News - October 2014

Wednesday 29 October - Dulwich post-match interviews

Matt Albright spoke to both Gary McCann and Elliott Brathwaite following the goalless draw at Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday afternoon.

You can listen to the interviews by clicking the links below.

Elliott Braithwaite interview

Gary McCann interview

Posted at 18:45

Wednesday 29 October - London Senior Cup opponents revealed

Our opponents in the second round of the London Senior Cup will be London Bari, who beat Redbridge 2-1 last night. This will be the first time we have played London Bari.

It is an away tie, and our opponents play their home games at Clapton's Old Spotted Dog ground, a ground we last played at in September 1995 when we beat Clapton 3-2 in the FA Cup, our goals coming from Phil Gallagher, Junior Haynes and Dave Stephenson.

A date for the gate will be announced in due course.

Posted at 18:36

Monday 27 October - 12th men or women required

Hendon are enjoying a remarkable season and, after years of hard work, loyalty and commitment from manager Gary McCann, his coaching staff and players on the pitch and that of the Directors, Supporters Trust and Supporters Association off the pitch, all the hard work is finally starting to pay off.

The team that Gary has built and held together over recent years has matured into a side that is more than holding its own and currently sits proudly in the top three of the Ryman League Premier Division. This squad refuses to give up or be beaten, is full of character and spirit and is a squad who have targeted promotion into the Conference South as their goal.

Putting such a talented squad together and keeping them together has been and continues to be difficult but there is a very strong belief around the club and further afield that this could be our year.

Our remarkable start to the season has put us up among the title favourites but, with only around one third of League games having been played and with winter and the inevitable fixture pile-up just around the corner, we are well aware that there is still a long way to go to achieve our aim.

Allied to progress on the pitch, the club's new home at Silver Jubliee Park is starting to take shape, the new state of the art 3G pitch is down, has received FIFA accreditation and is already being used. Plans are being drawn up to ensure that the ground meets the required ground grading criteria.

After many years of uncertainty, the mood at Hendon is very positive and the club are now set to launch a fund raising campaign, not only to help maintain, but also to strengthen and build for the future both in the immediate and long term.

As a result, we really need you, the supporters and owners of Hendon Football Club, to be the 12th man again.

A sustainable playing budget was agreed before the start of the season, designed to allow Gary to put together a competitive squad. As you can see, Gary has more than delivered that competitive squad.

Progression in the FA Cup and FA Trophy would have enabled us to release further funds to allow Gary to strengthen the squad further.

Although the FA Cup run brought in some much-needed funds, the defeat at Dorchester means that further funds are required urgently if we are to allow Gary the best possible chance of achieving promotion.

Here's where you come in.

The Board believes, and we're sure you do too, that Gary and his playing and coaching squad deserve our full support and commitment.

We're a fans-owned club and there is only so much that the Board can do. The Board continues to explore ways to bring money into the club but much of what we are currently doing is geared around Silver Jubilee Park and the club's longer-term future.

That future will look a whole lot brighter if we move into Silver Jubilee Park as a Conference South club with rising gates and a thriving Youth set-up.

If you can help in any way, whether it be a lump sum or a monthly donation, please do so. The money that you, the supporters and owners of our great club, donate could make the difference between promotion glory and being also-rans.

You can pledge money towards the promotion push by writing to Simon Lawrence at Alternatively, come and see him or Rob Morris at any game.

Please do what you can.

Thanks to you all for your continued support of Hendon Football Club.

Posted at 07:00

Sunday 26 October - Gary reacts to Dulwich draw

Gary McCann was more than satisfied following the draw at Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday afternoon.

He said, "I think we'll be happier to come away with a draw than they were. But we don't go into any game not thinking about and trying to win. All in all, I think it was a point gained - and I don't often say that about our draws.

"It was a game we set up to leave certain players in possession and to look to break on their mistakes. I don't think we were good enough in the way that we played in the first half.

"I made the changes in the second half because we needed to change the way that we played. Peter Dean and Belal Aite-Ouakrim offer different things to Tony Taggart and Leon Smith and we created more chances after the substitutions.

"Both goalkeepers made two very good saves, but neither team really did enough to win the game and neither did too little to deserve to lose it. So I think a draw was the right result.

"I will be giving the players a night off from training on Monday/Tuesday. A few will see the physio, but for the core it will be the first night off since the season started."

McCann also looked forward to the weekend FA Trophy tie at Bury Town. "Any team in our division won't be easy, and Bury had a very good win against Tonbridge last weekend.

"We really want to do well in the Trophy this season. It is very important to get a few wins in the competition because it will help our financial position."

Posted at 23:05

Sunday 26 October - Harry Dickens

We are sad to announce that we have learnt of the passing of long-time supporter and former member of staff Harry Dickens.

Harry was a real Hendon character, but had not been enjoying the best of health for the past few years. A former train driver with British Rail, after his retirement he was often seen helping out around the clubhouse and ground at Claremont Road.

His funeral is expected to be in Hendon in early November - should we get details in time we will let you know.

Of course our thoughts are with Harry's family and friends at this very sad time.

Posted at 14:00

Sunday 26 October - Coach spaces available to Bury

There are a limited number of spaces available for supporters on the players coach to Bury Town on Saturday. Seats cost £12 each, and the coach will be picking up at Earlsmead and at South Mimms Services.

If you would like to travel on the coach, please contact Steve Rogers on 07748 526594. However, please note that he is only able to take calls after 5pm. Alternatively email the club on Details of the pick up times will be given to you when you have booked.

Posted at 08:00

Saturday 25 October - Hard earned point at Dulwich

Hendon and Dulwich Hamlet played out an entertaining 0-0 draw this afternoon at Champion Hill in front of a crowd of 1,036. The result means that the Greens are now unbeaten in 11 league games.

It was the home side who had the better of the chances that came along, but their finishing let them down, although Ben McNamara did have to make two or three good saves during the game.

At the other end, Oshane Brown also made a couple of good saves to prevent the ball finding the back of the net, but over all the two defences were on top throughout the game.

The result leaves Hendon in 3rd place in the table, 4 points ahead of Dulwich with the same number of games played.

After a much deserved midweek off, the FA Trophy campaign begins next weekend with a trip to Bury Town.

Posted at 19:32

Friday 24 October - Wingate & Finchley game moved

Our home game against Wingate & Finchley has been moved back by 24 hours and will now take place on Saturday 27th December, kicking off at 3:00pm.

This will be a very rare Saturday when games at our level will be the highest level of football being played. All divisions from the Premier League down to Conference South are scheduled to play a full programme on both Boxing Day and Sunday 28th December. We believe that there will also not be any televised football that day, thus enabling us to try and attract extra people through the gate.

The change of date will also enable our supporters who live outside of London to get to the game as there will be very little, if any, public transport on Boxing Day outside of the capital.

Posted at 12:53

Wednesday 22 October - Last few matchball sponsorships left

We have just four games left available for matchball sponsorship this season, each game costing £80.

Last season we managed to sell all the available slots and we would love to be able to do the same again this time around.

The games available are East Thurrock United, Tonbridge Angels, Leatherhead and Dulwich Hamlet.

If you are interested in sponsorsing the balls for one of these games, please speak to Simon Lawrence on a matchday, or email him on

Posted at 08:00

Tuesday 21 October - Gary reacts to Billericay draw

Matt Albright spoke to Gary McCann after last night's draw against Billericay Town.

You can hear the Gary's thoughts by clicking the link below.

Gary McCann reacts to draw with Billericay

Posted at 18:13

Monday 20 October - Billericay game ends all square

The first team came away from tonight's game against Billericay Town with a point after 1-1 draw, despite playing for an hour with ten men.

The Essex side took the lead in the 3rd minute through Harry Baker, but the Greens were on level terms after 16 minutes when a Lee O'Leary shot that was going wide was deflected into the net by Ryan Scott.

Hendon were reduced to ten men on the half hour mark when Elliott Brathwaite was dismissed, but about fifteen minutes into the second period Billericay were also reduced to ten when Dylan Casey received his second caution of the evening.

The Greens were the better side through the second half, but were unable to find a way past an unforgiving Billericay defence, whilst Ben McNamara was hardly tested by the visiting forwards, meaning that the game ended all square.

Posted at 22:47

Monday 20 October - Silver Jubilee Park Update

We are pleased to announce that the new 3G pitch at Silver Jubilee Park passed its FIFA certification test last week.

This means that the surface is suitable for competitive football up to and including the Football Conference. This has meant that Edgware Town were able to play their first competitive game at the ground on Saturday afternoon.

Rob Morris has also announced that plans for the upgrade of the ground to an appropriate standard for us to be able to play there are being finalised, and it is hoped to submit the planning application to Brent Council in the next couple of weeks.

Posted at 08:00

Sunday 19 October - Gary delighted with Margate victory

Gary McCann was absolutely delighted following yesterday's excellent win over Margate.

He said, "I was more than pleased with the result and the performance.

"We played against the best team we have come against this season and there is no doubt that we stood toe to toe against them. I think we certainly deserved something from the game and - for all but the first 15 and last 10 minutes were more than a match for them.

"We have a striker on form at the moment but we have to get goals from other parts of the field.

"It was only three points and it does not define our season, but it was great proof of our intent. It also shows where we are at, that teams are now setting themselves out to counter us.

"We showed great character after Kevin was sent off. I decided to sacrifice Aaron because we needed some to play alongside Lee O'Leary. Aaron has been struggling for a couple of days and we will have to assess half a dozen players before the Billericay game.

"We have to take injuries in your stride and it is easier when you are at the top of the table. But it tells the story that we had three of our key defensive players missing and we still beat one of the top sides in the division."

Posted at 17:20

Saturday 18 October - Smith hat-trick secures win

A hat-trick from Leon Smith secured all three points as the Greens beat 2nd placed Margate 3-2 in a thrilling game this afternoon.

However, Hendon had to come back from a goal down twice in the first half. Margate were by far the better side in the opening period, and took the lead in the 12th minute through Charlie Allen. The visitors then had a number of chances to extend their lead but were unable to take them, and were punished in the 39th minute when Smith scored the first of his goals.

In the second minute of stoppage time Allen restored the lead, but two minutes later Smith took advantage of a slip by Charlie Wassmer to equalise for a second time.

The second half saw the Greens take their turn to look the better side and they were rewarded in the 62nd minute when a fine move involving a number of players ended with Smith completing his hat-trick with a strike from the edge of the area. It was the first league hat-trick by a Hendon player since Isaiah Rankin on the final day of the 2011-12 season in a 7-1 win at Aveley.

As the game moved towards the close, Kevin Maclaren was sent off for a second yellow card, but the defence was able to hold firm to secure all three points.

Posted at 21:10

Saturday 18 October - Defender joins from the Daggers

Gary McCann made an addition to the squad ahead of today's game against Margate as Lewis Clark joined on work experience terms from Dagenham & Redbridge.

Lewis, who is an 18 year old defender, is in the academy at Victoria Road, and will be part of our squad to enable him to gain some experience of playing in senior football.

Jack Connors, who was with us a couple of years ago on work experience terms from the Daggers, is now a regular in their first team, and has recently featured for the Republic of Ireland U21 side.

Posted at 15:00

Thursday 16 October - Gary delighted with Wingate fightback

Gary McCann was delighted with the fightback at Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday evening.

He said, "After the disappointment of the weekend and the changes we were forced to make, when we went 3-0 down we could have folded, but I was delighted with the response.

"We were poor in the first 30 minutes, but in the final hour we were superb. If had a little bit of luck we might have been ahead at half-time.

"Our defending for the first two goals wasn't good. Although the crosses were excellent, we could have done more to stop them.

"The goal from Max McCann was very important because it got us back into the game immediately. After the penalty and red card, I thought we were in complete control.

"I said to the players not to let the half-time break upset our momentum - though it came at the worst possible time for us. And we got straight back in control.

"The winning goal may have been a bit lucky with the deflection, but we thoroughly deserved it. Unfortunately for Ryan Palmer, it was definitely an own goal.

"Brendan Hazlett made three or four very good saves, including the one in the second half from Leon Fisher, and it pleased me the way he put behind him the mistake he made for the third goal. Another good thing about winning the game is that we have an extra game to give the squad members more minutes of playing time and some of them need it."

Posted at 18:42

Thursday 16 October - Enfield league cup tie arranged

Our second round League Cup tie at Enfield Town will take place on Tuesday 25th November, kicking off at 7.45pm.

Posted at 18:24

Tuesday 14 October - First league cup win since 2006

Hendon won their first league cup tie since September 2006 as they came back from three goals down to beat Wingate & Finchley 4-3.

It was also the first time the club have come back from 3-0 down to win a game since April 1987, when Harrow Borough were beaten 5-3 after extra time in a Middlesex Senior Cup tie.

The first half hour was awful for the Greens as goals from Niko Muir, Ola Sogbanmu and Rob Laney saw the home side cruise into a 3-0 lead. Max McCann then pulled a goal back in the 34th minute, and suddenly the belief flowed back into the side, and Sam Murphy made it 3-2 five minutes later from the penalty spot. Kieran Street was sent off for his foul on Peter Dean.

Leon Smith found the back of the net on the hour mark, and the winner came with a minute to go when Sogbanmu headed a cross from Ryan Palmer past his own keeper.

The second round sees the Greens make the trip to Enfield Town - the date for the game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 22:13

Monday 13 October - Gary reacts to FA Cup defeat

Gary McCann has given his reaction to the FA Cup defeat at Dorchester on Saturday afternoon.

He said, "I am despondent, disappointed, dejected and frustrated. The rain made the pitch very difficult, and it affected the way that we played. In the first half we struggled to get our passing right and it was a million miles from where we have been in recent weeks.

"We had a good chat at half-time and I think we were much better in the second half. We were on top for the first 15 minutes, and the goal we conceded was against the run of play and of our own making.

"After that, if you had said to me that we would have so many chances and not scored I would have laughed at you. If we had taken even half of our chances after going behind we would have won by three goals.

"Our goals to chances ration is nowhere near where I want it to do be. We have been creating more goals than we have done in years, but our conversion rate of these chances needs to be improved.

"Also our set pieces were nowhere near effective enough, even though we had a couple of chances from corners."

Posted at 18:51

Saturday 11 October - FA Cup run comes to an end

Hendon's FA Cup dreams came to an end for another season as they lost 1-0 at Dorchester Town.

It was a disappointing performance, particularly in the first half, although the scoreline was goalless at half-time.

The decisive goal came in the 62nd minute when Andy Robinson wasn't closed down quick enough after the defence had lost possession, and he scored with an excellent strike into the top corner.

The Greens did have a number of chances to equalise, but couldn't quite find the decisive touch.

One positive came out of the league results today as Dulwich Hamlet lost 1-0 at home to Bognor Regis Town meaning that the Greens remain in 3rd place in the table.

Posted at 21:00

Wednesday 08 October - Gary looks back and forward

Gary McCann has reflected on the wins over Lewes and Barking and is now focusing on the FA Cup tie at Dorchester on Saturday.

His satisfaction at the victory over Lewes was tempered by the disappointment at the injury suffered by Casey Maclaren, "I feel really sorry for Casey. He has had so many injury disappointments in his Hendon career."

"Casey has suffered shoulder ligament damage, and was due to see a consultant today, and is likely to need surgery meaning that he will be out of action for at least six weeks.

"We are in a really good place at the moment, and we worked hard to get the winner. In truth, we maybe didn't deserve to win but we continued to apply pressure and got our reward.

"We weren't at our best on Saturday, and two or three players worked through fatigue. But it speaks volumes for them for their willingness to put in the effort again.

"Recent performances also played a part in the win. As I have shared, when you have played as well as we have in recent games, you can earn your luck. But there was no luck in the goal; it was brilliant cross and a superb header.

"I was pleased with the way we defended on Saturday especially in the second half. The back four was nice and solid and the goal they scored came from a wonderful strike.

"I have been stressing to the players that the more we keep winning the more we will be putting pressure on the top two."

Gary was satisfied with the progression in the London Senior Cup on Monday evening, "We did more than enough to win. But full credit to Barking, they made it hard for us. They are flying at the moment and it showed in the way they played. A number of teams we have played this season gave us less trouble than Barking did.

"I was very pleased with the individuals who got the minutes they needed under their belts, and they all contributed to the win.

"We could have have won by many more, but we kept trying to score the perfect goal. If we had tried to score before that last pass, which was often not quite right, it would have been better."

And then, looking ahead to the forthcoming FA Cup tie at Dorchester Gary said, "We are going there to win the game, not to look for a draw.

"We have had them watched and we know they are making changes after replacing their manager last month. It showed in their excellent performance last weekend against Dunstable, who are third in the table. We know it will be a tough game.

"The rewards and goals in the FA Cup are there for all to see. Form is thrown out of the window in cup-ties such as this and we will go to Dorset fully prepared and ready for the game.

"Everybody all knows how important an FA Cup run is for this and every club at our level and we have enjoyed our success in the competition in recent years."

Posted at 09:00

Tuesday 07 October - Big Snowball Draw update

The Supporters Trust drew eight outstanding Snowball draws before last night's game against Barking. The Trust board apologise to all those to enter the draw for the delays in getting these draws done.

The results are as follows

January 2014 : 1st Prize £276 - Ball 31. 2nd Prize £138 - Ball 111.

February 2014 : 1st Prize £280.50 - Ball 90. 2nd Prize £140.25 - Ball 143.

March 2014 : 1st Prize £271.50 - Ball 1. 2nd Prize £135.75 - Ball 44.

April 2014 : 1st Prize £274.50 - Ball 111. 2nd Prize £137.25 - Ball 65.

May 2014 : 1st Prize £261.00 - Ball 108. 2nd Prize £130.50 - Ball 121.

June 2014 : 1st Prize £255.00 - Ball 1. 2nd Prize £127.50 - Ball 84.

July 2014 : 1st Prize £255.00 - Ball 147. 2nd Prize £127.50 - Ball 80.

August 2014 : 1st Prize £253.00 - Ball 92. 2nd Prize £126.75 - Ball 126.

All prize winners will be contacted by the trust board in the next few days.

It's never too late to enter - each ball costs just £5 per month, and all proceeds from the draw are used for the benefit of the club. If you want to enter, please speak to any member of the trust board, or email Simon Lawrence on

Posted at 19:43

Tuesday 07 October - Dorchester coach booking still open

Bookings are still being taken for the supporters coach to Dorchester Town on Saturday. There will be pick up points in Hendon and Harrow, and seats are priced at £20 for adults and £10 for juniors.

If you would like to travel on the coach, please email the supporters association on as soon as possible. Details of the exact location and time of the pick ups will be given to you upon booking.

Posted at 16:00

Monday 06 October - Leon Smith equals club record

Leon Smith became the first player for 89 years to score in eight consecutive games this evening. As a result, Leon has equalled the all-time club record set by Oscar Reinke set way back in 1925.

As mentioned at the weekend, Leon is only the fourth player in the club's history to have scored in seven straight games - now he becomes only the second to score in eight consecutive games. It does mean that those who are going to Dorchester on Saturday have a chance to see a new all-time club record being set.

Posted at 23:05

Monday 06 October - Comfortable progression in London Cup

Hendon progressed into the second round of the London Senior Cup this evening as they comfortably beat Barking 301.

The Greens took the lead in the 38th minute when Belal Aite-Ouakrim finished off a fine move involving Peter Dean and Chris Seeby, and the same player doubled the lead early in the second half.

Ryan Creed pulled a goal back for the Essex Senior League side, but the best moment of the game came in the 79th minute when Leon Smith found the back of the net to equal the all-time club record for scoring in consecutive games.

A trip to either London Bari or Redbridge awaits in the second round - they are due to play their first round tie towards the end of the month.

Posted at 23:01

Sunday 05 October - Leon sets post-war club record

Leon Smith set a post-war club record yesterday as he scored in his 7th consecutive game, and is the first to do so since Jock Ellison in the 1938-39 season.

The only other players to achieve this feat are Arthur Humphreys, who also scored in 7 straight games in the 1914-15 season, and Oscar Reinke, who holds the club record, by scoring in 8 consecutive games in the 1925-26 season.

Therefore, if Leon scores in the next game he plays in, he will equal the all-time club record.

Leon was the first player to score in six in a row since Iain Dowie achieved the feat in the 1988-89 season, just the second since Laurie Churchill in 1965-66. The only other players to score in six consecutive games are Danny Lakey (1964-65), Tommy Lawrence (1957-58), Travers Day (1922-23) and Cecil Wise (1921-22).

Posted at 12:17

Saturday 04 October - Update on Dorchester coach

We are pleased to confirm that the supporters coach to Dorchester will definitely be running.

Seats will cost £20 for adults, and £10 for under 16s, and there will be pick up points in Hendon and Harrow.

If you wish to travel, and haven't already booked, please either call at the club shop on Monday, or email the association on as soon as possible. Details of the exact pick up locations and times will be given to you upon confirmation of your booking.

Posted at 21:47

Saturday 04 October - Last minute winner for Greens

A last minute winner from Lee O'Leary earnt Hendon all three points against Lewes this afternoon, the final score being 2-1.

The Greens took the lead in the 34th minute when Leon Smith slammed home a rebound after Rikki Banks had made a good save from Aaron Morgan. The goal means that Leon is the first Hendon player to score in 7 consecutive games since Jock Ellison in the 1938-39 season. Shortly before half-time the Greens were dealt a blow when Casey Maclaren picked up what looked like a serious shoulder injury.

Lewes, who to their credit were trying to play good football, equalised on the hour mark when Jack Dixon scored an excellent goal from 20 yards.

The game looked like it was going to end in a draw, but the Greens showed their character in the final minute of stoppage time when O'Leary headed home a pinpoint cross from Oliver Sprague for the winner.

Posted at 21:42

Friday 03 October - First team now training at SJP

Last night saw the first team train at Silver Jubilee Park for the first time. The squad have been training at The Hive for the past few years, and prior to that spent the winter months training at Whitefields School in Claremont Road.

The move to Silver Jubilee Park for training means that the club no longer needs to pay out hire costs for training, which will represent a significant saving in outgoings.

Posted at 11:38

Thursday 02 October - FA Cup admission and replay details

We have finalised arrangements with Dorchester Town for our FA Cup tie and are now able to announce admission and replay details.

Admission at Dorchester will be £10 adults, £6 concessions and free for under 16s, and the game will kick off at 3.00pm on Saturday 11th October.

If a replay is required, it will take place at Earlsmead on Monday 13th October at 7.45pm, with admission prices being £10 adults, £5 concessions and free for under 16s.

Posted at 07:00

Wednesday 01 October - Gary delighted with Hornchurch win

Gary McCann was delighted with the win at AFC Hornchurch last night.

"Before the game," he said, "I stressed that after Saturday's superb win against Leiston, we had to guard against an 'after the Lord Mayor's Show performance,' and the boys responded perfectly.

"It was another very good performance and there were lots of positives to take from the game.

"In recent years, we have struggled to cope against some types of team, but there is no question that we can cope with the physical battles.

"At half time I told the players that we had more than matched them in the physical battle in the first half and now we should go out and play some more football.

"We played some excellent football in the second half and scored two fine goals.

"All the players were again very good, but there is one player I wish to single out for special praise. Elliott Brathwaite was again immense, and if you think of what he has been through in his career that he has got back to where he is today, it speaks volumes for him as a person and as a player.

"He has been brilliant for us this season."

Posted at 16:04

Wednesday 01 October - New date for Witham trip

Our away game at Witham Town will now take place on Tuesday 18th November, kicking off at 7:45pm.

Posted at 10:45

Wednesday 01 October - Greens beat physical Urchins

Hendon ran out 2-0 winners against a physical AFC Hornchurch outfit this evening, with both goals coming in the second half.

As with the goals on Saturday, both goals were well worked and well taken. The first came five minutes into the second period when a through ball enabled Leon Smith to beat the offside trap and finish clinically, and the second came when Casey Maclaren rose unmarked to head the ball home.

Belal Aite-Ouakrim had two late chances superbly saved by Sam Mott, whilst at the other end, the back four protected Ben McNamara very well to ensure the clean sheet. The Urchins played out the last ten minutes with ten men after Danny Johnson was sent off for a second caution.

Posted at 00:38