Ian Henderson from Thetford is described as a fiery centre-forward.
He is the younger brother of Tommy
who was once also on the books at Carrow Road but died in a car
accident in December 2000. "He's got a lot of qualities but
in recent years Ian has added quite a bit to his game. His movement
off the ball has improved and his goalscoring has improved. He's
an aggressive front runner and our job is to take that aggression
and focus it in the right manner." said Academy director Sammy
Ian nearly became Norwich's youngest ever senior debutant when
Nigel Worthington gave him a place
on the bench for the home game with Coventry. A year later, he
made his debut as substitute against Coventry, albeit at Highfield
Road, in a 1-1 draw on 23rd October 2002. He was the first youth
team product to debut for the Canaries since Robert
Green. He scored his first goal for the Canaries in the 4-2
defeat at Wimbledon on 2nd November 2002. He was rewarded with
a three year professional contract at the end of January 2003
and ended the season with 22 appearances to his credit.
As a result of a fine season, he was called up in May 2003 to
the England Under-18 squad for a tournament in Lisbon against
Portugal, Sweden and Spain. Ian was one of only three players
in the squad to come from outside the Premiership. Ian played
in all three games partnering Newcastle's Lewis Guy. Henderson
had goals disallowed in the win over Sweden and the draw with
Portugal but scored England's first in the 2-0 defeat of Spain
that gave the Lisbon Trophy to the young England side.
Within weeks though, Ian was called up to the Scottish Under-19
side that would compete for the Northern Ireland Milk Cup 2003.
Henderson is eligble for Scotland through his Scottish father
and since he has not played a UEFA/FIFA-recognised competitive
match, he was not yet tied to any particular national team.
On 11th January 2007, he was loaned to Rotherham to gain match
fitness and experience in a deal that was initially for a month
but was then extended to the end of the 2006/7 season. Henderson
made 18 appearances for the Millers, scoring once. At the end
of the season, Henderson was released by the Canaries.
Ian signed for Northampton Town on 28th June 2007 in a double
deal with Chestefield's Colin Larkin also signing for the Cobblers
on the same day.
Ian was released by Northampton on 27th December 2008 after having
his contract terminated.The decision means that he is free to
find a new club when the transfer window opens at the beginning
of January 2009. Ian made 33 appearances for Northampton, made
up of 12 starts and 21 as a substitute but did not score for them
Ian then signed for Luton on 31st December 2008 until the end
of the season. He knows fellow Hatters Paul
McVeigh, Rossi Jarvis, Chris
Martin and Michael Spillane from
his Norwich City days. Henderson however could not prevent Luton
from being relegated on 13th April 2009 into the Conference following
a goalless draw with Chesterfield.
He signed for Turkish side Ankaragucu on 24th July 2009 as did
former England international Darrius Vassell
When his Turkish adventure didn't work out, he trialled with
Colchester at Christmas 2009 before signing for them in the January
2010 transfer window. Henderson knows Colchester manager Aidy
Boothroyd from when Boothroyd was youth team coach at Norwich.
He made his debut for Colchester as a substitute in their 5-0
home defeat to Norwich on 16th January and was promptly sent-off.
In December 2010, Henderson was linked with a switch to either
Readng or back to Norwich City.
Henderson was released by Colchester, along with Michael
Rose, Carl Pentney and Tom Bender, at the end of January 2013.
Henderson signed for Rochdale on 26th February 2013.
Rochdale and Henderson won promotion to League One on 26th April
On 19th June 2020 Henderson was one of eight players released by Rochdale. He had scored 125 goals for Rochdale, making him their second highest scorer of all time. He had made 343 appearances.
On 29th July 2020 he signed a two year deal with Salford City.