News - September 2009

Tuesday 29 September - Tickets for St Etienne gig available

The supporters trust are delighted to announce that they have secured a very limited number of tickets for the forthcoming St Etienne gig taking place on Monday 12th October. All proceeds from the gig are being donated to the trust by the band, for which we are very grateful.

The tickets will be sold on a strict first come, first served basis, and will cost £20.00 each, and are only available to current supporters trust members. If you would like to secure a ticket, please email Steve Rogers on He will then reply with details of how to make payment, and how to collect the tickets.

The supporters trust are very grateful to Bob Stanley and his fellow band members for their support, and kind gesture in organising this fundraising gig.

Posted at 15:46

Tuesday 29 September - Peter Raymond

We are saddened to learn of the recent death of former club chairman Peter Raymond, who passed away on the 18th September aged 93.

Peter was chairman, and later president, during the 1960s and 1970s before he retired to Swanage in 1977. His brother, Roger, has also been prominent in building Hendno in the post-war period.

Also, their father, A.G.Raymond was heavily involved with the building of the club from its Hampstead Town days and the move to Claremont Road, which was all part of the development of the area that included Hodford Farm, to the east of Clitterhouse, which he used to farm.

We would like to thank Peter's son, Michael, for contacting us with this sad news, and our deepest sympathies go out to him and all of the family.

Posted at 10:39

Tuesday 29 September - September Snowball Draw

The September Snowball draw was made at half-time on Saturday afternoon and the winner of the first prize was ball number 169 who wins £235.50. The second prize of £117.75 was won by ball number 68.

The next draw is currently due to take place on Saturday 24th October, but this is subject to change dependent on progression in cup competitions.

Posted at 10:28

Tuesday 29 September - Rearranged Redbridge game is off

The rearranged Redbridge game on 8th October has been postponed, and reverts to its original date of Saturday 3rd December. The reason that it won't go ahead next week is due to a fixture clash with Barkingside who share the Oakside Stadium.

Posted at 09:45

Monday 28 September - We're home again in the FA Cup

The draw for the third qualifying round of the FA Cup has just been released, and we have been given a home tie against Ashford Town (Middx).

The Ash Trees progressed in style on Saturday as they thrashed Bagshot Lea 10-0, with former Hendon favourite Brian Haule scoring two of the goals. Byron Harrison scored four, whilst also on the scoresheet were Scott Harris, Adam Logie, Hone Fowler and Vinnie O'Sullivan. In the previous round they beat Crawley Down 3-2.

The game will take place at Vale Farm on Saturday 10th October, kicking off at 3.00pm.

Posted at 11:46

Monday 28 September - Under-21s back to winning ways

Hendon Under-21s reached the next round of the Middlesex County League Senior Cup with a narrow but deserved victory over London United Football Academy at Chase Lodge on Saturday afternoon. It was a very close match with few chances at either end. The decisive goal came after 62 minutes and it was scored by Hendon's Luke West. The win means that the Greens have a trip to Broadfields United in the next round.

"We played well today," said joint-manager Graham Bourne. "We gave a few boys who haven't played much for us so far this season a chance to show what they can do and they didn't let us down. London Academy made us work very hard. The man of the match was Dylan Agyake, who was superb in midfield."

Posted at 10:03

Monday 28 September - Under-16s let it slip

The Under-16s lost their opening Harrow Youth League Division Three encounter at Copthall Playing Fields on Sunday morning, conceding the final goal in the last couple of minutes as they chased an equaliser. It is a measure of how far they have come in the past 12 months that they were still in the game until very near the final whistle.

The first half was even with few goalscoring opportunities. However, one minute into the second half, Hendon were awarded free-kick which was taken by Shaquille Tynedale-Weekes. The ball came across to Tung Nguyan, who scored with a magnificent overhead kick. Charville resorted to long-ball tactics to get back into the game and it worked as they scored midway through the second half and took the lead with a penalty five minutes later. As Hendon then chased the game, they left gaps at the back and, with two minutes, to Charville took advantage of this and made it 3-1.

Hendon manager Paul McGreal said, "It's a flat, dejected dressing room at the moment because we felt we should have won. We battled really hard. My man of the match was Shaquille Tyndale-Weekes, who put in a magnificent shift in midfield."

Posted at 10:02

Saturday 26 September - Harry is Hendon's hero

Harry Hunt was Hendon's hero this afternoon as he netted a stoppage time penalty to secure progression to the 3rd qualifying round of the FA Cup. Hunt's spot kick meant that the Greens won 2-1 having gone behind in the 16th minute to a well worked goal from Carl Wilson-Denis.

The equaliser came on the hour mark when Craig Vargas found the unmarked Casey Maclaren who slotted the ball home clinically. The penalty came when Lubomir Guentchev was tripped by John Fletcher, and Hunt converted the penalty with aplomb.

The win means that our home league match against Horsham on 10th October has been postponed as it is the date for the next round. The draw will be made on Monday lunchtime, and we will bring news to you as soon as we get it.

Posted at 18:46

Thursday 24 September - Back on the FA Cup trail

We return to the FA Cup trail on Saturday afternoon when we entertain in-form Kingstonian at Vale Farm. Since picking up their first win against us a month ago, the Ks have gone on an unbeaten run, dropping just 2 points in the league. Most recently they beat Horsham 2-1 on Monday evening, Simon Huckle and Karl Beckford finding the back of the net. The same two players, as well as Bobby Traynor, scored against us in August when they won 3-0 in the league.

In the previous round of the FA Cup, they progressed 4-1 against Bognor Regis Town thanks a hat-trick from Bobby Traynor and a goal from Dean Lodge.

As far as we are aware, this is the first time the two clubs have met in the FA Cup, although of course older supporters from both clubs will remember the FA Amateur Cup Final in 1960, which the Greens won 2-1, thanks to goals from Laurie Topp and Terry Howard.

The game on Saturday will kick off at the usual time of 3.00pm, and normal admission prices of £8 for adults and £2 for concessions will apply.

Should a replay be required, this will take place on Monday evening at Kingsmeadow with a 7.45pm kick off. Kingstonian's normal admission prices of £9 for adults, £6 for senior citizens and £3 for under 16s will apply.

Posted at 15:04

Wednesday 23 September - Hastings coach details confirmed

Graham Etchell has this morning confirmed that the coach to Hastings on 3rd October will depart from Claremont Road at 10.15am, and the cost will be £10.00. Bookings can either be made through the club shop on Saturday, or by emailing Steve Rogers on

Posted at 14:41

Wednesday 23 September - Hendon throw it away

Hendon threw away three points yesterday evening by donating Margate two soft goals having earlier taken the lead courtesy of superb strike from Glenn Garner on the hour mark. Jack Haverson equalised eight minutes later, and Lloyd Blackman pounced on some indecision in the Hendon defence to secure the points as the game moved into stoppage time.

There was an unusual incident before the beginning of the second half when unused substitute Peter Dean was shown the red card and sent to the dressing rooms having apparently earlier used foul and abusive language towards one of the assistant referees.

Posted at 00:28

Wednesday 23 September - Sam Berry released

Gary McCann announced last night that Sam Berry has been released by the club as he had become surplus to requirements. This was due to the return to action of Casey Maclaren, and the imminent return from injury of Lee O'Leary.

Posted at 00:26

Tuesday 22 September - Book your seat on the Hastings coach

The club are running a coach to Hastings, and as with the past couple of years, spare seats are available for supporters. The price will be confirmed in the next couple of days, as will the departure time. The coach for this trip will leave from outside our old home in Claremont Road.

If you would like to book a seat on the coach, please either call into the club shop and leave your name, or alternatively email Steve Rogers on

Posted at 09:07

Monday 21 September - Under-16s make brave County Cup exit

Hendon Under-16s opened their season with a Middlesex County FA Youth Cup tie at Hayes & Yeading, who play two divisions above the young Greens and were fancied to win by a hatful. It didn't quite work out that way as Hendon kept the game close, despite conceding after two and 14 minutes.

Hendon pulled a goal back midway through the first half when a free-kick by Shaquille Tynedale-Weekes was floated into the box. It was met on the half-volley by Billy Williams, who coolly fired the ball into the bottom corner. Buoyed by this, Hendon enjoyed some good possession, but without threatening the Hayes & Yeading goal. Five minutes later, however, Hendon were rather unfortunate to concede a penalty, which was converted to make it 3-1.

Hayes & Yeading then made it harder for themselves as they had a player sent off for threatening behaviour. It helped Hendon to get more into the game and Williams rattled the crossbar from 20 yards after a mazy little run. Unfortunately, with the last touch in the first half, H&Y broke through and made it 4-1 with a lob over Liam Hyland.

With the wind and the slope against them in the second, Hendon struggled to get forward. But the defending was excellent and Hendon conceded only one more goal, after 56 minutes. They did create a couple of half-chances, notably a Blake Antwi run into the penalty area, which the keeper smothered bravely his feet.

Manager Paul McGreal said, "I am more confident about the season ahead today than I was last week. I always felt that against a team two divisions above we’d struggle to get a result, so was more looking at the performance, and it was exactly what my assistant Liam and I were after - skilful play, commitment, and hard-work.

"We still need to work on some areas, but once more players are available again, we'll be more than alright. We told the players after the match, that had we played that game with last year's squad, we would have ended up on the wrong end of a score-line in the high teens.

"Our next two games (against Charville in the Harrow Youth League and Ruislip Rangers in the Harrow Youth League Cup) will be a realistic indicator of how the season will pan out.

"As for our best players, skipper Anthony Tang performed well in central defence, and made a number of vital interceptions, especially in the second half. But my man of the match was Billy Williams, who not only scored a great goal but also produced a fine all-round performance."

Posted at 16:56

Monday 21 September - Under-21s pay the penalty

Hendon Under-21s slipped to a narrow defeat against an excellent Springfield team in their league encounter at Chase Lodge on Saturday afternoon. Hendon were hampered by three players dropping out in the day before the match, university commitments rightly taking priority, but the team still battled one of the top teams in the division all the way. The match was mainly a midfield battle with neither attacks getting much of a look at goal.

The turning point of the game came midway through the second half, when Hendon were awarded a penalty. Rafael Augustin took the spot kick, but he was denied by a superb save from the Springfield goalkeeper, whose rapid clearance set up the winner - on the break - at the other end. Adding to Hendon's disappointment at conceding in this manner was the fact that the referee overruled his assistant's flag for offside against the goalscorer.

Joint manager Graham Bourne said, "There were only two shots at goal in the whole match, our penalty which was saved, and their counter-attack from the penalty, which they scored. Springfield are a very good side and I don’t think they will lose many matches in the League this season.

"But I thought we were absolutely superb and deserved something from the game. My man of the match was Niall Houghton, who was excellent at right back. That said, every one of our players did very well today and I am so proud of them."

Posted at 16:53

Monday 21 September - Margate are our next visitors

The games are coming thick and fast this week, and our next visitors to Vale Farm are Margate who come to town tomorrow evening for a 7.45pm kick off.

Margate currently lie 21st in the table, with 7 points from their 8 games played so far. On Saturday they lost 3-1 at home to Horsham, Joe Healy scoring their only goal.

Last season, we first met in August when they drew 2-2, with us having led 2-0 through Mark Kirby and Brian Haule, before the Kent side fought back with goals from Wayne Wilson and Louis Smith.

Then in October we met at Hartsdown Park in the FA Trophy, where a solitary goal from Harry Hunt was enough for us to progress into the next round. The return league fixture was played at Earlsmead in November when Margate won 2-1 thanks to goals from Wilson and Mo Takaloo after Hunt had given us the lead.

Posted at 07:49

Monday 21 September - August Snowball Draw results

The winner of the £244.50 first prize for the August Snowball draw is number 128, whilst the second prize of £122.25 was won by number 198.

The September draw is due to be made at half-time of our FA Cup game against Kingstonian. It's not too late to enter, each number in the draw costs just £5 per month, and if you would like to join, please either see Simon Lawrence on a matchday, or go to the Supporters Trust website for more information.

Posted at 07:40

Sunday 20 September - Greens rise to seventh

Hendon moved up to seventh place in the Isthmian League this afternoon, behind local rivals Wealdstone on goal difference, thanks to a 2-0 win over Cray Wanderers at Vale Farm. The first half saw a number of chances spurned at either end, before the Greens made the breakthrough just before half time. Guentchev was sent clear down the left channel, but as he closed in on the 'keeper, he saw Yacine Hamada unmarked across the six yard box. The young Bulgarian rolled the ball across to his team mate where Hamada had time to pick his spot.

It didn't take long in the second half for Hendon to double their lead with an early contender for goal of the season. An attack looked like breaking down on the right hand side of the penalty area, but Cray were unable to clear their lines and the ball came out to Jamie Busby, around 25 yards from goal. The midfielder struck the ball superbly leaving the goalkeeper to dive to his right in vain. Hamada was unlucky to hit the post with a scissor kick shortly after, but neither side could fashion a further goal.

Posted at 16:55

Friday 18 September - It's the start of a busy week

The Greens start a busy week of three home games in seven days on Sunday afternoon when they entertain Cray Wanderers in the first ever Isthmian League meeting between the two clubs.

Cray, who were promoted from Division One South last season via the play-offs, have had a tough start to the season, winning two and drawing one of their first seven games. However, they are unbeaten away from home in the league, having drawn 1-1 at Aveley on the opening day of the season, and then winning 2-0 at Tooting & Mitcham United and 1-0 at Margate. They were knocked out of the FA Cup last week, losing 2-1 to Walton & Hersham, Leigh Bremner scoring their goal.

Supporters are reminded that Sunday's game will kick off at 1.00pm at Vale Farm.

Posted at 09:06

Thursday 17 September - Volunteers needed urgently

Unfortunately, due to reasons of illness and unavailability, we are very thin on the ground for matchday staff for Sunday's game against Cray Wanderers, and also possibly for Tuesday's game against Margate. If anyone can be at Vale Farm early on either date, please could they email John Rogers on and he will get back to you as soon as he can. Please be aware that the vast majority of jobs that need doing do not involve you missing the game.

Remember, that Hendon FC is OUR club, and if you are not willing to help us, then it is likely that certain facilities will not be available. Please do not assume that the supporters association and supporters trust can do everything. They cannot. It is a physical impossibility. In order for the club to function properly on a matchday we need more volunteers. We do not make these requests for fun, it is a very serious issue.

Also, as a result of the lack of available staff, there is a chance that we will not be able to run the livescores service on Sunday afternoon.

Posted at 22:34

Thursday 17 September - Looking for a game on Saturday?

If you're looking for a game to watch on Saturday afternoon, we'd like to make a couple of recommendations.

Firstly, our own under 21 side are playing at home against Springfield in a league match. The game will kick off at 3.00pm and is being played at Chase Lodge Playing Fields, Pages Lane, Mill Hill. There is no admission charge to watch the under 21s.

Secondly, our landlords Wembley are at home in the FA Vase Second Qualifying Round where they will be entertaining St Margaretsbury. Kick off at Vale Farm is at 3.00pm and Wembley's normal admission prices will apply.

Posted at 09:13

Tuesday 15 September - Hendon fan to appear on Countdown

Back in February 2000, supporters will remember David Ballheimer appearing on the popular Channel 4 programme, Countdown, on which he was very successful.

We are pleased to announce that a second Hendon fan will appear on the show in the form of Jeffrey Burgin, who some of you will recognise from the Supporters' Team. His debut appearance on the show is tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon. For those of you that are not regular viewers, the show is broadcast at 3.25pm on Channel 4, so if you are out at work, remember to set your recorders up this evening. Jeffrey quite rightly hasn't divulged to us how he got on.

Posted at 09:42

Tuesday 15 September - Under 21s win in style

Hendon Under-21s were able to put out a much stronger team for their second league fixture on Saturday afternoon. The new-look team were far too strong for their visitors, FC Baresi, winning 5-0. The only goal of the first half, during which Hendon missed a hatful of chances, came after 14 minutes and the goalscorer was Emmanuel Jonjo.

After the break, Hendon upped the tempo and struck four times in 19 minutes. Seven minutes into the second half Luke Cooke doubled the Hendon lead and, with his first touch as a substitute Rory Lincoln made it 3-0 on the hour mark. Nine minutes later, Cooke had his second goal and, two minutes thereafter, Lincoln also completed his brace.

"We were outstanding," said happy joint-manager Graham Bourne. "We played really well and could have been more than one goal ahead at half-time. In the second half the goals came. My man of the match was Carl Ciagoro, who was superb for the full game."

Posted at 09:36

Monday 14 September - FA Cup draw

The draw for the second qualifying round of the FA Cup was released a few minutes ago, and our reward for beating Marlow on Saturday is a home tie against Kingstonian. The game will be played at Vale Farm on Saturday 26th September, kicking off at 3.00pm.

Posted at 13:08

Saturday 12 September - Dons progress at expense of Marlow

Hendon progressed to the second qualifying round of the FA Cup at the expense of Marlow. Despite a disappointing performance in the opening period, the Greens went in at half-time a goal ahead courtesy of a James Bent penalty in the 18th minute. It must be said that the Greens were very grateful for the performance of James Reading, who made a number of important saves and interceptions during the first half.

Things were a bit more comfortable in the second half, with Reading only being tested by a stray backpass. The win was secured in the 86th minute when Glenn Garner slammed home a rebound after Kieron Drake had saved Harry Hunt's initial shot.

The draw for the next round will be made on Monday, and will be announced on this website as soon as it is available.

Posted at 20:16

Saturday 12 September - O'Donnell joins the squad

Ahead of today's FA Cup tie, Gary McCann announced the signing of Patrick O'Donnell. The central defender was at Leyton Orient last season, where he captained the youth team.

Posted at 20:03

Friday 11 September - FA Cup campaign starts tomorrow

We start our FA Cup campaign tomorrow afternoon with a trip to our old friends at Marlow, a ground we haven't visited in just over 10 years. Our last visit there, and indeed our last game against them, took place in the Isthmian League Cup in February 1999 when we lost 2-1, Paul Whitmarsh scoring our goal.

Marlow progressed through to this round with a comfortable 3-0 win over Ilford a fortnight ago, thanks to an own goal and two strikes from Alex Stewart. They have had a disappointing start to their league campaign - they play in the Zamaretto (Southern) League Division One Midlands - having picked up one win and one draw in their five games so far. Last weekend they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Leighton Town.

Kick off at the Alfred Davis Ground tomorrow is at the usual time of 3.00pm. Should a replay be required, it would take place on Tuesday evening at 7.45pm at Vale Farm. Should we progress, the draw for the next round will be made on Monday, and will be announced on this website as soon as it is available.

Posted at 09:41

Tuesday 08 September - Marc Leach departs

Gary McCann has announced this evening that the club have mutually parted company with Marc Leach. The tall defender made his debut for us against Worthing in October 2005 on loan from Yeading and later rejoined us on a permanent basis. During his time with us he made 155 appearances, scoring 5 goals. We would like to thank Marc for all his efforts for us over the past four years, and wish him all the best for the future.

Posted at 22:56

Tuesday 08 September - Cray match pushed back

Our match with Cray Wanderers, previously scheduled to be on September 19th, will now kick off the following day instead, at 1pm on Sunday 20th September. Following their 3-1 win over Wotton Cross in the FA Vase at the weekend, Wembley are at home again in the next round of the competition. After discussions with Cray and the league, all parties are happy to move the fixture to take place 22 hours later so Wembley can stage their tie on Saturday.

Posted at 17:28

Tuesday 08 September - Downtime today

We would like to apologise for the downtime on Greensnet today. We became aware that the website had become inaccessible shortly after 11am this morning and quickly identified the problem as our database being unavailable. This became available again during the afternoon and after restarting our server a few minutes ago, we have now managed to restore the site to a working condition.

We are currently in touch with our hosts to find out what went wrong in the hope that we can prevent this from happening again.

Posted at 17:20

Tuesday 08 September - Would you like to sponsor a matchball?

We still have 10 matchball sponsorships available for the current seasons, plus any additional home cup ties that we may have.

For the price of £80, sponsors will receive a range of benefits to include a complimentary ticket to the game, a complimentary programme, credit in the matchday programme and credit on the website sponsorship page for the rest of the season. You will also be credited on the website report page for as long as the website remains in existence.

If you would like to sponsor a ball, you can see a list of available games by going to the Advertising and Sponsorship section of the website, and then going to the Matchball section. You can download a form from that page or alternatively you can book your match by emailing Steve Rogers directly on or by speaking to him at any upcoming fixture.

Posted at 08:03

Monday 07 September - Under 21s open with defeat

Hendon Under-21's season-opener at Sporting Hackney went ahead with the Greens having the bare 11 players, none of whom were recognised goalkeepers and, in the circumstances, put up a fine show despite going down 3-1. Sporting Hackney scored twice in the first half, but Hendon pulled a goal back four minutes after the resumption when Carl Ciagoro scored. That was as good as it got for Hendon and they conceded a third goal later in the half. Joint managers Graham Bourne and Eamon Finn, who returned to the club at short notice just before the season started, were delighted with the performance and gave their man of the match award to Dylan Agyako, who not only made a number of telling interceptions and broke up many dangerous attacks from Sporting.

Posted at 16:08

Saturday 05 September - Hendon outclassed by Darts

Hendon were outclassed this afternoon by an experienced Dartford side who were much stronger through the spine of the team. The home side had a penalty saved by James Reading in the 10th minute, and had Andrew Young to thank for two excellent saves in short succession to keep the Greens out. It was former Hendon striker Rob Haworth that eventually opened the scoring in the 42nd minute.

The lead was doubled by Lee Burns five minutes into the second half, before Jay May scored twice in the 78th and 88th minutes, before Lee Noble completed the scoring in stoppage time.

The Greens struggled to cope defensively, but did play some good football going forward, but found Young and his defence in fine form.

Posted at 18:43

Friday 04 September - Brian Haule moves on

Gary McCann has announced this morning that we have released Brian Haule, and he is expected to sign for Ashford Town (Middlesex). The Tangerines manager, Mark Butler, made an informal enquiry after our recent game at Short Lane, and followed it up with a formal seven day approach.

Gary has been unable to give Brian the assurances he wanted with regard to his role at the club, and the offer from Ashford is a better financial package. Brian's departure does help Gary to balance our books, and we do still have four other quality strikers at the club.

Brian made his debut for us on 14th September 2002 when he scored a late equaliser at Hampton & Richmond Borough. He had spells at Harrow Borough and Maidenhead United before returning in November 2006. Overall he made 127 appearances, scoring 51 goals in the process. We thank Brian for all his efforts over the past few years, and we send him our good wishes for the future.

We must also thank Ashford's manager, Mark Butler, and their club officials as they have conducted themselves in a very professional manner over their approach to sign Brian.

Posted at 11:53

Friday 04 September - League leaders up next

Gary McCann and the players will be looking to upset the early league leaders tomorrow afternoon when we travel to Dartford. The Kent side have had an excellent start to the season, dropping just two points, those coming against Wealdstone in a 1-1 draw a week ago. On Bank Holiday Monday Dartford won 2-0 at AFC Hornchurch.

Last season it was one win each. At Claremont Road on the opening day of the season, the Greens ran out 3-0 winners with James Bent, Brian Haule and Chris Bangura on target, whilst in the return fixture at Princes Park, Dartford won 1-0 with Tommy Osborne on target.

The game at Princes Park kicks off at the normal time of 3.00pm and we look forward to seeing as many supporters as possible there, hopefully cheering the team on to three points.

Posted at 08:49

Wednesday 02 September - U18s disbanded and changes with U21s

It is with regret that we have to announce that we have had to disband our under 18 side for the forthcoming season. Unfortunately the managers had only been able to get 9 players signed up, and so the decision was taken to pull the plug. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the managers, Lewis Copeland and Marco Amaldi, for all their hard work over the past couple of years.

For the second time since the end of the season, there has been a change of leadership for the under 21s. Unfortunately, Alan Bolger and Tom Bullock found the work involved too much, and we are very grateful that Eamon Finn and Graeme Bourne have agreed to step back in and take charge once again. The under 21s played Greens United in a friendly a few days ago and ran out 3-2 winners.

The under 21s start their league campaign this coming Saturday, when they face a trip to play Sporting Hackney at Haggerstone Park. Meanwhile, the under 16s will commence their league season on Sunday 13th September with a new look side under the leadership of Paul McGreal, Nick McMullen and Liam Coogan-Jobes.

Posted at 13:11

Tuesday 01 September - Appearance milestones reached

We have had two of our players reach appearance milestones since the beginning of the season. In our opening game at Bognor Regis Town, Marc Leach made his 150th appearance since originally making his debut for us against Worthing in October 2005, whilst in our game against Sutton United, Craig Vargas made his 100th appearance having made his debut against Tonbridge Angels in August 2006.

Posted at 11:54