Henderson, John

Birth Date

22nd September 1941


Johnshaven, Kincardineshire



Biographical Text

John Henderson played for Exeter City between 1962 and 1964. He joined the club from Charlton Athletic and later played for Doncaster Rovers. He was a member of the team that won promotion in 1963/64.

A tall inside-forward with a powerful shot, John was introduced to the Football League by Charlton Athletic who had signed him from Scottish junior side Montrose Victoria in June 1959. After featuring four league games he moved to Exeter City in November 1962 for a four-figure fee.

Making his debut in a 4-0 defeat at Newport County, John netted eight times in 28 starts during 1962/63. Starting the next season in the team, he lost his place with the arrival of Alan Banks towards the end of October 1963. Ending the promotion season with six goals from 22 league appearances he had rarely featured during the second half of the season and had already requested a transfer. Placed on the transfer list after asking to go part-time to work as a carpenter John declined moves to Cheltenham Town, Gillingham, Cambridge City and Barrow before eventually moving to Doncaster Rovers in July 1964 for £750.

Playing just ten times during his stay at Belle Vue, John moved on to Chesterfield before dropping out of the Football League to sign for Kidderminster Harriers where he scored 144 goals in 333 matches. He finished his career with Stourbridge, Halesowen Town and Dudley Town.  

Returning to St James' Park for a reunion in 2016 John conducted an interview and supplied a collection of pictures






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I was aware of John's football background especially his superb goal record for Kidderminster.

I met him at BT where we both worked during the 80's & 90's.

A legend for the Harriers, played for the national BT team along with another mate of mine and local league legend Alan Parsons .

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