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Tuesday 21 January - Olalerin signs contract

Following an impressive start to his Hendon career, manager Lee Allinson has moved quickly to secure Simeon Olalerin to an 18-month contract.

18-year old Simeon, who joined from Staines Town just before the new year has looked like a veteran in his short time with the club and has now committed until the end of the 2020/1 season.

Posted at 13:30

Tuesday 21 January - Geoff Riddy

We were saddened to learn last week of the passing of Geoff Riddy, a member of our successful side in the mid-1960s, winning the treble of Isthmian League title, FA Amateur Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup in 1964/5.

Geoff came through the ranks at Claremont Road and made his debut in December 1961 against Finchley and went on to make a further 15 appearances in the 1961/2 season. The following season, Hendon's last in the Athenian League, saw him make just two further appearances but in August 1963, when the Greens made their Isthmian League debut, Geoff started in the 2-1 victory at Clapton.

He made 20 appearances in the 1963/4 season, including a key role in the 1-0 London Senior Cup Final win over Enfield at Lower Mead, the club's first success in the competition.

The 1964/5 season was the most successful in Hendon's history and Geoff was a regular making 54 appearances and scoring 5 goals. His first goal came in a 9-2 win over Wycombe Wanderers in December 1964 and he then not only promptly added a second in the same game, but scored twice more that month. Geoff ended the season as part of the side that beat Whitby Town at Wembley in the FA Amateur Cup Final, Enfield in the Isthmian League Championship play-off and Middlesex Senior Cup.

The following season proved to be Geoff's final one with the club, and he made 37 appearances, scoring 6 goals. Two of these were absolutely crucial with one coming in the FA Amateur Cup Semi-Final at Roker Park against Whitley Bay in a 2-1 win and the other came five minutes into the final when he met a corner to open the scoring against Wealdstone. Alas, this time the Greens were unsuccessful as the Stones won 3-1.

Geoff suffered a serious injury in the Middlesex Senior Cup Semi-Final against Hayes and missed the rest of the season. In the summer of 1966 he moved to Wealdstone but remained a firm supporter of Hendon Football Club, introducing his nephews to the club.

In total, Geoff made 129 appearances for the club and scored 11 goals. His contribution towards the rich history of the club have been immortalised in print through the words of David Ballheimer and Peter Lush ensuring he will not be forgotten.

The thoughts of everyone connected with Hendon Football Club are with his family and all those that knew him at this difficult and sad time.

Posted at 09:29

Tuesday 21 January - Hamblin departs

Tom Hamblin will today be leaving the club and joining Southern League Premier Central division side St Ives Town, who we visited in pre-season.

Tom joined the club in the summer from Hemel Hempstead Town and won the August Player of the Month award. He made 18 appearances for the club, scoring once - the vital equaliser here against Beaconsfield Town - but has found game time difficult to come by with the form displayed by Tommy Smith and Eddie Oshodi.

Our thanks to Tom for his efforts with the club and the time taken to chat to supporters, and we wish him well for the future.

Posted at 09:11

Tuesday 21 January - New date for Hartley

Our trip to Hartley Wintney has been rearranged and will now take place on Tuesday 10th March.

A reminder that Hartley's evening home matches kick off at the earlier time of 7:30pm.

Posted at 09:08

Sunday 19 January - Gosport highlights now online

The highlights from yesterday's 2-1 win over Gosport Borough at SJP are now on the HFCTV YouTube channel and can also be viewed via the link below.

Hendon 2-1 Gosport Borough

Posted at 17:39

Sunday 19 January - Manager and skipper interviews

Lee Allinson and Tommy Brewer were both interviewed following yesterday's 2-1 success over Gosport Borough, both of which have been uploaded to the HFCTV YouTube channel.

They can be found at the below links.

Lee Allinson post-match interview

Tommy Brewer post-match interview

Posted at 09:43

Saturday 18 January - Deadly duo down Borough on Dermot's Day

Hendon continued their renaissance with a superb 2-1 win over play-off chasing Gosport Borough this afternoon at SJP to mark Dermot's day with a well deserved win.

After a cagey first half in which Percy Kiagnebeni hit the crossbar and Shaun Lucien hit the crossbar, it was Lucien that opened the scoring in the 55th minute with a superb 25-yard strike that gave Patrick O'Flaherty no chance.

Joe White made it 2-0 with 14 minutes remaining and was unfortunate not to make it 3 when he rounded the keeper but had his effort brilliantly cleared off the line. Matt Patterson reduced the arrears with 3 minutes remaining but the Greens saw out five minutes of stoppage time relatively comfortably to continue their climb away from the danger zone.

Posted at 18:33

Friday 17 January - Applause for Dermot

We will be marking Dermot's game tomorrow with a minute's applause before kick-off to remember and pay tribute to a man who gave so much joy to so many, not only at Hendon but throughout the football world.

Our thanks are due to the Southern League and Gosport Borough for acceding to our request.

Posted at 11:36

Thursday 16 January - Ray Parlour tickets available Saturday

Faye Allinson will have tickets available for the Ray Parlour evening at Saturday's game with Gosport Borough.

The evening takes place on Wednesday 26th February at the Kingsbury Services Club on Stag Lane with tickets priced at £50, a hot meal is included within the price.

If you'd like a ticket, please contact Faye on 07808 079273 or see her in the bar before and after the game on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 12:10

Thursday 16 January - Charity collection on Saturday

As part of our events to mark the life and career of Dermot Drummy on Saturday afternoon there will be a charity collection in aid of local mental health charities.

The club has already received extremely generous pledges from PP Wealth, for whom Dermot's former team-mate Colin Tate works, whilst those former team-mates of Dermot's have also pledged 20 pouds each to the collection.

Please give what you are able to in support of groups that provide such valuable support to some of the most vulnerable people in society and the club would like to pass on their gratitude to Colin and all at PP Wealth and Dermot's former team-mates for their enormous generosity.

Posted at 11:57

Wednesday 15 January - Oshodi's on contract

Following a highly impressive start to his Hendon career, Lee Allinson has moved quickly to secure Eddie Oshodi on contract.

Eddie, who has scored twice in his six matches so far from centre-half, has struck up an impressive understanding with Tommy Smith and the deal commits him to the club until the end of the current campaign.

Posted at 13:45

Wednesday 15 January - Georgiou stays

The club confirmed last night that Andronicus Georgiou's loan from Stevenage has been extended through to the end of the season.

He will now be free to play in the remainder of our league matches and the London Senior Cup too.

Posted at 10:13

Wednesday 15 January - Fixture news

We have agreed a new date for our visit to Taunton Town and we will now make the trip to Somerset on Wednesday 4th March, kicking off at 7:45pm.

In the London Senior Cup we are a step closer to knowing our opponents in the quarter finals after Haringey Borough came back from 3-1 down to beat Hanwell Town 4-3 on Monday evening. They meet Balham in the last 16 and we will meet the winners of that tie away from home in due course.

Finally, we will advise the rearranged date of yesterday's postponed league match with Hartley Wintney as soon as we have one agreed.

Posted at 10:09

Tuesday 14 January - Hartley match off

We have just received confirmation that this evening's match with Hartley Wintney has fallen foul of the weather and been postponed.

A new date for the fixture will be advised in due course.

For those looking for a football fix this evening, Edgware Town take on league leaders Colney Heath at Silver Jubilee Park this evening, 7:45pm kick-off for that.

Posted at 14:34

Tuesday 14 January - Pitch inspection this afternoon

We have been informed by Hartley Wintney that there will be a pitch inspection held at 3pm this afternoon following heavy rain last night.

We will bring you the result as soon as we have it.

Posted at 08:50

Monday 13 January - 60 not out for Chris

This Saturday sees one of our longest serving supporters mark their 60th anniversary of their first Hendon match.

Chris Rogers, one of our regular turnstile operators, first visited Claremont Road as a 14 year old in January 1960 for our FA Amateur Cup tie with Wimbledon and went on to follow the club to Wembley and that famous late victory over Kingstonian.

From the following season onwards, Chris was a regular face home and away until work took him to the Portsmouth area in 1980. During the 13 years of exile, he would often take his sons to Hendon games at Fareham Town, Bognor Regis Town and Basingstoke Town, amongst others, before a move to Watford in 1992 saw a return to regular attendance during the summer of 1995.

Since then, Chris and his sons have become an integral part of things around the club with Chris not only becoming a regular on the gate, but putting in countless hours of research into helping us provide such a rich archive that is held on the website.

His eldest son, Steve, spent more than a decade on the turnstiles at Claremont Road and marshalling the matchday volunteers, and even longer providing the day-to-day updates to Greensnet, whilst also providing invaluable levels of support to various youth team managers, Graham Etchell, Daz Bloor and Gary McCann over the past two decades until his retirement last year.

Chris' youngest son, Phil, is the brains behind Greensnet having designed and maintained the website for the last 20 years and is already working on the next iteration that he hopes to launch in the summer. In addition, Phil was one of the founding fathers of the Supporters Trust and was, for many years, joint chairman with Bryan Roberts.

None of this would have been possible without Chris choosing that Wimbledon cup tie with a friend almost 60 years ago and passing on his love and passion of all things Hendon down through his sons and now into a third generation with his grandchildren Elsie and James.

To mark the many years of service the Rogers family have provided to Hendon Football Club, a sign will be unveiled on Saturday afternoon outside the turnstiles as a token of recognition and our thanks and gratitude.

Posted at 09:47

Sunday 12 January - Dermot's Game

This coming Saturday's match with Gosport Borough once again sees us pay tribute to one of our favourite and most popular players of the past 40 years, Dermot Drummy.

Dermot scored 62 goals in 348 matches for the club across two spells in the 1980s and went on to coach with distinction at Arsenal and Chelsea before becoming first team manager at Crawley Town in the summer of 2016.

He left Crawley just before the end of the 2016/7 season before news of his untimely death broke in November 2017, shocking everyone who knew him whether personally or through football. In April 2018 the coroner's report concluded that Dermot had tragically taken his own life and that he had been undergoing treatment for 'low mood' in the run up to his death.

Last year supporters, former colleagues and members of Dermot's family came together at Silver Jubilee Park to remember the man and the footballer and we invite everyone to SJP on Saturday coming to once again recall a true entertainer on the pitch and a wonderful, kind, funny man off it.

Posted at 09:46

Saturday 11 January - Allinson delighted with resilient Greens

Lee Allinson talked to John Rogers following this afternoon's win at Met Police (backed by Boy George) and was unable to hide his delight with his side's performance and progress.

The full interview is on HFCTV's YouTube channel and can be found at the below link.

Lee Allinson post-match interview

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Saturday 11 January - Away hoodoo comes to an end

Hendon emphatically picked up their first away league victory of the campaign of the season and, since beating Poole Town 2-0 in April 2019 with a superb 3-0 win over Met Police at a blustery Imber Court.

Joe White gave the away side a dream start with a neat finish after 8 minutes, latching onto a wind-assisted clearance from Rihards Matrevics and twelve minutes before the break Eddie Oshodi headed home a second.

Three minutes after the break White added his second of the afternoon from a Lucien cross and whilst Matrevics had to make one superb save, Hendon withstood heavy Met pressure to secure a thoroughly deserved three points.

Posted at 17:08

Saturday 11 January - Lee's post-Needham thoughts

Lee Allinson took time out to talk to HFCTV following our midweek 5-1 defeat at Needham Market in the League Cup.

The full interview is now on the HFCTV YouTube channel and can be found at the below link.

Lee Allinson post-match interview

Posted at 12:00

Friday 10 January - Mitchell moves on

It has been confirmed this morning that Reece Mitchell has left the club and moved on in search of more regular football bringing his 2nd spell with the club to an end.

Reece returned in October and made his second debut at Truro and went on to make a further 13 appearances to add to his 3 from last season and scored twice.

Our thanks go to Reece for his efforts with us over the last three months and we wish him well for the future.

Posted at 11:44

Wednesday 08 January - Record holder returns

We are delighted to announce the signing of striker Joe White from League 2 Stevenage on an 18-month contract.

Joe, who turns 21 next week, had a loan spell with us two years ago from Dagenham & Redbridge and scored 6 goals in 6 games, including a club-record equalling five-timer in one match against Spelthorne Sports.

In January 2018 he moved onto Stevenage and had loan spells with Wealdstone, and then Biggleswade Town last season and again this, where he worked with Lee Allinson.

Allinson said this afternoon, "I'm delighted to get Joe on board, and thanks go to the club who worked so hard to get it over the line."

Joe will go straight into the squad for Saturday's league match with Met Police and we warmly welcome him back to SJP, wishing him a successful spell at the club.

Posted at 17:30

Tuesday 07 January - Chastening evening for depleted Greens

Hendon were thoroughly outplayed in their Southern League Quarter Final at Needham Market this evening, going down by 5 goals to 1.

Billy Hunt scored twice for the hosts in the first half before Luke Ingram added a third shortly after the break. A penalty nine minutes from time made it 4-0 before Shaun Lucien netted the goal of the game with a sumptuous free kick which was no more than a consolation.

Jamahl Godward finished the scoring in stoppage time seizing on more poor defending to secure a well deserved progression for the hosts.

Posted at 21:49

Tuesday 07 January - Chesham and Weston highlights online

The highlights from our New Year's Day visit to Chesham United and victory against Weston-super-Mare are now available on the HFCTV YouTube channel.

View all seven goals and various thrills and spills at the below links.

Chesham United 2-1 Hendon

Hendon 4-0 Weston-super-Mare

Posted at 13:25

Tuesday 07 January - One in, one departs

Lee Allinson has made a couple of tweaks to the squad ahead of tonight's Southern League Cup Quarter Final.

Joining the club is Percy Kiangebeni who signs on an initial month's loan from Colchester United. Percy was previously with Enfield Town and then St Albans City before signing for the Us, he has enjoyed loan spells with Concord Rangers and Hertford Town this season.

We welcome Percy to the club and wish him all the best for his time with us at Silver Jubilee Park.

Meanwhile, leaving the club is defender Romario Jonas in pursuit of more regular first team football. Rom signed in the summer of 2018 from Ashford Town (Middx) and played a big part in our successful fight against relegation.

He leaves having made 42 appearances and scoring 3 goals. We'd like to thank Rom for his efforts with the club and wish him well for the future.

Posted at 08:57

Monday 06 January - End of year raffle results

The end of year raffle was drawn by Betty Allinson and Margaret Creith following the game with Weston-super-Mare on Saturday afternoon and the results are as below.

1st prize - GBP300 - Lee Currie ticket number 00500

2nd prize - GBP150 - Steve Daniel ticket number 02416 (kindly donated back to the club)

3rd prize - GBP100 - Joe English ticket number 02730

4th prize - GBP50 - Jess Cooper ticket number 01150

5th prize - GBP50 - Player's pool ticket number 01778

6th prize - GBP50 - Derek Beech ticket number 02736 (kindly donated back to the club)

7th prize - GBP50 - Derek Beech ticket number 02738

On behalf of the Supporters Trust, we'd like to thank everyone that supported the draw whether by purchasing or selling tickets to friends, family and colleagues.

Posted at 11:29

Saturday 04 January - Allinson delighted with Greens performance

A delighted Lee Allinson spoke with HFCTV's Steve Lytton following this afternoon's 4-0 victory over Weston-super-Mare and the video is now available on the HFCTV YouTube page.

Lee Allinson post-match interview

Posted at 20:00

Saturday 04 January - Olarerin checks in

Full-back Simeon Olarerin has joined the club and was an unused substitute this afternoon.

Simeon joins us from Staines Town and was also previously with Hayes & Yeading United.

We welcome Simeon to the club and hope he enjoys his time with us at Silver Jubilee Park.

Posted at 17:24

Saturday 04 January - Rampant Greens down Seagulls

Hendon produced their best performance of the season at Silver Jubilee Park beating in-form Weston-super-Mare 4-0.

After an impressive opening 30 minutes Luke Tingey fired home expertly after Eddie Oshodi headed a corner down for him before Weston came back strongly. Rihards Matrevics conceded a penalty on the stroke of half-time but atoned for his error by making a brilliant save from Scott Laird's spot kick to keep the hosts ahead at the break.

Liam Brooks scored a magnificent second on the hour mark taking down a long Matrevics kick on the half-turn expertly before firing home low and five minutes later Brooks turned creator, keeping the ball alive before cutting back for Joe Felix to slide home his first for the club.

The rout was completed in the 76th minute when the Weston goalkeeper was desperately unfortunate when Sam Corcoran's strike rebounded off the post against his back and across the line for an own goal.

Posted at 17:07

Friday 03 January - End of Year Draw money

The End of Year draw will take place tomorrow after the game with Weston-super-Mare in the bar.

All outstanding monies and unsold tickets must to be returned to Dai Cooper before kick-off tomorrow to be included in the draw.

Posted at 14:23

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