Hendon skipper Maclaren keen to repay the faith shown in him by manager

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 August 2016

Kevin Maclaren (right) is relishing his long-awaited return to Hendon

Kevin Maclaren (right) is relishing his long-awaited return to Hendon


Returning Hendon captain Kevin Maclaren has hailed manager Gary McCann for standing by him during his year-long suspension, and says he intends to repay him on the field this season.

Maclaren and his brother Casey were handed lengthy bans after getting involved in an altercation after Hendon’s 3-1 win against local rivals Wingate & Finchley on December 27 2014.

It was alleged that an argument in the bar resulted in Kevin attacking Wingate’s community development officer Mike Bayly, with Casey throwing a punch in the ensuing melee.

As a result of the investigation, Casey was banned from playing until February this year, while Kevin was banned for the entire 2015-16 campaign.

Kevin expressed remorse over the incident, while praising Hendon for sticking by him during the difficult period saying: “I look back on it with regret but at the same time maintain my innocence.

“Luckily there were people at the club like Gary McCann who were there when the incident occurred, so I think that went quite a long way as to why the club stood by me, as he actually saw what happened.

“It’s not good publicity for the club though, so I do appreciate it. [Chairman] Simon Lawrence has been brilliant, as have [director] Rob Morris and [secretary] Graham Etchell – but in particular Gary.

“We go back a long way, we’re friends away from football, so I feel like after the way he’s stood by me I’ve got to repay that faith.”

Maclaren admits he considered the possibility that Hendon might terminate his contract, and believes his service to the club was rewarded.

“I was a little worried they might cut their ties completely with me,” he said. “I’ve had a past with Hendon and had a few disciplinary issues and sendings-off, so I knew Gary would probably be under a bit of pressure.

“But at the same time, with the sort of servant that I’ve been to Hendon and the years I’ve shown to them, I did expect that loyalty to be shown back to me if I’m totally honest.

“Casey and myself had a meeting with the chairman, Graham and Gary, and they told us they’d be repaying the loyalty we’ve shown to them.

“We’ve had a few opportunities to leave Hendon in the past, but we’ve never entertained anyone that has been interested because we’re Gary McCann’s players and we play for him.

“The playing and management staff were aggrieved at the severity of the bans as well. They felt it was harsh, but that’s in the past now and we move on.”

The 27-year-old, who has been at the club for eight years, believes the sky is the limit for the Greens this term as they look to banish the memories of last season’s disappointing campaign.

“Last season was a big opportunity missed for us in my opinion,” said Maclaren.

“There was no stand-out team in my opinion, so it’s a shame we couldn’t keep up the momentum from the previous year as I think we could have gone on and got promoted.

“It was the poorest the Ryman League had been since I was here for sure.

“We obviously had numerous injury problems, lost some key players who played a huge part in our success the year before, and various off-field issues made it a really difficult season for everyone connected to Hendon.

“The squad is looking in good shape heading into the season. I’ve got a battle to get back in the team. We’ve made some great additions over the summer. Spencer McCall and Karl Oliyide have really impressed me, and we’ve got that spring in our step back now.

“I want to be involved in a season where we are really competitive and seriously challenging for promotion.

“I believe we can win the league. I don’t think there’s one particular team who will run away with it.

“Anything less than the play-offs would be a massive underachievement, that’s for sure.”

Latest Kilburn & Brent Stories

33 minutes ago

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Norwegian announced today a partnership that sees the award-winning airline named presenting partner of the NBA London Game 2019.


Stones beat Beavers 2-1 at Grosvenor Vale on Saturday


The draw for the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy has been made


Pete Carroll would relish a return to Wembley after his Seattle Seahawks received a rapturous reception in a 27-3 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

Yesterday, 20:56

Harrow collected three points on their travels with this emphatic win in Somerset after superb strikes from wing-backs George Moore and Ryan Haugh and a stand-out display from goalkeeper Hafed Al-Droubi.

Yesterday, 13:43

Hendon bounced back from the disappointment of their Wednesday night FA Cup exit at Chippenham with a come-from-behind victory over Hartley Wintney on Non-League Day, a win that lifted them to second in the Evo-Stik Southern League South Premier Division.

Yesterday, 10:11

Wealdstone ground out a narrow win to beat Hampton & Richmond in a terrific encounter on Non-League Day, with the win taking the Stones up to fourth place.

Yesterday, 08:00

.This response is typical of the sort of excuse that Brent’s planners come up with, writes Philip Grant, Kingsbury (full address supplied), in response to an e-mail from Brent Council’s planning team about his Wembley Stadium concerns (“Stadium view is vanishing”, Times):


A new community centre, The Yellow, opens in Wembley Park in the heart of the Brent community. From October 1, the hub will offer a selection of arts and fitness classes, many of which will be free.

The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

Newsletter Sign Up

Kilburn Times twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Kilburn sport

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now