Great Old Photos of Hendon
Anyone seen these photos before:-
Some great old photos of the Hendon area including some of Hendon FC?
Does anyone remember "Happy"?
Hendon FC @ Wembley - If the future looks bleak, relive the past
re: Great Old Photos of Hendon
Enormous changes in the social demographic over a relatively short period of time... except at the Bingo Hall, of course. I reckon that picture of the Bingo punters was taken at Beacon only last week.
Very scary that I've just tried to think of anyone of the many people I knew that worked at Smith's Industries who's still alive. I don't think any are.
The situation that the western car park of Brent Cross shopping centre, for which Hendon dog track was demolished and concreted over, now gets more use than the piece of **** standing three or four miles due south, on the site of the Olympic Stadium, isn't all that pleasing.
Many thanks for posting link - brings back many memories from my youth.
I remember Happy really well, as will many older supporters. He was one of the characters in this world and was known to just about everyone who lived in central Hendon. For many years he had a cobblers shop on Church Rd and then subsequently worked for the Council. He was Hendon's mascot and for big occassions always wore his green and white suit. His favourite phrase was "wear your colours". For a number of years his association with Hendon FC was commemerated in the The Greyhound pub (Greyhound Hill) where "Happy's Bar" was full of memorabelia.
One thing I always remember is the betting system he used - he was always down the bookies. His system was to bet on all horses that started with the letter 'O'. Don't think it worked.
Happy (sic) memories.