News - September 2004

Tuesday 28 September - Hendon beat Stones to win shield

Hendon beat Wealdstone 4-2 tonight in the George Ruffell Memorial Shield in a game that was considerably more entertaining than Saturday's. Wealdstone took the lead in the 5th minute when Brian Jones found himself in space and able to fire home. Within a minute, Danny Julienne equalised, scoring his first goal for the club, when he ran through the Wealdstone defence to score. In the 14th minute Jones scored his second goal of the game when he nipped in behind Danny Butler to stab the ball home from close range. It was all square again on the stroke of half time when Julienne also scored his second. The Greens took more control of the game in the second half, and were rewarded in the 63rd minute when John Frendo found the net, and in the 77th minute Mark Nicholls completed the scoring with a drive from the edge of the area. It was the second time that Hendon have won the shield in their fourth appearance in a match that has only been running for six years.

Posted at 23:00

Tuesday 28 September - Clapton game off again

Tonights Middlesex Millennium Cup game at Clapton was postponed once again. We have now left the outcome of the tie in the hands of the competition organisers as the game has now been called off three times.

Posted at 16:00

Monday 27 September - George Ruffell Memorial Trophy tomorrow

Tomorrow night sees the annual George Ruffell Memorial Trophy game between the winners of the Middlesex Senior Cup and the Middlesex Charity Cup. As winners of the Senior Cup we play Wealdstone, who won the Charity Cup at the end of last season. Wealdstone currently lie in 21st place in the league following their 3-0 derby defeat at home to Harrow Borough on Saturday afternoon. The game takes place at Claremont Road and kicks off at 7.45pm. All proceeds from the game go to charity. It would be great to see as many supporters as possible from both sides, raising plenty of money for charity.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 27 September - Youth team round up

All three Sunday sides were in action again yesterday, and it was great news for the Under 15's as they registered their first win of the season with a 9-0 demolition of Harlington. Saleh Abuukar hit a hat-trick, while brother Fuad Abuukar hit a brace of goals. Also scoring twice were Mark Blooman and Assam Zaid. It was good news as well for Gary Eaton's Under 16 side who beat Parkfield 7-1 thanks to double strikes from Marcel Byfield, Richard Campbell and Solomon Munyoro. The final goal was scored by Prince Alozie. It wasn't such good news for the Under 12's who lost their first game of the season 2-0 at home against Belmont United. Full reports can be found on the relevant team pages. League tables will be updated on Wednesdays or Thursdays each week.

Posted at 10:00

Sunday 26 September - Clapton game to be played on Tuesday

The much postponed Middlesex Millennium Cup group match at Clapton has been rearranged again, and will now take place on Tuesday evening at the Old Spotted Dog ground. The reserve team will be fulfilling the fixture as the first team are involved in the George Ruffell Memorial Shield against Wealdstone at the same time.

Posted at 14:00

Saturday 25 September - Please help us to save Hendon Football Club

The Claremont Road site is no longer financially viable for HFC. The gate receipts do not even cover the costs of running the club and the stands, grounds and buildings are in need of urgent repairs. The footings in the main stand are rotting and are a fire hazard and the covered stand has already been condemned. The cost is upwards of £1 million. Arbiter Group do not have the funds to continue supporting the club or to carry out these repairs.

Our Football Club can only survive if we can sell the existing site to enable us to move to Copthall Stadium and reinvest in the future of the club. This move will enable us to invest in Copthall Stadium, which is also deteriorating, and secure the future of Shaftesbury Harriers. We have already spent £50,000 on the pitch. We will also be able to develop our mini soccer and youth teams, as well as grassroots football and athletics.

Without your support, Hendon Football Club will have to close. The proposals for the new care home for the elderly and residential units within the existing footprint at Claremont Road are going to the Planning Committee in October. Please help us by filling in the downloadable form (see the link below) and sending it to Head of Planning, Barnet House, 1255 High Road, Whetstone, London, N20 0EJ. If you are unable to download the form, then please send a letter of support to the same address or sign the online petition.

Posted at 20:00

Saturday 25 September - Greens and Lilywhites in goalless draw

Hendon drew 0-0 this afternoon against Leyton at Claremont Road in a game which was attended by Ryman League chairman Alan Turvey. The game was really only notable for the shortage of clearcut chances. Both defences held firm against their opposing attackers, while neither midfield really took a grip on the match. Hendon's best second half chance fell to Richard McDonagh who saw his 20 yard drive fly just wide of the post. The result leaves Hendon in 6th place, but just two points behind new leaders Cheshunt, but equally just five points clear of 18th placed Salisbury City in a very tight league table.

Posted at 18:00

Thursday 23 September - Monty interview on the radio tonight

Our mascot Monty the Lamb has been interviewed by BBC London ahead of the Mascot Grand National this coming Sunday, along with Arsenal's mascot. The interview is expected to go out on BBC London on 94.9FM or on DAB Digital Radio this evening sometime between 7.30pm and 8.00pm.

Posted at 14:00

Wednesday 22 September - Bedford win replay

Our opponents in the next round of the FA Cup will be Bedford Town, after they beat Chesham United 4-1 after extra time yesterday evening. Chesham were 1-0 up at half-time before Bedford equalised in the dying minutes, Chesham being reduced to ten men as their keeper was sent off. Bedford capitalised during extra time to win the game, and Chesham were further reduced as a second man was dismissed from the field of play. The tie against Bedford will take place at the New Eyrie on Saturday 2nd October, kicking off at 3.00pm.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 20 September - Youth team round up

All three Sunday youth teams were in action yesterday. The Under 16's beat Headstone Manor B 3-1 thanks to a Marcel Byfield hat-trick, the Under 15's lost 3-1 against LNER St Georges, the only goal coming from Fuad Abuukar, while the Under 12's drew 3-3 with Belmont United, and had Tony Teegan, Max Nqai and Damilola Thomas to thank for the goals. More details on the games can be found on the relevant youth team pages.

Posted at 14:00

Monday 20 September - Clapton game postponed

The Middlesex Millennium Cup tie against Clapton due to be played tomorrow has been postponed due to the fact that Clapton are unable to field a side. A new date will be arranged for the game in due course.

Posted at 13:55

Monday 20 September - FA Cup Second Qualifying Round draw

The FA have made the draw for the second qualifying round this morning, and we will be travelling to the winners of the replay between Chesham United and Bedford Town both of whom now play in the Southern League Premier Division. The game will be played on Saturday, 2nd October 2004.

Posted at 13:00

Sunday 19 September - Lotto Syndicate Period 5

Our very popular Lotto syndicate begins a new six month period on 30th October and runs through the following 26 weeks. 25% of all winnings go to the Supporters Association and is used to the benefit of the football club. New members are very welcome but you must be a member of the Supporters Association. Application forms should be available on the website shortly, but in the meantime they can be collected from the club shop. Closing date for entries is October 16th. The more lines we play, the more chances we have of winning the jackpot.

Posted at 18:00

Sunday 19 September - Marathon team taking shape

The response for our London Marathon team has been excellent. We have many brace supporters and superb athletes wanting to represent Hendon Football Club in the great race. Definite entries are Phil Rogers, Steve Rogers, John Rogers, Dave Garner, Glenn Garnet, Steve Cheesewright, Phil Neville, Kieran Cronin, Tony Rice along with our assistant manager Gary Farrell. Training hard and giving it some serious thought are Simon Lawrence and Paul Hutton.

Please give all those mentioned loads of encouragement as each of them will be giving up a lot of time and putting in a lot of dedicated hard work to raise as much money as possible for Hendon FC. Please support them, either individually, or sponsor them as a team. Team sponsor forms will be available from the club shop once the entries have been confirmed. Thank you for your anticipated support.

Posted at 13:00

Sunday 19 September - Mascot Grand National

The next big day for Monty, following his fifth place in the Folkestone Egg & Spoon race, is the Mascot Grand National at Huntingdon Racecourse, the biggest event in the world for mascots and always an exciting day out for all the family. Last year Monty was somewhat distracted by a rather fine looking lady who had forgotten to put her clothes on! Monty is hoping to finish in the top 15 this year and will be making every effort to do the club proud. The event takes place next Sunday, 26th September and tickets cost £6.00 for the picnic area, £12.00 for the paddock and £16.00 for a days membership. For more information call the course on 01480 453375.

Posted at 12:00

Sunday 19 September - Under 18s fixtures released

The under 18s have received details of their opening fixtures for their first season in the under 20s division of the Middlesex County League. Games will be played on Saturdays, and their first game is on the 2nd October when they entertain Young Stars at Copthall Playing Fields. Two weeks they entertain Princes Park Rovers followed by a trip to Crown & Manor the week after. On the 30th October they will play at home against Haringey Borough. Meanwhile, in the Middlesex County Youth Cup they will travel to Staines Town.

Posted at 11:45

Saturday 18 September - Late goal takes Hendon through

An injury time goal from Martin Vhrovski was enough to take Hendon through to the next round of the FA Cup as they beat Holmer Green 1-0. The Greens had created a number of chances during the game, but either saw the shots go wide, over the bar, or well saved by visiting keeper Chris Tullett. Holmer Green also had chances, and always looked dangerous on the break, particularly when Marcus Fearon was in possession. It looked almost certain that the game was going to a replay when Vhrovski struck a fierce shot through a crowd of players into the net to win the tie. The draw for the next round takes place on Monday morning at 11.00am, and we will update the site as soon as we can.

Posted at 18:00

Thursday 16 September - FA Cup campaign starts on Saturday

Hendon start their 2004/05 FA Cup campaign on Saturday in the First Qualifying Round as they entertain Holmer Green on Saturday afternoon. Holmer Green play in the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division and currently lie in sixth place having won three of their five games. They progressed to this stage by winning 2-1 against Newport Pagnell Town a fortnight ago and will no doubt be looking forward to their trip to Claremont Road. However, they were knocked out of the FA Vase last weekend, going down to a 5-1 defeat at the hands of Potters Bar Town. Kick off on Saturday afternoon is at 3.00pm, and we hope to see as many supporters as possible at the game, getting behind the team and hopefully cheering them on to progression into the next round.

Posted at 10:00

Tuesday 14 September - Ofori sees red as Greens lose

Hendon put in a very disappointing performance this evening as they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Northwood, thus ending the unbeaten home run that stemmed back to the start of 2004. Northwood took the lead in the 14th minute through Jonny Moore, and the Greens were short of ideas as they tried to get back into the game. Things got worse in the 73rd minute when Eugene Ofori was sent off for punching Luke Evans right in front of the referee. All in all it was a night to forget for Hendon supporters as the club slipped off the top of the table and now lie fourth, two points behind leaders Yeading.

Posted at 22:30

Tuesday 14 September - No reserve game tomorrow

The reserve team game at Chesham United tomorrow evening has been postponed and will be rearranged later in the season.

Posted at 22:25

Monday 13 September - No motivation needed tomorrow night

Tomorrow evening Hendon entertain Northwood at Claremont Road in a 7.45pm kick off. The game has added interest with a number of former Northwood players now in the Hendon squad, and surely both teams will need no motivation for the game. Last season, a Martin Randall penalty at Claremont Road was cancelled out by one from Dave Sargent, while the return at Chestnut Avenue was decided by an early Eugene Ofori strike. In the Middlesex Senior Cup quarter-final, a goal in each half from Scott Cousins, one a penalty, saw Hendon advance 2-0. Northwood are in 17th place in the table this season after losing 3-0 at home to Worthing on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 13 September - Great start for Under 12s

The under 12s kicked off their season under the leadership of new manager John Creith with a great 6-0 victory at St Joseph's B. Damilola Thomas and Dean Rosenthal both scored twice, with Tony Teegan and Alan Aberdeen also finding the back of the net. They now face Belmont United next Sunday, while at the same time the Under 15s and Under 16s will be opening their campaigns.

Posted at 09:55

Sunday 12 September - Dons stay top despite defeat

Hendon remain on top of the table despite losing 1-0 at Braintree Town in an entertaining game yesterday afternoon. The goal came in the 75th minute when James Baker managed to fire the ball home in a crowded goal area. Both sides created chances throughout the game, and Braintree can certainly be indebted to the form of their keeper Danny Gay who made a number of good saves, while Anthony Robinson hit the woodwork, and Dave Hunt had a shot cleared off the line. It was very similar at the other end with Dave King making some good saves, the woodwork being hit as well as another shot cleared off the line.

Posted at 18:00

Thursday 09 September - Tough trip awaits this weekend

The first team make a quick return to Essex, this time to the north-east corner of the county where Braintree Town await in what is likely to be a tough encounter. Kick off at Cressing Road is at 3.00pm. Last season, the Iron struggled and rarely looked like pulling out of the bottom four of the table. Hendon won 3-1 (Eugene Ofori, 2, and Ricci Crace) at Cressing Road, and 1-0 at Claremont Road (Ofori again). This season, under new manager George Borg and with former St Albans Chairman Lee Harding in a similar role, Braintree have enjoyed much more success, until losing at Slough, their first reverse of 2004-05, last Saturday, although they bounced back with a last minute win against Wealdstone on Tuesday evening, courtesy of a Bertie Brayley goal.

Please note that there will be no further updates to the website until Sunday evening due to work commitments.

Posted at 10:00

Wednesday 08 September - Bangura strikes as reserves draw

The reserves drew 1-1 with Farnborough Town in a hard fought game this evening. After the kick off had been delayed until 8.45pm due to the late arrival of Farnborough due to major traffic problems, both sides made a bright start to the game. It was the Greens that opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Usif Bangura took advantage of hesitancy in the Farnborough defence. The equaliser came ten minutes later when Farnborough counter attacked and scored. Both sides had half chances in the second half, but both keepers were equal to everything.

Team : Luke Thornton, Marcus Izycki, Daniel Efde (Nic Greenhall), Warren Clarke, Gilbert Nuako, Nana Kusi Nkansah (Alie Sesay), Danny Julienne, Chad Edwards (Russell Joseph), Junior Howell, Usif Bangura, Tom Woodcraft. Unused subs Gary Thirkell, Jack Woodcraft.

Posted at 23:30

Tuesday 07 September - Reserves entertain Farnborough tomorrow

The reserves are back in action again tomorrow evening when they make their first home appearance as they entertain Farnborough Town in a Capital League game. Kick off at Claremont Road is at 7.45pm should anyone decide they don't want to watch the England game! Admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 06 September - Hendon top table as Ofori strikes

Hendon went top of the Ryman League Premier Division this evening following their 1-0 win at Chelmsford City. If truth be told, the Greens were fortunate to come away with all three points as Chelmsford piled on the pressure in the second half. However, the home side found Dave King in fine form, Hendon defenders clearing the ball off the line, or saw their shots go wide or over the bar. The goal, which turned out to be decisive, came in the 31st minute when Mark Nicholls played a corner short to Wayne Carter, who in turn played back to Nicholls who crossed it into the area for Eugene Ofori to head home from close range. Hendon did have a few chances to extend the lead on the counter attack in the second period, but like their hosts, either shot wide or over the bar. When the final whistle came, it was greeted with much relief by the travelling Hendon support. The Greens are now two points clear of Yeading, but the Ding have two games in hand, the first of which is against Harrow Borough tomorrow evening.

Posted at 23:00

Sunday 05 September - First team in action again tomorrow

The first team are back in action against tomorrow (Monday) when they make the first of two trips to Billericay, but on this occasion it will be Chelmsford City we will be playing. It will be something of a reunion for Hendon supporters as it will be the first time Simon Clarke will have played against the Greens since leaving the club in the summer of 2002 having made 351 appearances. Clarke was thought to have signed for Redbridge a few days ago, but this turned out not to be the case, and he was in the line up for Chelmsford that drew 1-1 at Harrow yesterday afternoon. Chelmsford currently lie 20th in the table, drawing four of their first seven games.

Posted at 14:00

Sunday 05 September - Clapton Millennium Cup date set

The date for our outstanding Middlesex Millennium Cup group match against Clapton has now been set, and the game will take place at Clapton's Old Spotted Dog ground on Tuesday, 21st September at 7.45pm.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 04 September - Greens too hot for Eastleigh

On a hot sunny afternoon at Claremont Road, Hendon ran out 2-1 winners against Eastleigh in a hard fought game. It was a hard working performance a Hendon side suffering with an injury hit defence, particularly in the second half. It was Eastleigh that drew first blood in the 27th minute when Andy Forbes fired home, but within sixty seconds the Greens had equalised when Eugene Ofori celebrated his 150th appearance by scoring having been sent clear of the defence. Hendon had the better of the second half, and were duly rewarded in the 80th minute when Danny Rofe was dispossed on the edge of the penalty area by Mark Nicholls, who in turn cooly slotted the ball into the net. The Greens had chances to extend the lead further, but found Colin Matthews in fine form as he made two excellent saves in the dying minutes. The result moves Hendon into second place in the table, just a point behind Yeading who have a game in hand.

Posted at 18:00

Saturday 04 September - FA Cup opponents now known

Our FA Cup opponents for the first qualifying round are now known, and it will be Holmer Green who will be coming to Claremont Road on the 18th September after they beat Newport Pagnell Town 2-1 this afternoon.

Posted at 17:55

Thursday 02 September - Eastleigh visit on Saturday

The first team will be looking to build on their steady start to the season when they entertain Eastleigh on Saturday afternoon at Claremont Road. The Hampshire club are rapidly becoming one of the draw specialists this season having drawn four of their opening six fixtures, winning one and losing one as well. They lie 13th in the table but are considered by many to be dark horses as championship contenders having spent a lot of money during the summer. They lost their only game on Monday afternoon at home to Wealdstone, and their only victory came on the opening day of the season when they won 3-0 at Dover Athletic. Kick off at Claremont Road is at 3.00pm.

Posted at 10:00

Thursday 02 September - Women start FA Cup campaign away

Our women's team begin their season on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Woking for an FA Cup First Qualifying Round tie. The game is due to take place off Redding Way, Lower Guildford Road in Woking and will kick off at 2.00pm. We wish the ladies well and hope that they return with a victory.

Posted at 09:55

Thursday 02 September - Youth team fixtures released

The first few fixtures for our three Sunday youth teams have been released this week. The Under 12's start their league campaign with a trip to St Josephs B on 12th September, before travelling to Belmont United a week later. On the 26th September they host Belmont United in the return fixture.

The Under 15's open on the 19th September when they entertain LNER St Georges, before travelling to Harlington on the 26th, while the Under 16's also start on the 19th when they travel to Headstone Manor B, after which they will entertain Parkfield a week later.

All home games will take place on the playing fields at Copthall, and will usually kick off at 10.30am.

Posted at 09:45

Wednesday 01 September - Reserves open with defeat

The reserves lost their first game of the season tonight 3-1 at Yeading. In a game where Yeading's experience showed through as the game went on, the home side took the lead through Ryan McIntosh in the 37th minute. Shortly after half time Nevin Saroya doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Scott Williams had brought down Bradley Quamina in the penalty box. Tom Woodcraft pulled a goal back with 8 minutes to go with a delicious lob from 20 yards before Danny Ellis completed the scoring when he scored Yeading's third shortly before the final whistle.

Team : Luke Thornton, Sami Luft (Marcus Izycki 44), Daniel Efoe, Warren Clarke, Gilbert Nuako, Chad Edwards, Russell Joseph, Jack Woodcraft (Junior Howell HT), Roy Santos, Tom Woodcraft, Gary Thirkell (Scott Williams HT). Unused subs : Alie Sesay, Nana Kusi Nkansah.

Posted at 22:30