In football there are legends,
Crystal Palace have had plenty,
and one of those, though not a player,
is a bloke they call JOHN HENTY.
He never played for Palace,
though his father played one game,
being the Voice of Palace,
was John Henty’s claim to fame.
He ran the P.A system,
making announcements for the crowd,
and the fans they loved his music,
which before games he played aloud.
Born locally in Croydon,
around the time of war,
his first match watching Palace,
was Northampton in a draw.
John attended school at Whitgift,
which for him was quite a bugger,
cos though he loved his football,
the school code was strictly rugger.
He then did his National Service,
intended to make teens strong and wiser,
returned back home and got a job,
with the Croydon Advertiser.
Next the local hospital radio,
found John’s talents that were hidden,
and he broadcast games from Selhurst Park,
to cheer up the bedridden.
And as he voiced the action back,
and brought them every thrill,
he knew a Palace victory,
would heal better than a pill.
It was the swinging 60’s now,
music and footer began to blend,
and Palace hired JOHN HENTY,
to keep up with the trend.
So the fans would sing along to music,
surge and sway and jive,
and the song that John was famed for,
was by the DAVE CLARK FIVE.
The song was ‘ Glad All Over’
he played it when the sides appeared,
and the fans adopted it as their theme,
as on the team they cheered.
They’d bang the boards and hoardings,
around the Selhurst ground,
” AS I’M FEELING’ crash, crash, ‘ GLAD ALL OVER’,
made an exhilarating, rousing sound.
John faithfully served the Palace,
with pride and dedication,
he watched us win promotions,
and our fights with relegation.
He also worked with Brighton Radio,
a fact I was going to ignore,
cos as everyone at Selhurst knows,
he was Palace to the core.
‘ Whatever Happened to John Henty?’
is the name of his Auto Bi,
and if music and football is your scene,
you should go give it a try.
John lives in a place called Lewes now,
I don’t know —- is that near Dover?
but I do know he left the Palace fans,
‘FEELIN’ GLAD ALL OVER.