News - October 2013

Thursday 31 October - Gary pulls no punches after Hampton defeat

Gary McCann didn't pull any punches in his post-match assessment after the defeat at Hampton on Tuesday evening.

He said: "Charlie Moone was the difference between the two teams, and he took his chances very well. It is games like last night that show our true credentials, but we came up well short.

"It is a real concern for me that we didn't do anything like enough to win a game. A number of players had their worst game of the season last night, but credit must go to Jefferson Louis for another two goals. That is 11 goals in 14 League matches and 13 in 18 in all competitions. It is a fantastic strike rate."

Posted at 08:23

Wednesday 30 October - Greens masters of their own downfall

Hendon were the masters of their own downfall this evening as they were well beaten by Hampton & Richmond Borough. The final score was 5-2, and the goals conceded were largely down to avoidable individual errors as most of the starting XI had a collective bad day at the office.

The first four of Hampton's goals were all scored by Charlie Moone, coming in the 20th, 28th, 51st and 55th minutes - the latter from a penalty. Jefferson Louis pulled a goal back in the 75th minute, and then scored a superb shot on the turn with four minutes to go. Any hopes of a late comeback were denied within a minute when Tommy Brewer completed the scoring.

Posted at 01:19

Tuesday 29 October - Middlesex derby this evening

The first team have another Middlesex derby this evening as they make the trip to South West London to play Hampton & Richmond Borough.

The Beavers were knocked out of the FA Cup on Saturday, losing 3-1 at Gloucester City despite going ahead in the first half courtesy of a goal from Charlie Moone.

As it stands, Hampton currently lie just above the relegation zone, with 12 points from their 11 games, but they do have games in hand on every other team in the division.

There is one familiar face in their squad, Belal Aite-Ouakrim having signed for them a few weeks ago, having been with them in pre-season.

Gary McCann and the squad will be keen to build on the recent wins over Bury, Cray and Thamesmead, knowing that a win tonight will close the gap considerably on the teams in the top half of the table.

Kick off at The Beveree is at 7.45pm. Admission is £10 adults, £5 senior citizens and students, £2 unaccompanied under 16s. Up to 2 under 16s will be admitted free when accompanied by a full paying adult.

Anyone travelling a bit early to the game may be interested in joining some of our supporters who are planning to meet in the World's End pub just up the road from the ground. The pub is situated between the station and the ground, and supporters will be in there from 6pm onwards. All supporters are welcome to join them.

This is something that we are planning to do for as many away games as possible - a few supporters did so ahead of the game against Cray. For details of any meets, please keep an eye on the website and the messageboard.

Posted at 08:59

Monday 28 October - Gary reacts to Thamesmead win

Gary McCann was pleased with the win, but less happy with the final half hour following Saturday's victory over Thamesmead Town.

He said, "For an hour we were outstanding and completely dominated Thamesmead. We scored four goals and could probably have got many more. But it was almost as if it was too easy for us and we became very sloppy.

"If you had offered me a 5-2 win before the kick-off I would have bitten off your hand for it. But I was very unhappy with the way that we finished the game and I let the players know about it in the dressing room.

"We have to be much better in the last 30-35 minutes. I was not happy with them as a group and as individuals."

Posted at 10:08

Saturday 26 October - Greens complete Thamesmead double

Hendon completed their first league double of the season as they beat Thamesmead Town 5-2 at Earlsmead this afternoon.

As has so often been the case this season, there was an early goal, this time in the Greens' favour when Tony Taggart found the back of the net in the 4th minute. Jefferson Louis scored his 10th goal of the season shortly before half-time to double the lead.

Louis scored again in the 48th minute, and Dave Diedhiou put the Greens 4 goals clear on the hour mark. Thamesmead pulled a goal back with 10 minutes to go, before Anthony Thomas scored the fifth but there was still time for the visitors to score a second consolation.

Posted at 17:35

Friday 25 October - Back to home league action tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon sees the first team play their first home game for four weeks as we entertain Thamesmead Town in a league game.

Thamesmead have had a tough baptism in their first season at this level, and currently lie in 23rd place with just 7 points from their 13 games. However, results haven't necessarily reflected their performances, as those supporters who were at Thamesmead on the opening day of the season will testify. Whilst the Greens came away with a 4-0 victory, the scoreline didn't reflect the balance of play with the home side having a number of good chances to get onto the scoresheet.

Most recently Thamesmead lost to Metropolitan Police in the FA Trophy, going down to a 2-1 defeat, and in their last league game a fortnight ago, they lost 4-1 to high flying Kingstonian.

They have added to their squad in recent weeks, with midfielder Chris Saunders joining from Cray Wanderers and defender Junior Baker both likely to be involved tomorrow.

The Greens come into the game with a near fully fit squad. Dean Cracknell and Sam Flegg are both hoping to be in contention, and Elliott Brathwaite is close to returning to full training following his long-term injury.

Kick off at Earlsmead will be at 3.00pm as usual, and we look forward to seeing you all there.

Posted at 08:28

Thursday 24 October - New date for Grays game

Our away game at Grays Athletic will now be played on Wednesday 11th December, kicking off at 7:45pm. The game will be played at Aveley, which is where Grays are currently groundsharing.

Posted at 14:13

Wednesday 23 October - Co-ordinating travel to games

As we are all aware, the costs of travelling to see the club in action are ever increasing. A number of supporters who travel on public transport have commented on the cost. Therefore, John Rice and a few others have decided to try and help as many as possible.

Our supporters are flung far and wide around the London area and further afield, to this applied to everyone.

If you are a supporter who travels by car to home or away games and would not mind passengers (with the passengers making a donation towards petrol costs) or if you are supporter who travels by public transport and would prefer to travel with fellow supporters to home and away games, please email John Rice on johnerice@hotmail.com and he will co-ordinate things to ensure we get more supporters travelling together.

By doing this, supporters travelling by public transport may well be able to make use of Groupsave tickets on the trains, which can give considerable discounts to ticket prices - 4 people can travel for the price of 2.

John Rice is awaiting your emails - get in touch as soon as you can.

Posted at 19:00

Tuesday 22 October - My Team - coming soon!

We gave you an update at the start of the season about MyTeam, a new subscription-based service in which you can give direct feedback to the Hendon management team before and during matches. This includes the tactics, line-up and even vote for substitutions you want to see.

For anyone who has ever played football manager games - this is like a real-life version! You can score every single player during or after the game on a host of factors. The manager then has to make the desired substitution or explain after the game via his exclusive MyTeam blog exactly why he did not make the change. MyTeam will also feature the ability to rate the chairman and captain on unique factors and even has a "clubhouse" - a free forum in which MyTeam users can discuss the votes they made.

MyTeam can be used either at home before a match on PC or during a game via smartphone. This means at half-time or even during the match you can tell the Hendon FC management team what changes you want to see!

The most exciting news is that MyTeam features a "live match" mode, which will let you hear live commentary of Hendon matches! MyTeam gives you, the fan, direct control over them team as well as a new way to keep up with the latest Hendon matches!

MyTeam is launching soon and will cost users just £3 per month to use, with 75% of this going towards the club. This software is the very first of it's kind and we are very excited about being involved with this.

Please look out for further updates for details on how to sign-up or visit https://www.facebook.com/myteam.com.co and message the MyTeam team!

Posted at 19:00

Monday 21 October - Bideford game will be Sunday

We are now able to confirm that our FA Trophy tie against Bideford will be played on Sunday 3rd November, kick off at 3.00pm. Our normal admission prices will apply.

If a replay is required it will take place on Tuesday 5th November, kick off at 7.45pm.

Posted at 18:55

Monday 21 October - Home to Bideford in FA Trophy

The draw for the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy has been made and we have been drawn at home to Bideford. Ties are to be played on the weekend of 2nd/3rd November - and it is likely that we will be playing on the Sunday as Harrow are at home to Cray on the Saturday. We will confirm this for certain in the next couple of days.

Bideford play in the Southern League Premier Division and currently lie in 3rd place with 23 points from 11 games. The only teams ahead of them are Chesham United and Hemel Hempstead Town. They reached this stage by winning 3-2 at Swindon Supermarine on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 12:47

Sunday 20 October - FA Trophy highlights available

Highlights of yesterday's FA Trophy win at Cray Wanderers are now available on the Cray website. Filmed and edited by Cray supporter Victor Napolski, all the goals and many of the other chances can be seen by clicking the link below.

Cray v Hendon highlights

Posted at 17:55

Sunday 20 October - Gary delighted with FA Trophy progression

Gary McCann was delighted with what he saw at Hayes Lane yesterday afternoon in the 4-1 win over Cray.

He said, "I thought we were excellent and some of our passing was outstanding. After going behind early, we showed great character in coming back into the game. In the last hour we could have scored any number of goals.

"Berkley said he was fouled as he went for the corner, but he then made a great save to keep it at 1-0. After we equalised, we never looked like losing.

"There wasn't a bad performance from anyone. The two full-backs, Chris Seeby and Jack Bennett, were outstanding in their links with Dave Diedhiou and Tony Taggart, James Fisher and Casey Maclaren worked really well in the middle of the back four and Kevin Maclaren and Lee O'Leary dominated in the middle of the pitch.

"Carl McCluskey and Jefferson Louis were too much for the Cray defence. Carl's pass for Jefferson's second goal was outstanding; he is such an athlete."

Posted at 15:36

Sunday 20 October - EasyFundraise your Christmas shopping

With Christmas hurtling towards us many of you will be doing a lot of online shopping and so will your family and friends. By signing up to our easyfundraising page the club can earn a serious amount of much needed cash. So please can we urge you to sign up at the link below but also send it to as many people as you can and ask them to sign up as well. It costs you no more when you shop and it can be set up to remind you when you are online.

We currently have 49 supporters signed up, who between them have raised nearly £550 for the club. Can we get that total over £600 before Christmas? Please act now and help the club raise some Christmas cash.

HFCST EasyFundraising Page

Posted at 11:12

Saturday 19 October - Greens progress in FA Trophy

Hendon progressed to the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy this afternoon as they beat Cray Wanderers 4-1 at Hayes Lane.

However, they had to come back from a goal behind when a corner from Jack Clark found its way into the net without anyone else getting a touch.

Tony Taggart levelled things in the 27th minute, before Chris Seeby put the Greens ahead five minutes before half-time. Casey Maclaren had a goal chalked off for offside on the stroke of half-time and he was booked for his protests - the only booking of the game.

Jefferson Louis scored the other two goals, coming in the 47th and 87th minutes as Hendon controlled the second half to ensure progression to the next round.

This is something of a rare win in the FA Trophy in recent years, and the Greens will be hoping that Monday's draw will be a kind one.

Posted at 19:31

Saturday 19 October - Trip to Grays postponed

Our league game at Grays Athletic, due to be played on Saturday 2nd November, has been postponed due to our progression in the FA Trophy. A new date will be announced in due course.

Posted at 19:30

Friday 18 October - FA Trophy at Cray tomorrow

The first team make the trip across London to play Cray Wanderers in the FA Trophy tomorrow afternoon. The game will be played at Bromley's Hayes Lane ground and will kick off at 3.00pm.

Cray come into the game having had a rotten start to the season, picking up just 7 points in their 12 league games so far, three of those coming in their last game in a 4-1 win over Metropolitan Police. The only game they have played since then is against Three Bridges in the League Cup, a game they won 2-0.

A couple of weeks ago the club had a change of manager, Keith Bird, formerly reserve manager at Bromley, taking over from the long serving Ian Jenkins.

The Greens go into the game determined not to slip out of another cup following the recent exits from three competitions, but will know that they will have to put in a much improved performance on the one at Dulwich on Monday evening.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the game. Should a replay be required, it will take place on Monday evening at Earlsmead, kick off 7.45pm.

Posted at 09:15

Wednesday 16 October - Canvey Island game rearranged

Our home game against Canvey Island will now be played on Monday 25th November, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 12:47

Tuesday 15 October - Thamesmead home game rearranged

Our home game against Thamesmead Town has been moved forward from 21st December to Saturday 26th October. This replaces the previously postponed home game against Canvey Island.

A new date for the Canvey Island game will be announced in the next few days and is likely to be in November.

Posted at 16:46

Tuesday 15 October - McCann disappointed with cup exit

Gary McCann was very disappointed after last night's London Senior Cup exit at Dulwich Hamlet, but is now looking ahead to the FA Trophy.

"We didn't defend nearly well enough. It was an excellent game to watch, with many excellent passages of play from both sides.

"I was really impressed with Dulwich, and I have great respect for Gavin Rose and what he has done. But I expected far more from us. I thought our men would beat their boys.

"We worked hard to get back into the game but we then gave them a scrappy second goal. As for the sending off, it was an awful challenge and I told him so. I cannot and will not condone it.

"I am disappointed to go out of the competition so early, it is one that I have a great deal of fondness for.

Looking ahead to Saturday's FA Trophy game at Cray Wanderers, he said "We have a very bad record in the FA Trophy, but after going out of the FA Cup, League Cup and London Senior Cup, I want a good reaction and I am hopeful of having a good run this season."

Posted at 11:09

Monday 14 October - No London Senior Cup run this season

Hendon fell at the first hurdle in the London Senior Cup this evening as they were beaten 3-1 by a young vibrant Dulwich Hamlet side.

Marcel Henry-Francis gave the home side the lead in the 6th minute, and it wasn't until the 75th minute that the Greens equalised through Anthony Thomas.

Parity only lasted two minutes as Henry-Francis restored the lead, and the win was secured six minutes from time by Ramell Lake.

Hendon's misery was compounded late on as Aaron Morgan was deservedly sent off for a nasty looking challenge in front of the dugouts.

Posted at 23:54

Monday 14 October - Rhys Paul joins on dual registration

It has been announced that we have signed Rhys Paul on dual registration terms from Maidenhead United. Rhys, who is 19 years old, has also played in Australia for Albany Creek FC.

Posted at 09:49

Monday 14 October - London Senior Cup tonight

This evening sees the first team begin their London Senior Cup campaign with a trip to Dulwich Hamlet.

Our opponents come into the game on the back of an FA Cup exit at Hemel Hempstead Town at the weekend where they went down 3-1.

However, Dulwich's season has seen them make an impact on the Premier Division, including a 2-1 win at Earlsmead back in August, and they currently lie in 3rd place just one point behind the leading pair of Maidstone United and AFC Hornchurch.

Gary McCann and the squad will be keen to bounce back from last week's League Cup exit at Wealdstone, and will know that if they can put in a similar level of effort and workrate they will have every chance of picking up a positive result.

The game will be played at their Champion Hill stadium, kicking off at 7.45pm.

Posted at 09:49

Saturday 12 October - Canvey Island home game postponed

Our home game against Canvey Island on Saturday 26th October has been postponed due to Canvey's progression in the FA Cup.

They beat North Greenford United 2-1 this afternoon at Park Lane thanks to a last minute penalty converted by Jay Curran.

Posted at 16:57

Wednesday 09 October - Gary reacts to Wealdstone defeat

Gary McCann was pleased with the performance at Wealdstone on Monday evening despite losing, but both he and the squad were disappointed with some of the comments heard from the terraces during the game.

“I thought we did enough to get something out of the game. We lacked game time among the team, especially the front three. We created some excellent chances, but didn’t get much luck where it mattered most.

"I cannot fault any of the players' efforts; they worked very hard from minute one to the very end. You could see it in the dressing room after the game that they were very disappointed to have lost. It showed how much they cared.

"Everyone at the club knows that I will not accept players who do not give their all for the club - but that is not the case at the moment. The attitude of the whole squad has been excellent, even when individuals have not been involved on matchdays.

"We all get frustrated when things don't go right, but some of the comments from the terraces on Monday were below the belt.

"Whilst I understand that supporters are entitled to their opinions, getting on their backs when things aren't going well and particularly when players are low on confidence really doesn't help. Those are the times that they really need our supporters getting behind them.

"We don't have the resources of many clubs at our level and maybe sometimes we all need to take a reality check. Remember, we are all in this together, both on and off the pitch."

Posted at 13:51

Tuesday 08 October - Last chance to order replica shirts

The Supporters Association have set a deadline of Sunday evening to place your orders for a replica home shirt.

Priced at £32.00, you can place your order by emailing merchandise@hendonfc.net and payment can be made by using the PayPal donation button on the Supporters Trust website. Alternatively, if you don't want to use PayPal, please state as such in your email and advise on how to pay will be given to you.

When ordering your shirt, please state whether you are ordering short or long sleeved and whether you require size S, M, L, XL or XXL. Just home shirts are available to be ordered.

Posted at 21:49

Monday 07 October - Hammond goal wins it for Wealdstone

A goal from James Hammond was enough to win tonight's league cup tie, Wealdstone running out 1-0 winners.

However, it must be said that the Greens were unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet, particularly in the second half when they laid siege to the Wealdstone goal. The effort and workrate from all the players was excellent, but they just couldn't quite find the reward their effort deserved.

Hammond's goal came in the 29th minute when a Hendon defensive clearance fell to him and he just ran on to the ball and returned it with interest - with the ball flying into the net giving Berkley Laurencin no chance.

So for the seventh year in a row, the Greens slipped out of the league cup at the first attempt. However, the squad will go home knowing that they gave it everything and it just wasn't to be.

Posted at 23:59

Monday 07 October - Gary delighted with squad response

Gary McCann was a very happy man after the way the squad responded in Saturday's win at Bury.

Speaking over the weekend he said, "After last Sunday, I did a lot of soul-searching with my management team and what we got was a great reaction from an honest bunch of lads. The whole of the management team spent a large part of the week rebuilding confidence in the players. We addressed a number of key issues and the players responded brilliantly.

"It was a fantastic performance by every one of the players. The early goal was key factor in the win, and it was great to keep a clean sheet. We battled very hard and it was a controlled and well-disciplined response."

Posted at 13:23

Monday 07 October - Former Owls youngster joins

We are pleased to announce that former Sheffield Wednesday youth player Elias Moses has joined the squad.

The 18 year old midfielder has been with Cockfosters so far this season where he has scored two goals, and has previously been with Redbridge and Fulham as well.

We welcome Elias to the club and hope that he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 11:53

Sunday 06 October - League Cup at Wealdstone tomorrow

The first team begin their league cup campaign tomorrow evening as they make the short trip to Wealdstone. This will be the first time that the two clubs have met in the competition.

Wealdstone come into the game on the back of their first defeat of the season - they lost 1-0 at home to Margate yesterday afternoon, and face a tough FA Cup tie at AFC Hornchurch next weekend.

Kick off at The Vale will be at 7.45pm, and admission prices are £10 adults, £5 concessions and £2 for under 16's. The game will go straight to penalties if scores are level after 90 minutes.

Posted at 19:55

Saturday 05 October - Greens bounce back in style

Hendon put in an excellent performance this afternoon has they comprehensively beat Bury Town 4-0 at Ram Meadow.

With the Bury side appearing to be lacking in confidence, the Greens took the game to them and went ahead in the 12th minute when Casey Maclaren flicked the ball past the keeper. Within ten minutes Jefferson Louis and Carl McCluskey linked up for the latter to double the lead.

Louis scored the third two minutes into the second half, before Anthony Thomas completed the scoring from the penalty spot after Chris Seeby was fouled.

Posted at 21:40

Friday 04 October - Berkley Laurencin recalled

It has been announced today that Berkley Laurencin has been recalled from his emergency loan at Harrow Borough. He is expected to be in the squad at Bury Town tomorrow afternoon.

Posted at 14:29

Friday 04 October - Match reporter required tomorrow

We are on the lookout for a volunteer who will be at Bury tomorrow to write a match report on the game for the website and local papers.

If you would like to volunteer, please email the club on admin@hendonfc.net as soon as possible.

Posted at 09:13

Friday 04 October - First team off to Bury tomorrow

The first team embark on the first of four away trips on the bounce tomorrow as they make the trip to face Bury Town.

Both teams come into the game on the back of heavy home defeats. Whilst we look to bounce back from the defeat to Bishop's Stortford in the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon, Bury will be just as keen to return to winning ways after being beaten 4-0 on their own patch by Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday evening.

Bury currently lie in 11th place with 16 points from the 12 games they've played.

Kick off at Ram Meadow tomorrow is at 3.00pm, and we look forward to seeing those of you who are able to get there.

Posted at 09:11

Tuesday 01 October - Wealdstone league game rearranged

Our home game against Wealdstone will now be played on Monday 18th November, kicking off at 7:45pm at Earlsmead.

Posted at 12:07