News - May 2014

Saturday 31 May - Oliver Sprague joins permanently

We are pleased to announce our first new arrival of the summer, as Oliver Sprague has joined permanently from Northwood.

Oliver, who is a left back, made a solitary appearance for us last season in the 3-2 defeat at home to Grays Athletic whilst on a dual-registration, and Gary McCann has moved swiftly to secure his services following the departure of Jack Bennett.

We are delighted to welcome Oliver to the squad, and hope that he enjoys being part of the club.

Posted at 09:02

Friday 30 May - Friendly at Tring arranged

Our sixth pre-season friendly has been arranged, which will be a trip to Tring Athletic on Tuesday 22nd July.

The game at Cow Lane will kick off at 7.45pm.

Posted at 17:02

Thursday 29 May - Wingate & Finchley reprieved

The Isthmian League have confirmed this morning that Wingate & Finchley have been reprieved from relegation.

The reshuffle of the pyramid at Steps 3 & 4 by the FA's Leagues Committee was prompted by the knock-on effects of the resignation of Worksop Town from the Northern Premier League Premier Division last week.

Wingate & FInchley were the Step 3 club with the best record on a points per game basis from the 2013-14 season, and were thus handed the reprieve. As a result, Hayes & Yeading United will now join the Southern League. There has been further reshuffling between the Southern and Northern Premier Leagues as well.

In a related matter, Hayes & Yeading are appealing against their relegation from Conference South. Should they be successful, Oxford City will take their place at Step 3 and will enter the Southern League instead to ensure that a further reallocation is not required.

At Step 4, Ware have been moved back to Ryman Division One North, having been moved to the Southern League, and the resulting space at Step 4 created by Worksop's resignation at has been taken by Kidsgrove Athletic. Again, there has been some reshuffling between the Southern and Northern Premier Leagues.

It is hoped that this will be the last changes to the Constitution but this will not be finalised until the Isthmian League Annual General Meeting on Sunday 15 June.

Posted at 12:05

Thursday 29 May - Friendly at London Soccer Dome

A fifth friendly has been arranged, which will be against Erith & Belvedere on Friday 11th July.

The game will be played at the London Soccer Dome, which is just a couple of minutes walk from North Greenwich station, and will kick off at 7.45pm.

We will advise nearer the time what, if any, spectator facilities are available.

Posted at 11:53

Wednesday 28 May - Hendon Green & Gold 5 - John Swannell

This piece starts with a non-apology to manager Gary McCann - you are not the all-time No.1 goalkeeper in the eyes of veteran Hendon fans. You have to give top-billing to possibly the greatest goalkeeper in English amateur football history, John Swannell, Hendon's goalkeeper from 1963-74 and briefly in 1980-81.

As a student, John played in two professional matches, both in the early years of the Football League Cup, for Stockport County and Crystal Palace, but was keener to pursue his career in engineering than turning professional. At Corinthian-Casuals, John got a grounding that would hold him in good stead throughout his career. Hendon, amongst other clubs, followed his progress with the Casuals and when they joined the Isthmian League in 1963, John signed up.

By modern standards, John would be considered small for a goalkeeper, and in those days he was merely a little below average in height, but he was well-built and able to look after himself. An outstanding shot-stopper, he was brilliant at organising his defence and rarely got his angles wrong. When it came to the hurly-burly of the six-yard box at set-pieces, John was not afraid to punch and his technique was excellent.

His first season at Claremont Road saw a great challenge for the League title, but Wimbledon pipped the Greens and there was no glory in the FA, Amateur or Middlesex Senior Cups. However, he kept a clean sheet in the London Senior Cup final, a 1-0 victory over Enfield. In 1964-65, Hendon carried all before them, winning the League - with a 4-1 victory over Enfield in a playoff - and the FA Amateur Cup, a 3-1 defeat of Whitby Town at Wembley, and Middlesex Senior Cup. Another highlight came at Highbury when Arsenal were beaten 4-3 in the London Challenge Cup. John was injured during the Amateur Cup run and missed a few matches, but still played 47 times during the season, including all the key finals, and made his England debut.

John's England career was outstanding and his total of 60 caps earned while at Hendon is the all-time one-club record - Rod Haider won 55 while at Hendon, having won 10 with Kingstonian. He also was also first choice for the Great Britain Olympic team in an era when eastern Europe dominated amateur football with their full internationals being eligible as amateurs, usually through serving in the military or police forces. He was one of four Hendon players who played against West Germany in a qualifying round match at Claremont Road in 1967.

Hendon slipped a little from their mid-decade perch as the very best in the Isthmian League in the second half of the 1960s, but were still a strong team. In the 1970s, however, the Greens returned to the top and Swannell played a massive part in the resurgence. After winning a second Amateur Cup in 1972, Hendon's defence in the next two seasons was exceptional. In the 1972-73 season, when the Greens were undefeated until the 39th match, Hendon conceded just 18 goals, none from set-pieces.

In 1973-74, Hendon reached the third round proper of the FA Cup and went out after a replay against finalists-to-be Newcastle United. Multiple cup runs meant the Rothmans Isthmian League campaign took a back-seat. A three-day working week and electricity rationing in February, saw Hendon have a very busy end-of-season schedule. The Greens finished two points behind Wycombe Wanderers in the league, having conceded just 20 goals. So in 84 League matches over two seasons, Hendon conceded just 38 goals, less than one every two games.

John left Hendon in the summer of 1974 to join Leatherhead and enjoyed another long FA Cup run with the Tanners, reaching the fourth round proper. After half a dozen seasons at Fetcham Grove, John returned for a last hurrah at Hendon. On Tuesday 16 December 1980, aged 41 (41 days short of his 42nd birthday), John played his last Hendon League match, a 3-2 win over Hitchin Town. In fact, he wasn't finished with football and continued to play, ending with veterans matches, until he was in his mid-50s.

Born: 26 January 1939

Joined Hendon: Summer 1963

Left Hendon: Summer 1974, rejoined 1980, left in season 1980–81

Appearances: 594

Winners' medals: FA Amateur Cup 1964-65, 1971-72; Isthmian League Champions 1964-65, 1972-73; Barassi Cup 1972-73; London Senior Cup 1963-64 1968-69, Middlesex Senior Cup 1964-65, 1966-67, 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74

Posted at 19:04

Tuesday 27 May - Jack Bennett joins Margate

It has been announced this afternoon that Jack Bennett has signed for Margate on a two year contract.

The 23 year old signed for us in February 2013 upon his return from studying in the USA, and made his debut in the 2-1 win at Hampton & Richmond Borough at the end of that month.

This season he made the number 3 shirt his own, and ended up making a total of 58 appearances, scoring 6 goals, some of which were spectacular.

Jack leaves with our very best wishes for the future, and grateful thanks for his efforts during his time with us.

Posted at 19:24

Saturday 24 May - Gary on Non League Show tomorrow

Gary McCann will be appearing on the Non League Show on BBC Radio Five Live at 5:00am tomorrow morning.

For those unable to be up at that early hour, the show will later be available to listen again on BBC iPlayer, or for downloading as a podcast.

For more information please go to the BBC Non League Show page on the BBC website - link below.

BBC Non League Show

Posted at 20:33

Friday 23 May - Another friendly confirmed

We are now able to confirm another pre-season friendly which will be a trip to Leverstock Green.

The game will be on Thursday 24th July, kicking off at 6.30pm, and will give us a chance to come up against our former goalkeeping coach Paul Faulkner who is assistant manager at Leverstock.

Posted at 16:40

Friday 23 May - First friendlies confirmed

Gary McCann has been very busy putting the pre-season training and friendly schedule together over the past few weeks.

We have confirmed three games this week, and hope to confirm more in the next few days.

The games that have been confirmed are all away from home, to Southern League Division One Central side Uxbridge on Saturday 26th July at 3.00pm, to their divisional rivals Northwood on Tuesday 29th July at 7.30pm and to Conference South side Staines Town on Saturday 2nd August at 3.00pm.

There are of course Hendon connections at Uxbridge and Northwood where Tony Choules and Mark Burgess are the respective managers.

Posted at 11:41

Friday 23 May - Supporters Association & Supporters Trust AGM's

As in previous years the AGM's of the Supporters Assocation and Supporters Trust will take place on the same evening.

The date this year is Tuesday 29th July at 8.00pm, and the meetings will take place in the clubhouse at Silver Jubilee Park, commencing with the Supporters Association meeting, followed immediately by the Supporters Trust meeting.

Full details of the AGM's will be sent out to the members of the respective associations nearer the time.

Posted at 09:05

Thursday 22 May - Hendon Green & Gold 4 - Bontcho Guentchev

Few players have made as big an impact on Hendon FC starting as few matches as Bontcho Guentchev. On paper, his statistics don't suggest he was anything more than an ageing former professional star playing out the end of his career; the reality could not be more different. Talk to any Hendonplayer who was coming through the ranks in the late 1990s and appeared with him and there is almost hero worship, because Bontcho left such a massive impression on them, not just with his achievements, but with his personality.

The story started with a summer's afternoon in the Hendon FC offices at Claremont Road in 1999, when a representative of Bontcho Guentchev approached club secretary Graham Etchell. It is not unusual for players and/or their agents to make such an approach, though normally their tales of stardom in this country or the other and their international experience belong in novels.

Not with Bontcho: he did win the Bulgarian League title (with Etur), he did play in a World Cup semi-final (Bulgaria v Italy, 1994, replacing Hristo Stoichkov after 78 minutes - check the FIFA website, we did), he did play in the Portuguese top division (for Sporting Lisbon) and he also played in England for Ipswich Town and Luton Town. Why Hendon? The answer was simple, when people say they "live down the road," it can be a couple of miles; in Bontcho’s case is was a few hundred yards, on Claremont Road, where he had moved on joining Luton. He had moved back to Bulgaria, but his two children, Lubomir and Iavor, and wife Sylvia, stayed in England with the boys at a Premiership club's academy, and Bontcho missed them.

Nine months after scoring for CSKA Sofia in the UEFA Cup against Atletico Madrid, Bontcho made his Isthmian League debut, away to Slough Town, a 1-1 draw memorable for a "Freddie Hyatt special" free-kick. His home debut came a week later at home to Canvey Island and Bontcho celebrated it with an overhead scissors kick after five minutes. The keeper never moved as the ball flew into the roof of the net.

The Greens reached the FA Cup second round proper in 1999-2000, and Bontcho was named as a substitute in every tie until the 2-0 defeat at Blackpool. He came off the bench three times, most effectively when he scored the second goal as Hendon ended Bath City's record as the last unbeaten team that season in English senior football. At Bloomfield Road, a match the Greens were within an inch or so of winning, Bontcho started and hit the underside of the crossbar with an effort that would have gone down as one of the most spectacular goals in FA Cup history, then saw Tony Caig make a miraculous save from another thundering volley.

A year later, Bontcho played 45 minutes in goal when Richard Wilmot broke his arm (he played for 15 minutes knowing the seriousness of the injury) after half an hour at Carshalton. In the dressing room, Bontcho told manager Frank Murphy "I played in goal in Bulgaria," so he was given the gloves instead of the regular stand-in keeper Simon Clarke. Trailing 1-0 Bontcho was brilliant marshalling the defence, though his chest control, turn and dribble past a Robins forward was pure show-boating. Nonetheless the Greens came back to win a memorable game 2-1. The 2000–01 season was not a happy one as the weather and Claremont Road pitch ensured we played only 40 of 42 matches. Bontcho put his hand up more than most in that crazy spell, starting nine of 15 matches in 33 days and making four substitute appearances (he scored five goals too).

After a spell at Carshalton, Bontcho played with London Bulgaria before returning to Hendon in 2006 as player-coach under Gary McCann. He made 11 appearances in 2006-07, aged 42 and scored his final goal in a 2-1 Middlesex Senior Cup defeat against Hayes at Claremont Road (the Club's final County Cup tie at our old home). He did have the rare experience of playing with both his sons - though there were never three Guentchevs on the pitch at the same time in a competitive match. Work commitments meant he spent much of the following season back in Bulgaria. The family has returned to Bulgaria, with Iavor and Lubomir now playing for Bontcho's old club Etur.

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Born: 7 July 1964

Joined Hendon: Summer 1999

Left Hendon: Season 2008–09

Appearances: 83 (36 starts, 47 subs)

Goals: 12

Winners’ medals: none

Posted at 16:55

Monday 19 May - World Cup Prediction Competition

As a prelude to the main prediction competition for next season, a World Cup version will be running to raise funds that will go directly to the playing budget.

The competition has been organised by Paul Butler, and 40% of the entry fees will go straight into the playing budget for the new season. Entry costs just £5.

If you are interested in taking part, please email Paul on and he will send you the entry form. Please invite your friends, family and work colleagues to enter as well - the more entries we get, the more we can add to the budget for next season - and also the bigger the prize fund!

Posted at 09:48

Sunday 18 May - Hendon Green & Gold 3 - Iain Dowie

Iain Dowie's place in Hendon folklore is assured, especially in the way he ended his career at Claremont Road. In November 1988, Luton Town paid Hendon a club record fee for the striker, who had already netted 27 goals in just 30 appearances.

When Iain joined the Club from St Albans City - he had also played for his hometown Hatfield Town and Cheshunt - at the beginning of November 1986, he was still a student, doing an engineering degree, with a focus on rocket technology. (which, of course, proves that football and rocket science go hand in hand). His place on the course was sponsored by BAE Systems in Hatfield, for whom he worked.

His Hendon debut came on a Tuesday night, close to his Hertfordshire home, at Top Field, Hitchin. It was more than successful as he scored twice in a 4-1 and one of the goals singled him out as a special talent. Attacking in the inside-right channel, he ran onto a through ball from Dermot Drummy, burst past a defender, who barely moved, and fired a rifle shot across the goalkeeper just inside the far post.

Ineligible to play in the League Cup - Saints had picked him earlier in the competition despite requests not to - he was able to take his place in the Hendon team for the run in the GMAC Cup, also known as the Premier Inter-League Cup. The Greens enjoyed a fantastic run in the competition's inaugural season, reaching the final where Kettering Town - then one of the strongest sides in the Conference - won 3-1 at Rockingham Road.

Iain had to miss the semi-final at Burton Albion because the match was played on a Sunday and he had a finals exam that day. The club even looked at flying him up to the North Midlands, but he didn't make the 13 who drew 1-1 in a match that was not for the faint-hearted. He played his part in the replay and although he didn't score, the Greens won 3-1. Despite not playing for the first 10 weeks of the season, Iain completed his first Hendon campaign with 23 goals from 46 appearances.

The following season, Hendon made their final appearance at the old Wembley stadium in the Russell Grant Middlesex Charity Cup final, a 2-0 defeat of Wembley. The match on 2 June 1988 was his 56th match of the season, and he scored his 28th goal. But Iain wasn't satisfied with a strike rate of a goal every other game and he worked diligently throughout the off-season with coach Ronnie Duke, a hard taskmaster, but who possessed an outstanding technical and tactical mind.

All the hard work paid off handsomely as he banged in goals at a rate of almost one per match. The Greens made a great start to the Isthmian League campaign, but they were magnificent in the FA Cup, led by Dowie. He grabbed two hat-tricks, against Harwich & Parkeston and Bishop's Stortford, two in the defeat of Braintree Town and one against VS Rugby in a fourth qualifying round replay, which booked Hendon's trip to Reading.

By now a number of Football League clubs were showing great interest in the striker and it was clear that Iain's time at Hendon was coming to an end, though he agreed not to leave the club until the FA Cup run was over. Iain scored Hendon's first goal at Elm Park, but the Greens were beaten 4-2 by the Biscuitmen. Iain's final appearances came in the FA Trophy, an infamous tie against Hayes, in which five players were sent off at Claremont Road. Dowie scored twice in a 3-3 draw, but didn't find the net in the replay, which Hendon won 2-0.

As a professional, one of the few modern players not to use an agent, Iain appeared in more than 400 first-team matches, including 59 for Northern Ireland. Although born in Hatfield, Iain's parents were from Northern Ireland and they watched him play almost every week. His clubs included Luton, QPR, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Southampton and he went on to manage QPR, Crystal Palace, Charlton, Oldham and Coventry, often with his brother Bob - who will appear later in this series - as scout or director of football. Iain is now a football pundit, seen regularly on Sky Sports.

Born: 9 January 1965

Joined Hendon: November 1986

Left Hendon: December 1988

Appearances: 132

Goals: 78

Winners' Medal: Middlesex Charity Cup (1987–88)

Posted at 08:00

Saturday 17 May - Hendon shirt charity auction

Three Hendon shirts, one of which is signed by the 2013-14 squad, have been put up for auction on eBay for charity. All three auctions end within the next couple of days.

The proceeds from the sale will go to Help For Sam, which has been set up to raise funds for a young disabled Wealdstone supporter so that he can get the support that he requires. This has been set up by James Smith, a long time Wealdstone supporter who also has Hendon connections as he was involved in the coaching of one of our youth teams for a number of years.

The three auctions can be found via the links below. Please note that these are shirts from a couple of years ago, not from the season just finished.

Signed Hendon Home Shirt

Hendon Home Shirt

Hendon Away Shirt

Posted at 12:38

Thursday 15 May - Full league list for 2014-15

The full league list for next season includes four teams that we've never faced before.

Coming down from Conference South are Tonbridge Angels and Hayes & Yeading United, the latter of whom we've only faced in friendlies since the merger of Hayes and Yeading. The merged club will be playing at Maidenhead United next season until such time as the old Yeading ground has been redeveloped.

Three of the four promoted sides are new to us, those being Peacehaven & Telscombe in Sussex, VCD Athletic who are based in Crayford near Dartford and Witham Town in Essex. The fourth promoted side are Leatherhead.

The full list for next season is AFC Hornchurch, Billericay Town, Bognor Regis Town, Bury Town, Canvey Island, Dulwich Hamlet, East Thurrock United, Enfield Town, Grays Athletic, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Harrow Borough, Hayes & Yeading United, Hendon, Kingstonian, Leatherhead, Leiston, Lewes, Maidstone United, Margate, Metropolitan Police, Peacehaven & Telscombe, Tonbridge Angels, VCD Athletic, Witham Town.

The new season kicks off on Saturday 9th August, and the fixtures are expected to be released in mid-July.

Posted at 23:27

Thursday 15 May - Ryman League football next season

It has been confirmed this evening that we will be staying in the Ryman League for the 2014-15 season.

The full list of clubs will appear on here late tonight or tomorrow.

Posted at 20:17

Wednesday 14 May - Hendon Green & Gold 2 - Rod Haider

The word legend is overused in football parlance but, in the case of Rod Haider, it is a massive understatement. Rod has a place in England football history as he won 65 England Amateur international caps, and as that tier of football ended in 1974, no one will pass his total (second on the list is another Hendon legend, John Swannell - 60).

Rod joined Hendon from Kingstonian - much to their disappointment - in 1967, having already won 10 England Amateur caps. A tireless worker in midfield, he had the uncanny ability to time his runs into the penalty area to finish off attacks with a goal. Rod's debut came in the opening game of the 1967-68 season, a 5-0 victory over Dulwich Hamlet at Champion Hill, and the first goal came three days later, in a 5-2 defeat of Walthamstow Avenue at Claremont Road.

However, Rod's debut season was his equally-least productive in terms of goals for Hendon. He appeared in 34 League matches and nine cup ties and scored eight goals - the only one of his 12 campaigns in which he failed to register in a knock-out fixture. For the first four seasons, as Hendon slipped from highest echelon of the Isthmian League, Rod was one of the most consistent performers. He had the happy knack of avoiding serious injury and never missed more than half a dozen league matches in any season until he left the club - aged almost 37 - in November 1979.

The first half of the 1970s was Rod's greatest spell. The club captain, he had the honour of leading Hendon out at Wembley Stadium for the 1972 FA Amateur Cup final against Enfield. The Greens scored midway through the first half and, after soaking up huge Es' pressure, sealed the 2-0 win in the last couple of minutes. It was Rod who paraded the Amateur Cup to the Hendon faithful for the third and final time. In 58 League and cup appearances, he scored an astonishing 23 goals - one almost every two-and-a-half games.

Five months later, it was off to Italy as Hendon represented England in the Barassi Cup - dubbed the European Amateur Championship, though it was an Anglo-Italian challenge - and a 1-1 draw against Unione Valdinvole gave Hendon a 3-1 aggregate victory. Rod had scored Hendon's second goal at Claremont Road. Once again, there was Haider lifting a trophy aloft. The Greens enjoyed a very special campaign, winning the Isthmian League championship after an unbeaten run that stretched 38 matches from 8 August to 17 April.

Rod's busiest season was in 1973-74 and he, once again, hit the national headlines. This time it was in the FA Cup because, after 3-0 victories over Barnet (in a fourth-qualifying round replay), Leytonstone and Merthyr Tydfil, Hendon reached the third round proper. There, the Greens were drawn away to Newcastle United and, after conceding a goal to Pat Howard just before half-time, Rod was on the end of a free-kick move to make it 1-1. He nearly grabbed a second late on, but the Magpies held on and won the replay 4-0. Hendon's campaign was arduous in the extreme as a nine-match FA Amateur Cup run ended with a third-round second replay exit at the hands of Leatherhead.

Rod missed only one of 67 matches that season - of which 16 came in 39 days from 9 April 1974. At the end of that season, most of the team moved elsewhere, but Rod stayed loyal to the Club where he had enjoyed so much success. He turned down numerous offers to go elsewhere - he had been offered pro terms earlier in his career - and indeed missed only three matches in the five seasons from 1974-75. His ability to score key goals had been shown in 1969 as he netted the only goal of the London Senior Cup final, and eight years later, as he repeated the feat in the League Cup final against Barking. In addition he scored in one Middlesex Senior Cup final and two Middlesex Charity Cup final wins.

In 1979, Rod was appointed player-manager, a role he took on reluctantly and it was not a huge success. He stopped playing for Hendon in November that year and a little later, was sacked as manager. It was the signal for Rod to move on to pastures new and he had spells as a player and coach at both Harrow Borough and Hayes, before playing veterans football for Corinthian Casuals, finally retiring aged 57!

Born : 23 January 1943

Joined Hendon : Summer 1967

Left Hendon : 1979-80 season

Appearances : 696

Goals : 165

Winner's Medals : FA Amateur Cup (1971-72), Barassi Cup (1972-73), Isthmian League (1972-73), Isthmian League Cup (1976-77), London Senior Cup (1968-69), Middlesex Senior Cup (1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74), Middlesex Charity Cup (1975-76, 1976-77, 1978-79)

(David Ballheimer)

Posted at 07:00

Tuesday 13 May - Scott Cousins joins backroom staff

Gary McCann has announced that Scott Cousins will step up to take over as coach following the departure of Junior Lewis.

Gary said "As I said at the awards evening on Saturday, I am confident that I will be able to keep the majority of the squad from last season, though a lot of them will get offers from other clubs. I think the appointment of Scott Cousins as coach has certainly helped. He will be replacing Junior Lewis who has decided to move on.

"It is my belief that Junior was the best coach in non-league football, but Scott was, for many years, the team captain, so the players know him and what he is about. He has the same coaching ethics as Junior and he will get the chance to put his own plans and styles into place, while still playing the same type of football.

"I will not change the way I want my teams to play and he is of the same opinion. It will be a great chance for him to make a mark in his first coaching job.

"As for the playing side, I believe that the squad doesn't need too much in the way of strengthening. Most of the players have committed to returning which is great news because I feel that we have four each of outstanding central defenders and full-backs - so we have plenty of cover all across the back four.

"Our central midfield was as good as almost any in the Ryman League Premier Division and we showed what we could do up front with the number of goals we scored. We will be looking to bring in a few players, maybe a goalkeeper, a couple of wide players, somebody up front.

"I must be honest I was a bit clouded at the end of last season. I began to wonder if I had taken the Club as far as I could. I had a conversation with Gordon Bartlett which helped to clear my mind and realise there were challenges I could meet here. I love the Club and it has been a big part of my life for so long and I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.

"We have been, for the past four or five years, a Club that has been in transition or going slightly backwards - it is always difficult for a club to move forward when they don't have their own home - but things are in place for a big move forward in the not too distant future. The setting up of the Youth section is very important to me and to the future of the Club.

"The offseason is always a busy time for managers and I have been spending hours on the phone talking to players. It is going to be a real challenge to match what we did last season, but I am confident I will be able to put together a squad which will be more than competitive."

Posted at 07:00

Monday 12 May - New prediction competition launching

The Supporters Association are launching a new Prediction Competition for next season, which will be just £10 to entre.

Every week you have to predict whether matches will end in a home win, away win or a draw. You will get one point for every correct prediction.

The matches will be taken from the Isthmian League (or Southern League if that is where we are allocated), Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two and the FA Cup.

40% of the pot will go direct to the Association, whilst the remainder will be split 30% for 1st, 20% for 2nd and 10% for 3rd. Therefore if 50 people enter, the winner will get £150, 2nd place will get £100, 3rd place will get £50 and the remaining £200 will go to the Association.

Please, please encourage your friends and family to take part. The more people who play, the more you can win and the more funds we raise.

For more information please email John Rice or Chris Hutton at

Posted at 18:00

Sunday 11 May - Gary commits to 2014-15 season

We are delighted to announce that Gary McCann has committed to the club for what will be his 10th full season as manager.

Speaking at the awards evening last night Gary said "I am proud to call these players my team, they have worked hard all season, and marched on despite the difficulties that came their way.

"The fact they kept our season alive until the final four or five games of the season is testament to their commitment to me and the club.

"I am currently talking to the squad about next season, and I am hopeful that they will all be back with us when preseason starts.

"Huge thanks must go to my backroom team of Freddie Hyatt, Junior Lewis and Mark Findley. As we all know Junior is off to pastures new, and he has been an absolute pleasure to work with. We have all learnt so much from him, and hopefully we will keep in touch.

"I spoke to Gordon Bartlett this afternoon about his journey with Wealdstone. The journey they have gone through with the various groundshares and what they have now achieved at their new home in winning the championship needs to be our gauge for our future.

"Next season will be a challenge, we will be looking to better what we have done this season, but it will be difficult. There is a lot of hard work ahead of us - but if we continue to pull together, who knows what we can achieve."

Posted at 09:30

Saturday 10 May - Annual awards presented tonight

The annual awards were presented at Silver Jubilee Park this evening - with a number of presentations being made.

The supporters player of the year was won by Kevin Maclaren, with Chris Seeby and Jack Bennett runners up.

The supporter of the year is Rob Wakeley, who travels down from Telford every weekend to our games, and has also done some valuable research for the website archive.

The players player of the year was Lee O'Leary, a vote in which Chris Seeby and Jack Bennett were runners up.

The management team also picked their player of the year, and their award went to Chris Seeby, who played every minute of all 46 league games this season - something t that we believe no outfield player has done since the 1970s.

The chairman's award went to Steve Rogers, who spends many hours away from matchdays working for the club in his roles as match secretary and website editor.

Finally, two special awards were made.

First of all, the supporters association made a presentation to Mike Hogan, who is retiring as chairman of the association this summer. He has been made life president of the assocation as a mark of the efforts he has put in for so many years for the club.

Secondly, Simon Lawrence made a special presentation to Gary McCann to mark his 500th game as manager of the club. As everyone at the club is aware, Gary first joined us just over 17 years ago as a player, and has been around for the vast majority of the time since, and we hope for many years to come.

Posted at 22:49

Saturday 10 May - Hendon Green & Gold 1 - Dermot Drummy

One of the pleasures of being a fan of a club such as Hendon is that when an exceptional player arrives, has success and moves on to pastures new, is that you can follow his subsequent career and think, maybe my club played a part in this success.

Dermot Drummy arrived at Hendon after being released by Arsenal without playing in the Football League for the Gunners. He had gone on loan to Blackpool, where he played a handful of matches.

Few players in my 40+ years watching the Greens have had the level of skill and confidence that Dermot possessed. A genuinely outstanding winger, his party trick was a dummy when he dropped his hands either side of the ball and shaped to pick it up. Defenders, almost without exception, stopped - at which point Dermot would knock the ball past him, run on and cause chaos in the opposing penalty area.

He left us to sign for Enfield, then in the Conference, and spent just under three seasons with the Es, winning the title in 1985-86. Malcolm Graves, the phantom bugler, was on the Hendon FC Committee in 1986, when Ted Hardy was manager, and he persuaded his fellow members to stump up the money to bring Dermot back to the club in autumn 1986.

Dermot's second League debut came in the same match that Iain Dowie made his first Hendon appearance, and they scored three of the four goals in a trouncing of Hitchin at Top Field. On 2 June 1988, Drummy and Dowie were the scorers as Hendon beat Wembley 2-0 in the Russell Grant Middlesex Charity Cup final at Wembley Stadium, our last visit to the Twin Towers.

It was full circle for Dermot, who had made his Hendon debut in the same competition, a 5-0 demolition of Southall at Western Road. The fathers of three future Hendon players were in that line-up: Peter Deadman, Paul Currie and Jock McGleish (Scott played in our youth team with Darren Currie in 1991-92). Other notable players in Hendon's eleven that night were John Swannell, Gary Hand, former Arsenal team-mate and Double-winner Peter Simpson and Alan Campbell.

Just over thirty years ago, Dermot scored for Hendon in the Will Mather Cup at Whitley Bay (some Hendon fans might just remember the other two scorers in the 3-1 win, Stan Alexander and Billy McMillan).

I have four vivid memories of that day at Hillheads Park. First was Dermot having a goal disallowed for calling for the ball in a London accent. The referee penalised him for calling out without giving a name and when he said to the referee, "I called my name" (he did – I was standing behind the goal and clearly heard "Dermot's"), the referee responded with something along the lines that he hadn't understood.

That evening, the squad went back to their hotel on the Whitley Bay seafront - my stories about the Chinese takeaway and Royal Hotel are not for repeating here - but by the time another supporter and I had played a game of 10-pin bowling in the centre adjacent to the ground, we went back into the clubhouse to find the trophy sitting there. After looking around the clubhouse it was clear no Hendon people remained.

I spoke to the bar manager and told him of our predicament (mobile phones didn't exist in 1983) and asked if it was OK if we took it back to the hotel with us. He said it was OK, so the two of us walked the mile or so through Whitley Bay town centre, past the funfair and along the front and into the hotel proudly carrying the Will Mather Cup - aka the Allaway Brothers Trophy. Once we got into the hotel, the trophy was given to our manager Roy Ruffell.

But, back to Dermot. After brief spells player-managing Finchley and Ware (he shared the role with another former Hendon player Alan Roughan), he hung up his boots in 1996 and returned to work at Arsenal. He gave up driving his taxi and enjoyed much success with the Arsenal youngsters. Dermot joined Chelsea in 2009 and was in charge of their FA Youth Cup winning team in 2010.

(David Ballheimer)

Posted at 08:00

Friday 09 May - Hendon Green & Gold

Those of you who purchase the matchday programme will know that we began a new series of articles about former players - all written by David Ballheimer.

In order to bring them to a wider audience, we will be running these articles throughout the summer on Greensnet - with the first one appearing tomorrow morning.

The series will continue next season in the matchday programme - and we'll do the same next summer.

Posted at 18:01

Friday 02 May - FA Cup & Trophy dates 2014-15

We know that a number of Hendon supporters like to get the FA competition dates in their diaries, and those for the new season have been released.

We will enter the FA Cup in the First Qualifying Round on Saturday 13th September, and the competition then proceeds fortnightly to the First Round.

The FA Trophy campaign will also being in the First Qualifying Round, and that will take place on Saturday 1st November, and also proceed fortnightly throughout with a gap for Christmas.

The full list of dates is as follows

FA Cup First Qualifying Round - Saturday 13th September

FA Cup Second Qualifying Round - Saturday 27th September

FA Cup Third Qualifying Round - Saturday 11th October

FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round - Saturday 25th October

FA Cup First Round - Saturday 8th November

FA Cup Second Round - Saturday 6th December

FA Cup Third Round - Saturday 3rd January

FA Cup Fourth Round - Saturday 24th January

FA Cup Fifth Round - Saturday 14th February

FA Cup Sixth Round - Saturday 7th March

FA Cup Semi Finals - Saturday 18th April

FA Cup Final - Saturday 30th May

FA Trophy First Qualifying Round - Saturday 1st November

FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round - Saturday 15th November

FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round - Saturday 29th November

FA Trophy First Round - Saturday 13th December

FA Trophy Second Round - Saturday 10th January

FA Trophy Third Round - Saturday 24th January

FA Trophy Fourth Round - Saturday 7th February

FA Trophy Semi Final First Leg - Saturday 21st February

FA Trophy Semi Final Second Leg - Saturday 28th February

FA Trophy Final - Sunday 29th March

Posted at 20:00

Thursday 01 May - Hendon Youth

As we have mentioned previously on the website, we are delighted to announce that from next season Hendon FC will have a youth section again.

Fifteen teams from under 8s through to under 15s will be playing in the Harrow Youth League and the Watford Friendly League. That will be over 200 children playing in the green and white of Hendon.

The life blood of any club is the youth section and our primary aim is to connect with the local community around Kingsbury and Hendon and nearly all of the players live in or around the area.

The longer term goal is to develop young players and have them representing the first team and we will do this through our Academy programme.

Most of the teams have been playing under Springfield Youth who have a tradition for giving children opportunities through an ethos which is based on fun and fair play. They have been regular opponents for our youth teams in the past.

Springfield are a club with a great tradition that was formed in the mid 1970s and has been based in Kingsbury for all of that time.

The Springfield committee and players are excited at the prospect of being part of Hendon FC and we should see many new younger fans on the terraces for home games.

We are also to be joined by the AS Southgate team, managed by one of our former youth coaches Marco Armaldi and if they won their final game last Sunday, they will have won their league.

Also joining us with a new side will be former Hendon Youth and U21 managers Eamon Finn and Graeme Bourne.

Our youth programme will be an open and fully inclusive scheme giving opportunities to many youngsters including boys, girls and disability groups.

We aim to use football to aid learning with a fit and active lifestyle and promote social cohesion.

We will be an FA Charter Standard Club from the beginning of next season, and expect to have twenty teams under the Hendon Youth banner within the next two years.

It is also anticipated that we will be organising coaching courses and have in house training days to deliver our own style. Our coaches will have a caring, understanding approach with the children with the responsible view for parents peace of mind.

If you are interested in joining the youth section or require any further information, please email Rob Morris at and he will get back to you as soon as possible.

Posted at 10:36