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Geordie Henderson
Personal information
Full name George Donald Henderson
Date of birth 15 April 1897
Place of birth Forfar, Scotland
Date of death 1953 (aged 55–56)
Place of death Scotland
Playing position Centre Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1919 Forfar Athletic
1919 Dundee
1919–1927 Rangers 170 (123)
1927 Darlington 014 00(6)
1927–1928 New York Nationals 032 0(11)
1928–1930 Dundee United 069 0(22)
Rhyl
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

George Donald 'Geordie' Henderson (15 April 1897 – 1953) was a Scottish football centre forward who played professionally in Scotland and briefly in the United States, England and Wales. He saw his greatest success with Rangers in the 1920s but was never capped at international level despite an excellent club scoring record.

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Football career

Henderson was born in Forfar and began his professional career with hometown club Forfar Athletic. Towards the end of the 1910s, he played briefly with Dundee before joining Rangers in November 1919.[1]

His debut with Rangers came in a league match on 20 March 1920 against Aberdeen and his first goal came a fortnight later on 3 April against Airdrieonians. Henderson was top scorer at Rangers for four consecutive seasons from 1921–22 until 1924–25 (the latter season being his most productive, netting 32 times). He played a total of 195 first class games (170 league, 25 Scottish Cup) and scored 142 goals (123 league and 19 cup).[2] During his eight year spell at Ibrox he amassed four League championships, four Glasgow Cups and two Charity Cups.

He left Rangers to join English Second Division club Darlington in January 1927, where he made 14 appearances, scoring six goals as Darlington ended the season in 21st place and were relegated to the Third Division North. In the autumn of 1927, he left Britain and signed with the New York Nationals of the American Soccer League. The Nationals finished third in league play, but won the 1928 National Challenge Cup in a two game final against the Bricklayers and Masons F.C. of Chicago. The first game ended in a 1–1 tie after extra time, but the Nationals, on the strength of two Henderson goals, won the replay 3–0.[1] In 1928, Henderson returned to Scotland where he signed with Dundee United. He spent only two seasons there, winning the 1928–29 Second Division championship, before transferring to Rhyl in the Welsh Birmingham and District League.[3]

After his retirement he owned a pub in Dundee.

Honours

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Rangers

1920–21, 1922–23, 1923–24, 1924–25

New York Nationals

1928

Dundee United

1928–29

References

  1. ^ a b Jose, Colin (1998) (Hardback). American Soccer League, 1921–1931. The Scarecrow Press. (ISBN 0-8108-3429-4).  
  2. ^ Rangers player history – H
  3. ^ Dundee United profile

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