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Tuesday 24 May - Ryman Youth League Constitution

We have this week received the proposed constitution for the Ryman Youth League, and our U18 side will once again be playing in the West Division.

Their opponents will be Aldershot Town, Ashford Town (Middx), Bedfont Sports, Camberley Town, Hampton & Richmond Borough, Hayes & Yeading United, Northwood, Staines Town and Wealdstone.

Posted at 17:05

Monday 23 May - Admission & Season Ticket Prices

The club are pleased to announce that admission and season ticket prices for our first season at Silver Jubilee Park remain mostly unchanged, with a couple of reductions.

Admission remains at £10 for adults, £5 for senior citizens & students, and the £1 rate is extended to under 18s.

A new season ticket for students is available at just £25 for the campaign, whilst the senior citizen season ticket is reduced slightly to £80. Adult season tickets remain at £160 and those for under 18s are at £10. Season tickets allow entry to all 23 home Ryman League fixtures. They are not eligible for use for cup matches.

In addition, we will continue to admit season ticket holders of Premier League and Football League clubs for £5 for league matches, and the same for members of the Armed Forces, Emergency Services and NHS employees on production of the relevant ID.

Anyone wishing to buy a season ticket should contact the club on admin@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 21:35

Friday 20 May - QPR XI to visit SJP

The friendlies are being confirmed rapidly this week, and we are pleased to announce a home game against a QPR XI on Monday 18th July, kick off 7:30pm at Silver Jubilee Park.

Posted at 17:28

Friday 20 May - Daggers to visit SJP

We are pleased to announce that Dagenham & Redbridge have agreed to visit SJP on Monday 1st August, kick off 7:30pm.

Posted at 15:09

Thursday 19 May - Friendly at Whyteleafe

The latest friendly arranged is a trip to Whyteleafe, which will take place on Saturday 6th August, kick off 3:00pm.

Posted at 11:47

Wednesday 18 May - Ollie Sprague signs for Welling

The news has broken this evening that popular left back Ollie Sprague has left the club and signed for National League South side Welling United for the new season.

Ollie joined us two years ago from Northwood, and has been a regular in the side throughout the past couple of seasons, making the number 3 shirt his own. He made 102 appearances, scoring twice.

We wish Ollie every success for the future as he takes his career on to the next level.

Posted at 22:15

Tuesday 17 May - Second home friendly confirmed

Our second home friendly has just been confirmed, and will be against Hemel Hempstead Town on Tuesday 12th July, kick off 7:30pm.

Posted at 17:52

Tuesday 17 May - First home friendly arranged

Our first home friendly of the summer has been arranged, and we will entertain Margate at Silver Jubilee Park on Tuesday 26th July - kick off 7:30pm.

Further friendlies will be announced as soon as details are confirmed.

Posted at 16:59

Friday 13 May - First friendly confirmed

The first pre-season friendly has been confirmed, and we will play Hitchin Town at their Top Field ground on Thursday 21st July.

Further friendlies will be announced as soon as all details have been tied up with our opponents.

Posted at 17:11

Thursday 12 May - League allocations released for 2016-17

The FA have today released the club allocations for Steps 1 to 4 of the National League System for season 2016-17.

It has been confirmed that Farnborough have been demoted to Step 4 following their financial issues, and so Burgess Hill Town stay in our division. Coming down from National League South are Havant & Waterlooville, whilst down from National League North are Lowestoft Town. Coming up from Division One North are AFC Sudbury and Harlow Town, whilst Folkestone Invicta and Worthing come up from Division One South.

This means that we will have our first ever league games against Havant & Waterlooville and AFC Sudbury, although we have met both sides in FA competitions. Also, as well ourselves, AFC Sudbury, Harlow Town and Worthing play on 3G pitches.

The full Ryman League Premier Division line up, which is subject to ratification at the league AGM in June is as follows : AFC Sudbury, Billericay Town, Bognor Regis Town, Burgess Hill Town, Canvey Island, Dulwich Hamlet, Enfield Town, Folkestone Invicta, Grays Athletic, Harlow Town, Harrow Borough, Havant & Waterlooville, Hendon, Kingstonian, Leatherhead, Leiston, Lowestoft Town, Merstham, Metropolitan Police, Needham Market, Staines Town, Tonbridge Angels, Wingate & Finchley and Worthing.

Click the link below for the full line ups from Step 1 to Step 4.

Club Allocations 2016-17

Posted at 19:55

Thursday 12 May - Under 13s Cup Final on Sunday

Our under 13 side who play in the Watford Friendly League have a cup final on Sunday afternoon.

They face Olympiacos in the Watford Friendly League Spring Cup Final, kicking off at 1.30pm at Harvesters FC, Oaklands Lane, Smallford, near St Albans, AL4 0HR.

All supporters are welcome to attend.

Posted at 11:10

Monday 09 May - Another bumper Snowball payout

Saturday's awards night saw the club bring the snowball draws for this year up to date, with a large sum of money paid out, including the largest prize pot to date of £495 for April.

The full list of winners can be found on the Snowball Page, but first prizes of around £300 were scooped by ball numbers 99, 191, 200 and 218, while around £150 was picked up by the holders of each of the numbers 1, 59, 66 and 84.

We thank everyone who's entered in the past and continues to do so and would encourage you to share the draw with your friends and family - the Snowball Draw in December is currently on course to be over £1200 with your odds of winning the jackpot being far better than the chances of winning around £100 in the National Lotto draw.

Posted at 23:45

Monday 09 May - Thanks to Harrow Borough

The past three seasons have been made much easier thanks to the help and support from our friends at Harrow Borough.

In no particular order we would like to thank Peter Rogers, the Directors, Officials, Steve Watkins, Ray Watkins, Leanne, all the Clubhouse staff, bar members and users, Peter Webber, Babs & Bob in the Tea Bar, Alfie and the Ballboys, all the supporters, our wonderful friends at the Tanglewood Monday Club, local residents and everyone connected with or associated to the club for their friendship and support and for making us so welcome throughout our three season stay at Earlsmead.

We look forward to welcoming them to Silver Jubilee Park next season and in the years to come as well as returning to Earlsmead, simply as the away side.

Posted at 17:09

Saturday 07 May - Silver Jubilee Park recommended for C grade

We are delighted to announce that Silver Jubilee Park has been recommended for a C grade, following a visit from the FA ground graders yesterday.

This means that once all the paperwork has been completed, we will be able to play all our home games at SJP. This should happen shortly.

An awful lot of hard work has gone into bringing our new home up to the appropriate standard to enable us to play Ryman League Premier Division football there, not least from Rob Morris who has masterminded the upgrade, and has spent many many hours working hard, along with Tom Stockman.

We would also like to thank all those supporters, players and contractors who have contributed to the work.

However, the hard work doesn't stop here. This is just the beginning of a new chapter in the club's history. We now need to work hard to lay the foundations for our future.

As our twitter feed mentioned yesterday, the move to SJP will bring us back to within a Curtis Warmington clearance of our spiritual home, and we need to begin reaching out to past and potential supporters.

We can only do this by everyone pulling together. Remember - Hendon Football Club belongs to the supporters - so please spread the word, invite people along, and if you have any ideas for fundraising or collaborations that'll raise the club's profile, please speak to any member of the trust board or association committee.

After eight years living a nomadic existence, we have a fantastic opportunity to grow Hendon Football Club.

Posted at 20:31

Saturday 07 May - End of season awards announced

The end of season awards have been announced at tonight's event at Silver Jubilee Park.

The Supporters Player of the Year is Dave Diedhiou, who also received an award to recognise his 300th appearance for the club a few weeks ago. Dave also won the Managements Player of the Year.

The Players Player of the Year is Ollie Sprague, who was a near ever-present in the line up, and made his 100th appearance towards the end of the season.

The Young Supporter of the Year is Joe Oliver McCann, who is regularly at games, both home and away, whilst Rob Morris has won the Supporter of the Year award in recognition of his hard work at Silver Jubilee Park and around the club.

The clubman of the year award went to supporter Alex Barrett, and the chairman's award went to Lyn Etchell, who does so much to support our secretary, Graham, and also as one of our boardroom hosts on matchdays.

Posted at 20:30

Saturday 07 May - Under 18s in play-off action

The under 18s season has yet to finish - as they have three games to play in the Eastern Junior Alliance League Play Offs.

They face Thurrock, Buckhurst Hill and Cambridge City over the next couple of weeks, beginning with a trip to Thurrock on Thursday evening - the game kicks off at 7.45pm at Ship Lane. The other two games take place at 1.30pm on Sunday 15th May and Sunday 22nd May, both at Hullbridge Sports FC. Admission to the play off games is £3.50 if anyone is able to go along and support our youngsters - some of whom have played a part in the first team's relegation fight over the past couple of months.

Posted at 10:45

Thursday 05 May - Gary furious at final performance

Gary McCann was raging after Hendon's 2-0 London Senior Cup final defeat against Tooting & Mitcham United on Wednesday night.

"The performance is even more disappointing than losing the game," he said. "It was a Cup Final so normally getting over the line is the only thing that matters. But this performance was just so unacceptable.

"After the game, I spoke to their manager, shook him by the hand and congratulated him. Tooting thoroughly deserved to win the game 2-0.

"Too many of our players had very poor games and to have only one effort on target - Casey Maclaren's header - tells its own story. We had a great chance to score when it was still 1-0 and it might have been a different story if that had gone in.

"It is now time for evaluation of the whole squad. I have a lot of work to in considering everyone in every position and deciding on the way forward. This has been my most difficult season yet and I consider it a complete write off."

Posted at 18:26

Wednesday 04 May - Cup final disappointment

The first team's season ended in disappointment as Tooting & Mitcham United deservedly ran out 2-0 winners in the London Senior Cup Final - gaining revenge for last year's defeat.

Both goals came in the second half, the first after 65 minutes, and the second two minutes from time from the penalty spot.

The star man for the Greens was Joe Wright, who made a number of important saves, whilst at the other end Kezie Ibe and Casey Maclaren had the best chances to score.

A full report on the game will hopefully be online in the next few days.

Posted at 22:09

Sunday 01 May - End of season awards on Saturday

The End of Season Awards takes place at Silver Jubilee Park on Saturday evening, with the main event starting at 7:00pm.

Before that there will be a match between the youth management and youth supporters at 5:00pm, followed by a youth training session on the pitch.

All supporters are welcome to attend, and the youth teams that have won honours this season will be in attendance.

Posted at 17:23

Sunday 01 May - Cup final on Wednesday

The first team have one final game to play this season as they face Tooting & Mitcham United in the London Senior Cup Final - a repeat of last year's final. Last year the Greens ran out 3-2 winners after extra time, despite having to play 50 minutes with ten men. Aaron Morgan (2) and Kezie Ibe were on the scoresheet.

This is the 14th time the Greens have appeared in the final of the competition, and the 7th in eleven seasons, winning it five times so far. As well as last year's win, the cup was won in 1964 (1-0 v Enfield), 1969 (1-0 v Dagenham), 2009 (2-2 v Croydon Athletic - won 3-1 on penalties) and 2012 (2-0 v Kingstonian).

The defeats in the final came in 1936 (0-1 v Walthamstow Avenue), 1951 (3-4 v Bromley), 1955 (2-3 v Walthamstow Avenue), 1959 (2-5 v Tooting & Mitcham United), 1972 (0-2 v Enfield), 2006 (2-3 v Fisher Athletic), 2008 (2-3 v Tooting & Mitcham United), 2011 (1-3 v Wingate & Finchley).

The squad are continuing to train during the ten day break since the defeat at Bognor Regis Town, and Gary McCann is hoping that one or two of the injured players will be in contention for a place in the matchday squad.

The game takes place at Metropolitan Police's Imber Court ground, and kicks off at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening.

Posted at 08:37

Monday 25 April - Gary pleased with second half resilience

Gary McCann felt his team had shown great pride and resilience in the face of adversity at Bognor Regis Town on Saturday. He said, "It was extremely tough for us against a very good team with everything still to play for.

"I think it was a game too far for us after the effort we had put in the previous week. Three games in five days was too much for quite a few of the players, and the injury to Casey proved that.

"We had so many players unavailable, through work or injuries, that we had only 14 available - neither Finbarr Robins nor Tony Taggart (who was to run 4hrs 22mins in his first Marathon the following day) would have been used except in the direst of emergencies - and with Ben Pattie being ill, Scott Cousins was the third substitute after 18-year-old Brandon Adams and 16-year-old Nyv Bogaire.

"Sam Flegg, Omar Vassell and Adam Wallace all had work commitments, and as well as Pattie's illness, Robins and Oliver Achille were both nursing injuries enough for them not to be available. Given the choice, I would have rested both Chris Seeby and Maclaren.

"I must give huge credit to the squad for the way they stood up to Bognor in the second half. When we went in at half-time trailing 3-0 I told the players we could be looking a big defeat, but they showed great heart, pride and resilience in going toe-to-toe with them in the second half and only conceded in the last minute.

"But our defensive frailities, which have been our downfall so often this season, showed up again in the first half. All three goals were preventable on our part. We also had a really good chance of getting an equaliser at 1-0 down. Who knows how the game would have gone, if we had got back on level terms?

"We now have 10 clear days to prepare for the London Senior Cup final. I hope to have a number of players back for the game. If we can retain the trophy we won last season, it will be a fantastic end to this season."

Posted at 17:36

Monday 25 April - Under 18s win Eastern Junior Alliance

The under 18s were celebrating yesterday after they won the Eastern Junior Alliance Brown Division title following their 3-1 win at St Albans City. That result, coupled with Barton Rovers going down to a surprise 4-1 defeat at bottom side Wingate & Finchley, ensured that our youngsters secured the title with a game to spare. The outstanding game at Wingate will not be played.

Meanwhile, in the Ryman Youth League West Division, they have one game left, tomorrow evening at home to Northwood, but regardless of the result, they will finish in a very creditable 4th place in their first season in the competition. Staines Town won the league last week.

It has been a successful season for the under 18s, with 16 year old Keagan Cole being a regular starter for the first team during the run in, whilst Nyv Bogaire, Oliver Achille and Kieran Warren have also made appearances for the senior side.

We are very grateful to those supporters who have been able to attend some of their games this season - and all are welcome to attend the game tomorrow evening at Silver Jubilee Park.

Congratulations go to manager Richie Campbell, his coaching staff and all the players on their achievements this season.

Posted at 13:30

Saturday 23 April - Well beaten at Bognor

The first team were well beaten 4-0 by Bognor Regis Town this afternoon as the hosts secured the runners-up spot on the final day of the season.

Jason Prior opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, Alfie Rutherford doubled the lead in the 25th minute before Prior scored his second shortly before half-time. The final goal was scored by Connor Tighe in the 89th minute.

Posted at 23:09

Saturday 23 April - Gary and Freddie elated by midweek win

Gary McCann and Freddie Hyatt could not hide their joy after winning at Burgess Hill on Wednesday night.

Hyatt noted, "All the boys put in a big shift and we defended very well. A big pat on the back all off the back four and goalkeeper.

"It was a very good team performance."

McCann, looking at the bigger picture, admitted, "I am delighted with the result that makes us safe. It has taken five or six games longer than I - or anyone at the club - wanted.

"We knew, with Farnborough being demoted, that fourth from bottom would mean safety, but I still consider that finishing in 21st place would have been a failure. I told the players and they have responded to me.

"The four points we have taken from the last two matches has taken a huge effort. We have had a number of players who have gone through it in the past couple of weeks, battling illness and injuries, still turning out and giving me their all. It has been a season that has drained us mentally and physically.

"In terms of the squad we were down to the barest of bones. So I have had to rely on a number of very young players. They have not let me down.

"This means that we can go down to Bognor Regis Town on Saturday and enjoy ourselves. We know it is going to be a very difficult game for us, but it will be on one of the best pitches in the league and against one of the best teams too.

"However, we won't have the added burden of looking over our shoulders or wondering about other games.

"All in all, this has probably been the most difficult season in my 11 years in management. Personally and professionally, there has been so much to deal with over the past nine months and there have been some very dark days.

"I would dispute the observation from anyone that we have underperformed as a team this season. We have had the heart and soul of the team missing this year and for a multitude of reasons; in fact only three players have been consistently available all season last year and this - Ollie Sprague, Dave Diedhiou and Kezie Ibe.

"But now we finish the season at Bognor and, 10 days later, can look forward to another London Senior Cup Final. If we can retain the London Senior Cup, all in all, the season won't have been a failure."

Posted at 08:50

Thursday 21 April - Gary reflects on Billericay draw

When asked if he was satisfied or disappointed with a point from the Billericay match, Gary McCann admitted, “When the final whistle blew I was disappointed to have only drawn.

"But, when we had been lining up to face that penalty at 1-0 down, I would have been delighted with a point. I am not sure we would have been able to come back from going 2-0 down at that stage of the game.

"In the first part of the first half we had to defend well, but we then got much better as the half went on. We were the better team in the final 20 minutes of the first half.

"In fact, in terms of a complete performance, I think it was one our best for a few months. Even in the second half, when Billericay had a big territorial advantage, we made sure they didn’t create too many chances.

"There were two huge individual positives on the night. First, Chris Seeby came back and played well in his first competitive match for almost 15 months. He looked like he had never been away and the goal he scored was as sweetly struck as you could have wished for.

"Second, you don't get Hollywood scripts in football, but if Dave Diedhiou had scored with his diving header in the 89th minute, it would have been a Hollywood ending to his 300th match for Hendon. It has been an honour and a pleasure to work with and manage Dave in the past eight seasons."

Posted at 18:23

Wednesday 20 April - Three points at Burgess Hill

The first team ensured that they would finish outside of the bottom four tonight as they won 1-0 at Burgess Hill Town.

The goal came in the 83rd minute when the Burgess Hill keeper fumbled a cross from Mahrez Bettache against one of his defenders, and the ball bounced into the net off another defender for an own goal to secure the points for the travelling Greens.

Posted at 22:27

Wednesday 20 April - 100th appearance for Ollie Sprague

This evening sees another player reach a milestone, with Ollie Sprague making his 100th first team appearance at Burgess Hill Town.

Ollie made his debut two years and one day ago, in a 3-2 defeat to Grays Athletic whilst on a dual registration from Northwood, his only appearance that season.

He joined the club permanently in the summer of 2014, and has made the number 3 shirt his own over the past two years with a string of impressive performances, scoring twice before tonight's game.

Ollie is yet another player to make at least 100 appearances under Gary McCann, and we hope that there are many more to come.

Posted at 19:12

Monday 18 April - Improved Greens pick up a point

In a game that saw Dave Diedhiou make his 300th appearance, and Chris Seeby return from over a year out injured, the first team picked up a creditable point against Billericay Town in a 1-1 draw.

Tom Derry gave the visitors the lead in the 39th minute, and shortly afterwards Glenn Poole missed a chance to double the lead as he slammed a penalty against the base of the post.

Play moved down the other end, and the Billericay keeper cleared the ball, only to see Seeby smash it back over his head into the net from fully 45 yards.

The second period saw the Greens look the brighter but unable to secure the final ball, and both sides had to be satisfied with a point.

The Greens go into the final two away games knowing that their Premier Division status was secured at the weekend, with Brentwood Town now joining Lewes and VCD Athletic in being relegated, and Farnborough having been effectively relegated early in the season due to financial irregularities.

Posted at 21:48

Monday 18 April - Dave Diedhiou makes 300th appearance

Dave Diedhiou has become the 21st player to make 300 first team appearances for the club having been named in the starting line up this evening.

Dave originally joined the club as a 19 year old from Middlesex County League side Willesden Constantine in the summer of 2008, and made his debut as a substitute at Sutton United that August. Just a few weeks later, he was the last Hendon player to score at Claremont Road in the final game there against Wealdstone, this being his first goal for the club.

His appearances in the first season were limited, and he spent a fair amount of the campaign away on loan with Wembley. However, he returned at the beginning of the 2009/10 season, and other than when injuries have got in the way, he has been a very important member of the squad, particularly given his abilities to play both in defence and in midfield.

Always happy to play wherever Gary McCann has asked him too, Dave has also contributed to the goal tally, scoring 35 goals before tonight's game. His most prolific season was the 2013/14 campaign when he scored 9 goals.

The other players to have made at least 300 appearances are Dexter Adams, John Baker, George Bucci, James Burgess, Alan Campbell, Simon Clarke, Micky Cooper, Peter Deadman, Dermot Drummy, Bill Fisher, Rod Haider, Gary Hand, David Hogwood, Andy O'Brien, James Parker, Jimmy Quail, Dave Root, Roy Stroud, John Swannell and Laurie Topp.

Everyone connected with the club congratulates Dave on reaching the milestone of 300 appearances, and we all hope that there are many more to come.

Posted at 19:48

Monday 18 April - Tonight's game goes ahead

We are pleased to announce that the pitch at Earlsmead has recovered enough to allow this evening's final home game of the season to go ahead as planned. Kick off for the game against Billericay Town will be at 7:45pm

Posted at 13:24

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