Hendon won their first home competitive game at Silver Jubilee Park this evening, progressing to the semi-finals of the London Senior Cup in the process, the second semi-final of the campaign.
The final score was 5-1 to the Greens, and up next is an away tie against Harrow Borough at Earlsmead on a date to be agreed. The winners will face Tooting & Mitcham United in the final.
The scoring was opened on the half hour mark, the goal going down as an own goal by Mahrez Bettache, before Aaron Morgan doubled the lead shortly afterwards. Leon Smith made it 3-0 as the game approached half-time.
The visitors pulled a goal back on 71 minutes through Bettache, but Kezie Ibe restored the three goal advantage ten minutes later, before Morgan completed the scoring from the penalty spot three minutes from time.
Posted at 21:49
With just under 24 hours until our first match at SJP, I just wanted to ask fans to please bear in mind that not only is this Hendon fans' first taste of Hendon at SJP, it's also the first experience that local residents and the London Borough of Brent will have of Hendon. I would like to ask supporters to be mindful of the following tomorrow evening:
There are 90 car park spaces available and we will be policing this very tightly. If the car park is full, please park in one of the side roads, not on a grass verge.
Please do not take alcohol out of the bar area.
When you leave the game, please leave quietly.
We want to have a mutually beneficial relationship with the local residents, so please be considerate of their needs.
I hope you're looking forward to tomorrow's game - I can't wait!
See you there
Posted at 20:38
Gary McCann could not hide his pleasure as he thought about the match. "It was one of our best performances of the season," he said.
"Even with our run of games, most people expected we would have beaten Canvey Island on Wednesday, but they thought it would be different at Billericay, who have one of the best home records in the League.
"I said this to the players when we talked before the game and I could not have been happier with them in the way that we played in the first 1015 minutes. We played with control and energy and we could have been well ahead in that time.
"There were two great passages of play, first for the move which their goalkeeper made a great save and then for the goal Kezie scored. We were so in control that they had to switch their most dangerous forward Ricky Sappleton into defence, and he was their best defender, but they missed him in the second half when they had the wind at their backs.
"In previous years when we have had a run of games in a few days, we tended to make a number of changes to keep everyone fresh. This time we have just tinkered with a few players and the response has been fantastic.
"It was a blow to lose Kevin, but Andre came on and I think the goal he scored at Billericay was better than the one against the Police. This was a rolling ball on a bumpy pitch. Andre has shown in the last few weeks a lot more of what we knew he is capable of."
Posted at 20:24
Thursday evening will see our first competitive game as the home team at Silver Jubilee Park when we face Corinthian-Casuals in the London Senior Cup. However, we would like to reiterate that this is very much a one off at the current time.
We are unable to play home games in the Ryman League and the other cup competitions at SJP until it has been upgraded and reached the necessary ground grading. Unless we clearly state otherwise, all home games continue to be played at Earlsmead. This is why, during the bad weather in January and February, we were unable to switch league games to SJP.
We have played as the away side on four occasions at SJP in the past, when the ground belonged to Kingsbury Town. The first took place in the Middlesex Charity Cup group stage in August 1979, and the most recent in the Middlesex Senior Cup in November 2001, when we ran out 5-0 winners, our only ever competitive win over Kingsbury at SJP.
As part of the celebration of our first competitive game on the new 3G pitch at what will become our new home in due course, we have reduced admission prices to £5 for all adults, and £1 for under 16s. Kick off is at 7:45pm and the game will go straight to penalties if scores are level after 90 minutes.
The clubhouse will be open before, during and after the game, so if you haven't been to SJP in the past year or so, please do pop in.
Posted at 14:53
Hendon made it a maximum twelve points in eight days with a 2-0 win at Billericay Town this afternoon. With both Maidstone United and Margate only managing to draw, the result means the Greens now lie 7 points behind Maidstone with a game in hand, whilst Margate are a further 6 points behind, but they have two games in hand.
The win also extends the league unbeaten run to nine games, and the unbeaten run in all competitions to twelve.
The opening goal came in the 15th minute through Kezie Ibe, who now joins Leon Smith as leading scorer with 21 goals, and the second was scored in the 53rd minute by Andre Da Costa.
Posted at 16:56
We are pleased to announce that we have a fantastic new Commercial Team at the club. The team will be led by James Willcocks, and he has put together a team of enthusiastic, energetic and competitive individuals to ensure this new project runs as smoothly as planned.
The team is made up of students from UCFB Wembley who are all studying football business degrees. Led by Hayley Reed this team will be taking on a huge number of projects over the next year which will assist with social media, advertising, sponsorship, fundraising, events, awareness and community work to give Hendon FC the greatest start to life at Silver Jubilee Park and beyond. Regular updates on the website and our various social media platforms will allow you all to keep up to date with how the team are progressing through each project.
A quick insight to all members of the team and department within the team they will work:
James Willcocks - Project Admin/ Liaison to all departments/ Clubs main contact
Hayley Reed Project Leader/ Sponsorship/ Partnerships/ Fundraising
Joe Enright - Social Media/ Sponsorship/ Advertising/ Fundraising
Robert Quigley Community/ Fundraising
Samantha Habgood Community/ Media/ Fundraising
Joseph Thompson Community/ Events/ Clubhouse/ Fundraising
Alex Brown Events/ Clubhouse/ Fundraising
Daniel Pointer Match Day/ Media/ Fundraising
Kerry Fothergill Match Day/ Media/ Fundraising
Thomas Henderson Retail/ Fundraising
Aarron Pullen Social Media/ Fundraising
Ieuan Morgan Hospitality/ Fundraising
The team all look forward to meeting with fans, volunteers and all involved in the club.
If anyone has any ideas they want to put across to them, you can contact them on Commercial.email@example.com. They would like to hear about absolutely any ideas, as no idea is a bad idea.
Posted at 18:14
Young football writer, The Luxury Fan, attended last night's game and has written a report of the game on his blog.
The Luxury Fan, who is becoming popular in social media circles, has been writing reports on a number of games in the league this season, and he invites supporters to read his report on last night.
Posted at 22:05
Manager Gary McCann was a very proud man following the win over Canvey Island. He said, "I am proud to call this group of players 'My team'.
"How do I feel after that? Tired, mentally drained, and I don't know how the players are feeling, but it must be much worse. We were not at our best in the first half, but even so we still created three good chances.
"But the second half performance was a fantastic response to the words we said at half-time. It was magnificent and commendable and we had to dig really deep for the win. But we could have scored three or more in the second half.
"Everyone feels tired, but the tiredness does not become a factor until you are losing. That is when you feel it. It says so much about this group of players that they have been able to maintain their focus.
"We still feel we have a chance of doing something very special and winning the title. But we must take it one game at a time."
Posted at 18:20
A 61st minute goal from Kevin Maclaren was enough to secure all three points this evening as Hendon beat 1-0 against Canvey Island.
This third win in five days now means that the Greens cemented their spot in second place, and are now four points against of Margate, although the Kent side do have two games in hand. Maidstone are still nine points ahead, but the Greens still have a game in hand on the title favourites.
Next up is a trip to Billericay Town on Saturday afternoon.
Posted at 21:43
Peter Dean made his 100th appearance this evening when he came on for Kezie Ibe as a substitute.
Peter joined in January 2009, and made his debut in a 2-0 home defeat to Staines Town, before moving back to Wealdstone in the summber of 2010. He returned to the Greens four years later, and is proving to be an important member of the squad once again. In his 100 appearances he has scored 13 goals.
Posted at 21:41
Manager Gary McCann was very satisfied with the victory over Metropolitan Police last night. He said, "I am really happy with the result. It is a big three points for us, but at this time of the season all games are big.
"We are still entertaining hopes of catching Maidstone, but we need them to have a dip in form. There is a focus and intensity about us a real steely dertermination.
"It was a defensive display of the highest order. They came at us with great energy in the first 20 minutes of the second half, but we were really solid and there were very few clear openings. In fact, I think we created better and more clear-cut chances despite all their possession."
Posted at 18:06
The league have today confirmed admission prices for the League Cup final against Grays Athletic on 15th April.
Adults will be charged £10, all concessions will be charged £5 except those aged 11 and under who will be charged £1.
The game will kick off at 7.30pm, and should scores be level after 90 minutes, it will go to extra time, and then, if necessary, penalties.
Whyteleafe have confirmed that entry to the ground will be available from 6.00pm.
Posted at 13:46
Hendon moved above Margate and Dulwich Hamlet into second place tonight following a 2-0 win over Metropolitan Police.
The scoring was opened on the stroke of half-time when Andre Da Costa scored a superb free kick into the top corner from 30 yards.
The lead was doubled midway through the second period when Casey Maclaren thumped home a rebound after Charlie Goode had hit the bar with a header from a Sam Murphy cross.
Romayne Marsh-Brown pulled a late goal back for the visitors, but the Greens were able to secure all three points.
Posted at 21:51
Gary McCann, was delighted with Saturday's win over Tonbridge Angels. He said, "I am really pleased with the win. It was a solid professional performance, without hitting the heights. The two teams cancelled each other out, but the defences were on top, especially the centre-halves.
"We had to be efficient in the conditions and maybe play a less expansive game. We have to adapt mentally to the conditions and that is the most important thing.
"Our adjustment mentally to having a plan B - by not letting the pitch dictate what we do - has been much better this season than before.
"There is a strong similarity between where Tonbridge are now where we were seven or eight years ago when we would play well against the top teams but an individual error would cost us the game."
Tonbridge manager and former Hendon midfielder Steve McKimm, McKimm, while obviously disappointed to lose, saw the positives as he said, "We did all right. We held our own against a very good team. It is a shame our goalkeeper made a mistake and we lost the game."
Posted at 19:22
Over 50 trialists attended our first under 18 academy trials at Silver Jubilee Park yesterday afternoon. Further sessions will be taking place over the next couple of months, with the next fixed for Tuesday 31st March at 10:00am at the same venue.
This is the first time we have been able to offer an opportunity like this, which enables young players to participate in football full time and help them achieve a qualification in sports up to BTEC Level 3.
For more information, please click the link below to see the booklet.
Posted at 16:27
Don't forget that we have another of our popular quiz nights organised by the Supporters Trust taking place on Wednesday 29th April at Silver Jubilee Park.
Over 20 teams took part last year, and the event raised over £2,000, and it would be wonderful if we could repeat that again this year.
The evening will be compared by Steve Lytton, and will include a fish & chip supper, and of course the bar will be open throughout the evening.
Teams can be made up of up to 6 people, and if you are coming on your own, we will match you up with others to make up a team.
To book your tickets, and please don't leave it too late, please speak to Simon Lawrence on a matchday, or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted at 08:01
Hendon closed the gap on Margate and Dulwich Hamlet this afternoon as they beat Tonbridge Angels 1-0 at Earlsmead.
The result means that the Greens are now two points behind Margate having played the same number of games, and level on points with Dulwich, who have a superior goal difference by one goal, although the South London side have played four games more. It also means that the club are mathematically safe from relegation.
The goal was scored by Kezie Ibe ten minutes into the second half, his 20th goal of the campaign. This means, that with Leon Smith being on 21 goals, it is the first time we've had two players score at least 20 in a season since 1998/99 when Paul Whitmarsh and Junior Lewis scored 42 and 28 respectively.
Posted at 17:12
Our trip to Margate in the league will now take place on Thursday 9th April, kicking off at 7:45pm at Hartsdown Park. The change of date is due to the previously planned date clashing with the Robert Dyas (Isthmian) League Cup final.
Posted at 14:36
Gary McCann was thrilled to have reached the final of the Robert Dyas (Isthmian) League Cup. He said, "I was really pleased for every one of the players and management team. They have given me so much in the way of commitment recently.
"This is a fitting tribute and reward for a near-perfect performance. We had to deal with a lot of adversity, but we came through it.
"I had discussed with the management team about playing Leon Smith instead of Kezie who has been in scintillating form. Leon has missed out of starts recently through no fault of his own and he came in tonight and he did everything but score.
"If it had not been for their goalkeeper and a couple of other things, we would have won the game a great deal more comfortably. The goalkeeper's save from Sam Murphy, at the end of an outstanding team move, was quite brilliant."
Posted at 17:40
The Ryman League have confirmed this morning the date and venue for the Robert Dyas League Cup final. It will take place on Wednesday 15th April at Whyteleafe FC, kicking off at 7:30pm. This means that our visit to Margate in the league will be arranged for a new date which is yet to be confirmed.
The ground is a short walk from Whyteleafe, Whyteleafe South and Upper Warlingham stations, and all three stations lie in travelcard zone 6. Road directions are available on the directions page.
We hope that as many of you as possible will be able to get to the game - which will take place on the day as Whyteleafe have an all weather pitch, very similar to the one at Silver Jubilee Park.
Posted at 13:05
We are delighted to announce that the first trials for our new Under 18 Academy will be taking place on Saturday afternoon at Silver Jubilee Park.
The Academy will provide an opportunity for youngsters to participate in football full time, and help them achieve a qualification in sports up to BTEC Level 3. The Academy will create further opportunities for a university career parth and jobs in sports.
A booklet with more information can be found at http://hendonfcacademy.org/HendonAcademy_Leaflet.pdf and if you need anything further, please contact the academy directly at email@example.com.
If you are interested, or if you know of anyone who maybe interested, please come along to one of the trial sessions which take place at the following times.
Saturday 14th March - 2:00pm; Tuesday 31st March - 10:00am; Tuesday 7th April - 10:00am; Saturday 2nd May - 2:00pm; Tuesday 26th May - 2:00pm.
The full address of the venue is Silver Jubilee Park, Townsend Lane, Kingsbury, NW9 7NE.
Posted at 18:49
Hendon reached their first Robert Dyas (Isthmian) League final for 28 years this evening as they won 2-1 against Margate.
The Greens took the lead courtesy of an own goal in the 6th minute, but were hauled back when Zac Attwood equalised from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time.
The winner came in the 77th minute courtesy of Elliott Brathwaite, and the squad were able to hold on to secure progress to the final.
The final will be against Grays Athletic, who won 2-1 at home to Billericay Town this evening, with the date and venue to be confirmed by the league in the next 48 hours.
Posted at 22:20
Hendon manager Gary McCann was unsure whether it was a point won or two lost at Hampton. "I was disappointed to be pegged back," he said, "but not with the overall team performance.
"Given all the results at the weekend, it could be either a chance missed or - with all the teams around dropping points - a good point gained.
"We showed a very good response to the first equaliser and I was pleased with the resilience we showed after both goals.
"When they scored the second equaliser so late, we could have conceded again, but we are made of sterner stuff and, in fact, we had three really good chances to score in the last five minutes.
"I think our performance merited three points. We defended really well and looked dangerous up front.
"Had we gone two goals ahead I am sure we would have won, but at one goal up, they were always in with a chance."
Posted at 17:06
Annual subscriptions for the Hendon Football Club Supporters Trust for the financial year 2015-16 are now due. Existing members should have received renewal forms either by email or post over the past few days. We would be very grateful if you would complete and return the form, together with your annual subscriptions, as soon as possible.
For those of you who have already renewed, who have set up standing orders or annual PayPal renewals, many thanks for doing so.
If you have not received the renewal forms, or indeed are not yet a member of the trust but would like to join, please email Simon Lawrence on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Running the club continues to be an uphill and occasionally thankless struggle. And so, once again, we are asking you to do what you can to support the Trust and the club. Remember, it's as much your club as it is anyone else's and without your support you might just wake up one day to find that you don't have a club to support.
There are all sorts of ways you can help, including:
Volunteering for one of the match day tasks. You wouldn't need to miss any of the game and you wouldn't need to do it very often. Just a few times a season would be a great help.
Get your friends and family to become members of the Trust - it's only £10 a year and needs no other commitment. The more members we have, the easier it is for us to attract sponsors and advertisers.
Encourage friends and family into trying attending a home game. We are trying to get more people in where possible, but we do need everyone's help!
Buy a ball in the monthly Snowball Lottery. Each ball costs just £5 per month and 55% of the money that the Trust receives is paid back as prizes. Each year, around £6,000 is paid out in Snowball prizes.
There's loads of other ways that you could help. Please speak to Simon Lawrence, Bryan Roberts, or any of the Trust Board if you would like to talk about ways in which you can make a difference to Hendon Football Club.
Thanks for supporting the Trust and Hendon Football Club as well as everything that you currently do, both individually and as a group. We look forward to your continuing support.
Posted at 21:17
Hendon failed to capitalise on the top three all dropping points as they drew 2-2 at Hampton & Richmond Borough.
The Greens took the lead twice, first through Kezie Ibe in the 19th minute, and again through Aaron Morgan in the 67th minute, only to see Charlie Moone equalise in the 59th and 85th minutes.
With Maidstone drawing, and Margate and Dulwich both losing, it means the Greens missed out on a chance to really close the gap on the trio above them in the table.
Posted at 17:02
Following an injury picked up in a recent game, it has been confirmed Chris Seeby has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
He had a scan on Monday, which has shown that there is severe damage to his cruciate ligament and he is likely to need reconstructive surgery.
Chris, who joined us in the summer of 2013 from St Albans City, has been a fixture in the side for the past two years.
There may well be a fundraising event for Chris arranged in the next few weeks, as soon as any details are made available we will let everyone know.
Of course, everyone connected with the club wishes Chris a speedy recovery, and we all hope to see him back in action sooner rather than later.
Posted at 14:22
We are pleased to announce reduced admission prices for our London Senior Cup tie at Silver Jubilee Park on Thursday 26th March.
Admission will be £5 for all adults and £1 for under 16s.
We would also like to make clear that this is the only competition in which we can play games at Silver Jubilee Park. There is still a lot of work to be done to bring the ground up to the necessary standard for us to play there regularly, which is why we have been unable to switch league games there.
All remaining home league fixtures will take place at Earlsmead.
Posted at 10:42
Gary McCann was a happy man on Tuesday evening after the win at Witham and said "I am very pleased with the result. We knew it would be difficult to play the same team twice in a few days, especially having to go there in midweek.
"It was bitterly cold, but the result warmed the cockles of my heart.
"We made the perfect start and were very good for the first five or so minutes, but for the next 30-35 minutes Witham dominated. We lacked a bit of quality and we could not get the ball forward as we would have liked, so we made a couple of changes at half-time.
"The second half was more evenly contested, but we were much better and in the end deserved the second goal.
"The table looks good now, but we want it to look good good in 13 games time. Nothing is achieved in early March, but we are in a good position."
Posted at 18:57
Matchball, match and mascot sponsorship packages are available for our first ever competitive home match at Silver Jubilee Park, which is on Thursday 26th March against Corinthian-Casuals in the London Senior Cup.
The usual prices and benefits apply and can be found on the following links.
Don't leave it too late to be one of the sponsors of this game. If you are interested, please email Simon Lawrence on email@example.com
Posted at 22:03
The Greens completed a rapid fire league double over Witham Town as they won 2-1 in Essex this evening, consolidating their spot in the play-off zone.
An own goal from home defender Connor Mead gave Hendon the lead in the 2nd minute, before Danny Emmanuel equalised around the half hour mark. The winner came in the second half courtesy of Aaron Morgan.
Posted at 21:44