Adam Henley

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Adam Henley
Personal information
Full name Adam David Henley[1]
Date of birth (1994-06-14) June 14, 1994 (age 19)
Place of birth Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Blackburn Rovers
Number 27
Youth career
2001–2011 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011– Blackburn Rovers 36 (0)
National team
2010 Wales U19 10 (0)
2012 Wales U21 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14:46, 23 March 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Adam David Henley (born 14 June 1994) is a footballer who plays as a defender for Championship club Blackburn Rovers. He can operate in both the right-back and left-back slot.

Club career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Adam grew up in Chorley. He attended Clayton-le-Woods Church of England Primary School, and St Michael's High School in Chorley. Before eventually joining the Blackburn Rovers Academy as a youngster he played for Manchester United.


A speedy full back who can play either on the right or the left, Henley quickly progressed from the Blackburn Rovers academy to become a regular member of the reserve squad.

Henley made his first appearance for the senior squad on 16 July 2011, coming on as a late substitute in their pre-season match against Accrington Stanley.[2] He was also a part of the first team squad that traveled to Hong Kong to play in the 2011 Barclays Asia Trophy.

On 19 November, Henley made his professional – and Premier League – debut, replacing Míchel Salgado and playing the entire second half in a 3–3 draw against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.[3] On 26 December, Henley earned his first start and played the full 90 minutes against Liverpool at Anfield, which finished in a 1-1 draw.[4] Four days later, Henley signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal, his first professional contract at Rovers.[5]

He was involved in one of the most remarkable results of the 2011–12 season on 31 December 2011, playing the full 90 minutes at left back in a 3–2 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford. Henley helped set up the corner that Blackburn got their winner off as they beat Manchester United for the first time since 2005 at Old Trafford.[6] At the end of the season, Blackburn Rovers were relegated, ending 11 years in the Premier League.

At the start of the 2012–13 season, Henley's first team opportunities became more limited under manager Steve Kean and Bradley Orr took his position in the right back. However, Kean left the club and was replaced by former player Henning Berg. Under Berg, Henley received playing opportunities in the right back position, beating Orr, who would join Ipswich Town. On 7 December 2012, Henley signed a new deal, keeping him until 2017.[7] Shortly after signing a new contract, Henley revealed he was close to leaving Blackburn Rovers on loan before his first-team return.[8]

International career[edit]

Henley qualifies for Wales (as his mother is Welsh), England (under residency rules) and the United States, as he was born in Knoxville, Tennessee.[9] He has played for the Wales Under-19s and has been called up for the Wales Under-21s. He is still eligible to play for England or the United States.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 23 March 2014
Club Division Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Rovers Premier League 2011–12[10] 7 0 1 0 0 0 8 0
Championship 2012–13[11] 15 0 2 0 0 0 17 0
Championship 2013–14[12] 14 0 1 0 0 0 15 0
Total 36 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 40 0
Career totals 36 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 40 0


  1. ^ "Premier League Clubs submit Squad Lists" (PDF). Premier League. 2 September 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  2. ^ FULL-TIME: Accrington Stanley 1 Blackburn Rovers 2; Lancashire Telegraph, 16 July 2011
  3. ^ Wigan 3–3 Blackburn; BBC Sport, 19 November 2011
  4. ^ Liverpool 1–1 Blackburn; BBC Sport, 26 December 2011
  5. ^ Henley gets new Blackburn Rovers deal; Lancashire Telegraph, 30 December 2011
  6. ^ Man Utd 2–3 Blackburn; BBC Sport, 31 December 2011
  7. ^ "Adam Henley commits to Blackburn Rovers until 2017". BBC Sport. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "Adam Henley almost left Blackburn on loan before first-team return". BBC Sport. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Blackburn's Adam Henley undecided over Wales future". Welsh Football. BBC. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Matches played by Henley in 2011-12". Soccerbase. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Matches played by Henley in 2012-13". Soccerbase. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Matches played by Henley in 2013-14". Soccerbase. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 

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