CHRIS Henderson described his Bury Town team-mates as the best he has ever played with after agreeing a move across Suffolk to Lowestoft Town this week.
The winger – who scored a number of important goals last season, including the only strike in the Blues’ 1-0 league win at Lowestoft’s Crown Meadow – joined Bury in March 2010 and featured heavily during the Southern League Division One Midlands run-in that saw them crowned champions.
However, after just 16 months at Ram Meadow, Henderson said new work commitments would mean he could no longer commit fully to Bury and a transfer to Lowestoft was subsequently agreed.
“The Bury supporters have been really good to me and there is a really nice bunch of people at the club,” he said. “I got told a lot about Bury before I went about how well they are run and that everyone gets on – it was all true.
“It’s like one big family – it was such a warm club to be at.
“It’s also the best group of players I’ve ever played with, but I’m sure they won’t hesitate in booting me up in the air when we meet again on Boxing Day.”
Henderson was an instant hit after signing from Kirkley, with Bury winning 13 and drawing one of the 14 matches he played for them at the end of the 2009/10 title-winning year.
He carried his form into the Ryman League Premier Division, netting the winner against Aveley at the end of August before going on to score 16 times in all competitions.
Three of those came in matches against Lowestoft, including a vital winner at Crown Meadow on Easter Monday and the opener in March’s 3-0 Suffolk Premier Cup semi-final success.
His only competitive Bury Town hat-trick came in the FA Cup as he scored all the goals in a 3-1 success over Woodford United.
However, within days of the Blues’ 2-1 play-off semi-final loss to Lowestoft – another match in which Henderson scored – the winger announced his intention to leave Ram Meadow.
He added: “It’s been a long, drawn-
out process and it didn’t look like I was going to move at one stage, but I’m glad I have.
“Bury have been brilliant to me, but it’s just unfortunate with my work commitments – last year I had to turn down a few opportunities with work.
“I didn’t mind moving to Bury to work, but I said if something came up where I lived then I would have to take it.”
Those new work commitments would have meant Henderson missing out on training and midweek away matches, but instead he will line up against Bury when they play at Lowestoft on Boxing Day and again at home on Easter Monday.
“I’m really gutted to be leaving,” he said.
“I want Bury to do well next season, but obviously now I want them to finish in second and win the play-offs, and Lowestoft win the league.”