News - June 2002

Sunday 30 June - FA draws give Greens byes

The FA Cup and FA Trophy draws for the early rounds have not seen Hendon featured, the Greens' position in the pyramid seeing the club being given byes through the early stages. In the FA Cup, the Dons have been given a bye through to the 2nd Qualifying Round, to be played on Saturday 28th September, along with all the other sides in the Ryman, Unibond and Dr Martens Premier Divisions. The FA Trophy has seen the Greens' gain a bye through to the 2nd Round, the top ten in the division being grated a bye to that stage. The 2nd Round of the FA Trophy is due to be played on Saturday 30th November.

Posted at 10:00

Sunday 30 June - New reserve management

Hendon have now appointed both our new reserve team manager and his assistant. Managing the reserve side will be Mark Turner, who played in the first teams pre-season campaign last year and has had a good playing career at Yeading, Hemel Hampstead Town and Chertsey Town. His assistant will be Ray Girvan, who previously managed Hayes' reserve team.

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Sunday 30 June - Enfield Town not moved

We would like to assure supporters that despite rumours of our pre-season game with Enfield Town being moved to a Saturday, this is not the case. The tie will be going ahead on Tuesday 06th August as already announced.

Posted at 09:30

Tuesday 25 June - Youth team presentations

The annual youth team awards were presented on Sunday afternoon at the club. The award winners are as follows:

Under 18 Player of the year : Patrick Cronin

Under 18 Players player of the year : Kevin Knapper

Under 18 Clubman of the year : Steve Weston

Under 16 Player of the year : Ryan Nelson

Under 16 Players player of the year : Gabriel Marfo

Under 16 Clubman of the year : Daniel Hilton-Owen

Under 15 Player of the year : Cruz Mentore

Under 15 Players player of the year : Greg Ngoyi

Under 15 Clubman of the year : Simon Johnson

Under 14 Player of the year : Christopher Staples

Under 14 Players player of the year : Elliott Woods

Under 14 Clubman of the year : Admir Meha

Under 13 Player of the year : Ivailo Dimitrov

Under 13 Players player of the year : Tom Davies

Under 13 Clubman of the year : Anthony Wright

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Tuesday 25 June - Youth team 2002/03

Sunday's youth team presentation afternoon saw most of the managerial structure for next seasons youth teams announced. There will again be no Under 17's side, but the other 3 sides will all move up an age group. Also moving up are Lou Llewellyn, who will run the Under 16's, and Mark Crawford, who will continue to manage his team in the Under 15's. The Under 14's side will be run by Gary Giesling, who was assistant to Gary Hyams last season. Gary Hyams will remain as Under 13 manager, taking on a new set of players. It is intended that Gary Hyams will appoint an assistant during the season who will then take that age group on. Gary Hyams has agreed that he will brings in the new age group each season and allow his assistant to take the side on the following season.

There has been no decision yet on our Under 18's; there is no manager at the moment as Steve Neville stepped down at the end of last season after six seasons with his side, the highlight being victory in the Hondersdiyk European Cup at Under 13 level. Any player who is interested in having a trial for any of the teams at the club should write to the club, enclosing their Footballing CV. The address to write to is Hendon FC, Claremont Road, Brent Cross, London, NW2 1AE.

Posted at 13:45

Tuesday 25 June - First reserve friendly

The first reserve team friendly has been arranged. The reserves will travel to Aston Clinton, near Aylesbury, to play their first team on Saturday, 3rd August 2002. Kick off will be at 3.00pm.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 18 June - John Wheeldon

Former Hendon chief executive John Wheeldon has died following a freak accident while at his property in Greece. The accident occurred when he was rushing to join his friends outside his home and tripped over a low wall. He was rushed to hospital in Athens, was in a coma when he arrived and never came round. All the officials at Hendon and we at Greensnet send out our best wishes to Mr Wheeldon's family and friends at what we know is a difficult time for them.

Posted at 15:00

Tuesday 18 June - Tring friendly cancelled

Hendon's friendly with Tring Town has ironically been cancelled just after the Supporters AGM being moved to avoid a clash with the fixture. Tring have informed us that their pitch will not be ready for such an early match.

Posted at 14:45

Tuesday 18 June - League AGM news

Last night saw the Ryman league AGM which saw one or two interesting changes made to the league rules. The first sees each side allowed to name five substitutes of which three may be used in a match, bringing league competitions in line with the FA competitions, and those higher in the pyramid. The second change sees all mid-week kick off times set at 7.45pm rather than 7.30pm, although should sides agree that the earlier time is more appropriate then matches can be moved forwards. The AGM also saw next seasons consitution agreed, with the the expected line up in each division for next season, with Leyton Town being newcomers to the league in Division Two. However, AFC Wimbledon failed to gain the 95% support amongst member clubs that was required for the new supporters formed side to join the league for the coming season.

Posted at 14:30

Monday 17 June - Help urgently required

Help is urgently required on Saturday (22nd June) from 10am to help get the concrete/cement base and fencing removed before the new club shop is delivered next week.

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Monday 17 June - Supporters AGM moved

The Supporters Association have confirmed a new date for their AGM. The meeting has been moved forwards a day to Monday 15th July due to a clash the following night with a friendly match at Tring Town.

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Wednesday 12 June - Clarke leaves as four sign contracts

Crowd favourite Simon Clarke has left Hendon. The Don's longest serving player had originally been signed for the new season, but a change of personal circumstances would have made it virtually impossible for him to travel to Hendon on a regular basis. In view of his long and distinguished career at Hendon, manager Dave Anderson agreed to cancel the player's registration in order that he could resume playing and making him free to sign for a club more local to his home.

Anderson said of Clarke's departure: "I am very sorry to lose Simon. Throughout his time here, Simon has been a model pro and will be greatly missed. In fact, the only person more sorry than me to see him go is Simon himself, it will be a huge wrench for him leaving his many friends here. As well as thanking him for his excellent service, I wish him all the best for the future and if his circumstances were to change he would always be welcome back." Meanwhile, two times player of the year Clarke said "I have had some terrific times at Hendon and I am sorry to be leaving the club. The supporters have always been great to me and I appreciate the support that they along with the club's directors have given me. It's like leaving one big family, I fully appreciate Dave's co-operation following my unforeseen change of circumstances and now wish Dave, the players and everyone at Hendon every success."

Meanwhile, four players have signed contracts for the Dons next season. Martin Randall has signed a two year contract for the Dons, having impressed this season by scoring 13 goals in 26 appearances after signing from Woking. Meanwhile, Iain Duncan is now back to fitness after a hard season trying to recover from a major injury and has also signed for the new season.

In addition to these two, Anderson has made two new signings for the Greens. Renowned striker Rob Howarth has arrived from Sutton United, whilst right sided midfielder Kieran Gallagher, formerly of Aylesbury United, has signed from Ryman Division One side Slough Town.

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Monday 10 June - Two more departures

Hendon have announced another two departures in addition to that of fans favourite Gary McCann. Reserve team manager Alan Rolnick is taking an undetermined leave of absence, whilst forward Ross Pickett has been given a free transfer.

Mr Rolnick joined Hendon as coach of the Under-13s team in 1995-96, the first year of Hendon's youth set-up. He took his team up in each of his first 2 seasons, before winning the Harrow Youth League title as well as a couple of cup competitions. Mr Rolnick progressed to running the midweek youth side, using many of the players he had brought to the club in the previous 4 years.

When Mr Rolnick replaced Cecil Collins as reserve team manager in March 2000, he was not afraid to put youngsters into the second string. From a near hopeless position, he was able to get the team clear of the relegation zone and consolidated the position last season and through most of this, culminating in an appearance in the Middlesex Premier Cup Final at the end of last season.

His reasons for stepping aside are not football related, as he explained. "I have had to take a step back because I cannot devote the necessary time and energy to running the reserve team, until this (personal) issue is resolved. It may be a few weeks, it may be longer. I have not been able to do any of the normal preparatory work necessary even at reserve team level and I probably won't even miss it until preseason training starts."

"Alan will be sorely missed," said club secretary Graham Etchell. "He will always be welcome back and we wish him well at this time."

Another person leaving the club is striker/midfielder Ross Pickett. He joined Hendon from Walton & Hersham in the summer of 2000 and scored 12 goals from 37 appearances in his first season. Last season was different matter. Playing a variety of roles, Ross made only 14 starts before going back to Walton for 3 months on loan.

"I spoke to Ross," said manager Dave Anderson. "He did quite well at the start of the year but things didn't quite work out. Sometimes it is no one's fault, these things just happen. But what I must do - and the football club is a moving ship - and things move on and we had to move on without Ross. Again he left on good terms and I am sure he will be secretly looking at Hendon's results because he really loved his time with us."

Meanwhile, Anderson has also spoken about the departure of goalkeeper Gary McCann, who has decided to join Ryman League Premier Division new boys Aylesbury United. "I had a long discussion with Gary," he said, "and I made it plain that David Hook was my No. 1.

"Gary has never let Hendon down in his 5 or 6 years with the club. He said that if he did not get an offer that was suitable he would be happy to stay as our number 2, but somebody is always going to want people like Gary and Steve Cordery at Aylesbury showed interest. Gary went and spoke to Steve and told me that he had agreed terms with Aylesbury.

"I wish him very well. Not only has he been my goalkeeper since I joined Hendon, but he has been a personal friend for a long, long time, since we were together at Harrow. We have not fallen out which is nice and he loves Hendon, but at Gary's stage of his career he needs to play first team football which I couldn't guarantee him at Hendon."

In his time at Hendon, Gary, who signed from Dulwich Hamlet, played 186 times and was a key member of the team which beat Leyton Orient in November 1997 and 3 runs to the FA Cup 1st round proper.

Posted at 18:00

Saturday 01 June - Website/e-mail problems explained

We would like to apologise for the problems that have been encountered with both the website and our e-mail service over the past 2-3 days. This has been due to movement to a new, faster server on which we have encountered teething problems, including a missing record which led to all e-mail being redirected. The problems have now been resolved, and e-mail is now being delivered correctly. All "missing" e-mail will be forwarded on to the intended recepients shortly. Greensnet would like to emphasise that this is the first problem of its kind that we have ever encountered and that it should not recur in the future. Feel free to contact us at or through our feedback page for more details.

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