Player Pages - a tribute to great players from the period
1965/66 to 1979/80, particularly highlighting their appearance in football
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.
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:
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
|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).
|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/Thunder||027|
|1971/72||Marshall Cavendish||Book of Football Top Teams||062|
|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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