News - August 2009

Monday 31 August - Hendon return to winning ways

Hendon returned to winning ways this afternoon with a 4-1 win over Aveley, despite going behind to a 2nd minute goal from Matt Johnson. The turning point in the game came in the 27th minute when Aveley were reduced to ten men when Martin Tuohy was sent off for kicking out at Craig Vargas. Within four minutes Dave Diedhiou equalised to make the scoreline 1-1 at half-time. James Bent gave the Greens the lead in the 57th minute before Danny Dyer and Peter Dean both scored late on to secure the three points.

Posted at 18:34

Monday 31 August - Cumberbatch comes on board

Gary McCann announced before the game the signing of central defender Marc Cumberbatch on a dual-registration basis from Staines Town in time to make his debut this afternoon. Cumberbatch played against us last season for Dulwich Hamlet, and has also appeared for a number of clubs including Leyton and Dover Athletic.

Posted at 18:33

Saturday 29 August - New look Kingstonian beat Hendon

The new look Kingstonian side that contained no less than seven signings made in the past 48 hours ran out 3-0 winners this afternoon at Vale Farm. Whilst the Ks deserved the win, 3-0 was a harsh scoreline on Hendon.

The opening goal came in the 41st minute courtesy of Bobby Traynor. Peter Dean had the best chance for Hendon in the second half, but Kingstonian scored again in the 90th minute thanks to Karl Beckford's strike, and the final goal came in the third minute of stoppage time courtesy of a fine strike from Simon Huckle.

Posted at 18:07

Saturday 29 August - It's Marlow in the FA Cup

Our opponents in the FA Cup will be Marlow, who had a comfortable 3-0 win over Ilford this afternoon. The game will take place at Marlow on Saturday 12th September, kicking off at 3.00pm.

Posted at 18:07

Saturday 29 August - Apology about problems in programme

We would like to apologise for the problems with poor formatting in the programme, and also with the players pictures on the sponsorship page. We can assure all readers that the programme was correct when it was sent to the printers, and all the errors have occured before it was printed.

Supporters are also advised that due to the difficulty in producing two different programmes over a bank holiday weekend, the programme against Aveley will be a repeat of today's programme with a few subtle changes.

Posted at 18:07

Thursday 27 August - Bank Holiday double header ahead

We have a double header of home games coming up over this bank holiday weekend, both against promoted clubs who won their respective divisions last season.

On Saturday afternoon we entertain Division One South champions Kingstonian. The K's have had a rotten start to the season, suffering a string of heavy defeats, including 6-1 at home to Aveley last Saturday, and then 5-0 at Dartford on Tuesday. Their manager, Alan Dowson, is reported to be looking at bringing in a number of new faces ahead of the weekend fixtures in a bid to stop the poor results. This means that it could well be a tougher fixture for us than it may initially appear as we aim to build on our good start to the campaign.

Then on Monday afternoon we will be visited by Division One North champions Aveley. We last played Aveley two years ago in the FA Cup, eventually winning 3-2 in a replay at their Mill Field ground. The Millers started well with two wins and a draw, but were defeated 3-0 by Margate on Monday evening. They entertain Carshalton Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

Both games will kick off at Vale Farm at 3.00pm, and the bar will be open before the game, at half-time and after the game as normal. Supporters are reminded that on Saturday, the Rugby League Challenge Cup final is taking place at Wembley Stadium, so roads and public transport is likely to be busier than normal.

In terms of public transport, the Bakerloo line is closed between Paddington and Elephant & Castle on Saturday, but the London Overground and Piccadilly Line are both running a full normal service. On Monday, the Jubilee Line is closed between Stanmore and West Hampstead, but the Bakerloo Line, London Overground and Piccadilly Line will all be operating a full bank holiday service. Buses are also likely to be disrupted by the Wembley traffic on Saturday, so if you are travelling by bus, please allow more time than normal for your journey.

Posted at 12:50

Tuesday 25 August - Point earned at Ashford

Hendon will be the happier side tonight following their 1-1 draw at Ashford Town (Middlesex). The home side had the better of the game, but went behind in the 70th minute when Peter Dean bundled the ball home from close range after excellent work from Wayne O'Sullivan. The equaliser came 10 minutes later when Billy Jeffreys headed home a corner from former Hendon midfielder Paul Johnson.

Posted at 23:21

Monday 24 August - James Parker on the radio tonight

James Parker is due to be interviewed on the BBC Non League Show by Caroline Barker this evening.

The show starts at 9.00pm, and the interview with James is due to take place some time after 9.30pm. The show is broadcast on BBC London 94.9FM, or via DAB radio in the London area. You can also listen via digital tv on SKY channel 0152, Virgin Media channel 930 or Freesat channel 718. The other place you can hear the show is on the internet via

The show will also be available as a podcast from tomorrow morning via the website address above.

Posted at 18:12

Monday 24 August - Greens aim to bounce back

We continue our busy start to the season tomorrow evening when we make the short trip to Ashford Town (Middlesex), with the aim of bouncing back from our disappointing last minute defeat on Saturday.

Our hosts lost 3-1 at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday afternoon, their second defeat of the season, having previously been defeated 2-1 by Canvey Island. Their single win so far came against Kingstonian on the opening day of the season - a 3-1 victory.

Last season saw each team win on their opponents patch. At Claremont Road in August, Ashford won 3-0, scoring with their only three shots at goal, whilst in January, we ran out 2-0 winners despite having Marc Leach sent off at half-time. Our scorers were James Bent and Sam Byfield.

We always get a friendly welcome at Short Lane, their bar and excellent snack bar will be open as normal. Admission prices are £9.00 for adults, £5 for concessions and £1 for under 16s. Kick off tomorrow will be at 7.45pm.

Posted at 14:35

Sunday 23 August - Hendon DVDs and Videos on eBay

The supporters trust have just listed a few Hendon DVDs and videos for auction on eBay. Games include the FA Cup replay victory at Leyton Orient in 1997, the FA Cup tie at Reading in 1988, the Middlesex Senior Cup final against Northwood in 2002 and the Puma Cup final against Worthing in 1999. These, and many other items can be found by clicking the eBay shop link on the menu.

Posted at 14:43

Saturday 22 August - Squad photos now online

Following our press night last Thurday, at which all the squad were available, we have now updated the current player and coaching staff penpics with up to date photos, plus the new team photo.

The more eagle eyed will notice two previously unannounced additions to the team. Casey Maclaren has signed again for the Greens and has already been seen around on matchdays, while joining us on the coaching side is Ron Harwood, formerly one of our mini-soccer coaches. Ron has been assisting Gary and Freddie since pre-season started.

Posted at 22:09

Saturday 22 August - Last gasp winner for Sutton

Sutton took all three points this afternoon with a last gasp winner from Sam Gargan, with just 30 seconds of stoppage time remaining. Our visitors had the better of the first half and took the lead through Gargan after 32 minutes. The Greens fought back in the second half and equalised on the hour mark when Sam Berry headed home, but Gargan was to have the last word with his late winner.

Posted at 18:19

Friday 21 August - Another tough fixture ahead

We have another tough fixture ahead tomorrow afternoon as we look to build on our excellent start to the season so far. Sutton United, who are one of the pre-season favourites, are our opponents at Vale Farm, and they will be looking to bounce back from the 1-0 defeat at Horsham on Tuesday night. They did have a great start last Saturday however as they beat Margate 4-0 at Gander Green Lane.

Our two clubs met three times, twice in the league and once in the FA Trophy. In the league game at Gander Green Lane, Sutton ran out 1-0 winners, whilst the return fixture was a goalless draw. In the FA Trophy, Sutton won 2-1 after Harry Hunt had given us the lead.

The bar at Vale Farm will be open from around 12.30pm and all supporters are welcome. However, we do remind you all that alcohol is not allowed to be taken into the ground. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible tomorrow afternoon.

Posted at 17:04

Wednesday 19 August - Order your Non League Directory now

We are now taking orders for the new edition of the Non League Directory. We will be selling it at the reduced price of £17.95. Also available is the annual Ryman League Statistical Review priced at £5.00.

If you would like to place an order, please either email Chris Rogers on or speak to Chris or Steve Rogers on a matchday. The deadline for placing orders is Monday 31st August.

Posted at 19:31

Tuesday 18 August - O'Sullivan nicks the points

An 84th minute goal from Wayne O'Sullivan was enough to secure all three points for Hendon tonight against Billericay Town. Following an even opening half, Billericay had the better chances in the second period, but O'Sullivan showed how important it is to take chances when they come along. The result keeps the Greens second in the table as one of four teams with a 100% record.

Posted at 23:05

Monday 17 August - Dons look to build on good start

Gary McCann will be aiming to build on Saturday's good start when we entertain Billericay at Vale Farm tomorrow evening in our first home game of the campaign.

Billericay have made a number of changes to their squad during the summer, with new signings including goalkeeper Andy Walker from Maidstone United, defenders Russell Pond and Ian Wiles from Heybridge Swifts - Hendon supporters will remember Wiles for being involved in the incident that saw Heybridge keeper Ollie Morris-Sanders sent off last season - midfielders Michael Shinn from Braintree Town and Spencer Knight from Chelmsford City as well as forward Chris Sullivan from AFC Wimbledon.

Our visitors fought out a goalless draw with Wealdstone on Saturday afternoon, in a game that became increasingly scrappy with both sides having chances to nick the points in the last few minutes.

Last season, Billericay won both of the league fixtures between the two clubs firstly winning 1-0 at Claremont Road in early September, Bradley Wood-Garness scoring the goal. And then at New Lodge just before Christmas, Billericay won 4-2 in a game that saw Billy Bricknell and Joe Flack score twice for the home side, with Sam Byfield and Brian Haule replying for us.

The bar at Vale Farm will be open from 6.00pm, and the turnstiles will be open from 7.00pm. We look forward to seeing as many supporters from both sides at the game as possible.

Posted at 10:33

Sunday 16 August - Matchball sponsors wanted

We still have a number of gaps on the matchball sponsorship list, and in particular we are looking for someone to sponsor the matchball for our upcoming fixture against Sutton United next weekend.

For £80, you will get a complimentary ticket, complimentary programme, credit in the matchday programme, on the website, and on the match report page on the website.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Sutton game, please contact Steve Rogers by Monday evening, so that we can meet print deadlines for the Sutton programme. You can contact him on

Full details of the matchball and other sponsorship packages can be found throught the advertising & sponsorship link on the menu.

Posted at 09:06

Saturday 15 August - Ten man Hendon off to great start

Despite losing Jamie Busby to a 31st minute red card, Hendon came away from Bognor Regis Town this afternoon with a comfortable 3-0 win. After a goalless first half, James Bent opened the scoring in the 66th minute. Wayne O'Sullivan doubled the lead fifteen minutes later before Harry Hunt completed the scoring with a minute to go.

Posted at 19:17

Friday 14 August - Kick off is rapidly approaching

The big kick off for the new season is now less than 24 hours away, and the final signing has been made in the form of Yacine Hamada. The 22 year old forward has made a good impression during pre-season, having scored 10 goals last season for Waltham Forest.

Our first game sees us make the trip to the south coast to play our old friends Bognor Regis Town, who were relegated from Blue Square South last season. Bognor have undergone quite a change of personnel, and have a squad made up largely of teenagers with a few experienced heads to help them along.

As many will be aware, Bognor's clubhouse was burnt down a year ago, and the replacement building won't be completed for another couple of months. However, bar facilities will be available in the adjoining sports club before and after the game, as well as at half-time.

Admission at Bognor is £10 for adults, £7 for concessions and £2 for under 16s. We look forward to seeing you all there tomorrow afternoon.

Posted at 18:06

Wednesday 12 August - First 11 mascots to get free shirt

Following some confusion amongst supporters and enquiries about exactly what the mascot package includes, we are pleased to confirm that the first 11 mascots to make a booking will be supplied with a full kit on the day to wear as they lead the team out and will be able to keep their shirt after the match as part of the package.

All other mascots will be given a kit to wear on the day, but due to the fact that Adidas were only able to provide 12 mascot shirts, we will need to keep one available for matchdays. For those mascots for who we are unable to supply a replica shirt to keep, we will reduce the package price accordingly.

Also due to having a short supply of shorts and socks, we will unfortunately not be able to allow mascots to keep these at the end of the day. If anyone has any questions about the mascot package, and availability of shirts for the mascots, please contact Steve Rogers on

Posted at 12:44

Tuesday 11 August - Dons lose final friendly

A much changed Hendon side lost their final friendly against a Corinthian-Casuals side who it could be said knew how to tackle hard. One tackle led to Glenn Garner being carried off shortly before half-time.

Casuals took the lead in the 26th minute and doubled it in the 74th minute. The Hendon goal came four minutes later when a cross from Lubomir Guentchev was turned into his own net by a defender, and the best chance for an equaliser fell to 15 year old Max McCann.

Posted at 22:07

Sunday 09 August - McCann sets playoff challenge

Hendon manager Gary McCann has set his players a big challenge for their 2009-10 Ryman League Premier Division season.

While two seasons ago Hendon were still fighting for a playoff position on the last day of the season, the 2008-09 campaign was unforgettable for mainly the wrong reasons: the loss of Claremont Road, using five different 'home' grounds and a fight against relegation for much of the season, albeit with McCann getting his first taste of silverware as a manager with victory in the London Senior Cup final.

He said, "Our expectations have changed over the past 12 months. Last year was the most difficult I have known as a manager. With all that was going on my real goal was to avoid relegation and to have some success in the cups. That we stayed up and won the London Senior Cup means we achieved our targets.

"This season, I expect a top 10 finish and I expect us to challenge for the playoffs. I am now as comfortable as I have ever been here. Now that the groundshare with Wembley is in place, this is the most stable situation since I took over as manager.

"This is the strongest squad I think I've started a season with. My teams will match anyone in terms of commitment and effort and I think that our strikers are as good a group as I've had at Hendon. In any case, we will always try to play the right way.

"We have a demanding start to the season, but we will soon be able to see where we are and I am really looking forward to the trip to Bognor Regis on 15 August."

Posted at 16:14

Saturday 08 August - Much improved performance by Greens

Hendon put in a vastly improved performance this afternoon as they beat Uxbridge 4-1 at Honeycroft. Mark Kirby and Harry Hunt were on the scoresheet in the first half, before Dave Warner pulled a goal back in the 62nd minute. Hunt restored the two goal advantage shortly afterwards, and Jamie Busby completed the scoring with a late penalty.

Posted at 17:52

Friday 07 August - Three more players sign on

Gary McCann has announced this afternoon that three more players have signed Ryman League forms for the forthcoming campaign, which includes two new faces.

Wayne Jackson is an 18 year old winger who has joined us having been released by Fulham's academy in the summer, whilst James Reading is an 18 year old goalkeeper who has appeared in our last two friendlies between the sticks, having been released by Wycombe Wanderers at the end of last season. Also signing on is popular striker Brian Haule.

Posted at 15:53

Thursday 06 August - Hendon join Boreham Wood PASE Scheme

Hendon Football Club have entered into an innovative agreement with Oaklands College and Boreham Wood FC that will benefit current and prospective players aged between 16 and 19. The agreement forms part of a network of deals between colleges and Clubs in the North and North West London and South Herts area that will benefit anything up to 250 young men each year.

Led by Boreham Wood FC and Oaklands College, the Football Clubs, Colleges and schools will work collaboratively, to ensure the youngsters on the scheme will receive not just a football education but a programme of study leading to academic or vocational qualifications that should help them to get off on the right foot when they enter the world of work.

Similar football led schemes where one Club works with a single College are prevalent around the country but this scheme is believed to be the first of its kind in that a group of Clubs, schools and Colleges will be working collaboratively to help individual youngsters to become the best they can be, not just in football but in the wider world. In fact the success rate on both the education and football front, since Boreham Wood and Oaklands College put their scheme into practice has made this arguably the largest and most successful in the country.

Trials for young players wishing to join this innovative scheme are soon to be arranged and will take place at Boreham Wood's Broughinge Park ground. Any interested parties aged between 16 and 19 years old are asked to contact Hendon FC before Thursday 25 August leaving your name and contact telephone number by email at or by telephone 020 8908 3553.

Boreham Wood FC Chairman Danny Hunter, who has pioneered this venture from its conception over the last 5 years, said, "It is important to emphasise that this very special collaboration, encompasses 250 students and footballers, between the ages of 16 and 19 years old, plus 3 colleges spread over 5 campuses, 4 schools and 3 like-minded local football clubs. In this day and age, to bring so many organisations together is a remarkable feat.

"Both myself and Mark Dawe, the principle of Oaklands College, are thrilled that Hendon Football Club is now coming on board with us over for the betterment of local boys, both academically and in a footballing sense in their communities.

"I have long admired Hendon Football Club and have been friends with Graham Etchell, the Hendon FC Secretary, for a considerable time, so I look forward to a very successful partnership with everyone concerned, in raising the standards across the board both on an educational and football front."

Posted at 09:36

Tuesday 04 August - Greens defeated by Wingate

Hendon put in their worst performance of the pre-season campaign as they lost 2-0 at Wingate & Finchley this evening. The home sides goals were scored by Leon Nelson after 30 minutes and David Laird after 85 minutes. The Greens had a number of chances throughout the game, but their shooting was off-target.

Posted at 23:15

Monday 03 August - New kit photos

At last week's Supporters' Trust and Supporters Association AGMs, club secretary Graham Etchell displayed our new home kit for the 2009/10 season. While our suppliers are again Adidas and the colours have remained the same, the trademark three stripes have been relegated to a small mark at the top of the neck, with the sleeves left blank for the league logo to be displayed - new for this season. The club has also taken the opportunity to increase the size of numbers on the shirts to make it easier to differentiate from the far end of the ground!

Images of both front and back of the shirt are now available through the item on the front page of Greensnet.

Posted at 19:48

Saturday 01 August - List of registered players announced

Gary McCann announced the list of players who have registered to play for the club this afternoon. 18 players have registered so far, and it is hoped that 2 or 3 more will register in the next couple of weeks. Of those players who have signed, 16 played for us last season.

The two incoming players registered so far are Wayne O'Sullivan, who as reported a few weeks ago has rejoined us from Braintree Town, and midfielder Sam Berry, who joins us from Harlow Town, having also previously appeared for Ware.

The full list of players currently registered can be found by going to the playing squad link on the menu.

Posted at 21:44

Saturday 01 August - Another friendly victory

Hendon continued their good pre-season form this afternoon with a 5-2 victory over Hanwell Town. After Hanwell had taken the lead in the 21st minute, Brian Haule equalised shortly before half-time. The Greens then took the game away from Hanwell in the second half with two goals from Yacine Hamada, as well as strikes from Sam Berry and Lubomir Guentchev.

Posted at 17:47