Harold Hardman

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Harold Hardman
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Personal information
Full name Harold Payne Hardman
Date of birth (1882-04-04)4 April 1882
Place of birth Kirkmanshulme, Manchester, England
Date of death 9 June 1965(1965-06-09) (aged 83)
Place of death Sale, Cheshire, England
Height 5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)
Playing position Outside forward
Youth career
Worsley Wanderers
South Shore Choristers
Northern Nomads
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1900–1903 Blackpool 71 (10)
1903–1908 Everton 130 (25)
1908–1909 Manchester United 4 (0)
1909–1910 Bradford City 20 (2)
1910–1913 Stoke 54 (10)
1913–? Manchester United 0 (0)
National team
1905–1908 England 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Harold Payne Hardman (4 April 1882 – 9 June 1965) was an English football player and chairman.

Football career[edit]

Born in Kirkmanshulme, Manchester, Hardman was discovered by Blackpool as a schoolboy and thrown into the first team during their season in exile from the Football League in 1899–1900. He made his League debut on 8 September 1900, in a home draw against Gainsborough Trinity, the first competitive game played at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road ground. He became almost an ever-present for the club over the next three years.

An outside-left, Hardman had the ability to switch flanks and sometimes played on the right wing. He possessed speed and a knack for trickery, and although not a regular goalscorer himself, he provided the final pass for many of the goals scored by Bob Birkett and Jack Parkinson. Blackpool, however, as a whole, were a team struggling in the Second Division, and they found it too difficult to hold on to him.

In 1903, he signed for Everton for a fee of £100.[1] He played for the Toffees in the 1906 and 1907 FA Cup Finals before joining Manchester United in 1908. Hardman later played for Bradford City, during their first two seasons in Division One, and Stoke City.

International career[edit]

Hardman made four appearances for the full England team, all while with Everton, between 1905 and 1908, scoring once (against Ireland).

He was also a member of the gold medal-winning British team at the 1908 Summer Olympics.[2]

Later years and death[edit]

After his playing days ended, he became a well-known administrator and, later, director of Manchester United. He became chairman of the club in 1951 after the death of James W. Gibson, and was at the helm at the time of the Munich air disaster on 6 February 1958, which claimed the lives of 23 people, including eight players, three non-playing staff, and ended the careers of two other players due to injury. He oversaw United's three league title glories of the 1950s as well as their early foray into the European Cup from 1956 to 1958. In 1908, Hardman became a solicitor in Manchester. Hardman also saw Manchester United win the FA Cup in 1963 and another league championship in 1964–65, before his death in June 1965 at the age of 83. He was succeeded as chairman by Louis Edwards.


  1. ^ Calley, Roy (1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887–1992. Breedon Books Sport. p. 93. ISBN 978-1-873626-07-8. 
  2. ^ Murray, Scott (20 July 2012). "The Joy of Six: Olympic football tournament stories". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Group. Archived from the original on 16 October 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2012. 

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Business positions
Preceded by
James W. Gibson
Manchester United F.C. chairman
Succeeded by
Louis Edwards