PHYSIO JIM GETS BE­LATED AWARD

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Stu­art Ham­monds

FOR­MER Mid­dles­brough and Bolton Wan­der­ers physio Jim Head­rige has re­ceived a post­hu­mous award for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the game by the Football Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, more than 30 years af­ter he died.

Head­rige started his physio ca­reer at Boro, go­ing on to be head physio and trainer – the youngest to hold the po­si­tion in pro­fes­sional football at the age of 28.

He worked at Ayre­some Park for 11 years, then for three at Bolton, be­fore Ron Atkin­son made him his first sign­ing as Manch­ester United boss.

How­ever, only three weeks into his role at Old Traf­ford, tragedy struck when Head­rige col­lapsed and died at The Cliff train­ing ground four days be­fore the open­ing game of the 1981-82 sea­son. He was 41.

Hed­nes­ford Town physio Gavin Black­well, who or­gan­ised the award, said: “Jim trained and en­cour­aged many to fol­low in his foot­steps, hav­ing been tu­tor for the FA Diploma in the Treat­ment and Man­age­ment of In­juries course held at Lille­shall.”

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