Harry Hampton (footballer, born 1885)

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Harry Hampton
Personal information
Full name Joseph Harry Hampton
Date of birth (1885-04-21)21 April 1885
Place of birth Wellington, England
Date of death 15 March 1963(1963-03-15) (aged 77)
Place of death Rhyl, Wales
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Shifnal Juniors
Lilleshall Iron Works
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1902–1904 Wellington Town
1904–1920 Aston Villa 341 (215)
1920–1922 Birmingham 57 (31)
1922–1923 Newport County 14 (2)
1924–1925 Wellington Town
Total 412 (248)
National team
1913–1914 England 4 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Joseph Harry Hampton (21 April 1885 – 15 March 1963) was an English footballer who was born in Wellington, Shropshire. To this day Hampton remains Aston Villa's all-time leading goalscorer in the League.

Playing career[edit]


According to a friend speaking to the Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News after his death, Hampton began his playing career with Lilleshall Iron Works team then joined Wellington Town, before transferring to Aston Villa on a professional contract for £120 in April 1904.[1]

Aston Villa[edit]

Better known as "Happy" Harry Hampton or as "The Wellington Whirlwind," he played as a centre forward for Aston Villa from 1904 to 1920,[2] he scored both goals against Newcastle United in the 1905 FA Cup Final Hampton was a prolific goalscorer and once scored five goals when Aston Villa beat Sheffield Wednesday 10–0 in a First Division match in 1912.[2] He was joint top goalscorer in the First Division in the 1911–12 season.[3] Between 1913 and 1914 Hampton was capped by England four times, scoring two goals in games against Wales and Scotland.[4]

First World War[edit]

Hampton served on the Somme during the First World War and suffered from the effects of mustard gas poisoning.[2] Hampton was never the same player after the War and after scoring 242 goals in 376 games for Aston Villa, he moved to Birmingham.[2]


At Birmingham Hampton become the Second Division club's star player, his 16 goals made him their top scorer for the 1920–21 season and helped the club to the Second Division title,[5] he ultimately scored 31 goals out of 59 appearances in the club before transferring to Newport County in Wales.[2]


He only achieved two goals out of 15 appearances for Newport County,[2] he returned to Wellington Town, only to appear for one season.[1]

Following his retirement from playing, Hampton was a coach at Preston North End and former club, Birmingham, he later ran a catering business in Rhyl, where he died in 1963 at the age of 77.[5]


Harry Hampton scored both goals in the 1905 FA Cup Final

Aston Villa[edit]



  • Entry on Aston Villa Player Database
  • Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). p. 113. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.
  1. ^ a b "The Great Harry Hampton". Wellington Journal and Shrewsbury News. 23 March 1963.Report of his death, most information given based on interview with friend Jack Churm, former chairman of Wellington Town.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Harry Hampton, Aston Villa and the First World War". Football and the First World War. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  3. ^ Ross, James M (7 November 2008). "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
  4. ^ "Harry Hampton". englandstats.com. Retrieved 25 November 2008.
  5. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.