News - July 2005

Saturday 30 July - Greens hit five

The first team continued the pre-season build up with a good work out against Kodak Harrow. The Greens won 5-2 and took the lead in the 15th minute through Rob Courtnage. Eugene Ofori doubled the lead four minutes later before Kodak pulled a goal back just after the half hour mark. Ross Pickett restored the two goal advantage from the penalty spot shortly before half time. Hendon made 8 changes at half time and in the 65th minute Ofori scored his second of the afternoon before John Frendo netted three minutes later. The second Kodak goal game with seven minutes to go.

Posted at 17:30

Saturday 30 July - Reserves go down at Brook House

The reserves suffered the first defeat of their pre-season campaign as they went down 2-1 at Brook House. The home side took the lead in the first half, before Apacha Ayala equalised 10 minutes into the second period. The winner game fifteen minutes from time. It was a much improved performance from the reserves, the best of pre-season so far despite the result.

Posted at 17:25

Friday 29 July - Under 18s open with win

The under 18's opened their pre-season build up with a 2-1 victory over Harrow Borough. Matthew Peart opened the scoring in the first half, with Shabbaz Wilson doubling the lead in the second period before Harrow scored a consolation. However, manager Mark Crawford was disappointed with the performance and said that there would have to be huge improvements before the league campaign starts.

Posted at 22:00

Friday 29 July - Weekend preview

Both the reserves and first team are in pre-season friendly action this weekend. The reserves travel to Brook House for a 3pm kick off, while the first team travel to Kodak Harrow in a game that also kicks off at 3pm. Kodak Harrow play at the Zoom Sports Club in Harrow View, Harrow opposite the Kodak Harrow factory. A map can be found on the match preview page, while if you are travelling by public transport, the best route is to travel to Harrow-on-the-Hill station and catch the H14 towards Hatch End. The bus stops outside the sports club. Entry to the pitch is through the main entrance of the sports club and through the bar. We are not expecting there to be an admission charge.

Posted at 14:00

Tuesday 26 July - Ivor Arbiter RIP

Hendon Football Club announce with deep regret that the Chairman, Ivor Arbiter, died on Tuesday morning, 26 July. Mr Arbiter, who was in his mid-70s, had been ill for some time.

Ivor, a local businessman who proudly boasted of his goalkeeping exploits as a young man, became Chairman of Hendon Football Club in August 1994, saving the club from extinction. He had previously been the club�s shirt sponsor for two seasons. The Arbiter Group, a big player in the music and entertainment field, were exclusive stockists of the Fender range of guitars and the Fender logo appeared on Hendon shirts for six seasons.

In the 11 seasons of Ivor�s chairmanship, Hendon Football Club significantly raised its profile, especially through the Brent Cross Banqueting Suite which was a jointly funded project with Barnet Council.

On the field, the club enjoyed some fine moments, none more so than in November 1997, when Hendon defeated Leyton Orient in the FA Cup first round. Four consecutive appearances in the FA Cup competition proper, two of which ended in the second round, was a run of success not seen at Claremont Road for more than two decades. There were also a number of top-six finishes in the Ryman League Premier Division.

There are no plans for an immediate announcement of a new chairman. A club spokesman said, "At this time our thoughts are with his family - he leaves a wife and a daughter, plus a number of grandchildren - the football side can wait."

Posted at 18:00

Tuesday 26 July - Reserve and youth update

The reserves were in action on Saturday afternoon when they faced Wealdstone in a pre-season friendly. Mark Crawford fielded a side with a number of trialists and ran out 2-1 winners courtesy of goals from Papa Agyemang and Omar Bakali.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that tomorrow evenings fixture against Harrow Borough will be an under 18 game. The game is being played at the London Transport Sports Club on Forty Avenue, Wembley Park, just a short distance from Wembley Park station. Kick off will be at 7.00pm.

Posted at 14:00

Sunday 24 July - Working party looks to set up trust

A small working party of supporters are currently looking into the possibility of forming a supporters trust to help work for the club's future. At present, the trust is only in the planning stages, but as part of this, the working party are requesting that anyone interested in anyway in the future of the club provide them with some basic information to assist with their plans.

Further information can be found at

Posted at 14:00

Saturday 23 July - Six goals shared at Carshalton

Hendon shared six goals this afternoon as they drew 3-3 in a pre-season friendly at Carshalton Athletic, who play in Nationwide South. The Greens took an early lead when Kieran Gallagher coverted a spot kick after John Frendo was upended in the area. Carshalton equalised in the 22nd minute through Des O'Connor, and the same player put the Robins ahead early in the second half. Martin Vrhovski equalised with a fierce volley in the 62nd minute, but Carshalton regained the lead when Laurent Hamici fired home a screamer of a shot in the 87th minute. However, the Greens were determined to equalise again and were rewarded two minutes into stoppage time when Ross Pickett curled a shot into the roof of the net.

Posted at 19:00

Saturday 23 July - Reserves beat Stones

The reserves continued their good start to pre-season with a second 2-1 victory, this time against Wealdstone Reserves. Further details on the game will be posted as and when we receive them.

Posted at 18:00

Tuesday 19 July - Reserves open with win

The reserves put in a good performance against Clapton's first team this evening as they ran out 2-1 winners. The line up was mostly made up of members of last year's under 18 and under 16 teams, and they more than matched their more senior opponents in terms of strength and skill. The first goal came in the 11th minute when Christian Henao knocked the ball home after the Clapton keeper had kicked the ball against one of his defenders. The lead was doubled two minutes into the second half when captain Connor Carroll headed home from a long throw. Clapton were awarded a penalty with about ten minutes to go, but Siki Kambala made a good save with his feet before the home side scored their consolation with a scrambled effort shortly before the final whistle. Managers Mark Crawford and John Creith were delighted with the performance but both admitted that there was lots of work to do before the start of the season in a few weeks time.

Team : Siki Kambala, Matthew Peart, James Dabengwa, Connor Carroll, Martin Westcott, Apacha Ayala, Eddie Mohammed, Otis Kingsley, Christian Henao, Bradley Bubb, Jake Brennan. Subs : Marcel Byfield, Mohammed Liban, Michael Creith, Marvin Tabi, Narcisse Nono.

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 19 July - London Senior Cup draw

The draw for the London Senior Cup was made last night, and like last season we will enter at the fourth round stage when we entertain Dagenham & Redbridge at Claremont Road. The game is likely to take place sometime in early December.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 18 July - Reserve venue change

Tomorrow nights reserve team friendly at Clapton will now be played at Debden FC in Oakleigh Hill, Debden. It is somewhat easier than Clapton's ground to get to. Simple directions are to pick up the M11 from the North Circular Road, leave at Junction 5, turn left and take the first left into Oakleigh Hill. Ground is on the left hand side. A map of the area can be found by clicking here.

Posted at 14:00

Saturday 16 July - Greens win 50 years on

50 years after losing 2-0 to Bishop Auckland in front of 100,000 at Wembley Stadium, Hendon turned the tables with a 3-0 victory against the Bishops on a warm afternoon at Claremont Road. The Hendon line up included the returning Mark Burgess, Martin Vrhovski and Kieran Gallagher, along with trialists Tony Perfect, Kevin Chakaodza, Lamine N'Dour and Billy Matthews. The deadlock was broken in the 39th minute when Chakaodza scored with a beautiful chip over Bishops keeper Marc Riches. The lead was doubled soon after half time courtesy of a close range goal from skipper Ren� Street and the third and final goal came five minutes from time when Tony Perfect fired the ball home from the edge of the eighteen yard box. It was a good workout for the Greens as they look to work hard to ensure a good start to the league season in five weeks time.

Posted at 18:45

Saturday 16 July - Reserve to take Clapton game

As mentioned in the previous item, it has been confirmed that the reserves will be playing the friendly at Clapton this coming Tuesday evening. Kick off at the Old Spotted Dog is 7.45pm.

Posted at 12:00

Saturday 16 July - Reserve team friendlies

The reserves will be playing eight friendlies all away from home as they look forward to their first season under the leadership of Mark Crawford. Their first game is on Tuesday evening when they take up the fixture at Clapton, and then next Saturday they travel to Wealdstone in a game that will be played at Stonebridge. On Wednesday 27th July they play Harrow Borough, Saturday 30th July sees a trip to Brook House, Wednesday 3rd August is a trip to play Ealing and Saturday 6th August is a trip to AFC Wimbledon in a game that is due to kick off at 11am at Kingsmeadow. The final two friendlies are against Harefield United on Wednesday 10th August and Hounslow Borough on Saturday 13th August.

Posted at 11:55

Thursday 14 July - Wealdstone date changed

The league have confirmed the date change for our game at Wealdstone. As mentioned earlier today, the game will now be played on Wednesday 31st August with a 7.45pm kick off at Northwood's Chestnut Avenue ground. This is due to the unavailability of the ground on the Monday and Tuesday.

Posted at 14:00

Thursday 14 July - Potential fixture alteration

It is very likely that our away game at Wealdstone will be put back two days due to the non availability of Northwood's ground on Bank Holiday Monday. The suggested date for the game is Wednesday 31st August with a 7.45pm kick off. This is subject to agreement with the league officials. As soon as the new date has been confirmed we will let you know.

Posted at 11:00

Thursday 14 July - Tough start for Greens

The Greens face a tough start to the league season with an away game against Braintree Town on Saturday 20th August. The Iron were one of the teams challenging at the top of the table last year and are sure to be a team to watch once again this season under the leadership of George Borg. The first home game will be played on Tuesday 23rd August when league newcomers Fisher Athletic are the visitors for what will be another awkward fixture as Fisher appear to be one of the teams with some money to spend.

There is a different look to the bank holiday fixtures this season. Our Boxing Day fixture is away to Leyton with the reverse fixture taking place on Easter Monday, while we will travel to Northwood to play Wealdstone on August Bank Holiday Monday, with the reverse game being played on Monday 2nd January. The final home game of the season is due to be played on Saturday 22nd April when we entertain AFC Wimbledon, and the following week we end the season with a seaside trip to Margate, who should be back at their Hartsdown Road ground for the start of the new season.

The full fixture list can be found on the fixtures and results page on the left hand menu.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 13 July - Bishop Auckland special guests

It is with great delight that club are able to announce that former player Pat Austin will be attending the game against Bishop Auckland on Saturday afternoon. Pat was a member of the 1955 FA Amateur Cup final side that lost 2-0 to our friends from County Durham. It is also hoped that Laurie Topp will also be able to attend. Also attending will be the leader and deputy leader of Durham council, along with representitives of the Middlesex FA, London FA and Durham FA. We look forward to welcoming them all to Claremont Road, along with as many supporters as possible.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 13 July - Sponsorship opportunities

The club have a number of opportunities available for supporters to sponsor the club in some way. Player kit sponsorship is available for £140 plus VAT, Man of the Match sponsorship costs £125 plus VAT and ball sponsorship costs £75 plus VAT. Junior supporters can sponsor the players t-shirts for just £5 plus VAT. Full details can be found on the sponsorship page, a link is on the left hand menu.

Also available for the first time is the chance to have your name, with a message if requested, on one of the pitch side advertising hoardings. We believe we are the only club in the country that offer their supporters this opportunity. Boards in colour are available for £380 plus VAT, and the package includes a season ticket for the forthcoming campaign.

It will also be possible to have a board placed in the ground for just one match so that you can surprise someone with a dedication. Anyone interested in any of the sponsorship opportunities should contact the club office on 020 8201 9494 for more details.

Posted at 09:45

Tuesday 12 July - Player news

Gary McCann confirmed this evening at the Supporters Association AGM that the squad that finished with us last season had all been invited back to training. So far, there have been just three players who have left. Jason O'Connor has left to take up a coaching course in the USA, Dean Coppard is expected to sign for Team Bath as he will be starting a course at Bath University in the autumn, and Dave Hunt has decided to move on to pastures new.

In terms of players signing, the only two confirmed arrivals are Iain Duncan and Kieran Gallagher. Mark Burgess is currently back training but does also have interest from other clubs, while another returning face to training is Byron Bubb. There are also a number of players who were released by pro clubs at the end of last season who are training. Signings will be announced once signatures have been secured.

Posted at 23:00

Monday 11 July - Youth teams 2005/06

Following the open trials held on Saturday morning, it has been decided that we will be unable to run youth teams at under 11, under 12 and under 14 levels this coming season due to a shortage of applicants at the relevant ages. Therefore we will be running teams at under 13, under 15 and under 16's on Sundays in the Harrow Youth League, and a team at under 18 on Saturdays in the Middlesex County League.

The club are delighted to announce that they have appointed Graeme Bourne and Eamonn Finn to run the new under 15 side for the new campaign. We welcome Graeme and Eamonn to the club, and hope they enjoy their time with us. John Creith will continue to run the under 13 side, and Mark Crawford will continue to run the under 18s. We are still looking for a manager to take over the under 16s, and anyone interested in taking on this role should contact the club as soon as possible.

Posted at 10:00

Sunday 10 July - Supporters AGM on Tuesday

Supporters are reminded that the Supporters Association AGM will take place this Tuesday evening, 12th July, at 8.00pm in the clubhouse. It is hoped that Gary McCann will be able to join the meeting. Only supporters who were members of the association during the 2004/05 season are eligible to attend, and they should bring their membership cards as proof of membership.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 04 July - 2005/06 admission & season tickets

The club have confirmed today that there is no change to admission and season ticket prices for the 2005/06 season. Matchday admission remains at £8.00 for adults and £3.00 for concessions. There will continue to be free entry for wheelchair users. Meanwhile season tickets are now available at £140 for adults, £50 for senior citizens and £15 for under 16s. Supporters wishing to purchase season tickets should apply in writing to the club at the main club address. Application forms should also be available at the forthcoming supporters AGM.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 04 July - New season looming for Greens

The first team start their preparations for the new season this coming Thursday when the players reporting for preseason training on Thursday 7 July. Manager Gary McCann hopes to able to announce some further new signings shortly, following the earlier arrivals of Iain Duncan and Kieran Gallagher who both returned to the club in May. As yet there have been no confirmed departures of any players who were with the club at the end of the last campaign. The Greensline is currently carrying an interview with Gary and can be heard by calling 09066 555836. Calls cost 60p per minute and you should check with the person who pays the bill before making the call.

Any prospective new players who are looking for a trial should post their football CV to the club at Hendon FC, Claremont Road, London, NW2 1LT or submit it by fax on 020 8905 5966.

Posted at 09:45

Friday 01 July - FA Cup draw

The Greens will start in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup once again this season and the draw has thrown up a home tie against either Tring Athletic, Biggleswade United or Haverhill Rovers. Tring and Biggleswade both play in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division, the same division as our oppenents in the same round last year Holmer Green, while Haverhill play a level lower in the Ridgeons Eastern Counties League Division One. Our tie is due to be played on Saturday 10th September. Biggleswade and Haverhill meet on 20th August in the Extra Preliminary Round and the winners travel to Tring a week later in the Preliminary Round.

Posted at 13:01

Friday 01 July - FA Trophy draw

The draw for the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy has seen the Greens drawn away to Fisher Athletic, who currently play their home games at Dulwich Hamlet. The tie is due to be played on Saturday 15th October, but as Dulwich are also at home in the FA Trophy that day, it is almost certain that our tie against Fisher will either be played on the Friday night or Sunday afternoon. Once the date is confirmed we will let you know. Should we progress, a home tie against Windsor & Eton or Uxbridge awaits.

Posted at 13:00

Friday 01 July - FA Youth Cup draw

For the first time in a few years we have entered our under 18 side in the FA Youth Cup. Their first tie comes in the First Qualifying Round when they will entertain Kingsbury Town. Should they win that tie they will then be at home to either Sawbridgeworth Town, Wealdstone or Banbury United, and in the third qualifying round they would play either Canvey Island, Ruislip Manor, Leighton Town, Kings Lynn, Raunds Town or Ely City. The tie against Kingsbury Town is due to be played in the week commencing 26th September.

Posted at 13:00