PHYSIO JIM GETS BELATED AWARD
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.”