News - September 2016

Wednesday 28 September - Scott Cousins parts company

It has been announced this evening that first team coach Scott Cousins has parted company with the club.

Scott posted the following message on Twitter this evening.

"I am officially no longer part of Hendon FC. I'd like to thank everyone at the club for making my last 2 years as 1st team coach enjoyable & memorable!

The play-off's & cup final successes are something I'll never forget. I feel the time is right for me personally to take on a new challenge and wish the club every success in the future!

There's too many people for me to thank individually, but I'll be down to SJP in person to show my appreciation to you all! GREEN ARMY!"

Speaking to Greensnet this evening manager Gary McCann said "I would like to thank Scott personally. We agreed amicably after the weekend that the timing was right to go our separate ways.

"It has been an absolute pleasure to work in the same dugout over the last two years with lots of good memories.

"He leaves with my utmost respect and I'm sure wherever the new challenge arises, he will be an excellent asset.

"Good luck and all the best going forward Scotty."

Scott first joined the club in the summer of 2003, appearing in a friendly at Hanwell Town having been released by Chelsea at the end of the previous season. He made his debut in a 4-1 win at Basingstoke Town, and went on to make 51 appearances that season, scoring 8 goals.

He left in 2004 to join St Albans City and also appeared for Carshalton Athletic before returning in October 2009.

He went on to make a total of 237 appearances, scoring 14 goals, and joined the backroom staff in the summer of 2014 following the departure of Junior Lewis.

Everyone associated with the club would like to thank Scott for his efforts both as a player and as a member of the coaching team, and we wish him every success for the future.

Posted at 22:15

Wednesday 28 September - Another former player passes on

It is with sadness that we have learnt of the passing of another former player who played in an FA Amateur Cup final.

Ron Widdowfield died on 20th September aged 71, and played for us in the 1960 FA Amateur Cup Final victory over Kingstonian at Wembley Stadium.

He made his debut on 12th December 1959 in a 1-0 defeat to Hounslow at Claremont Road in the Athenian League, and went on to make 11 appearances for the club.

Our thoughts are with Ron's family and friends at this sad time.

Posted at 18:30

Wednesday 28 September - Gary frustrated by defensive errors

Hendon manager was frustrated to lose at Canvey Island but also saw positives from the game. "I cannot complain about the effort and the commitment from the players," he said. "After Saturday, they showed me a very good attitude.

"But the first two goals we conceded were defensive errors of catastrophic proportions. In fact, all three goals were completely avoidable individual errors. If you make three errors like that in a game you will not win it.

"I must be honest, I feared a little for the start of the game and I felt the first 15 minutes were crucial. On the back of Saturday, there was a feeling that if we conceded early in the game we might have unravelled on the mental side.

"But we came through it well and when they scored, I felt it was in a period of the half where we had been just getting on top. The second goal was a double whammy, but we then gave ourselves a lifeline with a very good headed goal by Casey.

"If we had taken one of the chances we created early in the second half, the outcome could have been a whole lot different."

Posted at 17:32

Wednesday 28 September - GGH Hire named as shirt sponsor

We are delighted to be able to announce that GGH Hire, the leading independent tool and plant hire company in North London, will be advertising their logo on the front of the first team shirts for the rest of the 2016/17 season.

We are very grateful for their support and hope that it is the start of what will become a long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship.

With that in mind, if you - or anyone you know - need to hire tools or plant, we hope that you will give GGH Hire first refusal. Their website can be found at GGH Hire and they can be contacted by telephone on 020 8804 4343.

Thanks must go to long-standing Hendon supporter Lee Cousins who is sponsoring the AFC Rushden & Diamonds match and who helped to make this happen. This just goes to show that can be achieved if people are prepared to spread the word about what is going on at SJP with those of their friends and family members who might be interested in developing a commercial relationship with the club.

Back of shirt and shorts advertising opportunities are still available so please let Simon Lawrence know if you know someone who might be interested.

Posted at 00:15

Wednesday 28 September - Greens beaten at Canvey

The first team came away from Canvey Island empty handed this evening as they were beaten 3-1 at Park Lane.

The home side had the better of the opening exchanges, but just as it seemed the Greens were getting back in the game, some lax defending allowed Tony Stokes to give Canvey the lead in the 32nd minute. An uncharacteristic slip by Chris Seeby then allowed Jack Simmons to double the lead. However, Casey Maclaren, pulled a goal back just before half time to go into the break with some home.

The second half performance from the Greens was one of desire and character as they pushed to get an equaliser, with chances falling to Luke Tingey, Arthur Lee and Niko Muir, but it was Canvey who found the net again when George Sykes completed the scoring with fifteen minutes to go.

Next up is the home FA Cup tie against AFC Rushden & Diamonds - kick off at SJP is at 3.00pm on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 00:05

Monday 26 September - Gary finds no solace from Enfield defeat

Gary McCann was very low when he commented on the defeat at Enfield Town.

"This was up there with one of the worst days I have had in my 11-plus years as a manager. I personally got it catastrophically wrong with the formation and that is down to me.

"We had two players who were not available and one I felt who would benefit from a a rest. I thought we could match up with them by playing three at the back, but it proved not to be the case. I would also like to add that it wasn't the three returning players who came into the team that led to this result; it was a team downfall. Almost all of the players under-performed.

"The most disappointing thing of all is that this group of players could be collectively and individually so good a week earlier and collectively and individually so bad at Enfield. It is a real worry for me.

"There were harsh words exchanged in the dressing room and we changed the formation for the second half, making three substitutions, but we still conceded four goals and an embarrassing result followed. The three changes couldn't change anything.

"At this stage of the season, we get the chance to put things right a couple of days later and we go to Canvey Island tomorrow night to do this. It is going to be a very important game for us.

"A motto in football management is: 'When you are not winning, you are learning'. On the evidence of Saturday afternoon, we learned - or had to learn - an awful lot."

Posted at 17:12

Saturday 24 September - Greens thrashed at Enfield Town

The first team were thrashed 6-0 at Enfield Town this afternoon in a game in which there was only going to be one winner.

In a performance described by some supporters as one of the worst they had seen, the home side romped to victory, taking the lead in the 23rd minute through Percy Kiangebeni, before Kier Dickson doubled the lead just before half time.

Two goals in quick succession before the hour mark took the game out of sight as Dernell Wynter and Harry Ottaway netted, and further goals from Ricky Gabriel and Dickson completed the rout.

The squad have a chance of a quick redemption as they travel to Canvey Island on Tuesday night, kick off at Park Lane is at 7:45pm.

Posted at 23:53

Thursday 22 September - Former player passes away

It is with sadness that we have been informed today of the passing of former player and FA Amateur Cup finalist Rajnar Hvidsten on Tuesday.

Aged 89, Rajnar, who was a Norweigan international, played for us during the back end of the 1954-55 season, making a goalscoring debut in the FA Amateur Cup in a 1-1 draw at Wimbledon on 19th February 1955 as part of a side that included Bill Fisher, Laurie Topp, Dexter Adams and Pat Austin. He went on to make 8 appearances, scoring 2 goals, and was in the Amateur Cup Final side that lost 2-0 to Bishop Auckland at Wembley

Our sympathies go to the family and friends of Rajnar at this sad time.

Posted at 17:28

Wednesday 21 September - Message from HFCST Chairman

A message from Supporters Trust Chairman Bryan Roberts to all Trust members:

"Hello all and thanks very much for your ongoing support. It has come to light recently that a worryingly significant number of members did not receive notification of the AGM this year. We believe that this may be due in part to a technical issue that prevented some emails going out, but also down to the fact that many members have moved house, changed email addresses, or both.

To ensure that we optimise our communication with all members, we would kindly ask that you send your current email and postal addresses to hfcst_sec@hendonfc.net as soon as possible.

Many thanks for your help and support,

Bryan"

Posted at 23:05

Tuesday 20 September - Bognor game rearranged

Our home game against Bognor Regis Town will now be played on Tuesday 15th November at SJP, kick off 7:45pm. This has been moved from Saturday 1st October due to our continued involvement in the FA Cup.

Posted at 22:51

Tuesday 20 September - Hendon and Harlow finish all square

Hendon and Harlow Town left Silver Jubilee Park with a share of the points this evening following a 2-2 draw.

The visitors took the lead in the 38th minute through Kieran Bishop, but Karl Oliyide equalised early in the second half. Chris Seeby put the Greens ahead in the 71st minute, but things were made tougher for the home side with seven minutes to go when Alfie Young was sent off for a second yellow card.

Unfortunately the ten men were unable to hold on for all three points as Leon Antoine equalised for the Hawks with three minutes to go.

Next up is the short trip to Enfield Town on Saturday afternoon, kick off 3:00pm.

Posted at 22:50

Monday 19 September - AFC Rushden & Diamonds in the FA Cup

Our opponents in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup will be AFC Rushden & Diamonds at SJP on Saturday 1st October.

This will be the second time we have faced the new club, having beaten them 1-0 two years ago in the first qualifying round courtesy of a Leon Smith goal at Earlsmead.

Posted at 12:48

Sunday 18 September - Gary proud of FA Cup performance

Gary McCann was a very proud man following the FA Cup win at Dulwich Hamlet yesterday. He said, "Obviously I am delighted that we have got through this tie. It was the most complete performance for a long time.

"Defensively we were solid. It is no coincidence that we had Kevin and Casey Maclaren back to play in front of them.

"And it was out first clean sheet for a long time. We played the game out brilliantly.

"The assurance and experience we were able to play with belied the youth of our side. I cannot speak highly enough of the squad.

"We did the ugly side of the game as well as the good things. There wasn't one player who I didn't consider for man of the match honours today.

"As much as the 18 players have done me proud today, there were three others who were involved, but they are just as important to me, such as Omar Vassell, Andre da Costa and Arthur Lee - and that is ignoring Dale Binns, who is injured.

"I am all about the collective needs of the club. It is going to be a squad that makes us successful this season, not just the 11 who started yesterday.

"We look forward to the draw and we hope that Lady Luck plays her part and it is kind to us."

Posted at 16:55

Saturday 17 September - Greens see off Dulwich in FA Cup

The first team put in an excellent performance this afternoon to beat Dulwich Hamlet 2-0 at Champion Hill in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The Greens took the lead on the stroke of half time when Niko Muir pounced on a defensive effor to turn and fire the ball past Preston Edwards, and just minutes after the break, Luke Tingey fired a short free kick from Spencer McCall into the net.

Whilst Dulwich had plenty of possession in the second half, they created very little, just hitting the post with a curling effort, and the Greens progressed into the third qualifying round which will take place on Saturday 1st October. The draw will be made on Monday and is expected to be released around lunchtime.

However, there are three league games to come before that, starting with a home game against Harlow Town on Tuesday evening, kick off 7:45pm at SJP.

Posted at 19:56

Friday 16 September - FA Cup action tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon sees the first team back in FA Cup action as they travel to Dulwich Hamlet in the second qualifying round. This is the first time the two teams have met in the competition since 2008, when the Greens won in a replay after a draw at Champion Hill.

It's a quick rematch for the two clubs following the 1-1 draw in the league at Silver Jubilee Park on Bank Holiday Monday, which was very much a game of two halves, Hendon having the best of the first period, whilst Dulwich were very much the better side in the second half.

Admission at Champion Hill is £10 adults, £4 concessions.

If a replay is required, it will take place at SJP on Tuesday evening, kick off 7:45pm - our normal admission prices will apply.

Posted at 01:25

Tuesday 13 September - Beaten on penalties

The first team were knocked out of the Alan Turvey Trophy on penalties for the second year in a row, as Metropolitan Police won the shoot out 4-3 after 2-2 draw.

Matt Lane gave the visitors the lead in the 11th minute, before Niko Muir scored with a lovely finish ten minutes before the break. Ollie Sprague gave the Greens the lead in the 58th minute from the penalty spot after he was fouled in the box, but Met Police equalised with six minutes to go when Orlando Smith capitalised on an error by Berkley Laurencin.

And so it came to the penalty shoot-out. Sam Murphy, Luke Tingey and Andre Da Costa were on target for the Greens, with Sprague and Dave Diedhiou seeing their efforts saved by Nathan Baxter, whilst Berkley Laurencin saved Richard Pacquette's effort, but was unable to keep the other four spot kicks out of the net, meaning the visitors now entertain Corinthian-Casuals in the next round.

Next up for the Greens is FA Cup action at Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday afternoon, kick off 3:00pm

Posted at 23:21

Tuesday 13 September - Travel to our FA Cup tie at Dulwich

Our next FA Cup tie at Dulwich Hamlet is just over a week away, and we would be delighted to see as many supporters there as possible.

There are several public transport options for getting to Champion Hill, with East Dulwich station just round the corner from the ground, and Denmark Hill station about 10 minutes walk away (although the walk back is up a very steep hill!), and several bus routes from Central London passing the ground.

If you're travelling in a group by train, discounted fares are available if you are travelling between National Rail stations, and the Supporters Association have researched some of the fares.

From Mill Hill Broadway, the return fare using Oyster or Contactless is £5.60.

From Hendon or Cricklewood, the return fare using Oyster or contactless is £5.00. Alternatively for a group of 3 the groupsave price is £14.40, and for a group of 4 the groupsave price is £19.20.

From West Hampstead, the return fare using Oyster or contactless is £4.40.

From Watford, the return fare is £13.00 with Oyster or contactless, £28.65 for a groupsave of 3, and £38.20 for a groupsave of 4.

From Bushey, the prices are £10.60 Oyster/Contactless return, £25.50 GroupSave 3 and £34.00 GroupSave 4.

From Harrow & Wealdstone, the prices are £7.50 on a day return ticket, £14.85 GroupSave 3 and £19.80 GroupSave 4

From Wembley Central its £6.20 on a day return ticket, £12.30 for GroupSave 3 and £16.40 for GroupSave 4.

It would be fantastic to see as many of you as possible at Champion Hill a week on Saturday.

Posted at 00:00

Monday 12 September - League Cup second round draw

The draw for the second round of the Alan Turvey Trophy has been released today, and if we win against Metropolitan Police tomorrow, we will be at home to Corinthian-Casuals or Whyteleafe.

Kick off at SJP tomorrow is at 7:45pm, and normal admission prices apply.

Posted at 18:26

Saturday 10 September - Highlights of today's game

Highlights of today's game at Metropolitan Police are now available on YouTube courtesy of Daniel Sacha, who has previously videoed Met Police games.

The highlights can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCXJ76swLKg

Posted at 22:07

Saturday 10 September - Greens battle to victory

The first team battled to a 2-1 victory at a very wet Metropolitan Police this afternoon.

The opening goal came in the 5th minute, when Finbarr Robins was fouled in the box by Nathan Baxter as the keeper dived to punch the ball away. Robins stepped up and sent Baxter the wrong way from the spot.

The Greens were the better side in the opening 20 minutes, but gradually the home side came back into the game, and it was no surprise when they equalised early in the second half through Rob Bartley.

However, Hendon were back ahead in the 58th minute when Kezie Ibe fed Niko Muir with a slide rule pass, and Muir fired the ball into the back of the net.

The home side had the better chances as the game came to a close, with one being cleared off the line by a defender, but the Greens battled superbly to ensure they took away all three points.

Next up is a home league cup tie against the same opponents - kick off at SJP on Tuesday evening is 7:45pm.

Posted at 21:35

Thursday 08 September - Advance warning of travel disruption

We would like to advise supporters that there are engineering works on the railway that will disrupt your journey if you are planning to travel by train to some of our future away games. It may be that a coach is available, but this will be announced as and when any decision is made.

The games affected are as follows.

24th September - Away to Enfield Town : No service between London Liverpool Street and Enfield Town/Cheshunt - rail replacement bus between Seven Sisters and Enfield Town/Cheshunt.

8th October - Away to Lowestoft Town : No service after 12:00 between London Liverpool Street and Witham. Rail replacement bus between Witham and Newbury Park

29th October - Away to Leiston (FA Trophy) : No service between London Liverpool Street and Witham. Rail replacement bus between Witham and Newbury Park

Posted at 19:16

Wednesday 07 September - Folkestone game rearranged

Our home game against Folkestone Invicta will now be played on Tuesday 1st November at Silver Jubilee Park, kick off 7:45pm. The change of date is due to both clubs being involved in the FA Cup on the original date.

Posted at 22:31

Wednesday 07 September - Under 18s knocked out of FA Youth Cup

The under 18s were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup this evening as they lost 6-3 to Tring Athletic at Silver Jubilee Park.

We hope to have full details on the youth pages in the next couple of days.

Posted at 22:27

Tuesday 06 September - Middlesex Senior Cup date changed

Our Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Wembley has been moved back 24 hours, and will now be played on Wednesday 19th October at SJP, kicking off at 7:45pm.

The date has been moved as Edgware have a home league fixture on the Tuesday evening against Hertford Town.

Posted at 17:09

Monday 05 September - Gary delighted by cup performance

Gary McCann was delighted with the performance and result of the FA Cup victory against Cheshunt. He said: "I thought it was a really dominant performance. I felt one like this was coming.

"That late equaliser in the game against Burgess Hill, and the five minutes after that, gave us some confidence. It was a bit of a turning point and we carried that on at Merstham, when we got our first win, and then also getting the draw with Dulwich.

"In fact, I think we should have scored more than the five we managed on Saturday. There wasn't a bad performance from anyone, but my man of the match was Kevin Maclaren, who was outstanding.

"I must also add mention of the performances of the two young centre backs who belied their years. There were some great team goals, but Mayo's was special.

"The only disappointment was the two goals that we conceded at the end of each half. Although we defended well in open play, our defending at set-pieces wasn't to the required level.

"Three of our four defenders are 20, 19 and 19 - and eight of the starting 11 were under 23 - so we are a very young and relatively inexperienced side."

Posted at 17:21

Monday 05 September - FA Cup draw released

The draw for the second qualifying round of the FA Cup has been made, and we have been drawn away to Dulwich Hamlet.

The game will be played at Champion Hill on Saturday 17th September, kick off 3:00pm

Posted at 13:04

Monday 05 September - Mahrez Bettache departs

The club have announced this morning that Mahrez Bettache has left the club and is expected to re-join Corinthian-Casuals.

Mahrez joined us in the summer of 2015, and made 34 appearances, scoring one goal.

We thank Mahrez for his efforts over the past year, and wish him every success for the future.

Posted at 11:39

Sunday 04 September - Virtual Q&A with Gary McCann

Gary McCann has agreed to run a virtual Q&A session with fans, giving you the opportunity to ask the questions that you've always wanted to ask him but have never had the chance to do so.

If you'd like to participate, please either go to the messageboard and post a reply to the message from Simon Lawrence setting out the question or questions that you'd like Gary to answer, or email us on admin@hendonfc.net We'll then collate all questions asked and put them to him. His answers will then be posted on the website.

Deadline for receipt of your questions is 5pm on Friday 9th September, and we'll pose the questions Gary as soon as we can after that.

Posted at 14:52

Saturday 03 September - Oliver Sprague returns to Hendon

We are pleased to announce that Oliver Sprague has returned to the club from Welling United after a short spell with the Kent side.

Ollie was a regular in our starting line up over the past couple of seasons, making 102 appearances and scoring 2 goals. He was present at today's game, and we are delighted to have him back at the club.

Posted at 21:53

Saturday 03 September - Comfortable FA Cup win for Hendon

The first team put in an excellent performance this afternoon as they progressed into the second qualifying round of the FA Cup courtesy of a 5-2 win over Cheshunt.

The Greens took the lead in the 2nd minute when Karl Oliyide turned the ball home after Luke Tingey had turned the ball goalwards, and in the 10th minute the lead was doubled when Mayo Balogun scored an outstanding individual goal. The left back picked up the ball on the left wing, jinked his way into the box and slammed the ball across the keeper into the far top corner.

Oliyide was on the scoresheet again in the 35 minute with a beautifully controlled low finish, but Cheshunt pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time when Joe Kizzi was allowed a free header from a corner.

Hendon continued to play the better football, and on the hour mark were awarded a penalty when Chris Seeby was shoved over in the box. Unfortunately Spencer McCall's spot kick was well saved, but the fourth goal came two minutes later when Oliyide hit a low cross along the by line which hit Kezie Ibe and then the back of the net.

The fifth goal came in the 69th minute when Niko Muir touched home a low free kick from McCall, and had it not been for the fine form of Cheshunt keeper Michael Gooch, the Greens could have had more.

However, the only other goal came in the form of a late consolation from Kizzi who stabbed a rebond home after his first effort had hit the crossbar.

The draw for the second qualifying round is due to be made on Monday, and we'll bring you news through the usual channels as soon as we can.

Next up for the first team is a trip to Metropolitan Police next Saturday, kick off 3:00pm at Imber Court.

Posted at 20:03

Saturday 03 September - 100th appearance for Chris Seeby

This afternoon's FA Cup tie saw Chris Seeby make his 100th appearance for the club. He joined in the summer of 2013, making his debut in the opening game of the season at Thamesmead Town and was ever present in the league in his first season.

Unfortunately midway through the 2014-15 season he picked up a serious injury that kept him out of the side for over a year, only returning towards the end of last season, and has quickly made the right-back slot his own again.

He has scored 7 goals in his 100 appearances so far, and we hope that there are many more appearances in the Green shirt to come.

Posted at 20:03

Saturday 03 September - FA Cup week starts here

We have a double header of FA Cup action at Silver Jubilee Park coming up, starting today with the first team's FA Cup tie against Cheshunt, followed by the U18s FA Youth Cup tie against Tring Athletic on Wednesday evening.

Cheshunt, who currently lie in 5th place with 8 points from 4 games in Division One North are our visitors today having beaten Basildon United 8-0 in the Preliminary Round. Kick off at SJP is at 3:00pm and our normal admission charges apply.

Should a replay be required it will take place on Wednesday evening at Potters Bar Town, kicking off at 7:45pm. This is due to building works going on at Cheshunt's Theobalds Lane ground at the moment.

The U18s embark on their FA Youth Cup campaign on Wednesday evening against Tring Athletic. Kick off at SJP is at 7:30pm and admission is £3.

Posted at 11:40

Friday 02 September - Travel Alert : Cool Oak Lane still closed

For any supporters travelling from the Staples Corner direction, please note that the Cool Oak Lane closure has been extended and now runs until 12th September. Therefore we advise supporters to continue up the A5 to the Kingsbury Road junction, then turn left into Kingsbury Road, and then left into Townsend Lane after passing the park.

Posted at 18:09