Creating a football legacy

2019-01-09 06:00
PHOTO: suppliedMichael (left) and Matthew Hendry with their trophies.

PHOTO: suppliedMichael (left) and Matthew Hendry with their trophies.

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FATHER and son duo Michael and Matthew Hendry were stand-out sportsman in their respective senior and junior divisions for the 2018 soccer season with both walking away with the Golden Boot award at Savages FC.

“I never imagined ever joining Savages Football Club as I was always a Shamrocks boy, but my son Matthew begged me to register with him and in 2017 we both registered,” said Hendry, who added that his son won player of the year in 2017 as well as in 2018.

A veteran of the sport, Hendry played for the Salisbury Callies club in Zimbabwe, the same club as legendary player Bruce Grobelaar who made it big at Liverpool. Hendry also played in the PSL in 1990 and was the only player in the late 80’s from Pietermaritzburg to play Natal Currie Cup soccer.

Hendry’s son, Matthew, has played in the MDFA league since last year and is currently in Grade 7 at Merchiston Preparatory.

Vanessa Whatmore, from Savages FC, said that, as the oldest club in Africa at 136 years old, they were proud to continue to develop soccer and look to 2019 to go further in making a difference.

“We are working towards including in our Savages Senior Social League an over-50 league along with our over 35’s and can hopefully cater for the 19 to 34 age-group in Pietermaritzburg,”

“We have further plans in motion to enhance soccer for all children and seniors alike,” said Whatmore.

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