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Sunday 26 April - Gary happy with Leiston win

Gary McCann was a happy manager as he looked back at yesterday's win, and ahead to the play-offs.

"Where we are at now, we just don’t know when we are beaten," he said. "That is a real quality in this team.

"In the first half we looked a little bit jaded and we gave away a poor early goal. It took us to half-time to recover from it.

"We were much better in the second and, in the end, we were good value for the win, even if we rode our luck in the dying moments when they hit the inside of the post and the ball came out.

"What was very pleasing was the fact that our players who have been out injured all came through the game without any problems. Almost all of the other players who have been out will be training this week and should be available for the playoff game."

Talking about the play-off game, McCann said, "We will be fully prepared for the match against whichever team we face and whenever it is played. We cannot worry about things that are out of our hands."

Posted at 17:50

Sunday 26 April - Gary McCann on BBC Non League Show

Gary McCann appeared as a guest on this morning's Non League Show on BBC Radio Five Live.

If you didn't hear the show live at 5:00am this morning, you can listen to it by going to theprogramme page on the BBC website

Posted at 16:17

Sunday 26 April - John O'Brien

We are saddened to learn of the passing of John O'Brien early this morning following a long illness. John was our chief scout for a number of years through the 1990's and early 2000's, and played a very important part at the club. He went on to scout for a number of professional clubs, including QPR, Wycombe Wanderers and Fulham.

Even after leaving the club, he often came along to games, always took an interest in how we were doing, and would be a familiar face to many.

Our deepest sympathies go out to John's family at this very sad time.

Posted at 12:37

Saturday 25 April - League statement regarding play offs

The Ryman League have issued a statement this evening regarding the play-off situation and Enfield Town.

The statement reads "The final table of the Ryman League's Premier Division shows that Enfield Town FC has finished in fifth position. However, the club has been charged with the offence of playing an ineligible player which could result in the deduction of three points.

"That charge has yet to be heard and will not be heard until Thursday 30th April unless the club agrees to an earlier date. Accordingly, the Ryman Premier Division play-off matches cannot be confirmed at this time.

"The League will now refer the matter to The Football Association because Ryman League rules make provision for matters concerning promotion to be decided by the Leagues Committee at The FA which will make any decision. the Ryman League itself is not empowered to make such a decision.

"The Ryman League will continue to work with Enfield Town FC and The FA to resolve these issues as soon as possible. The League will issue a further statement in due course following consultation with The FA."

As soon as we hear anything further, we will let you know through the usual channels. We ask that everyone remains patient while the footballing authorities work to resolve the situation.

Posted at 19:28

Saturday 25 April - Greens pick up final three points

Hendon finished the normal league season with a 2-1 victory over Leiston at Earlsmead.

The visitors took the lead in the 2nd minute through Tom Winter and that's how the shoreline stood at half time.

The Greens once again refused to give up and equalised through Kezie Ibe in the 57th minute, and Leon Smith secured the equaliser 20 minutes later.

Results elsewhere mean that we will be at home to Enfield Town on Thursday, subject to whatever the league decide over the ineligible player issue. Please assume we are playing Enfield on Thursday evening unless we advise otherwise.

Posted at 17:01

Saturday 25 April - Player of the Year voting open

The Supporters Association are taking votes for Player of the Year at the moment. Current members of the Association and Trust are eligible to vote. People who are not current members can join to be eligible to vote.

Due to the monumental team effort by the who squad and the difficulty many supporters have expressed of choosing one individual this season we will be accepting votes for 'The Whole Team'.

Posted at 10:00

Friday 24 April - Play-off admission details

Admission details for the play-offs have been confirmed, and they are all pay games played on cup-tie terms.

Our normal league prices will be charged - £10 adults, £5 concessions and £1 under 16s. Season ticket holders are advised that their tickets are not valid for the play-offs.

A reminder that the semi final will take place on Thursday 30th April, kicking off at 7.45pm and the final, should we make it, will be played on Monday 4th May at 3.00pm.

We are aware that there is an issue regarding Enfield Town and player eligibility that has arisen over the past 24 hours. It is not our place to comment on this, or try and speculate on what the outcome will be, but please assume that we are playing on Thursday evening unless advised to the contrary.

Posted at 11:37

Thursday 23 April - Gary delighted to reach another final

Speaking after the win over Harrow Borough, an exhausted Gary McCann said "I am delighted to have reached the London Senior Cup Final again and it is fitting reward for every member of the squad.

"The effort from all of the players is unfathomable. I don't know where they get their energy from.

"We did ride our luck a bit, but you earn your luck and we certainly deserved it. They hit the post or crossbar a few times, but we certainly created a number of very good chances of our own which we didn't take, such as the one-on-ones for Peter Dean, Leon Smith (two) and Kezie Ibe.

"The personnel wasn't right for the shape in the first-half, which led to a lacklustre performance. The changes we made at half-time made us better all round.

"The system was much better and more suited to the players available. It was good to have Lee O'Leary back and he made a big difference in midfield and Max McCann had a better second half too."

Posted at 17:41

Wednesday 22 April - 250 up for Dave Diedhiou

This evening's game against Harrow Borough saw Dave Diedhiou become the fourth player in the current squad to reach 250 appearances. He joins Lee O'Leary, Casey Maclaren and Kevin Maclaren in having reached the milestone.

Dave joined the club in the summer of 2008 from Willesden Constantine, making his debut at Sutton United early that season. He spent some time away at Wembley gaining experience, but since the beginning of the 2009/10 season he has been a regular member of the squad, playing both in defence and midfield. He has scored 29 goals so far, many of them headers.

We congratulate Dave on reaching the milestone, and hope to see him make many more appearances going forward.

Posted at 21:52

Wednesday 22 April - Hendon reach London Senior Cup final

Hendon reached the London Senior Cup final for the sixth time in ten years with a 2-0 win over landlords Harrow Borough this evening.

Both goals came in the second half courtesy of substitute Kezie Ibe, taking his tally for the season to 26, as the Hendon defence held firm once again, with a first clean sheet for Brendan Hazlett in goal.

The final is against Tooting & Mitcham United, and will be played on Thursday 7th May at Metropolitan Police FC, kicking off at 7.30pm.

Posted at 21:49

Wednesday 22 April - Snowball draws for January, February and March

The January, February and March snowball draws were made before the AFC Hornchurch game, and the results are as follows.

January : 1st prize - £303.00 - ball number 29. 2nd prize - £151.50 - ball number 173.

February : 1st prize - £307.50 - ball number 208. 2nd prize - £153.75 - ball number 160.

March : 1st prize - £306.00 - ball number 108. 2nd prize - £153.00 - ball number 25.

All winners will be contacted very soon.

Posted at 17:24

Tuesday 21 April - HFCST chairman to do RideLondon

Supporters Trust chairman, Bryan Roberts, is cycling the 100 of RideLondon again this year. He is raising money in aid of Anthony Nolan, the charity that does an amazing job helping folk with blood cancer, leukemia etc.

This is the main charitable focus of the ride, but for any sponsorship that Hendon supporters provide, I will donate the same figure to the HFC Supporters Trust. If you could mention HFC in the message section when you donate online so Bryan can keep track that would be marvellous.

If you'd like to Bryan cash in person, that's great, but if you'd prefer to donate online, the link is www.justgiving.com/Bryan-Roberts3.

Posted at 17:20

Tuesday 21 April - Gary very proud after Urchins win

Gary McCann continued to be very proud of the squad following last night's 4-2 win over AFC Hornchurch.

He said of the result, "A winning mentality all through the squad is apparent - even those who haven’t been around that much - and it is infectious.

"The good news about last night - as well as the win, of course - is that we came through the game without picking up any new injuries. We had only two natural defenders and two midfielders; the rest were all attack-minded players.

"In the first half, we had many good passages of play and might have scored more than the two goals we got. But they also had a few chances especially the one lifted over the bar from close range.

"We knew they would come at us in the second half and when they made it 2-2 we might have caved in - teams of mine in the past may well have, but not this group. They're mentally strong and resilient.

"The other really good thing about the game was that three of our strikers - Kezie Ibe, Adam Wallace and Leon Smith - all scored and a fourth, Aaron Morgan set up Charlie Goode for his goal. Adam was running a class this evening and didn't leave Barnet until 8.00, but he rushed here and got his reward with a goal."

Posted at 17:10

Monday 20 April - Hendon pick up another three points

Hendon extended their unbeaten run to 21 games, and in turn picked up three more points as they beat AFC Hornchurch 4-2 at Earlsmead. The result was made even better with four players making their first league starts of the season - including Michael Murray making a return from Northwood and Daniel McNicholas appearing for the first time since the final game of last season.

The result means that the very slight outside chance of winning the title still remains - but it would require a goal difference swing of 17 goals on Saturday afternoon.

The Greens took the lead in the 10th minute through Charlie Goode, before Kezie Ibe fired home the rebound from his failed penalty in the 33rd minute.

The Urchins, who were relegated at the weekend, hit back with two goals in a minute through Tobi Joseph and George Purcell.

However, the Greens refused to give up yet again, and goals from the returning Adam Wallace, his first of the campaign, and Leon Smith secured the victory.

Posted at 22:02

Monday 20 April - Gary philosophical after draw at Grays

A philosophical Gary McCann looked back at the draw with Grays and said, "After the high of Wednesday night in League Cup final, this match was bit after the Lord Mayor's Show.

"It wasn't a surprise, however, because the combination of strong wind and hard and bumpy pitch didn't suit either team. Factor in the tiredness for both teams, and it was always going to be difficult.

"Disappointingly, we picked up a couple of injuries, so we are down to the barest of bones in the squad for the next week. Hopefully, we will get quite a few of them back in time for the playoffs, but we have to get through the next three games this week and that will be a tall order.

"I have said it before, and I will say it again, I could not have asked more of my players. They have given me absolutely everything and it was the same on Saturday. I am so proud of them."

Posted at 20:34

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Posted at 19:42

Saturday 18 April - Draw seals second place

Hendon ensured they are all but certain to finish in second place this afternoon with a hard earned point away at Grays Athletic. The game, more notable for a string of corners won by the home side than any clear-cut chances created by either side saw a dogged defensive performance from the Greens and ended goalless.

The point, along with Margate's defeat ensures the Greens will finish at least second, while title hopes have been all but extinguished as the Greens lie six points behind Maidstone United with a dramatically inferior goal difference.

Posted at 19:05

Friday 17 April - Gary very proud after cup final wiin

Speaking after the League Cup Final victory A very proud Hendon manager Gary McCann said, "It was one of those special nights that we can all savour, one we will look back on and reminisce about.

"You don't get to play in enough cup finals in your career – and that goes for almost every player. That is why you have to get over the finish line in a final. No one remembers who was runner-up.

"We started slowly, but for the last half-hour of the first half I thought we were excellent. In the second half, it was almost like defence vs attack. But they were chasing the game and we were protecting what we had. Admittedly, we did not retain the ball as well as we could have.

"However, we defended better than they did and we looked really dangerous on the counter-attack. Andre's second goal was a perfect example of that, and it was a strike worthy of winning any match.

"It has taken a superhuman effort from everyone in the squad. We have gone 19 games unbeaten, sit second in the League and now we are League Cup winners. I am so proud of everyone and what they achieved."

Posted at 18:48

Wednesday 15 April - Hendon win Robert Dyas League Cup

Hendon won the Robert Dyas (Isthmian) League Cup for the first time since 1977 this evening as they beat Grays Athletic 3-2 at Whyteleafe.

In a thoroughly entertaining game, both sides made good use of the excellent 3G surface, and it was the Greens who drew first blood when Andre Da Costa's shot was fumbled over the line by Lamar Joseph-Johnson in the 36th minute. Within five minutes the lead was doubled as Kezie Ibe slammed the ball into the roof the net.

Unfortunately, the usually solid defence was then caught napping and Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson pulled Grays back into the game.

The second half saw the Essex side have plenty of possession, but they found the Hendon back line in typical unforgiving mood, and it was the Greens who scored next, as Da Costa fired home a beautiful curling effort past a static Joseph-Johnson into the bottom corner.

Grays continued to pile forward in search of goals, but they found Ben McNamara in inspired form as he pulled off a string of top quality saves. They did score what was to be a late consolation through Sean Cronin, but weren't able to fashion an equaliser to take the game to extra time.

There were joyful scenes on the final whistle as players, management and supporters celebrated together, especially when Kevin Maclaren was handed the cup.

Posted at 23:34

Wednesday 15 April - Don't forget it's 7.30 kick off

Just a reminder to all supporters that tonight's Robert Dyas (Isthmian) League Cup final kicks off at the earlier time of 7.30pm. The game will go to extra time and penalties if required.

We hope to see as many Hendon supporters there as possible cheering the team on to success.

Posted at 12:55

Tuesday 14 April - One point needed for second place

The Greens now just need one point to secure a top two finish in the league this season following Margate's defeat tonight.

It was another goal packed game, with Billericay scoring two goals in stoppage time to secure a 4-3 win - having been ahead twice earlier in the game.

A second place finish means that the club will be at home in the semi-finals of the play-offs, and also in the final should we get there.

Of course, there is still an outside chance of winning the title should results go our way over the next ten days.

Posted at 21:43

Monday 13 April - Gary very proud of squad's efforts

Gary McCann said that he was very proud of the squad as he reflected on the games against Margate and Dulwich Hamlet.

Following the Margate match, he said, "I look back on our performance with a very proud feeling. My players, yet again, gave me absolutely everything.

"Our preparations were badly disrupted by the crash on the M25 on the way to Margate. We had only 10 players in the dressing room at 7.20.

"It was disappointing to lead three times and be pulled back, but when we went behind with eight minutes to go it was the sort of blow that would leave most teams on their backs from a knockout punch. But the boys never know when they are beaten.

"There is just a never-say-die attitude. Even when we got it back to 4-4 we had a couple of chances to win the game.

"Defensively, you think every goal is avoidable at some level and that was certainly so with at least three of their goals last night. We have been so good defensively in this run so the mistakes were uncharacteristic.

"This was a fantatstic game for the neutral and it was a good point for us, not so good for Margate, but a great result for Maidstone. But where we are at now, we think of this as two points lost."

Gary then struggled to find words to describe his team’s effort against Dulwich. "This was yet another heroic performance by my team," he said. "The resilience of the players has been quite astounding.

"Their energy levels were fantastic and the way they were able to get back into the match was incredible.

"Our title hopes are hanging by a thread, but it is not over yet. Maidstone have two games left and both have the potential for dropped points. If they don't win either game and we win our last three then the miracle will have been achieved."

Posted at 17:56

Monday 13 April - Gary wins manager of the month

Gary McCann has been named the Ryman League Premier Division Manager of the Month for March. The award, which is made solely on league performance, has gone to Gary following our excellent run through the month, in which we picked up 19 out of a possible 21 points.

This award is testament to the work and effort that not only Gary has put so far in this season, but also his backroom staff of Freddie Hyatt, Scott Cousins and Mark Findley, along with every single member of the playing squad.

Posted at 10:52

Saturday 11 April - Ten men remain unbeaten

Hendon extended their unbeaten run to 18 games in all competitions and 14 in the league despite being reduced to ten men in the first half.

The final score was 2-2 against play off hopefuls Dulwich Hamlet, but the game was goalless when James Fisher was sent off in the 37th minute.

The first goal came in the 49th minute when Xavier Vidal gave Dulwich the lead, but fifteen minutes later, Sam Murphy netted from the penalty spot to equalise, his 4th goal in 4 games.

Dave Diedhiou put the Greens ahead with ten minutes to go, but the visitors secured a point when Jordan Hibbert equalised in the final minute of normal time.

Hendon's title hopes now hang by a thread with Maidstone United winning 2-1 against Grays Athletic - the Greens are 6 points behind with a game in hand, but the hold on 2nd place has been strengthened as Margate lost 1-0 at Leatherhead.

Focus now turns to the League Cup final against Grays on Wednesday night at Whyteleafe.

Posted at 17:09

Friday 10 April - Coach travel to League Cup Final

We are pleased to be able to a offer seats on the coach to the League Cup Final on Wednesday evening.

There is only a limited number of seats available and they will cost £10, and must be booked in advance. The coach will be picking up from Earlsmead.

To book your seats, please call at the club shop tomorrow afternoon. If you are unable to get to the game tomorrow, please email us on admin@hendonfc.net. Details of the departure time will be made available upon booking.

Posted at 19:04

Thursday 09 April - Pulsating game ends all square

Hendon and Margate played out a pulsating 4-4 draw at Hartsdown Park this evening, the result meaning that Maidstone United are back in pole position in the race for the title.

The Greens took the lead three times, firstly courtesy of a Sam Murphy free kick, his 10th goal of the season, before Ryan Moss equalised for the first time. Elliott Brathwaite headed home just after the half hour mark and that was the final goal of the opening period.

Ryan James equalised for the home side shortly after the restart, only for Charlie Wassmer to head past his own keeper ten minutes later to restore the lead for Hendon. James scored his second of the evening in the 71st minute for another equaliser, before Ryan Moss scored with his head in the 82nd minute. But the Greens refused to be beaten, and Andre Da Costa scored the final goal five minutes from time to ensure the game finished all square.

Next up is a home game against Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday afternoon, kicking of at 3:00pm.

Posted at 21:54

Thursday 09 April - Century up for Aaron Morgan

Tonight's thrilling game at Margate saw Aaron Morgan made his 100th appearance for the club. Aaron is in his second spell with the club having originally joined from Hillingdon Borough in the summer of 2010, but missed most of the 2011-12 season with injury.

He returned to the club in the summer of 2013 from North Greenford United, and whilst chances were limited last season, he has played a big part of the success so far this season. In his 100 games he has netted 18 times.

Posted at 21:51

Thursday 09 April - Supporters game against Edgware Town

We are pleased to announce that a supporters game has been arranged against the Edgware Town supporters team. It will take place on Sunday 3rd May at Silver Jubilee Park, kicking off at 2:00pm.

If you are interested in taking part, please email Nick McMullen as soon as possible on nick_mcmullen@hotmail.com.

Posted at 00:03

Wednesday 08 April - Gary reflects on win at Wingate

Gary McCann was delighted as he reflected on the win at Wingate & Finchley on Easter Monday. He said, "I am delighted that we won the game, but I don't think we were at our best. I think the performance was lacking in certain aspects.

"Did I expect to see the signs of fatigue? Yes I did. But today it was important to get over the line to get the result. What today showed me was how resilient we are and how strong minded the squad can be. We just now know how to win games like this.

"There were very tired minds and tired bodies out there today. And that was the recipe for the performance. The players have give me so much in the past few games, especially on the back of Saturday's win, that this tiredness wasn’t a surprise to me."

Posted at 23:55

Monday 06 April - Hendon keep the run going

Hendon continued their good form with another win this afternoon, this time coming away from Wingate & Finchley with a 2-1 victory.

With Maidstone United winning 2-0, the gap remains five points with the Greens having two games in hand. However, Margate are now five points behind the Greens having played the same number of games after they drew 2-2 with Tonbridge Angels.

Hendon took the lead in the 19th minute when Casey Maclaren bundled home a cross from Oliver Sprague, and Sam Murphy made it 2-0 a few minutes later from the penalty spot after Kezie Ibe had been fouled.

David Knight pulled a goal back for the home side early in the second period, but once again the Greens defence held firm to secure another three points as the title remains an achievable target.

Posted at 17:04

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