Former United wing-half Mick was a man everyone wanted in their team

Eastbourne United 1964
Eastbourne United 1964

Mick Henman, a cultured midfielder and a member of Eastbourne United’s all-conquering side of the 1960s died suddenly aged 76 last Friday.

Henman made 263 appearances for Eastbourne United from 1961-69 and scored 34 goals for the club. He played under managers Jackie Mansell, Gordon Jago and Bill Lansdowne and won the Sussex Senior Cup three times and received his first of many Sussex county caps in 1963.

Henman played at wing half and was known as a superb reader of the game and was considered something of a penalty taking expert.

He was never once sent off during his playing career and quite remarkably didn’t even receive a booking. His former team mate and brother-in-law Chris Bishop said, “Mick was the type of player that everyone wanted in their team and the type of player you wanted to play with. He was a stylish wing half, or midfielder these days, and a great reader of the game. He always seemed one step ahead of everyone else on the pitch.

“He scored quite a few goals for us and a lot of them were penalties. He was always calm under-pressure and very rarely missed - Eddie (Woods) would always win the penalties and Mick would score them!

“He was a calm character and was never booked, he never got in trouble with the referees. He was a real gentleman on and off the pitch.

“All the managers we played with thought a lot of him and that’s why he won Sussex caps. We were a good team at that time and he was such a big part of that.”

Mick was born in 1939 and lived most of his life in Eastbourne and died suddenly last Friday aged 76. He is survived by his wife Eve, daughter Keeley and sister Stephanie.

His funeral will be held at Eastbourne Crematorium at 1pm on Thursday, November 5.