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A Tribute by John Doxey
Growing up in Thrybergh meant that you were surrounded by a multitude of football players, all who could play better than yours truly [ John ]. Amongst the many I knew back then the Hennigan brothers were excellent players, and when the older brother Michael gained a position with Huddersfield I used to see him often, returning home with his kit, always with a smile on his face. I haven't seen Michael since that period in the early 1960's.
If ever a story exemplified the advice "Follow that dream" this one certainly does.
At a time when England was still "Fighting them on the Beaches" and surviving on war time rations Michael Hennigan entered this World, the son of Frank and Kath Hennigan, a younger brother and sister , respectively Peter and Katherine making up the complete family who eventually moved to St Leonard's Ave Thrybergh around 1955.
Michael attended St. Gerard's School at Thrybergh where he developed his passion for football becoming quite a talented player.
A REMARKABLE CAREER
Michael Hennigan 2002
Shortly after leaving school Michael was approached by Huddersfield Town who offered him a position with their Juniors, backed 100% percent by his parents he accepted the position, thus began his remarkable career, a career that would prove his worth and finally reach acclaim by his peers.
He didn't remain long at Huddersfield and next made an appearance with Rotherham United Juniors, and in a pattern of changes that was to be somewhat of a trademark he shortly left Rotherham to join Sheffield Wednesday juniors and progressed to appearing in the reserve team. Michael at this time was aged under 19
In the1963/64 season our roving local hero was transferred to Southampton as a centre half, playing firstly for the reserves and then made three appearances in the first team, at the time Tony Knapp was a leading player for Southampton but was out due to injury. Michaels debut game in the first division was against Newcastle United at St James Park.
In another quick transfer Michael turned up playing for Brighton and Hove Albion, however before he had time to slap some Dubbin on his boots at Brighton playing just four games in the 64/65 season our Thrybergh lad received an offer from Durban United in South Africa to play as centre half , so he packed his gear at Brighton and departed boot's and all.
In less than twelve months an unsettled Michael possibly finding his new surroundings plus the political climate in South Africa a bit to much to handle, removed himself from Durban and returned to England.
For a period Michael went through several trials back on home turf, and perhaps was wondering how to get back into the game, once again fate intervened and he received an offer from an overseas club, and if you think South Africa was a bit far to move, well Michael obviously didn't because his next club was Sydney Marconi in Sydney N. S. W. Australia.
This would have been in the late 1960's and bearing in mind that Australia can be a bit of a culture shock even today, Michael would have also found the standard of football well below that of Europe and South America at that time, as you will have guessed by now it wasn't long before he kissed Skippy goodbye and hopped on a plane surprisingly back to Durban.
Now Michael didn't stay long on his previous venture with Durban and not surprisingly he once again transferred but what is surprising he went to another South African Club, which was Bloemfontein a city of central South Africa east-southeast of Kimberley. It is unofficially called the judicial capital of the country because the appellate division of the national supreme court sits here. Just to throw in a bit more trivia here the writer J. R. R. Tolkien was born in the city on January 3 1892.
Had Tolkien ever met our Thrybergh lad I'm sure he would have included him in "The Lord of the Rings" because Michael disappeared from Bloemfontein just as quickly as Bilbo and Frodo Baggins did once they slipped on the ring, only Michael just packed his gear, slipped on his coat possibly uttering the ancient immortal mystical words "A'l sithi " and reappeared back in Thrybergh leaving the Bloemfontein club thinking it was a " Bloemin mystery".
Now many a lesser person would have thought "Well that's it" not Michael Hennigan he still had the dream, and still had the drive to succeed in the game he loved.
A t some stage he joined Sligo Rovers in Ireland where he found that the senior player was a lad from Maltby, Kevin Fallon. Now legend has it and I'm informed from a very good source that Sligo let him go because he sang Clancy Brothers Irish rebel songs in the dressing room at half time. So once again our wandering footballer returned to his roots.
Locally the Silverwood Miners Welfare club benefited from his return and Michael became a player coach there and thus started a new career in the game that was his life. He also played for the Joker F. C at Bramley on Sundays as he continued playing for Silverwood Miners Welfare on Saturdays.
A COACH IS BORN
If ever a career could be summed up in one word then that of football coach could surely be under the sub title of "Uncertainty" it is not for the faint hearted, when a club fails the first heads to roll are that of the Manager and coach. With that in mind we begin to realise the inner strength of Michael Hennigan.
Michael became a frequent visitor to Lillishall National training centre and worked hard at gaining coaching qualifications long before it became fashionable or even necessary to have recognised coaching qualifications. At this point he was beginning to get ahead of the game. He took regular employment with Yorkshire Electricity Board as a labourer driver. Michael was about 26 or 27 and for the next 10 to 12 years he spent out of the game but continued building up his contacts in the game he loved and he continued to add to his coaching qualifications.
In the years to follow Michael built up his coaching techniques, and many a local player would benefit from his encouragements
It was at Matlock Town that Michaels coaching skills were now being recognised, Matlock had a good side during the time Michael was there. Ken Boden a Thrybergh lad at Michaels suggestion went with him to Matlock where they met the three Fenoughty brothers of Dalton who were the backbone of Matlock Town, they were amazing and they were better players than Matlock Town standard. Tom of course had played with distinction for Sheffield United but the other two brothers were also gifted players.
Next we find Michael at Sutton Town (near Mansfield) as Coach where he was reasonably successful he signed on Carl Shutt from Rotherham United. Carl Shutt went on to play for one of his former clubs, Sheffield Wednesday and then Leeds United, it is more than likely that Michael Hennigan was a big help to Carl's career.
Following Sutton Town his career as a coach began to expand when he accepted the job at Sheffield Wednesday as Youth Team coach under Howard Wilkinson. A position that enabled him to pull the plug with his then current job with Yorkshire Electricity Board. and move back into full time involvement with a football club. During his time at Wednesday Michael made progress within the coaching structure at the club. Fortunately or unfortunately Howard Wilkinson was not the most popular Manager Sheffield Wednesday ever had and amidst rumours that all was not well Wilkinson accepted the post of Manager at neighbouring Leeds United with whom he had a degree of success.
Several of the coaches were invited by Wilkinson to join him at Leeds but they all rejected the move, notably Peter Eustace, who went on the manage the club. Ultimately, Michael accepted the post of Assistant Manager at Leeds United under Wilkinson and between them they had success in winning a premiership title, finishing ahead of Manchester United.
Unfortunately, the success was not sustainable and during the following seasons Leeds United just avoided relegation and Wilkinson and Michael were sacked.
LEEDS UTD. AND MICHAEL
Michaels coaching career at Leeds was during the following seasons
Some of the many players who Michael coached at Leeds were:-
Andy Williams, John Pearson, Neil Aspin, Mervyn Day, Mark Aizlewood, Peter Swan, Brendan Ormsby. John Sheridan, Noel Blake, Peter Haddock, David Rennie, Ronnie Sinclair, Gary Williams, Bob Taylor, Bobby Davison, Mickey Adams, Vince Hilaire, David Batty, Glynn Snodin , Ian Baird, John Stiles. Chris O'Donnell, Chris Kamara, Vinnie Jones, Lee Chapman, John McClelland, , Gary McAllister, Simon Grayson, Dylan Kerr, John Lukic, Chris Whyte, Mike Whitlow, Mel Sterland, Chris Fairclough, Gary Speed, Gordon Strachan, Jim Beglin, Imre Varadi, Jon Newsome, John Lukic, Carl Shutt, Eric Cantona, John McClelland, Peter Haddock, Rod Wallace, Tony Dorigo, Gary Speed, Gary McAllister, Steve Hodge, Chris Whyte Mervyn Day, David Wetherall. Mel Sterland, David Rocastle, Scott Sellars, Gary Speed, and Rod Wallace.
Glynn Snowdin above was also a Thrybergh lad.
ENTER MIKE PRATT.
Whilst at Leeds Michael met Mike Pratt who is now a World recognised
strength and conditioning coach, a position he held at Leeds. The two men
were very impressed by each others techniques and shared views regarding the
training of sportsmen. At this time Michael was already described as a man
of vast experience and renowned internationally for his achievements in
football, bearing in mind Leeds was amongst the biggest and most famous
clubs in England and Europe, and he was training a few million quid's worth
Our Thrybergh lad approached the powers that be within the club and recommended that Mike Pratt should be allowed to develop a strength training program devised from Mike's ideas and knowledge. Leeds's Utd. thus gained a gym that would be the envy of any club, designed by Mike Pratt which has been used from that time to this by every player within the club. Mike Pratt made his exit from Leeds along with Michael and Manager Ron Wilkinson, all three went on to greater things within the world of football, Mike now is working for the football association, and is still called upon by Michael Hennigan.
MICHAEL IN THE NEWS
2002 TRINIDAD The FA - CONCACAF agreement has already seen two workshops conducted in the region this year. FA coaches Henry Millington and Mike Hennigan delivered the FA International Coaching Licence Course in March whilst The FA's Head of Referees, John Baker, led a FA Referee Instructors/Assessors Course in April.
The course was organized by the English F.A. and the FC and held at the Dr. Joăo Havelange Centre of Excellence in Tunapuna, Trinidad. The course, which is staged annually in England, was, for the first time ever, brought to this part of the world. The response to the course was so strong that the F.A. has agreed to stage it again at the Centre later this year. Following the closing ceremony, participants praised F.A. instructors Henry Millington and Michael Hennigan and expressed their gratitude to the FC for organizing such a high-quality programme.
Mexican coach Edmundo Chavez Puente also praised the course: “This was one of the best coaching courses that I have ever attended and the facilities were great; I am sure it will help me a lot in my coaching career.”
Thursday, 13 March 2003.
13th-22nd March 2003.
Michael Hennigan, a Football Association instructor, has been appointed as Malawi’s new coach in a caretaker capacity for the next two matches. Hennigan, who works as youth team coach at Rotherham United, will take charge of Malawi’s two remaining World Cup qualifiers away against Guinea next month and at hoe to Kenya in October. Malawi have failed to win any of their eight matches in African qualifying zone Group Five to date and dismissed coach Yasine Osman after their last game, a surprise 3-1 home defeat by Botswana. Hennigan is the second coach in three years sent to Malawi by the FA. Alan Gillet helped Malawi to reach the 2003 Cosafa Castle Cup final.
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Malawi, playing their first match under caretaker English coach Michael Hennigan, pulled a goal back within 60 seconds through Noel Mkhandawire but Guinea made sure of the win with a goal in the second half from Sambegou Bangoura.
KANSAS CITY, MO - February 29, 2006 – Coaches from 41 different states as well as Canada, Cameroon, England and the Caribbean attended the WORLD CLASS COACHING International Coaching Seminar at the Arrowhead stadium indoor facility this past weekend, (February 24 - 26) making it the most widely attended soccer seminar in the region.
Frans Hoek wowed the attending coaches with three incredible sessions
showing an attention to detail that boggles the mind. David Platt had the
audience furiously scribbling notes as he outlined tactical information on
how to beat various systems of play. Bob Gansler, Mick Hennigan, Barry
Gorman and Mark Francis all contributed great sessions giving the attending
coaches lots of great sessions/drills to take and use with their teams for
the upcoming seasons.
At the beginning of Michaels story I wrote "At a time when England was still "Fighting them on the Beaches" and surviving on war time rations Michael Hennigan entered this World" Reading Michaels story I can't help but be reminded of what a very famous Prime Minister at the time of Michaels kick off in life said. "Never give up, never give up, never give up." Michael Hennigan did not give up, he strived for achievement throughout some very hard knocks, always moved forward, never looked back, used the experience he gained from those hard knocks, never afraid to take on a new venture, always ready to promote local talent, and is now a very highly regarded football coach on an international level.
Somehow I don't think our Thrybergh Lad will ever hear the final whistle, for him the game is never over.
News section above B.B.C. News and various sources as stated
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