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Tuesday 16 December - Greens win at Leiston

The Greens reached the halfway point of the season tonight with a 1-0 victory at Leiston.

The only goal of the game came in the 77th minute courtesy of Kezie Ibe, his thirteenth of the campaign.

The result leaves the club in 4th place with 46 points from 23 games, level on points with 3rd placed Dulwich Hamlet with a game in hand. The result also leaves the Greens eight points clear of Leiston who are 5th and ten points clear of 6th & 7th placed Metropolitan Police and Enfield Town.

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Tuesday 16 December - Sponsorship auction reminder

Don't forget to made a donation for the Wingate & Finchley sponsorship auction which closes at 5pm on Saturday.

As we have previously advised the Supporters Trust have decided to sell both matchball and match sponsorship via donation for this match.

The minimum sum that may be donated is just £2.01 and the matchball sponsor (which is normally available for just £80) will be the person or group who makes the lowest unique donation. Similarly the match sponsorship (which is normally available for £150) will be awarded to the person or group who makes the highest unique donation.

The Matchball sponsor will receive a complimentary ticket, free programme, mention in the matchday programme (and for the rest of the season) and on the website.

The Match sponsor will receive up to 10 tickets, matchday programmes, mention in the matchday programme (and for the rest of the season) and on the website, and will be entitled to boardroom hospitality.

Donations are preferred via PayPal - a link can be found via the link below - or if you prefer to pay by other means, please contact the club on admin@hendonfc.net.

Pay What You Want - Wingate & Finchley

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Monday 15 December - Hampton league cup date fixed

Our Robert Dyas League Cup third round tie against Hampton & Richmond Borough will take place at Earlsmead on Monday 26th January, kick off 7:45pm.

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Monday 15 December - Gary reflects on weekend point

Gary McCann was in a reflective mood when talking about the match. He said, "I am frustrated that we didn't get the three points today, because we had more than enough chances to win the game.

"But it was also a game where we could have ended with no points.

"I thought we had some very good passages of play, but I was not happy with our decision-making in and around their penalty area. The final passes were not what we wanted.

"However, the conditions were very difficult. Some of the players were wearing the longest studs they could, but they were still slipping over and that goes for both teams."

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Saturday 13 December - John Westmore

We are sad to announce the passing of John Westmore earlier this week, a former player from the 1950s.

John sadly passed away after a long illness on Tuesday, and his funeral will take place at Hendon crematorium on Friday 19th December at 11am.

John made his debut in a 4-0 win at Millwall on 23rd October 1950 in the London Challenge Cup, a game in which he scored one of the goals, playing alongside a number of Hendon legends from that era including Laurie Topp, Dexter Adams, Bill Fisher and Roy Stroud.

He was never a regular in the first team, but made appearances throughout the 50s, and made his final appearance in a 2-0 defeat at Hitchin Town in the Athenian League on 16th April 1960.

He ended his Hendon career having scored 16 goals in 106 first team appearances, appearing in every season except the 1953/54 campaign.

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Saturday 13 December - Hendon draw at Earlsmead

Hendon came away with just a point this afternoon as they drew 1-1 with struggling VCD Athletic at Earlsmead.

Both goals came in the first half, with Mikhail Kennedy giving the visitors a 3rd minute lead, before Leon Smith equalised on the stroke of half-time.

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Saturday 13 December - Polo shirts now in

The new polo shirts have arrived and will be on sale in the club shop this afternoon, priced at £14 each.

They will also be available through the online club shop on the Supporters Association website.

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Wednesday 10 December - Gary pleased with reaction from squad

Hendon manager Gary McCann was pleased with the reaction to the weekend reverse at Bognor.

After the Robert Dyas League Cup victory over Enfield Town, he said, "I am really satisfied with the result. It was a very professional performance in difficult weather conditions. It rained from minute 1 to minute 90 and the swirling wind didn’t help either.

"The defence went about their jobs in a very good manner. I criticised them for their display - especially the first 30 minutes - on Saturday and they responded as I expected them to.

"I was really pleased with the way that the whole squad reacted to the performance at Bognor and I think we played well, deserving to win the game.

"The changes I made to the defence were as much precautions as anything that happened on Saturday. It is better that James Fisher and Chris Seeby miss one game than play a game too many and have to miss significant time.

"The big worry from last night was the injury to Aaron Morgan, which we will assess over the next few days. Kevin Maclaren was withdrawn at half-time, mainly as a precaution. He felt he could play on, as he always does, but we have to make these decisions."

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Tuesday 09 December - Greens win again in League Cup

Hendon won their second round tie at Enfield Town 1-0 this evening, the first time in nine seasons that the club have progressed through two rounds of the competition.

The result also ended a run of five consecutive defeats against Enfield Town, and extended the 100% cup record against the same opponents to six games. All five defeats have come in league games.

The only goal of the game came in the 48th minute when Kezie Ibe found the back of the net.

Up next in the third round, which is the last 16, will be a home tie against Hampton & Richmond Borough. The date will be announced in due course.

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Monday 08 December - Gary reacts to Bognor defeat

A very unhappy Hendon manager Gary McCann didn't pull any punches when he talked about Saturday's match at Bognor Regis Town.

He said, "We didn't start the game at all well and were blitzed in the first 25 minutes. The defending was not good enough and that goes from right-back to left-back. I think it was as poor as we have been all season.

"The opened us up at will, especially in the defensive end. It was very disappointing and I certainly didn't see that sort of display coming, given where we have been at in recent games.

"But, after the early shambles, I thought we had a degree of control, although they did sit back deeper to let us play.

"I believe that if we had taken one of our chances either before half-time, or just after, to make it 3-2, we could have got something from the game. I think they would have been on the rocks.

"The team I selected I thought would be good enough and we were deliberately quite offensive, but I don't think it would have mattered given the way we defended in the early part of the game. Far too many players were off their game and it was not good enough.

"All of the goals we conceded were very disappointing, but the last one didn't really matter as it came on a break as we were looking for a goal ourselves.

"The back four have not been criticised very often this season. Their performances have been of a high standard, but we dropped below the levels required Saturday. I do see this very much as a blip and expect a reaction."

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Saturday 06 December - Rocks end unbeaten run

Hendon's 13 match unbeaten league run came to an end this afternoon as they were beaten 4-1 at Bognor Regis Town.

It was a very disappointing start from the Greens as they were 3 goals down inside 23 minutes, the first being a James Fisher own goal, followed up by goals from Alex Parsons and Ollie Pearce.

Belal Aite-Ouakrim pulled a goal back in the 25th minute but that was it for goals until the 89th minute when Doug Tuck completed the win for the home side.

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Friday 05 December - Snowball draw results

The September, October and November Snowball draws were made earlier this week at the Supporters Trust board meeting.

The winning numbers are as follows.

September : First Prize (£283.50) - number 39. Second Prize (£141.75) - number 157.

October : First Prize (£304.50) - number 142. Second Prize (£152.25) - number 23.

November : First Prize (£301.50) - number 32. Second Prize (£150.75) - number 115.

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Thursday 04 December - Polo shirts now available to pre-order

The Supporters Association are pleased to announce they are now taking pre-orders for the new polo shirts.

The shirts are on order, and will be green with the club crest on them. Costing just £14 each, they can be ordered through the link below.

If you have any questions, please email the Supporters Assocation on hendonfcsa@yahoo.co.uk.

Hendon FC Polo Shirts

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Wednesday 03 December - Gary pleased to progress

Gary McCann was pleased to progress in the London Senior Cup last night.

He said: "I thought the boys' attitude tonight was exemplary in conditions the like of which I have not seen before.

"Even so, the performance was nothing like what I expected. We had to change our style in the second half, but we still didn't do that in the way that I wanted.

"But, we did get the job done and that was very important.

"The best news of the night is that we got through the game without any players picking up any injuries."

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Wednesday 03 December - Programmes from London Bari

We are pleased to say that we will have a limited number of photocopied editions of tonight's programme available at our next home game. Please call at the club shop to pick up a copy if you would like one.

London Bari only had a limited number of programmes available tonight, and have given us permission to produce a few more for those who missed out.

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Tuesday 02 December - Greens win on penalties

Hendon progressed into the quarter finals of the London Senior Cup, winning on penalties at London Bari after goalless draw.

The Greens found it tough to cope with a heavy bobbly pitch which didn't allow them to play their natural game and chances were limited for both sides, although Hendon had the bulk of the possession.

With the scores level after 90 minutes, the tie went straight to penalties. The home side scored their first spot kick before Peter Dean equalised. Ben McNamara gave the Greens the advantage as he pushed their second kick onto the post.

Andre Da Costa, Lee O'Leary and Dave Diedhiou all successfully completed their spot kicks as London Bari scored their 3rd and 4th, but the home side's 5th penalty taker fired his effort onto the bar and the ball bounced away to safety.

The draw for the quarter-finals will see the Greens play at home to either Bromley, Corinthian-Casuals or AFC Wimbledon - Bromley and Corinthian-Casuals are yet to play their first round tie, the winners of which are then at home to the Wombles. A date for the tie will be arranged once our opponents are known.

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Monday 01 December - Gary reflects on FA Trophy exit

Gary McCann was disappointed with the result but saw plenty of positives in the display at Ebbsfleet on Saturday, and also explained the reasons for the formation.

He said, "I am disappointed in the result. We knew it was going to be a difficult game because they are a team at the top of a division above us. I went to watch them on Tuesday night and they looked a different team on Saturday, but a change of manager often does that.

"Overall, I think we gave a very good account of ourselves. We played our part in containing them when they attacked us, but we were well shackled when we went forward. I don't think we let ourselves down at all in this game - unlike the loss to Dorchester.

"It was a tactical decision to play Sam Murphy instead of Leon Smith on the right, but we felt he could do a better job in defending Anthony Cook, who we knew was their danger man. It worked well overall in containing him, but we were shackled in attack.

"This was one of those occasions that you are damned if you do and damned if you don't. I prefer not to set up our team to stop an opponent, but there are times when you have to make a difficult decision. Had the game gone to a replay, I would probably have played Leon.

"I thought we had the best chance of the first half, the one to Andre Da Costa, but we couldn't really get it up to the next gear to get past them. Kezie Ibe and the midfield were well marshalled by Ebbsfleet, who you must remember are one of the favourites to win their division."

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Monday 01 December - Supporters game at Maidstone

We have been contacted by Maidstone United's supporters team to see if we would like to play them on Saturday 20th December.

The game would be played in the morning ahead of what will be an extremely important league fixture between the two clubs. We would like to put out as strong a team as possible, so Eddie Edwards is looking for early commitment from those who can make it.

If you are up for the challenge, please contact Eddie on eddieedd@hendonfc.net as soon as possible.

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Monday 01 December - Unique sponsorship offer

As well as the Pay What You Want promotion, we are also making a unique offer for the sponsorship of the Wingate & Finchley game.

The Supporters Trust have decided to sell both matchball and match sponsorship via donation for this match.

The minimum sum that may be donated is just £2.01 and the matchball sponsor (which is normally available for just £80) will be the person or group who makes the lowest unique donation. Similarly the match sponsorship (which is normally available for £150) will be awarded to the person or group who makes the highest unique donation.

The deadline for donations is 5pm on Saturday 20 December – when the Trust will announce the sponsors.

The Matchball sponsor will receive a complimentary ticket, free programme, mention in the matchday programme (and for the rest of the season) and on the website.

The Match sponsor will receive up to 10 tickets, matchday programmes, mention in the matchday programme (and for the rest of the season) and on the website, and will be entitled to boardroom hospitality.

Donations are preferred via PayPal - a link can be found via the link below - or if you prefer to pay by other means, please contact the club on admin@hendonfc.net.

Pay What You Want - Wingate & Finchley

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Sunday 30 November - Coach bookings for Bognor Regis

We have a limited number of spaces available on the team coach to Bognor Regis Town this coming Saturday. Seats cost £12, and the coach will be departing from Earlsmead.

If you would like to secure your seat, please email the club on admin@hendonfc.net.

The departure time of the coach will be confirmed when you make your booking.

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Sunday 30 November - Pay What You Want at Wingate game

We are delighted to announce that admission for our Ryman League fixture at home to Wingate and Finchley on Saturday 27th December 2014 has been made 'Pay What You Want' day.

With the top 6 levels of English football in action on both Friday 26th and Sunday 28th December, we are looking to extend the traditional festive football feast for all fans for another day by offering them the chance, regardless of loyalty, to enjoy what promises to be a keenly contested local derby between two sides in the thick of the promotion play-off race.

Regular fans are encouraged to bring a friend along - with the club enjoying its best season in the league for many years, no football or Soccer Saturday on television and admission of their choosing, there has rarely been a better incentive to introduce them to life with the Green Army.

On the day, not only will we be allowing spectators to choose how much they wish to pay, but there will be plenty more on offer for those thinking of attending and even a little something for those unable to make the game but would like to be there in spirit.

For full details on what is on offer, and how entry to the game will work, please check out the link below.

Pay What You Want - Wingate & Finchley

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Saturday 29 November - FA Trophy run ended

Hendon's run in this season's FA Trophy came to an end this afternoon at Ebbsfleet United where they were beaten 1-0.

The first half was goalless, with chances at a premium, and the decisive goal came six minutes into the second half when Anthony Cook found the back of the net.

The Greens had a few half chances, but Ebbsfleet didn't give them the time they like to have on the ball, and they were unable to fashion an equaliser.

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Wednesday 26 November - New dates for Enfield and Witham

Our recently postponed games against Enfield Town and Witham Town have both been rearranged.

Our league cup tie at Enfield Town will now be played on Tuesday 9th December, whilst our trip to Witham Town in the league will now take place on Tuesday 20th January. Both games will kick off at 7.45pm

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Tuesday 25 November - Enfield Town game postponed

Following the pitch inspection tonight's game at Enfield Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. A new date for the game will be announced in due course.

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Monday 24 November - Pitch Inspection at Enfield Town

There will be a pitch inspection at around 1:30pm tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon to see if our game at Enfield Town can go ahead.

We will update the website as soon as we can after the result of the inspection is known, but it may not be straight away. Therefore, please also keep an eye on the club twitter feed and on the messageboard for news of the inspection result.

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Monday 24 November - Don't forget EasyFundraising

With Christmas looming, and many of us likely to do our Christmas shopping online, it seems to be ideal time to remind everyone about EasyFundraising.

The EasyFundraising site provides links to hundreds of online stores, including many of the most popular, including Amazon. If you are shopping online, please go to the EasyFundraising site, register as a supporter of Hendon FC Supporters Trust, and then use the site to find links to your favourite online shops. The trust will then get a percentage of whatever you spend. But for this to work, you must go to the EasyFundraising site each time you shop online, not just the first time. It may be a couple of extra clicks - but those extra clicks will result in extra funds for the trust.

Since this scheme was set up - we have raised just under £1000. If every Hendon supporter who shops online uses the EasyFundraising site, there is no reason why we cannot substantially increase this total.

If you have any questions about the scheme and how it works, please do speak to any member of the trust board or email the club on admin@hendonfc.net

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Sunday 23 November - Gary pleased to get three points

Gary McCann was pleased to secure all three points at Bury Town yesterday.

He said: "It was a very scrappy win on a very difficult pitch. We knew it was going to be hard the moment we stepped on it to warm up.

"If we had taken our three good chancres in the second half we wouldn't have been in the position where we nearly lost two points.

"It was a brilliant save by Ben McNamara because it wasn't a bad penalty, and then we got the third goal to put the icing on the cake.

"Would I have been disappointed to have dropped two points - of course yes, but would I have thought it unjust to only get a draw - no, but we had to grind out the win and I'm pleased that we did."

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Sunday 23 November - FA Charter Standard Award

We are delighted to announce that the club has achieved the FA Charter Standard Adult Club Award. This was approved this week, and goes alongside our FA Charter Standard Youth Club Award for our youth set up.

In a letter to the club, the Chief Executive of the Middlesex County FA, Peter Clayton said: "Middlesex County FA believe that it is a fantastic achievement and honour to achieve the FA Charter Standard Award and therefore I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate your club on behalf of all of us.

"By achieving the award your club has demonstrated an excellent level of discipline, administration and operating standards; and I trust that you will continue to uphold this reputation in the future."

The FA Charter Standard logo will appear on the website soon, and will also appear in the programme and on all club publicity.

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Saturday 22 November - Hendon close gap on leaders

Hendon's excellent league form continued this afternoon as they beat Bury Town 3-1 at Ram Meadow, taking full advantage of defeats to both Margate and Maidstone United.

The Greens took the lead in the 21st minute through Leon Smith, before the home side equalised thirteen minutes later. Kezie Ibe restored the lead on the stroke of half-time.

All the key action in the second half took place in stoppage time. Firstly Ben McNamara was the hero as he saved a penalty, and as the game moved into the fourth minute of stoppage time, Kezie Ibe popped up to score his second and make absolutely sure of all three points.

The result means that the Greens are now 8 points behind leaders Margate with 2 games in hand, and just 1 point behind 2nd placed Maidstone although the Stones have played two games less.

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Friday 21 November - New date for Met Police fixture

Our home game against Metropolitan Police will now be played on Monday 12th January, kicking off at 7:45pm at Earlsmead.

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