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Darius Henderson




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Henderson was part of the Royals’ home-grown players, coming through our Academy system to make his Madejski Stadium debut in a 2-1 win over Wycombe Wanderers in April 2000.

The powerful 6’4” striker made more than 80 appearances for the club, although most came as a substitute – he only started five matches at the Mad Stad but was introduced on no fewer than 33 occasions.

His first professional goals came in a 4-0 League Cup win over Luton Town in 2001 and that season he notched nine more times as a relative regular in Alan Pardew’s first team squad.

The following season he featured, mainly from the bench, in a season that saw the Royals reach the Division Two play-offs, but after a loan spell at Brighton he was allowed to leave for Gillingham in 2004.

He reached the Premier League alongside Reading in 2006 when he helped Watford earn promotion to the top flight with a penalty in the play-off final against Leeds at Wembley.

Henderson then moved to Sheffield United and Millwall before joining Nottingham Forest in January 2013. His first Forest goal came in a 6-1 whipping of Huddersfield Town, that would be one of 11 goals he would go on to score across both the league and cup.

The arrival of Britt Assombalonga at the start of the 2014/15 season prompted a move away from the club to join Leyton Orient in search of first team football. So far he’s scored eight goals in 23 league appearances for the O’s last season, aged 33.