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Wednesday 23 April - Player of the year voting

Don't forget to vote for your player of the year on Saturday afternoon. Voting closes at half-time, and the winner will be announced at the end of season awards evening on 10th May.

Previous winners of the award are as follows

1965 Peter Slade, 1966 Roy Sleap, 1967 John Swannell, 1968 Rod Haider, 1969 Micky Cannon, 1970 Dave Shacklock

1971 Keith Jameson, 1972 Peter Deadman, 1973 Tony Bass, 1974 John Baker, 1975 Rod Haider, 1976 Bobby Childs, 1977 Alan Campbell, 1978 Alan Campbell, 1979 Roy Butler, 1980 Peter Deadman

1981 Peter Anderson, 1982 Dermot Drummy, 1983 Andy O'Brien, 1984 Dermot Drummy, 1985 Andy O'Brien, 1986 Colin Tate, 1987 Tony Gibson, 1988 Dave Root, 1989 Phil Gridelet, 1990 Dave Root

1991 Andy O'Brien, 1992 Dave Root, 1993 Simon Clark, 1994 Bob Dowie, 1995 Dave Hudson, 1996 Dave Stephenson, 1997 Simon Clarke, 1998 Steve Bateman, 1999 Paul Whitmarsh, 2000 Jon Daly

2001 Dale Binns, 2002 Simon Clarke, 2003 Steve Butler & Paul Towler, 2004 Eugene Ofori, 2005 Rene Street, 2006 James Parker, 2007 Richard Wilmot, 2008 Brian Haule, 2009 Jamie Busby, 2010 James Burgess

2011 Jamie Busby, 2012 Ryan Wharton, 2013 Berkley Laurencin

Posted at 16:27

Wednesday 23 April - End of season awards evening

The Supporters Assocation will be holding their End of Season Awards evening on Saturday 10th May at Silver Jubilee Park.

The evening will take place from 7.30pm, and will include the presentation of all the end of season awards and a raffle.

Entry to the evening is just £3 for members of the Supporters Association or Supporters Trust, and £10 for non-members, and the price includes a buffet. The bar will be open for drinks.

Gary McCann and the squad will be attending, so this will be your opportunity to show your appreciation for their efforts this season, as well as to all those who work so hard behind the scenes not only through the season, but through the close season as well.

If you are planning to come, please could you let Sandra Wood or John Rice know on Saturday afternoon, or email the club on admin@hendonfc.net. This is so that we have some idea of numbers for catering purposes. Entry money can be paid on the day.

This promises to be a great way to round off what has been another enjoyable season under the leadership of Gary and his backroom staff, so please do make an effort to be there and join us.

Posted at 09:04

Tuesday 22 April - Quiz night raffle results

The quiz night was a resounding success this evening with over 130 people attending the event.

At the end of the evening the raffle was drawn and the winning ticket for the Club Wembley tickets was number 649. The second prize of £100 was won by number 361 and the third prize was won by number 565. All winners were present at the evening and have already received their prizes. Thanks go out to all those who bought and sold tickets.

The quiz itself was a close run affair with the winners winning by just 2 points. We would like to thank all those who supported the event and we hope to hold plenty more in the future.

Posted at 23:18

Tuesday 22 April - URGENT : Marker required for quiz tonight

Unfortunately the volunteer who was going to mark the answers for tonight's quiz has had to drop out due to illness.

Therefore, we have an urgent need for someone to step in and assist in marking the questions.

If you are free and not already taking part this evening, and are able to be at Silver Jubilee Park for 7.30pm, please contact Steve Rogers on his mobile if you have his number, or via email on admin@hendonfc.net. Food will be provided for you if you are able to help.

Posted at 16:09

Tuesday 22 April - Gary pleased with performance

Gary McCann was pleased with the effort and performance despite losing at Bognor Regis yesterday afternoon.

He said, "I thought we stood toe-to-toe with one of the form teams in our League and gave a really good account of ourselves. The players put in a really good shift and worked very hard. We made two mistakes down in the first half and they punished us clinically.

"But in the second half, I thought we were the better team for the first 15-20 minutes but couldn't find a way through. We created some good chances and had them on the back foot.

“After the sending off we had to go into damage limitation mode. I didn't want us to suffer a hammering because we didn't deserve it. We had to change things because playing 10 against 11, when they are such a good passing team, could have resulted in a much worse scoreline.

"The most disappointing thing about the red card was that it ruined what had been a very intriguing and open contest. I felt if we had scored once we might well have been able to put them under pressure and get a second.

"I must also mention the pitch which was superb even after the heavy rain that fell on it during the first half. It was the best surface we have played on for a long while and I can see why players want to come and play there. It suits the way they play and it suited us too."

Posted at 13:47

Monday 21 April - 200 up for Dave Diedhiou

Dave Diedhiou made his 200th appearance this afternoon in the defeat at Bognor Regis Town.

The versatile 25 year old, who plays in both defence and midfield, joined from Willesden Constantine in the summer of 2008, and made his debut from the bench in a 1-0 defeat at Sutton United early that season.

He spent a large part of this first season dual registered with Wembley, but he returned at the beginning of the 2009/10 season and has been an important member of the squad ever since, and after the game against Margate on Saturday, will have compelted six seasons with the club.

During his time with us, he has scored 23 goals, and this season has been his most prolific, having scored 8.

We warmly congratulate Dave on his latest milestone, and hope that he is able to make many more for us in the future.

Posted at 23:05

Monday 21 April - Disappointment on the road for Greens

Hendon's final away game of the season ended in disappointment as they lost 3-0 at Bognor Regis Town.

In a first half which saw both sides pass the ball superbly, Bognor took the lead in the 24th minute when Ollie Pearce was allowed too much time in front of goal and he finished clinically. The lead was doubled 8 minutes later when Terry Dodd finished off a fine passing move.

After a much brighter second half the Greens were dealt a blow when debutant keeper Danny McNicholas was controversially sent off for violent conduct and Ben Johnson coolly fired the penalty past stand in keeper Casey Maclaren for the third and final goal.

The difference between the two sides was the 8 minute period where the home side scored their first two goals otherwise the Greens were a match for their hosts.

Posted at 17:07

Sunday 20 April - Gary disappointed by last minute defeat

Gary McCann was disappointed to concede yet another last minute goal following the defeat against Grays Athletic.

He said, "It is very disappointing that we have conceded the winning goal deep in stoppage time three home games in a row. I have a very honest bunch of players, and they have given me all the effort I could have asked for but, once again, we have made some bad mental errors at key moments in the game.

"Coming to the end of the season, as with every team, there is a lot of tiredness and tired players are more likely to make mistakes. This has been our downfall in recent games.

"We had to make a number of changes to give some players more minutes. They not only needed the minutes, but it was also to reward them for their loyalty to me and the Club over the past months. However, we looked a little short in the first half and never really got going.

"In the second half, we were much better and played much more like I wanted us to. We deservedly equalised and then ran into a goalkeeper in inspired form. He made three or four outstanding saves, and we also missed a number of excellent chances.

"Even after we conceded that second goal, when a lucky deflection bounced right to their scorer, we showed great resilience in fighting back. When we got the penalty in stoppage time, I thought we would escape with a deserved point, only to give away another terrible goal to lose it.

"What is most frustrating of these three games is that all three of the match-losing goals have come from us giving away the ball cheaply in good attacking positions."

Posted at 22:16

Sunday 20 April - Junior Lewis to leave at end of season

Gary McCann announced yesterday evening that Junior Lewis will be leaving the club at the end of the season.

Junior, who has played an influential part as coach over the past three seasons, has decided that it is time for a new challenge, and the news was broken to the squad yesterday afternoon.

The squad, as well as the other members of the management team, have learnt a lot from Junior during his time with us, and he will very much be missed in the dressing room.

It would be wonderful if all our supporters could show their appreciation to Junior next Saturday against Margate and thank him for his contribution. He will of course always be a Hendon legend as he scored the winning goal against Leyton Orient in the FA Cup back in 1997.

Everyone at the club wishes Junior every success for the future, and let's see if we can finish the season on a high note.

Posted at 13:00

Sunday 20 April - Joe McDonnell recalled by Basingstoke

Joe McDonnell made his last appearance for the club yesterday against Grays Athletic, as he has been recalled from his loan by Basingstoke Town.

Joe has played a big part in our play off push over the past couple of months, keeping 9 clean sheets in his 16 league appearances - a very impressive record.

We thank Joe for all his efforts, and also his Dad who has been at every game and shown support to the club by sponsoring Max McCann.

We are sure that Joe has a very bright future ahead of him, and we wish him every success as he looks to build his career.

Posted at 10:00

Saturday 19 April - Last gasp goal defeat again

Hendon slipped to a last gasp goal defeat for the third home game in a row, this time losing to Grays Athletic.

The only goal of a rather lethargic first half came in the 6th minute when Christopher Benjamin gave the visitors the lead.

The second half was a livelier affair and the Greens equalised in the 51st minute through Dave Diedhiou. Joel Nouble put Grays back in front in the 83rd minute, but 5 minutes into stoppage time Michael Murray converted a spot kick for what appeared to be a deserved equaliser.

However it was Benjamin who had the last laugh as he scored the last gasp winner for the visitors.

Posted at 17:28

Wednesday 16 April - Coach bookings for Bognor

We are running a coach to Bognor Regis on Easter Monday, and seats are available at the usual price of £12.

The coach will depart from Earlsmead at 9.45am - and bookings must be made no later than half-time on Saturday afternoon.

Bookings can be made at the club shop on Saturday, or by emailing the club on admin@hendonfc.net. Unfortunately we are unable to take telephone bookings on this occasion.

Posted at 10:32

Tuesday 15 April - Please confirm your Quiz Night attendance

If you are planning to attend the Quiz Night, please could you confirm your attendance with Simon Lawrence by Saturday evening. Failure to do so means that you may run the risk of there not being any food for you!

Tickets are still available, priced at £15 including a fish & chip supper, whilst raffle tickets are also available for £2 each, with the first prize of 2 Club Wembley tickets for a future England game, a second prize of £100 and a third prize of £50.

Tickets and raffle tickets are available from Simon, either by emailing him on simon.hendon@btinternet.com or by seeing him on Saturday afternoon at Earlsmead.

Posted at 19:12

Tuesday 15 April - Gary angry and frustrated after defeat

Following last night's defeat to Harrow Borough, an angry and frustrated Gary McCann didn't hold back in his post-match analysis. He said, "I am angry and frustrated to lose a game like that. I know there are some tired bodies and minds out there, but our decision-making wasn't good enough.

"I don't like criticising players, especially after they have given me so much over the season, but there were four or five whose mental strength was not what I wanted. I learned a lot about them in this match.

"We played very well for 15 minutes, but that is never going to be enough to win a game like that. After we went 1-0 up, I thought we were going to win the game easily, but after their goal we were never the same. Our reaction to the goal was very disappointing.

"I am going to have to freshen up the team for the last few games. Casey Maclaren has worked incredibly hard to get back from his injury and there may be one or two others who can return too."

Posted at 15:54

Tuesday 15 April - Don't forget Wrestling on Saturday

Don't forget this Saturday after the game against Grays, LDN Wrestling make their first appearance at Earlsmead.

All of the LDN champions are scheduled to appear including Paul Malen defending his Capital title against former champion Hakan, while heavyweight champion Travis will be in tag team action with his partner against Team Hate.

Doors open at 5.30, show starts at 6. Tickets are £12 adults and £10 children and will be available on the door.

Posted at 10:00

Monday 14 April - Last gasp goal for Harrow

A last minute goal from Steve Butterworth earnt Harrow Borough all three points at Earlsmead this evening.

Leon Smith had given the Greens the lad on the hour mark but as has been the case so often this season, further chances were squandered.

Victor Osobu equalised in the 74th minute with a fine effort before Butterworth secured the points.

Posted at 22:09

Monday 14 April - Gary frustrated after Canvey draw

Gary McCann was frustrated following the goalless draw at Canvey Island on Saturday afternoon.

"It was a day of frustration for us. We weren't at our best but we still did more than enough to win. Unfortunately we didn't take our chances.

"Their goalkeeper was the man of the match and he made six very good saves, but if our finishing had been as good as it can be, he wouldn't have had a chance to make most of those saves.

"Mentally, the defeat last Monday took a lot out of us and I could see at training on Thursday and in the dressing room before the game that it was still on their minds. I stressed to them that they should play without fear, and we did, but we were missing someone to take control when we were in good positions.

"The penalty miss was very disappointing. Since Jefferson Louis left, Anthony Thomas has been our designated penalty-taker, but when we have got them in recent matches, he wasn't on the pitch. Leon Smith took over the responsibility and did a good job.

"I would rather Leon had taken the kick, because he had scored with his last three attempts for us, but he let Anthony take the responsibility and I wasn't going to order which player was going to take the kick."

Posted at 09:10

Sunday 13 April - Last Monday Night Football of the season

Tomorrow sees our final Monday Night Football of the season as we have the slightly odd experience entertaining our landlords Harrow Borough on their own ground.

Harrow, who of course are managed by a very familiar face in Dave Anderson, have had a disappointing season, but should have enough points on the board to ensure their Premier Division status for another season despite their 2-1 defeat to AFC Hornchurch on Saturday afternoon at Earlsmead. It was their first home defeat since Boxing Day - a run of nine games.

They currently lie in 18th place with 49 points from 42 games, and are 10 points ahead of East Thurrock United who lie in the final relegation spot. The maximum points tally that East Thurrock can get is 51.

The reverse fixture took place way back in September, when Jefferson Louis scored twice in the opening five minutes, before Simeon Akinola pulled a goal back for Harrow midway through the second half, but Tony Taggart secured the points with his first touch after coming on as a very late substitute.

Gary McCann takes the squad into the game knowing that only a win will keep alive any lingering play off hopes, and even then it will need clubs above to drop points later in the week and over the Easter Weekend.

Kick off at Earlsmead is at 7.45pm, and our usual admission prices of £10 adults, £5 concessions and free for under 16s will apply. Programmes will be available as normal priced at £2.

We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible there tomorrow evening.

Posted at 18:45

Saturday 12 April - Greens rue saved penalty

Hendon were left rueing a saved penalty as they drew 0-0 at Canvey Island, a result that leaves them eight points off the play-offs with four to play.

The penalty came in the 78th minute, but Anthony Thomas's spot kick was easily saved by man of the match Gines Guzman Rosique. The Greens then had a further chance to score a winner but Dave Diedhiou's header went over the bar, whilst in the dying moments, John Sands saw his effort fly over the bar from 10 yards.

Posted at 18:18

Wednesday 09 April - Volunteer markers required for Quiz Night

We are looking for one or two volunteers to mark the answers at our forthcoming Quiz Night.

If you are interested in helping out in this way, please speak to Steve Rogers or Simon Lawrence on a matchday, or email Steve via the website on admin@hendonfc.net

Posted at 09:00

Wednesday 09 April - Canvey game to kick off at 3.07pm

It has been confirmed that our game at Canvey Island on Saturday will kick off at 3:07pm as part of the FA's commemorations of the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

The FA have requested that all games hold a minute's silence at 3.06pm - the time the game at Hillsborough was stopped as the disaster unfolded.

Our thoughts will be with the families of the 96 who died, particularly at the current time as the new inquest takes place.

Posted at 07:00

Tuesday 08 April - Gary disconsolate after Hampton defeat

Gary McCann was disconsolate after the defeat against Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Soon after the match, he said, "This might be one of the most disappointing defeats I have suffered since I became manager here."

This morning, he added, "I spent a sleepless night, tossing and turning, and thinking about what I could have done differently. I should have gone with my gut when it came to the last substitution - the first two were forced on me by injuries - and shored up the defence with Elliott Brathwaite, because I wasn't sure we could hold on to a 3–2 lead.

"A number of players put their hands up in the dressing rom, but as I said to them, this was not down to individuals, but we are all collectively responsible. However, I am pleased that they recognised their mistakes, because if you know you are doing something wrong, you will try to avoid making the same mistake again. It also showed me what an honest group of players I have in my dressing room.

"Just before half-time, I was thinking that if we got into the dressing rooms only 1-0 down we will have escaped, because we had been so poor. But Kevin's injury meant the Hampton midfield had more space and that led to the second goal.

"It was a real kick in the teeth. However, the response from the boys in the second half was truly memorable. At 3-2 up we had a few chances to make the game safe but we didn't take them."

Posted at 19:16

Tuesday 08 April - 300 and counting

Last night's game against Hampton & Richmond Borough was Alex Barrett's 300th league match in a row. His run of not missing a league game began on Saturday 31st March 2007 at Ashford Town (Middlesex). In that time his Mum, Joyce, has only missed eleven of those games, with all but one being due to her being hospitalised!

Posted at 09:00

Tuesday 08 April - Gary's thoughts on AFC Hornchurch win

Following the win at AFC Hornchurch, Gary McCann said, "Our second half performance was outstanding, but I don't think we were that bad in the first half either.

"The penalty decision against us worked as our motivation for the rest of the game. Before the game restarted, I called the players over to tell them not to let anything deflect from what we were trying to do, and to keep our discipline.

"Then, when we got into the dressing room at half-time, I could tell by the look on the players' faces the steely determination as they listened to my team-talk. In fact, the way the first half went galvanised and motivated us.

"This is a very special squad. They have (almost) literally run through brick walls for me and my coaching team; it has been a difficult few weeks.

"A couple of weeks ago, I said that we were hanging onto the playoffs by our fingertips; last week we had one hand on the playoffs; and now, speaking before the game against Hampton, we are stretching for the playoffs with both hands."

Posted at 00:33

Monday 07 April - Last minute defeat for Greens

Hendon went down to a 4-3 defeat to Hampton & Richmond Borough when Charlie Moone scored a last minute winner.

Hampton were two goals up at half time through Tommy Brewster and Ben Osman but as has so often been the case the Greens refused to give up.

Anthony Thomas pulled a goal back in the 59th minute and almost immediately Michael Murray equalised with a superb strike from 25 yards. Thomas then put the Greens ahead in the 64th minute but goals from Moone in the 79th and 90th minutes.

Posted at 22:11

Monday 07 April - Player of the year voting

With just four home games remaining voting slips for your player of the year will be available from the club shop this evening and at all remaining home games.

The award, won by Berkley Laurencin last season, will be presented at the end of season awards, the date for which will be announced very soon.

Posted at 09:40

Monday 07 April - Greens aim to keep pressure on

Hendon will be aiming to keep the pressure on the clubs currently occupying the play off spots as they entertain Hampton & Richmond Borough this evening.

Another win tonight will mean that the Greens will move up to 7th place, and just 2 points off the play offs. The squad will be full of confidence following the win at AFC Hornchurch on Saturday afternoon, whilst the Beavers will also take confidence from their second half showing against Lowestoft Town. Having been 2-0 down, and having had both their main strikers, Dave Tarpey and Charlie Moone, sent off before half-time, they recovered enough to pull a goal back in the second half, although they were unable to fashion an equaliser.

They currently lie in 13th, comfortably in mid-table and safe from relegation barring a bizarre set of results. We have faced them twice already this season, losing 5-2 at The Beveree in the league, and then going down 4-3 a few weeks ago in the semi final of the Middlesex Senior Cup.

The programme, costing £2, for tonight's game will be the one printed for the original date, and will include an update sheet.

Supporters are reminded that the Templedown Club use the clubhouse on Monday evenings - so parking in front of the clubhouse is very limited. Please do not park in the coned off areas as the space is required for their minibuses. There is plenty of parking behind the clubhouse and at the far end of the ground, as well as on the local side streets. We do ask that you park considerately.

Kick off tonight is at 7.45pm, and our normal admission prices of £10 adults, £5 concessions and free for under 16s apply.

Your support is valuable as we look to continue our push for the play-offs, so we look forward to seeing as many of you as are able to make it to the game later today.

Posted at 09:17

Sunday 06 April - Supporters game against Street League

Our friends from Street League have challenged the HFC Supporters to a game. The game is to be played at Silver Jubilee Park on 16th April kick off 7.30 pm. under the lights. Bar will be open, supporters welcome. If you are interested in playing please let us know by e mail. to eddieeedd@hendonfc.net

Posted at 13:55

Saturday 05 April - Goal clips from AFC Hornchurch

Clips of the goals from todays victory at AFC Hornchurch can now be found online courtesy of our hosts today.

Please click the link below to see them.

AFC Hornchurch goal clips

Posted at 21:06

Saturday 05 April - Greens make second half comeback

Hendon came back from a goal down to win 2-1 at AFC Hornchurch this afternoon.

The Urchins took the lead in the 26th minute when George Purcell converted a spot kick following a debatable challenge in the box.

The Greens restored parity within 3 minutes of the second half starting courtesy of Tony Taggart before Leon Smith secured the points with a penalty on the hour mark for his 10th goal of the season.

The win keeps the club in the play off hunt with just six games to go.

Posted at 17:19