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Player Pages - a tribute to great players from the period 1965/66 to 1979/80, particularly highlighting their appearance in football cards.
Terry Hennessey

A list of all of the appearances of this player in football cards in the period 1965/66 to 1979/80 appears at the foot of this page.


1966/67 Barratt & Co.,
Famous Footballers A14, No. 41


1967/68 A&BC Gum,
Star Players No. 20


1968/69 FKS,
The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars No. 187


1969/70 A&BC Gum,
Crinkle cuts, No. 23


1969/70 FKS,
The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars No. 201


1969/70 FKS,
The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars No. 96


1971/72 A&BC Gum,
Footballers (purple backs) No. 72


1972/73 Top Sellers,
Football 73, No. 83

William Terrence Hennessey was born in Llay (near Wrexham), North Wales on 1 September 1942.

After winning Welsh schoolboy honours he joined the Birmingham City ground-staff in 1958 as an inside-forward. However, he was not an instant success. According to Shoot magazine (16/08/1969): "Disappointed at the thought of failing to make the grade, he was ready to quit, his dreams of becoming a soccer star shattered. But then he switched to wing half. Suddenly, it was all systems go for the powerful six-footer". He signed professional in September 1959.

Most of his career with Birmingham City (178 league appearance with 3 goals in 6 seasons) occurred before the coverage of this website. During this period Birmingham were in Division 1, though constantly fighting to avoid relegation (20th in 1962/63 and 1963/64), before coming bottom of the Division in 1964/65.

He made his international debut for Wales versus Northern Ireland on 11 April 1962 (aged 19). He went on to make a total of 39 appearances for his national team in an international career which ran until 1973.

Hennessey was transferred to Nottingham Forest in November 1965 for a 50,000 fee (though the 1969/70 A&BC Green back card suggests 70,000). The 1966/67 A&BC card notes: "A quick-tackling wing half, Terry, with 22 Welsh caps, has established himself in the Forest first team... Likes to come up with the attack, and has a powerful shot". In his first season with Forest they also struggled, finishing 18th in 1965/66. However, in 1966/67 they finished second in the top Division, and were beaten semi-finalists in the F.A. Cup. This was an aberration for Forest, finishing 11th, 18th, 15th and 16th in the next four seasons (they were relegated in 1971/72, although Terry had left the club before then).

The 1967/68 Ty-phoo card notes: "Terry Hennessey moved to his present club in 1965 and became captain the following year. He has gained 25 caps against 9 different countries and was awarded the 'Footballer of the Year' trophy for the Midlands at the age of 19. One of the highlights he remembers is playing against Pele in Brazil'.

Terry Hennessey was featured in the 'Focus on...' segment in the first ever edition of the Shoot magazine issued on 16 August 1969. Among the gems of information reported there are:

Car: Vauxhall Viva Estate and Triumph Spitfire Mark 3
Favourite player: George Best
Most difficult opponent: Jimmy Greaves
Favourite food: Steak, creamed potatoes, mushrooms and braised celery
Miscellaneous likes: Gardening, decorating and watching football
Favourite TV show: Till Death Us Do Part
Biggest drag in soccer: Players who feign injury (so nothing changes hey!)

Hennessey's career with Forest spanned 4 years and 3 months, during which time he made 159 league appearances (impressively consistent), scoring 5 goals.

In February 1970 Terry Hennessey moved to Derby County for a fee of 100,000. Derby, under Brian Clough, were enjoying a golden period. They had been promoted to the First Division and had begun brightly, before a mid-season dip. After the February signing of Hennessey they enjoyed a great run, finishing 4th. The following year they were 9th, and then Champions in 1971/72 in an improbable finish to the season (Leeds losing at the death to hand the title to the Rams). Derby also won the Texaco Cup that season.

In 1970 Hennessey's transfer was a record fee for Derby, their first time above the 100,000 mark. The 1970/71 A&BC card notes: "He is recognised as being one of the best defensive wing halves in the game, while his heading at corners and free kicks add punch to the Derby attack".

The 1971/72 A&BC Gum card states: "One of the most experienced players on Derby's books, Hennessey joined the club from Nottingham Forest in February 1970 for a fee of 110,000... At best in defence, he can also play well in midfield, and scores occasional goals backing up his attack".

The 1972/73 Super Stars card given away in the Victor comic states: "Captain of Wales on many occasions... Exceptional heading ability and great skill on the ground are the hallmarks of this great defender.".

The Top Sellers Football 72 card notes Hennessey's difficulties at Derby: "Big-money signing from Forest in 1970 who has not yet really settled in at Derby due to a series of injuries. Bought to take over sweeper's role from Dave Mackay...".

Hennessey's career with Derby County was short-lived, a total of 63 appearances over 3 years, cut short by injury. He retired from the top flight of the game in 1973.

Terry Hennessey now lives in Australia. In December 2007 he was interviewed for this website - click to read the Terry Hennessey interview.


1966/67 A&BC Gum,
Footballers No. 155


1967/68 Ty-phoo tea,
International Football Stars No. 12


1969/70 A&BC Gum,
Footballers (green backs), No. 17


1969/70 Anglo Confectionery,
Football Quiz, No. 60


1970/71 A&BC Gum,
Footballers (orange backs) No. 72


1970/71 D.C. Thomson
World Cup Stars (Hotspur), No. 52


1972/73 D.C. Thomson
Super Stars of 1972 (Victor)

Football cards featuring Terry Hennessey, issued in the period 1965/66 to 1979/80
(note: this is an incomplete list, and will updated as new information is obtained).
Season Maker Set Card ref.
1966/67 A&BC Gum Footballers, Series 2 (111-220) 155
1966/67 Barratt & Co Famous Footballers A14 041
1967/68 A&BC Gum Star Players 020
1967/68 FKS Publishers The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 186
1967/68 Fleetway Lion & Champion Album of Soccer Stars 038
1967/68 Typhoo Tea International Football Stars, Premium Issue 012
1967/68 Typhoo Tea International Football Stars, 1st series 012
1968/69 FKS Publishers The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 187
1968/69 Longacre Press Charles Buchan World Stars 060
1969/70 A&BC Gum Football Facts, Green backs, Series 1 (001-064)017
1969/70 A&BC Gum Footballers, B&W, crinkle cut (19-36) 023
1969/70 Anglo Confectionery Football Quiz 060
1969/70 FKS Publishers The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 201
1969/70 The Sun Calendar Wallchart - Captains
1970/71 A&BC Gum Footballers transparencies
1970/71 A&BC Gum Footballers, Orange backs, Series 1 (001-084)072
1970/71 B.A.B. Products Shooting Stars
1970/71 FKS Publishers The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 096
1970/71 Thomson, D.C. World Cup Stars (Hotspur and Hornet) 052
1971/72 A&BC Gum Footballers Superstars
1971/72 A&BC Gum Footballers, Purple backs, Series 1 (001-109) 072
1971/72 FKS Publishers The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 067
1971/72 IPC Magazines My Favourite Soccer Stars (Red backs), Lion/Thunder027
1971/72 Marshall Cavendish Book of Football Top Teams 062
1972/73 Americana Soccer parade 077
1972/73 FKS Publishers The Wonderful World of Soccer Stars 082
1972/73 Thomson, D.C. Super Stars of 1972, Victor
1972/73 Top Sellers Football 72 095
1973/74 A&BC Gum Footballers, Blue backs, Series 2 (132-263) 193
1973/74 Top Sellers Football 73 083
1974/75 Top Sellers Football 74 099

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