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Sunday 27 July - Chesham friendly tomorrow

A reminder that tomorrow evening we entertain Chesham United at Earlsmead in our only home friendly this summer. This game will be played for the Dave Stanley Memorial Shield.

Kick off is at 7.45pm, and admission is £5 for adults, and free for under 16s.

Posted at 19:00

Sunday 27 July - PDF Programme Subscription 2014-15

The Supporters Assocation are running the PDF Programme subscription for the new season, and this is now available to order.

Priced at just £26, this will mean that you will be emailed a PDF version of our regular matchday programme for all home games a couple of days after the date of the game.

The link to order this is below - and if you have any questions on this, please contact the Supporters Association direct via their website.

PDF Programme Subscription

Posted at 13:00

Sunday 27 July - Spirit Season Ticket

Last season, the club offered a popular option for supporters who are unable to attend games due to their geographical location.

The Supporters Assocation have taken this initiative over and retitled it as the Spirit Season Ticket.

For just £30, you will receive a PDF copy of every home matchday programme, your season ticket will be emailed to you and a £5 voucher off a minimum order of £40 from the HFCSA Online Shop.

The link to order these season tickets is below.

Spirit Season Ticket

Posted at 07:00

Saturday 26 July - First team defeated by Uxbridge

The first team suffered their first defeat of pre-season as they were beaten 2-0 at Uxbridge this afternoon.

The home side scored a goal in each half to secure the win, and so the Greens will be keen to return to winning ways on Monday night with the home game against Chesham United.

Posted at 17:11

Saturday 26 July - Gary happy with Leverstock Green performance

Gary McCann was happy with most of what he saw at Leverstock Green on Thursday evening.

He said, "It was a better collective performance than on Tuesday night, which is what you want in preseason.

"I know we were playing level five teams, but there will be stiffer tests to come, starting with Saturday's game against level four Uxbridge and then against a team at our own level, Chesham United, on Monday night.

"I thought we were very good for the first three periods, and could have scored a few more goals. There were signs that the players were getting know each other better and they worked better. I was also pleased with a number of very good individual performances.

"Only in the final 30 minutes, when we made more changes did we drop off from where we were and we had some players in unusual positions, such as Aaron Morgan at right back, and he did brilliantly there."

Posted at 13:16

Friday 25 July - Mascots Package 2014-15

We are pleased to be able to offer the Mascot package once again this season, priced at just £85.

All mascots will receive the following as part of the package.

Free admission for mascot and up to three family members; Free programme signed by the first team; Name in programme on matchday and throughout the season; Name on website throughout the season; Full kit provided for mascot, including free shirt to keep; Lead out the teams; Photo with captains prior to kick off.

Please click on the Mascots link on the menu to see which games are available, and if you are interested, please email the website on admin@hendonfc.net for an application form.

Posted at 19:00

Friday 25 July - Vice Presidents Package 2014-15

We are pleased to be able to offer the Vice Presidents package again this season, priced at £250 for the season.

This package entitles supporters to board room hospitality before, after and at half time for all home games during the campaign.

Alternatively, for £350 we will add a season ticket to the package.

Please note that entry to the board room is conditional on meeting the dress code, details of which will be made available upon application.

If you are interested, please email the website on admin@hendonfc.net for an application form.

Posted at 13:00

Thursday 24 July - Leverstock Green hit for five

The first team ran out 5-0 winners at Leverstock Green this evening in the latest pre-season friendly.

In a game played over four periods, the Greens were ehead at the end of the first courtesy of a goal from Lee O'Leary.

O'Leary scored again in the second period, along with Casey Maclaren and Kezie Ibe, whilst Leon Smith scored in the third period to complete the scoring.

The next friendly is on Saturday afternoon at Uxbridge, and it is expected that this will be a regular game of two 45 minute halves.

Posted at 22:14

Thursday 24 July - Hendon Youth gain Charter Standard

We are delighted to announce that Hendon Youth FC are now an FA Charter Standard Club.

This award is given to those clubs that show that they are offering best practice in all areas of the game to the children that play. To achieve this as quickly as we have is great testament to the Youth committee and in particular Michelle Fennelly and Ray Fraser who have worked tirelessly to make it happen.

We will be inspected on an annual basis to make sure our provision maintains the status.

To clarify, our youth set-up are registered as a separate club as this is the normal way of doing things. It is very much intended that the players from the youth set-up progress into the first team in the years to come, should they reach the standard required.

Posted at 13:00

Wednesday 23 July - Work in progress says Gary

Following the friendly at Tring Athletic last night, Gary McCann knows there is still work to do before the start of the season.

"There were some positives, but I don't think we are quite where I want us to be," he said. "The biggest issue is in the final third, but we have a number of games to get it right.

"At the moment we have 15 or 16 bodies for 10 places so we have three weeks to get the right formations and combinations.

"But credit to them, they made it a very competitive encounter. We had to match them but we had enough about us to match them."

Posted at 21:21

Wednesday 23 July - Season Ticket application form

The application form for new season tickets is now available to download. The download link can be found below.

A reminder that prices are £160 for adults, £85 for senior citizens and students, and £10 for under 16s.

Please get your applications in as soon as possible to ensure that your ticket is ready for collection at the first home game of the season.

Season Ticket Application Form

Posted at 20:49

Tuesday 22 July - Andre Da Costa joins the squad

We are pleased to announce the signing of Andre Da Costa following tonight's friendly at Tring.

The 23 year old Portuguese midfielder was with both Bishop's Stortford and Kingstonian last season, and has previously appeared for AFC Bournemouth and Macclesfield Town as well has having spells in both Malta and Cyprus.

We welcome Andre to the club and hope that he has a long and successful time with us.

Posted at 23:02

Tuesday 22 July - Greens win at Tring

The first team squad ran out 2-1 winners at Tring Athletic in the first of this week's friendlies.

The game was played over four periods of 25 minutes, and all the goals came in the final two quarters. Lee O'Leary and Michael Murray were on target for the Greens.

Posted at 22:58

Monday 21 July - Prediction Competition not going ahead

Due to a disappointing response, Chris Hutton and John Rice have decided not to go ahead with the proposed Prediction Competition.

At the time of writing only 5 supporters had expressed an interest, and Chris & John have therefore decided to pull the plug.

Posted at 22:51

Monday 21 July - Two friendlies this week

The first team ramp up the build up to the new season with two friendlies this week.

Firstly, tomorrow evening, we travel to Tring Athletic, for a game that is scheduled to kick off at 7.45pm, and then on Thursday we travel to Leverstock Green for a 6.30pm kick off.

Both games are planned to be 4 periods of 30 minutes, and please be aware that if both teams are ready to kick off ahead of the scheduled kick off time, they will do so.

Posted at 20:01

Sunday 20 July - Prediction Competition 2014-15

The Supporters Association are launching a new Prediction Competition for the new season, which will be just £10 to enter.

Every week you have to predict whether matches will end in a home win, away win or a draw. You will get one point for every correct prediction.

The matches will be taken from the Isthmian League (or Southern League if that is where we are allocated), Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two and the FA Cup.

40% of the pot will go direct to the Association, whilst the remainder will be split 30% for 1st, 20% for 2nd and 10% for 3rd. Therefore if 50 people enter, the winner will get £150, 2nd place will get £100, 3rd place will get £50 and the remaining £200 will go to the Association.

Please, please encourage your friends and family to take part. The more people who play, the more you can win and the more funds we raise.

For more information please email John Rice or Chris Hutton at hfcfootballcomp@outlook.com

Posted at 08:46

Saturday 19 July - Silver Jubilee Park clarification

We have received a number of questions from supporters who were unclear on how the ownership of Silver Jubilee Park is planned to work. Club director Rob Morris has kindly clarified the situation with the information below.

Silver Jubilee Park is owned by Brent Council who have granted Kingsbury Town Management Co Ltd (KTMCL) a 30 year renewable lease which has 14 years to run. KTMCL are currently in negotiations with Brent Council to extend this lease agreement.

KTMCL is owned by Robert Morris and Arrow Investments who have an equal share holding. Arrow investments is owned by the Manzi family who also run Edgware Town FC.

Hendon FC (HFC) will be offered a lease to play and train at the ground rent free for the duration of KTMCL lease. KTMCL have spent over £500,000 so far and will need to make a significant further investment to bring the ground up to the grading requirements just for HFC

HFC will also benefit from increased attendances by being closer to their roots and from a strong youth set up with over 150 players from the coming season. The function hall will be available rent free for fund raising events and we expect that HFC will be better off by £60,000 a season as a result if these changes. This is the difference between going out of existence or being a sustainable business model.

Over the last few months Rob has been working tirelessly to put a number of deals in place which will ensure HFC will play football for many years to come.

Posted at 10:41

Thursday 17 July - League fixtures released

The league fixtures for the season ahead have been issued this morning and we will begin with a home game against Bury Town.

We then travel to Metropolitan Police on the following Tuesday before going to VCD Athletic, one of the promoted sides, on the second Saturday.

The season commences on Saturday 9th August and the full fixture list will appear on the website later today.

Posted at 13:12

Thursday 17 July - Player, Match & Ball Sponsorship

The Supporters Trust are now taking requests for player, match and ball sponsorship for the upcoming season.

The player and ball sponsorship packages remain the same, whilst there has been an increase in price for the match sponsorship package.

Starting with the player sponsorship packages, home kit costs £90, away kit is £60, or you can choose to sponsor both kits for £120. Sock sponsorship is available to under 16s for just £5. Corporate sponsorship is also available for companies at £120 per player for the season. All sponsors will see their name listed alongside their chosen player both online and in the matchday programme for the season.

The ball sponsorship price remains as £80 per match, and this includes a complimentary ticket, complimentary programme, credit in the programme and credit on the website match report page and match page. This package does not include boardroom hospitality.

The match sponorship price has been increased to £150 per match. This package includes complimentary tickets for up to 10 people, complimentary programme for each guest and boardroom hospitality.

For lists of the available players and fixtures, please check out the sponorship link on the main menu.

If you are interested in sponsoring any players or fixtures, please email Simon Lawrence on simon.hendon@btinternet.com

Posted at 13:00

Wednesday 16 July - HFCST looking for new board members

The Hendon Football Club Supporters Trust board would like to invite all Hendon supporters to consider election or co-option to the Supporters Trust board.

Due to a combination of factors such as ill health, relocation and career changes, the board has unfortunately lost several members over the course of the past year and is need of new members plus a new Secretary.

This is not simply a case of making up the numbers: by including a broader variety of people with different backgrounds, ages, viewpoints and skill-sets, the board will be better placed to drive the Football Club forward as we embark on a new era.

The commitment as a board member is not onerous, consisting primarily of a monthly meeting plus other activities related to fundraising, events and marketing etc. The Secretary, meanwhile, will be required to set meeting agendas, write the minutes of meetings and attend to certain tasks related to the AGM every year.

This is a great opportunity to be fully involved in the future of the club and we urge all supporters of the club to give it their consideration. For anyone who would like to be considered, or who has any questions, please contact the Trust chairman Bryan Roberts on bryanroberts72@outlook.com

Posted at 13:00

Wednesday 16 July - Ibe and Murphy both sign forms

We are pleased to announce that experienced striker Kezie Ibe, and former Aldershot Town player Sam Murphy have both signed registration forms for the forthcoming season.

Kezie, who is 31 years old, joined from Conference South side Basingstoke Town, and has been a prolific striker with a number of clubs around the non league game for a number of years.

24 year old Sam has been out of senior football for a year, but is a member of the England Futsal squad.

We welcome both players to the club, and hope they enjoy a long fruitful time with us.

Posted at 07:29

Tuesday 15 July - Greens play out goalless draw

The first team played out a goalless draw against Hayes & Yeading United this evening in a behind closed doors friendly.

The game was played over three periods of 30 minutes, with three more new trialists being given some game time by Gary McCann.

The full squad can be found on the match report page.

Posted at 21:25

Tuesday 15 July - World Cup Prediction Competition result

The winner of the World Cup Prediction Competition, with a total of 106 points, was David Coote. He goes away with a prize of £73.50.

Second place, winning £31.50, was Wayne Hitchings with 104 points, whilst Adam Doyle finished third, winning £21.00 with 95 points - earning that spot on a tie-break from Scott Searle.

We would like to thank Paul Butler for running the competition, which has raised £84 for the supporters trust, and all those who entered for taking part.

Posted at 07:00

Monday 14 July - Clarification on fixture release date

There appears to have been some confusion over the date the league fixtures are due to be released.

A posting on the Ryman League website suggested that they were due out today. However, at the Ryman League AGM a few weeks ago, clubs were advised that the fixtures were due out during the week commencing 14th July, and would more likely be towards the end of the week.

It is our belief that they will most likely be issued on Thursday - which is the date that both the Southern League and Northern Premier League have advertised as their fixture release date. In previous years, fixtures for all three leagues have generally been released on the same date.

The full fixture list will appear on the website on the evening of the date they are released, so please check on a daily basis.

Posted at 18:08

Sunday 13 July - Work to commence on pitch

Work is due to commence tomorrow on the installation of the new all weather pitch at Silver Jubilee Park.

The first job will be removal of top soil, then a sub base of various layers of stone and a kerb edge will be installed. Finally the carpet is fitted, and then after 100 hours of use, the surface is tested so that we have the FIFA accreditation required.

The whole process should take around 9 weeks, weather permitting. Once the pitch is installed and in use, the first team will be using the facility for training.

Posted at 13:00

Saturday 12 July - Gary happy with opening run out

Gary McCann was happy following the friendly win last night.

"This was a good start for us," he said. "Preseason is a six-week marathon, not a sprint and the players did well enough.

"It was said we would have a few triallists on show, but in preseason, we are as much on trial as a club as are the players. It is as much do we fit in with what they are looking for, as do they fit in with what we want."

Posted at 15:28

Friday 11 July - Greens win first friendly

The first team won their first friendly of the summer this evening, the scoreline ending 3-1 against Erith & Belvedere.

It was all level at half-time with both sides scoring, new signing Tom O'Regan scoring for the Greens. Leon Smith & Michael Murray found the back of the net in the second half to secure the win.

A number of trialists were involved in the game including Kezie Ibe, who has been at a number of clubs in the Isthmian League and Conference South. The full line up can be found on the report page.

Posted at 21:55

Friday 11 July - Admission for tonight's friendly

Erith & Belvedere are making a small admission charge for tonight's friendly at the London SoccerDome.

Admission will be just £3 per person, and all are welcome to attend. The nearest station is North Greenwich, and the venue is just a short walk from the station.

Posted at 12:31

Friday 11 July - Fixture release on Monday

The Ryman League have confirmed that the fixtures for the season are due to be released on Monday. They will be available on the Ryman League website sometime in the morning, and will be posted on to this website no later than Monday evening.

Posted at 10:24

Thursday 10 July - Hendon Green & Gold 19 - Gary McCann

We conclude this season with one of the most important players in recent Hendon history - our manager Gary McCann. This piece, however, is about Gary the player.

Gary McCann joined Hendon on Easter Monday, 31 March 1997, signing in time to make his debut that afternoon against Aylesbury United. It was a tough first game for the former Sutton and Dulwich keeper, and the relegation-threatened Greens ended up on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline.

Gary more than played his part in the team's subsequent escape from the drop, especially in the return victory over Aylesbury at Buckingham Road and then at Top Field, Hitchin. Before the latter game kicked-off, Gary looked a picture in the programme of the Hitchin penalty taker scoring from the spot with a shot towards the goalkeeper's left upright. That nugget of information was stored in his memory bank. After Junior Lewis and Richard Nugent had given Hendon a 2-1 lead, in the final seconds of stoppage time, the Greens conceded a penalty. Up stepped the same kicker, he went the same way and looked on in dismay as Gary pushed away the ball with the game's final touch. Other results that day confirmed Hendon's safety.

The following season was probably Gary's best at Hendon. It certainly held his proudest moments, the two outstanding displays he produced in the FA Cup first round proper matches against Leyton Orient. The Os' top-scorer that season, Carl Griffiths, is probably still wondering how he didn't score in either game. Gary missed only six matches in the 1997-98 season, and ended it with his first winners medal at Hendon. He played his part in the 4-1 second-half demolition of Basingstoke Town at Chesham in the Full Members Cup Final.

By modern standards, Gary was not tall for a goalkeeper, but had every other attribute: great reflexes, an almost elastic reach, safe hands, excellent positional strength and an ability to organise defenders in front of him. He enjoyed another run to the FA Cup first round proper the following season, and added to his medal tally with a second Full Members Cup gong and one from the Middlesex Senior Cup. A goalkeeper is often the hero of a penalty shoot-out, but they are not often among the first five to take spot-kicks. At Enfield, after a 2-2 draw against Wembley, Gary stepped up and blasted his spot-kick … somewhere towards Brimsdown! Another of Gary's strongest suits, however, was his concentration, because he didn't let his miss affect him and he ensured that Avi Schwarz's failure in sudden-death would give his best-mate Freddie Hyatt the chance to win the Cup for Hendon, which he did.

A third consecutive FA Cup first round appearance with Hendon followed in 1999-2000 and Gary was outstanding as Bath City's unbeaten run ended in a 2-0 defeat at Twerton Park. It was the same score in the second round, but Blackpool were more than a little fortunate to sneak past the Greens, denying Gary and the team the chance to take on Arsenal at Highbury in the third round.

Tuesday 18 April 2000 is, no doubt, excruciatingly etched into Gary's mind. It was on that night that his career was effectively ended. He suffered a terrible knee injury, involving a reconstruction operation, the effects of which haunt him to this day. His next Hendon game was on 30 December that year, on a frozen tundra at Heybridge Swifts in an utterly insane 6-5 extra-time defeat in the Full Members Cup. It probably wasn't the ideal surface on which to make a comeback, but he managed 21 appearances in the second half of the season, knowing there would be another visit to the surgeon at the end of the campaign.

Just 10 weeks later, to help out Dave Anderson as he built his new squad following Frank Murphy’s May 2001 departure, Gary played in a pre-season friendly against Southend United at Claremont Road. It was far too soon and his knee couldn't cope. Over the next two seasons, a number of attempted comebacks failed and he made just 12 appearances before deciding to retire. Nonetheless, as an unused substitute, he picked up Middlesex Senior Cup winners' medals in 2002 and 2003.

There was one final game, again to help out Anderson, a 2-0 victory away to Bedford Town on 20 September 2003, his 196th match for Hendon.

But it was not the end of Gary's love affair with Hendon and, on 2 February 2005, he was back, as manager. Fast forward over nine years, and Gary is still in charge – a Hendon legend between the posts and in the dugout.

Joined Hendon: 31 March 1997 (as a player), 2 February 2005 (as manager)

Left Hendon: Autumn 2003

Appearances: 196 (195 starts, 1 substitute)

Goals: None

Medals won: Isthmian League Full Members Cup: 1997-98, 1998-99; Middlesex Senior Cup: 1998-99, 2001-02, 2002-03

The series will continue in the matchday programmes throughout the coming season, and will be repeated on the website next summer.

(David Ballheimer)

Posted at 07:00