Nick Hendry was the third regular goalkeeper in Hull City’s history. Following in the footsteps of Martin Spendiff (1905-1908) and Edward Roughley (1908-1912) Hendry was the City custodian for eight years, in total he dedicated 11 years to the club. He signed for Hull City in April 1910 after showing good form in the North Eastern League with Darlington, but it took two years for Nick to make his debut thanks to Roughley’s consistency. It was a mantle that Hendry took over in August 1912 and he showed the same consistency as his two predecessors, missing only one senior game out of 124 played between the start of the 1912/13 season and the cessation of the Football League in the summer of 1915. Hendry continued to serve the Tigers in non-senior wartime fixtures throughout the First War, generally sharing duties with Joe Edelston (who was more well known as a wing half). After adding 115 wartime starts to his tally, Hendry resumed his first team berth when the Football League returned in 1919/20 and added a further 25 consecutive starts before dropping out of the first team in January 1920 to be replaced by another Hull City goalkeeping stalwart Billy Mercer. Nick remained on Hull City’s books until the end of the 1920/21 season, serving the Tigers’ reserves with aplomb.
Connell Nicholson “Nick” Hendry was born in a Victorian terraced house on Nunthorpe Road in central York – other than when he was lodging in Hull with his first wife in the early 1910s, Hendry lived in this house for his whole life. Hendry’s father was an railway fitter from the Scottish Borders and his mother was from Newcastle Upon Tyne – the family moved from Newcastle to York, presumably at the behest of the North Eastern Railway, around 1880. By 1901 Nick had a job as an errand boy for a chinaware dealer, shortly after then he began working on the railways in York alongside his father and brothers. He played amateur football for the North Eastern Railway works team in the mid-1900s and had a spell with First Division Middlesbrough in 1907, though he didn’t make any first team appearances. In the summer of 1908 Hendry joined North Eastern League side Darlington, signing his first contract as a professional footballer. In two seasons at Feethams Hendry was a first team regular for the Quakers and made a strong impression on visiting scouts, leading to his move to Hull in April 1910.
Hendry left the Tigers in the 1921 close season and spent three seasons in the Midland League – one at Doncaster Rovers then two at York City, where he was a player-coach. Injuries ended his playing career in March 1924 after 56 first team starts for the Minstermen. Living back in his family home in York with his second wife after his first marriage ended in 1924, Nick returned to work on the railways, for many years he trained LNER’s permanent way staff. He died in York in April 1949.
Date/Place of Birth: 7 January 1887, York
Hull City First Game: 23 March 1912, Gainsborough Trinity H (Division Two), 25 years, 76 days old
Hull City Final Game: 20 March 1920, Blackpool H (Division Two), 33 years, 73 days old
North Eastern Railway United, Middlesbrough (1907-1908), Darlington (1908-1910), Hull City (1910-1921), Doncaster Rovers (1921-1922), York City (1922-1924)
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Career: 151 apps, 0 goalsNick Hendry