Ex Chairman should never be forgotten.

Colin Henderson should never be forgotten. He along with a consortium of people saved Middlesbrough Football Club back in it’s darkest days in 1986.

He was the guy who agreed a deal with ICI for a bond, meaning they would pick up a major part of any subsequent debt around that time.

To recognise Colin’s achievements in delivering the bond, he was named Chairman of Middlesbrough Football Club.

I had several dealings with the Chairman over his time, mostly to do with contractual obligations. I recall him presenting me with my first Republic of Ireland cap before a game at Ayresome Park.

I always found him approachable, he was smart, articulate and passionate.

The last time I had contact with Colin was last year (2011), whilst I was organising the Gary Parkinson dinner, as all the 86 team were invited it was only right that the former Chairman came along, he bought a couple of tables, to support Gary.

The only request he made was he didn’t want to sit in the glare and the spotlight on the top tables. That for me summed him up.

He was a Chairman that delivered where it mattered, who never wanted attention or praise, got on with the job and guided us out of liquidation.

I would like to pass on my condolences to his family during this difficult time.

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