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Tuesday 13 October - Silver Jubilee Park : Progress Report

As most of you are aware planning consent was granted in July and since then we have been working with the Football Foundation regarding our Football Stadia Improvement Fund application.

We have been given a panel date of 4th November when our application will be considered. If successful an offer will be made towards the gates, turnstiles, covered seating, covered standing, spectator rails, walkway around ground, new changing rooms, outside toilets, disabled facilities and fencing amongst others.

Building control at Brent Council is currently being consulted to enable works to begin as soon possible after our FSIF decision date.

The FSIF will only allocate funds on a matched basis and the London Borough of Barnet recently deposited the s106 monies (received from Fairview Homes as part of the deal to redevelop Claremont Road) into our account so our finance is in place.

The proposed contractors have been kept informed of the timelines and at present believe that the deadline of 31st March 2016 can be achieved. We are also keeping the League informed of developments and are keen to work together with them to achieve our aim.

Whilst this is not a guarantee, we hope you will appreciate that everything possible is being done to ensure Hendon start next season at Silver Jubilee Park.

Posted at 17:41

Tuesday 13 October - Gary upbeat after last night

An upbeat Hendon manager Gary McCann looked back at the draw with Kingstonian and said, "This was a very big point in the circumstances. I was delighted with the reaction of the players after Saturday. It was a performance that showed real character.

"It goes without saying that this was a dramatic improvement from the weekend. Maybe the most pleasing aspect was that when we conceded the equaliser so soon after going in front, we didn't collapse, because many teams would have fallen apart with such a setback.

"We said to the players in the dressing room before the game that they should express themselves on the pitch. We wanted to be as offensive minded as possible, but to be aware of the danger that they posed.

"I was very pleased with a number of the performances, but want to single out Dave Diedhiou, who did a great job for us tonight. Whatever position we ask him to play for us, he just sticks up his thumb and gets on with it.

"To be honest, our front men - and the creative ones just behind them - are not firing on all cylinders at the moment, but, for one reason or another, every one of them has missed time.

"I sincerely hope that last night was the first match of a new run for us. It will be massively important to continue that when we play VCD on Saturday."

Posted at 17:35

Tuesday 13 October - Two league fixture changes

We are able to confirm two Ryman League fixture changes made over the past couple of days.

Firstly, we will now be travelling to Merstham on Saturday 24th October to replace our postponed home game against Grays Athletic. A new date for the Grays game is yet to be sorted out.

The second rearrangement sees us travel to Farnborough on Monday 14th December.

Posted at 17:21

Monday 12 October - Greens pick up a deserved point

The first team made some amends for the defeat at Hampton on Saturday as they drew 1-1 against Kingstonian this evening.

In the third game in fifteen days against the Ks, chances were at a premium until the 74th minute when Russell Short opened his account with an excellent strike into the top corner. Just three minutes later Malachi Hudson equalised with a curling effort that was every bit as good as Short's.

Posted at 21:46

Monday 12 October - Century up for Leon Smith

Leon Smith made his 100th appearance this evening when he replaced Kezie Ibe during the second half against Kingstonian.

Leon joined the club in January 2014, and hit the record books last season when he equalled an 89 year old club record scoring in 8 consecutive games. He has scored 41 goals in his 100 appearances, and we are sure there are many more to come.

Posted at 21:44

Monday 12 October - Gary's thoughts on Hampton

A miserable Gary McCann admitted that Saturday's defeat at Hampton was "the most damaging defeat for two or three years".

He went on to say, " I thought we lacked the expected performance level, intensity and desire, and that has been unusual for us.

"I cannot remember many duels, one-on-one, that we won today. And you have to win these contests – or the majority of them – to win matches.

"Our defending was nowhere near good enough. It has been that way far too often this season.

"I am not going to comment on the red cards because I haven't seen the footage. The performance was much more of a concern.

"The confidence level of the players is not good at the moment, but this was easily the worst I have seen. All in all, this is the most difficult and challenging period I have gone though for four or five seasons."

Posted at 17:16

Monday 12 October - London Senior Cup date set

Our London Senior Cup second round tie at home to Cray Valley Paper Mills will be played at Silver Jubilee Park (not Earlsmead) on Tuesday 24th November, kicking off at 7:45pm.

This will be our first meeting against our opponents who currently lie in 15th place in the Southern Counties East League with 9 points from their 10 games.

Posted at 10:19

Sunday 11 October - Ben Frempah released

The club have announced this evening that Ben Frempah has left the club. Ben made just three appearances during his short spell with us and we wish him well for the future.

Posted at 23:19

Sunday 11 October - Game against Grays postponed

Our home league game against Grays Athletic on Saturday 24th October has been postponed due to their continued involvement in the FA Cup.

Grays won 2-1 at Hanwell Town yesterday afternoon to progress to the fourth qualifying round.

Posted at 15:18

Saturday 10 October - An afternoon to forget at Hampton

It was an afternoon to forget for the first team as they were well beaten 5-0 at Hampton & Richmond Borough.

The Beavers took the lead in the 9th minute when Moussa Diarra emphatically headed home a corner. The Greens were reduced to ten men shortly before half-time when Mark Kirby, as the last defender, tripped Nicke Kabambaas he looked to latch onto a through ball.

Hampton put the game seemingly out of reach of the Greens within the first five minutes of the second half as Diarra and then Dean Sinclair both scored. The scoreline was made even more comfortable nine minutes from time when perennial nemesis Charlie Moone netted.

Leon Smith was then sent off in a controversial incident with three minutes to go, reducing the Greens to nine men, before Harry Taylor scored the fifth and final goal in stoppage time.

Posted at 17:03

Friday 09 October - Club Statement

Following an internal disciplinary hearing, the Board of Hendon Football Club has decided the following:

- That Kevin Maclaren's registration is to be cancelled, with the cancellation suspended for two years commencing on the 1 August 2016. If, during that two year period, Kevin commits an act that is deemed, either by a match official or by any club director, as violent conduct, his registration will be cancelled immediately. Subject to meeting a number of additional conditions, Kevin will be eligible to play for the club on 1 August 2016

- That Casey Maclaren's registration is to be cancelled, with the cancellation suspended for two years commencing on the 1 February 2016. If, during that two year period, Casey commits an act that is deemed, either by a match official or by any club director, as violent conduct, his registration will be cancelled immediately. Subject to meeting a number of additional conditions, Casey will be eligible to play for the club on 1 February 2016

Simon Lawrence, Chairman of Hendon Football Club, said: "As a club, we need to strike the right balance between protecting the club's reputation and helping players, staff and supporters to be rehabilitated where it is felt that rehabilitation is desirable, necessary and worthwhile.

"The club recognises the tremendous contribution that Kevin and Casey have made to the club's on-field progression and is grateful for the immense loyalty that they have shown the club throughout their Hendon careers.

"Notwithstanding the reputational damage that has been caused as a result of both players' involvement in the incident that occurred at the Wingate & Finchley match in December 2014, the club feels that their loyalty should be repaid and so the Board has reached these decisions, having taken all of these factors into account."

Gary McCann, Manager of Hendon Football Club, said: "I was, and remain, extremely disappointed by the outcome of the FA hearing. The severity of the punishment handed to them was very extreme. The long-time loyalty that both Casey and Kevin have shown the club truly needs to be repaid and I can honestly say that their presence in and around the club, and their influence and experience on the pitch, has been greatly missed. I'm sure that this has also been noticed by our followers and I sincerely hope that all Hendon supporters will get behind both players once they get back playing."

Kevin Maclaren said: "I would like to express my sincere regret for the incident that occurred after the Wingate and Finchley game last year and resulted in me receiving a year's ban from football.

"Although I still protest my innocence, the FA have found me guilty and have been very severe in their punishment. I apologise to the club, fans, players and staff for the effect that this has had. I hold the club and its management in the very highest regard and hate that we have put them in this situation.

"Throughout the FA charge and subsequent appeals the club, its board and Gary McCann have been very supportive and have repaid the loyalty that me and Casey have shown to them over the past few years. I would like to thank them for this and I will be working hard to ensure their decision proves to be the right one.

"I would also like to thank the majority of Hendon supporters for their continued support and look forward to pulling on a Hendon shirt again and making amends"

Casey Maclaren said: "I'm obviously very disappointed with the outcome of the FA hearing and the severity of the punishment. I would like to thank Simon and Graham for their help and support through out the FA hearing and subsequent appeal.

"I have always had the greatest of respect for Hendon Football Club, Gary and the management team. I'm sorry for the position they have been put in.

"I have always taken pride in playing for Hendon and always given my all. Ultimately I would love to pull on the green shirt again. However I am not the sort of person who will stay somewhere I am not wanted. It was important to sit down with Simon, Robert and Gary. They made it clear that they were willing to repay the loyalty my brother and I have shown them over the best part of the last decade. For this I am grateful.

"I like to think I could still have an important role to play towards the back end of the season. So I'm working hard in the gym to keep my fitness and make sure I'm in the best possible shape come February. When hopefully I'm helping my team mates in a promotion chase."

The club will not be issuing any further statement in relation these decisions. Supporters are welcome, as always, to discuss any aspect of the club with Simon Lawrence or with any other member of the Board.

Posted at 20:23

Thursday 08 October - U18s knocked out of County Cup

The under 18s were knocked out of the Middlesex Senior Youth Cup last night by Conquest Academy after extra time.

The final score was 4-3, with the scores having been level at 3-3 after 90 minutes.

A full report of the game will appear on the youth news page in a few days - and reports of their previous games can be read there.

Posted at 08:20

Wednesday 07 October - Non League Day at Hampton

Hampton & Richmond Borough are holding a Family Day on Saturday to coincide with Non League Day 2015, including reduced admission for all.

The event sees the Beavers lay on a host of attractions before and after the game including free training sessions for kids, a free prize draw, face painting and a chance for youngsters to have their photos taken with mascot Bertie the Beaver after enjoying a free portion of chips!

As well as offering discounted entry of £10 for two adults and three children to the Beveree Stadium for the game, the price of adult tickets has been reduced by 50 per cent to £5, on top of which students are also invited to bring a friend along for free.

Posted at 17:24

Wednesday 07 October - Important travel news for Saturday

Due to the Rugby World Cup match between Wales and Australia at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon, we have some advice for those travelling to our game at Hampton.

Road users are advised that certain roads will be closed from 13:45, including the A316 Chertsey Road between London Road and Hospital Bridge Road and will remain closed up to at least three hours after the end of the match. Full details can be found at

Meanwhile, for those travelling by rail, tube and rail stations are expected to be busy between 13:45 and 16:15, and from 18:25 until 21:45, so you may wish to ensure you arrive at Hampton early. More details on alterations and likely disruption can be found at

Please allow more time than normal for your journey to ensure that you don't miss any of the action at the Beveree.

Posted at 17:20

Wednesday 07 October - Trip to Farnborough postponed

Our planned trip to Farnborough on Monday 19th October has been postponed. This is due to our opponents having to play a league cup tie that week instead. A new date for our game will be announced in due course.

Posted at 12:28

Tuesday 06 October - It's AFC Sudbury again

Our opponents in the FA Trophy will be AFC Sudbury, who knocked us out of the FA Cup a few weeks ago. They beat Barton Rovers 4-3 in a preliminary round replay this evening.

The tie will be played at Earlsmead on Sunday 1st November, kick off 3:00pm.

Posted at 22:05

Tuesday 06 October - League cup run ends on penalties

The first team's hold on the league cup came to an end tonight as they were beaten in a penalty shoot-out by Kingstonian following an entertaining 2-2 draw.

The Greens took the lead through Kezie Ibe in the 9th minute, only to see Jake Kempton equalise two minutes later. Ibe restored the lead on the stroke of half-time

Kingstonian equalised a second time in the 78th minute through Pelayo Pico Gomez which took the tie to penalties.

Only Dave Diedhiou found the back of the net for the Greens, with two others being saved and one going over the bar, whilst Dan Bennett, Pico Gomez and Harold Odamatey were on target for the Ks.

Posted at 21:54

Tuesday 06 October - Two players move on

The club have announced today that two players have moved on.

Ryan Wharton has left the club and is expected to join Chalfont St Peter having helped us out during the recent injuries for which we are very grateful. He has taken his career appearance tally to 96.

Meanwhile, Aryan Tajbakhsh has been released and is expected to join Cray Wanderers.

Posted at 12:32

Monday 05 October - Gary unhappy with Saturday's defeat

Gary McCann was not pleased with what he saw against Metropolitan Police and said. "It was very disappointing to lose this way.

"In the first half, and the first 10 minutes of the second half I think we were good enough to be at least a couple of goals in front. I don't think they had more than a couple of attempts at goal. We missed gilt-edged changes in the opening half. That again proved costly.

"When we went a goal behind it was as if a light was switched out. We made changes to get back into the game, but none of the substitutes really contributed.

"We are not where we need to be in terms of confidence, but we are not far away. At the moment, we need to be in front and if we aren't, the confidence drains away. When we go behind, our powers of recovery have to be better. Senior and key players need to be more responsive.

"There will be changes for the Kingstonian cup game, and this not because it is the League Cup, but with a view to the team on Saturday. We are really missing Aaron Morgan and it will be good to have him back on Saturday."

Posted at 18:24

Saturday 03 October - Greens beaten by Met Police

The first team's inconsistent form continued this afternoon as they were beaten 2-0 by Metropolitan Police at Earlsmead.

After an intriguing but ultimately goalless first half in which the Greens created three superb openings, the visitors took the lead through Taureen Roberts in the 66th minute, with Joe Turner securing the points fifteen minutes later.

Posted at 16:57

Thursday 01 October - Gary's thoughts on Kingstonian defeat

Hendon manager Gary McCann was desperately disappointed to return from Kingston with nothing to show for the team's effort and performance

He said, "Football can be a cruel, cruel game and this defeat was a real kick in the teeth. I said to the players after the matches that we had lost it because we were committed to trying to win it. It was one of those games where the defeat was undeserved.

"All in all, I think we were adequately in control for 60 minutes, and very good and the more likely to score in the last half hour.

"I thought we were the marginally the better team in the first half, although it was quite even, but we didn't create enough in the way of good chances. We made a tactical change at half-time and, for the first 10–15 minutes of the second half, Kingstonian were on top.

"But, after that we took control and created numerous chances. Their goalkeeper was in inspired form and the save he made from Leon Smith was exceptional. If you don't take your chances when you're on top you don't win football matches.

"Then we got caught out, being overcommitted to attack, and gave away a sloppy goal. I think Luke Tingey might have been tripped as he ran back to cover, but I want to see the replay, because I believe he would have been able to stop the move."

Posted at 19:24

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

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