Right sided forward Henderson signed for City in June 1961 and slotted straight into a first team that was trying to find its way to the upper reaches of Division Three. He served the Tigers for seven seasons and contributed many assists and a decent haul of goals to a squad that was rebuilding thanks to funded provided by Harold Needler. His best season was City’s tumultuous goal-spree promotion in 1965/66. He stayed around for two more seasons in the second tier and left the club in May 1968.
On 28 August 1965 in an away match at against Brighton & Hove Albion, Henderson made minor history when he became the first City player to come on as substitute. He contributed the winning goal in that game, becoming the club’s first scoring substitute too.
Born in Wallsend and schooled during the 1950s in the famous footballing hotbed on the north banks of the River Tyne, Henderson trained as a marine engineer and played semi-professional football for Northern League side Ashington. In 1957 he moved into the professional ranks with Middlesbrough, where he stayed for four seasons but only made a dozen or so first team appearances.
Henderson was appointed player-coach at Reading in June 1968, but did little playing and focussed on his coaching. In August 1971 Ray was appointed manager at Halifax Town, but his tenure only lasted one season. A year later in 1973 Henderson was appointed reserve team manager by Billy Bingham at Everton. His achievements for the Toffees were sufficient to attract the attention of Division Four side Southport who appointed him manager in May 1976. The Sandgrounders were struggling at the foot of the table and Henderson was unable to arrest the decline, despite an uptick in form when he signed former City colleague Billy Wilkinson who had been playing in the USA. Henderson left the Southport post in March 1977, briefly staying on as executive manager until the end of the season. This was Henderson’s last job in football and he moved into the printing industry, living in Boston Spa near Leeds. In the early 2010s he recovered from an abdomenal aortic aneurysm, which was hampered blood flow to his legs.
Date/Place of Birth: 31 March 1937, Wallsend
Hull City First Game: 21 August 1961, Port Vale A (Division Three), 24 years, 143 days old
Hull City Final Game: 25 April 1968, Rotherham United H (Division Two), 31 years, 25 days old
Ashington, Middlesbrough (1957-1961), Hull City (1961-1968), Reading (1968-1969)
Hull City Record
Career: 264 apps, 61 goalsRay Henderson
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