Harold Crockford

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Harold Crockford
Harry Crockford - Exeter City.jpg
Crockford while with Exeter City in 1922.
Personal information
Full name Harold Arthur Crockford[1]
Date of birth (1893-09-25)25 September 1893[1]
Place of birth Derby, England[1]
Date of death 15 December 1983(1983-12-15) (aged 90)[1]
Place of death Tunbridge Wells, England[1]
Playing position Centre forward, inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Chatham
1916Brentford (guest) 3 (0)
0000–1917 Vicar of Wakefield
1917–1920 Fulham 26 (9)
1922 Exeter City 30 (17)
1923 Port Vale 6 (2)
1923–1924 Chesterfield 52 (28)
1925 Gillingham 7 (1)
1925 Accrington Stanley 11 (5)
1925 Walsall 24 (17)
1926 Darlington 18 (8)
1927 Norwich City 2 (0)
1928 Bedford Town 31 (28)
1929 Tunbridge Wells Rangers
Total 176+ (87+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Harold Arthur Crockford (25 September 1893 – 15 December 1983) was an English professional football forward who played in the Football League for Fulham, Exeter City, Port Vale, Chesterfield, Gillingham, Accrington Stanley, Walsall, Darlington and Norwich City.[2][3]

Career[edit]

Crockford played for Chatham, Vicar of Wakefield, Fulham and Exeter City, before joining Port Vale in May 1923.[1] He scored on his debut on 25 August, in a 2–1 victory over Crystal Palace at the Nest, and scored again two days later in a 2–0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at The Old Recreation Ground.[1] However Vale lost the next four Second Division games of the 1923–24 season, and he left by mutual consent the next month due to his poor form and was replaced by Tom Butler.[1] Crockford moved on to play for Chesterfield, Gillingham, Accrington Stanley, Walsall, Darlington, Norwich City, Bedford Town and Tunbridge Wells Rangers.[1][4]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Fulham 1919–20[5] Second Division 11 7 0 0 11 7
1920–21[5] 15 2 0 0 15 2
Total 26 9 0 0 26 9
Exeter City 1922–23[6] Third Division South 30 17 1 0 31 17
Port Vale 1923–24[1] Second Division 6 2 6 2
Chesterfield 1923–24[7] Third Division North 33 19 2 0 3[a] 2 38 21
1924–25[8] 19 9 2 2 21 11
Total 52 28 4 2 3 2 59 32
Gillingham 1924–25[9] Third Division South 7 1 7 1
Accrington Stanley 1925–26[6] Third Division North 11 5 11 5
Walsall 1925–26[6] Second Division 24 17 1 0 25 17
Darlington 1926–27[6] Second Division 18 8 2 0 20 8
Norwich City 1927–28[6] Third Division South 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career Total 176 87 8 2 3 2 187 91
  1. ^ 2 appearances and 2 goals in Derbyshire Senior Cup, 1 appearance in Chesterfield Hospital Senior Cup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 71. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 70. ISBN 190589161X. 
  3. ^ White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. p. 364. ISBN 0951526200. 
  4. ^ "Player list 1908-38X.xlsx". docs.google.com. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Harold Crockford". Fulhamweb. Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Harold Crockford profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  7. ^ "Sky is Blue – Chesterfield FC history & statistics – Line-ups – 1923–24". Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Sky is Blue – Chesterfield FC history & statistics – Line-ups – 1924–25". Retrieved 10 October 2017. 
  9. ^ "Gillingham FC Career Details – Harold Crockford". Retrieved 10 October 2017.