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Roberts: Harry

1925-1930 (Player Details)

Right Back

Born: Crofton Nr Wakefield: 27-06-1904

Debut v Bury (a): 13-03-1926

5’7” 11st 9lb (1930)

He started his career playing in the Nostell area and, like Bert Duffield, his Leeds United predecessor at right-back, he joined Midland League club Castleford Town in November 1923. He was twenty when he joined Leeds in February 1925 and broke into the first team on a regular basis in the 1926-27 campaign, when he ousted Jimmy Allan, who had replaced the long-serving Duffield as Bill Menzies' full-back partner. In 1927-28, with the return of Ernie Hart, skipper Tom Townsley was moved from centre-half to right back and both previous contenders were on the outer. It was not until the start of the 1929-30 season that he finally regained his right-back spot from Townsley but in January 1930 he found himself in a three-way fight for the full-back spots with the emerging Jack Milburn and Bill Menzies. Although he commenced the 1930-31 season in the number two position he soon lost it as Jack Milburn, and his brother George and Bill Menzies overtook him in the fight for the two full-back positions. He left for Plymouth on 11th November 1930 and was soon followed by his Leeds teammate, George Reed, six months later. He made his Argyle debut 15th November in a 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest and played his final game on 1st May 1937 in a 0-1 defeat by Burnley at Home Park in the final fixture of the season. In the interim he scored twenty-one times in making two hundred and forty-eight League appearances, and nine further appearances in the F.A. Cup for the Pilgrims. He earned the reputation as a firm tackler and a deadly penalty-taker in his almost seven years of service at Home Park, in which he was appointed captain for several seasons. A transfer fee of £820 transfer took him to Bristol Rovers in early September 1937 and he was immediately appointed club captain. After seventy-seven League appearances in his two years at Eastville, in August 1939 he returned to Yorkshire to play for Frickley Colliery. During the War he went back to Plymouth, where he had been dubbed “The Rock of Gibraltar” in his playing days, and later ran a stall in the local market. A keen golfer and bowls player, he died in Plymouth Naval Hospital on 18th May 1968.

League 842
F.A. Cup 30