David Harvey (footballer)
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|Date of birth||7 February 1948|
|Place of birth||Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England|
|1981||→ Drogheda United (loan)||?||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire in 1948, Harvey attended Foxwood School (in the Seacroft area of the city), and played for Leeds City Boys before leaving school to work in a Stylo shoe factory. He was signed as a professional footballer by Don Revie in February 1965, after having played as an apprentice for two years.
Harvey was the reserve goalkeeper for Leeds United during the late 1960s and early 1970s, and was on the reserves' bench when Leeds won the League Cup and the Fairs Cup in 1968, the League championship in 1969, and the Fairs Cup in 1971.
In the 1970 FA Cup Final, an error by first choice goalkeeper Gary Sprake allowed opponents Chelsea to equalise in the first half but was blameless for the second equaliser. Harvey replaced Sprake for the replay, which Leeds lost 2–1.
In the 1971–72 season, Harvey only played eleven matches, but was selected ahead of Sprake for the 1972 FA Cup Final against Arsenal, as Sprake was suffering from a knee injury. Leeds won 1–0 with an Allan Clarke goal, and from that point on Harvey was the first choice goalkeeper.
Leeds put together a 29-match unbeaten start to the 1973–74 season, winning the League championship and earning Harvey the title medal he was not entitled to five seasons earlier.
At the start of the 1974–75 season, Harvey took the last penalty during the shoot-out at the Charity Shield game against Liverpool but missed, thus allowing Liverpool to carry the trophy home.The season coincided with a stroke of misfortune for Harvey; he was injured in a car crash and missed the 1975 European Cup Final against Bayern Munich, and was replaced by his understudy David Stewart. Stewart did little wrong, but Leeds were beaten 2–0 by Bayern Munich in Paris.
The rest of the 1970s saw Revie's team age and retire, with Stewart being preferred under subsequent Leeds managers, and Harvey eventually left in 1980 to join Vancouver Whitecaps.
He had an unsteady first season with Vancouver, and even though his form improved in the second season in the NASL, injuries from another car accident prevented him from regaining his form and place.
Return to Leeds United
He returned to Leeds in 1983, by which time the club had been relegated to the old Second Division. By the time he left in 1985, he had played under three of his old team-mates: Allan Clarke, Eddie Gray and Billy Bremner.
Later career in football
Harvey played 6 league games for Bradford City in 1985, under the management of an ex-Leeds team mate, Trevor Cherry. He then played 3 league games for Morton in 1986, finally drifting into non-league football with Whitby Town and Harrogate Town before his retirement from the game.
Career after football
He retired from football at the age of 37 years, managing a public house at Stamford Bridge, near York, and then became a postman, saying, "The sorting office atmosphere was like a dressing room". In 1994, with his wife, June (and their five children), he bought a 150-year-old stone cottage with 10 acres of farmland on Sanday in the Orkney Islands, and also worked as a postman. On 24 December 2009, he suffered a heart attack, from which he recovered.
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- David Harvey – FIFA competition record
- Culley, Jon (17 October 1995). "WHERE ARE THEY NOW? DAVID HARVEY". The Independent. Retrieved 6 August 2012.
- "Former Scotland goalkeeper David Harvey recovering after heart attack". Daily Record. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2012.