Henderson Tommy Image 1 Workington 1922

Henderson Tommy Image 1 Workington 1922


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Right or left half, and later right back Tommy Henderson was born at Black Callerton, Northumberland and served as a private in the Durham Light Infantry during the First World War, after which he began his football career with North Walbottle, from where he was signed by Newcastle United in January 1920, spending the remainder of 1919-20 at St James’ Park without making their first eleven. He then joined Leadgate Park in 1920 before a move to Southampton where he spent time on their books in 1920-21 without making their first team.

Henderson joined North Eastern League club Workington in 1921 where he played at both right and left half, being described as “of sterling value to the Workington Club. Ready and willing to take up almost any position on the field – and do credit to it – he has rightly earned the name “utility”.”

In June 1923 Henderson signed for Third Division (North) club Ashington, making his Football League debut at Wrexham that August, and he scored 3 goals in 45 appearances for The Colliers over two seasons before a move to non league club Annfield Plain in 1925. He played for Lemington Glass Works later the same year before a return to Football League action with a brief spell with Hartlepools United, joining them in April 1926, and he made his only appearance for The Monkey Hangers in a 0-0 draw with Crewe Alexandra the same month.

Henderson returned to Annfield Plain later in 1926 and four years later played for Wallsend, his final club before his eventual retirement.

NB it’s possible the photograph shows Henderson in a Southampton shirt.

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