Harry Anstiss

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Harry Anstiss
Personal information
Full name Harry Augustus Anstiss[1]
Date of birth (1899-08-22)22 August 1899[1]
Place of birth Hampstead, London[1]
Date of death 9 March 1964(1964-03-09) (aged 64)[1]
Place of death Isleworth, London[1]
Playing position Inside-forward
Youth career
Hammersmith Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1920–1922 Brentford 42 (19)
1922–1923 Millwall 19 (3)
1923–1924 Watford 18 (5)
1924–1925 Rochdale 72 (39)
1926–1927 Sheffield Wednesday 12 (5)
1927–1931 Port Vale 109 (36)
1931–1932 Swansea Town 28 (6)
1932–1934 Crewe Alexandra 30 (7)
1934–1935 Gillingham 33 (5)
1935–1937 Tunbridge Wells Rangers
1937–193? Cray Wanderers
Total 363+ (125+)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Harry Augustus Anstiss (22 August 1899 – 9 March 1964) was a much travelled English footballer who played as an inside-forward for Hammersmith Athletic, Brentford, Millwall, Watford, Rochdale, Sheffield Wednesday, Port Vale, Swansea Town, Crewe Alexandra, Gillingham, Tunbridge Wells Rangers and Cray Wanderers in the 1920s and 1930s. His most significant spell was with Port Vale, with whom he won the Third Division North title in 1929–30. He fought at the Battle of Jutland in World War I.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Anstiss played for Hammersmith Athletic, before joining Brentford, Millwall, Watford, Rochdale and Sheffield Wednesday, before joining Port Vale in February 1927, along with 'a substantial financial consideration' in exchange for Alfred Strange.[1] Strange went on to become an England international, but Anstiss did not head in the same direction.[1] He had a great start to his Vale career though, scoring on his debut at The Old Recreation Ground in a 6–2 win over Notts County on 26 February.[1] He went on to score a hat-trick in a 7–1 home win over Fulham on 2 April, and claimed 11 goals in 15 Second Division games in the 1926–27 campaign.[1] This was the end of his purple patch, as he scored five goals in 32 games in the 1927–28 season.[1] Injury brought him down in November 1928, and limited him to three goals in 17 matches in the 1928–29 relegation season.[1] He scored 15 goals in 37 appearances in the 1929–30 season, as the "Valiants" were crowned champions of the Third Division North.[1] He fell from favour in October 1930, and was limited to six goals in 17 games in the 1930–31 season.[1] He was transferred to Swansea Town in May 1931.[1] Later he played for Crewe Alexandra, Gillingham, Tunbridge Wells Rangers and Cray Wanderers.


with Port Vale


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 8. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ "Profile" (PDF). watfordfcarchive.com. Retrieved 26 August 2015.