News - April 2004

Friday 30 April - London Senior Cup Final at Hendon

In a late change of venue, we have been asked to stage the London Senior Cup Final this coming Thursday (6th May). The game will be between Dulwich Hamlet and Tooting & Mitcham United, and will kick off at Claremont Road at 7.30pm. All Hendon supporters are welcome to attend - the turnstiles will be open as normal and admission prices will be confirmed nearer the time.

Posted at 15:00

Wednesday 28 April - Youngsters do reserves proud

A very young, inexperienced reserve team did the club proud tonight despite losing 5-3 to Chesham United in the final Capital League game of the season. The Chesham side contained a number of experienced first team players, while the Hendon squad were all aged under 20 except for substitute Pat Gavin, and many still play Under 16 football. It was Hendon that took the lead after just 70 seconds when Adilson Lopes found the back of the net. Chesham equalised through a Peter Clifford header in the 38th minute, but Hendon regained the lead immediately thanks to Apacha Ayala. Brett Court equalised for a second time just before half time to ensure the sides went in level.

Chesham took a grip on the game, taking the lead two minutes after the restart through Ben Smith, before the same player scored the Generals fourth goal from the penalty spot. Substitute John Lawford made it 5-2 just before the hour mark, but almost immediately Hendon struck back through Patou Katshenge. That, somewhat surprisingly was the end of the scoring. Hendon keeper Luke Thornton made a string of excellent saves throughout the game, but it must be said that all fourteen players used were a credit to the club, not one of them let the club down. Despite the defeat, the signs are definitely good for the future of the club with a number of talented youngsters performing well tonight.

Hendon line up : Luke Thornton, John Conway (Lewis Parker 79), Aaron McLeish, David Pierre, Connor Carroll, Patou Katshenge, Matthew Peart (Pat Gavin 46), Daniel Llewellyn, Adilson Lopes, Bradley Bubb, Apacha Ayala (Marvin Tabi 70). Unused subs : Otis Kingsley, Andrew Vincent

Chesham line up : Dave Clark, Kevin Stevens, Matt Skinner, Brett Court, Peter Clifford, Kevin Mealor, Rob Morris (Will Butterworth 67), Andre Scarlett, John Richardson (John Lawford 46), Ben Smith, Chris Herron (Luke Harman 73). Unused subs : Mark Dawber, Steve Bateman

Posted at 23:00

Wednesday 28 April - 150 club winners

The 150 club winners for March and April have been announced. The winner of the £50 prize for March is Ian Graham, and the winner of the £25 March prize is Len Hatwell. Winning the £150 prize for April is Sue Damary.

Posted at 22:45

Wednesday 28 April - Wealdstone game postponed

Our George Ruffell Memorial Trophy game against Wealdstone on Monday evening has been postponed. This is because there is a possibility that Wealdstone could be involved in a play off that day and the Middlesex FA felt that it was unfair to potentially make a decision on Saturday evening. The game will now take place during pre-season at Claremont Road on a date to be confirmed.

Posted at 22:30

Wednesday 28 April - Reserves in action tonight

The reserves are in action tonight as they entertain Chesham United in their final league game of the season. Kick off at Claremont Road is at 7.45pm and all are welcome to attend. Should results go their way, the reserves could yet finish second in their league this season.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 26 April - An open message to all supporters

Hendon Football Club would like to thank all of our supporters for their continued support over the past season, despite the uncertainty over the move to Copthall. The support received on the pitch has been nothing short of fantastic both home and away, and the behavious of fans has been impeccible. We would also like to thank the HFCSA committe members and matchday volunteers who have both performed stirling work for the club, without which it would be far more difficult to function on matchdays.

Our sincere thanks also goes out for the observation of our requests to wait before Saturday's traditional presentation ceremony, despite the length of time which you were requested to remain on the terraces. Finally, thanks goes out to those involved with promoting the club both locally, nationally and even across the world through the Greensnet, Greensline and the traditional press.

Your continued support would be appreciated on Saturday at Kettering and for our support to act as our 12th man as you so often have done this season while the playing and coaching staff push for the runners up spot this season, in the hope that we can cap a superb season with our best finish in thirty years.

Posted at 10:00

Sunday 25 April - Was it the last game at Claremont Road?

That was the question many people were asking yesterday. The straight answer is that we don't know. As yesterday's programme went to press there was still some uncertainty surrounding the date of our intended move to the Copthall Stadium in Hendon. And with no moving date available it was therefore impossible to produce a souvenir programme or organise any special events yesterday. However, if and when we eventually move, the last game here will be commemorated in one way or another. As soon as there are any developments, both the Greensline (09066 555836) and the website will be updated with full details.

What does appear likely is that yesterday was our last home game in the Isthmian Football League, and our final game at Kettering on Saturday should see an end to our 41 years unbroken stay in the top division of the Isthmian League.

Like the possible ground move, the league situation for next season is unclear, except that we expect to be founder memebers of the Conference South (they wouldn't put us in the North would they?!) and could visit Weymouth, Tiverton, Newport County and Merthyr Tydfil. Just think we used to moan about the trip to Heybridge on a Tuesday night! At present we don't know what the new set up will have in store for us, although it should become clearer in the next few weeks.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 24 April - Ofori wins double supporters award

Eugene Ofori bagged both Supporters Player of the Year tropies this season with the presentation taking place straight after this afternoon's game at Claremont Road. Ofori beat second placed Mark Burgess to the main Supporters Association trophy, while this afternoon he also became the first ever winner of the Junior Lambs' award.

Two awards were also presented to supporters this afternoon, with Michelle Vincent winning the Junior Lambs Supporter of the Year award, and Dave Clarke being awarded the Supporter of the Year trophy. The presentation also included one of the biggest donations to the football club yet from the association, with a cheque for £15,000 being handed over.

Posted at 19:00

Saturday 24 April - Draw leaves Dons sweating

Hendon allowed Sutton to close the gap in the race for second place this afternoon with a 1-1 draw with St. Albans City at Claremont Road. The Saints took the lead on around the quarter of an hour mark, Lee Clarke putting away a cross from the left wing. The Dons failed to equalise until the 65th minute, despite twice hitting the woodwork before the break. However, the equaliser eventually came through Martin Randall, who headed home a Scott Cousins cross. The draw leaves Hendon just one point ahead of third place Sutton United and four ahead of Hornchurch and needing a victory at Kettering next week to try and win the runners up spot.

Posted at 18:45

Tuesday 20 April - Dons win Safe Hands Award

The Isthmian League have announced today that we have won the Premier Division Safe Hands Award for March 2004. During the month just two goals were conceded in the six games played. This is a deserved award for the squad following the excellent run that recently came to an end and we congratulate all the players for their efforts in winning the award.

Posted at 18:00

Saturday 17 April - Greens slip to defeat at Sutton

Hendon put in a disappointing performance this afternoon as they lost 2-0 at Sutton United. If truth be told, if the home side had been able to finish better, then the defeat could have been much much heavier. Sutton took the lead in the 27th minute when Eddie Akuamoah took advantage of some uncharacteristically poor defending to score. The second goal came midway through the second half when Glenn Boosey scored having been left unmarked. The Greens did create a few chances, but were unable to get back into the game.

Posted at 19:00

Wednesday 14 April - George Ruffell Memorial Trophy

As a consequence of winning the Middlesex Senior Cup on Monday evening, we will be playing one additional fixture for the George Ruffell Memorial Trophy. Our opponents will be Wealdstone, who beat Harefield United 2-1 after extra time this evening in the Middlesex Charity Cup final. The game will be played on Monday 3rd May at Harrow Borough, kicking off at 7.30pm. Supporters will remember that we lost on penalties to Feltham at the end of last season, having beaten Enfield Town to win the Trophy during pre-season in August 2002.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 14 April - Cooper to undergo surgery

Following his injury in extra time on Monday evening, Mark Cooper was due to undergo surgery this afternoon on his achilles injury and should everything go to plan, he will then have his leg in plaster for ten weeks. We would like to wish Mark all the best for a speedy recovery, and hope that we will see him back in action next season.

Posted at 09:45

Monday 12 April - Super subs win cup for ten man Hendon

Hendon completed a hat-trick of Middlesex Senior Cup final wins as they beat Uxbridge 3-1 after extra time. However, they had to do it the hard way after Dale Binns was sent off in the 58th minute for retaliation. The Greens took the lead in the 50th minute when Eugene Ofori found the net after some excellent battling from Ricci Crace. Uxbridge equalised five minutes later when a free kick was turned home by Mark Weedon.

The ten men worked hard throughout the second half to take the game into extra time, and their rewards came in stoppage time of the first half of extra time. First of all Dave Hunt fired home after Ofori sent the ball across the area, and within a minute Martin Randall had found the net to give the Greens a two goal cushion. Despite losing Mark Cooper to a suspected Achillies injury during extra time, the defence held firm for the remaining 15 minutes to win the cup once again.

Posted at 23:00

Monday 12 April - Greens bid for cup hat-trick

Hendon will be bidding to win the Middlesex Senior Cup for the third year in a row this evening when they come up against Uxbridge in the final of the county's premier competition. The game is being played at Yeading FC and kicks off at 7.30pm. The management and players look forward to seeing as many supporters at the game as possible, and ask that there is lots of vocal support to help give them a lift during the game. Uxbridge currently lie just below half way in Division One North, and lost 1-0 to Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday afternoon. They reached the final by beating Harefield United 3-2 after extra time, Hanwell Town 2-1, Hayes 3-1 and Bedfont 5-4 in a penalty shoot out after a goalless draw.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 12 April - Ex-Arsenal star to appear with women

Paul Davis will make a special appearance at our fund-raising event for girl's football on Tuesday 13th April 2004 organised by our women's team. The event which will be filmed by the BBC forms part of the documentary being made about our ladies which will be televised in June.

The evening will also include a Brazilian Soccer demonstration by Football De Saleo. Brazilian dancers and music by the London School of Samba. The women's team will also play a football match. The second half of the match will include a bit of fun and a little fund-raising whereby spectators will be encouraged to influence the match by bribing the ref to award a penalty or pay to see Monty go in the goal for 5 mins.

The evening kicks-off at 7.00 p.m. and we hope all supporters can get down to encourage our efforts to develop girl's football at Hendon. As this is a fund-raising event, adults will be charged £2 at the door. Kids get in for free.

Posted at 09:45

Saturday 10 April - Southam brace ends unbeaten run

Hendon's 17 match unbeaten run came to an end this afternoon as they lost 2-0 at Bishop's Stortford. Both goals were scored by Glen Southam, the first coming in the 70th minute after confusion in defence between Mark Burgess and Dave King, and the second eight minutes later following some good skill from Southam. The goals came after a pulsating first half in which both sides created numerous chances. Hendon had a great chance to take the lead when a long clearance from King was lobbed on the volley towards goal by Eugene Ofori. The volley beat Stortford keeper Micky Desborough but hit the bar and bounced to safety. Desborough was in fine form in the first half making a string of quality saves, while the Stortford attack caused the Hendon defence a number of scares. The result means that the Greens need to win their last three games to confirm the runners up spot.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 10 April - End of season dinner

The end of season dinner will take place on Friday 21st May in the clubhouse. Tickets are reasonably priced at £10.00 and are available by calling into the club shop in a fortnights time, or by calling the club. The ticket includes a three course meal, karaoke, a disco and of course the annual awards. All supporters are welcome to attend, but please be aware that tickets are limited.

Posted at 18:15

Tuesday 06 April - Greens win local derby

Hendon won their local derby against Harrow Borough 2-0 this evening to complete the double over their Middlesex rivals. The Greens took the lead in the 12th minute when Ricci Crace shot home and this helped Hendon take the game by the scruff of the neck. Harrow did force Dave King into one save in the first half but otherwise the Hendon stopper remained largely untested due to the continued excellent form of the defensive trio of Mark Burgess, Steve Butler and Mark Cooper. Hendon had the bulk of possession in the second half and were rewarded with four minutes to go when Dale Binns scored a delightful goal from 20 yards, beating Keita Karamoko all ends up as the ball flew into the top corner of the goal. With other results going the way of the Greens, the win means that should they win their remaining four games, they will finish second in the league.

Posted at 23:00

Saturday 03 April - Howard brace keeps Dons unbeaten

Hendon extended their unbeaten run to 16 games with a 3-1 win over Maidenhead United. All four goals came in less that 15 minutes in the first half. Hendon took the lead in the 18th minute courtesy of an excellent Eugene Ofori strike that sent the ball curling past and over the visiting keeper. The lead was doubled just 3 minutes later when Antony Howard drove the ball home to score his first goal for the club. The Hendon defence was caught out a minute later when Lawrence Yaku found space to head home a curling cross, but it was Howard who headed the Dons back into a two goal lead in the 31st minute. Hendon had to work hard to keep their lead secure in the second half with the strong wind in their faces, but were able to keep things tight at the back and earn another three points.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 03 April - BBC cameras on Hendon women

Hendon FC has been selected by The BBC Media Trust to take part in a documentary which will air on BBC2. The programme will follow the women in their efforts to raise funds to deliver Brazilian soccer sessions for girls in deprived areas. Hendon's aim is to focus on LB Brent which is 13th most deprived London borough, with five wards falling within the ten per cent most deprived in Britain.

The team will meet with PR experts and image consultants who will assist them to raise awareness of the women's game and to develop funding opportunities. One event will be staged on 13th April at Claremont Road and has the support of many Premiership clubs including Arsenal and Charlton.

Lou Panteli, head of the women's development team says, "we hope that everyone at Hendon will come along to support this event. Our aim is to raise £10,000 to deliver a 3 year programme to raise awareness of the game, reduce barriers and increase participation amongst girls in the London Borough of Brent."

Posted at 10:00