News - January 2001

Tuesday 30 January - Another new date

One of the remaining games has been rearanged - Hendon's visit to Croydon will now be on Monday 23rd April. However, last night's victory and the subsequent cup match in the third round leaves Hendon with three matches to arrange and only three blank weeks.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 29 January - JD scores last gasp winner

A last gasp winner in extra time by Jon Daly gave Hendon a victory over Braintree Town on another freezing night at the LOOT Stadium. David Adekola gave Hendon an early lead in the 9th minute before Paul Towler was carried off in the 23rd minute with a nasty looking injury. Braintree equalised in the 35th minute through Leon Gutzmore following a superb move. Midway through the second half Adekola struck again, heading home an Iain Duncan freekick before Josh Leeke equalised for Braintree shortly before full time. Two minutes into extra time, Braintree goalkeeper Dean Mahoney was sent off for handling just outside the area, but Hendon found themselves unable to capitalise on the situation. Bontcho Guentchev had a goal disallowed for offside before Jon Daly struck shortly before the end.

Posted at 22:30

Monday 29 January - Braintree match on

Tonight's match in the Ryman League Cup against Braintree Town will go ahead. There is no inspection planned as there is no rain forecast for the rest of the day.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 27 January - Match postponed

After the rain yesterday (which started about an hour after last night's update), this afternoon's match with Billericay has been postponed. There will be an update on Monday prior to the game against Braintree.

Posted at 12:00

Friday 26 January - Billericay looks hopeful

Tomorrow's game against Billericay is likely to go ahead without an early pitch inspection. There is currently none planned unless there is heavy rain before the game tommorow. However, please check before travelling.

Posted at 14:00

Thursday 25 January - New dates agreed

Two of the outstanding league matches have now been rearranged. On Tuesday, 27th February we travel to Boreham Wood to play Enfield, while on Monday, 19th March, we travel to Purfleet. Both games will kick off at 7.45pm. Meanwhile, it looks like the Middlesex Senior Cup replay against Wembley will go ahead on Tuesday, 6th February, at Vale Farm, also kicking off at 7.45pm. At present, this just leaves the home fixture against Dulwich, and the away game at Croydon to be rearranged.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 23 January - Wembley delayed again

Hendon and Wembley will have to wait further to see who will pass through into the next round of the Middlesex Senior Cup with the replay being postponed this time due to an unfit pitch. The provisional date for the tie is Tuesday 6th February, but is still to be confirmed.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 22 January - Murphy depressed by backlog

Although hopeful of staging their Ryman League match against Hendon on the evening before, Croydon were left helpless when Friday night's snow fell on top of the freezing Croydon Arena pitch and didn't allow the ground to thaw out for Saturday's game. The referee came in to inspect the pitch and had no alternative but to call the game off, a situation that was identical at almost every non-leaguie ground in the south-east of England.

A few games did survive the bad weather, but for the first time in his memory, Hendon boss Frank Murphy didn't go looking for a match when he had the opportunity. "I am not going near a football match today," he said, describing his state of mind as worse than depressed and frustrated. "I'm going to see my family instead.

"I am sick of watching football matches when Hendon are postponed - normally I go to matches to watch what our future opponents are doing, but there is little point today because by the time we play these teams they will have changed personnel or formation.

"The thaw is due to come soon, then it will probably start raining again. I have never known anything like this."

Mr Murphy added, "The way the fixtures have panned out, I was looking forward to getting through our home games and then having 3 consecutive away games in the League, and now all of them have been postponed."

The Enfield and Croydon matches fell foul of the freeze, Purfleet was called off because of Hendon's Middlesex Cup replay at Wembley, scheduled for Tuesday night.

"The way things are going, we will be playing our League matches in August. At this moment we are not quite at filling every midweek until the end of the season, but it only needs a couple more postponements - or cup victories - and we will be playing 3 games a week. I bet you we will have more postponements before the end of the season."

The reserves followed the lead of the first team and also had their match postponed. The game against Thame United in the Suburban League Premier Division never stood a chance of going ahead once the frost got into the LOOT Stadium pitch. The shadow cast by the main stand meant that frozen, rutted areas didn't thaw out following Monday night's first team fixture against Wembley and the groundstaff were left helpless.

The fixture pile-up for manager Alan Rolnick is certainly as bad as the first team's, but the gap between League fixtures for the Reserves is incredible. The last time Hendon Reserves played in the Suburban League was on Saturday 4 November. Saturday 20 January was 11 weeks (77 days) later. That gap is only 30 days less than the gap between games from the end of last season and the start of this one (which was 1 week later than the Ryman League kick-off).

Amazingly given the length of the team's lack of action, they remain in the top 4 in the Suburban League Premier Division.

Hendon's senior teams' problems, however, are as nothing compared to the chaos ensuing in the Harrow Youth League, where Hendon field 4 teams. On Sunday all of the teams' games were postponed.

Last season, Hendon's youngest squad (Under-13s - now Under-14s) had but two League matches left to play in the League by the 2nd weekend in January. Now the youngest squad, also Under-13s, have played just 6 games and have another 16 to go; the Under-16s have played just 5 and have 15 more remaining, while the other two, Under-14s and Under-15s, respectively, are in a similar position.

What makes the youth teams' plight more urgent is that pitches they use in Clitterhouse Playing Fields are only available until the first week of April, after which the goalposts are taken down. In addition, the Harrow Youth League limits all teams to a 20-boy squad and has a registration/transfer deadline of 28 February.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 20 January - Further postponement

Postponments of todays games for both the first team and the reserves die to frozen pitches mean that the potential of three games a week is now becoming very real for Hendon, who are nearly at the stage of having to play two games every week in order to fufill their fixture list.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 18 January - Frustration mounts for Greens

Last night's Ryman League Premier Division postponement against Enfield at Boreham Wood added to Hendon's utter frustration.

Manager Frank Murphy said, "After we finally got rid of all the rain that fell at the end of last year, it freezes. This weather is a joke. We are having a nightmare and the way things are going I don't think we will ever get our fixtures played.

"At least this latest break is giving our injured players the chance to recover without missing too many matches," admitted Mr Murphy looking for something positive.

"The player who is really cursing is goalkeeper Gary McCann. He should have started his comeback in November but couldn't get a game until after Christmas because it was too wet. Now he is ready to play and he can't. Today was going to be his first League start."

McCann, a fixture between the sticks for Hendon since he joined in March 1997, suffered a major knee injury in April 2000. He underwent surgery in the summer and worked like a Trojan on his rehabilitation under the expert guidance of physio Gary Anderson to be ready for games. However, the wettest autumn since records began meant that Hendon Reserves could not play between 4 November and 13 January.

"I have tried to stay positive," McCann admitted, "but it was depressing and frustrating waiting to get back in action. My knee was fine, but I just needed games to get back my sharpness."

Hendon have played just 5 Ryman League matches since 11 November. Provided their trip to Croydon goes ahead this weekend, Hendon will have to play 24 League fixtures in the final 15 weeks of the season in addition to the 2 cup ties that the Greens have to fit in.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 17 January - Tonight's match postponed

Tonights match at Boreham Wood against Enfield has been called off after this afternoons inspection, which saw the pitch unfit for the game. The match will be rescheduled for later in the season.

Posted at 16:00

Wednesday 17 January - Pitch inspection

There will be a pitch inspection prior to tonights game at Enfield. It is hoped that the inspection will be at 4.00 this afternoon. The result will be on Greensnet and the Greensline as soon as it is known.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 17 January - Coming soon at Fenders

The new Friday night venue Fenders at Brent Cross Banqueting (Hendon Football Club) has got off to a great start, with early nights being a complete success. On March 2nd, George Michael and Celine Dion look alikes head the evening, whilst on March 9th it's Elton John and Tina Turner, March 23rd Meatloaf and Cher and March 30th sees Madonna and Phil Collins look alikes to entertain. The cost is £19.95, including a three course meal. To book now, call (020) 8455 9185 (x 28).

Posted at 09:45

Tuesday 16 January - Date set for Middlesex cup

The Middlesex Senior Cup replay at Wembley's Vale Farm has been set for next Tuesday, kicking off at 7.45, meaning the postponment of Monday's league fixture at Purfleet.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 15 January - It's back to Wembley

Hendon will be paying a visit to Vale Farm in the next week or so after tonights draw with Wembley. Jason Soloman converted a penalty in the 29th minute to give Hendon the lead, but Wembley equalised late on to take the game into extra time. There were no further goals in extra time. The expected date for the replay is next Tuesday, 23rd January but this has not yet been confirmed. Details will be confirmed on Greensnet and the Greensline as soon as possible.

Posted at 23:00

Saturday 13 January - Greens suck by Tiverton

Hendon were given a lesson in how to play a cup tie by Tiverton in the second half today, the Dr. Martens league side showing how important desire was in winning a game. Hendon struck in the 17th minute, Binns latching onto a poor clearance and centering the ball for Adekola to play beneath the 'keeper. Hendon's joy however was short-lived as top-scorer Phil Everett struck in the 36th minute to bring Tivvy back into the game. Shortly after half time, Everett struck again, putting the Yellows ahead and leaving Hendon demoralised. Although no individual Hendon player had a bad game, the team performance was poor, particularly in comparison to Tiverton who fully deserved to go into the draw on Monday.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 13 January - More rearranged

Hendon now have three further matches rearranged, leaving just the home game against Dulwich Hamlet without a date. On Monday 29th January, the Greens will host Braintree Town in the Ryman League Cup, whilst in the league on 26th March and 02nd April, Hendon will play Hitchin Town and Heybridge Swifts respectively.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 10 January - Dons likely to play

The club is very hopeful that Saturday's FA Trophy tie at home to Tiverton Town will go ahead. Over the past 48 hours the pitch has firmed up considerably, the weather forecast for the next few days bodes well. There are no plans at all to switch the tie to St Albans, or anywhere else if the weather should deteriorate, as the club do not wish to forego home advantage, or lose money needlessly. The game will see Davis Haule return from suspension, whilst there are no further injury problems on top of those faced at Canvey Island.

Posted at 18:00

Wednesday 10 January - Two games next week

It has now been confirmed that there will be two midweek fixtures next week. First of all on Monday evening we will entertain Wembley in the Middlesex Senior Cup Second Round tie postponed from earlier this week, kicking off at 7.30pm. Just two days later, the Dons will travel to Boreham Wood to play Enfield in a Ryman League Premier Division fixture. Kick off Meadow Park wil be at 7.45pm.

Posted at 14:00

Sunday 07 January - Wembley to wait a week

The game with Wembley tommorow has been put back a week to Monday 15th January, still kicking off at 7.30 due to a waterlogged pitch at the LOOT stadium.

Posted at 16:00

Saturday 06 January - Greens close to comeback

Hendon fought back from 3-0 down at Canvey Island today, but couldn't score a third themselves giving Canvey all three points. Kennedy got Canvey off to a great start, scoring after only 2 minutes, but neither side could then score in the remaining 43 minutes of the first half. However, Neil Gregory scored to put Canvey 2-0 up, before a third goal was scored past Paul Newell. However, a double subsitution, bringing on Guentchev and Edwards from Hendon changed things, and the Greens scored within a minute of this change. Binns scored Hendon's second in the 84th minute, but Hendon were unable to score a third to snatch a point.

Posted at 18:30

Thursday 04 January - Canvey looking hopeful

Canvey Island are hopeful that Saturday's game will go ahead. Despite the recent heavy rain, there appears to be no apparent problems with the pitch, and the game should go ahead as planned.

Meanwhile, Matthew Bartholomew has returned to the club following his 3 month loan spell at Yeading, which has given him some much needed first team match practice. He now is available for selection on Saturday, although he has become cup-tied in the Middlesex Senior Cup and the FA Trophy. Warren Kelly is also available for selection having served a one-match suspension last Saturday missing the Heybridge Swifts game.

Posted at 18:00

Wednesday 03 January - Ryman League announces proposals

The Ryman League has officially announced it's proposals to restructure the League in a press release last night. As expected, the release stated that a the meeting on the 29th of December at Harrow Borough, the clubs voted largely in favour of replacing the current structure with a premier division, fed by two regional division ones and a division two.

The release stated that the changes will take place at the end of this season, but are still subject to sanction by the F.A, but proposals for how the changes will take place have not yet been put forward to the clubs and will not be until the AGM in June 2001.

League Chairman Alan Turvey said in the press release "The only concern of the Ryman Football League and its clubs is to what is right for the good of the game as a whole. The FA clearly feels strongly that the National Game should have a structure that is fair to all clubs, players and fans. This move places out clubs on an equal footing with those in other parts of the country."

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 03 January - Non-league annual now in stock

As previously mentioned, Non League Newsdesk have published their first annual this year, which includes league and cup results for over 1000 clubs from last season, along with league constitutions and club addresses for this season. The annual is now available from the club shop on matchdays at a reduced price of £2.00.

Posted at 09:30

Monday 01 January - Heybridge off

Today's new years day match with Heybridge has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at The LOOT Stadium after the night's rain.

Posted at 12:00