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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

Friday 04 April - Final travelcard away game tomorrow

Tomorrow afternoon sees our final away trip of the season within the Travelcard zones as we travel to AFC Hornchurch.

It promises to be another challenging game against a side who are looking to secure a spot in the play-offs, with their title hopes hanging by a thread. Indeed, if Wealdstone win tomorrow, AFC Hornchurch and Bognor Regis Town both lose, and Lowestoft Town drop points, Wealdstone will win the title.

The Urchins come into the game in good form, having lost just four times since the turn of the year. Over the past week they have had away wins at Wingate & Finchley and Carshalton Athletic, 3-0 and 1-0 respectively.

In the reverse fixture back in December, AFC Hornchurch won 1-0 courtesy of a Stefan Payne goal.

Gary McCann and the squad, who have gone one better than the Urchins and have lost just three league games since the turn of the year, will be confident of causing their hosts problems as they look to continue the bid for the play-offs. But as always, your support will be important to cheer them on to what will hopefully be another three points.

Kick off at Bridge Avenue is at 3.00pm and admission is £10 adults, £7 concessions and £3 for 12-16 year olds. Under 12s get in free.

Posted at 11:15

Wednesday 02 April - Special effort for final game

Saturday 26th April is our final game of the season, which is at home against Margate. Whilst it would be great to see you all at every game, we appreciate that work and family commitments as well as financial constraints make this challenging.

To that end, we are asking that everyone makes a special effort to attend our final game of our first season at Earlsmead. This should give us a healthier crowd, and will allow us to thank Gary, his backroom staff and the squad for all their hard work and particularly their commitment and loyalty to the club.

They have delivered some sterling performances during a challenging season. It would be fitting for us all to make a concerted effort to get together on what is normally a sunny* game and end it with a flourish. And who knows, if we are able to keep this current run of performances and results going, we could all be in the bar afterwards planning for the play-offs.

As we say for all of our games, we hope to see as many of you there as possible, as well as at our other remaining games home and away.

(* we offer no guarantees of sunny weather)

Posted at 18:00

Wednesday 02 April - Play Off Dates

One or two supporters have asked for confirmation of the play-off dates, just so they can ensure the dates are in their diaries in case we are successful in our challenge.

The semi finals will be played on Wednesday 30th April, kicking off at 7.45pm, and the final will be played on Monday 5th May, kicking off at 3.00pm.

Clearly details of venues and prices will only be confirmed should we get there.

Posted at 14:00

Wednesday 02 April - Possible supporters game

We are looking to arrange another Supporters Game before the end of the season to take place midweek at Silver Jubilee Park.

As it will be midweek there are not too many options for opposition, so Eddie Edwards, who co-ordinates the Supporters team, has two questions.

Do any of you have a works team or similar that might like to have a game?

Who would like to have a game if we can get it organised.

The game would be within the next four weeks, and probably on a Tuesday - but clearly not on the same night as the quiz.

If you are interested, please email Eddie on eddieedd@hendonfc.net

Posted at 10:11

Wednesday 02 April - Leon at the double in Lewes

A brace of goals from in-form striker Leon Smith secured all three points at Lewes yesterday evening. But it was a superb team performance that also contributed to the result, with the squad winning just about every battle throughout the 90 minutes.

The first goal came in the 21st minute of actual playing time, there had been a 16 minute stoppage for a floodlight failure, when Alex Malins handled the ball in the box, and Smith stepped up to send Rikki Banks the wrong way.

The Greens really turned the screw in the second half and were rewarded in the 66th minute when Smith scored again. However, mention must be made of Sam Flegg and Jack Bennett who kept the ball in play at the opposite end of the pitch having broken up a Lewes attack, and then launched the counter-attack that led to Smith's goal.

Whilst Lewes did push for a consolation, once again the backline held firm, earning Joe McDonnell another clean sheet.

The result means that the Greens now lie 5 points adrift of the play-offs with 7 games to go.

Posted at 01:35

Monday 31 March - Deadline day signing

With the Ryman League registration deadline passing at 5pm this afternoon, we are able to announce that Gary McCann made one final addition to the squad.

Joining on a dual registration from Chesham United is Daniel Brathwaite, the older brother of Elliott. The 32 year old defender is vastly experienced and has also appeared for Enfield, Boreham Wood, Ashford Town (Middx), Dover Athletic and Hayes & Yeading United.

Posted at 19:53

Monday 31 March - Long trip to Lewes tomorrow

We make the long trip to Lewes tomorrow evening for our latest fixture as we look to pick up another 3 points to keep those slim play off hopes alive.

Lewes have failed to win any of their last seven games, having beaten both Dulwich Hamlet and Maidstone United in the two games prioer to that. As a result, they currently sit in midtable in 14th position with 51 points from 38 games.

On Saturday afternoon they lost 2-0 at Thamesmead Town, and were dealt a further blow as skipper Jack Walder was stretchered off with a suspected broken ankle during the first half.

In the reverse fixture at Earlsmead back at the end of August, we played out a 1-1 draw, Jack Dixon equalising late on for the Rooks after Jefferson Louis had given us the lead.

Kick off at The Dripping Pan is at 7.45pm, and admission is £11 adults, £6 for concessions and under 16s go free.

We look forward to seeing those of you able to make the journey tomorrow evening

Posted at 12:59

Sunday 30 March - Gary satisfield with Carshalton victory

Gary McCann was satisfield with yesterday's victory and said, "I would take another seven or eight ground-out performances like that, but we need to do a bit more.

"There is mental fatigue as well as physical, and the performance wasn't as pleasing on the eye but it was full of work-rate, endeavour and commitment. It wasn't as fluent as we would have liked, but we managed to get the win.

"We need to be better in the final third and that is not just the front two but also those from deeper on the pitch. Our wide players haven't been as effective in recent games, but that is because of tiredness.

"It has taken an awful lot to get where we are, from the management and players. It is four 1-0 wins in the last nine games and we are still just hanging-on in the play-off picture. We have to keep plugging away."

Posted at 16:50

Sunday 30 March - Gary adds depth to squad

Gary McCann has made four additions to the squad to add depth as we enter the final month of the season.

Three of the arrivals are on dual-registrations with Northwood in the form of 17 year old keeper Danny McNicholas, 18 year old forward Karl Oliyide and 20 year old wide man Oliver Sprague. The fourth arrival is 22 year old Joel Dawes, who was with Hertford Town last season, but has just been playing Sunday football this term.

The agreement with Northwood manager Mark Burgess goes together with the fact some of our squad have been dual-registered with Northwood throughout the campaign, with Michael Murray and Berkley Laurencin currently keeping their match-fitness levels up by appearing for the Woods on a regular basis of late.

Posted at 16:48

Saturday 29 March - Another 1-0 win ground out

Hendon ground out a second 1-0 win in three days as they beat Carshalton Athletic this afternoon.

Once again the goalscorer was Leon Smith who netted from close range when largely left with an open goal.

As was the case on Thursday evening, it was the defensive group that stood out as they kept out the Robins comfortably, with Joe McDonnell keeping another clean sheet and being largely untroubled throughout the game.

The win means that the Greens slim hopes of gatecrashing the play-offs are still alive as they move on to a trip to Lewes on Tuesday evening.

Posted at 19:39

Friday 28 March - Gary pleased with Bury victory

Gary McCann was delighted following last night's victory against Bury.

"I am really pleased with the result. The players let themselves down on Saturday and I told them so, but their reaction was nothing less than I expected. They are a very honest bunch.

"It was difficult at times because they were young and leggy. But our back four was very good as were the boys in front of them. I was very pleased with Elliott Brathwaite, who got his head on pretty much everything.

"It was not our most fluent performance of the season, and some of our decision making up front wasn't the best. I must admit it did get very edgy in the last 10 minutes because we knew how important the three points were to us. It keeps our very slim playoff hopes alive.

"After picking up just five points from our first seven games of the season, we have now collected 55 from our last 30 matches. Our next two games are going to be very important.

"Leon Smith took his goal very well. He is doing exactly what I hoped he would do when he signed for us and he is trying to improve his fitness. He was ill in the dressing room at half-time because he hadn't taken on enough fuel."

Posted at 10:56

Friday 28 March - Greens grind out win

Hendon ground out a 1-0 win over Bury Town this evening to return to winning ways after Saturday's disappointment.

The goal came in the 26th minute when Leon Smith slotted the ball home between a defender and the keeper.

At the other end Joe McDonnell was largely untested with the back four of Chris Seeby, Jack Bennett, Elliott Brathwaite (in his first league appearance of the season) and Sam Flegg holding firm.

Posted at 00:00