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The big day arrives - the hard work continues

Greensnet Editor
Sat 13 Aug 2016, 11:13

The day we've all been waiting for, when we play a home league game at our own home ground again, has finally arrived.

It's nearly eight years since our last game at Claremont Road, and whilst we are grateful to Harrow Borough, Wembley, Northwood and Staines Town for allowing us to use their grounds to stage games over the past few years, we've all been waiting for the day when we can play at home once again.

An awful lot of work has gone on over the intervening period, by Simon Lawrence as chairman ensuring, together with his fellow directors, that we still have a club to support along with all those who have been on the Supporters Trust board and Supporters Association committee, coming up with fundraising ideas and helping out where they can.

A huge thank you goes to Rob Morris and his partners at Silver Jubilee Park, for putting in so much work to help us have a home of our own. Without Rob and his team - we wouldn't be looking forward to playing a home game today and would almost certainly be still playing at Earlsmead.

We mustn't forget Graham Etchell, our secretary, who has ensured that we have done everything we need to be able to continue playing. His experience and knowledge of football administration is invaludable.

And of course there is Gary McCann, Freddie Hyatt, Scott Cousins and all the backroom staff and players who have ensured we've kept our Ryman League Premier Division status through some tough times.

However, the work doesn't stop here. Just because we have a home of our own again doesn't mean we can all take a step back and chill out. The hard work continues.

We still need matchday volunteers - if you feel you are able to help, even if its only a couple of times a season - please make yourself known to any of our existing volunteers and they'll point you in the direction of our matchday organiser, John Rogers.

There are plenty of sponsorship opportunities. There's a couple of player sponsorships left available, and plenty of matchball, match and programme sponsorships. And wouldn't it be wonderful if we could get all the seats in the Gary McCann Stand sponsored? Details of all the sponsorships can be found on the relevant pages, and if in doubt, please email the website on admin@hendonfc.net.

But the focus today is on our first league game at Silver Jubilee Park. It's not our first competitive game there as a home club - we've had three London Senior Cup ties.

We welcome Worthing this afternoon who were promoted through the play-offs from Division One South last season. Like ourselves they play on a 3G pitch so this should ensure an entertaining game.

We look forward to seeing you in a few hours time.