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Wednesday 29 July - Youth League Cup draw

The draw for the Ryman Youth League Cup has been made and we have been drawn away to Wealdstone in the first round. The tie is scheduled to be played on Wednesday 16th September.

Posted at 17:43

Wednesday 29 July - Robert Dyas League Cup draw

The draw for the preliminary round and first round of the Robert Dyas (Isthmian) League Cup has been made. We have been drawn away to Molesey, who play in Ryman League Division One South, with the tie to be played on Tuesday 18th August.

Posted at 10:50

Tuesday 28 July - Sponsor and Season Ticket forms availabile

We now have season ticket and sponsorship forms available for all our forms of sponsorship for the new season. As previously noted, we have held all prices for the new season and are offering some excellent value packages. The forms can be found below and will shortly also be downloadable from the individual sponsor pages around the website.

Season Tickets | Matchball Sponsorship | Match Sponsorship | Player Sponsorship | Programme Sponsorship | Mascot

Posted at 23:12

Tuesday 28 July - Greens win Gary's testimonial match

The first team won Gary McCann's testimonial match tonight, beating a young QPR side 4-3 at Earlsmead.

In a thoroughly entertaining game, it was Andre Da Costa who struck first to give the Greens the lead, before Axel Prohouly equalised on the half hour mark.

Nicu Hamailnen put the R's ahead on 51 minutes, but very soon afterwards Mahrez Bettache restored parity. Sam Murphy put the Greens ahead in the 68th minute, only for Olamidhe Shopipo to equalise for the visitors, but Elliott Brathwaite ensured it was a night to remember for Gary McCann as he scored the winner five minutes from time.

Posted at 22:19

Tuesday 28 July - Thursday game at Fisher cancelled

Our planned friendly against Fisher at Champion Hill has been cancelled as the ground is now unavailable on Thursday evening.

We are actively looking for an alternative game, and will of course let you know should we be able to arrange one.

Posted at 13:09

Monday 27 July - Gary McCann Testimonial match tomorrow

Don't forget that Gary McCann's testimonial match against a QPR XI takes place tomorrow evening at Earlsmead, kick off 7:30pm.

This is our opportunity to show our appreciation for Gary's efforts for the club over the past 18 years, both as goalkeeper and manager.

Entry for the game is on a pay what you want basis - so it is very much up to you what you pay, full in the knowledge that all the proceeds will be going to Gary.

We hope to see as many of you as possible at Earlsmead tomorrow for what promises to be an entertaining evening.

Posted at 00:27

Sunday 26 July - Hendon Green & Gold 37 - Bobby Childs

The subject of this feature is one who died tragically young, Bobby Childs.

Bobby Childs' statistics don't tell the true story of his contributions to Hendon. The only competition he didn't win in six seasons at Claremont Road was the London Senior Cup, but he did get a runners-up medal in 1972 (Bobby had left Hendon much earlier in the season the Greens won the League Cup, the first season they entered the competition). He also played in the Hendon teams that drew at Newcastle United in 1974 and beat Reading in 1975. Bobby never led the club in appearances or goals but was second-top goalscorer in 1975-76. Before he joined Hendon, Bobby won an FA Amateur Cup-winners' medal in 1966, scoring twice for Wealdstone in the final against Hendon at Wembley.

A case could be made that Bobby was the final piece in the jigsaw as John Evans moulded one of the most dominant teams of the time. In modern terms, Bobby would be considered a winger or wide midfielder, having previously been more of an old-fashioned inside forward in the 1960s. Slope-shouldered, short and stocky, Bobby wasn't a will-of-the-wisp winger, but he combined great ball-control and strength with the ability to beat a defender inside or out and then deliver a dangerous cross. He was also a set-piece expert, either from the corner quadrant, from free-kicks or the penalty spot. From 12 yards, Bobby combined both power and placement; the one time it didn't work was an FA Trophy tie against Kettering Town in 1976, but the referee ordered the kick to be retaken and Bobby made no mistake second time around for the game's only goal.

Bobby's debut came against Hitchin Town in October 1971, a 2-0 victory, by which time Hendon had completed a large chunk of their League fixtures. He finished the season with 40 appearances, 19 of which came in cup-ties, including the finals of the FA Amateur Cup, London Senior Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup. He contributed five goals, three in knock-out matches, including the opener in the Amateur Cup semi-final against Wycombe Wanderers at Brentford and in the Middlesex Senior Cup final against Enfield. Bobby also scored in the Barassi Cup first leg against UC Valdinievole in autumn 1972. The 1972-73 season was the second most prolific of Bobby’s Hendon career as he netted 12 goals in 51 appearances and claimed Isthmian League and Middlesex Senior Cup winners' medals.

Hendon couldn't repeat their League glory in 1973-74, but they more than made up for it in the FA Cup where victories over Barnet, Leytonstone and Merthyr Tydfil set up a third-round tie against Newcastle United. More than 30,000 watched the game at St James's Park, where Alan Kennedy had a torrid afternoon trying to keep Bobby quiet. A 1-1 draw led to a replay at Vicarage Road, Watford, and Newcastle made no mistake second time around, winning 4-0. A combination of long cup runs and power supply problems meant that midweek games were largely impossible during the winter months, which led to fixture congestion, and Hendon - worse affected than most - finished two points behind champions Wycombe. The only consolation was a third straight victory in the Middlesex Senior Cup final, this time against Edgware Town.

The offseason saw almost all of the great team move on to pastures new and Bobby was one of those to go, returning to St Albans from where he had joined Hendon three years earlier. However, he returned to Claremont Road in February 1975, where finished the campaign with six goals in 14 appearances. Bobby might have made the difference in the Middlesex Senior Cup, where Hendon reached a fourth consecutive final, but the arcane qualification criteria of the time meant he was ineligible and the Greens lost in a replay to Staines Town.

Saturday 22 November 1975 is etched in Hendon history as the day the Greens first beat a Football League club in the FA Cup. Bobby was fouled on the halfway line at Claremont Road, Dave Metchick took the free-kick, John Baker flicked it on and Alan Phillips scored what proved to be the only goal against Reading. The following spring, Bobby won a Middlesex Charity Cup winners medal as Wembley were beaten 1-0 at Claremont Road. From a personal performance point of view this was possibly his best season, as 17 goals from 54 appearances and the Supporters Association Player of the Year award attest. It was also Bobby's last full season at Hendon as he left the club after making just 10 appearances in autumn 1976. Tragically, Bobby developed leukaemia, which claimed his life in his early 40s, a few years later.

Joined Hendon: October 1971; February 1975. Left Hendon: Summer 1974; September 1976

Appearances: 221 (206 starts, 15 as a substitute). Goals: 43

Supporters Association Player of the Year: 1975-76

Winners Medals: FA Amateur Cup 1971-72; Barassi Cup 1971-72; Isthmian League 1972-73; Middlesex Senior Cup: 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74, Middlesex Charity Cup 1975-76

Posted at 16:18

Saturday 25 July - News from the AGM's

The Supporters Association and Supporters Trust held their AGMs at Silver Jubilee Park on Wednesday evening before Simon Lawrence and Rob Morris signed the ten-year lease.

The Supporters Association announced that Geraldine Clarke was standing down as treasurer following many years of distinguished service and that Graham Rice would step into the role for 2015/6. Geraldine will remain on the committee.

John Rice is also stepping down as secretary and the committee having played a pivotal role in bringing the Association into the 21st century with an on-line shop, social media presence and many other innovations.

In the chairperson's remarks, Sandra paid tribute to the efforts of the committee and Geraldine and John. She asked that anyone interested in taking on the position of secretary to speak to her, or any member of the committee at future home games. This was followed with a plea to all supporters to become members of the Association in 2015/6 to ensure the association, which has been in existence for more than 80 years, can go from strength to strength.

This was followed by the Trust AGM at which chairman Bryan Roberts echoed many of Sandra's comments whilst adding that even though we are potentially on the cusp of securing the club's longer term future with SJP, we could not afford to become complacent and take our foot off the pedal. There was lots of hard work to do to secure funding to allow the club to continue competing at this, or a higher level.

John Rock was re-elected to the Trust board and Tom Stockman was elected. There were no resignations.

For those who don't know Tom, he is the facilities manager at Silver Jubilee Park, and he has been working extremely hard with Rob Morris over the past couple of years.

The evening ended with remarks from club chairman Simon Lawrence. The two main points that he was keen to emphasise was that there is no white knight prepared to pay the bills and that this is solely down to what we, the supporters are able to do. The need for donations, membership renewals and fundraising was as great now as it was ten years ago.

One of the overrriding themes from both the Association and Trust AGMs was the dwindling number of memberships. A plea was made from Simon to anyone that thinks of themselves as a supporter of Hendon Football Club to pay the £10 for membership of the Trust. There should be no greater incentive for supporters to become members than to be a part owner of this great club. With attendances increasing last season, it is hoped that we would see membership of the Trust and Association grow over the next 12 months.

Finally, after paying tribute to everyone from the Graham Etchell, the management and players right down to the supporters and matchday staff for their part in Hendon's best season of the semi-professional era, the evening ended with the lease on SJP being signed.

Posted at 22:18

Saturday 25 July - Plenty of positives despite defeat

There were plenty of positives to take away from today's 3-1 friendly defeat at Eastbourne Borough. Apart from a ten minute spell at the end of the first half, the Greens more than matched their opponents who finished in the top half of Conference South last season.

Eastbourne took the lead in the 26th minute through Elliott Romain, despite the Greens having some very good spells of play during the first half. However, the home side took the game away with goals from Darren Lok and Kane Haysman, leaving Hendon rueing some poor defending from set pieces.

The second half saw the Greens be on top for much of the half, with Aaron Morgan finishing off an excellent chance clinically. With Sam Murphy, Scott Shulton and Mahrez Bettache causing the home defence no end of problems, the Greens were a touch unfortunate not to score another goal.

Next up is Gary McCann's Testimonial Match on Tuesday evening at Earlsmead, kick off 7.30pm. Remember that this is a pay what you want game.

Posted at 22:05

Friday 24 July - Two more sign on

The club have today confirmed that both Belal Aite-Ouakrim and Chris Seeby have registered for the new season.

Belal, who missed much of last season through injury, returned to action on Tuesday evening against Haringey Borough, whilst Chris has had a successful knee operation, and is now on the road to recovery, targeting a return around Christmas.

Posted at 16:23

Friday 24 July - Eskinazi & Co extend sponsorship deal

We are delighted to announce that Eskinazi & Co have agreed to renew their shirt sponsorship for the 2015-16 season.

Eskinazi & Co are solicitors who are based in North Finchley, and this is their third season of sponsorship of the club.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Eskinazi & Co for their continued and invaluable support, and we look forward to seeing them at games once again this coming season.

Posted at 16:18

Friday 24 July - Charity Shield admission prices

The admission prices for the Isthmian League Charity Shield game against Maidstone United on Saturday 1st August have been announced today.

Prices are £6.00 for adults, £4.50 for concessions, £2.50 for 11-16 year olds, and free for under 11s. The proceeds from the game will be split between charities chosen by both ourselves and Maidstone United.

As a reminder, the game is being played at Maidstone United's ground, and will kick off at 3:00pm.

Posted at 12:12

Thursday 23 July - Sponsorship Packages 2015-16

We are pleased to announce that player, match and matchball sponsorships are now available for the new season, together with a new programme sponsorship package.

The packages for the player, match and matchball sponsorships are unchanged from last season and full details, and details of the available matches and players can be found on our Sponsorship Page

The new programme sponsorship package costs just £30 and entitles you to a free programme, free entry to the game, and your name on the front of the programme.

We hope to have downloadable forms available soon, but in the meantime if you are interested in any of the packages please email Simon Lawrence on simon.hendon@btinternet.com

Posted at 17:48

Thursday 23 July - Under 18 fixtures released

The Ryman League have released the fixtures for the Ryman Youth League, and the opening fixture will be a home game against Aldershot Town on Wednesday 26th August.

All home games will be played at Silver Jubilee Park on Wednesday evenings, with the day of away games varying depending on our opponents.

The full fixture list can be found by clicking here

As well as the league, the Under 18s will be taking part in the FA Youth Cup, Ryman Youth League Cup and the Middlesex County Youth Cup.

Posted at 17:18

Thursday 23 July - Lease signed for Silver Jubilee Park

At last night's AGM evening, Simon Lawrence and Rob Morris signed a 10 year lease for Hendon FC to play at Silver Jubilee Park rent free. The expectation is that this will cut operating costs for the club by somewhere in the region of £25,000 per season.

Whilst there is a lot of work to be done at SJP to ensure we can play there, hopes are high that the work can be done to ensure that we can start the 2016-17 season at our new home.

Posted at 06:41

Tuesday 21 July - Hendon draw in latest friendly

The first team continued their pre-season preparations this evening with a 2-2 draw against Haringey Borough.

It was the visitors who had the best of the first half as they scored twice, but two goals from Jake Cass pulled the Greens level in the opening 15 minutes in the second half.

Next up is a seaside trip to Eastbourne Borough on Saturday afternoon, kick off 3pm.

Posted at 22:29

Monday 20 July - Hendon Green & Gold 36 - Eugene Ofori

Dave Anderson was on not at the game when Eugene Ofori made his first Hendon appearance, in a friendly at Claremont Road against Yeading in August 2001. Assistant manager Jon Turner, the former Yeading boss, took one look at the stocky striker, who had played in the Ghanaian top division as well as trialling with Watford, and nicknamed him "Yeboah", because of the physical similarities between Ghanaian compatriots Ofori and Tony Yeboah, then one of the most exciting strikers in the Premier League.

Eugene's debut was brief – and as a substitute – and he did not actually appear in a competitive match until late September, coming off the bench late in a 3–1 defeat against Canvey Island. For a player who scored a goal every 2.76 appearances, it is surprising that he failed to register until his 10th game, a Middlesex Senior Cup tie at Kingsbury Town. Eugene also finished the season with an eight-game goalless run. He was used strangely in the campaign, coming off the bench 13 times in 28 League matches, but starting 11 of 12 cup-ties. But it was a successful season for Hendon in that there was silverware at the end of it in the shape of the Middlesex Senior Cup – Anderson's teams won the trophy in all three seasons he was Hendon manager. The first final was a thriller against Northwood, at Church Road, Hayes, and the Greens won 4-2 after extra-time.

The following season, capped by a Middlesex Senior Cup victory over Enfield Town at Northwood, in which Eugene scored the decisive second goal just before half-time, followed a similar pattern to 2001-02, because while Eugene was an almost ever-present in cup-ties - starting 13 times in 15 appearances - but 15 of his 35 League games were as a substitute. More importantly, he was a big contributor of goals, grabbing 17, four behind top-scorer Ricci Crace.

The best of Eugene's four seasons at Claremont Road was in 2003–04, when he averaged a goal every other game and appeared in 54 of the Greens' 57 games. He netted seven times in eight cup starts but more laudably managed 20 in the Ryman League, always a benchmark for a striker, irrespective of a season being 38, 42 or 46 matches. Eugene was again on target in the Middlesex Senior Cup final, grabbing the first goal in the 3-1 extra-time victory over Uxbridge at Yeading. In a spell of eight games from the first weekend of February to the first weekend in March, he scored eight times, helping Hendon to an unbeaten run of 16 matches. Hendon fans recognised Eugene's contributions and he was the easy winner of the Supporters Association's player of the year award. The Greens would have finished second if they had done better in their final four matches as they slipped from second to fourth in the table, but part of the dip in form could be attributed to the rumours surrounding the regarding Anderson's future - he would join AFC Wimbledon - and the promotion to the newly-formed Conference South.

It was all change in 2004-05 as 13 members of the Hendon playing and management staff moved to Kingsmeadow. More importantly the club decided not to take their place in the new second tier of Non-league football and had to find a new manager from outside, something that had not happened since March 1997. Tony Choules, from Northwood, was selected to take charge of team affairs and Eugene was one of the few players to remain loyal to Hendon. Although the season started well, things fell apart after the embarrassing FA Cup defeat at Stevenage Borough and Choules' immediate departure. Choules' assistant, Gary Farrell was the new manager and he oversaw a catastrophic January which saw exits from four cup competitions and 32 goals conceded. Farrell was sacked after three months as the Greens lurched towards relegation - they had been top of the table in September! Gary McCann became the third manager of the season on and he steadied the ship, seeing Hendon safely avoid relegation. Only goalkeeper Dave King and centre-back Rene Street made more than Eugene's 47 appearances, but Ofori's 14 goals were a distinct drop from the previous season.

Hendon opened the 2005–06 season with a trip to Braintree Town. The Iron wasted little time in putting in an approach to sign Eugene, and his final Hendon goals before moving to Essex came in his penultimate appearance - a double in the famous 5-4 win at Wealdstone.

Joined Hendon: Summer 2001. Left Hendon: September 2005

Appearances: 196 (155 starts, 41 as a substitute). Goals: 71

Supporters Association Player of the Year: 2003-04

Medals won: Middlesex Senior Cup 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04

Posted at 19:32

Monday 20 July - Melvin Minter signs

The club have announced today that former Brentford U21 keeper Melvin Minter has joined the squad.

Melvin, who appeared for Canvey Island and AFC Hayes last season, has played in all three friendlies so far this summer and will be challenging Joe Wright for the number 1 shirt at the start of the season.

Posted at 19:21

Sunday 19 July - Cheap Train Fares : Needham Market

Supporters planning to travel to Needham Market on 22nd August are advised that there are currently cheap advance fares available on the 12:00 and 13:00 departures from Liverpool Street to Needham Market (changing at Ipswich) for £9.00 each way - resulting in a saving of £23.00 on a standard return ticket. The station is about a half mile walk from the ground.

These tickets are available through all major train ticket booking platforms, or at any National Rail station. Supporters are advised to buy tickets as soon as possible as advance fares are limited in supply and prices will rise when quotas have been sold.

If booking online - please go to our EasyFundraising site first, and select one of the train ticket booking sites to earn money for the club.

Posted at 09:01

Sunday 19 July - Cheap Train Fares : Eastbourne Borough

Supporters planning to travel to Eastbourne Borough on Saturday are advised that there are currently cheap advance fares available from London Victoria to both Eastbourne and Pevensey & Westham stations - priced at £11 for the outward journey, and £8 for the return journey - resulting in a saving of over £12 on the standard return price.

Pevensey & Westham station is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Priory Lane ground, or alternatively you can travel to Hampden Park or Eastbourne stations and catch the LOOP bus which operates to Priory Lane every 15 minutes. If you'd rather use a taxi, Eastbourne Borough recommend 720720 taxis who are contactable on 01323 720720.

These tickets are available through all major train ticket booking platforms, or at any National Rail station. Supporters are advised to buy tickets as soon as possible as advance fares are limited in supply and prices will rise when quotas have been sold.

If booking online - please go to our EasyFundraising site first, and select one of the train ticket booking sites to earn money for the club.

Posted at 08:55

Saturday 18 July - Greens beaten in St Neots friendly

The first team were beaten 4-2 by a strong, competitive St Neots Town side this afternoon.

On a beautiful carpet of a pitch, the Greens were left rueing some uncharacteristic defensive sloppiness as they went two goals down early on, Ryan Hawkins and Remi Gordon scoring the goals, before Tom Meachin made it 3-0 shortly before half time. Hendon had been positive going forward, and tested the keeper a couple of times.

Hendon pulled themselves back into the game in the second half with an improved performance, and it was Jake Cass who fired home a fine effort from the edge of the area. Just a few minutes later Sam Murphy made it 3-2 with an even better effort, but in the 73rd minute Ollie Thorne put the home side two goals to the good with an absolutely stunning strike from some 40 yards that screamed into the top corner of the net, giving Melvin Minter no chance.

Next up for the Greens is a home friendly at Silver Jubilee Park against Haringey Borough on Tuesday evening, kick off 7.30pm

Posted at 18:02

Saturday 18 July - Hendon Green & Gold 35 - Jon Daly

The subject of this feature is another of the many players who had more than one spell at Hendon, midfielder Jon Daly.

The signature of Jon Daly, in autumn 1992, wasn't down only to one of his closest friends in football, Barry Blackman - who had been with the Greens since the start of the season. Club manager Barrie Williams was far too astute to sign someone on the say-so of a player - but he did have a staunch ally. Daly and Blackman had been teammates at Croydon when that club had the best youth policy in south London non-League football. Jon first joined Hendon from Dulwich Hamlet, having previously played for Croydon, Tooting & Mitcham United and Whyteleafe. In May 1991, he was in the Sutton United team which played Wealdstone in the final senior match at Lower Mead; a decade later he was in the Hendon team when they played the final senior match at Enfield's Southbury Road ground – a unique if ghoulish double.

Jon was a powerful attacking midfielder with a good eye for goal, as a strike rate of a goal every 7.8 matches proves. His strength and fitness were excellent attributes, especially at Claremont Road around the turn of the century, when the pitch was in an awful state. Although not the fastest player around, he had the happy knack of appearing in the right place at the right time; his positional sense was also displayed on the odd occasion when he played in the middle of the back four. Jon's debut, against Basingstoke at Claremont Road, ended in a goalless stalemate, and his first goal came in a 2-2 draw at Wokingham in his fourth match for the Greens.

Hendon rather went off the rails in the second half of the season; Williams departed in the spring of 1993 and Bobby Makin took over for the rest of the campaign. Jon netted all of Hendon’s last three goals, but none were in a winning cause and only one earned as much as a point. Peter Taylor took over in May 1993. It might have been a new dawn at Claremont Road - except Taylor left at the beginning of December and at the end of the month, chairman Victor Green pulled out too. He installed his wife Elaine as his replacement, with a massively reduced budget. Almost immediately, the team broke up and Jon moved on. He played for Kingstonian and St Albans before, in the summer of 1998, Hendon manager Frank Murphy, re-signed Jon for a four-figure transfer fee.

He joined a team which had been installed as pre-season favourites for the title, based on a great finish to the previous campaign. Those notions were disabused on the opening day when newly-promoted Hampton won 3-1 at The Beveree, but Hendon were a potent force with Paul Whitmarsh and Junior Lewis amassing 70 goals between them. Jon had one of his quieter seasons in terms of goals with only five in 58 appearances, but he did win both Middlesex Senior and Full Members Cup winners medals, after defeats of Wembley at Enfield and Worthing at Sutton. He also appeared in the FA Cup run to the first round proper, where Notts County won in a replay at Meadow Lane after a goalless draw at boggy Claremont Road. But Hendon under-performed in the Ryman League, and managed only a disappointing 13th place, 20 points away from both second top and second bottom.

In 1999-2000 Jon's performances earned him the Supporters Association Player-of-the-Year award - an honour he achieved at his last three clubs. He missed only one league match and finished with 55 appearances, including in the 2–0 defeat in the FA Cup second round at Blackpool. This was Jon's last full season as a Hendon player although he did play in the first and last games of the 2000-01 season. He had joined the Metropolitan Police – the third serving officer at Hendon, alongside on-loan keeper Richard Wilmot and defender Paul Towler. Jon's 36 appearances were his fewest in any of his last 12 senior seasons, during which time he played 617 times. Jon's final appearance at Claremont Road came four days after his 38th birthday, 24 September 2005, with his final club, Metropolitan Police FC, in an FA Cup tie the Blues won after a replay. He did not retire until April 2008, having - almost certainly - appeared in more than 1,000 senior matches. Oh yes, in December 2013, Jon played and scored for Met Police Vets!

Joined Hendon: October 1992; Summer 1998. Left Hendon: January 1994; May 2001

Appearances: 203 (198 starts, 5 as a substitute). Goals: 26

Supporters Association Player of the Year: 1999-2000

Medals won: Full Members Cup: 1998-99; Middlesex Senior Cup 1998-99

Posted at 09:07

Thursday 16 July - Hendon Green & Gold 34 - Alan Phillips

The subject of today's feature is one of only two Hendon players to score the winning goal for the club in FA Cup ties against Football League clubs.

On 22 November 1975, Alan Phillips added his name to the pantheon of Hendon greats. It was his header, from a Dave Metchick free-kick, past Reading goalkeeper Steve Death, that gave the Greens a 1-0 win, their first ever FA Cup victory against Football League opposition. But that is getting ahead of ourselves, because it came in Ala'’s second spell, and the last of his four seasons at Claremont Road. Alan first joined Hendon from Isthmian League rivals Tooting & Mitcham United at the start of the 1971–72 season. At 25 years old, he was an experienced player, with four Wales Amateur international caps to his name - earning two each at Tooting and Barry Town. Alan was a clever centre-half, not particularly robust in build, but good enough to keep taller players quiet in an era when challenges were distinctly more physical and referees more lenient.

In Alan's first season, Hendon finished nine points behind champions Wycombe Wanderers, but they did beat them 2-1 in a memorable FA Amateur Cup semi-final. In the final, Hendon met Middlesex rivals Enfield at Wembley. Alan, and the rest of the Hendon defence, were magnificent as they kept Enfield out as the Greens won 2-0. It was not Alan's only winner's medal that season, as he also played in Hendon's Middlesex Senior Cup triumph against Hampton - and Enfield denied him and the Greens a treble by winning the London Senior Cup final. Alan, who worked for Heinz, had his football exploits publicised in an illustrated feature in the company magazine.

Hendon's defence in 1972-73 was arguably the meanest in Isthmian League history and it was the Greens' proud boast that none of the 18 goals they conceded in 42 league matches came from a corner. Hendon raced to the championship and did not lose a league game until 17 April 1973 (ending a run of 13 straight league wins which had begun on 25 November and had seen just two goals conceded). Stability was key and between goalkeeper John Swannell, the regular back four of Alan, Tony Jennings, Gary Hand and Peter Deadman and the two central midfielders, Phil Fry and Rod Haider, just three cup-ties were missed between them. Many more league games were missed, but clashes with internationals made that inevitable. Alan won his last two Wales Amateur caps during his first two Hendon seasons, including one in 1972-73 (as an aside, Wales's final ever amateur international came on 23 February 1974, the day Hendon entertained Leatherhead in the Amateur Cup and while Alan put club ahead of country, future Hendon manager Gwyn Walters, then at Barking, did play in the game). Hendon won two other trophies that season: in October, as the Amateur Cup winners, they played Italian side Unione, for the Barassi Cup and won 3-1 on aggregate; then, in May, retained the Middlesex Senior Cup, beating Enfield in the final.

Alan missed only one of 67 matches in 1973-74, the season in which Hendon hit the national headlines by holding Newcastle United to a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup third round. In the previous round, Alan was on the scoresheet in his homeland when Hendon won 3-0 at Merthyr Tydfil. Only a crazy run-in to end the season - Hendon had played nine FA Amateur Cup ties, but drew six of them - saw the Greens end up two points behind champions Wycombe. More importantly, it was the end of the amateur era, and while clubs such as Wycombe and Enfield spent heavily on players, Hendon were more frugal - the upshot of which was wholesale departures, Alan included, from Claremont Road.

A move to Wycombe brought Alan more FA Cup glory as the Chairboys held top-division Middlesbrough - managed by World Cup winner Jack Charlton - to a goalless draw before losing the replay 1-0 on their sloping Loakes Park pitch. A year later, Alan was back at Hendon and the Greens reached the FA Cup second round, where Swindon won 1-0 at Claremont Road thanks to a late penalty. In the previous round, Hendon had been drawn at home to Reading. The Biscuitmen - as they were known in those days – were riding high at the top of the old Fourth Division, but Hendon matched them in every department and Alan's headed goal proved to be the only one of the match.

The Greens finished the season in sixth place, with Alan having played in all 42 matches - he missed just one cup-tie - and added the Middlesex Charity Cup to his already large collection of medals. He scored the last of his 11 Hendon goals in his penultimate appearance for the Greens, the consolation in a 3-1 defeat at Woking.

Joined Hendon: Summer 1971; Summer 1975. Left Hendon: Summer 1974; Summer 1976

Appearances: 232 (all starts). Goals: 11

Medals won: FA Amateur Cup: 1971-72; Isthmian League: 1972-73; Barassi Cup: 1972-73; Middlesex Senior Cup: 1971-72, 1972-73, 1973-74; Middlesex Charity Cup 1975-76

Posted at 17:24

Thursday 16 July - Full fixture list now online

The First Team's full league fixture list for the 2015-16 season is now online on the fixtures page.

Posted at 17:18

Thursday 16 July - League fixtures released

The Ryman League have issued the fixtures for the new campaign this morning, and we will begin on Saturday 8th August with a trip to Grays Athletic.

Our first home game is on Monday 10th August when we entertain Enfield Town, and on Saturday 15th August we host Dulwich Hamlet.

We venture into new territory on Saturday 22nd August when we travel into East Anglia to play Needham Market, and two days later East Thurrock United are the visitors to Earlsmead.

The August Bank Holiday weekend sees us travel to Leiston on Saturday 29th August, and then host Harrow Borough on Monday 31st August.

Our Boxing Day game is our away fixture against Harrow Borough, and then on Saturday 2nd January we are at home to Wingate & Finchley.

The full fixture list will be put on the website this evening.

Posted at 10:14

Wednesday 15 July - Under 18s to face side from Japan

Our new under 18 side will be hosting a friendly against Ritsumeiken Academy from Kyoto in Japan in a fortnight's time. The game will take place at Silver Jubilee Park on Wednesday 29th July with a 6.00pm kick off.

This will be a great opportunity to see our talented players of the future and show them our support.

You can now see all the latest news from the Under 18s, along with their fixtures, result and the league table by selecting Under 18s under the Youth & Reserves drop down menu.

Posted at 17:54

Wednesday 15 July - Greens featured by Wembley National Stadium Trust

The club's impending move to Silver Jubilee Park has been featured in an item on the Wembley National Stadium Trust website.

The article can be found by going to http://www.wnst.org.uk/hendon-fc/

Posted at 17:46

Wednesday 15 July - Scott Shulton rejoins the squad

We are pleased to announce that Scott Shulton has registered for us for the new season, to begin his fourth spell with the club.

The 25 year old midfielder had two loan spells whilst he was with Wycombe Wanderers, and then had a third spell for six months from March 2011, before he joined Wingate & Finchley where he has been since.

So far, Scott has made 34 appearances, scoring 5 goals, and we look forward to seeing him back in the side during the coming season.

Posted at 17:19

Tuesday 14 July - Second run out ends with win

The first team picked up a second 4-1 win of the summer, this time at Tring Athletic on a warm but cloudy evening.

As with Saturday, the first half was goalless, but this time it was the Greens who took the lead when a cross from Jake Cass was diverted into the net by a Tring defender. Tring then equalised from the penalty spot, but two goals from Lee O'Leary and a late goal from Sam Flegg completed the win.

Coming up next is a trip to St Neots Town on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 21:45

Monday 13 July - Hendon Green & Gold 33 - Erskine Smart

The subject of this feature is defender Erskine Smart, one of the players who came through the ranks at Claremont Road in the 1980s

Erskine Smart made a couple of appearances for Hendon at Under-18s level, before becoming a regular in the reserve team. In October 1985, manager Gary Hand gave 21-year-old Erskine his first-team debut in the Isthmian League Cup away at Feltham. It was a banana-skin tie against a mid-table Isthmian League Division Two South team at Feltham Arena, a windswept athletics stadium with an Astroturf pitch. Erskine played on the right side of midfield with future Fulham regular Richard Langley behind him. The Greens were struggling near the foot of the table and eventually saw off their hosts 3-1 after extra-time, with Erskine scoring Hendon's first goal thanks to a spectacular long range strike. His League debut followed week later, but there was little to celebrate as Farnborough Town recorded a 5-1 win at Claremont Road.

Langley soon moved on - to Corinthian-Casuals from where he made the step up to the pros - and Erskine, became the regular right-back, and he finished the season making 30 appearances, including in the Middlesex Senior Cup Final victory over Southall at Enfield's Southbury Road ground. He was also at right-back the night Hendon achieved Premier Division safety with a 4-1 last game victory at Slough Town, a night indelibly etched in the memory of every Hendon fan who was at Wexham Park.

Erskine's second goal came in September 1986, in the FA Cup, in very strange circumstances. Banstead Athletic were first-qualifying round visitors to Claremont Road when, midway through the first half, Athletic's centre-half was escorted from the pitch, and - in full kit - taken to a waiting car. He wasn't being arrested, but had just been informed that his house was on fire! With no time to prepare a substitute for action, Banstead were down to 10 men as Hendon took a corner, from which Erskine netted. This was Hendon's longest season (comprising 76 matches), and Erskine made 59 appearances, all but one as a starter. He also collected runners-up medals in both the AC Delco (Isthmian League) and GMAC (Premier Inter-League) Cups, after defeats against Bognor Regis Town and Kettering Town, respectively.

The late 1980s were nothing if not eventful for Hendon FC. In 1987-88, Erskine started all 42 Isthmian League matches. He also played in a number of memorable cup ties that year, including the 4-2 reverse at Elm Park, when Reading won in the FA Cup first round proper. Six and a half months later, Hendon were at Wembley Stadium, playing in the Russell Grant Middlesex Charity Cup Final, against Wembley. Erskine collected his second - and final - winner's medal at Hendon, as the Greens won 2-0 in their last appearance beneath the famous Twin Towers.

Erskine was an old-fashioned full-back in that he was a defender first and foremost, though he was more than able to provide width on the overlap. He had great speed, which meant few wingers were able to get past him, and his time and tackling techniques made him one of the best full-backs in the Isthmian League. Erskine missed only four League matches in 1988-89, a season which started brightly and ended with the club in disarray, especially off the field. The following season saw the Greens slide backwards as key players were allowed to leave, mainly to balance the books. Erskine, being one of the most valuable assets was one of the first to go, leaving at the start of December. He went on to play for Enfield and St Albans, amongst others - and as recently as spring 2014 - was named by many Saints fans in their all-time team.

After more than six years away from Claremont Road Erskine was one of the first of the myriad signings by Neil Price as he desperately tried to keep Hendon in the Premier Division. Erskine's second debut was in a 3–0 home defeat at the hands of Kingstonian, and this second spell, like so many of Price's signings, was brief. Playing now at left-back, instant results were demanded and two draws in five matches was not considered good enough. It says more about Price's panic than anything else that after five games, 31-year-old Erskine was replaced in the No.3 shirt by Michael Gonzague.

After leaving Hendon for a second time, Erskine moved into coaching and worked at Yeading. In 2010, he ran in the London marathon and two of those who sponsored him were long-time Hendon team-mates Dave Root and Colin Tate, the latter posting a message on his Just Giving messageboard "Good luck Skinhead. Pace yourself son, and then crash it up the channel!"

Joined Hendon: 1982 (youth team – signed first-team forms 1985–86); December 1995

Left Hendon: December 1990; January 1996

Appearances: 231 (228 starts, 3 as a substitute). Goals: 3

Medals won: Middlesex Senior Cup: 1985-86, Middlesex Charity Cup 1987-88

Posted at 19:19

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