Stevenage Football Club can confirm that Club Captain and All-Time Appearance Record Holder, Ronnie Henry will leave the club this Summer...
In total, Henry has made 502 appearances for the football club, spanning 13 seasons. Henry was the first Captain to lift a trophy at the new Wembley Stadium, when he lead Stevenage to victory in the 2007 FA Trophy Final. A further FA Trophy success just two seasons later followed, before being an integral part of the Stevenage side that won back-to-back promotions from the Conference National into League One. After a brief spell at near-neighbours Luton Town in which he Captained the team out of the National Conference and on their way to a period of sustained success themselves, Henry returned home to Stevenage in 2014 where he was welcomed back with open arms.
Henry’s time at Stevenage was capped off in style on May 6th 2019, as he was honoured with a Testimonial Match where players and fans across multiple generations came together to celebrate his career at The Lamex Stadium.
Speaking about his departure, Ronnie Henry issued the following statement.
“First of all I would like to thank all the fans and the general Stevenage public for their amazing support over the years. From when I first joined the club in 2005, to when I returned in 2014, they have been with me every step of the way and I can’t thank them enough. I would also like to thank all the staff at the club who I have built up so many brilliant relationships with – I will miss you all very much. I also need to thank my beautiful family – Amy, Louie and Ella. You have to give up a lot of your time to be a professional footballer and your support has helped every step of the way. Finally, I would like to thank all the many players with who I have had the pleasure of sharing a changing room and pitch with. We have shared so many special moments together and it has been a privilege to call you my teammates.
“When I first came to the club 13 years ago, I would have never thought that I would be here this long and would go through so much with the club. I wanted to come here, make an impact, and leave the Club in a better position than which I found it. I think I have helped do that. It is hard sitting here and writing this knowing my time at the club has come to an end, but I believe I couldn’t have had a better send-off than at my Testimonial Match earlier this month. It was such an emotional and uplifting day that I will truly never forget.
“The door isn’t shut on my relationship with the Club. I have spoken to the Chairman and Manager and they are both open to working together to find other options for myself, which I appreciate greatly. No matter what happens, I will definitely be back to watch the team and Stevenage will always be the first scores I check on a Saturday afternoon.
“I will remember my time here with a big smile on my face. Football and life goes so quick that it is important to enjoy every moment of it and I have done that. I have enjoyed playing, training and coming to work every day and leave with no regrets. I know I can walk out of here with my head held high and chest puffed out, because I have given absolutely everything. Once again, I would like to thank everybody that has supported me from the bottom of my heart and I hope to see you all again soon.”
Everbody associated with Stevenage Football Club would like to pass on their sincerest best wishes to Ronnie Henry as he begins the next chapter of his career.