News - May 2020

Wednesday 27 May - Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health

Tomorrow at 8:05pm the BBC are screening the documentary Football, Prince William and Our Mental Health on BBC1.

The documentary follows Prince William on his journey to bring mental health to the forefront of conversations in and around football and, as part of which, he visited to SJP back in September to learn about the community schemes at Hendon.

Those of you that have seen the trailer on BBC TV over the past 10 days or so will have seen SJP featured, we don't know how heavily his visit will feature but we hope people will tune in and enjoy the programme on what is an emotive subject and one that is at the heart of everything we do at Hendon Football Club.

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Sunday 24 May - Interview with Lee Alllinson

Lee Allinson spoke to Steve Lytton yesterday and the interview is now available on HFCTV after being laid low for a couple of weeks with a serious illness.

In it he talks about his recovery, he announces the results for the April Snowball Lottery, his daughter Betty Leigh's fundraising efforts, his hopes for when pre-season might possibly start and conversations he's had with players.

The 19-minute interview can be found as ever on the HFCTV YouTube channel and at the below link.

Lee Allinson interview

Posted at 18:11

Sunday 24 May - Eid Mubarak

With Muslims around the world celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan this weekend, on behalf of everyone connected with Hendon Football Club we'd like to wish all of our Muslim supporters and followers Eid Mubarak.

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Saturday 23 May - Virtual match ends all square

The Hendon v Hendon Legends virtual match up on Football Manager 2020 this afternoon finished all square following a determined second-half comeback from Lee Allinson's men.

After Joe White had a goal chalked off for offside midway through the first half, Johnny Baker seized on a defensive mistake to open the scoring for the legends. J.H. 'Chummy' Parker added a second 6 minutes before the break to give the Legends a comfortable half-time advantage.

Both sides made plenty of changes at the interval and they were to Hendon's benefit. Shaun Lucien saw his shot saved by Gary McCann and Luca Allinson follow up to reduce the arrears before Lucien himself levelled things up shortly after.

Despite both sides having a number of chances, neither could find the winner.

The afternoon has raised 2,307.13 for the 12th Man Fund - a huge thanks to everyone who contributed and helped set the afternoon uo.

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Saturday 23 May - Virtual match this afternoon

This afternoon sees the live streaming of the virtual match between Lee Allinson's Hendon and Gary McCann's Hendon Legends side simulated on the PC Game Football Manager.

Those that have purchased admission should now have received the link to watch the game via email overnight, if anyone has not received their email please contact John Rogers on johnrogers070@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Ticket sales for the 50/50 draw and admission will continue to be accepted up until 2pm, anything purchased after that time cannot be guaranteed to be processed in time, unfortunately, however anyone wanting a programme download, these will continue to be available on the online club shop.

Coverage will begin at 2:45pm with the announcement of the line-ups and a couple of other bits and pieces.

A huge thanks once again to everyone that has put their time in to making this afternoon happen and to everyone that has contributed so generously towards the fundraising total.

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Friday 22 May - Legends boss announced

WIth less than 24-hours to go until the Hendon v Hendon Legends virtual match that kicks off tomorrow afternoon, the Legends have appointed their manager for the afternoon.

In the virtual dugout pitting his wits against virtual Lee Allinson will be none other than Gary McCann.

Gary needs no introduction to Hendon's supporters having spent more than 13 years in the real dugout at Claremont Road, Vale Farm, Earlsmead and of course, Silver Jubilee Park, making him by far and away the longest serving manager in the club's history.

Already named by supporters as one of the 2 goalkeepers, Gary achieved success on the field not only keeping the club at Step 3 during the homeless nomadic years on a shoestring budget but also contributed memorable FA Cup runs to the 1st round on two occasions, running both Chelmsford City and Aldershot Town extremely close.

Additionally he suffered heartbreak twice in the Isthmian League play-offs, leading teams to the final twice only to lose to big-spending Margate in 2015 and then to Dulwich on penalties in 2018. Aside from that, Gary oversaw triumphs in 3 London Senior Cups, a Middlesex Senior Cup and Isthmian League Cup finals.

Big thanks to Gary for agreeing to allow himself to be part of the afternoon, it remains to be seen whether McCann the virtual manager trusts McCann the virtual goalkeeper with the number 1 shirt.

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Wednesday 20 May - Legends programme available to download

The Hendon v Hendon Legends matchday programme is now available for direct download from the Hendon Supporters Association on-line shop.

All those that pre-ordered the programme should now have recevied their copy via email yesterday, anyone that did not should contact John Rogers at johnrogers070@gmail.com.

The programme includes:

Lee Allinson's programme notes

David Ballheimer's take on the end of the season

David Ballheimer's latest Ground for Memories article on Hayes' Church Road

Nigel Kyte unveils the design for next season's programme

John Rogers looks at Betty Allinson's fundraising efforts

An in-depth look at the Legends Squad including J.H. "Chummy" Parker

Articles from Liam Harding, Neil Jensen & Stuart Fuller

Full set of facts and figures from the 2019/20 campaign

Lots more besides

The programme weighs in at a bumper 44-pages yet is still only 2.50 and available from the below link.

Virtual Match Online Shop

Posted at 08:22

Tuesday 19 May - Rob Morris Interview - Part 2

To mark Mental Health Awareness week, Steve Lytton has spoken with Rob Morris about some of the mental health projects happening at Silver Jubilee Park and what it means to Rob personally.

The interview is now available on the HFCTV YouTube channel and at the below link.

Our thanks again to Rob for his time and Steve for posing the questions.

Rob Morris Interview Part 2

Posted at 10:24

Tuesday 19 May - Silver Jubilee Park TV Launched

The guys at Silver Jubilee Park have launched their own YouTube channel to provide video updates on everything that is happening in and around SJP and the various community projects that are run and supported from the ground.

With this week being Mental Health Awareness week, they are posting videos every day around mental health beginning yesterday with a video about Jimmy Bullard's visit to the HFC Mental Health Team last year and then today all of those that took part in the mental health minute yesterday on behalf of the club.

There are other videos about community teams, ground works and will be updated regularly.

Please subscirbe to the channel and thanks to Rob, Tom and the team at SJP for all of their ongoing work.

SJPTV YouTube Channel Homepage

Posted at 10:04

Tuesday 19 May - Legends virtual match - 4 days to go

With four days to go preparations are ongoing ahead of the Hendon v Hendon Legends virtual match that kicks off on Saturday afternoon at 3pm.

Admission tickets are still available, ticket holders will be emailed a link on Friday evening for the game and those present will also be able to interact during the game via an online chat facility just as you would in the bar or on the terraces at SJP. It's not too late to purchase yours for 10.00.

The matchday programme is nearing completion and instead of the usual 28 pages will be made up of 44 pages, all for the same price of 2.50.

The 50/50 tickets continue to sell well and the prize fund means that one lucky supporter stands to walk away with at least 116.00. Tickets are 1.00 each or you can but 6 for 5.00

We still have 40 x Golden Goal tickets available, each ticket number is drawn at random and if the winning ticket relates to the minute of the opening goal, the holder of that ticket number will win half of the proceeds. Currently that total stands at 25.50. Tickets are only 1.00 each.

Finally, more than 90% of player sponsorships have been sold, we still have the following available at 10.00 each.

Tony Jennings x 2

Bontcho Guentchev x 1

Darren Currie x 2

Ashley Nathaniel-George x 2

Niko Muir x 1

An enormous thanks to everyone that has contributed so far, with a big push over the next few days we hope to be able to exceed the 2000 pound barrier to go towards helping Lee Allinson build a competitive squad next season.

Hendon v Hendon Legends online shop

Posted at 09:37

Saturday 16 May - The 19th Legend

Congratulations to Kim Parker who last night won the auction to nominate a 19th Legend to join the 18 already named with a late bid of 251 pounds.

Kim has nominated his grandfather, J.H. "Chummy" Parker who played for the club during its infancy and Hampstead Town days.

J. H. "Chummy" Parker played for Hampstead Town both before and after World War 1. He began his career with West Hampstead in 1907 and spent a season at Finchley. He made his debut for Hampstead Town in the first ever game at The Avenue Ground in Sept 1912 with his last appearance at end of the 1920/21 season.

A popular, hard-working and hard tackling right-half, he was selected to represent the Middlesex F.A.and received plaudits for his performance in the County's 6-1 win over the Belgian Full International side in Brussels on Christmas Day 1910. Chummy was a builder by trade and with wartime experience in The Royal Engineers, he helped with much of the improvement work undertaken on The Avenue Ground during its short existence.

He was made an Honorary Life Member of the Club in 1922.

Our thanks to Kim and to everyone else that took place in the auction for their generosity and we look forward to Chummy joining his team-mates next Saturday.

Posted at 12:35

Friday 15 May - Auction extended

The closing time of the auction has been extended and will no close at midnight this evening.

To take your chance to bid in the auction which now has just over 9 hours remaining and to beat the current winning bid of £150.00, please follow the below link.

Don't leave your bid too late!

19th Legend Online Auction

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Friday 15 May - 19th Legend Auction - Closes at 6:06pm Tonight

Bidding closes on the online auction for supporters to select their 19th member of the legends time will close at 6:06pm this evening.

The current leading bid is £145 and the winner will be given the opportunity to name either themselves amongst their heroes or alternatively select a player that they feel should have made the original 18-man squad.

To bid, simply follow the link below.

Happy bidding!

19th Legend Online Auction

Posted at 08:39

Thursday 14 May - Shirt Sponsorships Available

We have opportunities available to sponsor our kit for the new season to interested parties.

Bearing in mind the likely economic situation faced by many in the current climate, there are four areas available for your company's name to be displayed.

There is the front of the home shirt, the front of the away shirt, the back of the home shirt and the back of the away shirt.

Interested parties should contact chairman Simon Lawrence at simon.hendon@btinternet.com for pricing and availability.

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Tuesday 12 May - Legends sponsorships selling well

The player sponsorships for the legends squads are selling well with nearly 70% now sold.

Seven players have sold out - John Swannell, Gary McCann, Alan Campbell, Laurie Topp, Dave Diedhiou and Rod Haider whilst the remaining eleven players have the following number of sponsorships available.

Tony Jennings (2)

Gary Hand (1)

Peter Deadman (2)

Elliott Brathwaite (2)

David Hogwood (2)

Bontcho Guentchev (2)

Darren Currie (4)

Ashley Nathaniel-George (2)

John Baker (2)

Iain Dowie (2)

Niko Muir (2)

If you'd like to take any of the remaining sponsors, you can do so for just 10.00 by clicking on the link below.

Hendon v Hendon Legends online shop

Posted at 10:21

Sunday 10 May - Pick the 19th Legend Auction

We have today launched an online auction for supporters to bid to choose the 19th member of the Hendon Legends Squad.

The auction, which will run in the same way as an Ebay auction, will be open until just past 6pm on Friday evening, is open for supporters to lodge a bid, the highest bidder will then be able to select the 19th member of the squad for the match on Saturday 23rd May.

It is then up to the winning bidder whether they want to select a Hendon player of yesteryear that they believe should have made the original 18, or indeed can take their own place in the virtual dressing room amongst their heroes.

To bid for your chance to select the 19th Legend, simply follow the link below.

19th Legend Auction

Posted at 08:59

Saturday 09 May - End of season awards

The 2019/20 end of season awards have been announced and the video hosted by Jatin Guntupalli is now available on the HFCTV YouTube channel.

We won't post any spoilers for now - congratulations to all those that won, you will receive your awards in due course when we are able to.

The video can be found at the below link.

Hendon Football Club End of Season Awards

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Saturday 09 May - Legends Match passes 1k raised

Since being formally launched last weekend, the Hendon v Hendon Legends virtual match has seen the 1,000 pound mark passed in terms of monies raised for the 12th Man Fund.

The sponsorship of the Legends squad is going well with nearly 50% of spots filled. John Swannell and Rod Haider have both sold out, whilst there is one remaining space available for Dermot Drummy.

The 50/50 draw has seen 150 tickets sold so far with the prize draw standing at 62.50. Tickets are 1.00 each or you can buy 6 for 5.00. The more tickets that are sold, the bigger the prize fund and the more the club benefits.

Over one-third of the Golden Goal tickets have been sold, the holder of the winning ticket number which matches the time of the first goal scored will win half of the takings, that's another potential 45.50 up for grabs once all tickets are sold.

A special commemorative programme is currently under production at the hands of Nigel Kyte, this will include updates from around the club as well as plenty of information and stories about the players that you, the fans, have chosen in your Legends squad.

This morning the Legends squad was uploaded into Football Manager and a series of test matches over the next fortnight will be taking place as well as tests on the live stream to ensure the best possible matchday experience for those that have purchased admission.

Remember, virtual admission is just 10.00, however if you wish to support by purchasing a player sponsorship, 50/50 or Golden Goal tickets, you can do so without purchasing the virtual admission.

Keep your eyes open for further updates over the coming fortnight on the website and our usual social media channels including a special opportunity later this weekend.

Anyone wishing to support this initiative, everything is available from the HFCSA online shop at the link below.

Hendon v Hendon Legends online ticket office

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Saturday 09 May - Beat the Manager round 4 delayed

The 4th round of Beat the Manager originally due to broadcast on the HFCTV YouTube channel this coming Tuesday has unfortunately been delayed.

Manager Lee Allinson, defending a 3-0 lead, has unfortunately put his back out and as a result, his contest with Sam Corcoran has been put back a week.

This will now be broadcast on Tuesday week, 19th May.

In the meantime, HFCTV will be bringing you the end of season awards this evening, with the video going live at 7pm. To watch who has won what, please tune into the below link at 7 o'clock.

HFCTV YouTube Channel

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Friday 08 May - Awards video delayed

Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen technical gremlins, the release of the end of year awards video originally due this evening has been delayed.

It will now be up on the HFCSA YouTube channel at 7pm on Saturday evening. Tune in then to find out who the winners this season are.

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Wednesday 06 May - Interview with Rob Morris - now online

The interview with co-owner of Silver Jubilee Park, Rob Morris, is now up and available on the HFCTV YouTube channel.

Roving reporter Steve Lytton once again asks the questions as Rob talks about what's been going on behind the scenes over the past two months or so since we were last at SJP.

Our thanks to Rob for his time and once again to Steve for providing the questions.

The interview can be found at the below link.

Rob Morris Interview

Posted at 11:07

Tuesday 05 May - Interview with Rob Morris tomorrow

We are delighted to be able to bring you an interview with the co-owner of Silver Jubilee Park, Rob Morris tomorrow morning on the HFCTV YouTube channel.

Rob will be discussing the refurbishment of the clubhouse which is already well underway following the early end to the season, Silver Jubilee Park and Hendon Youth.

The interview will go live at 10am and we'll bring you the link tomorrow.

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Tuesday 05 May - Beat the Manager Round 3

Round 3 of Beat the Manager is now available on the HFC YouTube channel with the battle of the Allinsons having been uploaded.

The video is available to view at the below link.

Next week seems midfield schemer Sam Corcoran take on the challenge.

Beat the Manager Round 3: Allinson v Allinson

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Monday 04 May - Beat the Manager Round 3

Tomorrow sees not only the 3rd round of Beat the Manager, but also the battle of the Allinson household as Luca becomes the latest player to try and dethrone the gaffer.

With Lee Allinson enjoying a 2-0 lead following his tie-breaking win over Tommy Brewer and last week's VAR assisted win over Tommy Smith, bragging rights within the household are up for grabs as well as an opportunity for the players to get back into the game.

The video will be released on HFCTV tomorrow morning.

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Sunday 03 May - Snowball Lottery Winners Announced

The Snowball Lottery winners have been announced by manager Lee Allinson on HFCTV this morning.

The video is now live on YouTube and the results will be updated on the website shortly.

January - March Snowball Lottery Results

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Saturday 02 May - Snowball Draw Tomorrow

We will be announcing the winners of the January, February and March Snowball Lottery tomorrow.

The results will be announced by Lee Allinson by video on HFCTV with the video going live at 10:30am.

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Saturday 02 May - Hendon v Hendon Legends tickets now available

The tickets for the Hendon v Hendon Legends virtual match are now on sale via the Hendon FC Supporters Association on-line shop.

As well as your 10 pound admission we have a range of other offers available to provide you with the best possible virtual matchday experience.

Matchday Programme: A special e-edition of the Matchday Programme with a raft of articles about the legends and summer updates from around the club - 2.50

50/50 Tickets: A 50/50 draw will take place at half-time during the match with tickets available either at 1.00 each or a bundle of 6 for 5.00

Golden Goal Tickets: We will be running a Golden Goal competition with ticket buyers allocated a number between 0 and 90 at random. The winning number will be the minute that corresponds with the time the first goal is scored. TIcket number 0 will win in the event of a 0-0 draw. Tickets are 1.00 each with the winner taking half the proceeds.

Legends Player Sponsorship: You will be able to sponsor your favourite player's kit for the game for just 10.00 per kit. We have four kits available for each player,

You will receive all of your tickets and confirmations via email with a further email to follow with the link to follow for the match on Friday 22nd May. We'll provide further reminders around that nearer the time.

To purchase your tickets, simply follow the below link.

Hendon FC v Hendon Legends Matchday Online Shop

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Saturday 02 May - Hendon Legends Squad Unveiled

We are delighted to be able to unveil the legend's squad for the Hendon v Hendon Legends squad.

More than 200 people answered the poll with every single player shortlisted receiving votes.

A video announcing the squad is now available on the HFCTV YouTube Channel at the link below.

Hendon Legends Squad Unveiling

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Saturday 02 May - Awards video sponsor sought

We are looking for a sponsor for our end of season awards video, providing them with wide exposure across all of Hendon's social media channels and website.

The offer will see your company's logo displayed on the video reaching a wide audience as well as a mention on Facebook, Instagram and almost 13,000 Twitter followers.

If you're interested in pricing and finding out more, please contact Jatin Guntupalli on guntupalli71@gmail.com

Posted at 09:35

Friday 01 May - End of Season awards

The various votes for the end of season awards are nearing their end and the winners will be announced on Friday 8th May at 7pm.

A video announcing the various awards will go live on the HFCTV YouTube channel at 7pm on Friday 8th May and we will provide the link via all of the usual social media channels.

The vote for the Goal of the Season award is still open until 9pm tomorrow evening. The video is below, to select your choice simply email Jatin Guntupalli at guntupalli71@gmail.com

Goal of the Season Competition

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