A quick and powerful winger and centre forward, John Hendrie scored goals at every level for a number of English football's best known clubs. He started his career with Coventry City, went on to score a total of 46 goals for Bradford City (helping them to win the Third Division title in 1984-85) before his two short spells at Newcastle United and Leeds United.
(John Hendrie is pictured above, centre, playing for the Middlesbrough Home side in 2007)
However he was probably best known for his 6 year career at Middlesbrough where he scored 44 goals in 192 appearances. On signing from Leeds, Hendrie scored a goal that Boro fans still talk about to this day, picking the ball up just outside his own box and weaving past the entire Millwall team before slotting the ball home. He helped Boro win promotion to the newly founded FA Premier League in 1992 and was the club's leading scorer when they won promotion back to the top flight in season 1994-95. Hendrie sealed promotion (and secured legendary status at the same time) by scoring the last 2 goals at Ayresome Park in April 1995.
John ended his playing career at Barnsley, and also managed the club in a brief spell in 1998-99. He is still heavily involved with Middlesbrough FC, having presented programmes on Boro TV and regularly attending games at the Riverside. In recent years John has relished his role as a Football Aid Ambassador and has featured in a number of our Middlesbrough matches at The Riverside stadium, where his passion and enthusiasm for the game has helped to make the events all the more special for our Boro supporters.