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Key Facts

Full name
Herbert John Henderson

Known as
Herb Henderson

13 September 1930

31 July 2022 (aged 91)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 19y 340d
Last game: 27y 344d

Height and weight
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs

Jumper numbers
Footscray: 1, 25

Herb Henderson

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV

Pre 1965 stats are for selected matches only

AFL: 6,044th player to appear, 1,688th most games played, 11,732nd most goals kickedFootscray: 374th player to appear, 85th most games played, 907th most goals kicked

An unspectacular but immensely effective full back, Herb Henderson was a vital cog in the Footscray machine that won a first ever VFL flag in 1954. Having arrived from Mildura Imperials, he made his senior VFL debut in 1950, and by his second season was being widely touted as a champion. His efforts against Essendon's legendary full forward John Coleman were particularly noteworthy: in seven clashes between the two, Coleman never managed to kick more than four goals.

A quintessential 'no risks' player when contesting the ball in the air, almost invariably electing to spoil rather than attempt to mark unless he was clearly in a better position than his opponent, Henderson paradoxically loved to play on if he did happen to take a grab. He may have been a largely unelaborate, even dour, type of footballer, but he boasted plenty of pace, and was beautifully balanced. He was also a long, accurate kick. Between 1950 and 1958 he played a total of 130 VFL games for Footscray without kicking a goal. He was chosen in the prestigious 'Sporting Life' Team of the Year in 1953 and 1955, and was a regular VFL representative player. In May 2002, Herb Henderson was the presumably almost inevitable choice as full back in the Bulldogs' official 'Team of the Twentieth Century'.

Author - John Devaney


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* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.