David Harvey (footballer)

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David Harvey
Personal information
Date of birth (1948-02-07) 7 February 1948 (age 69)
Place of birth Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1963–1965 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965–1980 Leeds United 276 (0)
1980 Vancouver Whitecaps 10 (0)
1980–1981 Leeds United 0 (0)
1981 Drogheda United (loan) ? (0)
1981–1982 Vancouver Whitecaps 9 (0)
1982–1985 Leeds United 73 (0)
1985 Partick Thistle 1 (0)
1985 Bradford City 6 (0)
1985–1986 Whitby Town
1986 Morton 3 (0)
1987 Harrogate Town
Total 379 (0)
National team
1972–1976 Scotland 16 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

David Harvey (born 7 February 1948)[1] is a former goalkeeper for Leeds United and Scotland.

Leeds United[edit]

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.[1]

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.

Harvey played 63 times in the 1972–73 season, and played in both the FA Cup Final and the European Cup Winners Cup Final – ending up on the losing side both times.

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.

Vancouver Whitecaps[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

International career[edit]

Harvey made his debut for Scotland in a 2–0 win over Denmark, having decided that playing through his father's roots would give him more of an international career.

He was selected as Scotland's first-choice keeper for the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, although Scotland went out in the group stage.[2]

Career after football[edit]

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".[3] 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.[3] On 24 December 2009, he suffered a heart attack, from which he recovered.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Leeds United F.C. History". ozwhitelufc. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  2. ^ David HarveyFIFA competition record
  3. ^ a b Culley, Jon (17 October 1995). "WHERE ARE THEY NOW? DAVID HARVEY". The Independent. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Former Scotland goalkeeper David Harvey recovering after heart attack". Daily Record. 12 January 2010. Retrieved 31 July 2012. 

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