Sammy Henderson
Manager Profile

Manager Details

  • Full Name: Samuel Joseph Henderson
  • Born: November 25th, 1944 (Garngad, Glasgow)
  • Former Player: Sammy Henderson
  • First Appointed: August 21st, 1981


Managerial History


Aug 21st, 1981 to May 12th, 1988

Most Appearances Top Scorers
1. Jim Gallacher - 293
2. Mark Treanor - 260
3. Jimmy Given - 229
4. Gerry McCabe - 206
5. Billy McGhie - 200
6. Jim Fallon - 195
7. Martin Hughes - 189
8. Joe Dickson - 180
9. Gerry Ronald - 171
10. Davie Shanks - 148
1. Tommy Coyne - 41
2. Mike Conroy - 38
3. Jimmy Given - 34
4. Bobby Williamson - 33
5. Gerry McCabe - 24
6. Martin Hughes - 23
7. Mike Larnach - 23
8. Blair Millar - 22
9. Gerry Ronald - 22
10. Billy McGhie - 13

First Match In Charge
Aug 22nd, 1981 4 - 1 vs. Queen's Park, League Cup (Group 7)

Last Match In Charge
May 7th, 1988 1 - 1 vs. East Fife, League

Total Players Used:
67 (68 including unused subs)

Biggest Win(s)
Aug 21st, 1985 7 - 2 vs. Raith Rovers, League Cup (2nd Round)
Sep 15th, 1984 5 - 0 vs. Kilmarnock, League (Division 1)
Mar 12th, 1983 6 - 1 vs. St Johnstone, League (Division 1)

Heaviest Defeat(s)
Oct 29th, 1986 0 - 6 vs. Celtic, League (Premier Division)
May 3rd, 1986 0 - 6 vs. Aberdeen, League (Premier Division)
Oct 17th, 1981 1 - 7 vs. Motherwell, League (Division 1)

Overall Record

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
318 118 79 121 424 481
(37.1%) (24.8%) (38.1%)

At Home

Games Won Drawn Lost For Against
160 70 35 55 231 226
(43.8%) (21.9%) (34.4%)

Biography

Sammy Henderson is a significant figure in the rise of Clydebank FC in the mid-1970s through the 1980s as both a player and manager. On Celtic's books as a youngster, Sammy spent seven years at Stirling Albion before joining up at Kilbowie in 1973.

The beginnings of the great Clydebank side were starting to come together and Sam's final season as a player saw the club lift the Second Division Championship in 1976. Sam Immediately joined Bill Munro's backroom staff as the club made it two successive promotions to play in the Premier League for the first time.

With the loss of Davie Cooper and Mike Larnach, Clydebank were inevitably relegated back to the first Division. After failing narrowly to return to the Premier League in the following two seasons, the Bankies began to decline a little. At the start of the 1981-82 season after an indifferent League Cup campaign, Bill Munro surprisingly handed in his resignation. Sammy Henderson immediately took over for the next game and the position was soon made permanent.

Over the next few years the Bankies were regular promotion candidates, and finally succeeded in season 1984-85 finishing as runners-up to Motherwell. Once again, life in the Premier League was tough for the Bankies but memorable victories over Rangers and Aberdeen were achieved.

The Bankies had an abysmal start to the 1987-88 season,but recovered to finish in third position in the league, but with only one promotion spot available Clydebank were never truly at the races.

This was to be Sam's final season with the club as outside business pressures led to him having to give up his position with the club ending a fifteen year association.


Players Signed

New Players Transferred In
Player Date Signed Fee
1. Dave Smith Aug 11th, 1982
2. Gary Murray Aug 11th, 1982
3. Paul McLaughlin Dec 31st, 1982
4. Eric Ferguson Dec 7th, 1983
5. Davie Shanks Mar 28th, 1984
6. Tom MacKenzie Apr 21st, 1984
7. Mike Conroy May 4th, 1984
8. Alan Bain Jun 21st, 1984
9. Austin O'Connor Aug 4th, 1984
10. Vinnie Moore Sep 8th, 1984
11. Ally Graham Nov 10th, 1984
12. Charlie Gibson Jan 12th, 1985
13. John Davies Jun 27th, 1985
14. John Maher Jun 27th, 1985
15. Colin Gray Jul 4th, 1985
16. David Fulton Jul 4th, 1985
17. Stewart Auld Aug 3rd, 1985
18. Gerry McGurn Aug 10th, 1985
19. David Lloyd Aug 16th, 1985 £10,000
20. Sean Sweeney Sep 4th, 1985
21. Allan Rennie Nov 2nd, 1985
22. Stuart Gordon Mar 12th, 1986
23. Ian Coyle May 17th, 1986
24. Lex Grant Jun 21st, 1986 £15,000
25. Davie Fourna Aug 16th, 1986
26. Davie Irons Sep 13th, 1986 £20,000
27. Jim Sinnet Sep 20th, 1986
28. Jim Rodger Nov 1st, 1986
29. Jamie Fairlie Nov 8th, 1986
30. Sammy Conn Dec 6th, 1986 £20,000
31. Gerry Christie Dec 13th, 1986
32. Scott Murdoch Jul 6th, 1987
33. Tommy Bryce Aug 8th, 1987 £10,000
34. Harry Caffrey Aug 8th, 1987
35. Paul Harvey Sep 3rd, 1987
36. Ally Maxwell Sep 29th, 1987
37. Chic Charnley Oct 10th, 1987
38. Brian Wright Oct 17th, 1987
39. Ken Eadie Jan 16th, 1988 £35,000

Youth Players Signed on Professional Terms
Player Pro Terms Signed