Harold Halse

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Harold Halse
Personal information
Full name Harold James Halse
Date of birth (1886-01-01)1 January 1886
Place of birth Stratford, London, England
Date of death 25 March 1949(1949-03-25) (aged 63)
Place of death Colchester, Essex, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
Barking Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1905–1906 Clapton Orient 2 (1)
1906–1907 Southend United 65 (91)
1908–1912 Manchester United 109 (41)
1912–1913 Aston Villa 31 (21)
1913–1921 Chelsea 96 (23)
1921–1923 Charlton Athletic 21 (5)
National team
1909 England 1 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Harold James Halse (1 January 1886 – 25 March 1949)[1] was an English football forward, who played most of his career for Manchester United and then for Chelsea. He was the first player to appear in three FA Cup finals for three clubs. He is also the highest scoring player in a Charity Shield match, having scored six goals in the 1911 edition for Manchester United.


He was born in Stratford, London and started his football career as an amateur with Wanstead, Newportians, Barking Town and Clapton Orient, where he made two appearances with one goal in the Football League.[2]

He then joined Southend United, scoring 91 goals in 65 appearances in the 1906–07 season. He transferred to Manchester United in 1908 for the maximum transfer fee allowed at that time, £350. He scored 56 goals in 125 appearances for United, and won the First Division title in 1908 and 1911, and the FA Cup in 1909. In the 1911 FA Charity Shield against Swindon Town, Halse scored six goals for United in an 8-4 win for his team.

He moved to Aston Villa for £1200 in 1912. He won the 1913 FA Cup with Villa and also scored all 5 when Aston Villa beat Derby County 5-1,but signed for Chelsea shortly afterwards. While at Chelsea Halse once again reached an FA Cup final, in 1915, although this time he finished on the losing side. He remained with Chelsea until 1921, scoring 25 goals in 111 games,[3] and had a spell at Charlton Athletic before retiring in 1923.

Halse was the first player to appear in three FA Cup finals for three clubs.[4][5]

Halse was capped once for England, in an 8-1 win over Austria on 1 June 1909. He scored twice in this game.[6]

He died on 25 March 1949, aged 63.


Manchester United

Aston Villa



  1. ^ "England players: Harold Halse". englandfootballonline. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  2. ^ Complete Record of Leyton Orient - 1888-2006, by Neilson N. Kaufman
  3. ^ Glanvill, Rick (2006). Chelsea FC: The Official Biography - The Definitive Story of the First 100 Years. Headline Book Publishing Ltd. p. 403. ISBN 0-7553-1466-2.
  4. ^ "FA Cup Trivia". The FA. Archived from the original on 6 January 2004. Retrieved 28 January 2008.
  5. ^ Unknown (1915). Cup Final Programme.
  6. ^ Harold Halse at Englandstats.com, Retrieved 25 September 2018