News - July 2012

Tuesday 31 July - Greens beaten by Reading

Hendon were beaten 2-1 tonight by a young Reading side this evening at Vale Farm.

After the Premier League side had taken the lead, the Greens equalised just before half-time through Dave Diedhiou.

However, the only second half goal was scored by Reading, who held on for the victory.

Posted at 21:35

Tuesday 31 July - Reading friendly tonight

A final reminder that tonight sees our home friendly against a side from Premier League side Reading, a game that the squad are really looking forward to.

It will be a tough test for them, and an ideal game as they continue their preparation for the new season which starts in less than 3 weeks.

We hope that with admission priced at just £5 for adults and free for under-16s that as many of you as possible will be able to come along to see how the squad are getting on.

However, if you are coming to the game, please be aware that Team GB Women are playing Brazil at Wembley Stadium this evening, and with other Olympic events taking place at Wembley Arena, the roads and public transport are likely to be busy. We do not expect any parking problems at Vale Farm, but do advise that you allow extra time for your journey to the game.

Posted at 13:06

Tuesday 31 July - Over £1200 given away in prizes on Saturday

The Snowball draws for April, May and June were made at half-time of our game against Wembley on Saturday with nearly £1200 being given away in prizes.

The April draw saw ball 176 win £283.50 and ball 135 win £141.75.

The May draw saw ball 50 win £274.50 and ball 169 win £137.25.

Finally, the June draw saw ball 123 win £238.50 and ball 55 win £119.25.

It's never too late to enter the snowball draw. Each ball costs just £5 per month and the more people that enter, the higher the monthly prize fund is. For more details click the snowball advert on the front page of the website, or speak to any member of the supporters trust board on a matchday.

Posted at 13:02

Monday 30 July - Fisher win in latest friendly

Fisher were 1-0 winners in tonight's friendly against a Hendon side made up largely of trialists.

The only goal came as early as the 8th minute, but the Greens played plenty of good football, but were unable to convert any chances that game their way.

Posted at 23:37

Saturday 28 July - Landlords beaten in annual friendly

Hendon ran out 3-0 winners in the annual friendly against landlords Wembley.

Kevin Maclaren opened the scoring as early as the second minute, with Michael Peacock doubling the lead around the half hour mark.

The third goal came in the 57th minute when Casey Maclaren found the back of the net, meaning that the game is the first time the Maclaren brothers have both scored in the same game for the Greens.

Posted at 16:56

Friday 27 July - League Cup draw released

The draw for the League Cup has been released, and we have been drawn at home to Tilbury, who play in Division One North.

The game is scheduled to be played on Tuesday 16th October.

Posted at 12:18

Thursday 26 July - Greens draw at Cheshunt

Hendon drew their latest friendly this evening, coming away from Cheshunt with a 2-2 draw.

Bradley Wadkins gave the Greens the lead in the 24th minute, before Cheshunt equalised just before half time. Scott Shulton restored the lead in the 76th minute, but Cheshunt equalised again just a minute later.

Posted at 21:35

Thursday 26 July - More admission details for friendlies

We have received more details about admission prices for our forthcoming friendlies.

Firstly, a reminder that tonight's game at Cheshunt will cost £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for under 16s.

Saturday's game against Wembley is now being treated as a home game as we have been asked to man the gates. We will be charging £5 for all adults, with free entry for under 16s. The same prices will be charged on Tuesday evening for the game against Reading.

Monday's game at Fisher has the same pricing structure as Cheshunt, whilst the game at Hitchin in a couple of weeks also has the same price structure, although under 11s will be admitted free.

We are yet to find out any prices for the game at Chalfont St Peter.

With regard to the Maidenhead United game next weekend, access to Bisham Abbey is generally limited to just players and officials, so our advice is that supporters should avoid travelling in case they are not admitted to the complex.

Posted at 11:21

Tuesday 24 July - Greens win both friendlies

Hendon won both friendlies this evening, 2-1 at Potters Bar Town and 1-0 at Tring Athletic.

At Potters Bar Town, Isaiah Rankin opened the scoring in the 43rd minute, with the home side equalising 11 minutes into the second half.

Meanwhile, a 14th minute goal from Sergio Manusio was enough to win the game at Tring Athletic. The game was most notable for the fact that it saw Dean Cracknell make his first appearance in a Hendon shirt since signing from Welling United earlier in the summer.

Posted at 22:23

Monday 23 July - Two friendlies tomorrow

Tomorrow evening sees the club in the unusual situation of playing two friendlies at the same time. Gary McCann has selected two squads of equal strength, one of which will travel to Potters Bar Town, the other will travel to Tring Athletic.

Supporters are welcome to attend either game, with admission at Potters Bar being £8 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for under 16s, whilst at Tring the prices are £4 for adults, £2 for concessions and free for under 16s.

News from both games will appear online late tomorrow evening.

Posted at 18:34

Saturday 21 July - Some sad news

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Freddie Hyatt's father who died this morning.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Freddie and his family at this very sad time.

Posted at 16:07

Saturday 21 July - Hendon beaten in sunshine

Hendon suffered their first defeat of pre-season as Hayes & Yeading United won 3-2 at The Hive this afternoon.

However, the first half belonged to the Greens, and they deservedly took the lead in the 15th minute through Scott Shulton, and the lead was doubled two minutes later when Bradley Wadkins took advantage of a defensive slip to score.

With Hendon making far more changes than their opposition, it was no surprise that Hayes came back into the game through Mark Bentley after 52 minutes, with Manny Williams equalising in the 69 minute. The winning goal came seven minutes later when Victor Osobu, a former Hendon trialist, found the back of the net.

Posted at 15:45

Thursday 19 July - Worthwhile exercise at Leverstock Green

A mixed squad ran out 2-1 winners at Leverstock Green this evening, with a number of trialists on show.

The game, which consisted of two 40 minute halves, saw the home side have the better of the opening exchanges and deservedly take the lead in the 17th minute.

Just after the half-hour mark a superb shot from Michael Murray was tipped onto the bar by the home keeper, but Bradley Wadkins was first to react to head the ball into the net.

The winning goal came 27 minutes into the second period when Sergio Manusio was sent clear of the defence and he was able to finish clinically.

Posted at 22:08

Wednesday 18 July - Leverstock Green kick off change

Tomorrow evening's game at Leverstock Green will now kick off at the earlier time of 7:00pm.

Posted at 10:03

Tuesday 17 July - Admission prices for next few friendlies

We are able to confirm admission prices for our next few friendlies.

On Thursday, the game at Leverstock Green will cost £5 for adults. Prices for concessions are unconfirmed at the time of writing.

Saturday's game at The Hive against Hayes & Yeading United will be free, but there is a £1 charge to park. The game is due to be played on one of the grass pitches at the complex.

The game at Potters Bar Town next Tuesday will cost £8 for adults, £5 for OAPs and £1 for under 16s, whilst on the same night at Tring Town the prices are £4 for adults, £2 for OAPs and free for under 16s.

Finally, the game at Cheshunt on Thursday week will cost £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for under 16s.

Posted at 23:55

Tuesday 17 July - Win in first friendly

Hendon ran out 2-1 winners in their first full friendly of the summer against North Greenford United.

Played on a 3G pitch at The Hive, the Greens used 22 players, 11 in each half, mostly made up of current squad members, but also including three trialists in Sam Grayley, Lewis Rolfe and Tommy Tejan.

All the goals came in the first half, with Isaiah Rankin scoring after 13 minutes, North Greenford equalising seven minutes later, and Michael Lewis scoring just after the half hour mark.

Posted at 22:44

Sunday 15 July - New venue for North Greenford game

Tuesday evening's friendly against North Greenford United has been resurrected, and will now be played at The Hive, kicking off at the earlier time of 7:15pm.

For those who haven't been before, The Hive can be found in Camrose Avenue, Edgware. Full directions are on the directions page. There is no admission charge for this game which will be played on one of the 3G pitches.

Posted at 17:44

Sunday 15 July - Friendly on Thursday arranged

Following the cancellation of Tuesday's game at North Greenford United, Gary McCann has moved quickly to arrange a replacement game for Thursday evening.

We will now travel to Leverstock Green on Thursday, who play in the Spartan South Midlands League and are based near Hemel Hempstead. Directions to the ground are on the directions page. Kick off will be at 7.30pm.

Posted at 16:04

Sunday 15 July - North Greenford friendly called off

The disruption to the pre-season preparations is continuing with the news that Tuesday's friendly at North Greenford United has already been called off due to the continuing wet weather.

Should any replacement game be arranged, we will let you know as soon as possible.

Posted at 13:28

Sunday 15 July - Three new signings, Thomas returns

Seven more players signed league registration forms, including three new signings, and one returning player.

Joining from Uxbridge are two 23 year olds in the shape of defender Howard Hall and midfielder Michael Murray, whilst 19 year old striker Bradley Wadkins has joined from Chesham United having impressed with two goals against Sun Postal yesterday.

Returning to the club following his sabbatical to concentrate on his studies last season is goalkeeper Sean Thomas, whilst James Fisher, Casey Maclaren and Kevin Maclaren all signed forms as well.

Posted at 09:29

Saturday 14 July - Greens win training game

A squad made up largely of trialists ran out 3-0 winners at Sun Postal in this afternoon's training match. All three goals came in the second half, with Bradley Watkins scoring in the 50th and 53rd minute, and Jordon Jackson completing the scoring with 14 minutes to go.

The starting line up was Mo Maan, Howard Hall, Eddie Munnelly, Sam Grayley, Daryl Brown, James Burgess, Tommy Tejan, Miles Manahan, Bradley Watkins, Michael Murray, Lewis Rolfe.

Six substitutes were used namely Jordon Jackson, Emmanuel Sackey, Junior Lewis, Adam Stoler, Jordan Kennedy and Sergio Manesio.

The first proper friendly takes place on Tuesday evening when we make the short trip to North Greenford United.

Posted at 16:44

Friday 13 July - New season fixtures released

The league fixtures for the new season have been released in the past few minutes, and we open with a trip to Margate on Saturday 18th August.

We are then at home to Hampton & Richmond Borough on Tuesday 21st August and home to Bury Town the following Saturday.

August Bank Holiday Monday sees us travel to Whitehawk, whilst the final game of the season on Saturday 27th April is the long trip to Lowestoft Town.

The full fixture list can be found on the fixtures & results page.

Posted at 12:05

Friday 13 July - Training match tomorrow

As briefly mentioned yesterday, Gary McCann has arranged a training match against Sun Postal Sports tomorrow afternoon, kicking off at 1:30pm.

Supporters are welcome to go along and watch, and the game will be taking place at Sun Postal Sports & Social Club, Bellmountwood Avenue, Watford, Herts, WD17 3BN

From Watford Town Centre take the A411 Hempstead Road towards Hemel Hempstead, passing West Herts College on the left. At the 2nd set of traffic lights turn left into Langley Way, and at the roundabout turn right into Cassiobury Drive. Then take the first left into Bellmountwood Avenue and the entrance to the ground is on the right. They have a large car park, and there is plenty of street parking.

If you are travelling from the A41 or M25, from the M25 J19/A41 roundabout take the A411 towards Watford. At the first set of lights turn right into Langley Way and then follow the directions above.

The Arriva 500 bus operates half hourly from Watford High Street up Hempstead Road, from where the ground will be about a 10 minute walk following the directions above.

Posted at 09:00

Thursday 12 July - Tonight's match is cancelled

Unfortunately due to the recent wet weather, tonight's friendly at Met Police (Bushey) has been called off to protect their pitch.

However, Gary McCann has arranged a training match with Sun Postal Sports on Saturday afternoon, kicking off at 1.30pm at Sun Postal's ground in Watford. Full details of how to find the ground will appear on the site later.

Posted at 13:53

Thursday 12 July - First friendly tonight - travel advice

Tonight sees the first friendly of the "summer" as the squad take the next step on their preparations for the new season.

The game at Met Police (Bushey) will kick off at 7.00pm, and there is no admission charge. When you arrive in the car park, you don't need to go into the clubhouse - just walk to the right of the clubouse onto the playing fields and you will see the senior pitch off to the left.

However, we have been advised that Aldenham Road past the sportsground is closed from 8pm for resurfacing works. We are assured that you will be able to get out of the car park to get home. This also means that the 602 bus that passes the ground will not be able to do so after 8pm. We believe that the nearest stop will be near the Toby Restaurant by the A41 roundabout - about 10 minutes walk.

A brief report and the line-up will appear on the website shortly after the game. For those of you that make use of the livescores service, this will not be operating during the friendlies, but will resume for the first league game of the season.

Posted at 09:00

Monday 09 July - Supporters' Trust and Association AGMs

The Supporters' Trust and Supporters' Association are will be holding their joint AGM at Vale Farm on Thursday 26th July. As usual, the Supporters' Association will start the evening, with the Trust following with their AGM shortly afterwards.

Formal e-mail notices and proxy forms have been sent out to Trust members with known addresses, while the remainder have been posted out and should arrive in the next few days. Supporters Association notices should also arrive shortly. The proposed new rules referred to in the Trust notice sent out by post will be made available online on Wednesday evening.

Posted at 11:06

Saturday 07 July - Two more sign league forms

We are pleased to report that both Isaiah Rankin and Lee O'Leary signed Ryman League forms this morning. Further registrations are expected over the next couple of weeks.

Posted at 17:58

Friday 06 July - FA Trophy draw released

The FA Trophy draw has also been released today, and in the first qualifying round we have been drawn away to Leiston, newcomers to the Premier Division.

Leiston are based near Lowestoft, and the game will be played on Saturday 29th September.

Posted at 12:23

Friday 06 July - FA Cup draw released

The draw for the FA Cup has been released, and in the first qualifying round we will be at home to Cheshunt or Potters Bar Town.

The game is due to be played on Saturday 8th September, but the date is subject to change, as should Wembley reach the same round, they have also been drawn at home.

Posted at 12:17

Wednesday 04 July - Reading XI friendly arranged

We are delighted to announce that Barclays Premier League newboys Reading have agreed to send a side to Vale Farm for a friendly. It will be the first friendly against a team from a Premier League club since Chelsea came to Claremont Road in July 1994.

It will be a Reading XI, likely to be largely made up from their young professionals in their developmental squad, and the game will take place on Tuesday 31st July, kicking off at 7.30pm.

Admission will be free for under 16s, with a £5 charge for all adults. No decision has been made yet as to whether a programme will be issued.

We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to turn out for this friendly, a game that'll also give you all a chance to see the new look Vale Farm following its close season refurbishment.

Posted at 17:53

Tuesday 03 July - Munnelly returns, Parker & Ngoyi register

We are pleased to announce that full back Eddie Munnelly has returned to the club, whilst both James Parker and Greg Ngoyi have signed league forms.

Munnelly was with us throughout the 2010/11 season, scoring one goal in his 38 appearances. As far as we are aware, he took a year out from the game last season, and we are delighted that he has returned to the club this summer.

Parker now enters his 8th full season with the club, having signed in January 2005, and all being well he'll make his 300th appearance early in the new season. Meanwhile Ngoyi will be entering his 2nd full season and will be hoping that he has an injury-free campaign.

Further registrations are expected over the coming days.

Posted at 22:46