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Harold Halse

Manchester United FC, Aston Villa FC

1 appearance, 2 debut goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 8: A 1
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  Private Harold James Halse
Birth 1 January 1886 in Leytonstone, Essex [registered in West Ham, March 1886].
Attended Park House School, West Ham
Baptism 20 September 1891 in Wanstead Slip

According to the 1891 census, Harold J. is the fifth of six children, the youngest of five sons, to Frank and Emily Jane (née Yapp). They live at 50 Borthwick Road in Wanstead. His father is an Ironmongers Manager. They have one servant. Harold is not on this census return.


According to the 1901 census, Harold J. is still one of six children at home with his parents at 40 Romford Road in West Ham. His father is an ironmonger. They have two servants.

Marriage to Alma Young [registered in West Ham, June 1908]

According to the 1911 census, Harold James, a Professional Footballer, is married to Alma with a daughter, Winifred Alma. They live at 77 School Road in Stretford, Barton-upon-Irwell.
During the war, his wife, Alma, was living at 59 Warren Road in Chingford.

  According to the 1921 census, Harold J, a professional footballer for Chelsea FC, still married to Alma, and with Winifred, they board with the Harwood family at 1 New Pier Street in Walton-on-the-Naze.
  According to the 1939 register, Harold J., a surface grinder and a machinist at armament work, is living at 119 Ashen Drive in Dartford. He is still married, but Alma is at 11 Old Pier Street in Frinton.
Death 25 March 1949 in Colchester, aged 63 years 83 days [registered in Colchester. Essex, March 1949].


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

Playing Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football in Park School, Wanstead, where he scored 125 goals in one season, Halse also captained the Park School side. His junior clubs included Newportians FC of Leyton, Park School Old Boys FC, Wanstead FC and Barking Town FC, from where Clapton Orient FC signed him in 1905, he played twice in the league and scored once. Southend United FC followed in the 1906 close season. His 95 goals in 61 league appearances saw him, in 1907, sign for Manchester United FC. He returned 109 league appearances with 41 goals. In July 1912, Halse signed for Aston Villa FC, and 31 league appearances followed, including 21 goals. After setting up business in London, Villa allowed Halse to leave, and although Tottenham Hotspur FC were favourites for his signature, Chelsea FC signed him on 28 May 1913, and he remained with them through the war until July 1921, when, after 96 league appearances and 23 goals, Charlton Athletic FC obtained his signature. He scored five goals in 21 league appearances. He retired from playing in 1923.
Club honours Football League Division One Champions 1907-08, 1910-11, runners-up 1912-13; FA Charity Shield winners 1908, 1911 (scored six of the eight goals); FA Cup winners 1908-09, 1912-13, runners-up 1914-15;
Individual honours Football League (five appearances)
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 6", 10st. 5lbs [1909], 5' 4½" [1915]


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

England Career

Player number One of two who became 342nd players (343) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
Only match No. 104, 1 June 1909, Austria 1 England 8, an end-of-season final Continental tour match at Hohe Warte Stadion, Döbling, Wien, aged 23 years 151 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Died a day after Dickie Downs and nine days after Harold Halse

Beyond England

No additional information. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.116.
Worked in the munitions factory in Birmingham in 1915, then according to his Royal Naval entrant, whom he joined in January 1916, he was a Commercial Traveller. He left the Navy to join the RAF in 31 March 1918. Discharged 30 April 1920. - Attestation
In 1921, Halse fronted an advertising campaign for De Witt's kidney and bladder pills (left). The advert reveals that Halse is a member of the Walton and Frinton Yacht Club. - Various Newspapers from 1921.
Halse was appointed coach and team manager of Clacton FC on 6 June 1930, to play in the Essex Premier League - Chelmsford Chronicle (6 June 1930).

By 1937, Halse was living in Eagle Avenue in Walton-on-the-Naze. His business as a tobacconist and confectioner in Walton High Street was suffering, andhe was attending the Colchester Bankruptcy Court for public examination on 30 September. Due to his trade 'falling off' and to 'betting activities', his statement of affairs showed gross liabilities of £804/3/7 and a deficiency of £717/8/10. -
Chelmsford Chronicle (1 October 1937).
By April 1948, however, Halse was the landlord of the Sun Inn in Kelvedon, near Braintree. He, and another seven 1909 Cup Final winners, had been invited to the 1948 Cup Final by Manchester United FC, and to the celebration banquet afterwards. -
Essex Newsman (27 April 1948).


Harold Halse - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
4 1 0 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.


Harold Halse - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away - Friendly 1 1 0 0 8 1 +7 0 0 8.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 8 1 +7 0 0 8.00 1.00 100.0 +1


Harold Halse - Match History
 Club: Manchester United F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 23
- 102 29 May 1909 - Hungary 2 England 4, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth tour AW reserve
- 103 31 May 1909 - Hungary 2 England 8, Millenáris Sportpálya, Buda-Pesth AW
1 104 1 June 1909 - Austria 1 England 8, Hohe Warte Stadion, Wien AW Start ir
 Club: Aston Villa F.C. - 0 full appearances  
Age 27
- 114 15 February 1913 - Ireland 2 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AL reserve