I hate the word ‘legend’ usually, it’s so flippantly overused. But 76 year old Terry Henderson fully deserves the title.
Despite having to walk with sticks, he spends 12 hours a week, every week, looking after the pitch at Hallen FC, and has done for 40 years.
He drives a tractor cutting the grass, and even lives in a mobile home next to the ground, which is just outside Bristol.
The club is ten years younger than Terry, but may be forced into folding, as the council have majorly hiked up their annual rent, from £12,000 to £20,000.
Terry sadly lost his wife Eileen last year, and said that Hallen FC is his other love, and he couldn’t bare to lose that as well. Therefore, he has offered his life savings to help pay the £20,000 rent needed to keep the club going.
My wife was the love of my life, and now I could be losing yet another love of my life.
I have many fond memories here at the club and would be devastated if it were to fold. It really means the world to me.
Francis Fairman, vice-chairman of the Hallen FC committee, said:
This is an extremely generous offer and we are very grateful.
However, we cannot accept this donation as we need to be sustainable and think about the future of the club, not just in a year’s time.
Terry has been a fantastic supporter and we’re very grateful. We know how much this club means to him.
As it stands, the club will be folding on May 31st, which is awful. Football at any level should be supported, not ran into the ground through over-expensive rent. The club is run entirely by volunteers, and it winds me up when council’s do things like this. It seems to be happening quite often now. What’s the betting that the ground is sold to property developers?
Fair play, Terry. Top bloke.
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