Colin Hendry

Colin Hendry

Colin Hendry playing for Scotland in the UEFA Euro 1996
Personal information
Full name Edward Colin Hendry
Date of birth (1965-12-07) 7 December 1965
Place of birth Keith, Scotland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1981–1982 Keith
1982–1983 Islavale
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1987 Dundee 41 (2)
1987–1989 Blackburn Rovers 102 (22)
1989–1991 Manchester City 63 (5)
1991–1998 Blackburn Rovers 235 (12)
1998–2000 Rangers 22 (0)
2000–2001 Coventry City 11 (0)
2000–2001Bolton Wanderers (loan) 9 (1)
2001–2003 Bolton Wanderers 16 (2)
2002Preston North End (loan) 2 (0)
2002–2003 Blackpool 14 (0)
Total 515 (44)
National team
1993–2001 Scotland 51 (3)
Teams managed
2004–2005 Blackpool
2007–2008 Clyde

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Edward Colin Hendry (born 7 December 1965) is a Scottish football player and coach. Hendry, who played as a defender, started his career with Dundee in 1983. and spent spells at Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Rangers, Coventry City, Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool. He was part of the Blackburn squad that won the English Premiership in 1995 and the Rangers squad that won the Scottish domestic treble in 199899. He has had management stints at Blackpool and Clyde.

Club career

Hendry first played for local clubs Keith of the Scottish Highland Football League, and Islavale, a North Scottish Junior Football League Club, mainly as a striker. He began his full-time professional career in 1983 with Dundee, and in 1987 was transferred to Blackburn Rovers, where he was converted into a defender. One of his first appearances came in the Full Members Cup final, where he scored the only goal in the 1–0 Wembley win over Charlton Athletic.

He played over 100 games for Blackburn before joining Manchester City in 1989, where he was named Player of the Year in the 1989–90 season. His days at City were numbered, however, after he fell out of manager Peter Reid's plans when Reid took over in November 1990 on the departure of Howard Kendall to Everton.

He was re-signed for Blackburn by Kenny Dalglish in November 1991 for a fee of £700,000[1] and helped them to great success including winning the FA Premier League. In 1998, he got a move back to Scotland to play with Rangers where he was signed by manager Dick Advocaat for £4 million. However, despite winning the domestic treble with Rangers in his first season, his time there was relatively unhappy with Advocaat claiming that Hendry was "not his type of player". After his spell at Rangers, Hendry also played for Coventry City and Bolton Wanderers, as well as Preston North End and Blackpool on loan, before retiring from playing football.

Overall, Hendry played more than 500 league games and scored more than 40 goals in a playing career spanning 20 years.

International career

Hendry (blue, number five) playing for Scotland against Netherlands at Villa Park during Euro 1996

Hendry managed to win 51 caps for Scotland despite the fact that he was a latecomer to the international scene, not making his debut until he was 27. He captained Scotland in the 1998 World Cup. His last Scotland appearance, on 28 March 2001, saw Hendry score two goals in a 4–0 win over San Marino.[2] His international career was ended as he was subsequently banned for six matches for elbowing San Marino substitute Nicola Albani later in that game.[2]

Coaching career

Hendry landed his first managerial job in June 2004 when he was appointed manager of his former club Blackpool, but was dismissed by the club in November 2005 following a poor run of results.

In September 2006 Hendry joined Boston United as assistant manager, and in June 2007 he became manager of Scottish side Clyde.[3] Hendry lost his first three games in charge. He picked up his first victory in a Scottish Challenge Cup tie against fellow Scottish First Division side Queen of the South in August 2007. His best run was a six-game undefeated streak from November 2007 to December 2007. His final game in charge of Clyde was a Scottish Cup fourth-round match, which Clyde lost 1–0 to Dundee United.[4] Hendry resigned as manager of Clyde on 18 January 2008,[4]

In June 2012, Hendry re-joined Blackburn Rovers, initially as first team coach.[5] He later became assistant manager of the club's under-21 team.

On 12 June 2014, Hendry left Rovers.[6]

Personal life

Hendry's wife, Denise, died on 10 July 2009, aged 42. Her death is believed to have been caused by a long-term infection resulting from nine punctures to internal organs inflicted during cosmetic surgery performed by Swedish cosmetic surgeon Gustav Aniansson, at the private Broughton Park Hospital in Preston, in April 2002. Hendry has four children by his wife: Rheagan, Kyle, Callum and Niamh.[7]

On 23 June 2010, Hendry was formally declared bankrupt at Blackpool County Court. It was reported that he faced a tax bill of more than £1m and owed thousands of pounds to other creditors.[8] One of the creditors was SpreadEx, a betting company.[8]

Hendry was charged with harassing and assaulting an ex-girlfriend in May 2015.[9] He subsequently pleaded guilty to a charge of harassment, while the assault charge was dropped.[10]

Career statistics


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1983–84DundeePremier Division40
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1986–87Blackburn RoversSecond Division133
1990–91Manchester CityFirst Division253
1991–92Blackburn RoversSecond Division304
1992–93Premier League411
Scotland League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99RangersPremier League200304050320
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1999–2000Coventry CityPremier League90000090
2000–01Bolton WanderersFirst Division25*31000263
2001–02Premier League30004070
2001–02Preston North EndFirst Division20000020
2002–03Bolton WanderersPremier League00000000
2002–03BlackpoolSecond Division1400000140
Total Scotland 632
England 45242
Career total 51544

*Includes 3 Play-Off appearances


Blackburn Rovers


  1. "Boom and bust the Blackburn way". BBC News. 13 May 1999.
  2. 1 2 Forsyth, Roddy (26 April 2001). "FIFA ban Hendry for six matches". Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  3. "Hendry appointed new Clyde boss". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 June 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  4. 1 2 "Hendry resigns as Clyde manager". BBC Sport. BBC. 18 January 2008. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  5. "Colin Hendry eyes Blackburn Rovers defensive improvement". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2014.
  6. "Hendry Leaves Rovers". Blackburn Rovers. Blackburn Rovers. 12 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  7. "Colin Hendry's wife Denise dies". The Daily Telegraph. London: Telegraph Media Group. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 1 September 2013.
  8. 1 2 "Colin Hendry is declared bankrupt". BBC News. 23 June 2010.
  9. "Colin Hendry charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend". BBC News. BBC. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  10. "Colin Hendry admits harassing former girlfriend". BBC News. BBC. 3 August 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
  12. Colin Hendry career statistics at Soccerbase
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