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Harry Hadley

West Bromwich Albion FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

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  Harry Hadley
name is definitely Harry, not Harold, birth registration confirms so.
Birth Friday, 26 October 1877 in Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire [registered in Barrow-in-Furness, December 1877].

According to the 1881 census, Harry is living with his grandfather and grandmother, Thomas and Hannah, in Queen Street, Halesowen. His grandparents are nail forgers.


According to the 1891 census, Harry, a button maker, is one of two grandsons living with their widower grandfather, Thomas, in Queen Street in Halesowen.

Marriage to Emma Barrett [registered in Stourbridge, March 1898]. Emma died in Merthyr Tydfil in the middle of 1942

According to the 1901 census, Harry is now married to Emma and they have a daughter, Edith. They still live at Queen Street and Thomas, his grandfather, is living with them. Harry is a Horn button makerpresser.

According to the 1911 census, Harry is now a publican, still married, with two more children, two sons, Leslie George and F. Harry. They live at The Woodman Inn on Bromsgrove Road, Halesowen.


According to the 1921 census, Harry is the manager of Merthyr Tydfil AFC, and is still married, and they have two more sons, Howard and Ronald. Along with their two older brothers and their married older sister (Edith is married to Thoms Bishton, a trainer at the football club and they have a daughter, Hilda May), they all live at 5 Russell Terrace in Merthyr.


According to the 1939 census, Harry, still a football manager, and Emma are living at 2 Tydfils Terrace in The Quar, Merthyr Tydfil, along with their baker son, Ronald.

  "Harry Hadley, of Tydfil-terrace, The Quar, Merthyr, said that on December 7 [1944] he saw [Leonard Lionel] Bailey, who told him he was selling the flowers on behalf of the Red Cross and Merthyr General Hospital." - Merthyr Express, Saturday, 16 December 1944
Death Wednesday, 22 October 1947, in Kingston-upon-Thames, aged 69 years 361 days [registered in Surrey NE, December 1947]
Death notes 'The late manager, Mr Harry Hadley' - 27 October & 22 December 1951
Cannot be 6 June 1942 in Halesowen... that Harry Hadley was 58 years old (b.10 October 1883) and his widow was called Jane.
Cannot be 3 October 1942, this one was a 67 year old retired schoolmaster in West Bromwich, another was 85 in Birmingham.
Cannot be 27 September 1944 in Halesowen, this was a Sidney Harry, who had been homeless, and imprisoned for child-neglect. All three are ruled out for the very reason of the above newspaper report.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his football career with Colley Gate United FC, Joined Halesowen FC in the Birmingham League during the 1895-96 season as a sixteen year old. West Bromwich Albion FC signed Hadley in February 1897 and he made 167 League appearances, scoring twice, when he also represented the Birmingham League. Transferred to Aston Villa FC in February 1905 and made just eleven league appearances, followed by Nottingham Forest FC on 24 March 1906 for another twelve league appearances, scoring once. Southampton FC then signed Hadley in 1907 where he made 29 league appearances. In 1908, Hadley turned out for Croydon Common FC, making 21 league appearances, scoring once; Halesowen re-signed Hadley in February 1910.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1901-02;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 10", 12st. 7lbs [1907].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

Management Career

Club(s) Well known as a secretary-manager during the inter-war period, having four spells as Merthyr Town FC's manager between 26 May 1919 and September 1931 (finally from 13 September 1930). Appointed managed at Chesterfield FC on 8 April 1922, only to resign on 24 August 1922. Accrington Stanley FC on 4 September 1924. Aberdare Athletic FC November 1927-April 1929. Gillingham FC April 1929-1930 and Bangor City FC 4 August 1935 until his retirement in 1936.

England Career

Player number One of seven who became the 278th player (280) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
Only match No. 77, 14 February 1903, England 4 Ireland 0, a British Championship match at Molineux, Waterloo Road North, St. Peter's, Wolverhampton, aged 25 years 111 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1902-03;
Team honours British Championship shared 1902-03;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

A button maker by trade. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.114.


Harry Hadley - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Harry Hadley - Match Record - All Matches- By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Harry Hadley - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1902-03 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4 0 1 4.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Harry Hadley - Match History
 Club: West Bromwich Albion F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 25
1 77 14 February 1903 - England 4 Ireland 0, Molineux, Wolverhampton BC HW Start lh