn Garden City and as a coach at Hillingdon Borough.

We welcome Paul to the club, and we are sure that his experience in the game will be a valuable addition to Gary's coaching staff.

Posted at 10:13

Friday 02 September - Highlights from the Carshalton victory

Action Game Replay were present at our victory over Carshalton last Saturday and they have put together a highlights package of the game. The package is well worth watching, it only lasts two and a half minutes, not only for the goals, but also for Carl McCluskey's excellent overhead effort.

The highlights can be found by clicking the link below.

Carshalton v Hendon highlights

Posted at 09:41

Thursday 01 September - Monty returns to the races

Despite speculation last night on Twitter that in a shock transfer Horsham's mascot Howie the Hornet may replace our longstanding Monty the Lamb at Hendon, we are pleased to take this opportunity not only to confirm that Monty remains at the club but he has recently been working hard to return to fitness and will be returning to mascot racing circles this weekend in Wimbledon.

Monty has been invited to take part in the 2011 Womble Underground Press Mascot Obstacle Race, organised as part of the Wimbledon Common Stables Open Day to raise money for Hounds for Heroes and this evening announced that - fitness allowing - he will be taking part and is hopeful of his chances of achieving a good result.

The race is due to start at 3pm on Sunday 4th September, so if anyone is unable to make the Lewes game but is available in South London we would encourage you to try and get along to support Monty and a very good cause.

Posted at 19:51