The football world was saddened by the news of the death of Terry Neill at the age of 80 last week and Hendon Football Club shared that sorrow.
Terry’s professional career saw him play, captain and manage Arsenal, Hull City, and Northern Ireland – player-boss at Hull and the national team – as well as having a spell in charge of Tottenham Hotspur.
His career started before the maximum wage rule was abolished and although footballers earned (relatively) very well, few, if any, could live off their football earnings for the rest of their life after retiring from the game. Terry opened a sports bar/restaurant bearing his name on Holborn Viaduct in the City of London.
Quite early in his professional career, Terry became a close friend of Ivor Arbiter, who, of course, became involved with Hendon FC in the early 1990s.
When Ivor became Hendon FC Chairman in the summer of 1994, Terry became a director and confidante. In addition, when the club redeveloped the clubhouse, adding the beautiful Brent Cross Banqueting Suite, the refurbished bar was rebranded as the Terry Neill Sports Bar.
Because of his other commitments, he was not a regular at Claremont Road, but he took a keen interest in events at on and off the pitch at Hendon Football Club.
Everyone at the club would like to pass on their condolences to Terry's friends and family and remember him with much fondness.