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Wednesday 30 November - Steven Cheesewright passes away

It is with sadness that we have heard of the passing of Steven Cheesewright earlier this week, who was one of our regular supporters.

Steven, who died aged just 30, had been battling cancer for the past two years, and passed away with his family at his side.

He first came to Hendon games as a youngster with his Grandad, Don, and they travelled together home and away, and Steven kept up his support right to the end, and he was able to be at the FA Cup tie at Luton a few weeks ago.

On behalf of everyone at the club, Greensnet would like to send our sympathies to Steven's family and friends at this very sad time.

Posted at 08:33

Tuesday 29 November - Outstanding team performance earns victory

An outstanding team performance ensured that Hendon picked up all three points at AFC Hornchurch this evening with a 1-0 victory.

The defensive performance was excellent, with Frank Sinclair absolutely immense in the back four. The goal, which turned out to be the winner, was scored in the 25th minute by Elliott Godfrey, but before that Sinclair was very unlucky to see his superb shot rebound off the crossbar with the Urchins keeper beaten all ends up.

Whilst AFC Hornchurch had plenty of pressure in the second half, the defence were able to soak up the pressure, and indeed it was the Greens who had the better chances in the second period, and with the defence in fine form, they were able to keep their second clean sheet in succession to secure all three points.

Posted at 22:01

Monday 28 November - Managerial change for under 15s

The under 15s have a new manager, with Tony Payne taking over with immediate effect. Unfortunately previous incumbent, Andrew Reith, had to step down at short notice last week and has had to return to Scotland unexpectedly.

We would like to give Tony a warm welcome to the club and wish him every success, and we thank Andrew for his efforts over the past few months in setting up our under 15 side.

Posted at 15:22

Monday 28 November - Under 15s beaten again

The Under 15s disappointing run of results continued yesterday as they were beaten 3-1 by Headstone Manor B. The goal for the Greens was scored by James Johnson.

Posted at 15:21

Monday 28 November - Shirt order deadline looming

The deadline for ordering your replica shirts - both home and away shirts are available - is rapidly approaching, so please place your orders soon to avoid disappointment.

Many sizes are available, including children's. We will be placing the order next week, and we are very hopeful we will be able to deliver before Christmas.

You can place your orders through the online shop, where you will see the full list of sizes available. Adult shirts are also available either as a long sleeve or short sleeve.

The deadline for placing orders is midnight on Saturday. Orders can also be taken in the club shop on Saturday afternoon.

Posted at 09:10

Monday 28 November - Over £100 raised for Nicky Morgan

We are delighted to announce that last weekend's bucket collection for Nicky Morgan, who was seriously assaulted recently, raised just over £100.

The money has been passed on to Nicky's family, and we know that it will be put to good use as he goes through the recovery process.

We would like to thank all those who kindly donated to the collection - the total far surpassed what we would normally take in the buckets on a matchday.

Posted at 09:02

Sunday 27 November - Game at Cray ends goalless

This afternoon's game at Cray ended in a goalless draw, the first goalless draw the squad have played in for thirteen months.

It was a game of few chances, with Cray being on top in the first half, and the Greens in the second, and a draw was certainly a fair result. Hendon did have two or three decent second half chances, but found Andy Walker in fine form in the home goal.

Posted at 18:33

Saturday 26 November - 7 days left to order your shirts

You have just 7 days left to order your replica shirts to guarantee delivery before Christmas. You can order them either through the online shop, or by calling into the club shop next Saturday before the game against Aveley. Full details of sizes and prices can be found on the online shop page. The final deadline for ordering online is midnight next Saturday (3rd December).

Also available both online and in the club shop are the 2012 calendar, mouse mats and oyster card holders - all of which will make ideal Christmas presents for your friends and family.

Posted at 11:02

Friday 25 November - 14 years ago today

One of our supporters has written a blog about one of the most famous nights in the club history - the 1-0 FA Cup win at Leyton Orient exactly 14 years ago today.

That winning side included Gary McCann, Freddie Hyatt and Junior Lewis, all of whom played very important roles in the win. Freddie for starting the move that led to Junior's goal, and Gary for an outstanding performance in goal, repelling everything that Orient threw at him.

The blog, entitled Whitmarsh's Whiskers can be found at the link below, and it is regularly updated with the bloggers thoughts on the club's games and more.

Whitmarsh's Whiskers Blog

Posted at 18:56

Friday 25 November - Cray game on Sunday afternoon

Supporters are reminded that this weekend's game at Cray Wanderers takes place on Sunday afternoon, kicking off at the slightly later than usual time of 4:00pm.

Cray, who play at Bromley's Hayes Lane ground, are in a very similar position in the league to the Greens, and it should be a keenly contested game.

Gary McCann is hoping that some of the injured players will ready to take part, with Elliott Charles and Greg Ngoyi both close to fitness a week ago. The return of one or both players on Sunday will increase the striking options markedly.

The injury situation is gradually improving, with James Fisher, Elliott Godfrey and Jerome Federico having returned to action over the past couple of weeks. Casey Maclaren and Jamie Busby are making progress from the injuries they sustained in the game at Luton, whilst Lee O'Leary's latest injury isn't as serious as first thought and it is hoped he'll be fit to play again in six to eight weeks.

Aaron Morgan, James Archer and Michael Lewis are all on the road to recovery, but Elliott Brathwaite, who was injured on the opening day of the season. is unfortunately out long-term.

Meanwhile, both Michael Peacock and Jerome Federico have both been dual-registered with Northwood, and both appeared for the Woods in their 3-1 win against Uxbridge on Tuesday evening. This move is purely to get both players some important game time, and both are very much an important part of the Gary McCann's squad.

Despite defeats in the past two games against the current pacesetters, Lowestoft Town and Billericay Town, performances have been good, and the squad, who are in very good spirits, will be keen to build on those performances and pick up three points on Sunday afternoon.

Posted at 09:25

Sunday 20 November - Don't forget to order your shirts

As mentioned a few days ago, it is now possible to order replica shirts through our new online shop and if you want them for Christmas, the deadline for ordering is less than two weeks away.

Also available are the 2012 Calendar, as well as Hendon FC branded Oyster Card Holders and Mousemats.

For full details on all available items, please click on the Online Shop link on the left hand menu.

Posted at 18:28

Sunday 20 November - Under 15s lost at Headstone Manor

The under 15s were beaten 1-0 by Headstone Manor A this morning in a game that youth development officer, Alan Rolnick, was very disappointed to lose.

Mr Rolnick was in charge today as regular manager Andrew Reith was away in his native Scotland this weekend.

Posted at 18:23

Saturday 19 November - Hendon beaten by strong Billericay side

Hendon were beaten 2-1 by a strong, powerful Billericay Town side this afternoon.

The visitors took the lead in the 11th minute when Richard Halle converted a spot kick, and just three minutes later the lead was doubled when Emeka Onwubike was allowed to run unchallenged to score.

The Greens worked hard to try and get back into the game, but found that Billericay were just too strong and powerful, and the visitors were able to do the ugly side of the game very well and professionally.

Both sides had chances during the remainder of the game, but the only other goal came in stoppage time when Isaiah Rankin scored a deserved consolation for Hendon, but there was no doubt that Billericay deserved to take all three points.

Posted at 17:13

Saturday 19 November - Mirzai joins the squad

Gary McCann has added 17 year old midfielder Mustafa Mirzai to the squad ahead of this afternoon's game against Billericay Town.

The youngster, who began his career as a schoolboy at QPR, is now at Luton Town, and has joined us on work experience terms.

Posted at 12:28

Friday 18 November - Another record breaking Snowball draw

The October snowball prize winners were drawn on Saturday, and for the second month in a row, the monthly prize fund was the highest ever.

There were a record 195 balls in the draw, resulting in a first prize of £292.50 which was won by ball number 109. The second prize of £146.25 was won by ball number 159. The winners will be notified very shortly.

It is never too late to join the snowball draw - balls cost just £5 per month, and as you can see it gives you a chance to win a decent amount of money should you be one of the monthly winners. If you would like to join, please speak to any member of the supporters trust board on a matchday or contact them via email on admin@hendonfc.net.

Posted at 09:12

Thursday 17 November - Shirt and merchandise orders online

We are please to announce our new merchandise options available in time for Christmas 2012. As well as the ever popular Calendars, this year we have been able to source Hendon FC branded Oyster Card Holders, Mouse Mats and for the first time in several years we are able to order replica shirts on a 'to order' basis only.

You are now able to order online at our online shop page, while orders can also be placed in the clubshop with a deposit for collection. Shirts may also be ordered for collection by speaking to Phil Rogers at away games.

All shirts must be ordered by 23:59 on 3rd December to allow us to gurantee your order being fulfilled and we currently expect them to arrive by mid-December. Due to timescales and the fixture list we do not expect them to be available at any home game before Christmas, but if possible we will have them available the previous Saturday at East Thurrock United. All orders for Oyster Card Holders, Calendars and Mouse Mats only are expected to be available by the end of November.

Posted at 17:47

Thursday 17 November - Sean Thomas to take break from football

Gary McCann has announced this morning that popular goalkeeper Sean Thomas is hanging up his gloves for the immediate future.

Unfortunately Sean has got huge commitments with his University course, including exams and work placements, and together with his football commitments, he was finding that he wasn't getting any time to himself.

The club have worked with Sean over the past few weeks to see if something could be sorted out to allow him to continue playing, but he spoke to Gary early this week and felt that he really was going to have to give up football for the time being.

Gary said that Sean has been very honest and professional about how Sean has gone about things, and given that football isn't going to be Sean's main financial income, Gary fully understands that Sean needs to concentrate on his studies and subsequent working career.

Everyone at the club would like to thank Sean for his efforts whilst he has been with us, and wish him every success with his studies. Of course, the door will always be open for him at Hendon, and who knows, maybe sometime in the future we'll see him back between the posts again.

Posted at 11:06

Wednesday 16 November - Gary's post-Lowestoft comments

We are hoping to have a match report on yesterday's game online in the next few days - but we do have Gary's post-match comments on the trip to Lowestoft.

"Lowestoft is a very hard place to go to, especially in midweek, and they are a very hard team to beat. We were far from embarrassed and if we had taken either of the two great chances we created towards the end of the second half, I think we might have got something from the game. They were certainly rattled at that stage.

"I thought we did OK, but we again had to face adversity. We knew that James Park and Sean Thomas were unavailable and Elliott Charles failed a Monday fitness test, so we had to make a number of changes to Saturday's winning team. But then we lost James Archer in the warm-up and this forced us to reshuffle the team just before kick-off."

Posted at 16:31

Wednesday 16 November - London Senior Cup tie date fixed

Our London Senior Cup tie at Barking will take place on Tuesday 10th January at Mayesbrook Park, kicking off at 7:45pm

Posted at 16:27

Wednesday 16 November - Free admission for the armed forces

We are pleased to announce that all serving members of the Armed Forces will be admitted free to home Ryman League games on production of the relevant identification. The club are offering this in recognition of the excellent work that our armed forces undertake around the world whilst serving our country.

Posted at 13:45

Tuesday 15 November - Diedhiou reaches century of appearances

Dave Diedhiou has this evening become the latest member of the squad to reach his 100th appearance.

He joined us from Willesden Constantine in the summer of 2008, making his debut early that season at Sutton United. His appearances during his first season were limited, and he spent a spell on loan at Wembley. He returned in the summer of 2009 and has been a regular member of the squad since, although injury limited his appearances last season. He has scored 11 goals in his 100 appearances.

We congratulate Dave on reaching his milestone - and hope there are many more to come.

Posted at 21:58

Tuesday 15 November - First half goals enough to defeat Hendon

Two goals in the first half were enough to see Hendon go down to a 2-0 defeat at Lowestoft Town this evening.

The Greens plans were hindered shortly before kick-off as James Archer had to be replaced in the starting line-up by Carl McCluskey.

The first goal came in the 21st minute through Matt Nolan, and it was Dale Cockrill who doubled the lead with a 35th minute penalty.

Posted at 21:46

Sunday 13 November - New tea hut calendar available soon

Following the success of last year's tea hut calendar, Bryan Roberts has put together a second edition for 2012 entitled "Majestic-Non-League Tea Hunts: Saluting the Finest in Matchday Catering".

Full details of the format and pricing will follow later this week, and it will be available for purchase at home games and online.

Tea huts and burger vans featured this year are from Havant & Waterlooville, Harlow Town, Canvey Island, AFC Hayes, Lowestoft Town, Concord Rangers, Maldon & Tiptree, Hendon, AFC Sudbury, Margate and AFC Wimbledon (who were non-league when the photo was taken!).

We are also hoping to have a couple of other items of merchandise available for sale very shortly - keep your eyes peeled for more information as soon as it is available.

Posted at 21:58

Sunday 13 November - Under 15s well beaten in County Cup

The under 15's had a day that started badly, and got worse, as they were well beaten by Bedfont Eagles in the Middlesex County Cup this morning.

Following a delayed kick off caused by transport issues for the Hendon team, they were forced to kick off with a heavily weakened side, and eventually went down to a 11-0 defeat, although five of the goals came within the last ten minutes. They will be looking to bounce back next week as they play Headstone Manor A in the league.

Posted at 21:37

Saturday 12 November - Greens likely to appear on Sky Sports News tomorrow

Supporters who were at the game today will be aware that Sky Sports News cameras were in attendance and the footage is likely to be shown tomorrow morning.

Sky are unable to confirm exactly what time the footage will be shown but it will "probably" be shown at 7.40, 8.40 and 9.40am.

Posted at 22:19

Saturday 12 November - Hendon return to winning ways

Hendon won for the first time in seven matches this afternoon as they beat Canvey Island 1-0, thus gaining some kind of revenge for the FA Trophy defeat three weeks ago.

Both Frank Sinclair and Darren Currie made debuts in the starting line-up, and with Isaiah Rankin on the bench, this was surely one of Hendon's most experienced line-ups to take the field.

The goal that turned out to be the decisive one came in the 49th minute when Rankin turned the ball home from an Elliott Godfrey pull back.

Canvey had their chances, but were unable to find the back of the net, with the Hendon defence and keeper Sean Thomas in fine form.

Posted at 15:03

Friday 11 November - Frank Sinclair and Darren Currie join the squad

The club are delighted to announce that Gary McCann has secured the signature of two experienced ex-professional players today.

Frank Sinclair is a former Jamaica international whose clubs included Chelsea and Leicester City (who paid the Blues £2 million for his services). His last club was Blue Square Bet (Conference) Premier Division Wrexham. Frank's other clubs include West Bromwich Albion, Huddersfield Town, Lincoln City and Wycombe Wanderers. He has made more than 600 appearances for Football League clubs and 28 times for Jamaica, including at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Darren Currie's career has gone full circle by rejoining Hendon. The son of former Hendon player Paul Currie (and nephew of Tony, who also made a handful of appearances for the Greens in 1985-86), Darren grew up less than a mile from the club’s old Claremont Road home and played in the Hendon youth team which reached the FA Youth Cup competition proper in 1991-92. After leaving Hendon, he was signed by West Ham and although he was given a squad number, he did not make any competitive first-team appearances for the Hammers. Darren's career also has seen him pass the 600-appearance mark and his clubs include Shrewsbury Town, Plymouth Argyle, Barnet, Wycombe Wanderers, Brighton & Hove Albion, Ipswich Town, Coventry City, Derby County, Luton Town, Chesterfield and Dagenham & Redbridge. He started this season at Boreham Wood.

Delighted Hendon manager Gary McCann said, "These are two players we have been keeping an eye for the last couple of weeks. I played with Frank for five years in youth football Chelsea and he is doing a favour for my coach Junior Lewis, who he played with at Leicester City. Like Frank, Darren is going to add plenty of quality and experience to the side.

"I think these are very exciting signings and shows our intent to go forward."

Posted at 18:20

Friday 11 November - One released, three go out on loan

Gary McCann has announced this evening that one player has been released, whilst three others have been sent out on loan to gain some much needed game time.

The released player is Byron Bubb, who made 6 appearances during his most recent spell with the club. We wish him well for the future.

Meanwhile the players out on loan are James Burgess, who has gone to Cheshunt, Bradley Fraser, who is at Potters Bar Town, and Danny Dyer, who will be playing for Chalfont St Peter.

Posted at 18:20

Friday 11 November - O'Leary breaks down again

Lee O'Leary, who has been out injured for the past ten months, has unfortunately broken down again just 20 minutes into his comeback game.

Having joined AFC Hayes on a temporary basis to gain match fitness, he was forced to limp off with a recurrence of his injury issues.

We all hope that Lee is able to make a full recovery soon, especially as he is just one game away from making his 150th appearance for the Greens.

Posted at 18:19

Tuesday 08 November - Supporters Trust New Year Raffle

Hendon Football Club Supporters' Trust are again running a New Year Raffle this year. The prize fund will consist of 50% of the money taken, less costs. It is hoped that we can match last year's efforts where we were able to payout to 7 winners a total of over £500+, making a similar amount for the club. Tickets are £1 each and will be available in the club shop on matchdays.

This year’s prizes are First £250, Second £100, Third £50 and further prizes of £50 until the prize fund has been exhausted. The draw will take place at our home game against Bury on 31st December 2011.

Last year many supporters helped to sell tickets away from the club, the raffle is fully licensed, if you feel that you can help by selling tickets to your friends, relatives and work colleagues please ask at the shop, speak to Eddie Edwards or any one of the matchday staff who will be able to help you to get books.

If you are unable to get to home games, but would still like to take part, please e-mail Eddie on eddieedd@hendonfc.net and tickets will be sent to your home address.

Posted at 17:50

Monday 07 November - Cray game will kick off at 4pm

Following further discussions with Cray Wanderers and Bromley this afternoon, our game at Cray on Sunday 27th November will kick off at the slightly later time of 4:00pm. This is due to a private booking that Bromley have in their clubhouse at lunchtime that day.

Posted at 20:59

Monday 07 November - Cray game put back 24 hours

Our trip to Cray Wanderers has been put back by 24 hours and will now take place on Sunday 27th November, kicking off at 3:00pm.

The change of date has been necessitated due to their landlords Bromley being drawn at home in the FA Trophy that weekend.

Posted at 14:34

Sunday 06 November - Greens tanned by Leatherhead

Hendon were deservedly beaten by Leatherhead this afternoon at Vale Farm, going down to a 2-1 defeat.

The game started well for the Greens, with Elliott Charles converting an early penalty, but the Tanners fought back into the game and equalised through Kevin Terry shortly before the half-hour mark. The winner came in the 34th minute when the visitors found the way through to goal once again.

The second half saw Hendon play better, but they found Leatherhead in a very resolute mood and thus very difficult to break down.

Posted at 17:13

Sunday 06 November - Under 15s return to winning ways

Our under 15 side returned to winning ways this morning with a 4-1 win at Hampstead, bouncing back well from last weeks defeat.

Two goals from Markel Luke-Harris, and strikes from James Johnson and Jamal Dakas ensured the points came home with the young Greens.

Posted at 13:06

Saturday 05 November - Earlier kick off for Canvey game

We have agreed with Canvey Island that our home game next Saturday will kick off at the earlier time of 1:00pm.

This is so that players, officials and supporters alike have what will hopefully be an easier journey to Vale Farm as England are playing Spain at Wembley Stadium at 5.15pm.

Anyone who has a ticket to the England game will get entry to our game for the reduced price of just £5, so please spread the word to any friends, family or work colleagues who you know are going to Wembley Stadium.

Posted at 18:09

Saturday 05 November - Record entry for Snowball Draw

The September snowball draw was made on Wednesday evening, and there was a record 191 entries. The winner of the first prize of £286.50 was number 66, whilst the second prize of £143.25 was number 50.

The October draw will be made next Saturday, at half-time of the game against Canvey Island.

Posted at 18:03

Friday 04 November - Vilhete signs on loan

Teenage forward Mauro Vilhete has signed on a months loan from Barnet, and will go straight into the squad to face Leatherhead on Sunday. Vilhete, who was born in Lisbon in Portugal, was first called up to the Barnet first team squad in November 2009 aged just 16.

Posted at 19:20

Wednesday 02 November - Disappointing second half costs Greens

A disappointing second half performance meant that Hendon dropped two points against lowly Horsham this evening, the game ending 1-1.

The Greens took the lead in the 24th minute when Dave Diedhiou bundled the ball home from close range, but they failed to build on their advantage and put the game to bed during the second period.

They were made to pay for their failure to do so in the 84th minute when a shot from Dean O'Keefe was deflected away from Sean Thomas by a defender and the ball found the back of the net for a deserved equaliser for the Hornets.

Posted at 22:21