Peter Henderson (footballer)

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Peter Henderson
Personal information
Full name Peter Henderson
Date of birth (1952-09-29) 29 September 1952 (age 64)
Place of birth Berwick-upon-Tweed, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Youth career
Alsager College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978 Manchester City 0 (0)
1978 Witton Albion
1978–1980 Chester 64 (10)
1980–1981 Gillingham 7 (3)
1981 Crewe Alexandra (loan) 7 (0)
1981–1982 Chester 28 (5)
1982 Telford United 7 (1)
1983 Northwich Victoria 8 (0)
1983–1984 Runcorn 5 (0)
1984–1985 Winsford United
1985–1986 Oswestry Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Peter Henderson (born 29 September 1952, Berwick-upon-Tweed) is a former English professional footballer who mainly played as a winger. He played in The Football League for three clubs, with most of his appearances being made for Chester City.

Playing career[edit]

Henderson was 26 before he made his breakthrough into The Football League, when he joined Chester from Witton Albion in December 1978. He had previously spent time on the books of Manchester City without making a first-team appearance[1] and worked as a teacher of physical education in Winsford.[1]

He made his Football League debut for Chester in a 2–1 defeat at Peterborough United on 13 January 1979, with his first goal following four days later against Colchester United.[2] He remained a regular for the rest of the season, scoring a hat-trick in a 5–1 win over Lincoln City in March 1979.[2] The following season saw Chester reach the FA Cup fifth round,[3] with Henderson opening the scoring in a shock 2–0 win at Newcastle United in round three. This goal was unfortunately missed by many travelling Chester fans as their train arrived late.[4]

Henderson left Chester at the end of the season for Gillingham, but after an injury hit spell at Priestfield Stadium[5] and a brief loan stint with Crewe Alexandra, he returned to Chester in December 1981. He left the club at the end of the season, playing his final Football League fixture in a 1–0 loss at home to Carlisle United on 19 May 1982.[2]

As well as training as a physiotherapist,[1] Henderson played for non-league sides Telford United, Northwich Victoria, Runcorn, Winsford United and Oswestry Town.[1] In 1986, he became physiotherapist at Birmingham City, and went on to become part of Lou Macari’s coaching staff at clubs including Stoke City and Celtic.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e 'Player Memories', Chester City v. Gillingham matchday programme; 28 December 1993; pg. 24
  2. ^ a b c Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. pp. stats section. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 
  3. ^ "Ipswich Town v Chester FA Cup 1980". Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  4. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. p. 95. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 
  5. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885-1997. p. 97. ISBN 1-874427-52-6. 

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