It has been a bad news week for Hendon Football Club with the death announced of two familiar faces at LOOT Stadium. John Muir, long-time physio, and as previously reported, Laurie Thurgood, President of Hendon FC Supporters Association, both died in late July.
Mr Muir, Moo-Moo to generation of players, was a no-nonsense physio of the "old school". He was the spongeman when Hendon won the Amateur Cup in 1972 and was still going strong at the end of that decade. He was made a life member in honour of his service to the club when he retired. As with so many of former Hendon people, he still made occasional appearances at home games, until he moved up to Derbyshire a few years ago and he died in the North Midlands county.
Mr Thurgood, who lived in West Hampstead was almost certainly the last of the founding members of Hendon FC Supporters Association which was founded in 1933. In his late 80s, Laurie had been President of the Association for a few years since stepping down from the active committee, where he had been a member for over 20 years. He was the brother-in-law of the late Len Burt, a former chairman of the Supporters Association who died in the winter of 1994-95. Mr Thurgood had been in increasingly frail health in recent years, but still paid occasional visits to LOOT stadium.