Former Norwich City title winner Ian Henderson is now Rochdale’s all-time record goalscorer. 

The Thetford born attacker, who was part of the Nigel Worthington squad that clinched the 2004 First Division championship, broke a 49-year club record with the winner in a recent League Two victory over Salford. 

Henderson surpassed Reg Jenkins’ 129 goals in his second spell at Dale, who have had the likes of Grant Holt and Rickie Lambert leading the line in the modern era. 

The 37-year-old, who made 68 league appearances for the Canaries in a six-year stint after coming through the academy, is pledging to keep scoring for the League Two strugglers. 

“I hope there are plenty more goals to come. I feel fit and strong,” he said, speaking to Dale’s official Youtube channel. “I can still get into goalscoring positions and hopefully the service is there. I know if I get an opportunity in a game at the minimum I will work the keeper. 

“I would be lying if I didn’t say I felt incredibly honoured and proud, overwhelmed and very emotional. To reach an historic milestone that has stood for so long gives me immense happiness. Eight and a half years of working tirelessly, day in, day out to try and break a record that has been part of the football club for so long is an amazing feeling.” 

Henderson ironically spent two seasons at Salford after leaving Spotland first time around. 

“I didn’t part in a good way but I jumped at the chance to come back,” he said. “In my first spell with the club I got so close to the record. That affinity never went with the fan base and it was great to do it at home. It was a magic moment. They don’t come around very often in our careers, because in the football industry you try and stay as consistent as you can on the journey.

“When I first signed I was playing left wing, right wing and midfield and it was only when we had a lot of injuries the manager at the time who brought me to the football club, Keith Hill, played me up front consistently and I scored goals. 

“I have played a lot of games for this club in attacking positions and I have been fortunate to convert quite a lot of opportunities I have had.”