THE STAGS ARE BACK at home again in the Southern League Premier Division South for our next match against Hendon. Let’s find out a bit about our opponents…
Hendon Football Club is a semi-professional club based in Kingsbury in the London Borough of Brent. They play their home games at the 1,990-capacity Silver Jubilee Park in Kingsbury.
HAVE THEY GENERALLY BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN THE LEAGUE?
In 2003/04, Hendon finished fourth in the Isthmian League Premier Division but they declined to join the new Conference South. Having remained in the top division of the Isthmian League since joining it in 1963, Hendon finished in the relegation zone at the end of the 2005/06 season, but were reprieved from relegation after Canvey Island’s resignation from the Football Conference.
During the summer of 2010, the club was bought out by the Hendon FC Supporters’ Trust, an Industrial and Provident Society. In 2014/15, they were Premier Division Runners-Up, qualifying for the Promotion Play-Offs; after beating Metropolitan Police 2-1 in the Semi-Finals, they lost the final 0-1 to Margate.
The 2017/18 season saw the club finish third in the Premier Division. In the subsequent Play-Offs, they defeated Folkestone Invicta 4-0 in the Semi-Finals before losing the Final 3-4 on penalties to Dulwich Hamlet. The club were placed in the Premier South Division of the Southern League for the 2018/19 season, as part of a restructuring of the non-league pyramid.
HOW DID THEY GET ON LAST SEASON?
Last season Hendon finished 18th in the Southern Premier South. They managed to win 9 games of the 42 played, amassing 38 points in the process.
HAVE AFC TOTTON PLAYED THEM RECENTLY?
According to our Club Statistician Malcolm Tombs, this will be the first encounter between the two sides.
DO WE HAVE CURRENT OR FORMER PLAYERS IN COMMON?
None that anyone is aware of at our club. If you are aware of a player that’s played for both clubs, get in touch! However, any Southampton fans may like to note that Iain Dowie played for Hendon before leaving for the club’s record transfer fee of £30,000 in 1988.
WHO IS THEIR MANAGER NOW?
Lee Allinson is Hendon’s manager. He was appointed in November 2019 after a successful spell at Biggleswade Town, who he left having guided them in the play-off picture in the Southern League Premier Central. Lee had previously enjoyed playing spells with The Waders and notably Boreham Wood before a spell as Assistant Manager at St. Albans City under his father, the former Arsenal player Ian Allinson, who is now Hendon’s General Manager.
WHERE AND WHEN IS THE GAME?
The game takes place at the Snows Stadium, Salisbury Road, Totton SO40 2RW on Saturday 09 September 2023. Kick-Off is at 3:00pm.
CAN I BUY TICKETS?
Tickets will be available at the turnstile on the day – but you can save money by purchasing tickets online in advance.
By Adi Rose