Our last home game before Christmas sees us entertain league leaders AFC Hornchurch in a 3:00pm kick off.
The Urchins come into the game on the back of a five match unbeaten run, most recently winning 3-0 at home to Wingate & Finchley last weekend. and have 41 points from their 20 games played so far. However, both Wealdstone and Maidstone United are just three points behind with three games in hand.
Gary McCann takes the squad into the game knowing that recent results have been much improved over the beginning of the season, and will be keen to ensure that the run continues. There was a boost with the news that Michael Murray was back in training last night after a couple of weeks out with a hamstring strain.
Admission prices are £10 adults, £5 senior citizens and students, and free for under 16s.
Posted at 08:59
Tomorrow afternoon is your last chance to buy gifts from the club shop before Christmas. There are plenty of gift ideas on sale, including mugs, scarves, badges, oystercard holders, mousemats and more. Just pop along to the shop tomorrow afternoon before the end of half-time to see what they have to offer.
Posted at 08:58
The Supporters Trust are running their popular New Year Draw again this year, and the draw will be made after the Enfield Town game on New Years Day.
Tickets are £1 each with a guaranteed first prize of £300, second prize of £100, third prize of £50 and further cash prizes as the prize pot allows.
The aim is to payout £1000 of prizes, raising a similar amount or more for the club.
We would be delighted if you can support this by sellig tickets. Please ask at the club shop on a home matchday, or speak to Eddie Edwards, and you will be supplied with a stock of tickets.
If you would like tickets to buy or sell, but are unable to get to a game, please email Eddie on firstname.lastname@example.org and he will post some to you.
Tickets will be available from Eddie or the club shop on Saturday afternoon.
Posted at 08:58
Gary McCann and the management were happy to have progressed in the Middlesex Senior Cup last night.
"Lady Luck shone on us tonight, admitted a relieved Gary. "The woodwork fortune was with us in a way that it wasn't on Sunday.
"We did everything in our power to throw away a three-goal lead.
"We totally controlled the game for 65 minutes. Our application and attitude after the Whitstable game was first class. We scored three goals that all very good in their own ways."
Posted at 22:53
The first team progressed to the quarter-finals of the Middlesex Senior Cup this evening as they defeated North Greenford United 3-2. The result was a reverse of the scoreline at the same stage last season.
All the goals came within 17 minutes in the second half, with Jack Bennett opening the scoring in the 53rd minute. Anthony Thomas doubled the lead in the 61st minute, with Carl McCluskey adding to the tally three minutes later. Within seven minutes the home side had come back to 3-2 courtesy of Aaron Silcott and Liam Hind, but the Greens held on to win despite the late dismissal of Dean Cracknell for violent conduct.
The reward in the quarter-finals is an away tie against either Harrow Borough or Staines Town who are due to play next Tuesday evening as the Swans were involved in an FA Trophy replay at Luton Town this evening where they lost 2-0.
Posted at 22:42
Jamal Stewart, a 20 year old striker, joined the club on a dual-registration from Erith Town in time to play in tonight's game at North Greenford United.
Posted at 22:00
Gary McCann was disappointed and angry following yesterday's exit from the FA Trophy at the hands of Whitstable Town.
"I am more than a little disappointed - and angry - with the result. I am really disappointed for everyone at the football club.
"It isn't often you hit the underside of the crossbar three times and don't get one bounce going your way. I thought we were more than a little unlucky in the first half.
"When you go a goal up against a team from a lower division you would expect your team to see the game out. But, even after we went a goal up, I was very concerned because they had shown that they could come back from a goal down in their recent matches. Three clean sheets in 25 games tells its own story.
"We dominated the first half after the scare in the first few seconds. I felt our quality from wide might have been a little better, but we controlled the game in the first half. It was a combination of bad luck and good goalkeeping that kept them in the game.
"At half-time I did say to the players that we had to put in the same level of effort as we had in the first half. We couldn't quite match the performance and the game did level out a bit more in the second half.
"It was more a matter of us losing the game than them winning it. Individually, we were the architects of our own downfall.
"Our focus now becomes on improving our position in the League. It expect a big reaction from the players."
Posted at 13:34
Gary McCann and the squad make a quick return to cup acton tomorrow evening as they bid to lay aside yesterday's disappointment. We make the short trip to North Greenford United in our opening game of the Middlesex Senior Cup, the last cup that we have interest in this season.
North Greenford are currently on a run of 9 games without a win, a run that has included a 9-1 FA Trophy defeat at Hemel Hempstead Town and a 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Egham Town in the league. On Saturday they drew 0-0 with Aylesbury, who are now managed by former Hendon favourite Steve Bateman. The result leaves them in 20th place in the Southern League Division One Central with 11 points from 14 games. Just Chertsey Town and Ashford Town (Middlesex) lie below them. Aylesbury are the team immediately above them with just one more point.
Gary and the squad will be keen to forget about the FA Trophy exit yesterday afternoon, and get back to winning ways in a competition that we have often done well in, although we haven't won it since 2004. Our last final appearances were in 2008 and 2009.
Kick off at Berkeley Avenue is at 7.45pm, and admission prices are £8 for adults and £4 for concessions.
Posted at 08:45
Hendon were knocked out of the FA Trophy this afternoon by a hardworking Whitstable Town side, despite taking the lead.
The first half was goalless, but both sides had chances to take the lead. Indeed, the Greens hit the woodwork three times, and the Whitstable keeper made a number of excellent saves during the first period.
Hendon eventually took the lead in the 69th minute through Jefferson Louis, but then inexplicably let things slide, and Whitstable equalised through Laurence Harvey just two minutes later.
The Oysterman then took the game by the scruff of the neck and took the lead in the 75th minute through Charlie Smith, a lead that they were not going to give away as they then defended in numbers, and defended superbly.
So the Greens hopes of an extended FA Trophy run have been blown apart, but we wish everyone at Whitstable all the best for the next round, and hope that the draw is kind to them.
Posted at 20:32
Sunday football returns to Earlsmead once again this weekend as we entertain Whitstable Town in the first round of the FA Trophy.
This is the first time we have reached the last 64 since the 2004/05 season when we went out 4-3 at Slough Town, and it is the first time that Whitstable have reached this stage of the competition. It is also the first time that we have met the Oystermen.
Both sides are coming into the game in good form. Whilst we have lost just 1 game out of the last 8 in all competitions, Whitstable have lost just once in their last 10 games, and their run includes the FA Trophy win at Carshalton Athletic, and a Kent Senior Cup win over Maidstone United.
In their most recent game, they won 3-1 at home to Corinthian-Casuals with Ashley Baverstock, Craig Thompson and Joe Kane on target. That result has left the Oystermen in 17th place in Ryman League Division One South.
Gary McCann and the squad will know that they will need to be in the right frame of mind on Sunday to ensure that there are no slip ups. As always, your support will be crucial, so we hope to see as many of you as possible at the game on Sunday afternoon.
Kick off at Earlsmead is at 3.00pm, and our usual admission prices of £10 adults, £5 senior citizens & students, and free for under 16s apply.
Posted at 08:45
Gary McCann was understandably very happy following last night's win over Canvey Island
"It was a good win for us," he said. "It puts us (in 10th place) more like where I expected this group to be and where we deserve to be.
"I didn't think we started very well, but you have to give credit to Canvey Island for the way they started. Apart from Dean Cracknell's shot, we were not in the game in the opening 20 minutes and deserved to be behind.
"Our equaliser kick-started us and then we scored again so quickly we took control. The goal immediately after half-time was exactly what we had talked about in the dressing room and it allowed us to be a little more relaxed after that. Even after their penalty, we did take it easier in the final half-hour, though we also had chances to score again."
Posted at 16:20
We are delighted to announce that all remaining matchball sponsorships for this season have been sold. Once all payments have been received, this scheme will have raised over £2200 for the club.
The club would like to thank all those supporters who have been able to sponsor a ball or two (or five so far in one case) this season. We are very grateful for your continued support.
Posted at 12:37
Hendon continued their recent good run of results with a 4-2 win over Canvey Island this evening, a result that moves them up to 10th in the table.
It was the visitors who drew first blood when Jay Curran scored in the 12th minute, and it wasn't until Tony Taggart equalised in the 36th minute that the Greens came into the game.
Within another three minutes, the Greens were two goals ahead as first Carl McCluskey, and then leading scorer Jefferson Louis found the back of the net.
Two minutes into the second half, Louis made it 4-1 with his 18th goal of the campaign, and shortly afterwards a deflected strike from Jack Bennett was disallowed. Jay Curran reduced the arrears from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute, but that was to be it for the scoring as the Greens ensured that the three points were secured
Posted at 22:00
Gary McCann admitted there had been mistakes in the draw with East Thurrock United. He said, "We deserved a point but not much more. It might have been a reaction to last Sunday's game against Oxford.
"With two games in three days this weekend, I was thinking about freshening up the personnel in the squad, but decided against it. But we were very flat.
"When we scored at the very end of the first half, I felt we had not deserved to be leading at half-time. And although East Thurrock came out very strongly at the start of the second half, it was mistakes in our midfield and defence that gave them the equaliser.
"It was another mistake which gave them the lead, but I was delighted with the way that we upped our game we deserved our equaliser. After that I thought we might have gone on to get the victory.
"The game was far from a classic. There was not enough quality from either side for there to be much goalmouth action. Overall, however, I think we worked their goalkeeper a little more than they worked ours."
Posted at 13:25
On Monday evenings we share Earlsmead with our good friends the Tanglewood Club, which means there are some parking restrictions in the club car park.
Tanglewood is a social club for adults with learning disabilities, and most of their club members arrive at the clubhouse via minibus.
In order to operate they need to have vehicle access to the front of the building, so we ask everyone attending games on Monday evenings to respect the car parking restrictions that are in place.
Please do not park within the coned off areas and please do not remove any cones that are in place. There is plenty of parking behind the far end goal or in the local roads around the ground.
Posted at 10:00
An 82nd minute equaliser from Jefferson Louis earnt the Greens a point in a tightly fought encounter against East Thurrock United this afternoon. The final score was 2-2, with both sides leading during the game.
After a close first half, Hendon took the lead when Lee O'Leary finished off a fine team move to take the lead just before half-time. However, the lead was short-lived as Jason Hallett equalised five minutes into the second period.
The Rocks took the lead in the 75th minute when David Bryant pounced on a loose ball, but Louis had the last say in the game as he evened things up with a header with eight minutes to go.
Posted at 19:38
Our away game at Carshalton Athletic will now be played on Tuesday 14th January at 7:45pm at Colston Avenue.
Posted at 12:07
We have a double header of home league games coming up to complete the month of November, a month in which we've only played at Earlsmead!
Tomorrow afternoon we entertain East Thurrock United, and then on Monday evening Canvey Island will be our visitors.
Like ourselves, East Thurrock are still in the FA Trophy, having beaten Merthyr Town 4-2 on Saturday afternoon. Their reward is a tough looking home tie against Dover Athletic.
The Rocks currently lie in 20th place with 15 points from their 15 games following a disappointing run of league results - most recently losing 4-3 to Wingate & Finchley a fortnight ago.
Meanwhile, Canvey Island are just above us in the table with 23 points from their 16 games. However, they are the joint lowest scorers in the division, but equally have an excellent defensive record. Their league form is in good shape, and they'll come into the game having won their last three, all by a single goal against Hampton & Richmond Borough, Grays Athletic and most recently Metropolitan Police last weekend.
Kick off tomorrow is at 3.00pm, and on Monday it is at 7.45pm. Our usual admission prices of £10 adults, £5 senior citizens and students, and free for under 16s apply.
Posted at 10:00
We have just 7 matchballs left to sponsor this season, a couple of which are coming up in the next few weeks.
It is just £80 to sponsor a matchball, and the sponsor gets a complimentary ticket, free programme, a mention in the programme and on the website.
The matches remaining available are AFC Hornchurch, Enfield Town, Bognor Regis Town, Lowestoft Town, Cray Wanderers, Carshalton Athletic and Grays Athletic.
If you are interested in sponsoring a ball, full details can be found on the sponsorship page, or by emailing Simon Lawrence on email@example.com or speaking to him on a matchday.
It would be fantastic if we could sell all the remaining matchball sponsorships for the season. If we manage it, we'll have raised over £2200 for the club that we wouldn't otherwise have had.
Posted at 09:09
MyTeam is set to launch on December 1st which sees Hendon FC involved in a complete football first.
We gave you an update a few months ago about MyTeam, a new subscription-based service in which you can give direct feedback to the Hendon management team before and during matches about the tactics, line-up and even vote for substitutions you want to see. For anyone who has ever played football manager games - this is like a real-life version!
You can score every single player during or after the game on a host of factors. The manager then has to make the desired substitution or explain after the game via his exclusive MyTeam blog exactly why he did not make the change. MyTeam will also feature the ability to rate the chairman and captain on unique factors and even has a "clubhouse" - a free forum in which MyTeam users can discuss the votes they made.
MyTeam can be used either at home before a match on PC or during a game via smartphone. This means at half-time or even during the match you can tell the Hendon FC management team what changes you want to see!
The most exciting news is that MyTeam features a "live match" mode, which will let you hear live commentary of Hendon matches (where available). MyTeam gives you, the fan, direct control over the team as well as a new way to keep up with the latest Hendon matches!
MyTeam is launching on December 1st and will cost users just £3 per month to use, with 75% of this going towards the club. This software is the very first of it's kind and we are very excited about being involved with this.
Gary McCann is also very excited about this and particularly the way that fans can rate players - encouraging even more friendly competition between the team.
For more info or to sign up visit https://www.facebook.com/myteam.com.co and message the MyTeam team!
Posted at 08:49
It has been confirmed this afternoon that our FA Trophy tie against Whitstable Town will be played on Sunday 1st December at Earlsmead. Our normal admission prices of £10 adults, £5 senior citizens & students and free for under 16s will apply.
If a replay is required it'll take place at Whitstable on Tuesday 3rd December, and admission prices will be £8 adults, £4 senior citizens & students and £1 for under 16s.
Posted at 19:24
The draw for the first round of the FA Trophy has been made, and we have been drawn at home to Whitstable Town, who play in Ryman Division One South.
Whitstable reached this stage with a 2-1 win at Carshalton Athletic on Saturday afternoon, and are one of the lowest sides left in the competition.
It is expected that the game will be played on Sunday 1st December, as Harrow are once again at home in the league on the Saturday, but we will confirm this in the next day or so.
Posted at 12:15
Paul Faulkner, who has been our goalkeeping coach for the past three years, left the club this evening after the FA Trophy win over Oxford City. The send off he was given was made perfect by the last minute penalty save by Berkley Laurencin.
Paul is moving on to Leverstock Green as assistant manager and he goes with our very good wishes, along with grateful thanks for all his efforts as a very important member of the backroom staff.
Posted at 21:40
Gary McCann was a happy man this evening following our FA Trophy win over Oxford City.
"I'm really pleased," he said, "I didn't think we deserved to go in a goal down at half-time, but we reacted superbly in the second half.
"We scored two great goals, especially the first which was an excellent team goal. The late changes were for no other reason than the replaced players had nothing more to give.
"It was a poignant moment when Berkley made the penalty save, as it turned out to be a perfect send off for Paul Faulkner, who is moving on to be assistant manager at Leverstock Green.
"I have no complaints about the penalty award, it's one of those things, but Berkley ensured that it didn't matter.
"After going out of the FA Cup early, I was determined that we were going to have a good run in the FA Trophy as it has been my nemesis as a manager.
"Now I am hoping for a kind draw so that we can continue our run."
Posted at 21:39
An excellent stoppage time penalty save by Berkley Laurencin ensured that Hendon reached the last 64 of the FA Trophy for the first time since the 2004-05 season. The final score against Oxford City this afternoon was a 2-1 win.
The first half was an evenly matched affair, but it was the visitors who took their chance just before half-time when Declan Benjamin fired home a rebound after a team-mate had hit the bar. Earlier in the half Lee O'Leary had an effort cleared off the line.
The Greens took the game to their opponents in the second half and deservedly equalised when Carl McCluskey slammed the ball home from the edge of the area in the 66th minute. Six minutes later they were ahead when Jefferson Louis sent an inch perfect cross into the path of the onrushing Anthony Thomas who fired the ball into the net.
There was last minute panic when a penalty was given away for handball deep into stoppage time, but Laurencin made an excellent save at full stretch to ensure that no replay was required.
Posted at 20:38
Our planned trip to Carshalton Athletic on 30th November has been postponed due to our continued involvement in the FA Trophy this season. A new date will be announced in due course, but it will be sometime in the new year.
Posted at 20:35
This weekend sees our second FA Trophy Super Sunday of the season as we entertain Oxford City in the third qualifying round.
Oxford come into the game on the back of slightly improved form, having beaten Stockport County 4-1 last weekend, and then drawing 2-2 at Histon on Tuesday evening. As a result they have moved out of the relegation zone in Conference North and lie in 19th place with 12 points from their 14 games.
It is over 15 years since we last faced each other, and that game, which was played on 28th March 1998 at Court Place Farm, ended in a 2-0 win for us. Our current management team of Gary McCann, Freddie Hyatt and Junior Lewis all played in the game, and the goals were scored by Paul Whitmarsh and Lewis.
Going back to 1963 when we first met Oxford in the Isthmian League, we have played them a total of 35 times (34 in the league and once in the FA Amateur Cup), winning 22, drawing 7 and losing 6. In the process we have scored 65 goals, conceding just 28.
Gary McCann and the squad come into the game on the back of two good wins over Bideford and Metropolitan Police, and will be keen to continue the run in this competition. Gary has virtually a full squad to select from, something that has rarely happened in recent years.
Kick off at Earlsmead is at 3.00pm on Sunday afternoon, and our normal admission prices of £10 adults, £5 senior citizens & students and free for under 16s will apply.
If a replay is required, it will take place at Court Place Farm on Tuesday evening at 7.45pm.
We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.
Posted at 08:46
Gary McCann took a squad to play Conference South side Farnborough yesterday evening in a hastily arranged friendly. The game saw the home side run out 1-0 winners.
The game was arranged to get the squad players a good run out as we head into a busy period of games between now and the early part of January, hopefully ensuring that everyone is fit and raring to go.
The starting line up included Elias Moses, Casey Maclaren, Sam Flegg, Dean Cracknell, Max McCann, Anthony Thomas, Michael Murray and Aaron Morgan, along with three trialists & guests.
Posted at 08:34
Our league game at Cray Wanderers has been rearranged for Tuesday, 17th December, kicking off at 7:45pm.
Posted at 16:33
Gary McCann was delighted with the second half show against Metropolitan Police on Saturday that earnt another three points.
He said, "I felt we defended reasonably well in the first half. In fact the only pluses were the way we defended, they didn't have many clear chances, and that we were still in the game at half-time
"I decided to make the change at half-time because we needed more up front and I prefer playing with two - actually I thought about making two substitutions. I didn't shout at the players at the players at half-time, although I could have. It was very calm and I got my point across.
"Anthony Thomas has shown a fantastic attitude and he made a massive difference. He created the first goal and played a big part in the other goals. It was a shame their keeper made the save late on because really deserved to score that goal."
Gary also looked ahead to the FA Trophy tie against Oxford City coming up on Sunday.
"The draw hasn't been overkind to us, but there are no easy draws at this stage of the competition. It is a tough tie, but it is a winnable one. Oxford have made a slow start, but their result on Saturday (they beat Stockport County 4-1) suggests they are beginning to turn things around too.
"We are beginning to become more comfortable at Earlsmead and beginning to show more of what we are capable of. I am sure we will all be prepared for the challenge."
Posted at 12:45