He announced that he was leaving the club shortly before the end of the season to further his career, and has since been appointed as assistant head coach to Dave Hockaday at Leeds United. September ; as player-coach June ;. It is with sadness that we have learnt of the death of former player Graeme Sewell, who died on 14th June, aged just Graeme, who was born in May , played for the club between and , making a total of 51 appearances, scoring 17 goals. He remained local to the club, living in Childs Hill, and his funeral will take place at Golders Green Crematorium on Thursday 3rd July at 2pm.
Our deepest sympathies go out to his family at this very sad time. The standings in the World Cup predicition competition after the group stages have been made available. Leading the way before the knockout rounds begin is Chris Lamb with 77 points, whilst David Coote and Scott Searle are joint second with 71 points. All entrants have until 5pm this afternoon to submit their predictions for the knock out stages, and should have received an email from Paul Butler to that effect. Today's Green and Gold subject is the man who is second on the appearances table in the Isthmian League era, former player and manager Gary Hand.
Gary Hand left Watford when his apprenticeship ended and joined Hendon at the start of the season. He made his debut in the No. Roy Butler's goal gave Hendon all three points. From that point on, Gary was almost an ever-present - he missed just one match, the day before the first leg of the Middlesex Senior Cup Final against Hampton. Gary's first season was certainly memorable and he finished it as the owner of winners' medals from the FA Amateur Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup and a London Senior Cup runners-up medal.
Hendon manager John Evans and his successor Jimmy Quail put together one of the most dominant and stingiest defences ever seen in the Isthmian League: The quintet had been together in the Amateur Cup Final victory over Enfield at Wembley and all five made at least 52 appearances the following season as Hendon won the Isthmian League with a record of 34 wins and six draws in 42 matches.
The Greens conceded only 18 League goals all season and eight in the 34 games between 22 August and 17 April. The Greens' total of 74 points would equate today to with three for win, which came into effect the following season. Gary was selected for the England Amateur international squad, but did not win a cap. In , Hendon enjoyed their best ever FA Cup run, reaching the third round proper. Gary would, in today's football, not have seen out the replay as his spectacular save gave the Magpies a penalty from which they made it As he was being booked, the referee said to Gary, "Good save!
It was only a one-year hiatus, however, as Gary was back in green and white in And he would enjoy further FA Cup glory as Hendon recorded their first-ever victory over a Football League club in the competition, beating Reading before succumbing to a late Swindon Town goal in round two. Gary finished the season with the first of three Middlesex Charity Cup winner's medals, to go with his earlier hat-trick of Middlesex Senior successes.
Three weeks before the Barking game, Gary had celebrated his first Hendon goal a chip over 6 feet 8 inches Staines Town goalkeeper Kelvin Hopkins ; it came in his th first-team appearance - rather making a mockery of the line in the Amateur Cup Final programme, "watch out for his left foot"!
If one word summed up Gary's Hendon career, consistency would be it. He was close to an ever-present every season from until , when the club encountered its first big financial problem. New manager Dave Mawson did things on the cheap and used mainly youngsters, but it didn't work and Gary returned to Hendon in February, in the role as player-manager, assisted by his former boss, Jimmy Quail. Work commitments meant he had to give up after seeing Hendon achieve safety, but he returned in the summer of It proved to be a most unhappy time in charge as the Greens were bottom of the table when he was relieved of his duties and replaced by Ted Hardy.
It wasn't quite the end, however, as Gary returned in the early s, managing the unders midweek team and then the reserves. Summer , summer ; as player-manager February ;. Summer , summer , summer and November Under 16s will be admitted free. We are pleased to announce that we will be playing Chesham United at Earlsmead in a friendly on Monday 28th July, kicking off at 7: This game will be played for the Dave Stanley Memorial Shield - which the two clubs competed for at Chesham in when a solitary goal from Lubomir Guentchev won the game for us.
Dave Stanley was involved as secretary at both clubs other the years, and we are delighted to be playing for this trophy in his memory once again. The Supporters Association launched their own website over the weekend. It will focus on the work they do for the club, and includes their own online shop. The shop is already populated with items that are available, including a number of clearance items, and they are planning to list all the old programmes that are available once they have been catalogued.
Also on the site, you can join the Association, find out a little about its history and see what their plans are for next season. The latest in the series focuses on a player who made a big impression during a little more than three years with the Greens, Danny Lakey. Described as a robust winger, he was much more than the typical playmaking wide-man who created goals rather than scoring them.
A return of 55 goals from matches would, in the present era, be a more than acceptable total for the leading goalscorer, especially the 30 goals in 49 appearances in There is a strong case to say that Danny was the missing link in the Hendon team, the final key component that turned a very good team into a Championship winner. The season was barely under way when Danny made his debut. Hendon had won three and drawn one of the opening four league games, and beaten Leyton in the FA Cup, when Danny played in a home draw against Kingstonian, David Hyde grabbing both goals.
The crowd at Claremont Road that Tuesday night - 8 September - was 1,, almost fewer than had watched the local derby against Enfield a week earlier, but still what proved to be Hendon's third-highest in the league that season. Danny's first Hendon goal came in the win at Hitchin Town a week after his debut. That set up maybe the greatest performance in the club's history, the win over Arsenal in the latter competition. After a hat-trick from a young John Radford, Danny reduced the arrears before a Hyde hat-trick won the game for the Greens at Highbury. If Arsenal's defence couldn't cope with Danny and the Hendon attack, what chance did the Isthmian League or lesser amateur clubs have?
The Greens amassed goals in all competitions - scoring everything from nil to nine - and finished with a treble of Middlesex Senior Cup, Isthmian League title and Amateur Cup. The league was won in a play-off against Enfield at Dulwich Hamlet and Danny scored the last goal in a win. He was one of five Hendon players to be selected for the Isthmian League representative team during the season. Hendon couldn't repeat the Amateur Cup success in , losing to Wealdstone at Wembley, and a large part of the reason for that was the long injury list. In particular, Jimmy Quail suffered a terrible broken leg in the quarter-final victory over Wycombe Wanderers.
Danny also caught the injury bug and didn't play between 15 January and 19 April, four days before the Amateur Cup Final, for which he wasn't selected. All-in-all he played in just 28 out of 53 games, but still contributed nine goals. The crowded end-of-season season schedule saw 10 league games, the Amateur Cup Final, two Middlesex Senior Cup ties - also against Wealdstone - the Wycombe Hospitals Cup and a friendly in 41 days.
The title decider came on 3 May when Danny and Hendon couldn't break down the Leytonstone defence and the goalless draw eventually proved enough for the Granleigh Road club to take the title by two points - it was two for a win in those days - so a Hendon win would have left both teams on 60 points. Although Danny enjoyed much better fitness in , Hendon were not as strong as they had been in the two previous seasons.
Danny missed only a dozen of 57 games and netted 16 times to finish joint-second on the scoring charts with Dave Swain, 14 behind Tony Harding. The Greens finished in fifth place, but the goals for column showed only 64, down from the season before.
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His absence in the second replay of the Amateur Cup semi-final, a loss to Skelmersdale, certainly didn't help Hendon's cause. All good things must come to an end and it was clear early in the season that Danny was no longer a regular first choice. The Hammers won Danny joined Ramsgate in December , but made one final appearance for Hendon.
On 13 April , there was a special challenge match between Hendon of and the all-conquering team. John Swannell and Dave Hogwood were eligible for both squads, but elected to join Danny, now with Maidstone United, in the squad, who won If you or someone you know wishes to get fit and healthy then we have a programme that can help and raise money for the club and Great Ormond Street Hospital at the same time. The Unique Slimming Programme provides everything you need to achieve the best health you can. Weekly Body Composition Assessments: Every week we will give you a print-out that details your weight, body fat, muscle mass and much more.
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However, there have been some slight increases in season ticket prices, and admission charges have been reintroduced for under 16s. New season ticket application forms will be available soon, but in the meantime if you would like to apply for one, please contact the club via email on admin hendonfc. The latest in the series focuses on another favourite Hendon servant, Simon Clarke. Few players with appearances have come as close as Simon Clarke did to be out of Hendon before his tally had reached Manager Mick Browne played him in midfield, sometimes on the left, sometimes in the middle, but he was a square peg in a round hole and his intricate control came to nought with his team-mates unable to support him.
Throughout , Simon was forced into unfamiliar midfield roles and was transfer listed by Mick Browne, then Neil Price, with no takers. Nonetheless, he appeared in all but four matches. Simon scored 16 goals in his Hendon career, the most important of which came on 15 April when the Greens were in a desperate battle against relegation.
His consistency in a struggling team earned Simon the first of his two Supporters' Association Player-of-the-Year awards, not bad for a player who had been available for transfer early in the season.
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Actually, subsequent managers Frank Murphy and Dave Anderson later made him available, so Simon had the unusual experience of being transfer-listed by four different managers at the same club. For most of his remaining time at Hendon, the number three shirt was his. He was the only Hendon player to appear in all eight FA Cup competition proper ties in the s, and played his part in the glorious night at Brisbane Road on 25 November when Gary, Freddie and Junior combined to knock-out Leyton Orient.
Having played in more advanced roles, Simon thrived in Frank Murphy's attacking style and without neglecting his basic defensive duties; he was a dangerous player down the left hand side - often with Junior just in front of him. Another string to Simon's bow was his talent as an emergency goalkeeper; on a number of occasions he had to step into the breach. Goalkeeping was in his blood and a cousin, Mel Capleton, played in the Football League for a number of years.
On a rare foray forward, Simon accidentally kicked Capleton, who responded with, "Do you always kick your cousin. At the end of the season, Hendon won the Full Members Cup with a superb second half show against Basingstoke at Chesham's ground. Twelve months later, after an arduous campaign, the Greens retained the trophy, albeit in more functional style against Worthing at Gander Green Lane, Sutton.
There was also Middlesex Senior Cup success. The season was thoroughly unsatisfactory, mainly due to the bad weather and damage to the Claremont Road pitch. The Greens failed to complete their Ryman League schedule. Simon was the only player to start at least 30 League and 10 cup games, ending on 44 appearances, and he started six of the seven matches played in the final 12 days. Things were somewhat different under Dave Anderson, but one that didn't change was Simon's level of performance. He collected his second supporters' Player-of-the-Year award, this despite the pressure of long commutes from his Essex base and also took home a Middlesex Senior Cup winners' medal, though only as an unused substitute.
He also found himself wearing a number of different shirts, all too often those in the teens, but he saw time at right-back and in the middle of defence. At the end of the season, the travel became too much for Simon and he left the Club. His love of the club was clear as when Hendon played at Bishops Stortford the following season, he drove to the game, just so he could catch-up with supporters, officials and former team-mates and to return the Supporters Association trophy.
Simon came back to Hendon in October , playing for Maldon Town, but he had left the Jam-Makers by the time of the return fixture in April - though the other Simon Clark did play for them at Park Avenue. It has been announced this morning that our former coach Junior Lewis has been named as assistant head coach of Leeds United.
Junior, who has spent three years with us on the coaching side on top of his three years as a player in the late s, will be working under former Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday, who has been named as the new head coach at Elland Road. Everyone at the club is delighted for Junior, and we all know that he has a lot to offer his new empoyers. We wish Junior every success for the future as he looks to build on on his career on the coaching and management side of the game. A supporters game has been arranged for this coming Wednesday, 25th June, against Hendon Youth coaches.
The game will kick off at 7. If any supporters are interested in taking part, please email Eddie Edwards as soon as possible on eddieedd hendonfc. Any supporters who fancy watching some live football rather than watching it on tv, are of course welcome to attend the game. As many of you will be aware, our supporters team have played a handful of games over the past few months.
Home games will be played at Silver Jubilee Park, and the best thing is that every game we play makes money for the club, so the more games we play means more money to keep our club alive. Footballing ability is not important, just your enthusiasm and willingness to be part of the team. Nick looks forward to hearing from you.
The latest in the series focuses on a Hendon player who gave many years of fine service in the club's tradition of outstanding goalkeepers. Dave Root joined Hendon from Walthamstow Avenue in the summer of In the late s, Dave had the misfortune of being the second-best goalkeeper in Barking's youth team - but he was behind Kevin Hitchcock, who went onto enjoy a long career as a full-time professional.
Although Kevin was the regular first-team and youth-team keeper, Dave made 16 appearances for Barking in and, by the time he moved with his family to run a guest house in Cornwall in , he had played 97 times for the Blues. Dave turned out a few times for Launceston Town, but returned to London and signed for the Avenue in Mark Broughton, a Hendon hero in the relegation battle, returned to Derbyshire, so Ted Hardy was looking for a new goalkeeper, and he chose Root.
Dave made his debut in a defeat at Yeovil. It was the busiest season in the club's history as the first-team played in 76 matches and Dave set a club record, one which will, almost certainly, never be beaten, starting 31 cup ties in the campaign - if Hendon were to win every cup competition they enter next season including the FA Cup , they would play a total of 33 ties. Dave had all the attributes to be a goalkeeper, height, speed, agility and safe hands - until he became a courier van driver, he was a chandelier repairer. Hardy and Hendon were happy to ignore his one weakness - he was a very poor kicker - and Dave quickly became a fans' favourite.
The Greens lost and Root was the scapegoat. Root's first visit to Wembley had come a few weeks earlier, as a fan, for the FA Trophy final, and he spent much of the afternoon walking around the stadium, open-mouthed in awe at the surroundings. A strange statistic regarding Dave's career is that in eight seasons excluding the third of a season he missed in and overall appearances, Dave was never an ever-present, although he did play at least 50 matches in every campaign and missed no more than four league games in each season. This is even more remarkable given the state of flux at the club; managers came and went, budgets were cut regularly and the dressing room door frequently resembled a turnstile.
But through all this, Dave was 'Mr Dependable'. Other clubs were very keen to sign him and one prospective buyer walked away when the league's transfer tribunal came up with a valuation far higher than both clubs rated him. When Victor Green became chairman at the end of , Hendon went on another wild ride, with rapid turnover everywhere at the club - well, everywhere except in the number one shirt.
At the season's end, Dave became one of an elite group of Hendon players to be awarded the Supporters Association Player-of-the-Year trophy for the third time - he had won two and four years earlier. The season started very brightly and ended in chaos despite Hendon picking up silverware at the end of the season, in the Full Members Cup. He spent a number of years at Kingstonian before joining Boreham Wood.
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Sadly some fans never forgave him for moving on and publicly vilified him at every opportunity. A loyal club servant - and thoroughly decent bloke - he deserved a much better reaction than that. Supporters' Association Player of the Year: Isthmian League Full Members Cup: The Supporters Association have set up a Pinterest account - where many photos of various events and matches can now be found.
If you have any pictures and the appropriate permissions that we can add, please email them to johnerice hotmail. You can see what is already on the account by clicking the link below which includes photos from the trips to Cardiff and Leyton Orient, sponsored walks and much more. The AGM of the Ryman League took place yesterday morning at the Wembley Hilton, and there has been nothing of any major note to report. It has also been announced that if Salisbury City are expelled from Conference South - that division will run a club short, so there will be no further reprieves from relegation this summer.
Apart from ourselves, the only other club in the division who are in a groundshare are Grays Athletic, who will be playing at Aveley again this coming season. There had been suggestions that East Thurrock United would be playing at Tilbury, but it has been confirmed that they will be remaining at Rookery Hill this coming season. The league announced that the fixtures will be released no later than 17th July, and they are hoping to release them sooner.
As always, we will put the fixtures online at our earliest opportunity. The Supporters Association has been supporting Hendon FC for 80 seasons now and membership forms for the new season are available now. Membership of the Association provides the following benefits: Members discount on merchandise; Advance exclusive news of new merchandise lines; Exclusive opportunity to pre-order merchandise; Exclusive member opportunity to purchase memorabilia; FREE membership of Travel Club; FREE membership of Supporters Association social society; Exclusive invitation to social events with fellow Hendon fans during the season as well as closed season; Priority advance ticket opportunity to events; Exclusive invitation to the end of season event.
If you can set up an annual standing order it will save us a great deal of time, thus allowing us to spend more time on supporting the club. Junior Lambs Membership Form. We are delighted to have four items of England memorabilia for auction on eBay, headlined by a shirt signed by Terry Butcher in November These items have been kindly donated to us by one of our supporters who worked as a police officer at the games concerned, and the three items of kit come with a signed certificate of authenticity.
As well as the shirt signed by Terry Butcher, we have a programme from the same game against Switzerland which has been signed by the England squad. Then from a game against the Republic of Ireland we have shorts that were worn by Laurie Cunningham, and socks that were worn by David Johnson. All items are in excellent condition, and all proceeds from these auctions will go direct to the Supporters Trust. Please do spread the word to anyone that you think may be interested.
Signed Terry Butcher England Shirt. Shorts worn by Laurie Cunningham. Socks worn by David Johnson. Signed England v Switzerland programme. The latest in the series focuses on a Hendon player who epitomised per cent effort. Nothing says more about Roy Butler's contribution to the Hendon cause than the fact that he was named as Supporters' Association Player of the Year in , a season during which he went through more than Greenwich Mean Time in his case five days short of six months without scoring a single goal.
For those who don't know his name or much about him, Roy was a big, bustling striker, an old-fashioned No. Another big plus against his name is his personality and the fact that when he found out that fans - myself included - could not get to Hayes for a Boxing Day game public transport, i. What Roy was very good at, however, was soaking up pressure, making a complete nuisance of himself with opposing centre-halves and normally took the main defender out of the equation to deal with him.
In , this meant that Mick Garrini, a signing from Tring, and a very close friend of Roy's was given the time and space to bang in 19 goals. Despite Roy's goal drought that winter, from 21 October to 16 April , he did manage to score a total of 10 goals during the season. Roy's career at Hendon was in two parts, a brief spell as a young man in the great team, and then as a battle-hardened forward in the late s. A signing from Ruislip Manor, where he had represented the Athenians in an inter-league fixture, his debut came in the cauldron of a local derby against Enfield, just after Christmas - and there were well over 1, fans in attendance - a match Hendon won thanks to a goal from Roy.
He got a run of consecutive games and scored in four of his first five matches for the first team. He ended the season with five goals from 12 appearances, 11 of which were starts - there was only one substitute available in those days. Although Hendon reached three finals that season, he was an unused substitute only in the London Senior Cup defeat against Enfield and thus missed out on winners' medals in the Amateur Cup and Middlesex Senior Cup.
In the summer of , Roy moved on to St Albans City, before moving on to Hayes, where their fans, like those of Hendon, loved his never-say-die attitude and made him their player-of-the-year.
Roy scored only five goals in 34 appearances, but picked up Isthmian League Cup and Middlesex Charity Cup winners' medals. The following season, Roy missed a quarter of the season, appearing in only 32 Isthmian League fixtures, but 17 out of 20 cup-ties. The opener was on 5 August, in a defeat of Finchley in a group match, the last one was on 14 May, the final goal of the season, the third in another victory this time over Harrow Borough in the final at Earlsmead. In his final Hendon campaign, , Roy couldn't add to his medal count and again missed a quarter of the league season, appearing only 31 times.
He scored nine goals from 46 appearances, but Hendon's league form had been mediocre during the last three seasons, with 13th, ninth and 13th place finishes - never really in relegation danger, but never in the hunt for the title. He moved into management and had some success at Berkhamsted Town. Steve will be the covered later in the series. We are looking to have a travel club for the new season where we can arrange car-shares for both home and away games. If you are interested, either as a car driver who would be willing to take fellow supporters with you, or if you normally travel by public transport and would prefer to travel with others by car.
This is a win-win situation, as you share the cost of the petrol, share the experience of attending games, and we get more fans to games. Please email John Rice on johnerice hotmail. He will need your name, phone number and your postcode. If you love Twitter then you will love our two volumes of Twitter Titters. They are filled with some of the funniest tweets you will ever see. Excellent value for money and every penny of profit goes to the Association and ultimately the club. They are available on Amazon, but we are hoping to be able to offer additional formats via the new online shop.
Please buy these books, leave a review reviews help future sales greatly and spread the word. The more copies sold, the more revenue we generate for the club. We also have our own page on Amazon. From here you can see the programmes from this season that have been made available digitally. Kindle for PC List of items available for Kindle. It is with great sadness that we heard this morning of the passing of Les Vincent. He passed away earlier today, peacefully after a long battle with cancer. Les has been on the Supporters Association committee for many years, and will have been a familiar face to many of us.
He could often be found outside the turnstiles before the game selling programmes, and then during the game be heard behind the goal supporting the team. His son Andrew, and youngest daughter Michelle will be well known to many supporters as they have both also been regulars as they have grown up, and our thoughts are with them, their sister Suzanne, and their mum at this very sad time. Starting on 23 June lifelong Hendon fat,,,we mean fan John Rice will begin a 3 month sponsored slim. This is in addition to the sponsored slim initiative posted here yesterday.
His target is 40lbs of weight loss. Backed by a nutritional and fitness programme and qualified professional he feels he can achieve that. If you would like to sponsor him for every lb lost please email him at JohnsTransformation Yahoo. He will post pictures, stats and updates to keep people informed of his progress in his new Facebook group - https: We will post updates here for those who do not use Facebook. This will help improve his health as well as raise some revenue. Please sponsor him to give him that extra initiative. The latest in the series focuses on a Hendon legend who, as recently as , was an occasional visitor.
Thanks to Peter Lush for his assistance with this biography. Rod's debut came in the opening game of the season, a victory over Dulwich Hamlet at Champion Hill, and the first goal came three days later, in a defeat of Walthamstow Avenue at Claremont Road. However, Rod's debut season was his equally-least productive in terms of goals for Hendon. He appeared in 34 League matches and nine cup ties and scored eight goals - the only one of his 12 campaigns in which he failed to register in a knock-out fixture.
For the first four seasons, as Hendon slipped from highest echelon of the Isthmian League, Rod was one of the most consistent performers. He had the happy knack of avoiding serious injury and never missed more than half a dozen league matches in any season until he left the club - aged almost 37 - in November The first half of the s was Rod's greatest spell.
The Greens scored midway through the first half and, after soaking up huge Es' pressure, sealed the win in the last couple of minutes. It was Rod who paraded the Amateur Cup to the Hendon faithful for the third and final time. In 58 League and cup appearances, he scored an astonishing 23 goals - one almost every two-and-a-half games. Five months later, it was off to Italy as Hendon represented England in the Barassi Cup - dubbed the European Amateur Championship, though it was an Anglo-Italian challenge - and a draw against Unione Valdinvole gave Hendon a aggregate victory.
Rod had scored Hendon's second goal at Claremont Road. Once again, there was Haider lifting a trophy aloft. The Greens enjoyed a very special campaign, winning the Isthmian League championship after an unbeaten run that stretched 38 matches from 8 August to 17 April. Rod's busiest season was in and he, once again, hit the national headlines. This time it was in the FA Cup because, after victories over Barnet in a fourth-qualifying round replay , Leytonstone and Merthyr Tydfil, Hendon reached the third round proper. There, the Greens were drawn away to Newcastle United and, after conceding a goal to Pat Howard just before half-time, Rod was on the end of a free-kick move to make it He nearly grabbed a second late on, but the Magpies held on and won the replay Hendon's campaign was arduous in the extreme as a nine-match FA Amateur Cup run ended with a third-round second replay exit at the hands of Leatherhead.
Rod missed only one of 67 matches that season - of which 16 came in 39 days from 9 April At the end of that season, most of the team moved elsewhere, but Rod stayed loyal to the Club where he had enjoyed so much success. He turned down numerous offers to go elsewhere - he had been offered pro terms earlier in his career - and indeed missed only three matches in the five seasons from His ability to score key goals had been shown in as he netted the only goal of the London Senior Cup final, and eight years later, as he repeated the feat in the League Cup final against Barking.
In , Rod was appointed player-manager, a role he took on reluctantly and it was not a huge success. He stopped playing for Hendon in November that year and a little later, was sacked as manager. It was the signal for Rod to move on to pastures new and he had spells as a player and coach at both Harrow Borough and Hayes, before playing veterans football for Corinthian Casuals, finally retiring aged 57!
Gary McCann has announced that Scott Cousins will step up to take over as coach following the departure of Junior Lewis. Gary said "As I said at the awards evening on Saturday, I am confident that I will be able to keep the majority of the squad from last season, though a lot of them will get offers from other clubs. I think the appointment of Scott Cousins as coach has certainly helped.
He will be replacing Junior Lewis who has decided to move on. He has the same coaching ethics as Junior and he will get the chance to put his own plans and styles into place, while still playing the same type of football. It will be a great chance for him to make a mark in his first coaching job. Most of the players have committed to returning which is great news because I feel that we have four each of outstanding central defenders and full-backs - so we have plenty of cover all across the back four.
We will be looking to bring in a few players, maybe a goalkeeper, a couple of wide players, somebody up front. I began to wonder if I had taken the Club as far as I could. I had a conversation with Gordon Bartlett which helped to clear my mind and realise there were challenges I could meet here. I love the Club and it has been a big part of my life for so long and I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.
The setting up of the Youth section is very important to me and to the future of the Club. It is going to be a real challenge to match what we did last season, but I am confident I will be able to put together a squad which will be more than competitive. Every week you have to predict whether matches will end in a home win, away win or a draw. You will get one point for every correct prediction. Please, please encourage your friends and family to take part. The more people who play, the more you can win and the more funds we raise.
For more information please email John Rice or Chris Hutton at hfcfootballcomp outlook. We are delighted to announce that Gary McCann has committed to the club for what will be his 10th full season as manager. Speaking at the awards evening last night Gary said "I am proud to call these players my team, they have worked hard all season, and marched on despite the difficulties that came their way. As we all know Junior is off to pastures new, and he has been an absolute pleasure to work with. We have all learnt so much from him, and hopefully we will keep in touch.
The journey they have gone through with the various groundshares and what they have now achieved at their new home in winning the championship needs to be our gauge for our future. There is a lot of hard work ahead of us - but if we continue to pull together, who knows what we can achieve. The annual awards were presented at Silver Jubilee Park this evening - with a number of presentations being made. The supporter of the year is Rob Wakeley, who travels down from Telford every weekend to our games, and has also done some valuable research for the website archive.
The management team also picked their player of the year, and their award went to Chris Seeby, who played every minute of all 46 league games this season - something t that we believe no outfield player has done since the s. The chairman's award went to Steve Rogers, who spends many hours away from matchdays working for the club in his roles as match secretary and website editor. First of all, the supporters association made a presentation to Mike Hogan, who is retiring as chairman of the association this summer. He has been made life president of the assocation as a mark of the efforts he has put in for so many years for the club.
Secondly, Simon Lawrence made a special presentation to Gary McCann to mark his th game as manager of the club. As everyone at the club is aware, Gary first joined us just over 17 years ago as a player, and has been around for the vast majority of the time since, and we hope for many years to come. One of the pleasures of being a fan of a club such as Hendon is that when an exceptional player arrives, has success and moves on to pastures new, is that you can follow his subsequent career and think, maybe my club played a part in this success.
Dermot Drummy arrived at Hendon after being released by Arsenal without playing in the Football League for the Gunners. He had gone on loan to Blackpool, where he played a handful of matches. A genuinely outstanding winger, his party trick was a dummy when he dropped his hands either side of the ball and shaped to pick it up. Defenders, almost without exception, stopped - at which point Dermot would knock the ball past him, run on and cause chaos in the opposing penalty area.
He left us to sign for Enfield, then in the Conference, and spent just under three seasons with the Es, winning the title in Malcolm Graves, the phantom bugler, was on the Hendon FC Committee in , when Ted Hardy was manager, and he persuaded his fellow members to stump up the money to bring Dermot back to the club in autumn Dermot's second League debut came in the same match that Iain Dowie made his first Hendon appearance, and they scored three of the four goals in a trouncing of Hitchin at Top Field. It was full circle for Dermot, who had made his Hendon debut in the same competition, a demolition of Southall at Western Road.
The fathers of three future Hendon players were in that line-up: I have four vivid memories of that day at Hillheads Park.
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First was Dermot having a goal disallowed for calling for the ball in a London accent. That evening, the squad went back to their hotel on the Whitley Bay seafront - my stories about the Chinese takeaway and Royal Hotel are not for repeating here - but by the time another supporter and I had played a game of pin bowling in the centre adjacent to the ground, we went back into the clubhouse to find the trophy sitting there. After looking around the clubhouse it was clear no Hendon people remained. I spoke to the bar manager and told him of our predicament mobile phones didn't exist in and asked if it was OK if we took it back to the hotel with us.
He said it was OK, so the two of us walked the mile or so through Whitley Bay town centre, past the funfair and along the front and into the hotel proudly carrying the Will Mather Cup - aka the Allaway Brothers Trophy. Once we got into the hotel, the trophy was given to our manager Roy Ruffell.
But, back to Dermot. After brief spells player-managing Finchley and Ware he shared the role with another former Hendon player Alan Roughan , he hung up his boots in and returned to work at Arsenal. He gave up driving his taxi and enjoyed much success with the Arsenal youngsters. Those of you who purchase the matchday programme will know that we began a new series of articles about former players - all written by David Ballheimer. In order to bring them to a wider audience, we will be running these articles throughout the summer on Greensnet - with the first one appearing tomorrow morning.
The series will continue next season in the matchday programme - and we'll do the same next summer. We know that a number of Hendon supporters like to get the FA competition dates in their diaries, and those for the new season have been released. The FA Trophy campaign will also being in the First Qualifying Round, and that will take place on Saturday 1st November, and also proceed fortnightly throughout with a gap for Christmas.
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As we have mentioned previously on the website, we are delighted to announce that from next season Hendon FC will have a youth section again. Fifteen teams from under 8s through to under 15s will be playing in the Harrow Youth League and the Watford Friendly League.
That will be over children playing in the green and white of Hendon. The life blood of any club is the youth section and our primary aim is to connect with the local community around Kingsbury and Hendon and nearly all of the players live in or around the area. The longer term goal is to develop young players and have them representing the first team and we will do this through our Academy programme. Most of the teams have been playing under Springfield Youth who have a tradition for giving children opportunities through an ethos which is based on fun and fair play.
They have been regular opponents for our youth teams in the past. Springfield are a club with a great tradition that was formed in the mid s and has been based in Kingsbury for all of that time. The Springfield committee and players are excited at the prospect of being part of Hendon FC and we should see many new younger fans on the terraces for home games. We are also to be joined by the AS Southgate team, managed by one of our former youth coaches Marco Armaldi and if they won their final game last Sunday, they will have won their league.
Our youth programme will be an open and fully inclusive scheme giving opportunities to many youngsters including boys, girls and disability groups. We aim to use football to aid learning with a fit and active lifestyle and promote social cohesion. We will be an FA Charter Standard Club from the beginning of next season, and expect to have twenty teams under the Hendon Youth banner within the next two years.
It is also anticipated that we will be organising coaching courses and have in house training days to deliver our own style.
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Our coaches will have a caring, understanding approach with the children with the responsible view for parents peace of mind. If you are interested in joining the youth section or require any further information, please email Rob Morris at admin hendonfc. Return to news archive. Toggle navigation Hendon FC. News - May Saturday 31 May - Oliver Sprague joins permanently We are pleased to announce our first new arrival of the summer, as Oliver Sprague has joined permanently from Northwood.
Friday 30 May - Friendly at Tring arranged Our sixth pre-season friendly has been arranged, which will be a trip to Tring Athletic on Tuesday 22nd July. The game at Cow Lane will kick off at 7. Summer Left Hendon: Friday 23 May - Another friendly confirmed We are now able to confirm another pre-season friendly which will be a trip to Leverstock Green. Friday 23 May - First friendlies confirmed Gary McCann has been very busy putting the pre-season training and friendly schedule together over the past few weeks. Monday 19 May - World Cup Prediction Competition As a prelude to the main prediction competition for next season, a World Cup version will be running to raise funds that will go directly to the playing budget.
November Left Hendon: Saturday 17 May - Hendon shirt charity auction Three Hendon shirts, one of which is signed by the squad, have been put up for auction on eBay for charity. Thursday 15 May - Full league list for The full league list for next season includes four teams that we've never faced before.