Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Former Norwich City player Ian Henderson has been named in this season’s Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) League Two Team of the Year.
Henderson, from Thetford, has enjoyed a great season and celebrated promotion back to League One with Rochdale on Saturday.
The 29-year-old has scored 12 goals in 51 games for Dale this season, including the second goal of Saturday’s 2-0 home win against Cheltenham which ensured the Greater Manchester club would finish in the top three in League Two.
Dale are level on points with leaders Chesterfield but have a worse goal difference, so must win at mid-table Newport on Saturday and hope their rivals don’t beat Fleetwood at home, if they are to win the title.
Henderson, who has generally played as an attacking midfielder or support striker this season, was named alongside two Rochdale team-mates in the PFA League Two team of the year.
Striker Scott Hogan, who has scored 19 goals this season, and full-back Michael Rose, who played 11 times on-loan at Norwich during the 2009-10 season to help the Canaries win the League One title, were also in the team.
The PFA judges said of Henderson’s season: “Ian’s professional career has certainly not been without its ups and downs.
“Having come through the youth system at Norwich, whom he represented in the Premier League, and after spells with Northampton and Luton, and a six-month stint in Turkey with Ankaragücü, he again found his feet in England with Colchester before moving to Spotland where he has been a revelation this season.”
One of the highlights of Henderson’s season was a spectacular late goal in a famous FA Cup victory for Rochdale in January, sealing a 2-0 win against Championship side Leeds United.
Henderson first started playing for Norwich as a 17-year-old in the 2002-03 season and then scored four goals in 21 games to help City win the Division One title the following season.
He eventually left Carrow Road in the summer of 2007 having made 79 appearances for the Canaries, 48 as a substitute, and scored six goals.