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Ian Henderson




Date of birth



175 cm





Born: Thetford, 25th January 1985

Ian is a forward who joined Dale on a free transfer in February 2013 after leaving Colchester United.

Initially with Norwich, the 33-year-old made almost 80 first team appearances for The Canaries, before joining Northampton in July 2007 following a six-month loan spell at Rotherham.

He remained at Sixfields Stadium for 18 months and then played for Luton and in Turkish football, prior to signing for Colchester in January 2010.

Ian hit 11 goals for The U’s in the 2010/11 campaign, including home and away winners against Dale, and then scored again at the Crown Oil Arena for Colchester in October 2011.

All told he netted 26 times in 130 outings for United, but left the club after manager Joe Dunne oversaw a shake-up of his squad earlier in 2013.

‘Hendo’ was one of the most consistent performers in Dale’s 2013/14 promotion campaign, missing only one game and scoring 11 goals, including several ‘Goal of the Season’ contenders.

He bettered this in League One in 2014/15 with 22 goals as Dale enjoyed their highest-ever league finish.

Last season he netted 19 times in all competitions and ended the campaign with a career tally for Dale of 69 goals in 205 appearances.

In February of last season, Henderson scored his 81st goal for the club, a figure which took him above Gary Jones into fourth place in the club’s all-time goalscorers’ list.

He has also become the club’s third all-time leading league goalscorer and his strike against Tottenham in the fifth round of the FA Cup made him Rochdale’s record scorer in that competition.

 Ian is contracted to the club until 2020.