News - July 2004

Saturday 31 July - Greens lose to late goal

Hendon lost to a late Vinnie John goal as they went down 2-1 at East Thurrock United this afternoon. On a hot, sultry day the Greens conceded an early goal when Danny Butler turned the ball into his own net. However within ten minutes John Frendo equalised as he latched on to a half blocked free kick to fire the ball across the keeper. Two minutes later Mark Nicholls missed a penalty after Eugene Ofori had been pushed in the area and it was Hendon that had the better chances in the remainder of the first half. As the heat took its toll and both sides made multiple changes there was little in the way of chances in the second half until Vinnie John was left unmarked at the far post from a Ricky Clarke cross. Manager Tony Choules was much happier with the performance however, and felt that the squad was progressing in the right direction as we approach the start of the new campaign.

Posted at 18:45

Friday 30 July - George Ruffell Memorial Trophy

The George Ruffell Memorial Trophy game against Wealdstone has been rearranged and, subject to final confirmation by the Middlesex FA, will take place on Tuesday, 28th September at Claremont Road, kick off 7.45pm.

Posted at 14:00

Tuesday 27 July - Dons lose at Berko

Hendon lost 3-1 at Berkhamsted Town this evening in the third friendly of the pre-season campaign. The Greens put in a very good first half performance and deservedly took the lead after 16 minutes when Dave Hunt scored following some good build up play involving Richard McDonagh and John Frendo. Twelve minutes later Frendo had a goal inexplicably disallowed for offside and shortly before half time Berkhamsted equalised with a goal that had a strong suspicion of offside about it! Following the half time changes, Hendon lost their shape and were punished as Berkhamsted scored in the 61st and 76th minutes. The Berkhamsted substitute keeper was in fine form and kept out chances from Frendo and Eugene Ofori with excellent saves.

Posted at 22:15

Tuesday 27 July - Reserve team fixtures

The reserve team fixtures have been announced today and we will open with a trip to Yeading on Wednesday 1st September. A week later we will entertain Farnborough Town at Claremont Road, and on Wednesday 15th September, we travel to Chesham United. In the first round of the league cup, we have been drawn away to Gravesend & Northfleet, and the winners will earn the right to visit Yeading or Hitchin Town.

Posted at 14:00

Tuesday 27 July - Haringey Borough date change

The Middlesex Millenium Cup game due to be played on Saturday 7th August has been postponed and will now be played on Sunday 22nd August at Haringey Borough. The game will be fulfilled by a Hendon XI, as the first team are in action the previous day in the Ryman League.

Posted at 09:45

Saturday 24 July - Six goals shared at Heathrow

Hendon and Waltham Forest shared six goals this afternoon in the friendly played at Heathrow Club in Hayes. Hendon took a quick lead when Danny Butler netted after six minutes, Usif Bangura doubled the lead two minutes later before John Frendo extended the lead even further after 18 minutes. However, Waltham Forest fought back with goals from Dwayne Clarke (20 minutes) and Hughes Guei (24 minutes) and shortly after the break former Hendon striker Joe Nartey fired home the equaliser. The Greens next friendly is at Berkhamsted Town on Tuesday evening.

Posted at 19:00

Wednesday 21 July - Autumn minisoccer school

The club are now taking bookings for the Autumn term of the Minisoccer school. The cost for the term starts from �51 for ten weeks and discounts are available if bookings are made before 20th September. The Autumn term starts in the last week of September and runs through to mid-December.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 20 July - Greens open with victory

Hendon took to the field for their first friendly this evening at Boreham Wood, fielding a starting line up that contained eight players who had previously made first team appearances in the form of Dave King, Scott Cousins, Mark Burgess, James Burgess, Dave Hunt, Jaz Rose, John Frendo and the returning Rene Street. Also involved tonight from the bench were Luke Thornton and Eugene Ofori. New faces in the starting line up were Dave Nolan and Mark Nicholls from Northwood, and Richard McDonagh from Hemel Hempstead Town.

Also on the bench were Wayne Carter, also from Northwood, Usif Bangura, Spencer Nelson-Wright and Tom Woodcraft. Named in the programme but unused tonight were Dale Binns, Danny Butler (from Wealdstone) and Danny Julienne (another one from Northwood).

In a game better described as fractious rather than a friendly the Greens took the lead in the second minute when Nicholls fired home a direct free kick after Frendo had been fouled, and it was Frendo himself that doubled the lead shortly before half time. The best chance in the second half fell to Ofori who hit the post shortly before the final whistle.

Posted at 22:15

Tuesday 20 July - Waltham Forest venue confirmed

The game on Saturday against Waltham Forest will take place at the Heathrow Club, Printing House Lane, Hayes. Kick off will be at 3.00pm. There will be no entrance charge to the game, and the pitches can be found by going through the clubhouse and out through the back bar.

Posted at 16:00

Tuesday 20 July - Youth team round up

The Under 12's were the first Hendon team in action in pre-season this year on Sunday morning, and despite going down to a heavy 14-0 defeat to Borehamwood 2000, manager John Creith was able to find plenty of positives from the performance and was confident that the squad would be ready when the competitive season starts in September. He is however looking for left sided players, so any youngsters that are interested in playing for the Under 12's should either e-mail us on, or contact the club direct. The same goes for any other youngsters who are would like to trial for the other age groups.

Posted at 09:45

Sunday 18 July - Arsenal shirt up for auction

As one of Dave Anderson's last acts as manager of Hendon FC, he managed to obtain a framed shirt signed by last season's unbeaten Premiership winning Arsenal squad, which was presented to the Supporters Association to obtain further funds with. The Association have decided - due to the valuable nature of the item - that a closed auction will be both the best and fairest way of raising money for it. Full details of the auction are now available on the website via the front page, or will be available through Dave Garner on matchdays.

Posted at 10:00

Sunday 18 July - First glimpse of new kit

At last week's Supporters Association meeting, Dave Bedford gave supporters a first look at the new kit to be produced by Adidas. While the kit shown was just a basic sample - the club badge and sponsorship logos were notably missing - it was clear that the new shirt will be pre-dominantly green, while a new away kit will remain predominantly in blue, albeit a slightly darker shade than the old kit. A photo was taken of the new home strip on Tuesday and is now online to give those unable to attend on Tuesday an idea of what to expect for next season - although it should only be taken as a guide due to the poor quality of the lighting.

Posted at 09:45

Saturday 17 July - London Senior Cup draw

The draw for the London Senior Cup has been made, and we have been seeded into the Fourth Round where we will meet the winners of the tie between Croydon and Croydon Athletic at Claremont Road. The game is likely to take place sometime in November or December. Should we win through, we would then travel to either AFC Wimbledon, Hanwell Town, Brimsdown Rovers or Crown & Manor.

Posted at 14:00

Saturday 17 July - New son the Waltham Forest game

Unsurprisingly, it has been decided that the Claremont Road pitch will not be ready in time for the friendly next Saturday against Waltham Forest. Once again an alternative venue is being looked for and we will bring you more news as soon as we get it.

Posted at 13:45

Saturday 17 July - Wealdstone game postponed

Thursday evening's George Ruffell Memorial Trophy game against Wealdstone has been postponed as neither club is able to stage the game, due to the respective pitches not yet being ready. The game will be played at the earliest opportunity once the season has started.

Posted at 09:45

Friday 16 July - Boreham Wood game definitely on

Supporters will be pleased to know that the friendly at Boreham Wood on Tuesday evening will definitely go ahead as planned. Kick off at Meadow Park is expected to be 7.45pm, but supporters are advised to turn up for 7.30pm just in case.

Posted at 18:00

Friday 16 July - Wealdstone game update

The George Ruffell Memorial Trophy game against Wealdstone on Thursday evening will now not be played at Claremont Road, as it is unlikely that the pitch will be ready in time. As soon as an alternative venue is confirmed we will let you know.

Posted at 17:55

Friday 16 July - Wingate game postponed

Unfortunately, neither ourselves nor Wingate & Finchley have been able to find an alternative venue for tomorrows game. Therefore it has been postponed and will be rearranged for a later date, hopefully before the season commences.

Posted at 17:50

Friday 16 July - Under 12s game on Sunday

Our Under 12 side, under the leadership of new manager John Creith, are in action for the first time on Sunday morning when they play Boreham Wood in a pre-season friendly. The game kicks off at 10.30am and will be played at the Wembley Park Sports Ground, Forty Hill, Wembley, just behind Wembley Park Station. Any support would be greatly appreciated by our youngsters.

Posted at 17:45

Friday 16 July - Mike Rayner moves on

Despite the confirmation that he was staying at Claremont Road earlier this week, it was announced last night that physio Mike Rayner has been appointed to take over in the same position at Kingsmeadow having been made an offer he couldn't refuse. He had turned down an earlier offer from the Ryman League Division One club to make the move. We would like to thank Mike for all the incredible hard work he has put in for us over the past two seasons in getting the players fit and ready to play following their various injuries and wish him the best of luck as he continues what will undoubtedly be a successful career as a physiotherapist.

Posted at 17:40

Thursday 15 July - Wingate game update

Saturday's Middlesex Millennium Cup game against Wingate & Finchley will now not go ahead at Claremont Road as the pitch is not yet ready to be played on. Our opponents have the same problem with their pitch, so both clubs are now actively looking for an alternative venue as both managers are keen for the game to go ahead. As soon as a new venue is confirmed we will let you know.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 14 July - Admission prices confirmed

Admission prices through the turnstiles have been confirmed for the new season. They remain unchanged from last season and are therefore £8.00 for adults, and £3.00 for concessions. Admission to pre-season friendlies will be £5.00 for adults and £2.00 for concessions, while admission to reserve team games will be £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for concessions

Posted at 14:00

Wednesday 14 July - Mark Cooper injury update

Supporters will be delighted to know that Mark Cooper is now out of plaster following is achilles injury suffered in the Middlesex Senior Cup final last season. Mark is now undergoing treatment with physio Mike Rayner, and is making gradual progress as he bids to return to fitness. We wish Mark all the best in his recovery, and hope that he is back in action sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Iain Duncan was due to undergo surgery yesterday, and is likely to be out of action for sometime. Again, we wish Iain all the best for a speedy recovery.

Posted at 13:00

Wednesday 14 July - Fixtures released

The fixtures for the new campaign have finally been released and we will start the season on Saturday 14th August when we travel to Yeading. Three days later we entertain Heybridge Swifts, followed by a home game against Hampton & Richmond Borough on the following Saturday. Our Christmas and Easter bank holiday games are against Wealdstone, while on New Years Day we have a trip to the seaside as we travel to Dover Athletic! The full fixture list is now available by clicking here.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 13 July - Season tickets now available

Season tickets for the new season are now available. Season tickets this season do not include the last ever league game at Claremont Road, or the last game of season 2004/05, whichever is the sooner. This is because a souvenir ticket will be issued for the last game at Claremont Road and as a result the game will be all pay.

The prices for the new season are £140 for adults, £50 for senior citizens, and £15 for under 16's. Anyone requiring a season ticket should send a cheque for the correct amount, along with their name, address and telephone number to The Secretary, Hendon FC, Claremont Road, London, NW2 1AE.

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 13 July - Supporters AGM report

Around 40 supporters attended the Supporters Association AGM this evening, along with chairman Ivor Arbiter, vice-chairman Dave Bedford and secretary Graham Etchell. The committee were re-elected unopposed consisting of Mike Hogan as chairman, Tony Wood as vice-chairman, Sandra Wood as secretary, Derek Furmedge as treasurer, Geraldine Clarke as assistant treasurer, John Rice as membership secretary, as well as Bernard Lawrence, Dave Garner, Paul Hutton, Stewart Liversidge and Ted Peck.

It was confirmed that the association donated �15,000 to the club last season, and move into the new season in an excellent financial position. Thanks were given to all those that had helped out in some capacity last season, even if it was just buying a burger on a match day.

Ivor Arbiter, Dave Bedford and Graham Etchell all spoke briefly and took questions. It was confirmed that physio Mike Rayner is staying with the club, which is a great bonus to the club following his hard work over the past two years. The new Adidas kit was shown to supporters, pictures of which will be online in the next few days. It should be available for sale by the start of the season.

Tony Choules and his assistant Gary Farrell joined the meeting towards the end and also took questions. They were both very honest and confirmed that many of last seasons squad had moved on, but that those who had stayed were young, enthusiastic and most importantly were Hendon players. They said that we are likely to go into the new season with a young side, and that it was very important that supporters got behind them 100% right from the first whistle. Patience would be required as the squad gels and as mentioned by Tony last week the target was to win the championship and start to move the club upwards again.

Posted at 22:45

Sunday 11 July - Supporters AGM on Tuesday

The Supporters Association AGM takes place this coming Tuesday, 13th July, in the clubhouse at 8.00pm. Only supporters who were members of the Association last season are eligible to attend. It is hoped that Ivor Arbiter, Dave Bedford and Tony Choules will all be able to attend the meeting. We look forward to seeing as many Association members there as possible.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 09 July - Player movements

As clubs are now back in training for the new season, the rumour mill is back in operation regarding the whereabouts of players. As well as Dwayne Plummer joining Thurrock, Andy Cook has reportedly signed for Hemel Hempstead Town and Steve Forbes signed a contract last night to play for Billericay Town. Both Jon-Barrie Bates and Antony Howard are in the AFC Wimbledon squad to play at Dagenham & Redbridge tomorrow, although neither have formally signed for them. There is no confirmed news on players joining the club yet, although a number of new faces are currently training. As soon as players put pen to paper, we will confirm the signings on the website and on the Greensline.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 07 July - Choules talks up title hopes

Hendon manager Tony Choules wasted little time in setting lofty targets for his new team. Asked what his hopes for the new season were, Mr Choules said, "Let's go for the championship and promotion to the Conference. We'll set the target hit high."

The players started preseason training last night and the squad will have 10 days before the first preseason match. However a number of players are away on holiday at the moment.

Choules continued "It is normally the way with holidays, but when the players come back they will have to work very hard. I will rule with an iron fist. There are probably more preseason games than I would have liked but I will have enough time to be able to see what the players can do."

Posted at 10:00

Friday 02 July - Greens to play Welsh side

Two more pre-season games have been fixed up. On Saturday 7th August we will entertain Welsh League Division One club Cardiff Corinthians. Kick off at Claremont Road will be 3.00pm. The clubs have met once in the past, back in the 1920's when our visitors ran out 5-0 winners in the FA Cup. As a result of this fixture being arranged, the Middlesex Millenium Cup fixture at Haringey Borough on the same day will be fulfilled by a Hendon XI. Staying with the Millenium Cup, the game against Brimsdown Rovers will be played on our opponents ground on Tuesday 10th August kicking off at 7.45pm. Supporters are also advised that all midweek friendlies are expected to kick off at 7.45pm.

Posted at 14:00

Friday 02 July - FA Cup draw

The FA Cup draw was announced at 12.00pm today by the FA, and in the First Qualifying Round we have been drawn at home to play Holmer Green or Newport Pagnell Town, who meet in the Preliminary Round. The First Qualifying Round is due to take place on Saturday 18th September. Holmer Green play in the Spartan South Midlands League, and Newport Pagnell Town play in the United Counties League. The full draw for the early rounds can be found by clicking here

Posted at 12:05

Friday 02 July - FA Trophy Draw

The FA Trophy draw was announced at 12.00pm today by the FA, and in the First Round we have been drawn at home to play the winners of the Preliminary Round tie between AFC Wimbledon or Metropolitan Police. Obviously a win for AFC Wimbledon would mean a rapid return to Claremont Road for Dave Anderson, Jon Turner and Warren Kelly. The First Round is due to take place on Saturday, 6th November 2004. The full draw for the early rounds can be found by clicking here

Posted at 12:00

Friday 02 July - Youth teams 2004/05

The club will definitely be running four youth teams next season, all of which will be playing in the Harrow Youth League on Sundays. The age groups that will definitely be running are Under 12, Under 15, Under 16 and Under 18. The club have not ruled out running teams at other age groups if there is sufficient interest. Any youngsters who are interested in a trial should write to the club with their contact details and playing history both at school and club level. The address to write to is Hendon Football Club, Claremont Road, London, NW2 1AE. Youngsters can also e-mail the website on and we will pass on your details to the coaches.

The managers have also been announced with the Under 12's being managed by John Creith, the Under 15's by Dewi Davies and Paul Hornblow, the Under 16's by Gary Eaton and Tony Moran, and the Under 18's by Mark Crawford and Bouchaib Marchoud.

Posted at 10:00