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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