News - April 2020

Tuesday 28 April - Pick your Legends - Strikers

We finish our look through the shortlist of players selected by our expert panel by presenting those centre forwards that made the grade.

Pretty well every era here is represented beginning with Cecil Wise through to Niko Muir. We have FA Amateur Cup winners, a man that broke the full international goalscoring record for Northern Ireland, three men that managed 40 goals or more in a season.

An astonishingly difficult selection:

Cecil Wise: 153 appearances, 144 goals (1920 – 1927)

Scored at better than a goal a game in each of his first five seasons for the club. Won a Middlesex Charity Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup winner’s medal and was a key figure in the club’s progression to the top of Amateur football.

Freddie Evans: 175 appearances, 181 goals (1926 – 1927 & 1929 - 1935)

Legendary goalscorer who was twice Athenian League runner-up and won the Middlesex Senior Cup in 1934.

Tommy Lawrence: 130 appearances, 104 goals (1956 - 1959)

Winner of a Middlesex Senior Cup and Middlesex Charity Cup winner’s medal, scored in excess of 30 goals in each of his three campaigns with the club.

David Hyde: 140 appearances, 118 goals (1963 - 1966)

Holds the record for the number of goals scored in a single season with 59 in 54 games in 1964/5. Won the Amateur Cup, scoring twice in the final, the Isthmian League and Middlesex Senior Cup that year. Added a London Senior Cup medal in 1964.

Tony Harding: 85 appearances, 61 goals (1966 – 1968)

Won the Middlesex Senior Cup in 1967, his only honour for the club, but broke the 30-goal barrier in both seasons filling the shoes of David Hyde as the club’s centre forward.

Tony Bass: 103 appearances, 55 goals (1971 - 1973)

Won the FA Amateur Cup in 1972 scoring the second goal against Enfield and repeated the trick in the 2nd leg of the Barassi Cup final in 1973. Scored 30 goals in the title winning season of 1973.

John Baker: 346 appearances, 138 goals (1969 – 1974, 1975 – 1976 & 1980 - 1981)

Won the FA Amateur Cup in 1972, the Barassi Cup in 1973 and Isthmian League in the same season before being part of the side that took on Newcastle in the FA Cup 3rd round in 1974. Scored double figures in each of his 7 seasons at the club.

Colin Tate: 284 appearances, 83 goals (1984 – 1992)

Won the Middlesex Cup in 1986 and made his only appearance of the 1987/8 season in the Middlesex Charity Cup Final win at Wembley Stadium. Also appeared in the 1987 Isthmian League Cup and GMAC Cup finals.

Iain Dowie: 132 appearances, 78 goals (1986 – 1989)

Scored the opening goal in the 1988 Middlesex Charity Cup Final at Wembley Stadium and scored at almost a goal a game in the 1988/9 season before moving to Luton Town. Went on to break the international goalscoring record for Northern Ireland.

Paul Whitmarsh: 120 appearances, 70 goals (1997 – 2000)

Won the Full Members Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup double in 1999 and became the first player since David Hyde to score more than 40 goals in a season during the 1998/99 season.

Niko Muir: 90 appearances, 51 goals (2016 – 2018)

Won the Middlesex Senior Cup in 2018 and became the first payer to score more than 30 league goals in a season in more than half a century as part of the team that got to the Isthmian League play-off final in the same season before moving onto Hartlepool United.

Our thanks are due to David Ballheimer, Simon Lawrence, Peter Lush, Chris Rogers and Sandra & Tony Wood for their help in compiling the shortlist.

Voting concludes at midnight on Friday night with the squad to be named on Saturday.

Once again, the poll can be found below. Happy voting.

Hendon Legends Squad Poll

Posted at 21:25

Tuesday 28 April - Pick your Legends - Left Wingers

And now we move across the pitch to look at those that created and scored goals, primarily from the left flank over the years.

We include a man who went on to play in the Premier League and another now regularly appearing in League 2 not to mention an FA Amateur Cup winner, an FA Trophy victor and a man who clocked up more than 600 games in the Football League before he came to Hendon.

Bob Avis: 255 appearances, 163 goals (1945 - 1956)

Two-time Athenian league title winner and runner up in the same competition on three occasions, also picked up a Middlesex Charity Cup winner’s medal.

Miles Spector: 280 appearances, 151 goals (1955 – 1963)

Set-up the winning goal in the 1960 FA Amateur Cup Final against Kingstonian, won the Athenian League twice, 3 Middlesex Senior Cup winner’s medals and a Middlesex Charity Cup winner’s medal.

Junior Lewis: 149 appearances, 69 goals (1996 – 1999 & 2011 - 2012)

Scorer of the winning goal at Brisbane Road against Leyton Orient in the 1997 FA Cup 1st round, won 2 Full Members Cups and a Middlesex Senior Cup before clinching a move into the Football League that included a Premier League spell with Leicester City.

Dale Binns: 217 appearances, 41 goals (1999 – 2004 & 2016)

Part of the side that reached the FA Cup 2nd round in 1999, although not in the side that played Blackpool, won 3 Middlesex Senior Cup winner’s medals in the early 2000s under Dave Anderson in consecutive seasons.

Darren Currie: 46 appearances, 4 goals (2011 - 2013)

A member of Hendon Youth before joining West Ham and enjoying more than 600 appearances in the Football League. Won the London Senior Cup in 2012, scoring in the final against Kingstonian.

Ashley Nathaniel-George: 59 appearances, 17 goals (2017 -2018)

Won the Middlesex Senior Cup in 2018 and scored in the play-off final against Dulwich Hamlet in the same year before clinching a move to Crawley Town where he is now a regular.

Later this evening we'll take you through the long shortlist of centre-forwards vying to lead the line for the Legends side.

Posted at 17:22

Tuesday 28 April - Pick your Legends - Right Wing

We take our look through the Legend's shortlist to look at those that have not only supplied the ammunition from out wide, but in many cases chipped in with plenty of goals themselves.

We include the club's record goalscorer (including goals scored during World War 2 friendly competitions), one who went on to star in the NASL in the late 1970s as well as a very fondly remembered player, sadly no longer with us.

Roy Stroud: 428 appearances, 212 goals (1940 - 1953)

Club record goalscorer, including wartime competitions. Won the Athenian League in 1953 and four consecutive Middlesex Charity Cups in the late 1940s before turning professional with West Ham United. Won 9 England Amateur Cups, scoring 4 goals.

Laurie Churchill: 86 appearances, 55 goals (1962 – 1966)

Won the 1964 London Senior Cup and led the scoring charts in 1965/6 with 38 goals as the club reached the finals of the FA Amateur Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup.

Danny Lakey: 125 appearances, 55 goals (1964 – 1967)

One of four players to score 30 goals or more in the 1964/5 treble-winning campaign where he won the FA Amateur Cup, Isthmian League and Middlesex Senior Cup

Peter Anderson: 125 appearances, 58 goals (1968 - 1971)

Won the 1969 London Senior Cup before going moving to Luton Town in 1970. Went on to play for Royal Antwerp and Tampa Bay Rowdies in the NASL, where he played alongside Rodney Marsh.

Dermot Drummy: 348 appearances, 62 goals (1980 – 1984 & 1986 – 1989)

Was part of the 1988 side that won the Middlesex Charity Cup at Wembley Stadium, creating the first goal and scoring the second. Scored twice in the 1987 Isthmian League Cup final, sadly in vain, also appeared in the 1984 Middlesex Senior Cup final and the final of the 1987 GMAC Cup.

Josh Walker: 42 appearances, 17 goals (2017 -2018)

Won the Middlesex Senior Cup in 2018 and scored a memorable brace against eventual league champions Billericay Town in a 4-1 win. Part of the thrilling front line that reached the 2017/8 Isthmian League play-off final before moving onto Barnet.

Posted at 14:58

Tuesday 28 April - Pick your Legends - Attacking Midfielders

Moving now into the creative third of the pitch, the players who were born to entertain, create and score goals, we have a look at the pick of the players that were playmakers or attacked from midfield.

Once again, we have an embarrassment of riches on show, a man that turned down a full Irish international cap to play for Hendon, a man that appeared in a World Cup semi-final and the man that scored Hendon's most famous ever goal at St James' Park against Newcastle United.

Good luck choosing out of these five stars!

Jimmy Quail: 383 appearances, 174 goals (1956 – 1974)

Once turned down the chance to play for the full Irish international side to play for Hendon instead. Two-time FA Amateur Cup winner, also won the Athenian League and Isthmian League as well as 3 Middlesex Senior Cups, a London Senior Cup and Middlesex Charity Cup. Was manager of the club during the run to St James’ Park in the 1974 FA Cup.

Peter Slade: 102 appearances, 55 goals (1963 - 1965)

Scored 34 goals in the treble wining season of 1964/5, winning the Amateur Cup, Isthmian League and Middlesex Senior Cup. Also won the London Senior Cup in 1964.

Rod Haider: 696 appearances, 165 goals (1967 – 1980)

A regular scorer of double figures from midfield winning the Amateur Cup, Isthmian League and scoring the famous equaliser at St James’ Park in 1974 against Newcastle. Scored in the 1st leg of the 1973 Barassi Cup success and also won the Isthmian League Cup, London Senior Cup, 3 Middlesex Senior Cups and 3 Middlesex Charity Cups.

Bobby Childs: 221 appearances, 43 goals (1971 - 1977)

Another member of the successful side from the early 1970s, winning the Amateur Cup, Isthmian League and playing at Newcastle in the FA Cup in 1974. Also scored in the 1st leg of the 1973 Barassi Cup win.

Freddie Hyatt: 163 appearances, 18 goals (1997 - 2000)

Orchestrated the run of FA Cup success in the late 1990s, being at the centre of things in the 1997 win over Leyton Orient and appearing against Notts County and Blackpool. Won 2 Full Members Cup winners medals and a Middlesex Senior Cup.

Bontcho Guentchev: 83 appearances, 12 goals (1999 – 2001 and 2006 - 2007)

Member of the famous 1994 Bulgarian World Cup squad and opened his Hendon account with a stunning overhead kick. Starred in the FA Cup run to Blackpool in 1999 and at Bloomfield Road. Returned in his 40s under Gary McCann as player-coach.

Once again, the link for the poll can be found below.

Hendon Legends Squad Poll

Posted at 12:54

Tuesday 28 April - Pick your Legends - Defensive Midfield

We continue our journey through the hive mind of our expert panel by taking a look through the list of seven defensive midfielders to make the shortlist.

This list has a decidedly modern look to it with three players from the past 12 years making the grade, however looking further back, so real class from yesteryear including an Olympian who is one of the most decorated players to have represented the club.

Laurie Topp: 587 appearances, 16 goals (1944 – 1961)

Won 32 England Amateur international caps and represented Great Britain at the 1956 Olympic Games. Won 3 Athenian League titles, scored in the 1960 FA Amateur Cup final success as well as 3 Middlesex Senior Cups and 5 Middlesex Charity Cups.

Roy Sleap: 288 appearances, 31 goals (1960 – 1961 & 1963 - 1970)

Part of the 1965 treble winning side that won the FA Amateur Cup, Isthmian League and Middlesex Senior Cup. Missed out on 2 London Senior Cup triumphs the 1967 Middlesex Senior Cup victory despite being regular in all three seasons.

Tony Gibson: 95 appearances, 7 goals (1986 – 1988)

Won the Middlesex Senior Cup in 1986 and reached 2 cup finals the following season, losing in both the Isthmian League Cup and Inter-League (GMAC) Cups.

Jon Daly: 203 appearances, 26 goals (1992 – 1994, 1998 – 2001)

Won both the Full Members Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup in 1999, also appeared in the successful FA Cup sides of the late 1990s appearing against Notts County and Blackpool.

Casey Maclaren: 358 appearances, 51 goals (2007 - 2018)

3-time London Senior Cup winner, also won the Isthmian League Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup as well as appearing in two Isthmian League play-off finals. Scored the vital goal to keep us up against Staines on the final day of the 2016/7.

Kevin Maclaren: 295 appearances, 8 goals (2008 - 2017)

3-time London Senior Cup winner and skippered the successful 2015 side that won the Isthmian League Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup, and that reached the final of the Isthmian League play-off final the same season.

Dave Diedhiou: 382 appearances, 43 goals (2008 – 2019)

Scored the final Hendon goal at Claremont Road. Won 2 London Senior Cup winner’s medals, an Isthmian League Cup winner’s medal and one in the Middlesex Senior Cup as well. Played in two Isthamian League play-off finals too.

Posted at 11:06

Tuesday 28 April - Hendon Legends - Pick your Centre-Halves

We continue our look at the shortlisted legends with a look at who the panel has chosen amongst their centre-halves.

Dexter Adams: 308 appearances, 14 goals (1948 – 1958)

Regular England Amateur international, won the Athenian League twice and appeared in the 1955 Amateur Cup Final. Also won 2 Middlesex Senior Cups and 3 Middlesex Charity Cups.

Geoff Riddy: 129 appearances, 11 goals (1961 - 1966)

Part of the 1965 treble winning side that won the FA Amateur Cup (scoring in the semi-final), Isthmian League and Middlesex Senior Cup. Also a London Senior Cup winner in 1964.

Peter Deadman: 552 appearances, 15 goals (1970 – 1982)

Won the Amateur Cup in 1972 (scoring the winner in the semi-final), Isthmian League and Barassi Cup in 1973 and part of the side that drew 1-1 at Newcastle. Won 2 Middlesex Charity Cup winner’s medals and was part of the 1977 Isthmian League Cup winning team.

Alan Phillips: 232 appearances, 11 goals (1971 - 1976)

Another member of the successful side of the early 1970s, winning the Amateur Cup and Isthmian League and playing at Newcastle. Won the Middlesex Charity Cup in 1976.

Alan Campbell: 395 appearances, 31 goals (1976 – 1981, 1986 – 1989 & 1992 - 1992)

Won the Isthmian League Cup in 1977 and a 3-time winner of the Middlesex Charity Cup, including at Wembley Stadium in 1988. Had a spell as player-assistant manager in 1991/2 as well.

Phil Gridelet: 264 appearances, 8 goals (1985 – 1989 & 2000 – 2001)

Debuted in the 1985 Middlesex Charity Cup Final, picking up a winner’s medal and added a second in 1988 at Wembley Stadium. Also won the Middlesex Senior Cup in 1986. Won England semi-professional recognition before moving to Barnet and the Football League.

Elliott Brathwaite: 97 appearances, 4 goals (2011 – 2017)

Won the Isthmian League Cup and London Senior Cup in 2015, as well as a key part of the side that reached the Isthmian League play off final in the same year. His career was sadly blighted by a series of serious knee injuries.

Charlie Goode: 36 appearances, 2 goals (2014 – 2015)

Also part of the Isthmian League Cup and London Senior Cup winning sides of 2015 and played in the Isthmian League play off final the same year. Won an England C cap before moving onto Scunthorpe United. Now captain at Northampton Town.

The link for the survey can be found below and we'll continue to look at the rest of the shortlist throughout the day.

Hendon Legends Squad Poll

Posted at 09:36

Tuesday 28 April - Beat the Manager - Round 2

The second round of the Beat the Manager competition has now been uploaded to HFCTV with Lee Allinson taking on centre-half Tommy Smith.

With Lee holding a 1-0 lead over the players following his win over Tommy Brewer last week, can he extend his advantage or will Tommy Smith be able to pull back and level.

The contest can be found on our HFCTV YouTube channel and at the below link.

Beat the Manager Round 2 - Allinson v Smith

Posted at 09:24

Monday 27 April - Hendon Legends - Pick your Full-backs

I think it's fair to say that the full-back role has changed enormously over the years from the time in which Pat Lynch and then Bill Fisher played the role, to more modern exponents like Scott Cousins and Oliver Sprague.

Nine full-backs, four right-backs, the most recent of whom was Tony Jennings and five left-backs were selected by our expert panels and are presented below.

RIGHT BACKS

Pat Lynch: 241 appearances, 11 goals (1945 – 1952)

3-time Athenian League runner up between 1947 and 1952 and won the Middlesex Charity Cup three years running between 1946 and 1948.

Bill Fisher: 719 appearances, 17 goals (1941 – 1962)

Club record appearance holder. Won the 1960 Amateur Cup, 3 Athenian Leagues, 3 Middlesex Senior Cups and 6 Middlesex Charity Cups. Went on to be involved in a coaching capacity with the club until his untimely death aged 58.

David Hogwood: 440 appearances, 24 goals (1962 – 1971 & 1973 - 1974)

Amateur Cup winner in 1965 and Isthmian League winner in the same year, twice winner of the London Senior Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup.

Tony Jennings: 155 appearances, 7 goals (1971 – 1974)

Welsh amateur international, won the Amateur Cup in 1972, Isthmian League and Barassi Cup in 1973 and was part of the side that drew 1-1 at Newcastle in the FA Cup in 1974. 3-time Middlesex Senior Cup winner and went on to have a spell as assistant manager.

LEFT BACKS

Micky Cooper: 416 appearances, 6 goals (1965 - 1980)

Versatile player, well versed in many positions but excelled at left-back. Played in the 1966 Amateur Cup Final against Wealdstone, won the Middlesex Senior Cup in 1967 & 1974 and London Senior Cup in 1969.

Gary Hand: 619 appearances, 3 goals (1971 - 1985)

Won the Amateur Cup in 1972, Isthmian League title and Barassi Cup in 1973 as well as a member of the side that drew 1-1 at Newcastle in 1974. Received an Isthmian league Cup winner’s medal in 1977, 3 Middlesex Senior Cup and 3 Middlesex Charity cup winner’s medals.

Simon Clarke: 351 appearances, 16 goals (1995 - 2002)

Part of the side of the late 1990s that enjoyed huge FA Cup success. Part of the side that beat Leyton Orient and appeared against Notts County and Blackpool. Won 2 Full Members Cup winner’s medals and 2 Middlesex Senior Cup winner’s medals.

Scott Cousins: 237 appearances, 14 goals (2003 – 2004 & 2009 – 2014)

Won the Middlesex Senior Cup in 2004 and London Senior Cup in 2012. Went on to be first team coach of the successful 2014/5 side that lifted 2 trophies and got to the Isthmian League play-off final.

Ollie Sprague: 148 appearances, 7 goals (2014 – 2018)

Won the London Senior Cup in 2015 and Middlesex Senior Cup in 2018, part of two Isthmian League play-off final sides and received England C recognition in 2015 being named as a stand-by by Paul Fairclough

We'll introduce the rest of the shortlist tomorrow, beginning with the centre-halves. A reminder that voting closes at midnight on Friday night and the link to the poll can be found below:

Hendon Legends Squad Poll

Posted at 19:42

Monday 27 April - Hendon Legends - Pick your Goalkeeper

Every successful side needs a solid base behind them from which to launch attacks and Hendon have been blessed over the years with plenty of fine goalkeepers as the last line of defence.

Our panel has come up with five to have represented the club with particular disctinction over the year.

Peter Shearing: 97 appearances (1956 – 1960)

Member of the 1960 FA Amateur Cup winning side before turning professional with West Ham United and going on to make 245 Football League appearances.

Mike Pinner: 41 appearances (1961 – 1962)

Although no honours were won whilst at Hendon, Mike won 52 caps for England Amateurs, he had played for Manchester United as an amateur in the top division and did the same for Leyton Orient as a professional

John Swannell: 594 appearances (1963 – 1974 & 1980 – 1981)

Won 2 Isthmian League championships and 2 FA Amateur Cups, appearing in a further final, 5 Middlesex Senior Cups and 2 London Senior Cups. Appeared in the famous 1-1 draw with Newcastle United in the FA Cup 3rd Round in 1974 and both legs of the Barassi Cup win in 1973. Also won 61 caps for England Amateurs.

Dave Root: 442 appearances (1986 – 1994)

Won the Middlesex Charity Cup at Wembley Stadium in 1988 and Full Members Cup in 1994, also part of the 1988 side that got to the FA Cup 1st Round, losing 4-2 at Reading. Moved onto Kingstonian

Gary McCann: 196 appearances (1997 – 2003)

Won the Middlesex Senior Cup and 2 Full Members Cups, part of the 1997 side that beat Leyton Orient in the FA Cup and made appearances against Blackpool and Notts County in the same competition. Would have made many more appearances but for serious injury that cut his career short.

We'll be bringing you the shortlist of full-backs later on this evening, keep your eyes peeled for them.

The link for the survey can be found below:

Hendon Legends Squad Poll

Posted at 17:26

Monday 27 April - Legends Squad Poll - Now Open

The poll for supporters to select their Legends squad for the virtual match against Lee Allinson's selected side is now open.

A shortlist, selected by an expert panel of long-term supporters, has been compiled and in the next 24-hours, a series of articles will be posted here providing a little profile of each of the players shortlisted to help you make up your mind.

The poll closes at midnight on Friday night / Saturday morning with the squad to be announced during the day next Saturday.

The poll can be found at the below link:

Hendon Legends Squad Poll

Posted at 17:10

Sunday 26 April - Hendon v Hendon Legends - Virtual Fundraiser

With our last match of the 2019/20 season already a dim and distant memory and the final league game of the campaign due to have taken place yesterday, it's been a tough period without football for the management, players and of course, supporters of the club.

With the club having missed out on a sizeable amount of matchday income from the five matches that did not go ahead at Silver Jubilee Park, on Saturday 23rd May at 3pm we will be hosting a virtual fundraiser with a game between Lee Allinson's Hendon against a team of Hendon Legends voted for by supporters simulated online on the PC game Football Manager 20 with all proceeds going towards the 12th Man Fund.

Virtual admission for the game will be 10 pounds and all attendees will recieve a link via email through which they'll be able to log in and watch their current heroes play legends of previous years gone by online.

Lee Allinson is on board to select his team, whilst a panel of half a dozen long-term supporters has come up with a shortlist of legends players that supporters will be able to vote upon and select a 17-man squad for the game. The poll will be launched this coming week and the final squad will be announced next weekend at which point tickets will go on sale.

Nigel Kyte will be producing a full matchday programme, for sale at 2.50, and which will be emailed to all purchasers; we will also be holding a 50/50 draw and Golden Goal competition with tickets available at 1 pound each, half of the proceeds will go to the winning ticketholder of each competition

Supporters will also have the opportunity to sponsor their favourite legends player for 10 pounds each, we will be launched following the announcement of the squad next week. In addition, we will also have our usual Match, Matchball and Programme sponsorship packages available with each sponsor able to claim their real-life package at any 2020/1 Southern League home match.

We understand that the past few weeks has brought with it many challenges for everyone and hope that this event will bring a little entertainment and cheer to supporters as well as serve as a taster for the new season to come when we are given the government green light to resume footballing activities. If you’re able to support in any way and help us top up Lee Allinson’s playing budget for the coming season, every little helps.

If anyone would like to sponsor the match, matchball or programme for the game, please contact John Rogers on johnrogers070@gmail.com

Posted at 14:27

Sunday 26 April - Goal of the season competition

Our reserve physio and jack of all trades, Jatin Guntupalli, has gone through our season and picked out a selection of the best strikes for a goal of the season competion.

The compilation is now available on the HFCTV YouTube channel, supporters can vote for their favourite by emailing their choice to Jatin at guntupalli71@gmail.com.

Voting will close at 9pm next Saturday and the goals can be found at the below link.

Goal of the Season Competition

Posted at 13:04

Saturday 25 April - Beat the Manager Round 2

The line-up has been confirmed for Beat the Manager Round 2 with centre half Tommy Smith challenging Lee Allinson.

The contest will go live on the HFCTV YouTube channel this coming Tuesday, 28th April with Tommy looking to bring the players back level after the manager's tie-breaking win over Tommy Brewer last week.

Posted at 10:08

Saturday 25 April - hummel launch 'Share the Game' campaign

Our new kit suppliers, hummel, have this week launched a new 'Share the Game' campaign which gives any club the chance to win a brand new hummel kit and enjoy a full professional style kit launch.

hummel are searching for one Junior and one Senior Amateur/Grassroots football club to win a money cannot buy prize and be part of thier new 'Share the Game' campaign.

The winning clubs will be chosen at random and be presented with a new hummel kit of their choice from the 2020 Teamsport collection, all including shirt badges and numbers

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You'll then receive an official hummel launch. Your club will feature across our social media channels and feature in the 2021 hummel Teamsport catalogue.

For this unique prize, simply like and share the Facebook post and DM hummel with your club's name, main point of contact, location, league and kit choice. Also include a short statement why your club deserves to win this fantastic prize.

The facebook post can be found at the below link, Terms and Conditions apply.

hummel Facebook Page

hummel Kit Catalogue

Posted at 10:04

Friday 24 April - Ramadan Mubarak / St George's Day

Everyone connected with the club would like to wish all of our Muslim players, supporters and followers Ramadan Mubarak.

We'd also like to wish everyone a belated Happy St George's Day which, of course fell yesterday.

Posted at 09:14

Wednesday 22 April - Betty Allinson charity cycle ride

Lee and Faye Allinson's 5-year old daughter, Betty, a regular sight at all our home matches, is celebrating being able to cycle without stabilisers by raising funds for Garden House Hospice Care.

Betty is looking for sponsorship to ride a mile a day during the lockdown for the Hospice, where her Nanny works and who, due to the lockdown, have had to suspend fundraising activities.

The Hospice provides specialist palliative care for patients, families and carers facing life limiting illnesses, to enable them to have the best possible quality of life by providing care and support in the setting of their choice, without discrimination.

If you'd like to support Betty on her cycle ride and help her towards her fundraising target, her Just Giving page can be found at the link below.

Betty Allinson Just Giving

Posted at 12:07

Wednesday 22 April - Free Season Tickets for Hendon Youth Again

We're delighted to be able to confirm that following the success of last season's offer, the club will once again be offering all Hendon Youth Team Players free season tickets for first-team home league matches.

The ticket, which allows all players plus an accompanying adult free entry to league matches, will be made available to every single player and reaffirm the football club's commitment to Hendon Youth and Silver Jubilee Park to bring everyone together.

Next season sees an unprecedented 26 boys and girls teams playing under the Hendon name, meaning that more players than ever before will be proudly wearing the Hendon FC badge at training and matches.

We look forward to welcoming as many of these players and their families to SJP for first-team matches during the 2020/1 season as possible.

Posted at 10:10

Tuesday 21 April - Joe White Q&A

The players' Q&A ploughs on, full steam ahead with goal machine Joe White undergoing the interrogation today. Take it away, Joe...

Best football memory? Signing my first pro contract

Most embarrassing football moment? Taking a free kick in a cup final and kicking the floor and not the ball

Messi or ronaldo? Ronaldo done it everywhere hess been

If you had to be on lockdown with 3 players who would it be and why? Percy and Corcs they're too funny together, & Brooksy probably speak to him the most

Who wouldn't you want to be on lockdown with and why? Northy way too intelligent for me

Best looking in your dressing room? Got to be Tommy Smith

Worst trainer? Tommy Smith really is bad

Slowest player? Tommy Smith

Most skilful? Percy

What made you join Hendon? The gaffer and the boys I already knew made me start enjoying football again

Favourite singer / band? Lil TJay

Favourite takeaway? Italian

Who did you play for as a youth? Dagenham & Redbridge

What do you like to do in your spare time? Gym and sleep

Snog , Marry , avoid - a teammate? None dodgy question

Biggest influence in your football career? My parents drive me everywhere for football

Worst dress sense? Percy for what he puts on his feet

Hendon 5 a side team? Northy, Forbesy, Shaun, Luca, Brooksy

As ever, thanks to Joe for taking the time to provide his answers. He nominated Luca Allinson, but since Luca's already undergone examination, we've chosen Jonathan North to be next up.

Posted at 14:14

Tuesday 21 April - Beat the Manager - Episode 1

Episode 1 of the Beat the Manager series has been uploaded to HFCTV as Lee Allinson has taken on skipper Tommy Brewer.

The 19-minute video includes updates with both Lee and Tommy providing updates on their lockdown activities and fitness during the past month or so as well as the first contest in the series.

The next episode will be uploaded next Tuesday.

Our thanks to Lee, Tommy and Steve Lytton for providing the questions, we hope you enjoy.

Beat the Manager - Allinson v Brewer

Posted at 09:15

Monday 20 April - Beat the Manager - Tomorrow

Tomorrow HFCTV will be presenting the first episode of Beat the Manager, a weekly challenge where Lee Allinson will take on a different player in a 3-question shoot-out quiz.

We begin with a manager v skipper special as Lee takes on Tommy Brewer, question master Steve Lytton will ask each contestant three questions and the winner will score a goal for their team with the teams being Manager v Players.

The competition will continue on a weekly basis over the summer with the next player contestant to be nominated by his team-mate.

Posted at 08:21

Monday 20 April - Liam Brooks Q&A

Forward Liam Brooks has taken the Q&A challenge after being nominated by Luca Allinson, the answers to which we're delighted to present below.

Best football memory? Beating Merthyr and giving it to their fans after beating them in the play off semi final.

Most embarrassing football moment? Can't think of anything so just say being on bench in cup final. Wasn't embarrassed though I was angry

Messi or Ronaldo? Messi

If you had to be on lockdown with 3 players who would they be and why? Percy, he has everyone in stitches every time then Corcs and Tommy Brewer so we can just drink and laugh at PK.

Who wouldn't you want to be on lockdown with and why? Simeon, he's so dumb he'll do my head in

Best looking in your changing room? I can't decide between Shaun, LP or Luca

Worst Trainer? Tommy Brewer, guy is not serious one bit in training

Slowest Player? Tommy Smith

Most skilful? Shaun

What made you join Hendon? We all had a good bond at Biggleswade when Lee told me he was moving on and going to try and get the lads to come over it was a no-brainer

Favourite Singer / Band? Meek Mill

Fabourite Takeaway? Chinese

Who did you play for as a Youth? Luton

What do you do in your spare time? Play PlayStation & gym

Snog / Marry / Avoid, 3 team-mates? This is fruity count me out

Biggest influence in your football career? My dad he will push me to try and get the best out of me every time, even down to now he will never praise me always finding faults

Worst dress sense? Percy, he thinks crocs are acceptable

Hendon 5-a-side team? Northy, Eddie, Forbesy, Shaun, Joe W

Huge thanks to Brooksy for taking time out and providing his answers, he's nominated Joe White to be next up and we'll bring his answers tomorrow.

Posted at 08:17

Saturday 18 April - Player of the year vote reminder

There is just over 24 hours remaining for supporters to register their vote for the Supporters Player of the Year.

To make you choice, please email Sandra Wood on sewood50@gmail.com.

The vote closes at 9pm tomorrow evening and the result will be announced sometime next week. We'll confirm the details of that in due course when it's all been finalised.

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Friday 17 April - Luca Allinson Q&A

The player's Q&As continue to come thick and fast, today we're keeping it in the family as Luca Allinson is the player to get the grilling.

Best football memory? Playing against Luton at Kenilworth Road

Most embarrassing football moment? Probably coming off at half time for Biggleswade with a downstairs issue...

Messi or Ronaldo? Messi all day long

If you had to be on lockdown with 3 players who would it be and why? Percy and Corcs are an unbelievable duo so would have to be them two and Tommy Brewer just to lift things

Who wouldn't you want to be on lockdown with and why? Liam Brooks... love him but a bad influence

Best looking in your dressing room? Shaun Lucien although Corcs looks very nice in a Reiss suit

Worst trainer? Would be unfair not to say Tommy Brewer.. never seen him at training so would have to be him

Slowest player? Easily Tommy Smith, moves faster with a brace on his leg

Most skilful? Shaun or Percy

What made you join Hendon? Lee told me I wouldn't get fed again so it was an easy decision

Favourite singer / band? Whoever sings I’m closing at Winter Wonderland

Favourite takeaway? Pizza

Who did you play for as a youth? Stevenage & Biggleswade

What do you like to do in your spare time? Bit of a gamer

Snog, Marry, Avoid - a teammate? I'd snog Joe White so I could tell the Grandkids, marry Corcs for the money and avoid Simeon

Biggest influence in your football career? My Mum and Lee

Worst dress sense? Joe White, don't think he owns a pair of jeans

Hendon 5 a side team? Northy, Forbsy, Corcs, Brooksy & Joe White

Many thanks to Luca for his time in answering the survey, he's nominated Liam Brooks to go next, look out for that one sometime tomorrow.

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Thursday 16 April - Lucas Perry Q&A

The player's Q&A continue today with left-back Lucas Perry taking on the challenge and meeting it head on.

Best football memory? Getting to the play off final for Barton in the first year of men's football

Most embarrassing football moment? Scoring an own goal in the last 5 mins for Biggleswade against Barwell

Messi or Ronaldo? Messi

If you had to be on lockdown with 3 players who would it be and why? Percy & Corcs because their relationship kills me every time & Tommy Brewer

Who wouldn't you want to be on lockdown with and why? Probably Tingey cos he's quiet

Best looking in your dressing room? Gotta go with Luca & I know Tommy Brewer does a bit too

Worst trainer? Tommy Brewer as he's always getting rubs

Slowest player? Corcs

Most skilful? Percy

What made you join Hendon? I feel I was playing my best football with Lee & had a good relationship with him. Also the boys that came over with me I have a good relationship with all of them and enjoy playing with them

Favourite singer / band? Nafe Smallz

Favourite takeaway? Chinese

Who did you play for as a youth? Luton Town

What do you like to do in your spare time? I like going for meals & watching the NBA

Song, marry, avoid - a teammate? No comment

Biggest influence in your football career? That would be my mum as she’s taken me everywhere when I was younger and still comes to most my games now

Worst dress sense? That has got to be Eddie and that burgundy vest with watching pants

Hendon 5 a side team? Northy, Percy, Sol, Brooksy & Shaun

Many thanks to LP for taking the time out to provide his answers, Lucas has nominated Luca Allinson to go next and we'll bring you his answers tomorrow.

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Wednesday 15 April - 2019/20 club records to stand

After a few enquiries over the past couple of days, we can confirm that all player and match records from this season will stand and not be expunged from the club record.

The feeling is that although the FA has taken the decision to expunge the league records of all clubs this term, we will treat this season in the same manner as previous incomplete seasons with all results, appearances and goalscorers continuing to form part of the club records.

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Wednesday 15 April - Percy Kiangebeni Q&A

Next to take up the Q&A challenge is midfielder Percy Kiangebeni, who joined the club in January on-loan from Colchester United and quickly settled in with his all-action displays in the middle of the park.

Best football memory? Playing in the FA Sunday Cup final

Most embarrassing football moment? Enfield Town, I brought my friends to watch and I was named on the bench

Messi or Ronaldo? Messi

If you had to be on lockdown with 3 players who would it be and why? Sam (Corcoran) Sam and Sam he's just tooo funny

Who wouldn't you want to be on lockdown with and why? Luke T - he'd just stare into my eye balls

Best looking in your dressing room? Me by a country mile

Worst trainer? Joe White

Slowest player? Joe White

Most skilful? Shaun

What made you join Hendon? Lee always gets a good set of boys and I knew he’d look after me

Favourite singer / band? Abra cadabra

Favourite takeaway? Chinese

Who did you play for as a youth? No team

What do you like to do in your spare time? Work hard

Snog , Marry , avoid - a teammate. No comment

Biggest influence in your football career? Michael Owen

Worst dress sense? Sam C

Hendon 5 a side team? Sam, Shaun, Sol, Luca, Brooksy

Many thanks to Percy, next in the hotseat will be Lucas Perry.

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Tuesday 14 April - Sam Corcoran Q&A

sam Corcoran has become the 4th player to undertake the HFC Question and Answer session, which we're delighted to present below.

Best football memory? Making my professional debut.

Most embarrassing football moment? The famous free kick slip.

Messi or Ronaldo? Messi

If you had to be on lockdown with 3 players who would it be and why? Percy for the comedy and he needs taking care of,

Tommy Brewer to wind Percy up and Brooksy to finish off the carnage

Who wouldn’t you want to be on lockdown with and why? Tingey and Forbes - I like them both but it's weird - they sit next to each other in the changing room and have never spoken.

Best looking in your dressing room? Luca and Shaun are beautiful fellas.

Worst trainer? Joe White - the man is the complete opposite to how he is in a game.

Slowest player? Tommy Smith cannot move.

Most skilful ? Percy - for someone who can't pass it's amazing how skilful he is.

What made you join Hendon? Both managers who II played under in my time, firstly Jimmy but decided to come back because of Lee.

Favourite singer / band? Ronan Keating and Backstreet Boys

Favourite takeaway? Indian

Who did you play for as a youth? Colchester United

What do you like to do in your spare time? Carer for Percy

Snog , Marry , avoid - a teammate Snog - would love to snog Northy, Marry - Lucas Perry or Forbes just lovely men aren’t they, Avoid - Tommy Smith he's a bad egg

Biggest influence in your football career? My mum would drive me up and down the country 3 times a week growing up so without her I wouldn’t be playing.

Worst dress sense? Seen Sol in a rascal top or two

Hendon 5 a side team ? North, Eddie, Shaun, Forbes, Joe White

Big thanks to Corcs for taking part. To help clear up the mystery from question 2, Sam was the white shirted number 6 in the below clip.

Sam Corcoran, Free Kick Wizard

Sam's kindly nominated Percy Kiangebeni to take the exam next up, we'll bring you Percy's answers in the next couple of days.

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Monday 13 April - Shaun Lucien Q&A

The third in our player Q&A series sees winger and scorer of the spectacular, Shaun Lucien under the microscope. Take it away, Shaun!

Best Football Memory? Joining Brentford. Being local, as a kid Brentford was my team and first ever proper football match I went to watch.

Most Embarrassing Football Moment? Ummm probably me telling all my family and friends to watch me in the FA Cup 1st round for St Albans and was named on the bench

Messi or Ronaldo? Messi all day long. Football genius.

If you had to be on lockdown with 3 players who would it be and why? Solomon Sambou is like my brother so him, Percy and Sam Corcoran because the two of them have me in stitches

Who wouldn't you want to be on lockdown with and why? I love him, but Tommy Brewer he's too hyper he'd drive me crazy.

Best looking in the dressing room? It's either Young Luca or Lucas Perry the two leftys

Worst trainer? Tommy Brewer he spends most sessions on the physio bed

Slowest player? Tiny, aka Tommy Smith I don't think I've seen him sprint or if he's even able too.

Most skillful? Percy loves a drop of the shoulder and a stepover. It's always funny when he does it in our defensive third and the Gaffer goes mental.

What made you join Hendon? I've worked with Lee for nearly 5 years now and he's a top manager and great person we have a good relationship. So when he came here It was a no-brainer for me.

Favourite singer / band? All time favourite has to be the legend Stevie Wonder but current favourite is Lil Keed

Favourite takeaway? Thai

Who did you play for as a youth? Brentford

What do you like to do in your spare time? I like going for dinners and spending time with Family and Friends.

Snog, Marry, Avoid - a teammate? Snog is tough, I'd definitely Marry Luke Tingey he's very very quiet and I like a peaceful life. I'd have to avoid whoever I snogged as it would be too awkward in the changing room after.

Worst dress sense? Eddie Oshodi does have a dodgy burgundy vest with matching pants. But Percy has come in wearing a light blue tracksuit with light blue crocs, so it has to be PK

Hendon 5 a side team? Northy, Percy, Sambou. Brooksy. Joe White.

Our thanks to Shaun for his time, he's nominated Sam Corcoran, we'll bring you Sam's answers tomorrow.

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Sunday 12 April - Player of the year vote

Although the season has come to an abrupt end, the Supporters Association are taking votes for the annual Supporters' Player of the Year.

To register your vote, simply email your choice to Sandra Wood at sewood50@gmail.com. Voting closes at 9pm on Sunday 19th April.

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Saturday 11 April - Silverware still on for Greens

The London FA has today released a statement confirming that the London FA Competition finals have not been cancelled in spite of the league season having been terminated due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The statement reads:

"The London FA Cups and Competitions Committee would like to inform all that the 2020 London FA Finals are not cancelled.

"A review of how to proceed will be decided in the coming weeks.

"We intend on honouring these cup finals, allowing our clubs to have their special day and the opportunity to compete for the London Cup trophy as long as it does not cause too much disruption for the start of the 2020/1 season."

This means that as things stand, our game with Balham in the quarter final of the London Senior Cup is due to take place on a date to be advised in due course.

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Thursday 09 April - Grounds for Memories - Free Download

Programme editor Nigel Kyte, with the help of Eddie Edwards, has made available a second compilation of matchday programme articles available for free download from the Supporters Association website.

Grounds For Memories features venues no longer used where Hendon played in years gone by. Excellently written as one would expect from David Ballheimer, each article is illustrated with images of the grounds.

The compilation can be downloaded as a pdf direct from the website or from the below link.

Grounds for Memories Download

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Thursday 09 April - Hendon receive Charter Community Club Status

We are delighted to announce that Hendon Football Club and Hendon Youth FC have been awarded Charter Community Club status by the FA following our Annual Health Check.

A number of criteria had to be met including ensuring that all of our coaches and volunteers meet DBS checks and safeguarding rules, are fully FA qualified and members of the Licensed Coaches organisation.

The Charter Community Club status is the highest award the club can acheive and we are proud to have been awarded the status. Our thanks go to all of those that worked so hard to get us to this level.

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Wednesday 08 April - In-depth interview with Lee Allinson

Steve Lytton and Lee Allinson took time out during the lockdown to discuss a raft of things during an interview for HFCTV.

The interview, which is around 40 minutes long, takes in Lee's pathway into football coaching and management, his youth-team days, his time at Hendon and thoughts around the current situation with the league season coming to an end.

To accompany the interview is a montage of a number of images from Derek Beech and Faye Allinson from the campaign.

Our thanks to Steve, Lee, Derek and Faye for making this available.

Lee Allinson in-depth interview

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Sunday 05 April - Tommy Smith Q&A

The second in our series of Q&As has taken place with centre-half Tommy Smith undergoing the interrogation spotlight.

Best Football Memory? Joining Hendon FC

Most Embarrassing Football Moment? Gloucester Away FA Trophy, tried flicking ball back to keeper off my head and it came off my long neck and the striker ran through and scored.

Messi or Ronaldo? Ronaldo. Done it in multiple countries.

If you had to be on lockdown with 3 players who would it be and why? 2 lads I know could have a good drink with Tommy Brewer & Brooksy then Luca because he can get us the beers from the fridge.

Who wouldn't you want to be on lockdown with and why? GK coach big Alf. Not because I don't not love him just don’t know what the bloke gets up to behind closed doors.

Best looking in the dressing room? Has to be Joe White

Worst trainer? Eddie Mac would say me, but he doesn't know what he's talking about. It’s 100% Tommy Brewer

Slowest player? Corcs hands down

Most skillful? Me then close 2nd Shaun Lucien

What made you join Hendon? I’ve played for Lee for a while now and he's a great manager. Always believed in me and has been there for me through a tough couple of injury spells so it was a no brainer when he asked me to join.

Favourite singer / band? Elton John

Favourite takeaway? Curry

Who did you play for as a youth? Not one of those guys who were at pro clubs like my fellow peers, so if I told you, you wouldn't know who they were anyway.

What do you like to do in your spare time? I enjoy watching Tommy Brewer's boomerangs & also like a round of golf.

Snog, Marry, Avoid - a teammate? I'd snog Luca, would be his first kiss. I'd marry Shaun Lucien because he'd treat me right. Would definitely avoid Brooksy, loose cannon.

Worst dress sense? Eddie Oshodi. Purely for his red vest.

Hendon 5 a side team? Northy, Eddie Oshodi, Forbsey, Luca, Joe White

Big thanks to Tommy for his answers, and he's nominated Shaun Lucien as the next player to undergo the Spanish inquisition.

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Saturday 04 April - Tommy Brewer Q&A

We have launched the first in a series of Q&A sessions with the players and are kicking things off with our skipper, Tommy Brewer, who has answered a number of questions about his footballing career.

Best Football Memory? Sitting on the bench at Old Trafford in the 5th round of the FA Cup with the Crawley boys. I was 17 I think. A surreal day.

Most Embarrassing Football Moment? Getting sent off at Hampton for Tonbridge after 15 minutes was probably the lowest I've felt for a long time.

Messi or Ronaldo? Love Ronaldo but Messi for me.

If you had to be on lockdown with 3 players who would it be and why? Brooksy, we would get slaughtered together. Sam Corcoran and Percy.

Who wouldn't you want to be on lockdown with and why? Eddie Oshodi .I think he would do my head in with his theories on everything.

Best looking in the dressing room? Not cause he's my little brother but Luca wins that for me, followed by Shaun Lucien.

Worst trainer? This is me by a mile

Slowest player? Tommy Smith. I don't think he's celebrated a goal with us because he can't make it in time.

Most skillful? Percy

What made you join Hendon? I'll he perfectly honest here I hated football but I knew what a good group of boys Lee had at Biggleswade so I knew it would be a good option for me. I've been proved right it's a big family

Favourite singer / band? Notorious BIG/ Coldplay if I had to choose a band.

Favourite takeaway? Love a Thai.

Who did you play for as a youth? Who didn't I play for?!! Brentford & Crawley.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Post a Boomerang on Instagram or go to the gym.

Snog, Marry, Avoid - a teammate? I'd snog Corcs because I know he would. I'd marry Lucas Perry because he's so chilled out and would never answer me back and I would definitely avoid Brooksy as he's out of control

Worst dress sense? Percy by a mile

Hendon 5 a side team? Northy, Shaun, Luca, Percy, Brooksy

Thanks to Tommy for those illuminating answers! He's nominated Tommy Smith to answer the same set of questions next up, we'll bring them to you in the next few days.

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Thursday 02 April - Hendon FC Away Days - Free Download

Programme editor Nigel Kyte, with the help of Eddie Edwards has compiled 29 stories from this season's 'Away Days' feature in the matchday programme into a free download that is now available from the Supporters Association Website.

The compliation can be downloaded as a pdf direct from the website or from the below link.

Hendon Away Days

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Thursday 02 April - Video review of the season

The guys at HFCTV have put together a short video review of the season from November onwards with Lee Allinson that is now available on the HFCTV YouTube channel.

The club would like to pass on their thanks to Cyrus Cooper, who has filmed and put together the highlights packages all season, as well as our roving interviewers, Steve Lytton and Jatin Guntupalli, for continuing to improve the level of video coverage for the club.

The video can be found at the below link.

HFCTV Review of the season with Lee Allinson

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