The Supporters Association are looking into running a coach to the FA Cup tie at Dorchester Town a week on Saturday. In order to have an idea as to whether it is worth running one, they need to know how many people would be interested. The cost per person would be roughly £20, which is at least 50% cheaper than the cheapest train tickets from London.
If you may be interested in travelling by coach to the game, please send an email to HendonFCSA@yahoo.co.uk with 'Coach' in the subject line. Please respond promptly, as they will need to book a coach very soon if they decide to run one.
Posted at 10:00
The new 3G pitch at Silver Jubilee Park, the former home of Kingsbury Town FC, now the home base of Hendon FC's 15 youth teams, and, in the near future, the home Spartan South Midlands League Division 1 Edgware Town, will be officially opened on Friday evening.
Special guests at the unveiling ceremony will be Arsenal Ladies FC and England legend Rachel Yankey, former men's 10,000 metres athletics world record-holder David Bedford and the Mayor of Brent, Councillor Kana Naheerathan.
Rob Morris, Director of Hendon FC, who has been a guiding light behind the renovation at Silver Jubilee Park, of which this is just the first phase, along with Dan and Antony Manzi, of Edgware Town, said of the opening ceremony:
"This is a big step forward. We have worked incredibly hard to get the pitch ready for football and it will be a massive boost to the local community.
"I firmly believe that 3G pitches, such as this one, are the way forward for football clubs around the country, not only for ensuring games are played on time and on a superb, true surface, but also as a form of revenue for them."
The ceremony, at Silver Jubilee Park, Townsend Lane, Kingsbury, London NW9 7NE will commence at 6.30 pm on Friday evening.
If any supporters would like to attend, please contact Rob Morris on 07702 369241 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted at 08:00
Any supporters planning to travel to Dorchester by train are advised that there are engineering works in the Eastleigh area on the day of the game.
This means that the London Waterloo to Weymouth services, which stop at Dorchester South, are diverted via Guildford, Havant and Fareham and will take just over three hours. However, advance fares are currently available if you get online and book. Prices should be the same regardless of which website you use to book your tickets.
If a decision is taken to run a coach, details will appear here on the website as soon as they are available.
Posted at 12:37
The draw for the third qualifying round has been made and we will be travelling to Dorchester Town.
Dorchester currently lie in 17th place in the Southern League Premier Division, and the tie will be played on Saturday 11th October, kicking off at 3.00pm.
Posted at 12:16
The Supporters Association are in the process of ordering polo shirts for the club shop. If you are interested in being added to their pre-order list, then please email HendonFCSA@yahoo.co.uk as soon as possible with the phrase "Polo Shirt" in the subject line.
Those who are added to the pre-order list will get first priority when they arrive.
Posted at 09:00
We are pleased to confirm that Tuesday's game will be played at AFC Hornchurch's Bridge Avenue ground. There had been some rumours around Earlsmead yesterday that the game might be played at Aveley, but the Urchins have had their new floodlights installed and are able to stage the game on Tuesday evening.
Posted at 14:31
We would like to thank DJ Design for being our match sponsors for yesterday's FA Cup tie against Leiston.
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They understake all aspects of kitchen and bedroom installation using qualified tradesmen. All installations are surveyed, project managed, scheduled and monitored by their experienced designers who follow through from start to finish.
They have a surgery period first thing in the morning to supply current fits with any modifications needed overnight. Alterations can be made immediately preventing delay.
They are happy to work from your architect's plans to create an initial design for you and will liaise with your existing builders on positioning of electrics, gas and water.
If you have a project in mind, please give them a call on 01727 842270 or contact them via their website which you can find at www.djdesign.uk.com. They also have a showroom at Design House, 3 The Quadrant, Marshalswick, St Albans, AL4 9RA which is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
Posted at 14:00
Gary McCann could not hide his pleasure at the result and the performance of the team against Leiston. He said, "On reflection on the game, my evaluation is that was the most complete performance of the season. The first half display was backed up with a composed second half.
"This was a game of real importance to the football club and the players produced plenty of purpose and pace and they are expressing themselves in the dangerous areas of the pitch.
"It is important for the management team to give the players freedom to express themselves. The balance of each individual and collective display was top class.
"We are in a very good place at the moment. We have suffered more than our fair share of injuries and we have still put in some very fine performances.
"Today, with the possible exception of the Harrow Borough game, was the first time that we put in a full 90-minute performance. We have been very good for 45 and 60 minutes of some games and that has been enough, but given the circumstances of the FA Cup, this was so pleasing to the management team.
"Now I hope for a kind draw on Monday."
Posted at 23:36
Gary McCann was delighted with his team's performance at Leatherhead. However, he did admit, "We could have made it easier for ourselves after the way we played in the first half. Our energy levels and passing was excellent and we looked very comfortable.
"We didn't want to risk Casey for the second half with the FA Cup in mind on Saturday. He said he was able to continue, but we weren't going to take the chance.
"Our play in the first half was excellent, but we did didn't keep the ball well enough in the second. It was a performance to contain rather than to dominate, and we didn't do it as efficiently as we wanted.
"Ben McNamara was so brave in the incident in which Mason-Hughes was sent off. Some of the players said it was the bravest piece of goalkeeping they had ever seen, and he got a very nasty cut to his lip."
Posted at 23:35
An outstanding team performance ensured Hendon progressed into the third qualifying round of the FA Cup this afternoon with a 4-1 win over Leiston.
The Greens took the lead after just 40 seconds when Leon Smith scored a curling shot into the top corner having been set up by excellent play from Aaron Morgan and Andre Da Costa.
The lead was doubled just before half time by Da Costa for his first goal for the club with another fine curling effort, this time into the bottom corner.
The Greens continued to pile on the pressure and deservedly went three ahead midway through the second half when Dave Diedhiou slammed the ball home from a Kevin Maclaren ball into the box.
Leiston pulled a goal back five minutes from time through Tom Bullard, but as the game moved deep into stoppage time Kezie Ibe completed the scoring as he took the ball round the keeper and finished with aplomb.
The draw for the next round will be made on Monday, and will be available on the website as soon as we can. Due to our progress, and Witham Town's 4-2 win over Lewes, our trip to Witham on 11th October has been postponed.
Posted at 20:08
Hendon's supporters team shrugged off the concession of a first minute goal to dominate the inaugural Les & Steve Memorial Cup match in front of a healthy crowd at Silver Jubilee Park.
Boosted by 80 minute cameos from Hendon legends Junior Lewis and Freddie Hyatt, the Greens wrested control with five goals in each half - the highlight being a sizzling volley from lifelong Hendon fan Chris Harte, before a last minute penalty reduced the arrears, meaning the game ended 10-2.
The game was played in a great spirit, befitting the memory of both Les Vincent and Steve Cheesewright.
With current Hendon player Aaron Morgan and former Don Mark Kirby amongst those in attendance, a successful evening was capped with the mother of Steve and wife of Les presenting the cup to winning captain Andy Vincent.
Posted at 23:39
Hendon moved back up to third place in the table following a 3-2 win at Leatherhead this evening.
Once again, the squad had to show character to ensure the points were secured as the second half performance was not their best.
The first half however saw Leon Smith score twice in three minutes midway through the half to give the Greens a 2-0 lead before Matt Smart pulled a goal back with a superb strike. Casey Maclaren restored the two goal lead shortly before half time.
Becka Kah Dembele pulled the home side back into the game in the 65th minute, but the Tanners were unable to fashion an equaliser, and were reduced to ten men late on when Kiernan Hughes-Mason was dismissed.
Posted at 22:19
Gary McCann has added two more attacking options to the squad today, one new face, and one very familiar face.
Returning to the club for his fourth spell is Belal Aite-Ouakrim. The 29 year old was with Hampton & Richmond Borough last season, and originally joined us in August 2005, making his mark on his debut at Wealdstone in a 5-4 victory. In his three previous spells he has scored 54 goals in 172 appearances.
The new arrival is 23 year old striker Ryan Palmer, who has signed from Erith & Belvedere. Ryan has also had spells with Tooting & Mitcham United, Maidstone United and Chatham Town.
We welcome both players to the club, and hope that they enjoy their time with us.
Posted at 18:12
With the 3G pitch now being installed at Silver Jubilee Park, our new partners, Soccersixes, are looking for teams to join new 6-a-side leagues at the ground.
It is currently free to enter, and the plan is to run leagues on Mondays, Wednesday s and SUndays. If you are interested in entering a team, please call Matt Brown on 07535 504016 or visit their website at http://www.soccersixes.net
Posted at 19:00
Gary McCann was unsure whether to be pleased or disappointed following the draw at Tonbridge Angels on Saturday.
"There were lots of highs and lots of lows - and our lows were individual errors for their goals."
"We didn't recover too well from going in at half-time drawing 2-2 and soon went down 3-2."
"But we could then have fallen away from there, and it says a lot about the squad that we didn't. I think the wake up call came when they had a great chance to make it 4-2 a couple of minutes later, but they didnt play a three- or four-on-two opportunity well."
"However, we were very good in the last half-hour and, after we equalised, we took control again and it was they who were hanging on more for the final whistle.
"It was, once again, a performance that merited three points. In fact, both the performances against Hampton and Tonbridge deserved all three points.
"I am a firm believer that although the results are very important, if you look deeper and get your performances right, the results tend to follow. But we have been authors of our own misfortune for the errors which have cost us wins."
Posted at 18:25
A reminder that we have a fund-raising memorial game taking place in memory of Les Vincent and Steve Cheesewright on Friday evening.
The Les & Steve Memorial Cup will take place on the new 3G pitch at Silver Jubilee Park, and kick off at 7.00pm. The Hendon Supporters XI will be taking on a Steven Cheesewright XI.
The Steven Cheesewright XI will be made up of friends and former team=mates of Steve's from the Old Bellgate FC, a local pub in the heart of Hemel Hempstead, and will be managed by Wayne Fox. We are also hoping that a few former Hendon players will be making guest appearances.
If any supporters would like to play in the game, please contact Nick McMullen via email on email@example.com as soon as possible. Please be aware that all players must wear astroturf boots or plastic moulded boots. Metal studs or blades must not be worn.
Supporters are invited to come along to the game - entry is free, but there will be opportunities to make donations in memory of Les and Steve to Cancer Research UK. The bar will be open until late.
If you are unable to make the game, but would still like to make a donation, you can do so by seeing Andy Vincent on a home matchday, or by going online via the link below.
Please do support this event if you can, Les supported the club for the best part of 40 years, whilst Steve first came with his Grandad aged 7, and his last game, aged 30, was the FA Cup tie at Luton Town in 2011.
Posted at 19:00
We are pleased to announce that the installation of the new 3G pitch at Silver Jubilee Park has been completed. Our youth teams were able train on it yesterday, and one of the first games to be played on it will be the Les & Steve Memorial Cup on Friday evening.
This is all part of what is promising to be an exciting process in securing the long term viability of Hendon Football Club.
Posted at 09:48
It has been announced that goalkeeper George Legg has been recalled by his parent club Reading.
We thank George for his efforts and performances over the opening weeks of the season, and wish him every success for the future.
Posted at 22:00
Hendon picked up a point at Tonbridge that was well deserved and well earned this afternoon.
The Greens were 2-0 up after 25 minutes thanks to Lee O'Leary and Leon Smith, but two goals just before the break pulled Tonbridge level at half-time.
When Tonbridge took the lead two minutes into the second half, the travelling support feared the worst, but the team showed immense character and deservedly equalised through Casey Maclaren, and then held on to ensure their place in the play-off zone was consolidated.
Posted at 17:10
Our home game against Billericay Town will now take place on Monday 20th October, kicking off at 7:45pm.
Posted at 18:58
Matt Albright spoke to Gary McCann after last night's draw against Hampton & Richmond Borough. Matt and Gary look back at last night's game, and also take a brief look ahead to Saturday's game at Tonbridge Angels.
The interview is now online and can be heard by clicking the link below.
Matt also spoke to Hampton & Richmond Borough assistant manager and Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler, and you can listen to that interview through the following link.
Posted at 18:38
We are pleased to announce that plans are in place to start a new Ladies team. The team will play in the Middlesex League on Saturdays.
If you are interested in being part of the Hendon revolution and attend the trials, please contact Rob Morris on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted at 10:00
Hendon threw away two points with a disappointing performance in the last half hour against Hampton & Richmond Borough this evening. The game ended 2-2, but the Greens had chances to be out of sight before the hour mark arrived.
That said, it was the Beavers who took the lead after just 17 seconds through Jesse Kewley-Graham, but Hendon equalised through Dave Diedhiou after 23 minutes. Leon Smith doubled the lead just before half time.
The Greens had chances to further extend the lead through the opening part of the second half, but for the last half hour, Hampton looked by far the better side and they deservedly equalised with five minutes to go thanks to Karle Carder.
Posted at 23:05
We have been given a tough draw in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup, having been drawn at home to Leiston.
The Suffolk side won at Haverhill Rovers on Saturday afternoon, and will travel to Earlsmead to play us on Saturday 27th September, kicking off at 3.00pm.
Posted at 12:39
Gary McCann was both relieved and delighted to progress in the FA Cup yesterday afternoon against AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
"This was the proverbial banana skin" he said, "but we got through it.
"It was a struggle. We had good periods of possession and control but also had to rely on our goalkeeper for two very important saves at 0-0.
"They will be very disappointed to have lost and if they felt they were deserving of a replay, I would have no arguments.
"I am sure that they could hold their own at our level, and I think we will see them at Step 3 in the next couple of years.
"It was a performance where we had to really dig deep. We are showing signs of fatigue - as are most teams - and injuries have made our already thin squad even thinner."
Posted at 13:45
Hendon were given a tough test by AFC Rushden & Diamonds this afternoon, but eventually came through with a 1-0 win in the FA Cup.
The goal came in the 66th minute when Leon Smith beat three or four defenders and the keeper to fire the ball into the net via a deflection off a Rushden player. Minutes later Smith hit the woodwork as the Greens searched for a second goal.
Debutant keeper Ben McNamara was forced into two excellent saves to keep the visitors out, and there was relief and delight all round when the final whistle went.
The next round will be on 27th September, which means that our home game against Billericay Town has been postponed.
Posted at 20:12
The club are featured in the printed edition of The Sun today - on pages 6 and 7 of the football pullout.
This is part of The Sun's "Wrighty's Road to Wembley" feature. We are unsure what is happening with regard to the two filmed documentary pieces that were due to be available on Thursday. If we find out, we will let you know.
Posted at 09:54
We are pleased to announce the signing of 25 year old goalkeeper Ben McNamara. Ben was with Northampton Town last season, and has also played in Australia for Bonnyrig.
We welcome Ben to the club, and hope that he enjoys his time with us.
Posted at 21:42
AFC Rushden & Diamonds' internet radio station, Radio Diamonds, will be broadcasting live commentary from tomorrow's game.
For those of you unable to attend the game for whatever reason, you will be able to hear commentary via the link below.
Posted at 21:42
Andy Vincent, one of our regular supporters, has been working hard in recent weeks to set up a memorial football match.
The game, which will be raising money for Cancer Research UK, has been arranged in memory of his father, Les Vincent, and his very good friend, Steve Cheesewright, both of whom have sadly lost their fright against cancer within the past couple of years. Both Les and Steve were also regulars on the terraces at Claremont Road and Vale Farm, and in Les's case also Earlsmead.
The Hendon Supporters XI will be playing The Old Bellgate FC at Silver Jubilee Park on Friday 26th September, 7.00pm. This will be one of the first games to be played on the new 3G pitch.
If you would like to play for the Hendon Supporters XI, please contact Nick McMullen as soon as possible via email on email@example.com.
All supporters are more than welcome to attend, and the bar will be open until late.
Entry will be free, but donations for Cancer Research UK will be taken on the night. If you are unable to attend but would like to donate in memory of Les and Steve, you can do so via the link below.
Please do support this event if you can.
Posted at 18:40
We are pleased to announce that Reading have agreed to extend the loan of George Legg for a second month. In addition they have agreed to allow George to play in the FA Cup for us.
George has played a very important part of our excellent start to the season, and we are delighted that he will be with us for at least another month.
Posted at 10:00
Our London Senior Cup tie at home to Barking will be played on Monday 6th October, kicking off at 7.45pm.
The game will go straight to penalties if the scores are level after 90 minutes.
Posted at 20:12
We are pleased to bring the first of what we hope will be many audio interviews with Gary McCann and others.
Matt Albright, who is starting his studies at Middlesex University this month, has joined our media team to help improve our media output, and he interviewed Gary just a few minutes after the game last night.
Posted at 13:00
We are delighted to be working with The Sun and Ian Wright on an exciting new FA Cup campaign - Wrighty's Road To Wembley.
The Arsenal legend will be following a club for ever round of this year's competition, and have chosen to start with us due to our traditional proximity to Wembley Stadium.
Ian Wright has spoken to many players, staff and supporters of our historic club for two documentaries. One about our legendary 1974 3rd round FA Cup tie against Newcastle United, and another about our recent turmoil following our exit from Claremont Road.
You can watch both documentaries this Thursday, only via The Sun Goals app. You can sign up for free now at http://thesun.co.uk/join.
Posted at 10:00
Hendon came back from a goal down to beat Peacehaven & Telscombe 3-2 in an entertaining game at Earlsmead this evening.
The Greens started well and took the lead through Kezie Ibe's fifth goal of the campaign in the 9th minute, but the visitors fought back well and equalised shortly afterwards through Mark Knee. Peacehaven took the lead in the 23rd minute courtesy of Lloyd Cotton, and if truth be told should have been further ahead by half-time.
Hendon were in determined mood in the second half, and were back on level terms just after the hour mark when Chris Seeby fired a superb shot across the keeper. The winner came four minutes from time when Dave Diedhiou pounced on a loose ball after a shot from Ibe had been parried by the keeper.
The win moves the Greens up to third place overnight.
Posted at 23:34
Hendon manager Gary McCann was, in the end, satisfied with the point his team won. He said, "We were chatting about the result after the game and I admitted that if I had been offered a point a 2.55pm I would have taken it. But, after where we were at 65 minutes, maybe we should have got all three points.
"There are mixed emotions. When you have watched the first 60 minutes you would have been disappointed with only a draw, but when you saw the last 25 minutes, you are pleased to end all square. In the end, we're have to be pleased with a point.
"For 60 or 65 minutes, Kingstonian couldn't get near us. But in the last 25 minutes, after they scored, credit to them, they came back at us. It gave them belief and, in the end, we were hanging on.
"We also picked up a number of injuries and had to make two changes. And, as three or four of the players have had very little game time in the last couple of weeks, there was also an issue with fatigue.
"After the sending off we had to reshuffle and move players into unfamiliar positions. But we still had a couple of chances to snatch a victory.
"All things considered, to take four points from visits to Canvey Island and Kingstonian is an excellent achievement. I don't think that many teams will do that."
Posted at 23:27
Hendon dropped two points at Kingstonian this afternoon as the home side came back from two goals down to draw 2-2.
The Greens took the lead in the 45th minute through Leon Smith, and then doubled the lead ten minutes into the second period when Sam Murphy scored a penalty.
Kingstonian came back into the game with a goal from Andre McCollin in the 66th minute, and within a few minutes he had scored again to level things up.
The Greens were able to hold on for the point, despite having Oliver Sprague sent off for a second yellow card with three minutes to go.
Posted at 17:08
BBC London radio are broadcasting their afternoon sports show from Kingsmeadow this afternoon.
Presenter Phil Parry will be at the game as part of this season's Non League Day and it is hoped that the programme will include interviews with people from around the club after the game.
If you are in the London area and unable to get to the game you can tune in on 94.9FM or on your DAB radio, and those further afield should be able to tune in via the internet if you go to the BBC London page on the BBC website.
Posted at 10:21
We are now able to confirm admission prices and replay details for our FA Cup tie against AFC Rushden & Diamonds.
The tie will take place on Saturday 13th September at Earlsmead, kicking off at 3.00pm. Admission prices for this round will be £10 adults, £5 concessions and free for under 16's. Please note that we will announce admission prices for each round of the FA competitions as they have to be agreed with our opponents.
If a replay is required, it will take place on Tuesday 16th September at Wellingborough Town FC, The Dog & Duck Stadium, London Road, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 2DP, kicking off at 7.45pm. This is where our opponents currently groundshar.
Directions to the ground can be found on the directions page. Admission prices for the replay will be £6 adults, £3 concessions and free for under 16's.
Posted at 19:57
Gary McCann was a very happy man following last night's victory at Canvey Island.
He said, "I am delighted with the result and also the way that we reacted to the disappointment of Saturday. I was very critical of a number of individuals and the team as a unit on Saturday, but their response, individually and collectively, was excellent.
"The only concern for me was that we didn't take our chances. There is no one individual to blame for this - half a dozen players really should have scored from the good positions they took up. That said, it is great that we are creating so many chances. As for the penalty - I think that was the worst of the three.
"It was a worry that we went into the last few minutes with only a one-goal lead. They sent on a big centre-half to be an emergency striker to unsettle us. At that stage, a bad bounce or deflection might have meant two points slipping away. Last night we should have been comfortably out of sight.
"Before the season started, I gave the players individual targets, month by month, and the team too. The first of these was to pick up 13 points in August and we had that total after six games.
"With last night's win we are now on 16 points and my target for September was another 13 points and advancement in the FA Cup. Even with those three points, it is going to be tough to get 13 points because we have some very difficult games coming up and their might be postponements because of the FA Cup.
"However, if you had offered me 16 points after eight games - before the season started - I would probably have bitten off both your hands!"
Posted at 19:10
Our FA Cup opponents will be AFC Rushden & Diamonds, who won 3-0 at Bedford Town this evening in their replay.
Our opponents were formed just three years ago in 2011 following the demise of the old Rushden & Diamonds club, and like ourselves are a fans owned club. They play in the United Counties League Premier Division, where they currently lie in 9th place despite having a 100% record from their two games. They have up to three games in hand on other clubs in the league.
The tie will be played at Earlsmead on Saturday 13th September, kicking off at 3.00pm. This will be our first Saturday home cup tie since our move to Earlsmead last summer, with all our weekend cup ties having to take place on Sunday's last season.
Posted at 22:14
Hendon moved up to fifth place in the table this evening thanks to a 1-0 win at Canvey Island.
The goal came in the 18th minute thanks to Kezie Ibe. The same player missed a chance to double the lead when he missed a penalty in the 48th minute.
Posted at 21:54
A bemused Hendon manager Gary McCann struggled to explain the difference in performance between last Monday and Saturday. "Where we were at, and how we played on Monday, I certainly didn't see that performance or result coming and that is what concerns me.
"When you least expect it, performances like that, it is that much harder to accept. I don't think any player covered themselves in glory, though Kezie Ibe was probably the one player I would exempt from criticism.
"The five games we have played against Enfield Town have been horrendous. I warned the players in dressing room about the situation they were in and how they would be likely to react. I stressed that we needed to make a good start and score first.
"If we had scored first, I am sure we would have gone on to win. But once they opened the scoring I knew it would be difficult come back.
"However, I think the game turned on our disallowed goal, which would have been the equaliser, and the missed chance to make it 1-0 at the start of the half."
Posted at 19:26