News - September 2013

Monday 30 September - McCann dejected after cup exit

Gary McCann was dejected after the game yesterday, and admitted he had a sleepless night.

"I had a sleepless night, thinking about the game. The defensive mistakes we made today were completely unacceptable and I will have to make some changes.

"It was clear that their bench were very worried and I was really comfortable with the way that we had played. For 35 minutes I thought we were in control, but couldn't find a goal that maybe a better team would have done.

"To go in at half-time 3-0 down was a travesty, but it was a lesson to us about being patient and keeping our discipline. However, the players' body language wasn't good and in the second half, Stortford could have made it 10."

Posted at 19:58

Sunday 29 September - FA Cup run ends

Hendon's FA Cup run came to an end this afternoon as they were beaten 5-0 by Bishop's Stortford at Earlsmead.

The game slipped away after the half hour mark as Kyle Vassell hit a hat-trick that was every bit as rapid as that of Anthony Thomas a fortnight ago. Two penalties in the 32nd and 39th, along with a goal in open play in the 34th minute put the Conference South side 3-0 ahead at half-time.

Vassell completed a four timer in the 49th minute, before Anthony Church scored the fifth with twenty minutes to go.

Posted at 16:50

Saturday 28 September - Wealdstone league game postponed

Our planned home game against Wealdstone on Saturday 12th October has been postponed following their progression in the FA Cup this afternoon. The Stones won 4-1 at home to Haringey Borough.

Posted at 17:39

Saturday 28 September - FA Cup Super Sunday 2

Tomorrow sees our second FA Cup Super Sunday of the season as we entertain Bishop's Stortford in the second qualifying round tomorrow. Kick off at Earlsmead is at 3.00pm.

The game promises to be a tough test for Gary McCann and the squad as Stortford currently lie in 7th place in Conference South, with 14 points from their 8 games played so far.

However, they come into the game on the back of a 4-1 defeat at Eastbourne Borough last Saturday, so they will be keen to bounce back to form.

Equally, the Greens will be keen to put the last two disappointing league defeats behind them and return to winning ways.

Admission prices are as normal, £10 for adults, £5 for senior citizens and free for under 16s. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the game - your support will be crucial, so please get behind the team and hopefully we'll have another FA Cup win to celebrate at 5pm.

Posted at 11:27

Saturday 28 September - Player news

Both Charlie Horlock and Billy Lobjoit have left the squad over the past few days.

Charlie, who was on loan from Wycombe Wanderers, was recalled by the Chairboys after one of their keepers picked up an injury - he is expected to be on the bench for them this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Billy has decided to join his home town club Boreham Wood and may well be involved in their FA Cup tie today. He has joined on dual-registration terms so may well be available for us in the future.

We thank both players for their efforts during their time with us, and are sure that they both have very bright futures ahead of them.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 27 September - New mugs now available

The Supporters Association have announced that they will have new mugs for sale in the club shop on Sunday priced at £4.00.

The new "Keep Calm - Support Hendon" mugs are a must for Hendon Supporters to use at work or at home, and would also make ideal Christmas presents.

Posted at 11:07

Tuesday 24 September - Friendly win at Northwood

Gary McCann took a squad largely made up of trialists and players needing game time to Northwood this evening, and they ran out 3-2 winners.

Anthony Thomas was on target twice, with Aaron Morgan scoring the other goal.

Squad : Sean Thomas, George Ehui, Gary Thomas, Malachi Emmanuel Williamson, Donik Sopa, Tom Inch, Aaron Morgan, Max McCann, Anthony Thomas, Michael Murray, Wayne O'Sullivan, Emmanuel Kadima, Jamal Joseph, Freddie Hyatt.

Posted at 23:12

Tuesday 24 September - McCann frustrated after defeat

Gary McCann cut a frustrated figure after last night's game and the concession of yet another early goal.

"We have got to stop conceding these early goals. In too many matches, we have been playing catch-up.

"That said, we had enough chances to get back into the game and I think we were worth at least a point. It was a very good game to watch for the neutrals, if not for the benches.

"A number of players didn't have good games tonight and I expected much more of them. Also our decision-making in key areas was not good enough. We were almost trying too hard, but too many good crosses came to nothing because players didn't make the right runs."

Posted at 14:17

Monday 23 September - Frustrating evening for Greens

It was another frustrating home game for Hendon this evening as they were beaten 2-1 by Billericay Town, with all three goals coming in the first 11 minutes.

The visitors took the lead in the 6th minute when Ricky Sappleton, younger brother of former Hendon defender Pat, spotted Charlie Horlock off his line and scored a beautiful lob.

Four minutes later the Greens were back on level terms when a James Fisher cross was turned home by Dave Diedhiou, but within a minute Sappleton had restored the lead that Billericay would hold on to.

Hendon had plenty of possession, and indeed did get the bal into the danger area plenty of times with over a dozen corners, but it was one of those nights when the ball just wouldn't run for them.

Posted at 23:27

Saturday 21 September - Greens beaten by better side

Hendon were beaten by Kingstonian side who were the better team on the day, running out 2-1 winners.

All the goals came in the first half, and Hendon were immediately on the back foot as they fell a goal behind to Matt Drage in the first minute. Ryan Moss doubled the lead in the 33rd minute, and whilst Michael Murray netted five minutes later to get the Greens back into the game, the equaliser proved to be elusive in the second half.

Posted at 17:03

Saturday 21 September - Laurencin joins Harrow on emergency loan

Berkley Laurencin signed for Harrow Borough this morning on a short term emergency loan to help out our landlords. He is expected to play in their game at Maidstone United this afternoon.

Posted at 14:57

Friday 20 September - Replica shirts can now be ordered

The club shop will be taking orders for current season replica shirts from tomorrow afternoon. The shirts, which are priced at £32, will need to be paid for upfront, as we will not be holding stock.

We are hoping to enable online ordering very soon, but in the meantime, if you are unable to get to a game, please email admin@hendonfc.net and we'll pass your email on to those who are looking after the orders.

Posted at 12:13

Friday 20 September - George McCluskey joins Enfield Town

Gary McCann announced last night that he has come to an agreement with Enfield Town for George McCluskey to sign for them.

George, who has missed the season so far with injury, is expected to be in the Enfield Town squad for their game this weekend.

Posted at 08:50

Thursday 19 September - Thomas nominated for Player of the Round

Anthony Thomas is one of three players nominated for the Budweister Player of the Round award following his quick fire hat-trick against Biggleswade United.

A panel of judges nominate their candidates after each round from the First Qualifying Round up to and including the Semi-Final.

Anthony was nominated by BBC Radio Five Live presenter Mark Pougatch, and you have until midday on Tuesday 24th September to place your vote.

If he wins, he will receive a commemorative Budweiser Player of the Round trophy, and he will also be invited to the FA Cup Final at Wembley as a guest of the FA and Budweiser.

To place your vote, please click the link below.

FA Cup - Player of the Round Vote

Posted at 21:19

Thursday 19 September - Home again Saturday and Monday

The first team's run of games at Earlsmead continues on Saturday as we entertain Kingstonian, and then on Monday when Billericay Town are the visitors.

Kingstonian began the season like a train, winning five of their first six matches, but the train has derailed slightly since then, with a win and two defeats in the league, along with their FA Cup exit at the hands of Margate last weekend.

Alan Dowson has made a number of changes to his squad since last season, with former Hendon defender Sam Page among the new recruits.

Last season both sides won their respective home games, Kingstonian winning 2-1 at Kingsmeadow, Kieran Murphy and Matt Pattinson putting the home side ahead, before Julian Owusu-Bekoe scored a late consolation. At Vale Farm it was Jack Connors who scored the only goal in a 1-0 victory for the Greens.

Billericay's form has done the opposite to Kingstonian's. They began the season slowly, winning just one of their first seven league games, but have hit form and won their last three games. They beat Leiston twice in four days, 4-1 in the league and 2-0 in the FA Cup, whilst on Tuesday evening they won 2-1 at Canvey Island.

Last season, Billericay were in Conference South but were relegated back into the Ryman League, where we last met them in the 2011-12 season. Both games that season ended in 2-1 wins for the Essex side, and on both occasions Isaiah Rankin scored the only Hendon goal.

Gary McCann and the squad will be in confident mood following the recent run of results, and will be keen to ensure that continues.

Kick off on Saturday is at 3.00pm, and is at 7.45pm on Monday. Normal admission prices apply at £10 adults, £5 concessions and free for under 16s. Half price admission is available for season ticket holders at Premier League and Football League clubs.

Posted at 21:02

Thursday 19 September - Admission details for Stortford cup tie

It has been confirmed that our normal admission prices will apply for the FA Cup tie against Bishop's Stortford on Sunday 29th September. Adults will be admitted for £10, senior citizens & students for £5, and under 16s free.

If a replay is required, it will take place at the ProKit UK Stadium on Tuesday 1st October, kicking off at 7:45pm. Admission prices are £12 adults, £7 senior citizens, £6 students, £5 under 16s, and free for under 12s.

Posted at 10:53

Wednesday 18 September - It's FA Cup Super Sunday again

We have a second round of FA Cup Super Sunday coming up as our tie against Bishop's Stortford has been scheduled for Sunday 29th September, kicking off at 3:00pm.

The reason for this is that Harrow are at home to East Thurrock United on the Saturday in a league game, following both clubs exiting the FA Cup yesterday evening.

Admission prices are expected to be as normal, but we will confirm this over the next few days.

Posted at 22:10

Wednesday 18 September - Michael Kalu released

It has been announced this evening that the registration of Michael Kalu has been cancelled, and the former Watford youngster has left the club.

Posted at 22:09

Wednesday 18 September - Biggleswade United highlights

The excellent Football Exclusives website have put highlights from Sunday's game online for your enjoyment. Also, they have a post-match interview with Gary McCann.

Both videos can be viewed by clicking the links below.

Hendon 7-1 Biggleswade United highlights

Interview with Gary McCann

Posted at 10:39

Wednesday 18 September - Biggleswade United kindle programme

The Kindle edition of the Biggleswade United FA Cup programme is now available, priced at £2.00 as normal.

This, along with all the other eBooks available can be found on the .

Posted at 10:34

Monday 16 September - Hampton away game rearranged

Our away game at Hampton & Richmond Borough will now be played on Tuesday 29th October, kick off at 7:45pm. The game was originally due to be played on FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round weekend.

Posted at 14:51

Monday 16 September - Bishop's Stortford at home

The draw for the second qualifying round of the FA Cup has been made and we have been drawn at home to Conference South side Bishop's Stortford.

The tie will be played on 28th or 29th September, depending on the availability of Earlsmead. We will confirm the date in the next couple of days.

Posted at 12:21

Monday 16 September - London Senior Cup date set

The date for our London Senior Cup tie against Dulwich Hamlet has now been fixed. The tie will take place at Champion Hill on Monday 14th October, kicking off at 7:45pm. We have agreed to play on the Monday so as to avoid a clash with the England v Poland game that is being televised the following evening.

Posted at 08:41

Sunday 15 September - Gary very pleased to progress

Gary McCann was very pleased with the performance this afternoon, and also with the resulting progression in the FA Cup.

"We were in control from start to finish and I was pleased with the way we never took our foot off the gas. It was a nice thorough professional performance.

"We showed Biggleswade the respect that they deserved and they tried to play football the right way.

"I am very pleased that Anthony Thomas scored a hat-trick. His attitude over the past few weeks has been spot on, and he took his chances very well.

"We now hope for a kind draw tomorrow, but we don't fear anyone as we showed last season."

Posted at 22:25

Sunday 15 September - Greens cruise through cup tie

Hendon cruised into the second qualifying round of the FA Cup this afternoon as they beat Biggleswade United 7-1. This now means that the Greens have progressed through the round they entered the FA Cup in each of the last 28 seasons.

Just after Tom Cookman had hit the bar for the visitors, the scoring was opened in the 19th minute by Tony Taggart, and doubled fourteen minutes later by the same player. Jack Bennett made it 3-0 shortly before half-time with a humdinger of a strike that gave the keeper no chance.

It took the Greens nearly half an hour to add to the scoreline despite controlling the game with some excellent passing football, and it was Chris Seeby who scored the fourth, opening his account for the club in the process.

Shortly afterwards, Anthony Thomas entered the fray along with Aaron Morgan, and the final few minutes belonged to them. In the 84th minute, Morgan set up Thomas for goal number 5, and three minutes later, the same combination made it 6-0.

A needless challenge allowed Angus Stewart to score a consolation from the penalty spot as the game entered stoppage time, but there was still time for Thomas to complete a rapid fire hat-trick to complete the scoring for the afternoon.

Hendon's performance was thoroughly professional, with plenty of excellent play during the game. But plenty of credit must also go to Biggleswade, who also tried to play a passing game for the full 90 minutes and didn't resort to kicking out through frustration as the game went against them.

Posted at 18:44

Saturday 14 September - Watch the goals from Harrow victory

The goals from our win against Harrow Borough on Monday evening are now available on YouTube, as is the full 90 minutes.

Courtesy of Harrow Borough supporter Darren Nuttall, you can see the four goals from the game, plus one of the Harrow efforts that hit the woodwork by clicking the top link below, whilst the full 90 minutes can be viewed on the second link.

Harrow Borough 1-3 Hendon - the goals

Harrow Borough 1-3 Hendon - the whole game

Posted at 21:48

Saturday 14 September - Trip to Hampton postponed

Our league visit to Hampton & Richmond Borough on Saturday 28th September has been postponed due to their progression in the FA Cup. The Beavers ran out 4-2 winners over Ashford Town (Middlesex) this afternoon.

Posted at 18:03

Saturday 14 September - Squad update

There has been a bit of player movement over the past few days, and we round it all up now.

First of all, Brandon Horner has signed for Harrow Borough and made his debut this afternoon for them in the FA Cup. Whilst Brandon impressed greatly during pre-season, his opportunities to play have been limited and we will be keeping an eye on his progress with interest.

George McCluskey has now recovered from injury and has been dual-registered to play for Northwood to get some all important game time, whilst Anthony Thomas, Cameron Inch and Max McCann are dual-registered with Beaconsfield SYCOB, where Gary Meakin is now manager, for the same reason.

Meanwhile, the loan periods for Junior Morias and Lee Angol expired on Thursday, and they will be returning to Wycombe Wanderers as their services are likely to be required by the Chairboys in the forthcoming weeks. We thank Junior and Lee once again for their efforts over the past four weeks, and wish them both every success.

Charlie Horlock, who is on loan with us from Wycombe until early January, is of course staying, so please continue to make him feel welcome at the club over the coming weeks and months. Wycombe have given us permission to play him in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy and we are very grateful to them for their continued help and co-operation.

Berkley Laurencin, Dean Cracknell, Casey Maclaren, Scott Cousins and Elliott Brathwaite are all at various stages on the road to recovery and are all keen to get themselves back in contention for a place in the matchday squad as soon as possible.

Posted at 16:20

Friday 13 September - FA Cup Super Sunday

Sunday afternoon sees what will hopefully be the beginning of another FA Cup run as we entertain Biggleswade United in a 3:00pm kick off.

Biggleswade have reached this point of the competition by winning at Irchester United, and then Leighton Town, and it is a repeat of the first qualifying round tie from 2005 when we ran out 6-0 winners. John Frendo scored a hat-trick that afternoon, with Ross Pickett, Youness Nabil and Mark Burgess also finding the net. In the case of the latter two players, it was their only goal for the club.

Our opponents currently lie in 9th place in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division with 8 points from 6 games, but they come into the game on the back of two defeats. They lost 3-1 at Hadley last Saturday in the FA Vase, and then 4-1 at home to high-flying Ampthill Town on Tuesday evening.

Gary McCann goes into the game with no new injury worries, and the squad will be in confident mood following the back-to-back wins over Lowestoft Town and Harrow Borough.

Admission prices are £10 adults, £5 senior citizens and students, and free for under 16s. It is an all pay game, season tickets are not valid, and there will be no complimentary tickets for players guests.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the game on Sunday afternoon.

Posted at 17:04

Friday 13 September - @HFCPartners launches on twitter

We are delighted to announce the launch of a dedicated twitter account for our commercial & partnerships team. This is a first of it's kind in our division and stands the Hendon FC brand out from the crowd.

Hendon Football Club offer unique partnership and sponsorship opportunities. We can offer local and national businesses a 365 day a year PR and advertising platform via match day, web & social media.

Join other high profile UK businesses like Eskinazi & Co, Cafferty Construction & MyTravelMoney.co.uk who are being fully integrated into both our online & match day experience. Contact us today via @HFCPartners to explore more about how you can join our journey.

BUSINESS BONUS: To celebrate the launch of our twitter page - we want to reward and recognise the first 5 businesses to follow @HFCPartners and Retweet one of our existing tweets. By doing so, you will be cordially invited to a home league game of your choice, 2 complimentary tickets, directors box seats & half time refreshments. Good Luck!

@HFCPartners Twitter Feed

Posted at 09:02

Tuesday 10 September - Gary pleased with another win

Gary McCann said he was pleased speaking after the win over Harrow Borough last night.

He said, "I am really pleased to back up Saturday's result with this one. We should have been out of sight in the first 20 minutes. On another day we could have scored many more than three goals.

"But I was delighted with the way we reacted to the Harrow goal.

"We are looking more like I expected us to be. James Fisher and Sam Flegg have looked good at the back and Kevin Maclaren and Lee O'Leary have been very solid in front of the back four. And Jefferson Louis led our front line magnificently again tonight."

Posted at 14:26

Monday 09 September - Greens win local derby

Hendon ran out 3-1 winners (not 2-1 as has been reported elsewhere this evening) at Harrow Borough in the first meeting between the two sides since the Greens moved to Earlsmead.

The Greens had a perfect start when they took the lead in the 4th minute when Jefferson Louis headed home a free kick from Jack Bennett. Less than 60 seconds later, Louis had doubled the lead when he headed home a cross from the opposite wing that had been delivered by Michael Bryan.

Hendon had further chances to extend their lead in the opening period, but found the ball not quite running in their favour in front of goal.

Simeon Akinola pulled a goal back for Harrow ten minutes into the second half, but the Greens made the game safe with a minute of normal time to go when Tony Taggart's shot was deflected into the net.

Posted at 23:08

Monday 09 September - Away at Harrow this evening

This evening we have what will become the strange event of an away game at Earlsmead, as we face our away fixture against Harrow Borough in a game that kicks off at 7:45pm.

It is important that all supporters remember that this is an away game, and therefore our season tickets are not valid for the game. Admission prices for the game are £10 adults, £6 senior citizens & students, £2 for under 16s. Supporters are also advised that there is a charge for transferring to the stand priced at £1.00 for adults and 50p for concessions (accompanied children can transfer to the stand for free).

Both sides go into the game on the back of good wins on Saturday. Whilst we were winning at Lowestoft, Harrow won 3-1 at home to Dulwich Hamlet with goals from Shaun Lucien, Jordan Berry and Marcel Barrington, a result that leaves them just one place below us on goal difference. Therefore, local bragging rights are very much at stake.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at Earlsmead this evening, for what is the first of four consecutive games for us at the ground.

Posted at 08:56

Sunday 08 September - Details for possible FA Cup replay

Should a replay be required against Biggleswade United, it will take place on Tuesday 17th September at 7:45pm. Admission will be £5 adults, £2.50 senior citizens & under 16s.

Directions to their ground will appear after the initial tie on Sunday if a replay is needed.

Posted at 14:20

Saturday 07 September - Gary delighted with win

Gary McCann was delighted after picking up three points at Lowestoft this afternoon.

"I was a bit disappointed with the first half, I felt we showed Lowestoft too much respect and we needed to impose ourselves on the game more.

"But that is exactly what we did in the second half, and we thoroughly deserved all three points.

"There were some well worked goals, our first two goals both came about after good passing moves, and their equaliser was worthy of a much higher level.

"We're now three games unbeaten, and need to go on and get another result against Harrow on Monday evening."

Posted at 19:46

Saturday 07 September - Greens earn three points at Lowestoft

Hendon put in their best performance of the season as they picked up their second win of the season, beating Lowestoft Town 3-2.

With the exception of the first minute, when a push in the box gave Bradley Woods-Garness the chance to score from the penalty spot to give Lowestoft the lead, the Greens were on top for much of the game.

However, in the opening period, chances were at a premium, and it was tough to create any clear cut opportunities.

Within five minutes of the second half starting, the Greens were level courtesy of Jack Bennett, and then five minutes later Junior Morias converted a beauty of a cross from Dave Diedhiou to take the lead.

Ten minutes later Robert Eagle equalised for Lowestoft with a cracking effort, but it was Hendon who had the last laugh when Sam Flegg rose to loop a free kick from Lee O'Leary over the advancing Ashlee Jones into the back of the net.

It was the first goals that Lowestoft had conceded at home this season, and also the first points they had dropped on their own patch.

The result means that the Greens make the long journey home very happy and in confident mood ahead of Monday's game at Harrow Borough.

Posted at 17:58

Friday 06 September - Long journey to east coast tomorrow

It's the second trip of the season to Suffolk tomorrow as the first team make the long journey to Lowestoft.

It is a relatively quick return to the East Coast town as the last visit was on the final day of last season when the home side ran out 1-0 winners on an afternoon where the Greens were reduced to nine men in the first half. However, the performance from the remaining players was outstanding, and were perhaps a touch unfortunate not to steal an equaliser.

Lowestoft, who were once again one of the pre-season favourites, have had a mixed start to the campaign, winning all three of their home games so far, scoring ten goals and not conceding any, but only picking up two points away from home, with just one goal scored.

Any trip to the Trawlerboys is a tough one, and there are two former Hendon players in their squad this season. Striker Bradley Woods-Garness, who had a spell on loan, joined the club during pre-season after leaving Canvey Island, whilst former keeper Will Viner also joined after departing Thurrock.

The Greens will go into the game knowing that they need to start turning performances into results in order to start moving up the league table. There have been no new injury problems reported, and hopefully one or two of those carrying knocks will be fit enough to stake a claim for a spot in the matchday squad.

There are still seats available on the coach priced at £12, please call Steve Rogers before 7pm today if you would like to travel.

Kick off at Crown Meadow is at 3pm. Hopefully there will be updates on the twitter feed for those unable to make the journey, but otherwise you can follow the game on the Ryman League vidiprinter available via the league website.

Posted at 09:03

Thursday 05 September - Volunteer required to run Livescores

We are looking for a volunteer, who has an internet enabled mobile phone or tablet, who would be willing to run the Livescores service on those occasions that our regular operators are unavailable.

As many of you will now be aware, it is now a Ryman League requirement that we operate the service, and we believe it would be better that it is operated by someone physically at the game as the updates need to go through in a timely fashion.

The system is easy to operate, and also easy to correct if you do make a mistake, and we have full detailed instructions available.

The first game that we need cover for is the home game against Kingstonian on Saturday 21st September, and it would require you to be at the game 15 minutes before kick off so you have time to input the line ups into the system.

If you are interested in volunteering for this, please speak to Steve Rogers, or email him via the website on admin@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 11:51

Monday 02 September - Coach pick up point confirmed

The pick up point for the coach to Lowestoft has been confirmed as being South Mimms Services.

We regret that this is the only pick up point on this occasion, and we are very much aware that South Mimms isn't accessible by public transport and is inconvenient for a number of those supporters who would like to travel by coach. However, we would like to remind everyone that -primarily this is a players coach, and we are fortunate that Gary McCann allows us to offer seats to supporters.

All those involved in arranging coaches will be putting their heads together to try and find an alternative pick up point for future trips so that it is easier for those supporters reliant on public transport to meet the coach, and also get home again afterwards.

Should you wish to travel on the coach, please call Steve Rogers on 07748 526594 between 8am and 7pm any day this week, or email him via the website on admin@hendonfc.net. You will be given the departure time when making your booking.

Posted at 23:06

Monday 02 September - Biggleswade cup tie to be played Sunday

It has been confirmed this afternoon that our FA Cup tie at home to Biggleswade United will be played on Sunday 15th September at 3:00pm.

Our normal admission prices of £10 adults, £5 concessions and free for under 16s will apply, but there will be no discounts for holders of season tickets from Premier League and Football League clubs.

Posted at 16:26