News - December 2008

Sunday 28 December - Dons earn first point at Earlsmead

Hendon earned their first league point this season at their occasional home of Earlsmead yesterday afternoon, as visitors Boreham Wood shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw. It took 60 minutes for the deadlock to be broken, the Wood going ahead through Sean Sonner who himself kept up his record of a goal every other game for the club. However, the Greens plugged away, and deep into stoppage time Sam Collins managed to notch up a deserved equaliser and a hard earned point.

Posted at 14:00

Sunday 28 December - Trust gives away £1300

The December Snowball draws took place at half time during yesterday's draw with Boreham Wood, with three balls sharing just under £1300 between them. In the monthly draw a first prize of £240 was won by number 15 while a second prize of £120 went to number 178. However, the main draw yesterday was the annual Snowball which this year was for a prize of £937.50 and went to the holder of number 157.

For more details on how to enter the Snowball draw each month, visit the Snowball Page on the Supporters' Trust website, or speak to any Trust board member at a game for full details.

Posted at 13:00

Monday 22 December - Gary wishes all a Happy Christmas

This afternoon, manager Gary McCann spoke to Greensnet and asked us to pass on the following message from himself, his staff and the players:

"On behalf of the management and the players, I would like to wish all our supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

"It has been a difficult start to the season, particularly with the move away from Claremont Road back in September. However, we now have a fully fit squad, and everyone is totally focused and committed to ensuring that we get ourselves out of relegation trouble.

"Once again this season, our support from the terraces has been excellent. It gives the players an enormous boost to know that you are there supporting them week in, week out and is always appreciated.

"I hope that you all have a good break over the next few days, and, together with the players, I look forward to seeing you all on Saturday at Harrow for the game against Boreham Wood."

Posted at 21:00

Saturday 20 December - Hendon fail to build on victory

A poor display at the back prevented Hendon from taking anything away from Billericay this afternoon, as the home side ran out 4-2 winners. Despite a bright start from both sides, Billericay drew first blood, Billy Bricknell finishing a move in the 18th minute while Joe Flack doubled the lead just two minutes later, with the defending looking questionable both times. In the 43rd minute, Billericay themselves failed to clear their lines and Sam Byfield was fed the ball around 10 yards out in the left channel - the winger made no mistake in firing across Tucker and pulling one back for the Greens.

The home side clearly made better use of the half-time break as it took just five minutes for them to extend their lead. Flack drove the ball across the six yard box with Marc Leach looking to have got a final touch before the ball crossed the line. On 67 minutes, a flowing move saw huge gaps open up easily in the visiting defence, and Bricknell was sent clear giving Viner little chance to stop the fourth. The Greens continued to probe when they could, and got just reward ten minutes later as Haule found himself 5 yards out in the penalty area and in a position to slide the ball under Tucker for a consolation goal.

Posted at 19:00

Saturday 20 December - Two out on loan

Mark Kirby and Chris Bangura have both temporarily left the club on loan spells, with the intention of helping their return to match fitness. Mark has moved to North Greenford United, where he will join up with former Hendon midfielder Andre Delisser, while Chris has made the short move to Wingate & Finchley where Leon Nelson and Daniel Neilsen are currently plying their trade. We wish both players all the best on their spells away from Vale Farm.

Posted at 11:00

Tuesday 16 December - Greens win in 8 goal thriller

Hendon won 5-3 this evening away to Harlow Town, despite falling behind to the Essex side in each half. Harry Hunt opened the scoring in the 7th minute, but goals from Leon Lalite and Craig Calver put the Hawks in front before Garner equalised on the stroke of half time to send the Dons in at 2-2. Things began to look ominous for the Geens as a Jamie Richards goal in the 49th minute put Harlow back in the lead, but Harry Hunt managed to first equalise, then send Hendon back in front with a penalty for his hat trick. Jamie Busby put the icing on the cake with a late goal to make the game safe and bring the Greens back in touch with the pack ahead in the league.

Posted at 22:00

Saturday 13 December - 2009 Desk Calendars on sale

The Hendon Supporters Trust has produced some limited edition 2009 calendars. They are desk calendars featuring 12 programme covers from some notable games from Hendon's illustrious history. Spanning nearly 60 years, the featured games include the 1966 FA Amateur Cup Final vs. Wealdstone, the equivalent 1972 contest against Enfield as well as our high-profile FA Cup fixtures against the likes of Blackpool, Plymouth Argyle, Leyton Orient, Watford, Reading and Notts County.

Available for just £10 (or £12 by post), the calendars will be on sale at our forthcoming fixtures against Billericay Town, Boreham Wood, Ashford Town (Middlesex) and Sutton United. If any exiled supporters would like to purchase a calendar, a limited number will be made available through paypal. All proceeds from the calendars will go to the Supporters Trust.

Please see Bryan Roberts at any of the above games to purchase a calendar.

Posted at 18:00

Saturday 13 December - New club phone number

With effect from this coming Monday morning, the club will have a new phone number. The new number is 020 8908 3553. The old phone number will cease to be active from Monday morning. There is currently no fax number available. The correspondence address for the club remains as Hendon FC, Claremont Road, London, NW2 1AE until further notice.

Posted at 17:00

Thursday 11 December - Comfortable progression for Greens

Hendon had a morale boosting but routine victory over Bedfont Green last night in the Middlesex Senior Cup. Running out 3-0 winners, the Greens were rarely troubled and took the lead in the 7th minute through Glenn Garner. Casey Maclaren doubled the lead four minutes later, with the third goal coming on the hour mark when a Sam Collins cross was turned into the net by a Bedfont defender. The game saw Chris Bangura and Mark Kirby both make their returns from injury as substitutes, giving the squad a much needed boost. Hendon will now face Harrow Borough in the quarter finals. The game is likely to be played on Wednesday 21st January at Vale Farm.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 10 December - More fixture rearrangements

Our recently rearranged game against Horsham, due to be played on Wednesday 7th January, has been postponed again as Horsham will be playing their next league cup tie that week. However, our outstanding game against Hastings United has now been fixed to be played on Wednesday 4th February at Vale Farm.

Posted at 22:00

Wednesday 10 December - Sutton kick off time confirmed

We have now confirmed the kick off time of our game against Sutton United on Sunday 11th January will be at 2.00pm. As previously advised the game will be played at Vale Farm.

Posted at 21:45

Wednesday 10 December - Sam's back

Gary McCann announced today that he has secured the signature of Sam Collins. The 19 year old defender was previously with the club last season on loan from MK Dons. Sam was released from MK Dons in the summer and joined Wivenhoe Town where he made 16 appearances, scoring 6 goals, before returning to us this week. In his loan spell with us Sam made 18 appearances, scoring 1 goal which came in the 11-1 win at Leyton a year ago. We give Sam a warm welcome back to the club and hope that he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 12:00

Saturday 06 December - Penalty enough for Dartford

It became three defeats in a row for Hendon as they failed to hit the target again at Dartford's Princes Park. In a game punctuated by regular free kicks, it took almost 35 minutes for Hendon to register their first, and only, shot on target - Jamie Busby driving the ball straight at the 'keeper. With five minutes remaining in the first half, Dartford saw themselves reduced to ten men as James White caught a defender with an elbow. However, while holding posession well, the Greens failed to get a meaningful shot on goal before half time. The second half saw more of the same, as Hendon were either too intricate in the final third or shot well wide and Dartford absorbed the pressue, occasionally breaking quickly on the counter attack. On one of these occasions, in the 74th minute, the Darts were awarded a penalty which, although saved by Viner low to his left, was ordered to be retaken. Viner went the same way again, as did the ball, but this time the strike was too good. The visitors misery was completed late on as James Parker was dismissed for his second booking.

Posted at 17:30

Wednesday 03 December - Greens dumped out of league cup

Hendon failed to hit the target for the second game running as they lost 2-0 this evening in their league cup tie with Harrow. The Greens did start well, and it looked like their visitors were going to be reduced to 10 men early on as Toby Jinadu pulled down Guentchev as he ran through on goal, but the defender was relieved as the referee ruled there wasn't a goalscoring opportunity. Later in the half, the Dons had their best chance of the game as they were awarded a penalty, but Gary Ross was equal to Brian Haule's effort.

Harrow looked little more threatening in the first half, but certainly had the better of the second, drawing several good stops from Will Viner. Unfortunately though, his efforts weren't enough as substitute Gary Noel - a recent signing for the away team - notched up goals in the 58th and 86th minute for Boro'.

Posted at 23:00

Wednesday 03 December - Sutton fixture now on Sunday

We have come to an agreement with Sutton to push our home league match back a day and to meet at Vale Farm for the second time this season. We will now host the U's on Sunday 11th January, at a time to be confirmed: we currently expect kick off to be at two or threee pm and will confirm nearer the time.

Posted at 12:00

Monday 01 December - Event at Wembley this week

We would like to ensure that supporters are aware that on Wednesday night, Rugby Union will be taking place at the main Wembley Stadium, as Barbarians take on Australia. Although tickets are still available, and the event is not expected to be a sell out, the area and rail system around the main stadium are expected to be busier than usual. Our League Cup tie with Harrrow Borough will kick off at 7.45 at Vale Farm as previously planned.

Posted at 10:00