Ian Henderson on the rise with Dale

Latest sports news from the Bury Free Press
Latest sports news from the Bury Free Press

Former Thetford Panthers youth player Ian Henderson could cap a memorable week by lifting the Sky Bet League Two title tomorrow .

The Rochdale player, 29, heads to Newport County knowing they will be crowned champions by bettering Chesterfield’s result against Fleetwood.

Henderson scored the vital second goal to seal them a promotion-clinching 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town on Saturday before being named in the divisional team of the year on Sunday.

“You wait for these magic moments because you have to make a lot of sacrifices to become a footballer,” said Henderson. “Promotion hasn’t come as a surprise if I’m honest.

“One of the reasons I signed was the belief in the players and the management at the football club that we could get promoted.”

Former Bury Town players Ben Coker and Nick Pope — who now play for Southend United and York City, respectively — could meet in the League Two play-offs after securing their top-seven berths on Saturday.

Coker recently signed a new two-year deal with the Shrimpers, while Pope is on loan at York from Charlton.