Tag: Hendon

Hendon FC: Time To Go Home

In an age during which perpetual self-improvement has become something akin to a religion, the art of stasis has become an increasingly rare sight. It can feel almost surprising to find something exactly where we left it, as though time has stood still in a bubble around it. But perhaps we should celebrate this more often than we do. In 1964, Hendon Football Club, one of the great stalwart names of English football, transferred from the Athenian League to the Isthmian League. This was a club that had enjoyed not inconsiderable success during the previous decade or so, winning...

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Match Of The Week: Whitehawk 1-2 Hendon

The latter qualifying round stages of the FA Cup have a habit of rather creeping up on us. One week, village teams are playing each other in front of a handful of men and their dogs, but before you know it there is something altogether more significant at stake. This weekend it’s the Third Qualifying Round stage, and everybody involved this weekend has something to play for. The relative giants (and it is relative – Luton Town or Darlington, say, look like goliaths on the horizon if your club struggles to bring in a three figure crowd on a regular basis) of the Blue Square Premier enter the competition in the final qualifying round, and the winners of this afternoon’s matches also pocket £7,500 – a tidy sum for a small club, and on top of that lies the opportunity to profit still further from involvement in the next round, at least. On the very perimeter of Brighton, at the foot of the Sussex Downs, lays The Enclosed Ground, the home of Whitehawk Football Club. Whitehawk were bought by a local company called Kingspan last year and have been on the up since then. They won the Sussex County Football League at the end of last season and the ground improvements required to host Ryman League football were carried out to ensure their promotion. The Enclosed Ground is now...

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Match Of The Week: Dulwich Hamlet 2-2 Hendon

As September starts to roll into October, the evenings start to get shorter and the autumn leaves crispen and fall underfoot, The 2008/09 FA Cup continues to rumble on. We’re at the Second Qualifying round stage now, and things are starting to become rather more serious than they were. This is the fourth round of the competition to have been played so far this season, and the prize money is rising. £3,000 goes to the winners of this weekend’s matches, with the added bonus of the knowledge that they will be 180 minutes from the First Round Proper, where Football League Clubs enter the fray, matches are shown live on the television and the serious money starts to be earned. Should anyone make it all the way from the Extra Preliminary Round to the First Round, They’ll have made £30,000 in prize money alone – a tidy sum for clubs the size of the clubs that enter the FA Cup at the Extra Preliminary Round stage. One of the matches drawn out of the hat for this round is likely to quicken the pulses of people of a certain persuasion – Dulwich Hamlet vs Hendon. This is a clash of two former giants of the amateur game that have fallen on hard times. Dulwich Hamlet live in a world of faded glamour and constant battles against threats to their...

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Dons On The Run

September seems likely to see the closure of yet another famous, old North London football ground, as Hendon FC finally prepare to leave Claremont Road after a protracted battle which has seen the club sail close to the brink of receivership several times. At the time of writing, they still don’t know when the final match there will be (I have seen it written that they are likely to not know that it is the last match there until after it has been played), but there is a silver lining to the story. The club has been threatened with closure for several years, but at least agreement has been reached with its owners and the clubs Supporters Trust for ownership to pass into their hands. One could be forgiven for thinking that this is period of high excitement for them at first glance, since it has been confirmed that they are to groundshare at Wembley, but the truth of the matter is that they are to play at the somewhat humbler surroundings of Vale Farm, the home of Wembley FC, for the time being. Still, last month’s announcement is comparatively good news for a club that has been on the verge of extinction for at least the last five years or so. At this point, I have to declare an interest. Hendon were, due to my affiliations with Enfield...

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