News - September 2015

Wednesday 30 September - U18s beat Wealdstone in league cup

Our Under 18s returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win at Wealdstone in the Ryman League Youth Cup. More details of the game will appear in the youth section of the website as soon as we get them.

Posted at 21:31

Monday 28 September - Late goal defeats Greens

The first team were beaten 1-0 by Kingstonian this evening in the first of three consecutive midweek games against the Surrey side.

The goal came in the 86th minute when Brendan Murphy-McVey found the back of the net.

Posted at 21:40

Sunday 27 September - Gary delighted with Leatherhead result

Hendon boss Gary McCann was delighted with the result at Leatherhead yesterday. He said, "Our performance was better and there was more cohesiveness. There was a lot to be happy with but I do feel there is still a lot of room for improvement.

"Seven points out of the last nine is good, although there was the disappointment of the FA Cup exit. As I said last week, we are still very much a work in progress.

"I was disappointed with the first goal we conceded from the free-kick. The second one was well-struck, but we did discuss having a man on the line. In my playing days, I hated when there was a player on the line - it invited attackers to be in and around the goal and in offside positions - but if we had put one there, he would have been able to clear the ball easily.

"Melvin's save was a fantastic one at a crucial stage at 3-2. If they had got the game back level again, it would have been a test of our mental strength.

"I felt we were very potent up front all afternoon. Leon gave their two centre-halves a torrid afternoon. Last weekend, we challenged the forward players to step up in Aaron Morgan's absence, and they did that.

"What was most pleasing was that not only did we score five goals, but we also created a lot of other chances."

Posted at 19:48

Sunday 27 September - Roy Stroud

The club has recently heard that the player now believed to be the club's leading goalscorer with 212 goals, Roy Stroud, passed away on 4 June this year. He turned professional for West Ham United in November 1953, and was their oldest surviving first team player. The figure of 212 goals comes from the data entered to our online club archives.

From making his debut as a 14-year-old in 1940 to turning professional with West Ham United in November 1953, at the age of 28, Roy Stroud was the mainstay of Hendon’s attack. He started his career as a right-winger, but later moved to centre forward.

He was born in West Ham, but at the age of two moved with his family to Hounslow. He was a schoolboy with Arsenal, played for London and Middlesex Boys before joining Golders Green. He was also capped as a youngster by the England Boys team. According to his son Gary, he was an apprentice printer when he left school. He was also a successful athlete and was an All-England sprinting champion.

He played regularly during the war, despite being called up in 1943. He was top scorer in 1942–43 with 22 goals. In 1945–46 he played four matches for the Brentford first team in the Football League South. International honours soon came his way, and he made his debut for the England amateur team on 24 January 1948, scoring in a 7–2 win over Wales in Bangor. He won nine England caps, scoring four goals. He played 18 times for the Athenian League representative side, including matches on tour in 1952 in Hong Kong and Singapore. He also played for the Middlesex County team.

For Hendon, he was captain, and top goalscorer, with 29, of the 1952–53 team which won the Athenian League. He played in two Middlesex Charity Cup winning teams, and was a runner-up in the Middlesex Senior Cup three times.

He made his West Ham first team debut while still a Hendon player on Easter Monday 1952, in a 1–0 win over Notts County. He then played in some floodlit friendlies, including a 7–0 win over Hearts. He turned professional with West Ham in November 1953, and Hendon struggled to replace his goal-scoring power for the rest of the season. His career at Upton Park was blighted by injury, and he made 13 appearances for the first team, scoring four goals. He left West Ham in 1957 to join Southern League Chelmsford City, but after breaking his ankle retired from football. He subsequently worked as a buyer for Liptons and Safeway.

Former West Ham player and Manchester United manager Frank O'Farrell recalls that Roy "made the transformation from amateur to professional very comfortably… the amateur clubs back then played to a very high standard and Roy continued that at West Ham."

Peter Lush – with thanks to Ex Magazine – The West Ham Retro magazine.

Posted at 14:02

Saturday 26 September - Greens discover scoring touch

The first team discovered the scoring touch this afternoon as they ran out comfortable 5-2 winners at Leatherhead.

The Greens took the lead twice in the first half through Leon Smith and Dave Diedhiou, only for Vasieleious Karagiannis to equalise on both occasions, leaving the scores level at half-time.

Mahrez Bettache opened his account for the club in the first minute of the second half, and further goals from Smith and Diedhiou secured all three points.

Posted at 17:12

Saturday 26 September - Monday's game is on

Our trip to Kingstonian in the Ryman League will go ahead on Monday after the Ks were knocked out of the FA Cup at Dunstable Town this afternoon.

Posted at 17:10

Wednesday 23 September - Leatherhead game goes ahead

Our Ryman League fixture at Leatherhead on Saturday afternoon will go ahead as planned after our opponents lost 3-1 at home to South Park in the FA Cup this evening.

Posted at 21:45

Tuesday 22 September - Gary reflects on Merstham draw

Hendon manager Gary McCann didn't pull any punches when reflecting on Saturday's draw against Merstham. He said, "I am disappointed to have dropped two points. The two goals we conceded on Saturday were very poor defensively. That said, we did come back well and deservedly got a second goal.

"On the whole, I thought we were the better side, but we displayed frailty when they scored and that five mad minutes after nearly cost us the game. It was the only time in the 90 minutes that they looked like getting anything and I can't think of more than one other save which Melvin had to make.

"We created enough chances to win the game and their goalkeeper pulled off a number of good saves Overall, however, our approach play was lacking quality more often than not. Too many players are taking the wrong options in offensive areas of the pitch..

"We are now ten games into the season. It has been a very difficult start with all the disruptions and we have struggled to overcome them.

"It is a sign of where we are at, at the moment. I think we are far from being the finished article and very much still a work in progress."

Posted at 19:10

Monday 21 September - U18s beaten in FA Youth Cup

The under 18s were beaten in the FA Youth Cup this evening at Beaconsfield SYCOB. The final score in our first game in the competition for a number of years was 2-0 to the home side.

More details will appear on our youth pages in the next few days.

Posted at 22:10

Monday 21 September - Snowball draw results

The outstanding Snowball Draws for May, June, July and August were made on Saturday afternoon at Earlsmead.

The results are as follows.

May 2015 : First Prize £274.50 - Ball 13. Second Prize £137.25 - Ball 101.

June 2015 : First Prize £274.50 - Ball 5. Second Prize £137.25 - Ball 116.

July 2015 : First Prize £270.00 - Ball 132. Second Prize £135.00 - Ball 188.

August 2015 : First Prize £261.00 - Ball 105. Second Prize £130.50 - Ball 146.

Winners will be contacted by the trust in the next few days if contact hasn't been made already.

Posted at 16:31

Monday 21 September - Ollie called up to England C contingency squad

We are delighted that Ollie Sprague has been called to the England C contingency squad. The contingency squad is a list of players who may be invited to three days training at Warwick University from Sunday 27th September through to Tuesday 29th September should any of the main squad drop out.

This follows Charlie Goode's call up to the main squad at the end of last season, and we are sure that all connected with the club are delighted that Ollie is in the thoughts of England C coach Paul Fairclough.

Posted at 13:28

Monday 21 September - Supporters Team news

With the new season now well under way, the manager of our Supporters Team, Nick McMullen, has had a number of people in contact asking what is happening.

Nick is planning to have 10-15 games this season, and is currently waiting for the team to be accepted into the IFA Supporters League.

Any supporters who would like to play, regardless of age or ability, should email Nick via the new email address as soon as possible, as the team will not start playing until we have a good sized pool to pick from.

For those who use Facebook, there is a page at

We have a number of teams wanting to play friendlies, so please do register your interest to play as soon as possible.

Posted at 13:26

Saturday 19 September - Greens come back to earn point

The first team came back with a late equaliser to pick up a point this afternoon at home to Merstham.

All the goals came in the second half, with Aaron Morgan putting the Greens ahead from the penalty spot in the 56th minute. Merstham scored twice in a minute through Folkes and Kavanagh before Morgan netted the equaliser with five minutes to go.

Posted at 17:32

Wednesday 16 September - U18s game postponed

Following the rainfall this afternoon, tonight's Ryman Youth League Cup tie at Wealdstone has been postponed. A new date will be arranged in due course.

Next up for the U18s is a trip to Beaconsfield SYCOB in the FA Youth Cup on Monday evening.

Posted at 17:57

Monday 14 September - Snowball draws to be made Saturday

The outstanding Snowball Draws for May, June, July and August will be made on Saturday when we are at home to Merstham.

Simon Lawrence would like to apologise to all those who enter the draw for the delays to the draws being made over the past few months, and he is working to ensure that draws are made on a timely basis going forward.

Posted at 17:55

Monday 14 September - Gary on FA Cup disappointment

Hendon manager Gary McCann could not hide his disappointment with the performance, result and early season situation when speaking after the defeat at AFC Sudbury. He said, "I am hugely disappointed to go out of the FA Cup in this way.

"We didn't have enough defensively to deserve to win the game. We left ourselves with a mountain to climb and we had to overcome huge adversity during the match.

"That said, we had enough chances to get back into the game. We didn't take them and paid the penalty.

"On the back of last year's success my management team and I are not prepared to accept mediocrity and we are trying to build on that success, but we have to build a new team, because the heart and soul of the squad are missing at the moment.

"We are trying to do things the right way, but things have not gone the way we hoped, and some of criticism has hurt me personally.

"We have not got the balance quite right between being competitive and overly aggressive - and some of the red cards have been justified, unacceptable and avoidable. We are taking action and we are re-evaluating the squad with 11 games played and already five defeats suffered.

"I am determined to get things right and to play the game in the way that I believe is right."

Posted at 06:30

Saturday 12 September - Ten man Greens dumped out of FA Cup

Hendon were forced to play out most of the second half with ten men as they were dumped out of the FA Cup by AFC Sudbury, who won 3-1.

This time it was debutant Aryan Tajbakhsh who was the man to see red, being dismissed for violent conduct eight minutes into the second half, having come on as a substitute immediately after half time.

The home side, who currently lead Ryman Division One North, took the lead in the 3rd minute through Luke Callander, before Aaron Morgan equalised from the penalty spot after Leon Smith was fouled. Sudbury's lead was restored by Craig Parker shortly before half-time, despite the Greens having had most of the play.

Parker ensured the Greens paid for not taking their first half chances, and for being reduced to ten men, as he scored his second, and Sudbury's third, in the 57th minute.

Both sides had chances to score further goals, but Sudbury were able to hold on for an ultimately comfortable win.

The defeat means that Hendon have failed to progress through the round in which they entered the FA Cup for the first time since 1985, when Ruislip Manor were 1-0 winners at Grosvenor Vale.

Posted at 16:49

Friday 11 September - TV Football in AFC Sudbury clubhouse

AFC Sudbury have been in touch this morning to say they are looking forward to welcoming us at their ground tomorrow afternoon.

The clubhouse will be open for the Everton v Chelsea game, and any Hendon supporter arriving in the town early enough are warmly welcomed to watch the game there.

Posted at 10:30

Thursday 10 September - Two added to squad

Gary McCann has strengthened the squad ahead of this weekend's FA Cup tie by adding two players, one of whom was playing in the Scottish Premiership last season.

Defender Ben Frempah joins from Ross County, where he spent last season before his release in the summer. He has also played for Cray Wanderers and Leicester City.

Also signing is midfielder Aryan Tajbakhsh, who joins from Enfield Town having previously appeared for a number of clubs including Potters Bar Town, Maidenhead United and St Albans City.

Posted at 10:48

Wednesday 09 September - Gary delighted to pick up three points

Gary McCann was delighted to get back to winning ways at East Thurrock last night. He said, "I am very pleased with the result, but the red card for Aaron Morgan took the gloss off a fine away victory.

"The performance, however, was very similar to the last four games, especially the two very cheap goals we conceded. But as I have said after all four of the losses, I didn't think we deserved not to get any points, but we were lacking a bit at both ends.

"What we did at East Thurrock, however, was to create far more openings and, more importantly, we took our chances better. We still need to be more clinical and more resolute defensively but it was great to get the three points."

Posted at 23:10

Tuesday 08 September - Hendon rediscover the winning touch

The Greens rediscovered the winning touch this evening as they won 4-2 at East Thurrock United, despite both sides being reduced to ten men.

The only goal of the first half came in the 5th minute when Ryan Scott put the home side ahead. Aaron Morgan reduced the arrears early in the second period, but within five minutes Lewis Smith had restored the lead from the penalty spot.

Sam Murphy scored a penalty of his own in the 68th minute, before the Rocks were reduced to ten men when Rickie Hayles was sent off.

Leon Smith put the Greens ahead in the 86th minute, but seeing the game out was made tougher as Morgan was sent off for the second time this season, but the points were secured when Andre Da Costa opened his seasonal account in stoppage time.

Posted at 21:49

Tuesday 08 September - FA Youth Cup tie details

Our first qualifying round tie in the FA Youth Cup at Beaconsfield SYCOB will be played on Monday 21st September. The tie will be played at their normal home ground at Holloways Park, Windsor Road, Beconsfield, HP9 2SE, and kick off will be 7.45pm. The tie will be played to a finish on the night, with extra time and penalties if necessary.

Admission prices are £5 adults, £2 concessions, and free for under 16s.

Posted at 18:54

Monday 07 September - Gary reacts to Canvey result

Gary McCann noted that the team have been struggling of late when speaking after the game at Canvey Island. He said, "It has been a very difficult and testing couple of weeks. All four of the defeats have been too similar, though in all of them I thought we were worth at least a point.

"At Canvey, I thought we dominated and thoroughly deserved to be two goals ahead when Luke Tingey scored, and it could and probably should have been more. But we did not hold the two-goal lead for anything like long enough.

"Even then, before they equalised, we failed to take what was probably the best chance of the match. But once they had equalised we were just glad to get into the dressing room level. And, after they scored their third, It didn’t look like we would get back into the game.

"There is a really fragile look to us and we are struggling to replicate last seasons winning mentality. We need to stop the slide.

"Certainly we have not had much luck, and whilst I don’t want to use that as an excuse. Elliot Braithwaite breaking down in his first game back in the opposite knee to the one he was nursing. Also Mark Kirby cutting his foot on the corner of a mirror in the changing room corridor and needing five stitches rather sums up where we are at."

Posted at 18:11

Monday 07 September - Coach to AFC Sudbury

We are pleased to announce that we are running a coach to AFC Sudbury on Saturday. Pick up points will be Silver Jubilee Park, and Marriot Hotel, Waltham Abbey. Seats cost £12.

If you would like to travel, please book by emailing us on We will let you know the departure time when we confirm your booking.

The deadline for bookings is 6pm on Friday 11th September.

Posted at 13:00

Monday 07 September - FA Trophy date confirmed

We are able to confirm that our FA Trophy tie against Barton Rovers or AFC Sudbury will be played on Sunday 1st November. This is due to Harrow Borough also being drawn at home in the first qualifying round.

Posted at 12:58

Saturday 05 September - Greens beaten at Canvey

The first team's disappointing run of the results continued this afternoon as they lost 3-2 at Canvey Island, despite being 2-0 up ten minutes before the break.

However, the score at half-time was 2-2 as Martin Tuohy and Richard Halle netted to pull the home side level after Aaron Morgan and Luke Tingey, the latter scoring his first goal for the club, had put the Greens in the ascendency.

There was just the winning goal to come in the second half, which was scored by Harrison Chatting in the 71st minute.

Posted at 17:00

Friday 04 September - New date for Farnborough game

Our home game against Farnborough will now be played at Earlsmead on Tuesday 3rd November, kick off 7:45pm.

Posted at 17:22

Thursday 03 September - Under 18s lose at Bedfont Sports

Our under 18s were in action tonight and were beaten 3-1 at Bedfont Sports.

The home side took the lead early in the first half before the young Greens equalised with a fine free kick. Bedfont scored twice in the second half to secure the points.

A full report will be available in the next few days.

Posted at 23:02

Thursday 03 September - Two fixture changes

Our home game against Farnborough, due to be played on Monday 21st September, has been postponed. This is because Farnborough have been ordered to play a Hampshire Senior Cup tie the following evening which takes precedence over league games. A new date for this game will be announced in due course.

Also, our home Alan Turvey Trophy (League Cup) tie against Kingstonian has been moved back 24 hours and will now be played at Earlsmead on Tuesday 6th October.

Posted at 17:07

Thursday 03 September - FA Cup admission details

We have agreed the admission prices for our FA Cup tie at AFC Sudbury a week on Saturday. They will be £9 adults and £6 concessions.

If a replay is required, it will take place at Earlsmead on Monday 14th September, kick off 7.45pm, and our normal admission prices of £10 adults, £5 concessions and £1 for under 16s will apply. Please remember that season tickets are not able to be used for cup ties.

Some supporters have enquired as to whether there will be a coach going to the game. A decision will be made early next week as to whether one will run.

Posted at 12:25

Tuesday 01 September - Details on tonight's practice game

Wealdstone ran out 3-1 winners in this evening's practice game at Silver Jubilee Park. The game gave Gary McCann a chance to give some of the squad players some much needed minutes, as well as taking a look at trialists.

The Stones were 2-0 ahead at half time, and extended the lead further before Jake Cass scored a consolation late on.

Starting XI : Melvin Minter, Sam Flegg, Tony Taggart, Ben Frempah, Elliott Brathwaite, Jake Cass, Charlie Kuehn, Max McCann, Mahrez Bettache, Aryan Tajkabhsh, Aaron Morgan. Used subs : Shawn Nikki Clement Peter, Denis Meta, Dave Diedhiou. Unused sub : Scott Cousins.

Posted at 21:21

Tuesday 01 September - Gary reacts to bank holiday games

Hendon manager Gary McCann was very frustrated after the two defeats over the Bank Holiday weekend.

"They say a week is a long time in football," he said, "well, our week has been a very long one. We lost three times and I don't think we deserved to lose any of them, but we didn't do enough to gain three points in any of them either.

"The discipline issue is a real problem at the moment. Dissent is completely unacceptable and we already have a punishment system in place for dissent cautions, but it does not seem to be enough. We will be addressing this as a matter of urgency.

"The two red cards we have had this season have both been the result of players being frustrated, and there is no excuse for them either. The first one, for Aaron Morgan against Enfield Town, was very thoughtless, but the one for Sam Murphy on Saturday was even worse.

"We have to find the balance between aggression and going too far, but we also have to be much cuter in those moments. I thought the foul on Sam might have been a red card offence, but his retaliation - although it was only a push - did see him raise his hands and that is an automatic red card, so I have no complaints about it. I do think the Leiston player over-reacted, but that is not the point.

"Scott Shulton has got a golf-ball-sized lump on his shin as a result of the challenge on him, but he should not have complained in the way that he did.

"I thought that, until Sam got sent off, we were going to get something out of the game at Leiston. I wasn#t sure we would win the game, but we could easily have got a point as we were on top. Once we were down to 10 men, it was a different matter.

"As for the game against Harrow Borough, we spoke in the dressing room before the game about our discipline and it was much better. Unfortunately, in the match we were lacking in attack and I don’t think we made their goalkeeper work once in the game.

"The penalty was very unfortunate. The ball came off Russell Short's head and hit Dave Diedhiou on the arm a yard behind him.

"It was one of those handballs that you see given and not given as often as each other. When things are going your way, the decision would not be a penalty, but where we are at, at the moment, the penalty was given.

"Another example of the way things have been going for us recently is the injury that Ollie Sprague picked up in the warm-up yesterday. He had to drop out at the last moment, so Mark Kirby came into the side and Dave Diedhiou had to move to play at left-back, which was far from ideal.

"We are going to continue to work hard and, in no shape or form, feel sorry for ourselves . We will have more players back available for our next match on Saturday so competition for places will be at a premium."

Posted at 19:04