News - March 2009

Tuesday 31 March - Hendon pick up important point

Hendon picked up a well earnt point following their 0-0 draw against a strong and experienced Sutton United side. Hendon were the side who had the better chances, with Sutton keeper Paul Nicholls having to make two outstanding saves in the second half. Despite Kevin Maclaren being sent off for two bookings late in the game, the Greens held on to secure the point with a degree of comfort.

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Tuesday 31 March - Two deadline day signings

Gary McCann made two deadline day signings ahead of this afternoon's transfer deadline. Joining us from Bedfont Green is George Worley, whilst signing on from our under 18 side is Niall Fredericks. Both players have been signed as cover for any injuries we may pick up in the final few weeks of the season. We welcome them both to the first team set up.

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Sunday 29 March - Update on Lee O'Leary

Unfortunately Lee O'Leary has suffered a setback with his injury sustained last week. It has turned out that he required surgery after all and he has had two pins inserted into his broken leg today, which is likely to extend the time that he is out of action.

Lee has asked us to express his thanks for all the messages and support he has received from everyone at the club and the wider football community over the past few days. He is also very grateful for the money raised in the bucket collections at our past two home games, which has raised just over £600.

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Sunday 29 March - 50 goals for Brian

Brian Haule has reached the 50 goal mark for the Greens, the first player to do so since Ricci Crace reached the milestone three years ago. Brian's first goal came back in September 2002 when he scored with his first touch on his debut in senior football at Hampton & Richmond Borough. Brian's 50th goal today came in his 112th appearance. We congratulate Brian on reaching the milestone and look forward to seeing the next 50 goals.

Posted at 17:00

Sunday 29 March - Battling Greens are beaten

Hendon were beaten by an experienced AFC Hornchurch side, but had it not been for a couple of defensive errors, the Greens could have taken something from the game. Hornchurch took the lead in the 10th minute thanks to a fine finish from Simon Parker, and the lead was doubled early in the second half courtesy of an own goal. However, Hendon fought their way back into the game when a fine move ended with Brian Haule touching the ball home from close range. In the remaining 25 minutes, the only side that looked like scoring were the Greens, but they found the Urchins defence in unforgiving mood and the Essex side held on to secure the points and in turn move closer to the play-off spots.

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Thursday 26 March - Please remember your sponsor money

Just a quick reminder to all those who took part in the sponsored walk to Harrow that your monies need to be paid in as soon as possible - ideally on Sunday. Please hand in your monies to Mike Harte, Simon Lawrence or any other member of the supporters trust board.

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Tuesday 24 March - Hendon move out of bottom four

Hendon moved out of the relegation zone this evening with a comprehensive 4-0 win over relegation rivals Hastings United. Jamie Busby gave the Greens the lead in the 9th minute, before Sam Collins doubled the lead shortly before half-time. Glenn Garner made it 3-0 after 70 minutes, and two minutes later Brian Haule lobbed the keeper with his first touch to score the fourth and final goal.

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Sunday 22 March - Bucket collection for Lee

Following the injury to Lee O'Leary yesterday, we will be holding a bucket collection at our next two home games (against Hastings United and AFC Hornchurch) to raise money for him. As a result of the injury, Lee will be unable to work for some time and it has been decided that we would like to raise some money for him to help him through the recovery process. This collection will replace our normal bucket collection that takes place after each game.

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Sunday 22 March - Update on Claremont Road T-Shirts

We are pleased to confirm that all the t-shirts have now been posted out to those people who paid for postage. All remaining t-shirts will be available for collection from Steve Rogers at our remaining home games this season. If you would now like your t-shirt to be posted to you, please contact Steve on

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Saturday 21 March - Worse news on the injury front

Unfortunately we have just heard that the news is not as good for Lee O'Leary. It has now become clear that he has a double leg break - which is worse than we originally thought. Our thoughts are with Lee as he begins the road to recovery.

Posted at 23:00

Saturday 21 March - Update on Lee's injury

Gary McCann has just updated us with the latest news on Lee O'Leary's injury that he sustained in this afternoon's game against Horsham. Unfortunately Lee has suffered a broken leg, but it is a clean break. He is being treated at Worthing General Hospital, and once they have plastered the leg, he will be transferred to his local hospital. The leg is being half-plastered as the leg is quite swollen and will be reassessed once the swelling has reduced.

Obviously the injury means that Lee is out of action for the rest of the season, so we all wish him a speedy recovery and hope that he is ready and raring to go again in time for the new season. Gary has also said that today's win is being dedicated to Lee.

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Saturday 21 March - Hendon keep up winning form

Hendon continued their recent good run of results with a hard earned 2-1 win at Horsham this afternoon. Despite going behind to a 5th minute goal scored by Claude Seanla, the Greens played the bulk of the football and deservedly equalised just before half-time through Craig Vargas. The winning goal came in the 90th minute when Peter Dean scored with a fine strike. The day was soured slightly when Lee O'Leary picked up a head and ankle injury late in the game. There is currently no news on the seriousness of the injury, but we all hope that it is not too serious.

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Thursday 19 March - Kids go free at Horsham

Horsham have announced that kids go free for Saturday's game, which is being played at their temporary home at Worthing FC. The deal means that any supporter under 16 who is accompanied by an adult, will gain free entry to the game.

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Thursday 19 March - Another new date for Horsham at home

Following intervention from the league, the date for our home game against Horsham has now been set for Tuesday 21st April, kick off 7.45pm at Vale Farm.

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Tuesday 17 March - Fixture change for 15th April

There has been a further change to our outstanding fixtures this evening. On Wednesday 15th April, we will now travel to Boreham Wood instead of entertaining Horsham. We hope to be able to announce a revised date for the Horsham game later this week.

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Tuesday 17 March - Hendon drop down a place

We have dropped down a place in the league table to 20th. This is as a result of a Ryman League board meeting last night at which they deicded that the game between Canvey Island and Margate that was abandoned after 85 minutes a fortnight ago with the Kent side leading 4-0 would not be replayed and the result would stand. As a consequence Margate have moved above us in the league table.

Meanwhile, yesterday afternoon Ramsgate had an appeal hearing at the FA with regard to their four point deduction. The FA dismissed the appeal and therefore Ramsgate have had four points deducted from their total in the league table.

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Monday 16 March - Horsham home game rearranged

Our outstanding home league match against Horsham has been rearranged and will take place at Vale Farm on Wednesday 15th April, kicking off at 7.45pm. This just leaves our away game at Boreham Wood to be arranged.

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Monday 16 March - AFC Hornchurch date and venue confirmed

The date and venue for our home game against AFC Hornchurch has been confirmed. The game will be played at Vale Farm on Sunday 29th March, kicking off at 1.00pm.

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Sunday 15 March - Confirmation of venues for remaining home games

Our home game against Maidstone United on Saturday 11th April, will be played at Harrow Borough's Earlsmead ground. With regard to the game against AFC Hornchurch we are hoping to confirm the date and venue for this game in the next few days.

All our other games, those against Hastings United, Sutton United, Carshalton Athletic and Horsham, will be played at Vale Farm. We are yet to arrange a new date for the Horsham game, or indeed the away game at Boreham Wood.

Posted at 16:00

Sunday 15 March - Replica Shirt Sale

The supporters association are running a sale on our current replica shirts as a cup final special ahead of our game against AFC Hayes on Easter Monday. All replica shirts are reduced to £20 but will revert to their normal price after the cup final. Shirts will only be available at home games. If you would like to order a shirt to collect, please email Sandra Wood on

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Saturday 14 March - Greens beat the Rams

Hendon continued their recent good home form with a 3-1 win over relegation rivals Ramsgate. Glenn Garner opened the scoring in the 43rd minute before Sam Collins doubled the lead in the 65th minute. Shortly afterwards Nick Davis pulled a goal back but Jamie Busby secured the points from the penalty spot as the game moved into stoppage time.

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Saturday 14 March - Hendon on Comic Relief

Supporters who were at Earlsmead last Saturday will have been aware that BBC London had cameras at the game to record the players coming on to the pitch with the red nose footballs. A very short clip was shown on Comic Relief last night featuring Luke Harrison who was the youngest supporter to take part in the sponsored walk last week. As a prize for completing the walk, Luke was our mascot for the afternoon and led the team out along with James Parker.

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Thursday 12 March - Tooting semi-final date set

Our London Senior Cup semi final at Tooting & Mitcham United will take place on Monday 6th April, kicking off at 7.45pm

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Tuesday 10 March - Cup fixture news

Following tonight's win over Wealdstone, Hendon will again be in the final of the Middlesex Senior Cup final on Easter Monday. The match is due to be played at Chestnut Avenue, home of Northwood FC, and will see the Greens come up against AFC Hayes (formerly Brook House) who beat Ashford Town (Middlesex) 4-1 this evening.

In the London Senior Cup, Tooting & Mitcham United convincingly beat Cray Wanderers 5-1, so the next round will see the Greens travelling back to Merton in an attempt to reach their second final of the season.

Posted at 23:45

Tuesday 10 March - Back in the Middlesex final

Hendon managed to take revenge on Wealdstone for their two league defeats earlier this season, winning 4-3 in this evening's Middlesex Senior Cup semi-final. The result will see the Greens playing in the final on Easter Monday and their derby game with Boreham Wood postponed to another date.

The Greens made the early running the game, scoring twice in the first quarter of the hour. Jamie Busby continued his rich vein of form with a goal in the fourth minute, while Sam Collins netted just nine minutes later to put Hendon 2-0 up. The Stones refused to roll over though, Greg Ngyoi scoring just before the half hour mark and four mintues shy of half time to leave the scores level going into the interval. After half time Ngyoi completed his hat-trick, netting the third on 63 minutes, although it turned out not to be enough for Wealdstone. A Glenn Garner equaliser in the 79th minute was followed by a goal from Lee O'Leary in the 89th against his former club to complete the scoring.

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Sunday 08 March - Noel does it again

Gary Noel proved tormentor in chief yesterday afternoon, as Harrow took revenge for their 7-0 drubbing earlier this season by turning over Hendon 4-2 at Earlsmead. Noel had previously proved Dulwich's most effective player in the Greens FA Cup tie with the south London side and after transfering to Borough soon after, qucikly took advantage to secure a League cup victory for the Reds. Today, Noel added to his previous tally of five goals in four games against Hendon this season to make it nine goals in five. Both James Parker and Jamie Busby scored with excellent headers to twice equalise each time for the Greens, but the team had no answer for Noel's third and fourth goals.

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Sunday 08 March - Coach travel to Horsham

The club will be running a coach to our game with Horsham on the 21st March, running from Claremont Road as usual. The departure time is yet to be confirmed, but the cost remains just ten pounds a head as usual. Names will be being taken as usual at our next two home games, while supporters can also book a place through Phil Rogers by e-mailing him at Supporters making thier own way to the game are reminded that Horsham are groundsharing at Worthing Football Club this season, so don't make your way to Queen Street!

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Sunday 08 March - Walkers make it in good time

Around twenty to twenty-five supporters took part in yesterday's sponsored walk from Claremont Road to Earlsmead, taking advantage of the good weather to reach Harrow in good time - around half of the group even taking the time to stop off for a quick toilet and pub break on the way. The youngest walker, Luke Harrison, was rewarded for his efforts once reaching Earlsmead by being made mascot for the afternoon, leading the team onto the pitch with captain James Parker. Walkers are reminded to collect their money as soon as possible so that the Trust can announce the final total and organise the donation to St. Luke's Hospice.

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Sunday 08 March - Semi-Final opponents known

Our London Senior Cup semi-final opponents are curretly unknown, .but should be confirmed this week as Tooting & Mitcham United host Cray Wanderers in the fourth round of the competition on Tuesday night. Hendon will travel to the winners of this game on a date yet to be anounced.

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Sunday 08 March - February Snowball

Last month's Snowball Draw was made at the home fixture vs Harlow last weekend and saw over £350 given away by the Supporters Trust. The winners were numbers 115 and 155, taking away £234 and £117 respectively, with a further £78 going towards the Christmas snowball draw. The March draw will take place on 28th March at half time in our game against AFC Hornchurch: to be in with a chance of winning, see Simon Lawrence at any game or find more details on the Supporters' Trust website.

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Tuesday 03 March - Hendon reach second semi-final

A win this evening in the London Senior Cup saw Hendon reach their second semi-final of the season, turning over Erith & Belvedere 4-0 at their home in Welling. It took until the 34th minute for the first goal to come, Jamie Busby scoring from the penalty spot, and the two sides turned around with Hendon just one goal up at half time. However, it didn't take too long after the restart to extend the lead, Busby netting his second on 49 minutes. Glenn Garner essentially made the game safe in the 64th minute with the team's third before his partner for the day up front, Lubomir Guentchev scored the final goal just before the final whistle.

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Monday 02 March - It's 250 for Burgess

Friday night was notable not just for manager Gary McCann reaching his fourth anniversary as manager (actually today), but also for senior player James Burgess reaching his 250th appearance for the club, a feat not achieved since left back/midfielder Simon Clarke went beyond the marker at the other end of this decade. Simon went on to pass 350 appearances in his time with us before leaving for an easier commute to more local sides.

James made his debut eactly seven years ago today, appearing as a substitute in our 2-0 FA Trophy defeat of Cambridge City, played at St. Albans' Clarrence Park and while he only made two further appearances that season - one as a substitute and the other in a squad side for the league cup, he has since been an invaluable member of the team, usually making 30-40 appearances in a season and rarely giving anything but 100% for the side.

James' strengths and loyalty are well known within the club - much of this explains why he and brother Mark were nominated as "Hendon Heroes" in Peter Lush and David Ballheimer's book, Hendon FC: The First 100 Years - but it's also notable that like Simon he has found himself filling in all over the pitch. This season alone has seen James start right across the back four, in the middle of midfield and even play a quarter hour in goal after Luke Blackmore was injured at Margate earlier this season. James even started up front in the No. 9 shirt for the first team in their close season game agaist the supporters team, going on to score a hat-trick, despite his meagre return of one goal for the club in competitive fixtures.

All at the club would like to thank James for his efforts over the years and hope that he continues to enjoy his football with the club for many years to come.

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