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Alastair Henderson

Post by J.S.Norway » Wed Jul 17, 2019 6:53 pm

He was born in 1911 in Glasgow. He played for Yoker Athletic, Liverpool (1931-33) and Clapton Orient (1933-35). He was only 24 in 1935. Did he play for other clubs?

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Re: Alastair Henderson

Post by bluedragon » Wed Jul 17, 2019 9:46 pm

In a quick check of sporadic newspaper match reports Yoker Athletic have a player named Henderson playing from August 1927 until April 1931. Of course, it does not prove it is the same player but could indicate your man joined Yoker at 16/17 years of age and that was his only Scottish club before joining Liverpool in July 1931.

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Re: Alastair Henderson

Post by bluedragon » Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:52 am

My apologies! More speed less haste! Of course you are asking who he played for AFTER Clapton Orient and not BEFORE Yoker Athletic!

He played his last league match for Clapton Orient on 27 October 1934. Although the club’s Scottish manager David Pratt left in December 1934 and the club suffered financial problems early in 1935 he appears to be still at the club in April 1935 playing for the club’s reserves in the Southern League. I cannot find him returning to Scotland and I am sure his time at Liverpool would have made any move, even to a Junior club, newsworthy.

However, in the following season a Henderson appears playing for Ashford in the Kent League at both right and left half. Other than name and position there is nothing to link the two players. However, the Ashford man does not appear to be playing for the club in the previous season. As your man was playing for Clapton Orient reserves in the Eastern Division of the Southern League then he would have played against Kent clubs and so that could be his next move? Anyway, full of "ifs, buts and maybes" but someone may know more about the Ashford man.

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Re: Alastair Henderson

Post by bluedragon » Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:27 pm

A friend has checked some Leyton Orient books. One reference says that he left Clapton Orient in May 1935 the other more intriguing reference has a note: "Scottish Border League 1935". There was a Border Amateur League formed in 1936. The Border Junior Football League was no longer in existence at that time.

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Re: Alastair Henderson

Post by J.S.Norway » Thu Jul 18, 2019 4:33 pm

Thank you very much!! I believe you have found him. Tom Lucas played for Liverpool 1919-33.Clapton Orient 1933-34. Manager for Ashford from 1934.

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Re: Alastair Henderson

Post by bluedragon » Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:23 pm

I looked a little further and found that Ashford were a nursery club for Clapton Orient. Tommy Lucas had been sent down to Ashford to take charge by Orient manager David Pratt. It is possible that Alastair Henderson took the same journey to play alongside the young players although he was not that old himself. Ashford appear to have hit some financial problems in 1936 and were owing players' wages and so he may not have been there long.

Tommy Lucas went off to be landlord at the Woolpack Inn, Stoke Mandeville and coached at nearby Alyesbury United in 1936.

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Re: Alastair Henderson

Post by J.S.Norway » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:22 pm

I see that manager David Pratt also bought 2 other ex LFC players in 1933. Ted Crawford directly from Liverpool. Pat McDade from Yeovil & Petters. McDade never played for Clapton Orient (& Liverpool first team) but was also ass. groundsman 1933-35.

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Re: Alastair Henderson

Post by bluedragon » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:28 pm

David Pratt had four seasons as player/manager at Yeovil & Petters United immediately before joining Clapton Orient and so must have taken Tom McDade with him. McDade also played for Yoker Athletic! It's a small world!

A Leyton Orient source gives Alastair Henderson's full name as Alastair Ian Henderson. On the ScotlandPeople website there is a person of this name born in Anderston, Glasgow, in 1911. In the death records there is one possibility who died at age 84 in 1996 and the death was registered at Vale of Leven.

As mentioned before He does not appear to have played Senior football in Scotland after playing at Ashford. He was not re-instated as a Junior player either having checked the re-instatement lists for 1936,1937 and 1938.

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