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Friday 04 September - New date for Farnborough game

Our home game against Farnborough will now be played at Earlsmead on Tuesday 3rd November, kick off 7:45pm.

Posted at 17:22

Thursday 03 September - Under 18s lose at Bedfont Sports

Our under 18s were in action tonight and were beaten 3-1 at Bedfont Sports.

The home side took the lead early in the first half before the young Greens equalised with a fine free kick. Bedfont scored twice in the second half to secure the points.

A full report will be available in the next few days.

Posted at 23:02

Thursday 03 September - Two fixture changes

Our home game against Farnborough, due to be played on Monday 21st September, has been postponed. This is because Farnborough have been ordered to play a Hampshire Senior Cup tie the following evening which takes precedence over league games. A new date for this game will be announced in due course.

Also, our home Alan Turvey Trophy (League Cup) tie against Kingstonian has been moved back 24 hours and will now be played at Earlsmead on Tuesday 6th October.

Posted at 17:07

Thursday 03 September - FA Cup admission details

We have agreed the admission prices for our FA Cup tie at AFC Sudbury a week on Saturday. They will be £9 adults and £6 concessions.

If a replay is required, it will take place at Earlsmead on Monday 14th September, kick off 7.45pm, and our normal admission prices of £10 adults, £5 concessions and £1 for under 16s will apply. Please remember that season tickets are not able to be used for cup ties.

Some supporters have enquired as to whether there will be a coach going to the game. A decision will be made early next week as to whether one will run.

Posted at 12:25

Tuesday 01 September - Details on tonight's practice game

Wealdstone ran out 3-1 winners in this evening's practice game at Silver Jubilee Park. The game gave Gary McCann a chance to give some of the squad players some much needed minutes, as well as taking a look at trialists.

The Stones were 2-0 ahead at half time, and extended the lead further before Jake Cass scored a consolation late on.

Starting XI : Melvin Minter, Sam Flegg, Tony Taggart, Ben Frempah, Elliott Brathwaite, Jake Cass, Charlie Kuehn, Max McCann, Mahrez Bettache, Aryan Tajkabhsh, Aaron Morgan. Used subs : Shawn Nikki Clement Peter, Denis Meta, Dave Diedhiou. Unused sub : Scott Cousins.

Posted at 21:21

Tuesday 01 September - Gary reacts to bank holiday games

Hendon manager Gary McCann was very frustrated after the two defeats over the Bank Holiday weekend.

"They say a week is a long time in football," he said, "well, our week has been a very long one. We lost three times and I don't think we deserved to lose any of them, but we didn't do enough to gain three points in any of them either.

"The discipline issue is a real problem at the moment. Dissent is completely unacceptable and we already have a punishment system in place for dissent cautions, but it does not seem to be enough. We will be addressing this as a matter of urgency.

"The two red cards we have had this season have both been the result of players being frustrated, and there is no excuse for them either. The first one, for Aaron Morgan against Enfield Town, was very thoughtless, but the one for Sam Murphy on Saturday was even worse.

"We have to find the balance between aggression and going too far, but we also have to be much cuter in those moments. I thought the foul on Sam might have been a red card offence, but his retaliation - although it was only a push - did see him raise his hands and that is an automatic red card, so I have no complaints about it. I do think the Leiston player over-reacted, but that is not the point.

"Scott Shulton has got a golf-ball-sized lump on his shin as a result of the challenge on him, but he should not have complained in the way that he did.

"I thought that, until Sam got sent off, we were going to get something out of the game at Leiston. I wasn#t sure we would win the game, but we could easily have got a point as we were on top. Once we were down to 10 men, it was a different matter.

"As for the game against Harrow Borough, we spoke in the dressing room before the game about our discipline and it was much better. Unfortunately, in the match we were lacking in attack and I don’t think we made their goalkeeper work once in the game.

"The penalty was very unfortunate. The ball came off Russell Short's head and hit Dave Diedhiou on the arm a yard behind him.

"It was one of those handballs that you see given and not given as often as each other. When things are going your way, the decision would not be a penalty, but where we are at, at the moment, the penalty was given.

"Another example of the way things have been going for us recently is the injury that Ollie Sprague picked up in the warm-up yesterday. He had to drop out at the last moment, so Mark Kirby came into the side and Dave Diedhiou had to move to play at left-back, which was far from ideal.

"We are going to continue to work hard and, in no shape or form, feel sorry for ourselves . We will have more players back available for our next match on Saturday so competition for places will be at a premium."

Posted at 19:04

Monday 31 August - Practice match against Wealdstone tomorrow

We are hosting a practice match tomorrow evening at Silver Jubilee Park against Wealdstone to give returning players and squad players some match time. Kick off will be at 7.30pm and all are welcome to attend.

Posted at 21:15

Monday 31 August - Harrow win Earlsmead derby

The first team put in a disciplined but ultimately fruitless performance this afternoon as they lost 1-0 to landlords Harrow Borough in the first Earlsmead derby of the season.

The pitch had once again been made slick by the morning rain, and the opening exchanges were even. However, as the half went on Harrow looked the more likely to score and they were rewarded when a Hendon defender handled in the area, and Marc Charles-Smith stepped up to convert.

The Greens had plenty of possession in the second half, but found Harrow's defence in fine form restricting them to shots off target. The best chance fell to Mahrez Bettache who saw his effort fly narrowly wide and high of the goal.

Posted at 21:14

Sunday 30 August - Hendon Green & Gold 46 - David Hyde

Today's featured player is the last of the four players to have netted 100 goals in their Hendon career and the single-season goalscoring record-holder - David Hyde.

David Hyde joined Hendon at the start of the 1963-64 season, leaving Enfield along with Roy Sleap and Jimmy Quail. He had the attributes for a forward: strength, pace and one of the most powerful shots in football. He was also a good crosser of the ball and created almost as many goals as he scored. His debut came in the opening league game victory over Clapton and he netted his first goals - a double - on the Tuesday night when Ilford were beaten 7-1. Hendon were scoring goals for fun at the start of their Isthmian life and Dulwich Hamlet were the most harshly treated, conceding 19. David scored three as the Greens triumphed 10-1 at Claremont Road on the second Saturday, although he was outdone by four-goal Gerry O'Rourke. But in the return at Champion Hill, on the Saturday after Christmas, he bagged five in a 9-1 victory.

Almost uniquely that season, in the Isthmian League Hendon scored everything from nil to 10, but didn't win a game 1-0. It was a nearly season, with only the London Senior Cup won - Enfield beaten 1-0 in the final thanks to another O'Rourke goal - but the Greens were runners-up behind Wimbledon. In all David played in all but four matches and scored 37 goals - two fewer than O'Rourke.

However, great the 2014-15 season will end up for Hendon, it won't match 1964-65. The Greens won the Isthmian League championship - after a play-off against Enfield - the Amateur Cup - the era's equivalent of the FA Trophy - the Middlesex Senior Cup, reached the FA Cup first round proper and beat a strong Arsenal team in the London Challenge Cup.

David was at the centre of all the big events for Hendon. His club-record - one that will probably never be beaten - 59 goals, in 54 appearances, included a hat-trick in that memorable 4-3 win at Highbury, the only goal in a 2-1 loss to Port Vale at Vale Park in the FA Cup, two goals in the Amateur Cup Final and the first in the play-off at Dulwich's Champion Hill. Only in the Middlesex Senior Cup final did he miss out - Peter Slade got the only goal - but David grabbed four in an 8-0 win over Hounslow and both in the 2-1 defeat of Enfield in earlier rounds. The eye-catching totals earned David international recognition. He won four England Amateur caps and marked his debut against Wales with four goals.

Neither David, nor Hendon, could match their feats in 1965-66, though things started brightly for both player and team: he netted a hat-trick in the 8-3 opening game victory over Clapton and scored in seven of the first nine Isthmian League matches; the Greens won the first eight but then were held to a 1-1 draw by Wycombe Wanderers. It should be noted that Hendon, as well as playing on every Saturday and in midweek, added two prestigious friendlies to their schedule - an August Bank Holiday game against Whitley Bay for the Will Mather Cup and a game against the England Amateur XI. Maybe the stress of so many games caused Hendon to lose form, but it didn't help that David missed around one-third of the remaining 29 league matches. The Greens finished runners-up in the Isthmian League, two points behind champions Leytonstone. Their only consolation was being the top scorers in the division with 111 goals. After his flying start to the campaign, David's contribution was 'only' 10 in his last 20 League matches - overall he netted 22 times in 40 appearances. He did play in the Amateur Cup final at Wembley in April 1966, but Hendon were beaten 3-1 by Wealdstone. Future Hendon star Bobby Childs netted twice, the Greens' goal came from centre-half Geoff Riddy. One of the cup-ties David missed was the Middlesex Senior Cup semi-final replay against Wealdstone.

At the end of the season, David turned professional and signed for Wimbledon, who had joined the Southern League after winning the 1964 Isthmian League championship. He then moved to Brentwood Town, but returned to Claremont Road in April 1969 playing for the 1965 Amateur Cup winning-team against the then current squad. Later that year, now with Cambridge City, he played against the Greens in an FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie, but could not score as Hendon triumphed 1-0 at Claremont Road.

Joined Hendon: Summer 1963. Left Hendon: Spring 1966

Appearances: 140 (all starts). Goals: 118

Winners' medals won: FA Amateur Cup 1964-65, Isthmian League 1964-65, London Senior Cup 1963-64, Middlesex Senior Cup, 1964-65

Posted at 10:46

Saturday 29 August - Greens let down by poor discipline

The first team let themselves down with poor discipline this afternoon, with Sam Murphy being needlessly sent off for retaliation midway through the second half. Alongside the dismissal, Scott Shulton picked up his fourth booking of the campaign, and his third of the season for dissent, leaving him just one caution away from a suspension.

Sadly, until the red card both sides seemed more intent on trying to do the referee's job rather than trying to play football, which made for a poor spectacle for those in attendance.

The home side took the lead in the 25th minute when Gareth Heath found the back of the net in what was an evenly matched half. After the red card, the Greens dominated possession and played really well, but were unable to find the final ball.

The final nail in the coffin came as the game moved into stoppage time when Patrick Brothers saw his cross from the left wing fly over Joe Wright to ensure that Leiston took the three points to remain top of the table, having dropped just two points so far this season.

If the squad want to ensure they are in the hunt for promotion this season, they need to take a long hard look at their discipline, and concentrate playing football the right way to ensure they return to winning ways against Harrow Borough on Monday afternoon.

Posted at 17:22

Saturday 29 August - It's AFC Sudbury in the FA Cup

We will be travelling to AFC Sudbury in the FA Cup, who ran out 4-0 winners at home to Ware this afternoon. The game will be played on Saturday 12th September, kicking off at 3.00pm.

Posted at 17:13

Saturday 29 August - London Senior Cup draw released

The London Senior Cup draw has been released, and we will begin our defence in the second round at home to Cray Valley Paper Mills. The tie is likely to take place sometime in November or December and the date will be confirmed in due course.

Last season our opponents, who play in the South East Counties League, reached the semi-finals where they lost 1-0 at Tooting & Mitcham United having beaten Tower Hamlets, Metropolitan Police and Wingate & Finchley.

The full second round draw is as follows

Tooting & Mitcham United v Haringey Borough or Erith Town

Harrow Borough v Tower Hamlets or Beckenham Town

Redbridge or Barking v VCD Athletic or Clapton

London Bari or Metropolitan Police v Thamesmead Town or AFC Wimbledon

Greenhouse Sports v Croydon or Welling UNited

Hendon v Cray Valley Paper Mills

Corinthian Casuals or AFC Croydon Athletic v Dulwich Hamlet or Erith & Belvedere

Fisher or Wingate & Finchley v Hanwell Town or Cockfosters

Posted at 10:35

Friday 28 August - League Cup draw

The draw for the second round of the Alan Turvey Trophy sponsored by Robert Dyas has been made, and we have been drawn at home to Kingstonian. The tie will be played on Monday 5th October at Earlsmead.

Chatham Town v Sittingbourne

Corinthian-Casuals v Carshalton Athletic

Dorking Wanderers v Burgess Hill Town

Dulwich Hamlet v Staines Town

Enfield Town v Cheshunt

Farnborough or Lewes v Three Bridges

Faversham Town v Folkestone Invicta

Grays Athletic v East Thurrock United

Great Wakering Rovers v Thurrock or Aveley

Hendon v Kingstonian

Maldon & Tiptree v Leiston

Needham Market or Heybridge Swifts v Soham Town Rangers or Brightlingsea Regent

Tonbridge Angels v Hastings United

Tooting & Mitcham United v Metropolitan Police

Waltham Abbey or AFC Hornchurch v Wingate & Finchley

Walton Casuals v Walton & Hersham

Posted at 10:56

Thursday 27 August - League Statement - Farnborough FC

The Ryman League have issued a statement regarding Farnborough FC following an Appeal Board hearing that took place today.

The statement says "The Appeal Board of the League met today (Thursday) and heard a charge against Farnborough FC that it had varied the terms of the CVA and failed to provide notice of the application to the League.

"The Board decided that the appropriate sanction was to apply Rule 14 B.1 so that the Club will be relegated by one Step unless by the time of the 2016 AGM it has paid £1,254,263 to the creditors.

"The Club is therefore free to commence its fixtures on Saturday 29 August at home to Lewes FC."

Posted at 18:25

Wednesday 26 August - Under 18s earn debut win

Our new under 18 side came away with a comfortable 3-0 win in their Ryman Youth League debut against Aldershot Town this evening.

In front of a crowd of just over 50, the young Greens put on an excellent team performance, with Joe Patrick, Kareem Bandaogo and Kris Gecaj on the scoresheet. Jeremie Agholor and Junior Okeyke who both appeared for the first team in the friendly at St Neots Town were involved in the game this evening.

A more detailed report can be found by going to the youth team's own news page, which can be found by .

Next up for the squad is a trip to Bedfont Sports on Thursday 3rd September.

Posted at 22:41

Tuesday 25 August - Under 18s to make league debut tomorrow

Our new U18 side will be making their Ryman Youth League debut at Silver Jubilee Park against Aldershot Town tomorrow evening.

The game will kick off at 7.45pm, and admission is £3 for all adults, and £1 for under 16s.

We hope that some of our supporters will be able to come along and see our youngsters in action.

Posted at 17:40

Tuesday 25 August - Coach seats available to Leiston

There are coach seats available to Saturday's game at Leiston, priced at £12 each and will be picking up from Silver Jubilee Park and South Mimms Services.

Any supporters wishing to travel on the coach should email the club on admin@hendonfc.net by 10pm on Thursday at the latest to secure their seat. Departure times will be advised upon receipt of your email.

Posted at 17:33

Tuesday 25 August - Gary critical of squad following defeat

Gary McCann was critical of his team's showing against East Thurrock United last night. He said, "I was very disappointed to lose the game, especially so late in the contest. I thought we didn't deserve to lose, but anything more than a draw would have felt a little unjust.

"It is always a kick in the teeth to lose to a late goal, but some defeats can be a wake-up call and I hope this will be one of them.

"I was very critical of the boys in the dressing room at half-time. East Thurrock were better than us all over the pitch. Too many of our players under-performed.

"It took us half an hour to come to terms with the pitch, but we were much better when we equalised and in the second half. The winning goal was the result of terrible defending and I have not said that much this season.

"I am not going to use this as an excuse for the defeat, but this observation played its part. We were victims of the Farnborough situation. I don't blame East Thurrock at all, but they sat at home on Saturday without a game while we had a long trip to Needham Market, then played on a baking hot day.

"Some of the players left home at 9.00 on Saturday morning and didn't get back until 9.00 in the evening, then they had one day's rest before going off to work, then straight to football. This was one of the reasons I decided to re-energise the team after Saturday's demanding game and East Thurrock's enforced rest.

"Also the difference in the two pitches was massive. On Saturday, it was slow, thick and very lush; at Earlsmead, because of all the rain, the pitch was lightning quick, and the surface was greasy and slippery. Too many players lost their footing, but this was also due to the footwear they chose to use.

"We now require a positive reaction from the team."

Posted at 17:31

Monday 24 August - Greens defeated by East Thurrock

The first team's long league unbeaten run came to an end this evening as East Thurrock United won 2-1 at Earlsmead. The last time the Greens lost in the league was on 31st January at Peacehaven & Telscombe, since when the squad had remained unbeaten in 21 league fixtures. It is also the first home league defeat since the end of August 2014, when Enfield Town were the victors.

The Rocks took the lead in the 25th minute through Lewis Smith, before Sam Murphy equalised from the penalty spot eleven minutes later. The winner game deep into stoppage time when Smith found the back of the net again.

Next up for the Greens is the long trip to Leiston on Saturday afternoon, when they will be keen to ensure they bounce back from tonight's disappointment.

Posted at 21:44

Monday 24 August - FA Cup Draw released

The FA Cup draw has been made today and we will travel to the winners of the Preliminary Round tie between AFC Sudbury and Ware.

AFC Sudbury and Ware are playing their tie on Saturday afternoon, and the First Qualifying Round takes place two weeks later on Saturday 12th September.

Posted at 14:15

Sunday 23 August - Gary delighted with performance

Gary McCann could not hide his delight at the performance. He said, "I am delighted with the way that we played and the result. I thought it was a performance of real quality and we dominated the match throughout.

"It was a baking hot day and I made it clear to the players before the game that it was our remit to keep possesssion and we did it brilliantly, especially in the 15 or so minutes before half time.

"Our half time talk was to emphasise to the players that we had to keep our discipline and concentration. To also be ruthless when the chances were presented to us. In that period at the end of the first half I thought we should have been more than two goals to the good.

"What pleased me was the performance of every player, including Joe Wright who made two really good saves. I was delighted with the way he reacted after making that save from a header late in the second half."

Posted at 21:40

Sunday 23 August - Hendon Green & Gold 45 - Richard Wilmot

The player today is one whose bravery was maybe greater than any of the recent era, goalkeeper Richard Wilmot.

We first came across Richard Wilmot when he played for Hitchin Town in the Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League. He was one of the most affable goalkeepers around, and he had talent, too, as he was signed by Mansfield Town. It didn't work out for him and he returned to the south Midlands and Hitchin, though he also had a spell at Stevenage Borough

He was an excellent 'keeper, on more than one occasion earning points for his team with top performances against the Greens. Very tall and athletic, the nickname "Stretch" seemed entirely appropriate. Gary McCann's injury meant he was unavailable at the start of the 2000–01 season and Andy Iga lost form, so manager Frank Murphy hunted around for a goalkeeper. Hitchin had three and they considered Richard to be their third-choice, so he came to Hendon for a month. Richard was also one of three police officers in the Greens' line-up - probationer Jon Daly and Paul Towler, both in the Met - and Richard, based in Stevenage.

Richard did well enough in the first month for the loan to be extended for a second month and then a third - the maximum permitted under the loan rules of the time. A trip to Carshalton was the last game of the loan spell, but it proved to be his final game for quite a while. Already trailing 1-0, Richard raced of his line to deal with danger from Jamie Pace and the two collided. He has subsequently revealed that he knew immediately that his arm was badly injured - probably broken - but he stayed on the pitch. Think about this for a moment: a goalkeeper, in the final game of a loan spell, breaks his arm and refuses to come off. It was 100 percent insanity, 100 percent loyalty and 100 percent bravery. By half-time, the pain was too much, so he was packed off to hospital to get the break confirmed, while Bontcho Guentchev took over in goal, and Hendon came back to win 2-1. Come the end of the season, and although Gary was back playing, he had to be nursed through games and could not play three times a week. Richard was released and returned to Hendon for the final few weeks. Unfortunately, he then injured his groin, so Hendon finished the season with two crocked goalkeepers - both, semi-mobile at best, had a half in a loss at Gravesend & Northfleet.

Fast forward to 2006 and Gary, now the manager, was looking for an experienced goalkeeper, who could look after a very inexperienced team in front of him. The Greens had been reprieved from relegation during the summer and the team went through a difficult few months to start the season, failing to win any of the first 11 League games, and they had just two points on the board before they went to Walton & Hersham and won 2-0. It was the start of a remarkable turnaround. Richard was inspiring in goal, almost single-handedly defying some teams as the Greens found ways to snatch wins and points. Not only were his performances frequently top-quality, he was respected and trusted in equal amounts by the defenders in front of him and their performances also improved. Unsurprisingly, Richard's form was recognised by the fans and he finished the season with the Supporters Association Player of the Year in 2007. Hendon, in the end, finished just below half-way, 19 points clear of Worthing, who were the highest-placed Ryman League Premier Division club relegated. Richard was a League ever-present and missed only one cup-tie in what was to be his only full season for Hendon.

He celebrated his 38th birthday early in 2007-08 season, but 20+ years of goalkeeping were catching with up him and injuries took longer to heal, and he played in only 33 games. Richard was in goal, however, for the London Senior Cup final at Imber Court when Tooting & Mitcham United won 3-2, so he ended his Hendon career without any medals. He wasn't in the plans for the following season, but Luke Blackmore was injured in the second game, Joe Welch played three times and Berkley Laurencin four before Richard was recalled. He played in the final game at Claremont Road, but appeared only 10 times all season with Will Viner the main goalkeeper. Richard went on to play for AFC Sudbury before joining Barton Rovers where he eventually became part of their management team, leaving at the end of last season.

Joined Hendon: August 2000 (loan), March 2001, Summer 2006. Left Hendon: November 2000 (loan ended), May 2001, Autumn 2008

Appearances: 114 (all starts)

Supporters Association Player of the Year: 2006-07

Posted at 08:38

Saturday 22 August - Comfortable win at Needham Market

The first team had a successful first visit to Needham Market this afternoon as they came away 3-0 winners.

It was another professional performance from the Greens, and they took the lead early on when Leon Smith latched on to a long ball to score. Midway through the first half Aaron Morgan took advantage of a poor backpass to double the lead.

The final goal came in the 72nd minute when Scott Shulton fired the ball just inside the post from around 25 yards. Joe Wright was called into action late on to preserve his clean sheet as he made an excellent save from a looping header.

Posted at 16:58

Wednesday 19 August - Gary pleased with Molesey win

Gary McCann took many positives from last night's win at Molesey. He said, "I am pleased to have got through. We were very good in the first half and could have gone much further ahead than 2-0.

"And while it was still 2-0, Molesey felt they could get back into the game. They really came at us, but Melvin Minter was outstanding in goal for us.

"I could not have asked for more from him. He is going to be pushing Joe Wright all the way. It's always important to have healthy competition in all positions and Melv's performance would have made all take note.

"It was also good to get more players back. Others will be back in training later this week and this will only make us stronger."

Posted at 15:16

Wednesday 19 August - Hendon Green & Gold 43 - Lubomir Guentchev

Lubomir Guentchev was one of the reasons his father Bontcho played for Hendon. A few weeks after scoring for CSKA Sofia against Atletico Madrid in the 1998-99 UEFA Cup, Bontcho decided to return to Cricklewood, where his wife Sophia and sons Iavor and Lubo lived, as the boys were at a Premier League football club's academy. Lubo went to Ipswich Town to be part of their academy, and made three appearances out on loan at Lowestoft Town as a teenager. It didn't work out for him in Suffolk, or at FC Union in Berlin, so he returned to London, where he became a graphic design student.

The third Guentchev to make his debut (Iavor played in the last match of the previous season) Lubo's first Hendon game was as a substitute on the opening day of the 2007-08 season a goalless draw at Heybridge Swifts. A free-spirited footballer, the strict rigours of the Isthmian League meant he would often be used a substitute - indeed more than one-third of his career 166 appearances would be off the bench. But Lubo at full tilt was a joy to watch. A will-o-the-wisp midfielder, in days gone by he would have been an out-and-out winger, Lubo could beat defenders inside or outside, and he had a knack for spectacular goals.

Bontcho was back at Hendon as a player-coach, so most team-sheets contained at least one member of the Guentchev family during the 2007-08 season. The three never actually played a competitive match together, but it could not have been closer. In the Hendon vs Chelmsford City match on 12 April 2008 (Kezie Ibe was in the Clarets' line-up), Lubo started in the Greens' 2-1 victory, and Iavor replaced Ben Hudell for the final 15 minutes. As the game moved into stoppage time, Bontcho stood on the touchline waiting for the ball to go out of play. It didn't and the final whistle went before Bontcho made what would have been his only appearance of the season.

The following season must have been frustrating for Lubo because although he appeared in 31 League matches, he was a substitute 21 times and only 19 of his 44 appearances came as a starter. It was also Lubo's least prolific season in terms of goalscoring, netting just three times. It should have been four goals, however, because he should also have had the honour of scoring Hendon's last ever goal at Claremont Road. He applied the final touch to a Dave Diedhiou cross in the game against Wealdstone on 20 September 2008, but an errant assistant referee's flag - Lubo had been three or four yards behind the crosser when the ball was played across the six yard box - ruled out the goal. Hendon ended the 2008-09 campaign in the London Senior Cup final against Croydon Athletic at Kingsmeadow Stadium, and although he didn't get on during the 120 minutes, Lubo still picked up a winners medal after the Greens won 3–1 on penalties.

Fast forward 12 months and Lubo scored what was probably his finest Hendon goal in the season-ending 3-2 victory over AFC Hornchurch at Vale Farm. His lob from an acute angled sailed 15-20 feet over Darren Behcet;s head, bounced on the goalline and rose into the roof of the net. It was an outrageous piece of skill. And it wasn't the first time Lubo had picked on AFC Hornchurch because, in the reverse fixture at Bridge Avenue, he had scored a spectacular hat-trick in a pulsating 4-4 draw. The goal at Vale Farm was his ninth goal of the season, but he appeared in less than two-thirds of Hendon's matches and had a strike-rate better than one-in-four.

Lubo would have bettered his career best marks for Hendon if he had stayed for the whole of the 2010–11 season. Matching his career highs of 44 appearances and nine goals, Lowestoft Town signed him just before the transfer deadline in late March. Lubo's final Hendon game was away at Folkestone Invicta, when he replaced Diedhiou for the final 20-odd minutes. It should also be noted that he came on with Hendon trailing 1=0, but he and Darren Currie made a massive difference as the Greens rallied to win 2-1. It also says an awful lot for Lubo that, despite having already signed for the Trawlerboys, he still went down to Thamesmead when Hendon won a London Senior Cup tie later in the week tie to say goodbye to his former team-mates. Lubo spent just over a year in Suffolk before returning home to Bulgaria.

Joined Hendon: Summer 2007. Left Hendon: March 2011

Appearances: 166 (109 starts, 57 as substitute). Goals: 29

Winners medal won: London Senior Cup: 2008-09

The 44th entry in the series - Tony Jennings - was posted earlier in the summer as a tribute following his death.

Posted at 09:53

Tuesday 18 August - League Cup defence begins with a win

The first team began their defence of the Robert Dyas League Cup with a 2-0 win at Molesey this evening.

The first game between the clubs in 19 years saw the Greens take control of the game in the first half, taking the lead when Sam Murphy let fly from 20 yards in the 28th minute. Leon Smith doubled the lead ten minutes later with a fine curling effort beyond the diving keeper.

The star man in the second half was debutant keeper Melvin Minter, who made two superb saves to keep Molesey out, whilst at the other end Sam Flegg headed a corner wide, and Mahrez Bettache saw his effort smothered by the keeper.

The draw for the second round is yet to be made, and we'll announce it on the website as soon as it has been released by the league.

Posted at 23:27

Monday 17 August - Gary frustrated to see victory snatched away

Gary McCann was unsurprisingly frustrated to see the victory snatched away so late against Dulwich Hamlet on Saturday afternoon. "There is an element of disappointment with the late equaliser," he said.

"I thought we had done a superb job in controlling their danger men. Our back four, and the full-backs Sam Flegg and Ollie Sprague especially, were outstanding.

"I was pleased with the way that we kept to our plan throughout the game. We had to play with more discipline and let them have the ball, but it was only in the areas we wanted them to have it.

"Once again the resilience and commitment of the players was magnificent. Dulwich are one of the favourites for the title along with us. The way we matched them we were certainly worth the point we won.

"We have still got a lot of key members unavailable, but they will be back imminently, and we will be much stronger."

Posted at 12:35

Sunday 16 August - Dulwich Hamlet highlights and Gary McCann interview

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You can watch the highlights by signing up to a Premium Membership at Football Exclusives for just £5 a month, £2 of which comes directly back to the club.

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Posted at 20:53

Saturday 15 August - All square at Earlsmead

The first team put in another very good performance as they played out a 1-1 draw against Dulwich Hamlet in what was a closely fought game.

The first half was goalless, with chances at a premium, and the deadlock wasn't broken until the 65th minute when Scott Shulton fired home from an acute angle.

The equaliser came two minutes from time when Ashley Carew slotted home a penalty after Joe Wright had brought down a Dulwich attacker in the box.

The result means that the Greens maintain their unbeaten start to the season as they now look ahead to opening their league cup defence at Molesey on Tuesday evening.

Posted at 19:31

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