Rovers Legends – Colin HendryBy: Dan Clough | September 24th, 2007
As well as being my personal favourite all-time player, he was a rock at the centre of defence, without which the Premiership title would never have been won.
The Scot ironically started as a striker for Dundee before moving to Rovers in 1987. He famously scored the goal that won us the Full Members Cup against Charlton. The Addicks at the time were playing in the First Division, a league above Rovers.
Hendry was converted to a centre back before moving on to First Division Manchester City in 1989 after making 102 appearances for Rovers. Hendry won Player of the Year for the 1989/1990 season. However, after a fall-out with manager Peter Reid he lost his place in the team.
After becoming Rovers manager Kenny Dalglish re-signed Hendry for around half a million pounds and he became a key figure.
He was part of the team that got promotion from the Second Division into the newly formed Premiership in 1992 and continued to be one of the best defenders in English football. He helped us to fourth place in our first season, then second before becoming champions!
He chose to move to Rangers in 1998 for £4 million but his time there was mostly unhappy.
He went on to play for Coventry, Bolton, Preston and Blackpool whom he later managed. His spell as Blackpool manager was unsuccesful and he was sacked. He spent some of last season as Steve Evans’ assistant at Boston United before becoming manager of Clyde in June.
Colin Hendry was a Rovers legend.
We salute you!