News - August 2008

Sunday 31 August - Hendon memorabilia on eBay

Some items of Hendon memorabilia have gone up for auction on eBay. Consisting of some old player photos and some FA Cup and FA Amateur Cup programmes with some additional items, they can be found on the link below. Auctions will end on Wednesday 10th September. We have raised well over £4000 for the Supporters Trust through eBay, and continue to be on the lookout for more items. They needn't be Hendon related as you can sell almost anything through the site. If you have anything you no longer need and would otherwise be throwing or giving away, please speak to Steve Rogers as he will almost certainly be interested in taking them off your hands. Further items will appear on a regular basis, and we'll let you know when this happens.

Posted at 08:30

Saturday 30 August - Maidstone v Hendon highlights

A Maidstone supporter who regularly records games has put together an excellent highlights package of todays game which can be found on the Maidstone website.

Posted at 23:30

Saturday 30 August - It's Royston in the FA Cup

Our opponents in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup in a fortnights time will be Royston Town, who won 3-1 at AFC Hayes in the preliminary round today. In the previous round Royston beat our future landlords Wembley 4-0 in a replay following a 1-1 draw. Royston is in north east Hertfordshire a little bit further up the A10 from Ware. Directions to the ground can be found on the link below. They currently ply their trade in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One, three steps below the Greens, and are lying fifth in the table, although they have games in hand on the teams above them. The game will take place on Saturday 13th September, kicking off at 3.00pm.

Posted at 22:00

Saturday 30 August - Strong Stones defeat Dons

Hendon were beaten 3-2 this afternoon by a Maidstone United side who were physically stronger than the Greens. It must be said that Maidstone used their extra strength perfectly legally and the match officials had an easy day with just one booking issued in the 90 minutes. Hendon were very slow out of the blocks and went a goal behind when the ball was given away and the Stones broke away setting James Pinnock up to score. Two minutes later the Greens gave away a free kick which was headed home by Kevin Watson, but then Hendon sprung to life and pulled a goal back in the 16th minute when Chris Bangura finished off a fine move. From there on the game was very even and clear chances were limited. In the 85th minute Lloyd Blackman effectively made the game safe for the Stones, but Brian Haule's late consolation, which came after excellent work from Jamie Busby, meant that the scoreline showed an accurate reflection of the game as a whole.

Posted at 21:00

Thursday 28 August - Under 21s back to winning ways

The under 21s returned to winning ways as they won their latest friendly 4-1 against Green Dragons this evening. Glenn Garner was on target with two goals, with the others coming from Takku and Michael Roache. A full report can be found on the link below.

Posted at 21:00

Tuesday 26 August - Coach to Maidstone

The club are running a coach to our game at Maidstone United this coming Saturday. Tickets cost £10.00, and must be booked in advance by contacting Steve Rogers either by email on or by phone on 07748 526594. Bookings will only be accepted up until 2pm on Friday afternoon. The coach will depart from Claremont Road promptly at 11.00am.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 25 August - Defensive errors cost Greens

Despite having more possession throughout the 90 minutes, Hendon were made to pay for individual defensive errors as they lost 3-0 to Ashford Town (Middx) this afternoon. The game opened with the Greens well on top but totally against the run of play Byron Harrison opened the scoring for Ashford in the 26th minute. On the stroke of half-time Scott Harris doubled the lead, and the same player scored again early in the second half. Harris was denied his hat-trick by an excellent save by debutant keeper Joe Welch.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 23 August - Penalty enough for Sutton

In a game of very few chances, Sutton United ran out 1-0 winners against Hendon this afternoon at Gander Green Lane. The decisive goal came in the 38th minute when Gavin McCullum scored from the penalty spot following a clear foul in the 18 yard box. Hendon's best chance of an equaliser came early in the second half when Sam Byfield fired narrowly wide after a good run.

Posted at 20:00

Saturday 23 August - Player news

There have been a couple of additions to the playing squad over the past few days. First of all Daniel Dyer, who made 32 appearances and scored 6 goals for us last season, has signed to play for us again this season, and joining us from Bishop's Stortford is 19 year old goalkeeper Joe Welch, who was formerly a trainee at Southend United. Leaving the club, albeit on a temporary basis, is Leon Nelson who has gone on loan to Northwood.

Posted at 09:00

Friday 22 August - First batch of players sign on

Gary McCann is delighted this evening to announce that he has so far been able to register 18 players for the forthcoming season. It is expected that there will be further additions to the list of players who have registered over the next few weeks as the pre-season preparations continue.

Four players join us from Hillingdon Borough in the shape of goalkeeper Barclay Lawrencin, striker Leon Nelson, central defender Mark Kirby and left winger Sam Byfield. Supporters will remember Sam as a teenager when he made three substitute first team appearances in the 2002/03 season.

Joining us from Boreham Wood is experienced striker Chris Bangura and the returning Craig Vargas, whilst from Harrow Borough comes attacking midfielder James Bent. There are also a further trio of new defenders joining us. Kevin Maclaren, the younger brother of Casey, joins from Walton Casuals having previously been with Woking, Frederick Yebuah joins us from local football, whilst Frank Wilson has signed, having been out of football last season.

Also signing from last seasons squad are Luke Blackmore, James Burgess, Jamie Busby, Lubomir Guentchev, Rakatahr Hudson, Marc Leach, Casey Maclaren and Lee O'Leary.

Posted at 19:45

Thursday 21 August - Under 21's beaten in friendly

Despite leading 3-0 at half-time, our under 21s were beaten 4-3 by Greens United this evening in a friendly played at the excellent Belstone FC facility near Radlett. Glenn Garner scored twice for Hendon, with Darren Turner scoring a superb goal to make it 3-0 before the break. A number of trialists were used in the second half as Greens United came back into the game to earn the victory. A more detailed report can be found on the link below.

Posted at 21:00

Wednesday 20 August - Busby reaches his century

Jamie Busby made his 100th appearance for the club last night. The young midfielder joined the club during the 2005/06 season and became a regular in the side during the following season. He has scored 10 goals for the club, some of them being rather spectacular, particularly one in the 4-1 win at Leyton in December 2006. The club would like to congratulate Jamie on reaching the milestone, and we all look forward to the next 100 appearances.

Posted at 22:00

Wednesday 20 August - FA Cup update

Last night, Royston Town beat Wembley 4-0 in their FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round replay to earn the right to travel to AFC Hayes in the Preliminary Round. Previously, Wembley and Royston drew 1-1 in their original game on Saturday afternoon. The tie between AFC Hayes and Royston will take place on Saturday 30th August.

Posted at 15:00

Wednesday 20 August - Update on Luke

We are pleased to say that Luke Blackmore was ruled fit enough to travel home on the coach last night following his unfortunate injury sustained during the game. Luke has been knocked out in the incident and was thoroughly examined by the Margate club doctor. We would like to thank Margate's doctor and everyone else at the club who assisted following the injury.

Posted at 07:30

Wednesday 20 August - Hendon drop two points

Hendon dropped two points at Margate after leading 2-0 at half-time last night. Brian Haule opened the scoring in the 2nd minute, and following a half where Hendon totally controlled the game, Mark Kirby doubled the lead shortly before the break. The second half was a different story as Margate took control and pulled a goal back in the 69th minute through Wayne Wilson. In the 78th minute Louis Smith equalised, but sadly for the Greens, Luke Blackmore was badly hurt in the build up to the goal following an accidental collision that meant that he hit the frame of the goal. We are currently awaiting news on his condition and will update the website as soon as we hear anything. James Burgess took over for the rest of the game in the absence of a specialist goalkeeper on the bench, and did everything he had to do with some degree of comfort.

Posted at 07:15

Tuesday 19 August - Greens win first trophy of the season

Hendon came away from Amersham Town with the Bucks Examiner Trophy today, winning the tournament on goal difference from Hemel Hempstead Town. In their first game the Greens beat Amersham 4-0, then beat Hemel 2-0 before losing 2-1 to Chesham. The other games saw Hemel beat Chesham 2-1, Amersham draw 1-1 with Chesham and Hemel beat Amersham 2-1. The day was very well organised and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended, with the weather staying fine if a little windy.

Posted at 19:00

Monday 18 August - Non League Directory 2009

We are currently taking advance orders for the 2009 edition of the popular Non League Directory. If you would like to order a copy at the reduced price of £15.00 (the price in the shops will be £19.95) please email Steve Rogers on by Sunday 24th August at the latest. The book is due to be published in mid-September.

Posted at 12:00

Saturday 16 August - Greens open with a win

Hendon opened the new season with a comprehensive 3-0 win over newboys Dartford. The opening goal came in the 14th minute when Brian Haule headed home a free kick. Dartford were reduced to ten men in the 28th minute when John Guest pulled Haule back and was the last defender, and three minutes later the Greens doubled the lead when James Bent scored on his debut with a fine strike. Hendon controlled the game from there on and secured the points in the 78th minute when Chris Bangura also marked his debut with a goal.

Posted at 18:30

Saturday 16 August - An apology about programmes

We would like to apologise to all those supporters of both teams who attended the game today with regard to the lack of programmes. Unfortunately it was totally out of our hands as our printers failed to deliver them, despite the fact that we met all the deadlines they had set us. We hope that the programmes will arrive early next week. As soon as they have arrived, we will announce details of how you can obtain one, so please keep an eye on the website.

Posted at 18:15

Thursday 14 August - Player Sponsorship

The supporters trust have relaunched the player sponsorship scheme ahead of the new season. In return for sponsoring a player you will see your name alongside a photo of the player both in the matchday programme and on the official club website throughout the 2008/09 season.

For personal sponsorship, you can either sponsor individual items of kit, or you can sponsor the full kit. Prices are as follows. Shirt - £30, Shorts - £15, Boots - £25, Tracksuit - £20, Full kit is a discounted price of £80. All prices are before VAT.

Children under-16s can sponsor a player's socks for £5 plus VAT.

Corporate player sponsorship is £150 plus VAT per player.

To sponsor a player, please download the form on the sponsorship page and either hand it to Steve Rogers on a matchday, or post it to him at the address on the form.

Posted at 09:45

Wednesday 13 August - Charlie's on board, Lee departs

Gary McCann announced this morning that he has made one more signing ahead of the new campaign. Charlie Mapes has returned to the club having impressed in the last few friendlies. Charlie spent three months on loan with us from Yeading at the end of the 2005/06 season making 16 appearances and scoring one goal. Since then he has had spells at Hemel Hempstead Town and Hayes & Yeading United. We welcome Charlie back to the club and hope that he enjoys his second spell with us.

Leaving the club without making any competitive appearances this season is Lee O'Leary who has now decided to accept a large financial offer from a lower division club instead. Rather than playing in the Ryman League for us, Lee will be playing for Chertsey Town in the Combined Counties League this season.

Posted at 19:00

Wednesday 13 August - Under 21's open with a win

The under 21s, who have had a double promotion to the Middlesex County League Division One Central & West, began their pre-season preparations on Saturday with a good 2-1 win over Boreham Wood Reserves. Darren Turner and Simon Connaughton were on target for the Greens. A full report can be found on the link below.

Posted at 11:00

Wednesday 13 August - Club history to be published

The long awaited club history, written by David Ballheimer and Peter Lush, will be published in October 2008 at £14.95. To order your copy in advance at £14.00 post-free, please follow the instructions below.

To order online, please go to

To order by post, please send your name, address, phone number and email address and the number of copies required to LLP, PO BO 10441, London, E14 8WR. Cheques to be made payable to London League Publications Ltd.

25% of the profits from the book will be donated to the Hendon FC Supporters Trust.

Posted at 08:00

Monday 11 August - Coach to Margate

The club have made some spaces available for supporters on the team coach for the trip to Margate next Tuesday. Seats are limited, so supporters are asked to book on Saturday in the club shop. Price of travel of the coach is £10.00 to include food on the way home. The coach will depart from Claremont Road at 3.30pm promptly and will not wait for any latecomers.

Posted at 09:45

Sunday 10 August - Friendlies end with a win

Hendon's pre-season preparations came to an end this afternoon with a very good performance and a 4-2 win at Ware. Charlie Mapes opened the scoring after 6 minutes before Ware equalised three minutes later. Within 40 seconds the Greens were back in front courtesy of Brian Haule, and in the 15th minute Mark Kirby extended the lead. Ware pulled a goal back in the 58th minute before Kirby scored again in the 76th minute. On the stroke of full time former Hendon striker John Frendo missed a penalty for the home side.

Posted at 17:45

Sunday 10 August - A vote of thanks

Hendon's pre-season preparations came to an end this afternoon with a very good performance and a 4-2 win at Ware. Charlie Mapes opened the scoring after 6 minutes before Ware equalised three minutes later. Within 40 seconds the Greens were back in front courtesy of Brian Haule, and in the 15th minute Mark Kirby extended the lead. Ware pulled a goal back in the 58th minute before Kirby scored again in the 76th minute. On the stroke of full time former Hendon striker John Frendo missed a penalty for the home side.

Posted at 17:40

Saturday 09 August - Middlesex Senior Cup draw

The Middlesex Senior Cup draw has been released, and for the 7th year in a row we have been given a bye to the second round. We will play at home against Bedfont Green, the game is due to be played on Tuesday 9th December.

Posted at 15:00

Saturday 09 August - Ground cleaning day reminder

The supporters association would like to remind all supporters that tomorrow is the ground cleaning day. The ground will be open from 9am, and food and drinks will be provided. Supporters are advised to wear old clothes, and to bring tools to help with the weeding of the terraces. The more people that are able to attend, the quicker the work will be done so that we can make a good impression when Dartford visit next weekend.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 08 August - And they will walk 500 miles

Supporters Trust board members Paul McGreal and Jacqui Cox will be walking 500 miles each to watch Hendon play in the 2008/2009 season, In doing so, they hope to raise some publicity, as well as sponsorship for the club, with all money raised going directly to the Supporters Trust.

Their progress can be followed on their website at, along with their reasons behind taking on this task. Details of how to sponsor them is also on the site, along with a blog charting their progress throughout the season.

Posted at 12:00

Thursday 07 August - Entertaining win at Enfield Town

Hendon's penultimate pre-season run out resulted in an entertaining 3-2 victory over Enfield Town on another warm evening. The Greens took an early lead courtesy of a Brian Haule penalty and then doubled the lead thanks to Sam Byfield early in the second half. Enfield fought back well and scored in the 63rd and 76th minutes, but the Greens won the game with an own goal from Rio Alderton with 10 minutes to go.

Posted at 23:00

Thursday 07 August - Supporters Trust Press Release

Following last night's SGM, the Supporters Trust issued a press release at 8.00am this morning. At the meeting Trust members approved a proposal that the Trust should reach an agreement in principle with Hendon Football Club's current owners, the Arbiter Group, to take ownership of the Club by 31st October 2008. Trust members were also advised that discussions are ongoing with the relevant football authorities to securing agreement that the Club can play their home games at Wembley FC's Vale Farm ground as soon as possible.

The full text is as follows

On Wednesday 6 August, the Board of the Hendon Football Club Supporters Trust (the Trust) held a special general meeting (SGM) at Hendon Football Club's Claremont Road ground. Trust members were asked to approve a proposal that the Trust should reach an agreement in principle with Hendon Football Club's (the Club) current owners, the Arbiter Group, to take ownership of the Club by 31st October 2008. All Trust members in attendance voted to approve the proposal and a letter setting out the agreement in principle has now been signed by both parties.

There are many details to be agreed but the two parties will now work together to execute a formal Agreement and to obtain the approval of the relevant authorities. In the meantime, the two parties will work together to ensure stability in the run-up to the coming season.

In addition, Trust members were advised that steps have now been taken to secure the permission of the relevant football authorities for the Club to enter into a groundsharing agreement with Wembley Football Club. All parties are working towards securing agreement in time for the Club to play at Wembley Football Club's Vale Farm ground. This agreement will be effected as soon as possible.

Simon Lawrence, Chairman of the Trust, said:

"The first key step towards Trust ownership was taken back in March 2006 when the Trust was formed. The agreement in principle to take ownership of the Club represents the second key step in the process and moves us closer to our goal of ensuring the long-term survival of the Club.

"While it is desperately disappointing to have to leave Claremont Road, we have been aware for some time that our time there will come to a close at some point and we have been in discussions with Wembley Football Club for quite a while.

"We are nervous about the challenges ahead but excited at the prospect of securing our great club's long-term future."

For more information, please contact Simon Lawrence on 07976-907486 or email him at

About Hendon Football Club:

Hendon Football Club was founded in 1908 and is, thus, in the process of celebrating its centenary. The Club plays in the Premier Division of the Ryman Football League.

Further details relating to the Club's history, honours and records, playing record and management and playing staff can be found at

About Hendon Football Club Supporters Trust:

Hendon Football Club Supporters Trust was formed in 2006 as supporters became aware of the increasingly precarious position of the Club. The Trust's mandate is "to do everything within its power to ensure the continuation of Hendon Football Club playing at the highest level of football consistent with its financial position".

Posted at 08:00

Wednesday 06 August - Ground cleaning day on Sunday

The ground cleaning day will be going ahead this coming Sunday, 10th August. The ground will be open from 9.00am and food and drink will be provided by the Supporters Association. The intention will be to tidy the ground so that it is ready for the visit of Dartford next weekend. Supporters are asked to wear old clothes, and bring secateurs etc to help clear the weeds. It is hoped that the work will be complete so that supporters can travel to Ware for the friendly if they wish.

Posted at 22:00

Wednesday 06 August - Ware game is on Sunday

Just for clarification as there has been some confusion - our friendly at Ware takes place this coming Sunday afternoon, 10th August. Kick off at Wodson Park will be at 3.00pm. There is no game on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 21:45

Wednesday 06 August - July Snowball Draw

The July snowball draw was made at tonight's Supporters Trust SGM. The winner of the £229.50 first prize was number 157, and the winner of the £114.75 second prize was number 57. The August draw will be made on Tuesday 2nd September at half time of our home game against Billericay Town.

Posted at 21:30

Wednesday 06 August - Supporters Trust SGM tonight

Just a quick reminder for members of the Supporters Trust that there will be an SGM held this evening at 8pm in the banqueting suites at Claremont Road. Please make it down if you can. Please note that supporters who are not members will not be able to attend this evening.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 05 August - Hendon draw at Potters Bar

The Greens continued their pre-season preparations with a 2-2 draw at Potters Bar Town on a very wet evening. It was probably the flattest of the pre-season performances so far, and it was something of a surprise when the Greens took the lead shortly before half-time against the run of play. Dave Maissa Diedhiou was the scorer with a fine shot. Potters Bar equalised early in the second half before Lubo Guentchev restored the lead in the 74th minute. The hosts scored their second equaliser with 10 minutes to go with a blistering strike.

Posted at 22:45

Saturday 02 August - Greens score ten at Wembley

Hendon had a productive afternoon at Wembley this afternoon as they ran out 10-1 winners against the Combined Counties League side. Goals from Brian Haule, Marc Leach, Mark Kirby, Charlie Mapes and Lubomir Guentchev made the score 5-0 at half-time. Two strikes from Rob Ursell and goals from Sam Byfield, Casey Maclaren and Dave Maissa Diedhiou completed the rout. Wembley's consolation came at 9-0, five minutes from time.

Posted at 19:00