Jimmy Headrige
Memorial August 24th 1982 v Bolton Wanderers


Jimmy Headrige had been a player with Clydebank but was forced to retire in his mid twenties through injury. He accepted Stan Anderson's invitation to join Middlesbrough as Assistant first team trainer in 1966. Two years later, at 28, he became the League's youngest trainer.

After eleven years on Teesside, Headrige accepted a twelve month contract working in the United Arab Emirates, returning to take up the physiotherapist position at Burnden Park.

Ron Atkinson wasted little time after his appointment as United manager in May 1981 to bring Headrige to Old Trafford.

On August 24th 1981, just six weeks after Headrige had replaced Laurie Brown as United's physiotherapist, he collapsed and died at the club's training ground. Headrige was just 42, and left a wife and three children.

A year later United played Bolton, Headrige's previous club, in a benefit that was sadly attended by fewer than 6,000 fans, although around £7,500 was raised for the family.

The kit worn by United in this game was identified by Sean Moran.