News - October 2017

Tuesday 31 October - One other sponsorship opportunity

There is one other sponsorship opportunity available for the Burgess Hill Town FA Trophy tie, as well as all other remaining home games, and that is sponsoring HFCTV.

The HFCTV sponsorship package is available for £110 per game - and will help pay for the costs of filming our home games.

If you would like to sponsor this for any forthcoming home game, please contact Simon Lawrence on simon.hendon@btinternet.com

Posted at 08:03

Monday 30 October - Sponsorship packages available for FA Trophy tie

With us being given another home draw in the FA Trophy today, we now have sponsorship packages available for the game against Burgess Hill Town. The available packages are Match Sponsorship (£150), Mascot (£85), Matchball (£80) and Programme (£30). Every penny raised goes towards Gary's budget for this season.

If you are interested in taking up any of these packages, please email Simon Lawrence on simon.hendon@btinternet.com.

Posted at 21:51

Monday 30 October - FA Trophy game will be on the Saturday

We've been able to sort things quickly this afternoon, and are pleased to confirm that our FA Trophy tie against Burgess Hill will be played on Saturday 11th November at SJP, kick off 3:00pm.

Posted at 13:29

Monday 30 October - FA Trophy throws up another home draw

The draw for the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy has thrown up another home draw. This time we will be at home to Burgess Hill Town at some point over the weekend of the 10th, 11th & 12th of November. The actual date will be confirmed in due course as Edgware Town currently have a home league game scheduled on the Saturday afternoon of that weekend.

Once everything has been confirmed with Edgware, Burgess Hill, SJP and the FA, we will confirm the date of the game.

Meanwhile, our away game at Dorking Wanderers will now be played on Tuesday 19th December, kicking off at 7:45pm

Posted at 13:07

Sunday 29 October - Hendon connection to U17 World Cup winners

Angel Gomes, who is a member of the England side that won the U17 World Cup yesterday afternoon has a connection to Hendon, in that his Dad used to be with the club.

Gil Gomes was with the club in the early part of the 21st century, mostly with the reserves, but he did make one first team appearance in a 1-1 draw with Wembley in the Middlesex Senior Cup at Claremont Road, in a side that included Gary McCann and Bontcho Guentchev.

Gil also saw success as a youngster as he won the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship for Portugal as part of a squad that includes Luis Figo, Rui Costa and Joao Pinto. Gil ended his playing days with the likes of Middlewich, Salford and Hyde United.

Angel, who was born in London, has been at Manchester United since he was 13, and became the club's youngest senior debutant since Duncan Edwards in 1953 when he replaced Wayne Rooney for the final two minutes in the last game of the 2016-17 season.

Most of the above information on Angel Gomes, along with more about some other members of the squad can be found on the BBC Website.

Posted at 18:44

Sunday 29 October - FA Trophy report and photos online

The match report and photos from the FA Trophy win over Kings Langley yesterday afternoon are now online.

The report by David Ballheimer can be found at http://www.hendonfc.net/Reports?id=5658.

Meanwhile, the photos taken by Derek Beech can be found on Facebook and Flickr.

Posted at 15:22

Saturday 28 October - New date for Grays game

Our home Velocity Trophy tie against Grays Athletic will now be played on Tuesday 14th November at SJP, kicking off at 7:45pm. This replaces our trip to Staines Town for which a new date will be arranged in due course.

Posted at 20:49

Saturday 28 October - Grays and Dorking games postponed

Our forthcoming games against Grays Athletic and Dorking Wanderers have been postponed following today's FA Trophy results.

Grays drew 2-2 at Cray Wanderers today, so they will be replaying their tie this coming midweek instead of visiting us in the Velocity Trophy. A new date for the Velocity Trophy tie will be announced in due course.

Meanwhile, our trip to Dorking Wanderers has been postponed after wins in the FA Trophy for both clubs. Dorking beat Ware 5-0 while we were beating Kings Langley this afternoon.

Posted at 19:00

Saturday 28 October - Greens progress in FA Trophy

The first team progressed comfortably into the second qualifying round of the FA Trophy thanks to a 3-1 win over Kings Langley. All the goals came in the first half, with the Greens holding on without any major scares in the second period.

It was Niko Muir who opened the scoring in the 18th minute when he turned home a pulled back cross from Zak Joseph, and Matt Ball doubled the lead with a fine strike from the edge of the area. Calum Adebiyi pulled a goal back in the 32nd minute, but Dave Diedhiou headed home another cross from Joseph four minutes later.

The draw for the next round is made on Monday, and we'll bring news of our opponents as soon as we can through the usual channels.

Posted at 18:57

Thursday 26 October - Velocity Trophy Third Round draw

The draw for the Velocity Trophy third round has been made today, and it sees us receive our first away Cup draw of the season so far.

Should we beat Grays Athletic on Tuesday evening, we then face a trip to either Tonbridge Angels or Hythe Town.

Posted at 17:14

Tuesday 24 October - Date set for Hanwell game

Our London Senior Cup 2nd round tie against Hanwell Town will be played at SJP on Tuesday 12th December at 7:45pm.

Posted at 09:20

Monday 23 October - Greens win on penalties after comeback

The first team progressed into the second round of the London Senior Cup this evening on penalties despite going behind two two early goals from Wingate & Finchley.

The visitors fielded an almost completely changed line up, whilst Gary McCann made a number of changes as well. In the 4th minute Ricardo Price put the visitors ahead, and ten minutes later Ben Pattie doubled the lead.

It wasn’t until the 72nd minute that the Greens scored when Daniel Uchechi scored his first goal for the club, and on the verge of full time Ollie Sprague scored the equaliser. It must be said that both goals were two pieces of quality.

With the scores level, the game moved into penalties, and the Greens won 4-3 with Niko Muir, Sam Murphy, Sprague and Kezie Ibe scoring. Wingate had two saved by Tom Lovelock, whilst Uchechi missed his effort.

A home tie against Hanwell Town awaits in the next round on a date to be announced.

Posted at 22:15

Monday 23 October - Rian McLean signs on work experience terms

Gary made one additional signing ahead of this evening's London Senior Cup tie in the shape of Rian McLean on work experience terms from Leyton Orient.

Posted at 22:08

Monday 23 October - 150 up for Sam Murphy

The milestones keep coming this season, with Sam Murphy making his 150th appearance on Saturday at Worthing.

This is Sam's fourth season with the club and we look forward to there being many more appearances.

Posted at 22:07

Sunday 22 October - Break in at SJP

We have learnt this morning that SJP was broken into overnight which has led to damage and vandalism in the clubhouse. There is also damage to the door of the new supporters shop and the new catering hut that is yet to be used.

It is so sad that this has happened to an asset that is offering so much to the local community around SJP. It's also devastating for Rob Morris, Tom Stockman and the team who do such amazing work at the ground - but they know that they have full support from everyone at Hendon, and of course Edgware Town as well.

Posted at 10:49

Saturday 21 October - Greens come back to win at Worthing

On a very windy afternoon in Worthing, the first team battled back from going a goal behind to win 2-1 and maintain their position at the top of the league table.

The first half was a scrappy affair, with neither side really coming to terms with the windy conditions. On a day when keeping the ball on the ground was surely the best option, the ball spent a lot of time in the air.

The opening goal came early in the second half when former Hendon defender Alfie Young let rip with a superb effort that stayed low and gave Tom Lovelock no chance.

This seemed to spur the Greens into life and they were rewarded in the 72nd minute when Niko Muir added to his tally for the season with a fine finish from close range.

The winner came fifteen minutes later when Josh Walker chested the ball down and fired a fine volley beyond Lucas Covolan into the back of the net.

Whilst the performance was less convincing than many this season, credit must go to the squad for the character they showed to come back from a goal down to win the game.

Posted at 21:29

Friday 20 October - Needham Market highlights now online

The highlights of Tuesday's victory over Needham Market are now online. They can be found by clicking here

Posted at 21:57

Friday 20 October - Information for train travellers tomorrow

Network Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway, who run the Southern franchise, have issued some advice for people planning to travel by train tomorrow.

As those who have been following weather forecasts will be aware, Storm Brian is expected to hit the UK over the weekend and gusts of between 40-50mph have been forecast.

As a result a 50mph speed restriction will be imposed between 10:00 and 22:00 tomorrow on some lines including coastal services operated by Southern. The main line between Brighton and London Victoria is not currently listed as having any speed restrictions imposed.

Also, delays may be caused if trees fall on the line, and by the expected heavy leaf fall which when impacted turns the track into a Teflon like layer on the rails meaning drivers have to break earlier than normal. Network Rail will be running railhead treatment trains overnight to help keep the rails clear.

We would advise supporters to check National Rail Enquiries before you travel to Worthing, and allow extra time for your journey if possible.

Posted at 15:12

Friday 20 October - Gary interviewed by Bostik League website

Gary McCann has been interviewed for the Bostik League website this morning, and the interview is now available to read on their site.

It's a wide ranging interview, and includes questions posted via twitter by some of our supporters.

The interview can be found at http://www.isthmian.co.uk/taking-that-next-leap-the-bostik-friday-interview-41182

Posted at 14:37

Friday 20 October - Gary adds three to the squad

As we enter into a busy period of fixtures, Gary McCann has added some additional players to the squad.

Rejoining us is 21 year old midfielder Channing Campbell-Young who has been with Marlow so far this season, having made three appearances for us last season after joining from Billericay Town.

Also joining is 21 year old defender Harly Wise, who was with Hayes & Yeading United last season. He began his career at Queens Park Rangers, and was also at Hartlepool United for part of the last campaign.

Finally, 16 year old Hassan Al Murtada has been registered having impressed this season with our Academy that is based at SJP during the week.

Posted at 12:33

Friday 20 October - Information for those driving to Worthing

We have been asked to highlight that there is free parking available at Worthing High School tomorrow, just a five minute walk from the ground. Worthing have requested that any Hendon supporters who are driving to the game make use of that facility rather than parking on roads around the ground.

The school is in South Farm Road, BN14 7AR, and to walk to the ground take a right turn out of the school gates, then take the right hand exit at the mini-roundabout into Bulkington Avenue, and Woodside Road is the first turning on the left.

Please also be aware that there are weather warnings for high winds tomorrow, so please be careful whichever method of travel you are using.

Posted at 11:29

Wednesday 18 October - Tonbridge highlights now online

The highlights of Saturday's victory over Tonbridge Angels are now online.

They can be found by clicking here

Highlights from last night will follow in a few days.

Posted at 22:05

Wednesday 18 October - Middlesex Senior Cup date fixed

Our Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Harrow Borough will be played at SJP on Tuesday 7th November, kick off 7:45pm. As a result, the home game against Dulwich Hamlet will now be played two weeks later on Tuesday 21st November, also kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 17:12

Tuesday 17 October - Middlesex Senior Cup update

Our opponents in the second round of the Middlesex Senior Cup will be Harrow Borough, who won 3-2 at Bedfont Sports this evening. A date for the game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 23:22

Tuesday 17 October - Win takes Greens top of the table

The first team made it seven wins in seven home league games this evening, moving to the top of the table in the process. Needham Market were on the receiving end of a 1-0 win.

The only goal of the game came in the 25th minute when Zak Joseph saw his shot saved by Danny Gay, but he was quickest to react when he headed the ball over the prone Gay into the net.

The Greens defence was once again in fine form keeping the Needham attacks at bay, whilst at the other end, the visiting defence, led superbly by Keiran Morphew, worked hard to ensure the Greens were unable to add to their tally.

Next up for the Greens is a trip to Worthing on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 23:21

Sunday 15 October - Tonbridge report and photos now online

The match report and photos from yesterday's win over Tonbridge Angels are now online. They can be found by clicking the links below.

Tonbridge match report

Photos on Flickr

Photos on Facebook

Posted at 20:29

Saturday 14 October - Corcoran and Muir secure the points

The first team continued their good home form with a 2-1 victory over Tonbridge Angels this afternoon despite going a goal behind, and missing a fourth consecutive penalty this season.

The penalty miss came late in the first half when Ashley Nathaniel-George's effort was easily saved by Jonathan Henly after he had been fouled just inside the box. The visitors had the best of the first half exchanges, but the Greens defence held firm as has so often been the case so far this season.

However the defence was beaten in the 52nd minute when Chris Kinnear fired a scorching effort into the corner of the net, but within three minutes the Greens were back on level terms as Michael Corcoran headed home a cross from Sam Murphy to open his account for the club.

Both sides worked hard to try and find a winner, but it was as the game moved into stoppage time that it came. Daniel Uchechi was fouled by Sonny Miles, and the penalty was awarded by the referee. Many home fans were unable to watch, but Niko Muir converted the spot kick with confidence, sending Henly the wrong way to secure all three points.

Posted at 20:00

Thursday 12 October - What's in the Tonbridge programme?

This is what you can expect in our match programme on Saturday!

GARY McCANN: Gary talks about the recent away games at Enfield Town and Billericay Town

HENDON A to Z: David Ballheimer continues his series with Hendon's exploits in the short-lived Premier Inter-League Cup

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Paul Sachdev's latest offering features Lubomir Guentchev

MATCH REPORTS: Three reports covering the Tooting & Mitcham, Enfield Town and Billericay Town games

MEMORY LANE: Images of Eden Place, which is the present-day residential estate where Claremont Road used to be

FANS' FLASHBACK: The latest in the series covers a match against Harrow Borough in 1985 watched by David Coote

OUR VISITORS: Two pages of info about Tonbridge Angels, including their player profiles

PLUS: Supporters' News from both the Trust and Association, Sponsorship tables, Away Travel, Youth Update, Half-time Break, and the informative Stats feature on page 27!

Programmes on sale at SJP on Saturday or by subscription for PDF versions to Eddie Edwards on hendon.edd@hotmail.com

Posted at 21:59

Thursday 12 October - London Senior Cup news

We now know who our opponents will be if we beat Wingate & Finchley a week on Monday in the first round of the London Senior Cup. The winners will be at home to Hanwell Town in the second round, after they beat Redbridge 4-2 on penalties after the scores were level at 2-2 after 90 minutes.

Posted at 21:36

Thursday 12 October - Boxing Day kick off now earlier

It has been announced today that our Boxing Day game against Harrow Borough at Earlsmead will now kick off at 1:00pm.

Posted at 14:47

Wednesday 11 October - Under 18s beaten by Staines

The under 18s were beaten 1-0 at home to Staines Town this evening in league fixture.

Posted at 22:40

Tuesday 10 October - Worthing game will be at Worthing

As many supporters will be aware, Worthing have had some issues with their pitch and have been playing home games at Bognor Regis so far this season. The good news is that they have been given permission to return to Worthing following remedial works on the surface and a successful test earlier today.

Therefore we will be travelling to Woodside Road a week on Saturday for our away league fixture against them.

Posted at 17:04

Monday 09 October - All the goals from Billericay

Billericay Town's media team have made goalcam footage of all six goals from Saturday's game available on YouTube. The quality of the footage is excellent and gives a great view of the goals.

To see the video, just go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_CvPybCtT5E

Posted at 16:14

Sunday 08 October - Latest snowball draw results

The results of the delayed Snowball draws for April to September are now available and are listed below. Simon Lawrence apologises for the delay to these draws and thanks everyone for their continued support

April : 1st prize - £271.50 - ball 155, 2nd prize - £135.75 - ball 191, Contribution to Trust - £407.25

May : 1st prize - £250.50 - ball 124, 2nd prize - £125.25 - ball 200, Contribution to Trust - £375.75

June : 1st prize - £253.50 - ball 140, 2nd prize - £126.75 - ball 207, Contribution to Trust - £380.25

July : 1st prize - £253.50 - ball 194, 2nd prize - £126.75 - ball 47, Contribution to Trust - £380.25

August : 1st prize - £253.50 - ball 61, 2nd prize - £126.75 - ball 119, Contribution to Trust - £380.25

September : 1st prize - £295.50 - ball 190, 2nd prize - £147.75 - ball 56, Contribution to Trust - £443.25

Posted at 12:56

Saturday 07 October - Greens impress despite defeat

Despite going down to a 4-3 defeat at Billericay Town, the first team put in another impressive performance, with many present feeling that they deserved at least a point out of the game.

The game started in great style as the Greens took the game to their hosts and took the lead in the 3rd minute when Ashley Nathaniel-George curled the ball into the top corner. However, the lead was short-lived as Ricky Modeste equalised nine minutes later.

Just five minutes after that, the Greens were back in front courtesy of an outstanding strike from Keagan Cole from the edge of the area which dipped just under the bar with Alan Julian grasping at fresh air. Unfortunately, the lead was even more short-lived, just three minutes elapsed before Adam Cunnington found the back of the net.

The Greens had a penalty shout turned down, but at the other end Billericay were awarded a spot kick in the 35th minute which was converted by Billy Bricknell, and Adam Cunnington made it 4-2 just before the break.

The second half saw Billericay enjoy the ascendency for the first quarter of an hour, but the Greens grew back into the game, especially after the introduction of Josh Walker and Daniel Uchechi and deservedly reduced the deficit when Nathaniel-George scored his second of the afternoon. Unfortunately the Greens were unable to fashion an equaliser despite having the bulk of possession in stoppage time.

Despite the defeat, Hendon fans left the ground feeling that the team deserved at least a point from the game and were very proud of the effort and performance that the team put in.

Posted at 20:40

Friday 06 October - September Player of the Month result

The winner of the September Player of the Month is Tom Lovelock, who gained just one vote more than Niko Muir, with Dave Diedhiou in third place.

The next vote will be launched after our final game in October.

Posted at 22:56

Thursday 05 October - Under 18s knocked out of FA Youth Cup

The under 18s run in the FA Youth Cup came to an end this evening as they were beaten 2-1 at Boreham Wood. However, the youngsters can be very proud of their performance, particularly as they conceded two goals in a five minute spell in the first half, the goals coming in the 14th and 19th minutes.

However, they refused to give up and gradually grew into the game, and were rewarded in the 77th minute when Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway bundled the ball home. There were chances to take the game into extra-time, but in the last minute the home side were awarded a penalty, but Dan Purdue stood firm and made a good save.

Team : Dan Purdue, Michael Mupata, Joe Nakajani-Brown, Dusan Panic, Ansa-Effiorm Edem, Riccardo Alexander-Greenaway, Malachy McGovern, Matthew Forkin, Kaci Henry, William Murphy, James Raptis. Subs : Montell Asare-Bediako, Nick Constantinou, Jose Tchuda Costa, James Harpin, Dorian Jevdjic.

Posted at 23:11

Tuesday 03 October - Greens fail to break down Enfield Town

The first team found Enfield Town very tough to break down this evening as they went down to a 1-0 defeat at the Queen Elizabeth II Stadium.

The home side took the lead in the 11th minute through Sam Youngs following a rare defensive slip, and then did a great job of ensuring the Greens found it very difficult to create chances with an outstanding defensive performance led by the experienced pairing of Mario Noto and Darren Purse.

There were chances at both ends, but efforts either flew high, wide or found either Tom Lovelock or Joe Wright easily.

Results elsewhere mean that the Greens remain in second place in the league as they now prepare for the trip to Billericay Town on Saturday.

Posted at 22:52

Tuesday 03 October - Tooting highlights now available

The highlights from Saturday's win over Tooting & Mitcham United are now available. Our friends from Film My Match have reviewed it and as they had some technical difficulties on the day, they have offered to film our FA Trophy tie against Kings Langley on 28th October for free.

The highlights can be found by clicking here

Posted at 22:38

Monday 02 October - Elliott Brathwaite announces retirement

We are sad to report that popular defender Elliott Brathwaite has decided to hang up his boots and retired from playing football with immediate effect. As many supporters will be aware, Elliott, who is 27 years old, underwent surgery again a few weeks ago, and following a meeting with his surgeon he was advised not to take part in contact sports so as to avoid any further damage to his knee.

Gary McCann is hopeful of keeping Elliott involved at the club in some capacity, either in a coaching capacity while helping him to study for his coaching badges, or by going and watching future opponents for us.

Elliott joined the club in the summer of 2011 from Hampton & Richmond Borough, having started his career in the youth academy at Wycombe Wanderers. He made 97 appearances for the club, scoring 4 goals and was a lynchpin of the defence during our cup-double winning season in 2014-15. Unfortunately injuries have taken their toll - he had three long periods out injured during his six years at the club - which means that whilst we are disappointed he has had to retire, it is undoubtedly the right decision.

Speaking about Elliott's retirement, Gary McCann said, "I was a similar age to big Els when I suffered my injuries so I know how difficult his heartfelt decision will have been. He was a huge part of my most successful squad so far, and will be hugely missed on the playing front. But we have left the door open for Els to stay connected with the club. It's not the end in non league football unless he wants it to be. I hope he stays involved. All the best big Els."

Everyone involved at the club would like to thank Elliott for his services over the past six years, and we all hope that he is able to remain part of the club should he wish to do so in the future.

Posted at 20:08

Monday 02 October - September Player of the Month voting still open

The player of the month voting is now open for September 2017 to see who will follow Niko Muir who won the August award. Voting is open until 10pm on Friday, and the winner will be announced on Saturday morning. To vote for your player of the month, please go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VXZ8X86

Posted at 20:07

Sunday 01 October - Travel & admission advice for Billericay

If you are planning to travel to Billericay on Saturday, please read on for details regarding travel, parking, and how you can purchase your admission ticket in advance.

If you are driving to the ground, please be aware that secure parking is available at the ground, priced at £5. Side street parking is available on Tye Common Road and surrounding side streets, but you are asked to park courteously and not block any entrances. Alternatively you might prefer to park in Billericay Town Centre and walk to the ground.

If you are travelling by train, please be aware that trains are only running as far as Shenfield, with a rail replacement service running onwards to Billericay, so please allow more time for your journey. Cabs are available to the ground from Billericay station for around £5.

Once you are at the ground, you will find that Billericay are trialling a system of cashless turnstiles, which means spectators have to buy a ticket at the ticket office rather than paying at the turnstile. Alternatively you can buy your ticket online. Billericay have done this as a security measure due to the volume of cash they are now taking following their substantial increase in attendances over the past nine months. This means that any queue is at the ticket office instead of the turnstile.

I have just tested the online ticket purchase, and it worked absolutely fine. It sends you a PDF file which you can either display on your phone when you get to the turnstile, or print out and bring on the day, and I would recommend using the online option to help avoid the queues on Saturday.

Finally, as Saturday is Non-League Day, Billericay are offering half-price admission to anyone who turns up in fancy dress. Prizes are being offered for individual and group costumes. The half-price admission is only available at the ticket office.

We are grateful to Ian Ansell, who is the club secretary at Billericay, for contacting us with the details of how to purchase tickets for the game.

Posted at 16:58

Sunday 01 October - Tooting photos now online

Derek Beech's photos from yesterday's win over Tooting & Mitcham United are now online on Facebook and Flickr. You can find them via the links below.

Facebook

Flickr

Posted at 16:26

Sunday 01 October - Date set for Velocity Trophy tie

Our Velocity Trophy second round tie at home to Grays Athletic will be played on Tuesday 31st October, kick off 7:45pm. Should the scores be level after 90 minutes the game will go straight to a penalty shoot-out.

Posted at 16:17

Sunday 01 October - Gary ecstatic following Tooting victory

Speaking after yesterday's 4-0 win Gary McCann was a very happy manager. He said, "I am ecstatic with the result. I thought we panicked a bit when they went down to 10 men.

"I don't think we were very good in the first half, but I told the players to be patient because I knew we could score against them. We did that and we played much better in the second half.

"But once we got our first goal I felt we were in complete control. In fact, we could and should have score more than we did - it could have been as many as we wanted."

The full report of yesterday's game can be found on the link below.

Tooting report

Posted at 13:40