News - January 2009

Saturday 31 January - McCann reaches landmark game

Last night marked the last game in Gary McCann's fourth year in charge of Hendon, having returned to the club on February 1st 2005. While his overall record in charge of the club has not been the most succesful in our history, Gary has undoubtedly returned into the hearts of supporters who remember the part he played for us as a player over the years and has still been in charde for some more than memorable games. Gary's full record as manager in competitive games is Played 214, Won 79, Drawn 45, Lost 90, Scored 318, Conceeded 314 and he has picked up 210 league points in that time.

Posted at 14:00

Saturday 31 January - Coach spaces still available

We have been asked to remind supporters that spaces are still available on our coach to Dover next Saturday should you planning on be travelling to support the team. The coach will be departing from Claremont Road at 10.30am and will cost just £10 a head, more than a £15 saving on the train from London and a saving on your fuel bill should you drive! Bookings can be made in person on Wednesday evening at Vale Farm or with Steve Rogers by phone on 07748526594.

Posted at 13:45

Saturday 31 January - January Snowball results

The January Snowball draw took place at halftime during our game with Staines Town, with the Trust able to give away nearly £350 in prize money to two lucky draw members. The first prize this month was £231, which was taken by number 17, also winner in our second ever draw. Meanwhile, the second prize of £115.50 was taken away by the holder of ball number 91. The next draw is planned to be held at half-time during our game with Harlow Town at Vale Farm on February 28th.

Posted at 13:30

Friday 30 January - Quickfire double sinks Staines

Hendon lost their game with Staines Town this evening 2-0, a quick double from the visitors proving too much for the Greens. It wasn't until the 53rd minute that the first goal came, Howard Newton able to take advantage of a defensive error, while within 80 seconds Richard Butler had made the most of Hendon's lack of concentration to double the lead. The Dons continued to battle, to little avail, not managing to convert a number of good chances to get a consolation goal.

Posted at 23:30

Friday 30 January - Peter Dean signs up

Making his debut this evening in our game with Staines Town, striker Peter Dean has joined us from Conference South side Bishop's Stortford. Peter joined the Blues from Wealdstone in the summer of 2007 where he had been leading goalscorer. He has also played for Northwood where he was also regularly among the goals. We wish him all the best and hope his spell with the club proves to be succesful.

Posted at 23:00

Thursday 29 January - Claremont Road T-Shirts

The Supporters Trust are pleased to announce that they are now able to take orders for a Limited Edition Souvenir Claremont Road T-Shirt. The T-shirt has a full colour photo of Claremont Road, along with the words "Claremont Road, London NW2. The home of Hendon FC. 1926-2008."

These shirts will only be ordered once, so therefore to ensure that everyone gets one, we are going to take pre-orders. The shirts come in 5 sizes - Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and XX-Large. All sizes will cost £8.50.

Posted at 18:00

Saturday 24 January - Stones win firey encounter

Hendon fell short in their efforts to gain revenge for Wealdstone's victory earlier this season in the last game at Claremont Road, taking the lead but ultimately losing this afternoon's game at Grovesnor Vale. Hendon made the best of the conditions early on and took the lead in the 9th minute, with good work on the left from Harry Hunt leading to an opportunity for Jamie Busby on the edge of the 6 yard box from which the midfielder made no mistake. Playing down the slope, Hendon arguably created the better chances in the remainder of the half, but the sides turned around with the Greens just a single goal ahead.

Things were looking promising for Hendon as a penalty awarded to Wealdstone in the 63rd minute was saved by Viner, but just four minutes later Hunt was felled by a challenge by Lee Chappel and after several minutes treatment was still unable to continue. Just a minute later, the Stones equalised, the ball being fed out left and the delivery into the far side of the box being perfect for Ashe to volley home. Worse was to come as just after Sam Collins came on for Hendon, he failed to clear his lines, the ball was played in from the right and an an excellent header from Greg Ngoyi put the home side in front. Hendon, looking tired by this point, still had a good chance to equalise as former Don Davis Haule gave away a penalty after catching a player at the back of the box, but Haule's effort was stopped by Sean Thomas.

By this point, the game was getting rather fractious and two minutes into stoppage time man-of-the-match Greg Ngoyi went straight through Mark Kirby in the air, most of the players then deciding to have their say in front of the dugouts. After control was resumed, Ngyoi recieved his marching orders for the challenge. Just a minute later though, James Burgess launched into a challenge on the opposite side of the pitch which Wealdstone took similar exception to - Burgess similarly was dismissed as both sides finished the game with just ten men.

Posted at 19:00

Saturday 24 January - Staines game on Friday at Wembley

The long awaited venue for our home fixture with Staines Town has now been set and it's ended up being our new home at Vale Farm. Due to the problems we have had in finding a venue, agreement was reached today that we will play on Friday 30th January kicking off at 7.45pm so that the fixture can be completed next weekend.

Posted at 12:00

Saturday 24 January - Game on at Wealdstone

Following this morning's inspection, Wealdstone are delighted to confirm that today's game is going ahead as planned. Kick off at The Vale will be at 3.00pm.

Posted at 11:00

Friday 23 January - Pitch inspection at half ten

Wealdstone have advised us this morning that they have organised a pitch inpection to be held at Grovesnor Vale at 10:30 tomorrow morning. Given the current state of the pitch and heavy rain last night they are not optimistic that our game will go ahead. We will carry the result of the inspection as soon as we hear it.

Posted at 11:30

Wednesday 21 January - Greens win cup tie on penalties

Hendon won their Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Harrow Borough this evening, although it took 120 minutes of football and a penalty shoot out to settle the tie. With the weather making conditions difficult for the two sides, Hendon started the stronger and it was no surprise when in the 20th minute after some excellent work on the right wing the ball was crossed in for Brian Haule to head home. However, Harrow brightened up as the half went on and just five minutes before half time the ball reached Gary Noel around 18 yards from goal. A good strike from the youngster beat Viner all ends up to leave the former Dulwich player celebrating his fourth goal against the Greens this season.

A further 65 minutes of football produced several chances at either end, some of those for Hendon looking gilt-edged, but neither side managed to put an effort away. Penalties followed, Guentchev scoring Hendon's first and the home side looking good as Harrow missed theirs. Both sides missed their second, before Busby netted the Greens' third and Harrow pulled one back - Viner making a stop, but then seeing the ball loop up eight foot into the air and drop over the line. Embarrassingly for both sides, in four further penalty attempts, neither found the target, leaving the Dons 2-1 winners in the shoot out. Hendon will host either Wealdstone or Hampton & Richmond Borough in the next round.

Posted at 23:45

Tuesday 20 January - Coach spaces available for Dover

The club are running a coach to Dover with seats being made available for supporters. Anyone wishing to travel on the coach should contact Steve Rogers on 07748526594, or speak to Geraldine Clarke or Sandra Wood at our home game against Staines Town. Seats will cost £10.00. Departure time and place will be confirmed in due course.

Posted at 18:00

Saturday 17 January - Dons win second on trot

Hendon made the most of their temporary home for the day this afternoon as they beat Canvey Island 2-0 at Staines Town's ground. The visitors looked strong in midfield and often classy, but failed to provide much at either end of the pitch - the Greens taking advantage. It wasn't until the 34th minute that the Dons did take the lead though, Jamie Busby dribbling into the box from the left and squaring to Harry Hunt. Hunt's shot lacked pace and arguably direction, but as Canvey's 'keeper looked to watched the ball wide it appeared that a gust of wind diverted the ball into the bottom corner, embarrassing Wiseman.A chance to equalise was spurned just before halftime as the visitors were awarded a penalty. Davidson stepped up, but missed the target.

Playing with the wind at their backs in the second half, the Gulls managed more pressure but rarely worried the Hendon back four who were willing to absorb what the visitors could offer. Often playing on the break, the Greens created a few chances of their own. Eventually the Greens second came, Hunt beating Richard Halle by the corner flag, moving inside and centring towards Brian Haule. Canvey defender Ryan Oliva was in front of the striker however, and in attempting to clear the danger only succeeded in putting it into his own net. The three points lift Hendon back up 19th place, just a point from getting out of the relegation zone.

Posted at 20:00

Wednesday 14 January - Hendon win friendly

In a hastily arranged friendly against landlords Wembley to give both sides some match practice after the weekend having been lost to frost, Hendon ran out 7-2 winners last night at Vale Farm. As in the pre-season game between the two sides, most members of the team got involved in the action in front of goal, with seven different scorers. Jamie Busby opened the scoring on 6 minutes, with James Bent following up just two minutes later. Wembley pulled one back in the 14th minute, but Harry Hunt restored the two goal margin on 37 minutes and Glenn Garner extended it in the 39th.

Brian Haule was next on the scoresheet, hitting the target in the 54th minute before Wembley replied two minutes later to leave the score at 5-2. Any thoughts of a comeback for the hosts were thwarted however, as goals in the 78th and 89th minutes from Lee O'Leary and Danny Dyer completed the scoring.

Posted at 11:15

Wednesday 14 January - London Senior Cup opponents known

Following last night's match between Erith & Belvedere and Dulwich Hamlet in the London Senior Cup, we now know our opponents for the quarter-final. Erith & Belvedere won 1-0 at Champion Hill in the long delayed tie, leaving the Greens pondering a trip to Welling United's Park View Lane where Erith currently groundshare. The date of this game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 11:00

Tuesday 13 January - Special offer for Staines fans

For this Saturday's home game against Canvey Island which is being staged at Staines Town's Wheatsheaf Lane ground, Hendon are pleased to offer Staines Town season ticket holders admission to the game at the concessionary price of £4.00. This offer will also be available to any Staines supporter turning up wearing a Staines Town replica shirt.

Posted at 17:00

Sunday 11 January - Sutton game frozen off

Today's game against Sutton United was postponed at 10.10am this morning, as posted on our messageboard, due to a frozen pitch. It was considered that it was extremely unlikely that the pitch would thaw sufficiently for the game to go ahead. A new date for the game will be announced in due course.

Our postponement, along with the postponement of the Cray Wanderers game today, means that all 33 Ryman League games have been called off this weekend. Also all our youth team games were postponed as well.

Posted at 10:10

Saturday 10 January - Early inspection tomorrow

With the continued freezing weather and a very heavy frost last night, and also the fact that Wembley's home game against Bedfont was postponed today, we have arranged for an inspection to take place at 10.15am tomorrow morning. As soon as we have the result of the inspection, a message will be posted to the messageboard. Please check there for the result of the inspection.

Posted at 16:30

Saturday 03 January - New year starts with a win

Hendon started 2009 with a 2-0 victory at Ashford Town (Middlesex) this afternoon, taking advantage of postponements around the league to get back in touch with the pack ahead of them. It wasn't until stoppage time that the Greens took the lead, Harry Hunt playing in James Bent who beat home 'keeper Paul Burgess for a 1-0 halftime lead. However, things got a lot harder during the half time break as Mark Leach was dismissed, allegedly having raised his hands to an opponent, leaving the Dons starting the second half with just 10 men. However, by defending deep Hendon managed to keep Ashford relatively quiet and indeed looked dangerous on the break. Reward for an excellent performance came in stoppage time as Byfield curled the ball in off the post to seal the points. The result moves the Greens up one place in the league into 20th place.

Posted at 19:00

Saturday 03 January - Horsham game also arranged

Along with the other dates announced this morning, Graham Etchell confirmed one more fixture with us this afternoon. We will host our previously postponed game with Horsham at our new home Vale Farm on Monday 23rd February.

Posted at 18:45

Saturday 03 January - Todays game at Ashford

At the time of writing (10.30am) we are expecting this afternoon's game at Ashford Town (Middx) to go ahead. Should we be notified of any pitch inspection or postponement, this news will be posted to the messageboard on the livescores thread. If there is no update on the messageboard, this means that the game is going ahead.

Posted at 10:30

Saturday 03 January - Venue for Canvey game

Our home league game against Canvey Island in two weeks time will take place at Staines Town's Wheatsheaf Lane ground. The game will kick off at the usual time of 3.00pm and our normal admission prices of £9.00 for adults and £4.00 for concessions will apply. We are also able to confirm that our home games against Tooting & Mitcham United (14th Feb), Harlow Town (28th Feb), Ramsgate (14th Mar) and Carshalton Athletic (25th Apr) will definitely take place on those dates at Vale Farm. We will announce venues and dates for our games against Staines Town (31st Jan), AFC Hornchurch (28th Mar) and Maidstone United (11th Apr) in due course.

Posted at 10:15

Saturday 03 January - Player news

Following our game against Boreham Wood last week, Scott Shulton's loan spell came to an end and he has returned to Wycombe Wanderers. We would like to thank Scott for his efforts over the past few weeks and wish him well as he continues his career. Meanwhile, Richard Wilmot has signed for Division One North side Potters Bar Town on a months loan to enable him to get some regular football.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 03 January - Youth team half-term report

It has been a very mixed season so far for our youth teams and we take a brief look at the campaign so far for the five teams.

The under 21s suffered a blow a few weeks ago when joint-manager Graeme Bourne was forced to resign for personal reasons. As supporters will remember, Graeme suffered a nasty injury in an accident about 18 months ago. He still has not made a full recovery and is due to undergo further treatment soon. The club would like to thank Graeme for his efforts during his time with us. We are delighted that Eamon Finn is continuing as manager and we hope to confirm details of his new assistant as soon as possible.

On a positive note, Glenn Garner has made a successful transition into the first team, whilst Michael Roche is also on first team forms but is yet to make his debut. On the field, results have been mixed, but the side lie comfortably in fifth place in the table, and are still in the league cup - they play at FC Assyria next weekend in the third round of that competition.

The under 18s under the leadership of Lewis Copeland and Marco Amaldi have had an excellent season so far. Lying in third place in Division One, they are nicely placed to make an assault on the league, with just Princes Park and Parkfield ahead of them. They are unbeaten so far in the league, and are yet to open their league cup campaign.

John Creith's under 16 side are currently third in the table, but a couple of clubs behind them have a number of games in hand. Their county cup bogey continued with a defeat in the first round, but in the league cup they have reached the quarter-finals after seeing off Uxbridge Colts at the end of November.

Life has been tough for our two new managers. Paul McGreal's under 15 side, and Leo Gerald's under 13 side are both yet to register their first points of the season. However, performances for both teams are improving and we are hopeful that those elusive first wins are just around the corner.

All the youth team pages have been updated with results, reports and updated league tables.

Posted at 09:30