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Edward (Colin) Hendry

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Born: 7/12 1965
Birthplace: Keith (SCO)
Nationality: Scotland (51/3)
Height: 6`1" (184 cm)
Weight: 12st. 11lb (82 kg)
Position: Central Defender

League Appearances:

Season: Club: App Gls App Gls App Gls
1982-1983 Islavale - - - - - -
1983-1987 Dundee United 41 2 0 0 5 1
1987-1989 Blackburn Rovers 102 22 3 0 4 0
1989-1991 Manchester City 63 5 5 2 5 1
1991-1998 Blackburn Rovers 234 12 19 0 23 0
1998-2000 Rangers 22 0 3 0 4 0
2000-2001 Coventry 11 0 0 0 0 0
2000-2001 Bolton (loan) 9 1 0 0 0 0
2001-2003 Bolton 16 2 1 0 4 0
2002 Preston (loan) 2 0 0 0 0 0
2002-2003 Blackpool (loan) 14 0 0 0 0 0
Total: 514 44 31 2 45 2

A great player and Kippax hero who came from Blackburn for 700,000 in 1989. And although he only picked up 25 games in his opening season he was voted player of the year at Maine Road in 1990.

Colin was renowed for being fierce in the tackle, superb in the air and a born leader, He was the king-pin of the Scottish defence. A late starter on the international scene but has quickly become indispensable to Scotland. He was born in the Scottish Highlands under the name "Edward Hendry", and started his career with non-league Islavale, before moving on to Dundee United. He was picked up by Blackburn Rovers for a minimal fee in 1987, and scored the winning goal in the Full Members Cup against Charlton a few weeks later.

The no-nonsense defender played 102 games for Blackburn before City-manager Howard Kendall signed him for £700k in 1989. When Kendall resigned Peter Reid found no place for Colin in the team. And when Reid splashed out $5m for Keith Curle and Terry Phelan, Colin found his days numbered at Maine Road. So when Kenny Dalglish wanted him back to Blackburn he was happy to go. Reid collected the same fee that Kendall spent on the defender and soon Colin was going to blossom as a player.

The fans were devastated when Colin left, and he was acknowledged by the Kippax faithful whenever he returned to Maine Road for the odd away game.

In August 1998 Colin completed a dream move to Glasgow Rangers. The Scotland skipper had always wanted to play for the scottish champions, and when they put 4 millions on the table, Blackburn let their star defender go. With Rangers Colin won the treble (league, cup and lwague-cup) in his first season.

7/6 2004: Colin Hendry, who was close to becoming Scunthorpe United manager earlier in the season, has taken charge of Second Division Blackpool. It was confirmed today that Hendry was appointed manager for next season, with former Notts county manager Billy Dearden acting as his assistant. He will not have long to settle in at the Lancashire club as they have a bare first-team squad and only one pre-season friendly lined up. Hendry, who had a spell with Blackpool on loan as a player, is looking forward to his first break in management. He said: "It is an incredible opportunity for me, when you have been in football for as long as I have the desire is there to move into coaching or management. This opportunity has come at the right time - I have missed the game for the last twelve months. I will be trying to put in every hour that is given to me and working in tandem with Karl Oysten and Peter Whitehead, as well as Ian Miller and Billy (Dearden)."

Provided by: Svenn A. Hanssen, svenn@hanssen.priv.no