Scottish Premier League club St Johnstone are hailing a brand new hero from south of the border. And the hero is Lytham born Callum Hendry, who is hitting the headlines as his football career goes from strength to strength.
This weekend 22 year old Callum scored the vital first goad against Rangers as the Perth side held the legendary Glasgow team to a 2 -2 draw. This continues his hot streak in front of goal, Callum hitting the back of the net in recent big wins over Ayr United and Motherwell.
Callum certainly has football in his blood. His dad, Colin Hendry, carved out a glittering career with Blackburn Rovers and Rangers, whilst gaining full international honours, playing fifty one times for Scotland. Sadly Colin’s wife, Callum’s mother, Denise, died at the age of 42. Colin’s Wikipedia entry says that, ‘ Denise’s death is believed to have been caused by a long-term infection resulting from nine punctures to internal organs inflicted during cosmetic surgery performed by Swedish cosmetic surgeon Gustav Aniansson, at the private Broughton Park Hospital in Preston. On 23 June 2010, Colin was formally declared bankrupt at Blackpool County Court. It was reported that he faced a tax bill of more than £1m and owed thousands of pounds to other creditors, including SpreadEx, a betting company. As a further consequence, Colin lost his Georgian mansion on the Lytham seafront. He was also banned from driving when he was pulled over in his Ford Focus in Lytham in 2015 and was found to be twice over the legal limit.
Today, Colin dedicates himself to supporting Callum – and is also his son’s agent. Callum hopes to follow in his dad’s footballing footsteps by playing at Scotland’s national stadium. St Johnstone, thanks to Callum’s winning goal against Ayr United, are in the last eight of the Scottish Cup – but they have to face favourites Celtic in the next round!
Callum is proud of his dad’s support. ‘He also looks after my contracts. He’s my agent. It’s great to have him there.’ And Colin loves to see his son play. Callum says, ‘I ask dad if he wants a ticket with the fans or with the directors. He says to stick him in with the fans. He grew up in that weather. He loves it.’

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