A Photo a Week Challenge: Unexpected Windows

I thought long about this challenge from Nancy. I don’t often stumble upon ‘unexpected’ images. However, there is this shot from our visit to Barcelona back in 2017. Taken through the locked gates of the Mercado de la Boqueria, the normally busy stalls are closed with only the pigeons for company…

Then I remembered this from back in 2009……This is a view through one of the wrecked turnstiles into the abandoned Claremont Road football ground, once home of Hendon FC. It tells a tale of falling attendance and the need for investment to maintain league position. There’s an old saying – Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. In modern non-league football that can be paraphrased to ‘Beware of Property Developers offering to help your club’. Hendon were ousted from their home and now groundshare with Edgware. The ground was demolished in 2012 if I remember correctly and is now a housing estate. Hendon were not the first, but hopefully will be one of the last to suffer this fate after a battle last season to save Dulwich Hamlet which saw them return home to their ground mid-season this year after questions were asked in Parliament and the local council stepped in to protect what is a community resource. A set of my shots of the dilapidated Claremont Road ground can be seen here.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned

Claremont Road football ground – home of Hendon FC for 81 years.

The stadium site was sold to a property developer in 2006 who ousted the football club in 2008. By the time these photos were taken in 2009 the ground was home to Romanian squatters. Over the subsequent years they were evicted twice before a final eviction involving the Police and the Borders Agency removed 68 squatters in June 2013. After this final eviction the buildings were demolished. The really stupid thing about it all is that the land is subject to a written promise (covenant) to Middlesex County Council by Hendon UDC (now part of Barnet) that it had dedicated the land ‘for ever’, for public recreation. But then property developers and their crony councillors don’t give a monkey’s about such things do they 😦 Hendon FC are currently playing over at Harrow Borough’s Earlsmead Stadium.

Claremont Road viewed through a turnstile grill

Claremont Road viewed through a turnstile grill

The pitch and East Stand

The pitch and East Stand

The  south end turnstiles

The south end turnstiles

The West Stand

The West Stand

Read about the Weekly Photo Challenge at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/photo-challenge-abandoned/