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Harold Pantling

Sheffield United FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 0 L 1 F 1: A 2
0% successful


disciplined: none
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Full name Harry Harold Pantling
Born 16 May 1891 in Regent Street, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire [registered in Leighton Buzzard, June 1891].
Attended Watford Fields School and Beechen Grove Board School, Watford

Census Notes

According to the 1891 census, Sarah (née Bates), is pregnant with child who will become Harry, his father, Isaac, is a gas stoker and they live in Regent Street in Leighton Buzzard. They already four children.
According to his school admission records, both Hy Harold and Rob Wm. started Beechen Grove School on 3 January 1899. They were living at Dudley Cottages on St. James' Road. Harold left on 26 March 1902. His brother had been removed because of 'bad conduct'.

According to the 1901 census, Harry is the fifth of seven children, at home with their parents, living at 81 St. James Road in Watford. His father is a plate layer with the LNW railway.
According to UK Railway Employment Records, Harry Harold Pantling also joined the railways (LNWR) as a trainboy in the Police department on 4 January 1906 at Watford Junction Station. He joined the Euston Company on 11 June 1907. On 26 July, Harry was a Parcel Porter at Willesden. He was dismissed on 6 September 1907.

According to the 1911 census, nineteen year old Harold is out of work, but remains at home with three of his sisters and parents. His father is still a plate layer and they live at 49 Benskin Road in Watford. The census reveals that his parents had ten children and that three had died after birth.

According to the 1939 register, Harry H., a licensee, is married to Florence and living at The Burgoyne Arms, 246-248 Langsett Road in Sheffield, along with sons, Harry H. and Ronald R.
Married to Florence Binney [registered as Harry H., in Ecclesall Bierlow, September 1915]. Two sons, Harry Harold (b.18 November 1916-82) and Ronald Raymond (b.1920-85). Florence died in 1965.
Died 21 December 1952 at The Royal Infirmary, Sheffield, aged 61 years 219 days [registered as Harry H., in Sheffield, December 1952]. Following an operation.
Living at The Burgoyne Arms, 246-248 Langsett Road in Sheffield. Left £513 9s. 4d. to his widow, Florence.
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st. 0lbs [1925].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Played junior football in Watford until he saigned as an amateur with Watford FC in 1908. Signed professional forms in 1911. Signed with Sheffield United FC in March 1914. Remained at United, scoring once in 224 league appearances. His temper often got him sent-off and he had to serve serveral suspensions, he was thus placed on the open-to-transfer list in April 1926. Rotherham United FC signed Pantling on 9 August 1926. He was supended for two months in 1927 because of his temper. Heanor Town FC signed him on 18 November 1927.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1914-15, 1924-25;
Individual honours None
Distinctions His son, Harold, was a keen amateur boxer.


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

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 460th players (461) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-half
Only match No. 137, 20 October 1923, Ireland 2 England 1, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 32 years 157 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1923-24;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions The first player from Bedfordshire to represent England

England Disgrace

"Harry Pantling, the Sheffield United wing half, has not yet learned how to curb his temper, for the incident at Blackpool last week, when he deliberately kicked the ball at a spectator, and was then challenged to fight, reminds us that he recieved marching orders in March, 1921, in the game with Bolton Wanderers and was suspended." - Saturday, 19 January 1924, Derby Daily Telegraph
"If every club in the land would try and teach players that they must behave on the field there would be far less rough play seen. Sheffield United dropped Harry Pantling last week because he gave a display of temper in the Cup-tie which brought himself and his club into certain disrepute. Other clubs might well copy this example" -
Saturday, 26 January 1924, Derby Daily Telegraph

The Emergency Committe report that H. Pantling (Rotherham United) has been suspended for two months, from 8 February, for what transpired in the match against Bradford. The Committee state they had regard to the players conduct on the field in other matches."
- Thursday, 17 February 1927, The Sheffield Daily Independent.

"Harry Harold Pantling, licensee of the Burgoyne Arms, Langsett road, Sheffield
[left], was fined two pounds at Sheffield yesterday on charges of selling or supplying intoxicating liquor on his premises, of selling or supplying it by agent, and with abetting its consumption otherwise than in permitted hours.
"His wife, Mrs. Florence Pantling, was fined three pounds for selling or supplying intoxicationg liquor, and with aiding and abetting its consumption.
"Thirty-two other defendants appeared to answer charges of consuming intoxicants.
"The charges arise from a police raid on the Burgoyne Arms in the early hours of 2 January, when a New Year's Day Party was in progress.
"Mr. J. J. McAvoy, prosecuting, said Pantling and a woman called at the Hammerton road Police Station, on 29 December, and Pantling said he wanted 'a few hours' on New Year's Day for a little party.
"He gave a list of 34 people who, he said, would be present.
"The police took observations on New Year's Day from 9.45 p.m. Time was called at 10 p.m., but the officers were unable to see who left the premises. The main bar was closed, and no drink was served after that time.
"At 11.10 p.m. Mrs. Pantling asked 17 people to sit down for a meal in the concert room, and at 11.35 a further 13 people sat down to eat.
"At 12.20 the Police saw that the people in the room had drinks in front of them, and at 12.35 Mrs. Pantling was seen to leave a small bar which was in the room, return with some empty glasses, distribute four full glasses, and receive a silver coin.
"Later she handed back what appeared to be coppers. At 12.43 Mrs. Pantling served some more liquor and one of the people present put a florin in her hand. At 12.58 someone was heard to shout: 'Fill these up again.'
"Mr. McAvoy gave details of a number of similar incidents which the police alleged, took place.
"When the police entered the premises at 1.17 Pantling said: 'It is a private party, and they are all friends of mine; is there anything wrong?'
"Mrs. Pantling said: 'I have given them a drink each.'
A sum of 4 pounds 15s. 9d. was found in the concert room bar, and of the 43 adults on the premises besides the licensee and his wife, 29 had liquor before them.
"It was found that only 24 of the people present were included in the list of 34 names given to the police.
"Police-sergeant Tibbey said that the licensee called in December about the party, and said that drinks would be served. He also gave the names of the guests.
"Mr. J. Irwin Mitchell, defending, said it had been suggested that private friends had been turned into customers. Mrs. Pantling had placed all the facts concerning the party in the possession of the police.
"All the guests were there by virtue of a previous written invitation and not by chance.
"At some time after midnight Mrs. Pantling went round to her guests and asked them what they would drink with her. No payment whatever was made.
"'Of all these people - nearly 40 of them,' said Mr. Mitchell, 'there was not a person in the room who saw money pass.'
"The fanlight through which the police were supposed to have kept observation, said Mr. Mitchell, gave so small an aperture that it was impossible for two men to look through it in the same direction.
"Mrs. Pantling said her husband went out at 12.20 and while he was out she served her guests with drinks. No payment whatever was made.
"When the police raided the house, Mrs. Pantling said, she did not recognise them, as 'they were too dirty for police-officers'.
"Harold Pantling, said he could give no evidence as to the distribution of drinks, as he was out at the time when his wife served the guests.
"The 32 other defendants were then consecutively called to give evidence.
"Sir William Ellis, chairman of the Bench, said: 'We believe that this party began in a perfetly honest way, but we have conclusive evidence from the police that at a certain stage in the evening money was exchanged.'
The other charges were dismissed under the Probation of Offenders Act." -
Tuesday, 27 February 1934, The Daily Independent.
"At the Sheffield Transfer Sessions yesterday objections were taken to the renewal of two licences.
"The first of these concerned Charles Alfred Helliwell, of the Wentworth House, Wentworth street, St. Philip's, Sheffield, against whom there had been a conviction recently for providing music without a licence. The licence was renewed after a severe caution had been administered.
"The same course of action was taken with regard to Harold Pantling of the Burgoyne Arms, Langsett road, against whom there had been a conviction for selling drinks after hours."
- Wednesday, 21 March 1934, The Daily Independent

Beyond England

HArold was a keen fisher. A licensee until his death, namely The Ecclesall Tavern, and then The Burgoyne Arms in Sheffield from 28 July 1931. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.190.


Harold Pantling - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Capt. Disc.
2 1 1 90 0 0min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.


Harold Pantling - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - British Championship 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1

Harold Pantling - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1923-24 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
BC All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1.00 2.00 0.00 -1

Harold Pantling - Match History
 Club: Sheffield United F.C.  - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 31
- 134 10 May 1923 - France 1 England 4, Stade Pershing, Paris Fr AW reserve
Age 32
1 137 20 October 1923 - Ireland 2 England 1, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AL Start rh