Albert Henderson
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: Albert Williamson Henderson
  • Born: October 28th, 1931 (Aberdeen)
  • Died: April 30th, 2008 (Arbroath)
  • First Appointed: October 1st, 1962


Managerial History


Oct 1st, 1962 to Jan 18th, 1980

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Tam Cargill - 510
2. Eric Sellars - 354
3. Jimmy Cant - 349
4. Tommy Hughes - 347
5. Derek Rylance - 322
6. Ian Stirling - 316
7. John Fletcher - 269
8. Jimmy Milne - 266
9. Allan Kennedy - 249
10. Tommy Yule - 230
1. Jimmy Jack - 140
2. Eric Sellars - 93
3. Dennis Bruce - 75
4. Jimmy Cant - 64
5. Jimmy Bone - 61
6. Tommy Yule - 55
7. John Fletcher - 52
8. Billy Pirie - 39
9. Alex Donnelly - 38
10. Allan Kennedy - 36

First Match In Charge
Oct 6th, 1962 1 - 2 vs. St Johnstone, Scottish League (Division Two)

Last Match In Charge
Jan 12th, 1980 1 - 3 vs. Dunfermline Athletic, Scottish League

Total Players Used:
154 (157 including unused subs)

Biggest Win(s)
Nov 25th, 1967 8 - 0 vs. Stenhousemuir, Scottish League (Division Two)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Dec 24th, 1977 0 - 7 vs. Hearts, Scottish League (First Division)
Jan 3rd, 1977 1 - 8 vs. Clydebank, Scottish League (First Division)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
778 306 165 307 1248 1219
(39.3%) (21.2%) (39.5%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
392 204 79 109 764 514
(52.0%) (20.2%) (27.8%)

Biography

Albert Henderson’s amazing 17 year 4 month reign as Arbroath boss, between October 1962 and January 1980, made him one of the longest serving and most popular managers in British football history.

His record at Gayfield was without doubt quite remarkable. In the 13 year period up to the creation of the Premier League in 1975, the club was promoted twice and spent a total of four seasons in Scotland’s top division. When they weren’t in the top league, the Lichties were always challenging for promotion, placing third on three occasions and never finishing lower than seventh in the “old” Second Division. Arbroath fans were never short of excitement.

Before moving into management Henderson had enjoyed ten successful seasons as a half-back and inside forward with Dundee. He scored on his league debut for the Dens Park side in a 4-1 win over Stirling Albion in December 1951 and he was in the Dundee team that defeated Kilmarnock 2-0 in the 1952 League Cup Final. He went on to appear in more than 270 league and cup games over ten years and scored 50 goals.
Henderson even notched a hat-trick against Arbroath in 1960 when Dundee thrashed the Lichties 6-2 in a Forfarshire Cup tie. In 1961, just before the Dark Blues went on to win the league championship, Bert was transferred to St Mirren for a then substantial fee of £2000. His move to Paisley was not to prove successful, however, as a knee injury brought his career to a premature end the following year.

So, at the age of 31, he took the opportunity to succeed John Prentice in the Gayfield hotseat. It was to be the start of a long and successful association with the Maroons.

Bert’s teams always played with flair and flamboyance, never being scared to adopt an attacking attitude even against the best clubs in the country. He always seemed capable of matching good up-and-coming players with seasoned veterans, a blend that gave his sides a great balance of youth and experience. In this task he was ably supported over the years by trainers such as Dave Easson and Johnny Martin.

Throughout his long spell in charge Henderson made some great acquistions and helped numerous local players develop into respected professionals. In the 1960’s, guys such as Alan Kennedy, Jimmy Cant, Jimmy Jack, Ian Stirling, Denis Bruce, Tom Cargill, Eric Sellars, Barry Mitchell and Peter Miller all made their mark under Henderson’s influence.

In the 1970’s he successfully brought in wise old heads such as Gordon Marshall, Andy Penman, Hugh Robertson, Ernie Winchester, Cammy Murray and Jimmy Bone – all of whom performed to great effect for the Maroons despite being at the tail-ends of their respective careers.

Others like Billy Pirie, Tommy Walker and John Fletcher also blossomed in Henderson’s sides. Fletcher was indeed the hero of one of the most memorable results the Lichties achieved under Henderson’s leadership – a 3-2 league win over Rangers at Ibrox Stadium. The blonde-haired striker grabbed the winning goal with just a couple of minutes remaining.

Arbroath also twice reached the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup under Henderson’s stewardship, losing to Airdrie after a replay in 1975 and going down 3-1 to Dundee two years later.

His reign finally came to an end following a couple of difficult seasons in the late 1970’s when the Lichties struggled near the foot of Division One. Ironically it was Henderson’s former team captain, Ian Stirling, who as chairman of the club committee, announced in January 1980 that Bert was leaving the club “by mutual consent”. It was the end of an era.


Players Signed

New Players Transferred In
Player Date Signed Fee
1. John Smith Jan 20th, 1963
2. Sandy Morrison Jun 3rd, 1963
3. Jim Riddle Jun 19th, 1963
4. David Ewen Aug 30th, 1963
5. Jimmy Milne Sep 2nd, 1963
6. Alex Donnelly Sep 18th, 1963
7. Ian Stewart Sep 26th, 1963
8. Tom Sharp Feb 29th, 1964
9. James Sinclair Mar 12th, 1964
10. Jimmy Cant Apr 7th, 1964
11. Bobby Russell Jun 20th, 1964
12. Andy Welsh Aug 11th, 1964
13. Ian Brown Aug 17th, 1964
14. Pat Henderson Sep 30th, 1964
15. Walter Glen Dec 3rd, 1964
16. Stuart Collins Feb 18th, 1965
17. Jim Pierson Jun 1st, 1965
18. Frank Sandeman Jul 2nd, 1965
19. Sandy Henderson Aug 9th, 1965
20. Jimmy Jack Aug 10th, 1965
21. Des Herron Aug 10th, 1965
22. Jim Samson Oct 2nd, 1965
23. John Wilkie Oct 9th, 1965
24. Jim Williamson May 5th, 1966
25. George Easton May 5th, 1966
26. Tam Cargill May 10th, 1966
27. Eric Sellars Jun 1st, 1966
28. Sandy Finnie Jun 1st, 1966
29. Tom Cargill Jun 1st, 1966
30. George Ferguson Jul 5th, 1966
31. Barrie Mitchell Oct 15th, 1966
32. James Ramsay Dec 20th, 1966
33. Gordon Paterson Aug 30th, 1967
34. Dennis Bruce Sep 15th, 1967
35. Brian Newlands Nov 29th, 1967
36. Ian Reid Feb 10th, 1968
37. Gerry Graham May 13th, 1968
38. Jimmy Booth Aug 19th, 1968
39. Jimmy Hodge Sep 23rd, 1968
40. George McKay Jan 24th, 1969
41. Tommy Ward Feb 27th, 1969
42. Peter Millar Apr 4th, 1969
43. Harry Campbell Apr 4th, 1969
44. Tommy Walker Jun 12th, 1969
45. Jimmy Milne Jun 14th, 1969
46. Stewart Mollison Jun 14th, 1969
47. Allan Martin Jun 14th, 1969
48. Eddie Kerr Aug 2nd, 1969
49. Ernie Reid Oct 17th, 1969
50. Jim Gallacher Oct 27th, 1969
51. Stewart Marnie Oct 28th, 1969
52. Denis Stanton Dec 17th, 1969
53. Bobby Adamson Feb 4th, 1970
54. Ian Stewart Jun 1st, 1970
55. Bobby Waddell Jun 1st, 1970
56. Davie Phillip Jun 5th, 1970
57. Kenny Payne Jun 11th, 1970
58. David Boyack Jun 11th, 1970
59. Grahame Conning Sep 10th, 1970
60. Brian Wilson Nov 10th, 1970
61. Norrie McCaffer Nov 21st, 1970
62. Jon Christiansen Jun 1st, 1971
63. Hugh Robertson Jun 1st, 1971
64. Gordon Buchan Jun 22nd, 1971
65. John Fletcher Jul 1st, 1971
66. Willie Lawson Jul 20th, 1971
67. Willie McAlpine Oct 28th, 1971
68. Billy Pirie Feb 5th, 1972
69. Derek Rylance Feb 17th, 1972
70. Allan McKenzie May 25th, 1972
71. James Butler Jun 1st, 1972
72. William Ross Jun 14th, 1972
73. Gordon Marshall Jun 30th, 1972
74. Ernie Winchester Jul 21st, 1972
75. Joe Carson Aug 5th, 1972
76. Ray O'Hara Aug 8th, 1972
77. Brian Reid Aug 19th, 1972
78. Ian McPhee Nov 8th, 1972
79. Tommy Yule Jan 6th, 1973
80. Jimmy McIlravey Jan 11th, 1973
81. Andy Penman Mar 2nd, 1973
82. John Mitchell Jun 10th, 1973
83. Ian Donald Jun 10th, 1973
84. Stewart Hunter Jun 18th, 1973
85. Cammy Murray Jul 20th, 1973
86. Alan Campbell Feb 20th, 1974
87. Scott Arbuthnott Mar 28th, 1974
88. Andy Fettes Jun 1st, 1974
89. David McKenzie Jun 1st, 1974
90. Alex Ross Aug 6th, 1974
91. Billy Wells Sep 22nd, 1974
92. Dave Smith Nov 14th, 1974
93. Graeme Nicol Nov 29th, 1974
94. Jimmy Bone Jan 10th, 1975
95. David Reid Jan 18th, 1975
96. Frank Coulston May 2nd, 1975
97. Billy Gavine May 3rd, 1975
98. Jake Ferrier Jul 1st, 1975
99. Neil Follon Jul 8th, 1975
100. Ian Campbell Jul 17th, 1975
101. Willie Mathieson Jul 23rd, 1975
102. Lindsay Kydd Nov 14th, 1975
103. Tom Hendrie Jul 1st, 1976
104. Ian Grant Jul 26th, 1976
105. Pat Gardner Jul 30th, 1976
106. Donald Stewart Jun 1st, 1977
107. Arthur Walker Jun 28th, 1977
108. Albert Kidd Aug 10th, 1977
109. John Lister Aug 12th, 1977
110. Kenny Aird Sep 9th, 1977
111. Davie Dodds Oct 7th, 1977
112. Tommy Murray Nov 28th, 1977
113. George Sinclair Feb 7th, 1978
114. Steve Mylles Jun 5th, 1978
115. Joe Smith Aug 24th, 1978
116. Alex Edwards Oct 18th, 1978
117. Terry Wilson Oct 28th, 1978
118. Wilson Stark Jun 18th, 1979
119. Dave Durno Jul 19th, 1979
120. Ernie Scrimgeour Aug 1st, 1979
121. Eddie Copland Aug 14th, 1979
122. Allan Harte Aug 27th, 1979
123. Jim Gourlay Sep 26th, 1979
124. Charlie Barbour Dec 23rd, 1979
125. Eric Martin Jan 14th, 1980

Youth Players Signed on Professional Terms
Player Pro Terms Signed
1. Stewart Forsyth Jun 14th, 1979
2. Tommy Mylles Jul 19th, 1979
First Signing

John Smith
on Jan 20th, 1963