Terry Hennessey

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Terry Hennessey
Personal information
Full name William Terrence Hennessey
Date of birth (1942-09-01) 1 September 1942 (age 76)
Place of birth Llay, Wales
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1958–1959 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1959–1965 Birmingham City 178 (3)
1965–1970 Nottingham Forest 159 (5)
1970–1973 Derby County 63 (4)
1973 Tamworth 0 (0)
National team
1962–1972 Wales 39 (0)
Teams managed
1974–1978 Tamworth
1978 Tulsa Roughnecks
1978–1980 Shepshed Charterhouse
1980–1981 Tulsa Roughnecks (assistant coach)
1981–1983 Tulsa Roughnecks
1986–1987 Melbourne Croatia
1987–1988 Heidelberg
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Terrence Hennessey (born 1 September 1942) is a Welsh former international footballer who gained 39 caps for Wales. He played as a defender and made 400 Football League appearances in the 1960s and 1970s with Birmingham City, Nottingham Forest and Derby County.[1]

After his playing career, he managed a number of clubs, including Tulsa Roughnecks of the North American Soccer League, whom he led to the league championship in 1983.

Playing career[edit]

He joined Birmingham City as a junior, going on to make 178 League appearances for them,[1] as well as being part of the team that won the 1962–63 Football League Cup.[2]

In November 1965, he was transferred to Nottingham Forest and became their captain. He transferred from Forest to Derby County in February 1970 for a fee of £100,000.[3] His role on the field varied. During his career Hennessey accumulated a total of 400 league appearances, as well as being capped by Wales on 39 occasions.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

Hennessey was forced to retire at the end of the 1972–73 campaign and initially went into coaching. After taking a position (for the second time) as an assistant coach of Tulsa Roughnecks in 1980,[4] he took over as manager mid-season in 1981, replacing Charlie Mitchell.[5][6]

In 1983 Hennessey led Tulsa to the NASL championship, winning Soccer Bowl '83 by a 2–0 score over Toronto Blizzard.[7] However, the team's financial instability led him to resign after the season.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Terry Hennessey". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  2. ^ Fort, Didier (25 February 2001). "England – League Cup Finals 1961–2001". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation (RSSSF). Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Rams Remembered... Terry Hennessey". Derby County Mad. 15 July 2002. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Oct. 30". Tulsa World. 30 October 1990. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Coaches Registry". National Soccer Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010.
  6. ^ Jackson, Roger (13 July 1981). "A Roundup Of The Week June 29-July 5". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012.
  7. ^ Gammon, Clive (10 October 1983). "Blowing Out The Blizzard: Tulsa won Soccer Bowl '83 with a little assist from the NASL boss". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012.
  8. ^ "Sports People; Too Rough In Tulsa". New York Times. 17 November 1983. Retrieved 15 December 2017.

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