News - August 2014

Saturday 30 August - FA Cup tie goes to replay

Today's FA Cup tie between AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Bedford Town ended 1-1 and they will replay on Tuesday evening.

The winners of the replay will visit us on Saturday 13th September in the First Qualifying Round.

Posted at 20:33

Saturday 30 August - Hendon well beaten by Enfield Town

Hendon were well beaten by Enfield Town this afternoon, with the E's continuing their run against the Greens with a 3-0 victory.

The first half was a goalless affair, with the visitors looking the better side, and they took the lead in the 52nd minute courtesy of Corey Whitely.

Nathan Livings doubled the lead in the 71st minute before Whitely completed the scoring a few minutes later.

Gary McCann and the squad will be looking to bounce back immediately when they travel to Canvey Island on Tuesday evening.

Posted at 20:07

Wednesday 27 August - Gary strengthens squad

Gary McCann has strengthened the squad this week, registering a goalkeeper and a striker.

The striker is a familiar face in Adam Wallace, who was with us for the second half of last season. He underwent surgery during the summer and is now well on the road to recovery.

The goalkeeper is 23 year old Brendan Hazlett who played for Loughborough University last season and appeared for us during pre-season. He has also played for Southam United, Stratford Town and Atherstone United.

We look forward to seeing Adam back in action, and we welcome Brendan to the club and hope that he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 22:35

Wednesday 27 August - Gary delighted with Harrow victory

Gary McCann was delighted following Monday afternoon's win over landlords Harrow Borough.

He said, "If there was any criticism of my team today it would be that it took us 35 minutes to score. I was absolutely delighted with the performance.

"If we had gone in at half time, four or five goals ahead, it would not have been an unfair reflection of the game. We were very good in every aspect of the game and all across the pitch.

"It was easily our best and most complete performance of the season. We dominated through out the game. Our home form has been excellent so far this season; three wins and three clean sheets out of three.

"People may say that Harrow were not very good today, but that is a reflection of how well we played and didn't allow them to play. And that all started with the midfield which was outstanding.

"I don't think George Legg had difficult save to make all afternoon and that is credit to the defence. Charlie Horlock, however, was easily the man of the match for the good saves he made throughout the game."

Posted at 07:00

Tuesday 26 August - Michael Murray moves on

Gary McCann spoke to Greensnet this morning and announced that Michael Murray has been released by mutual consent.

Gary said "This has been a very tough decision, both for myself and for Michael, but it is a decision that is the right one for him.

"I would love to have kept him at the club, and he would have loved to stay, but with the competition for places, we are unable to offer him the regular football that he needs at this stage of his career.

"Michael's attitude throughout his two years with the club has been exemplary, he has always been behind the team and supportive of the squad even when he's not been involved.

"He will be missed in the dressing room where he was a very popular figure, and he goes with our very best wishes."

Michael made 49 appearances, scoring 8 goals, some of which will live long in the memory, particularly his winning free-kick against Corby Town in the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round in October 2012.

He has signed for Northwood, and played for them yesterday in their 1-0 victory at home to Potters Bar Town

As Gary said when he spoke to us this morning, we all thank Michael for his efforts and goals during his time with us, and wish him every success for the future.

One other player on the move, but temporarily, is Tom O'Regan, who has signed on a dual-registration for Burnham, where former Hendon defender Gary Meakin is now manager.

Posted at 18:27

Monday 25 August - Greens win in the rain

On a very wet bank holiday afternoon, Hendon ran out 2-0 winners "at home" to landlords Harrow Borough.

It was a comfortable win backed by an excellent performance, and the first goal came in the 35th minute courtesy of Leon Smith.

The second, and decisive goal, came within two minutes of the second half kicking off when Oliver Sprague's shot was deflected into the top corner for his first goal for the club.

The result moves the club up to sixth place in the table as the good start to the campaign continues.

Posted at 19:51

Sunday 24 August - Gary very pleased with performance

Gary McCann was very pleased with the performance at East Thurrock United yesterday.

He said, "If we had got a bit of luck we would have made sure of all three points.

"We weren't very good for the first 15 minutes, but that was down to us, and then we were very good for the next 60-70 minutes.

"After East Thurrock scored, they got a lift and came back at us. We had a few difficult moments, but I don't think George Legg was really worked.

"This speaks volumes for our defence, which apart from a couple of errors against Metropolitan Police has been excellent all season.

"If you had offered me 10 points from the first 5 games at the start of the season I would have bitten your hand off."

Posted at 15:47

Saturday 23 August - Greens draw at East Thurrock

The first team came away from East Thurrock United with a point this afternoon following a 1-1 draw.

The Greens took the lead in the 35th minute through Kezie Ibe, but the home side equalised midway through the second period courtesy of a Sam Latchmere goal.

The result means that the club lie in 8th place in the table going into Monday's local derby against landlords Harrow Borough.

Posted at 17:06

Tuesday 19 August - Bognor victory delights Gary

Gary McCann was delighted following last night's 1-0 win over Bognor Regis Town.

He said, "I am really pleased for the boys. The defence has been really solid and, but for a mistake on Saturday, we might have had our third clean in four games.

"I am very pleased with the win, especially back-to-back home games. Last season, our home form was nowhere near as good as our form away. I want us to be much stronger at home.

"We could, and maybe should have been out of sight at half-time. But so long as the game was only 1-0, there is always going to be a nervous time near the end.

"I don't like to single out players, but our defence was very good, protecting George Legg. Every one of the four, Chris Seeby, Casey Maclaren, Elliott Brathwaite and young Ollie Sprague, did very well, but Brathwaite and Sprague deserve special mention.

"With Leon Smith on the bench, I had not selected a penalty-taker. But Lee O'Leary stepped up and was confident, so with no designated person on spot-kick duty, I wasn't going to stop him. We will be focusing on penalties in training later this week."

Posted at 18:39

Monday 18 August - Solitary goal enough for Greens

A 50th minute goal from Casey Maclaren was enough to secure all three points against Bognor Regis Town.

It was a thoroughly professional performance by the Greens who had seen Lee O'Leary miss a penalty in the first half.

The win moves the club up to third in the table overnight.

Posted at 22:37

Saturday 16 August - Three points at VCD Athletic

Hendon picked up their second three points of the season this afternoon as they came away from VCD Athletic with a 3-1 win.

Kezie Ibe gave the Greens the lead just before half-time, before Sam Murphy doubled the lead twenty minutes into the second period with his first goal for the club. Ahmed Deen pulled a goalback for the Premier Division newboys, but Aaron Morgan made sure of the points in stoppage time.

Posted at 17:10

Saturday 16 August - Eric Fensome

It is with sadness that we have heard of the passing of supporter and former reserve team secretary Eric Fensome, who sadly died last night.

Eric, who lived in Clitterhouse Road, just a few hundred yards from Claremont Road, was a regular for many years, and assisted with the administration of the reserve team for a number of years in the late 90s and early 2000s, travelling to all parts of London and beyond.

Unfortunately Eric found the travelling too much following our departure from Claremont Road, but continued to follow our fortunes in the Non League Paper on a weekly basis.

Our sincere condolences go out to Eric's family at this very sad time.

Posted at 13:00

Saturday 16 August - Rushden beat Oxhey Jets

We are one step closer to knowing who our FA Cup opponents are after AFC Rushden & Diamonds beat Oxhey Jets 5-1 last night.

The winners will now host Bedford Town in a fortnight's time in the Preliminary Round, and the winners of that tie will travel to play us on Saturday 13th September.

Should the Diamonds progress, it will be the first time we have played them following their formation in July 2011 following the demise of the old Rushden & Diamonds club. They finished third in the United Counties League last season, and will be looking to progress through the non-league pyramid in the years to come.

We have of course played Bedford Town a number of times as they were in the Isthmian League with us a few years ago. The 2-0 league win at Bedford in September 2003 saw Gary McCann make his 196th and final appearance for the club, having come out of retirement for the day to help out then manager Dave Anderson.

Posted at 09:10

Friday 15 August - League Cup date set

Our Robert Dyas League Cup tie at Wingate & Finchley will take place on Tuesday 14th October. Kick off will be at 7.45pm.

Should the scores be level after 90 minutes, there will not be extra time and the tie will go straight to penalties.

Posted at 18:35

Wednesday 13 August - Gary philosophical in defeat

Gary McCann was in a philosophical mood after last night's defeat at Metropolitan Police.

He said, "I am disappointed to lose the game, obviously. But I don't think we played that badly.

"On another day we would have got something from the game. We played our part in what was a good spectacle.

"We had enough chances to win the game, but things didn't go for us. We didn't take our chances at key moments in the game.

"The first goal was somewhat against the run of play but the second was a poor goal from our part defensively.

"But credit to the Police, they defended superbly and really put their bodies on the line. They didn't give us the clear-cut chances we wanted. I am sure that if we had got a goal back in the first half, or early in the second, we would have got at least another one."

Posted at 18:44

Tuesday 12 August - Hendon beaten by Police

The Greens were beaten 2-0 by Metropolitan Police in their first game on the road this season.

As was the case on Saturday, both goals came in the first half, with Bradley Hudson-Odoi scoring in the 16th and 24th minutes. Leon Smith had a penalty saved later in the period and the Greens were unable to find a breakthrough.

Posted at 21:58

Monday 11 August - Robert Dyas League Cup draw

The draw for the Robert Dyas (Isthmian) League Cup has been made and we will begin with an away tie at Wingate & Finchley.

The date for the game is to be announced but is likely to take place in October.

Posted at 18:45

Sunday 10 August - Replica Shirts available now

The Supporters Association have a limited number of home replica shirts for the 2014-15 season available for sale.

The sizes range from Medium up to 2XL and they also come with long or short sleeves and are priced at £32. As we said, there are a limited number, so get in quick to secure the shirt of your choice. You can arrange to collect at the next home game you attend.

You can go direct to the relevant page of the online shop by clicking here

Posted at 07:00

Saturday 09 August - Perfect start for Hendon

The new season got off to a perfect start as the Greens won 2-0 at home to Bury Town.

It was a comfortable win, and the opening goal came in the 19th minute courtesy of Leon Smith, whilst a debut goal from Kezie Ibe came just six minutes later when he was set up by Smith.

George Legg was well protected by the experienced Hendon back line, and the three points were secured with no fuss.

Posted at 20:49

Friday 08 August - Young Reading keeper signs on loan

We are pleased to announce that goalkeeper George Legg has signed on loan from Reading.

The 18 year old has impressed during pre-season, and has come through the youth academy at Reading. He joins initially on a month's loan, and we warmly welcome him to the club.

Posted at 18:38

Friday 08 August - Soccersixes to sponsor coach travel

We are delighted to announce a new partnership between Soccersixes and Hendon Football Club. The two parties have entered into an agreement to offer 11=a-side football back at Silver Jubilee Park, and all new 6-a-side leagues being provided by Soccersixes.

Also, in addition, Soccersixes will be sponsoring the first team's coach travel to away games for the coming campaign.

The partnership welcomes three new 6-a-side leagues on a Monday, Wednesday and Sunday, and each league will house over 8 divisions of various different standards.

Soccersixes welcome new teams from throughout the area to come forward and register for the leagues.

Development Director Matt Scoffham said "It's a pleasure to be working with Hendon FC as a partnership and we are sure that players from the area are going to love playing in a stadium environment. We are offering something that nowhere else in North West London can offer so we've no doubt that players from throughout the area will travel to play and get involved."

To register for the 6-a-side leagues at Silver Jubilee Park then contact Matt Scoffham on 07796696837 or register at

Posted at 07:00

Thursday 07 August - Gary positive about new campaign

Gary McCann is in positive mood ahead of the new campaign, and is clear what he believes the squad is capable of.

He said: "The playoffs are a reasonable target, and we have to get the players to buy into it. There is a strong belief in the camp that it can be achieved.

"The start of the season is key for us as it is for every team. The players are fully aware of it and we left ourselves too much to do after the poor start. One of the reasons we fell away at the end of last season was the amount of effort we spent playing catch-up and niggles and injuries caught up with us.

"But I honestly believe that this group of players can achieve the playoffs."

Posted at 19:00

Thursday 07 August - 2014-15 Season Preview

Hendon go into the 2014-15 season hopeful of another serious attempt at the playoffs. Last season, the Greens were the form team during the middle two-thirds of the campaign, but will be looking to improve on their record at the start and finish.

Consistency will be a keyword for manager Gary McCann, who will complete a decade in charge of Hendon at the beginning of February 2015. The club has endured much turmoil since he arrived, losing their Claremont Road home in 2008, then spending four full seasons at Wembley and this is the second at Earlsmead, the home of Harrow Borough.

But there is a light at the end of the tunnel since new director Rob Morris came on board in February this year. Hendon will now be running more than a dozen youth teams, based at what was Kingsbury Town's old Silver Jubilee Park ground, which he part owns, and is currently being refurbished and upgraded to include a new 3G playing surface. The plans are for it to be the Greens' regular training base and hopefully, a regular home sometime in the future.

On the field, most of last season's Hendon's squad has agreed to stay on for another year. Only Jack Bennett, Michael Bryan, Anthony Thomas, Berkley Laurencin and earlier departure Jefferson Louis have left, while newcomers include strkers Kezie Ibe and Richard Worrell, midfielders Peter Dean, Tom O’Regan, Andre Da Costa and Sam Murphy.

The defence, clearly a strength for most of the last campaign, has only one new arrival Ollie Sprague - and he was dually registered in 2013-14, making his debut towards the end of the season - to join Chris Seeby, Casey Maclaren, James Fisher, Elliott Brathwaite and Sam Flegg.

In midfield, the anchor will be captain Kevin Maclaren, with Lee O'Leary - who has had an excellent preseason - and Dean, Tony Taggart and Michael Murray further forward, Max McCann and Dave Diedhiou, who can fill in at full-back and in the middle of defence.

It will be tough for Hendon to replace the 43 goals from Thomas and Louis, but Ibe, Leon Smith, Aaron Morgan and Adam Wallace, the latter of whom is currently on the road to recovery from surgery, have a number of years of experience at Ryman Premier level and Richard Worrell was prolific at the end of last season for Haringey Borough.

The management team also shows one change in former club captain Scott Cousins taking as coach from Junior Lewis, who is now assistant head-coach at Championship club Leeds United. Cousins joins manager Gary McCann, his assistant Freddie Hyatt and sports therapist Mark Findley. He will be registered as a player, but having missed most of last season with injury he has concentrated on the training side in preseason and will play only in an emergency.

Posted at 07:00

Wednesday 06 August - Middlesex Senior Cup Draw

The draw for the Middlesex Senior Cup has been made, and we have a bye to the second round where we will travel to Staines Town. The date for the game is pencilled in as being Tuesday 12th November.

Should we win that tie, we will then travel to either Hanworth Villa, Spelthorne Sports or AFC Hayes in the Quarter Finals which are due to be played during the week commencing 20th January.

Posted at 19:13

Tuesday 05 August - Eskinazi & Co to sponsor shirts

We are delighted to announce that Eskinazi & Co have agreed to sponsor the first team shirts for the 2014-15 season.

Eskinazi & Co, who were one of our sponsors last season, are Solicitors and Mediators who were established in North Finchley in January 1998. They specialise in all aspects of family law, and have a number of solicitors and a barrister who are all highly qualified, specialist lawyers.

We would like to thank Eskinazi & Co for their continued sponsorship and support of the club, and if you would like to find out more about them, please visit their website below.

Eskinazi & Co Website

Posted at 13:00

Monday 04 August - Gary's thoughts on Staines game

Speaking after the weekend, manager Gary McCann wasn't too disappointed with the result at Staines Town.

He said, "Overall I was very pleased with the performances both on Saturday and the Chesham game at the start of last week. We didn't win either game, but in preseason, the performances are far more important than the results.

"We struggled to get to grips with their shape in the early part of the game. It was disappointing that they got too much of the ball and we didn't see enough of it ourselves.

"After tinkering with our shape we got far more into the game and we had some good scoring chances. For a long period in that first half, we were at least as good as them, only for a defensive lapse gave them a second goal.

"The second half was a very well contested affair and both teams had good chances."

Posted at 20:11

Saturday 02 August - One more added to the squad

Gary McCann has added one more name to the squad this weekend as Richard Worrell signed registration forms.

Richard joins us having played for Waltham Forest and Haringey Borough last season, and has also played for Enfield 1893.

He has appeared in most of the pre-season games this summer and has impressed enough for Gary to add him to the squad.

We warmly welcome Richard to the club and hope that he enjoys his time with us.

Posted at 21:57

Saturday 02 August - Hendon lose final friendly

The Greens lost their final friendly of pre-season this afternoon, going down 2-0 at Staines Town.

Staines showed that there is a difference at the next step up as they outplayed the Greens in the first half, scoring at either end of the half. Chace O'Neill gave them the lead in the 6th minute as the heavens opened, and Louie Theophanous doubled the lead as he was played onside just before half-time.

The second half performance from Hendon was much improved, but they were out of luck in front of goal despite some good approach work.

The game will have given Gary McCann and his backroom team things to work on in training this week as they make the final preparations for the beginning of the season next weekend.

Posted at 20:31

Friday 01 August - Final friendly tomorrow

Tomorrow sees the final friendly take place as we traveil to Staines Town before the season proper commences next weekend.

Admission at Wheatsheaf Lane is £5 adults and £3 concessions, and the game will kick off at 3.00pm

Posted at 19:00

Friday 01 August - Aaron Morgan signs on

Aaron Morgan signed registration forms for the new season at training last night, further strengthening the squad.

Gary is hoping to sign one or two more players before the start of the season.

Posted at 13:00