News - March 2005

Thursday 31 March - Watson returns to Hendon

Popular midfielder Marvyn Watson has returned to Hendon, having left Harrow Borough earlier this week. Marvyn originally joined the club in 1998, and made his debut in the Middlesex Senior Cup that November against Hanwell Town. He went on to become a firm fixture in the line up for three years before leaving in the 2001/02 season having made 125 appearances. During his first spell with the club he scored nine goals, the first coming in the 5-3 defeat at Enfield in September 1999. We welcome Marvyn back to the club and hope that he enjoys his time with us once again.

Three other players have also been signed on first team forms. Under 18 squad members Bradley Bubb, who is the brother of former player Byron, and Otis Kingsley have been signed up along with Ruislip Manor goalkeeper Derek Lewis who has been signed as cover for Dave King.

Posted at 18:30

Wednesday 30 March - Reserves lose to experienced Chesham

The reserves, fielding a number of trialists, lost 5-1 to a strong Chesham United side this evening. However, on a very positive note, they outplayed their opponents for the first hour before tiring as Chesham's experience showed through. Chesham took the lead in the first half, but early in the second half Jason O'Connor equalised. Chesham regained the lead almost straight away, and as the Greens tired, they took control to score three further goals. Joint manager Eugene Spellman was very pleased with the performance, particularly in the first hour, and named Chad Griffiths as his man of the match, with under 18 squad member Matthew Peart a close second.

Team : Derek Lewis, Chad Griffiths, Matthew Peart, Jason O'Connor, Richard Butler, Shayne Demetrious, Julian Hammond, Ricardo Figuera, Danny Blanchett, Ozzie Zort, Gary Thirkell. Used subs : Bradley Bubb, Kevin Williams, Terry Stokes. Unused subs : Otis Kingsley, Chad Edwards

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 29 March - Clark moves on

Midfielder Anthony Clark, who joined Hendon in January, but never really nailed down a regular first-team spot, has left the club and signed for Wealdstone. The fomer Southend United player made only one start and three substitute appearances, scoring once, the goal coming in the London Senior Cup defeat at Fisher Athletic.

Posted at 17:00

Monday 28 March - Hendon gain revenge over Stones

Hendon gained revenge for the Christmas defeat against Wealdstone as they came from behind twice to win 3-2 at a warm White Lion Ground this afternoon. Wealdstone took the lead in the 36th minute when the Jermaine Beckford finished clinically, but within three minutes the Greens had equalised when John Frendo fired home a cross from Eugene Ofori. The Stones regained the lead in the 58th minute when Richard Jolly converted a spot kick after a Wealdstone player was pulled down in the box by Steve McGrath. However, Hendon refused to give up and equalised again in the 70th minute when Ofori managed to slide the ball over the line from very close range after both McGrath and Ross Pickett had hit the bar. The winning goal came six minutes later when a free kick from Richard McDonagh was met by a René Street bullet header that screamed into the net across the Wealdstone keeper.

Posted at 17:45

Saturday 26 March - Win is ideal preparation for under 18s

The under-18s prepared for next Saturday evening's Middlesex League Under-20 Division League Cup Final against Turkish Community with a 2-1 victory against Bridge Rovers at Tottenham on Easter Saturday. They got off to a good start and took the lead in the 21st minute through the prolific Bradley Bubb, his 20th goal of the season. Eight minutes later, man of the match Eddie Mohammed was brought down inside the penalty area and goalkeeper Siki Kambila successfully converted the spot-kick. It was his second success from the spot this season and with the possibility of a cup final penalty shoot-out in mind next week, he wanted the responsibility. Bridge came back into the game and scored after 71 minutes, but their hopes of victory all but disappeared when they had a player dismissed for dissent in the final ten minutes. "It was a very physical encounter," said manager Mark Crawford, "a tough game on a tiny pitch. But we came through it well and although it wasn't very pretty, we deserved to get the points. Eddie Mohammed was superb, not only in open play, but from set pieces too."

Posted at 21:00

Saturday 26 March - Greens complete Boro' double

Hendon completed a double over local rivals Harrow Borough this afternoon as they won 1-0 at Claremont Road. The Greens had an early shout for a penalty turned down when Frendo appeared to be pulled down by Dean Marney, but in the 18th minute Eugene Ofori found the back of the net from close range after John Frendo's shot had been blocked. The Greens had the better of the chances for the rest of the game, Dave King only being forced into one save by the Harrow attack and the result moves Hendon into the top half of the table above Monday afternoons opponents Wealdstone.

Posted at 18:00

Friday 25 March - It's an early start tomorrow

Supporters are reminded that tomorrow's home game against Harrow Borough kicks off at the earlier time of 1.00pm. The early kick off has been arranged so that supporters can also watch the World Cup Qualifier between England and Northern Ireland that kicks off at 3.00pm. All supporters are welcome to watch the game in the clubhouse. The game at Wealdstone on Monday kicks off at the normal bank holiday time of 3.00pm. We look forward to seeing as many supporters as possible at both our holiday fixtures.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 23 March - Under 18s cup final news

The Middlesex County League have released details of the U20 Divisional Cup final between our own U18 side and Turkish Community U20s. The game will take place on Saturday 2nd April at Yeading FC as mentioned earlier this week, and will kick off at 7.00pm allowing supporters to attend both the first team game against Tonbridge Angels and the cup final. Admission costs on the night are £5 for adults, £3 for concessions, and £1 for childre

Posted at 18:00

Monday 21 March - Under 18s reach cup final

Hendon Under-18s used a stunning 20-minute burst to book their place in the Middlesex League Under-20s Division League Cup Final as they hit four goals past a stunned Bridge Rovers at Copthall on Saturday afternoon. Hendon had been on top for much of the game, but it was still a close run thing until, in the 66th minute, Bradley Bubb broke the deadlock. Six minutes later, Eddie Mohammed was brought down inside the Bridge penalty area and he stepped up to convert the spot-kick. In the 78th minute, Bubb grabbed his second of the afternoon, this time with a very special strike, and with four minutes remaining, Connor Carroll completed the scoring.

The Final is on Saturday 2 April, at The Warren, home of Yeading FC, meaning that Hendon fans will be unable to attend the game because of a clash with the first-team fixture against Tonbridge Angels at Claremont Road. Manager Mark Crawford said, "It was always an interesting game to watch, if not particularly high quality. We were very tentative in the early part of the game but became more confident as it progressed. It was a great result from our point of view. My man of the match Matthew PEART, who was outstanding all afternoon."

Posted at 14:00

Monday 21 March - Final reserve game arranged

The final reserve game of the season away to Slough Town has been arranged and will take place on Thursday 21st April at Stag Meadow, kicking off at 7.30pm.

Posted at 13:45

Saturday 19 March - Greens lose 1-0 again

Hendon slipped to a second consecutive 1-0 defeat at Hampton & Richmond Borough this afternoon. Hampton had the majority of possession in a goalless first half, but the only direct shot at goal fell to Ross Pickett who saw his attempt well saved by Kieron Drake. The only other first half incident of note was when Hampton midfielder Ryan Ashe was rather fortunate to say on the field of play after a nasty challenge on Rob Courtnage. The Greens had more pressure in the second half, and John Frendo had a goal disallowed for offside just after the hour mark. The goal came in the 69th minute when Richard McDonagh was dispossed in midfield by Craig Lewington, who ran through and fired a shot just inside the post to score the goal that turned out to be the winner.

Posted at 18:00

Saturday 19 March - Players of all ages required

The club are starting to look towards next season, and are looking for players of all ages, particularly for the youth teams. Any players who are interested in joining the club next season should send a stamped addressed envelope to the club and an application form will be sent out as soon as they are ready. The address to write to is Hendon Football Club, Claremont Road, Brent Cross, London, NW2 1AE.

Posted at 17:55

Saturday 19 March - Reserve fixture update

The reserves will next be in action on Wednesday 30th March when they entertain Chesham United at Claremont Road in a 7.45pm kick off. A week later on Wednesday 6th April they will travel to Harrow Borough, while the away game at Slough Town is yet to be arranged.

Posted at 17:50

Wednesday 16 March - 150 club update

The winners of the January 150 club draw were numbers 003 and 142 who win £50 and £25 respectively. The February draw will take place at the next home game, and the March draw will take place at the first home game in April. The supporters association apologise for the delays that have occurred.

Posted at 14:00

Tuesday 15 March - McCann suffers first defeat

Gary McCann suffered his first defeat as manager of Hendon as the Greens slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Leyton. The home side had the bulk of possession in the first half but were unable to create anything particularly clear cut. The same went for Hendon when they were able to make forays into the Leyton penalty box. Hendon started out much brighter in the second half and had a shout for a clear penalty turned down in the 60th minute when John Frendo was pushed in the back. The goal came in the 72nd minute when Leli Bajada headed home a free kick from close range as the defence momentarily lost concentration. The Greens worked hard to find an equaliser, René Street coming close with a header and John Frendo with a shot that flew just over, but were unable to find the crucial breakthrough.

Posted at 23:00

Sunday 13 March - Youth team round up

There was just one youth team in action this weekend. The under 16s went down to a 2-1 defeat at champions elect Omonia, but put in a much improved performance. Marcel Byfield scored the goal. Meanwhile the under 18s were awarded the points for their game against PAYP Connexions as their opponents were unable to field a side.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 12 March - Pickett goal enough for Hendon

Hendon continued their good run of results this afternoon with a 1-0 victory over relegation haunted Kingstonian. Kingstonian very nearly took the lead within a few seconds of the start when they hit the bar and probably had the edge in terms of possession in the first half. Hendon's best first half chance came shortly before the break when Eugene Ofori shot just wide. The decisive goal came in the 54th minute when a scuffed cross from Dave Hunt somehow found Ross Pickett who in turned scuffed a chipped shot over Andy Iga and into the net. The Greens then held on reasonably comfortably with the defensive trio of René Street, Steve McGrath and Dean Coppard working hard to keep the clean sheet with Dave King.

Posted at 18:00

Tuesday 08 March - Youthful reserve side defeated

A young reserve side suffered another heavy defeat last night, this time going down 7-0 to a more experienced Berkhamsted Town side.

Posted at 13:00

Monday 07 March - London Marathon 2005

Following in the steps of many others, this year Phil Rogers will be running the London Marathon to raise money both for Cancer Research UK, and for the youth teams at Hendon FC. Phil is aiming to raise as much money as possible and full details of how you can sponsor Phil can be found on the separate London Marathon 2005 page.

Posted at 16:30

Monday 07 March - Youth team round up

Just the under 18s were able to play their game this weekend, and it was disappointing news as they slipped to a 5-3 defeat at Turkish Community. The goals came courtesy of a brace from Bradley Bubb and a strike from Stephan Chambers.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 07 March - Slough game rearranged

The away league game against Slough Town has been rearranged for Thursday, 7th April, kick off 7.45 at Stag Meadow, just two days before Slough visit Claremont Road in the reverse fixture.

Posted at 13:45

Saturday 05 March - Penalty costs Greens two points

Hendon were left rueing a soft penalty as they drew 1-1 at Staines Town. The Greens took the lead in the 15th minute when James Parker made a superb run through midfield to feed the ball into Gary Meakin, who rounded the keeper to slot the ball into an empty net for his first senior goal for the club. The equaliser came in the 71st minute when Michael Currie was pulled down in the penalty area, and Currie himself stepped up to convert the spot kick, despite Dave King managing to get a hand to the ball.

Posted at 18:45

Saturday 05 March - Harrow game to kick off early

We have agreed with Harrow Borough that our game on Easter Saturday (26th March) will kick off at 1.00pm enabling supporters to watch the important World Cup Qualifer between England and Northern Ireland in the clubhouse at 3.00pm.

Posted at 12:30

Saturday 05 March - Staines game is on

Staines Town have been in touch this morning to confirm that their pitch is OK, there is no pitch inspection planned, and that they fully expect the game to go ahead as planned at 3.00pm this afternoon.

Posted at 11:30

Friday 04 March - Staines game tomorrow

The first team will be hoping to beat both the weather and their opponents tomorrow as they travel to Staines Town. The Swans currently lie just outside the play offs and are likely to include former Hendon midfielder Andre Delisser in their line up, while the Greens will be aiming to build on their recent improved form and progress further up the league table. At the time of writing (9pm) there has been no news of any planned inspection. Should the situation change, we will update accordingly tomorrow morning. We look forward to seeing as many supporters at Wheatsheaf Lane as possible.

Posted at 12:30

Wednesday 02 March - Reserve fixture update

Two of the reserves outstanding fixtures have been rearranged. Next Monday, 7th March, they will travel to Berkhamsted Town, and on Wednesday 6th April they will travel to Harrow Borough. This leaves the home game against Chesham United and the away game at Slough Town to be arranged

Posted at 14:00

Tuesday 01 March - Slough game washed out

Tonights away league game against Slough Town was postponed by the match referee at 6.30pm due to a waterlogged pitch following the heavy rain that fell during the early evening. We apologise to any supporters who have had a wasted journey this evening but it was an unavoidable situation due to the timing of the rainfall. As soon as we have a new date for the game we will let you know.

Posted at 19:30