Harry Ashby (footballer)

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Harry Ashby
Personal information
Full name Henry Radford Ashby[1]
Date of birth 1875
Place of birth Derby, England
Date of death 1926 (aged 50–51)
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Derby Athletic
1896–1898 Burton Swifts 88 (6)
1898–1900 Brighton United
1901–1904 Burton United 92 (0)
1904–1905 Plymouth Argyle 40 (0)
1905–1907 Leicester Fosse 66 (0)

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

Henry Radford "Harry" Ashby (1875 – 1926) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Burton Swifts, Burton United and Leicester Fosse, and the Southern League for Plymouth Argyle.[1][2] He was a full back.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Ashby was born in Derby.[1] He began his career with Derby Athletic and in 1896 joined Burton Swifts, where he made 88 league appearances over the next two seasons.[2] Ashby moved on to Brighton United in 1898.[2] He spent nearly two seasons there before the club experienced financial difficulties, released their players and were dissolved.[3] Ashby joined Burton United in 1901, an amalgamation of the Swifts and Burton Wanderers,[2] and played in 92 league matches over the next three seasons.[1]

He moved to Plymouth Argyle in 1904, where he made 41 appearances in all competitions and received a Western League winners medal in his one season with the club.[2] A club handbook describes Ashby as "a player who has had a good reputation among second leaguers for several seasons."[2] He joined Leicester Fosse in 1905 for an £80 transfer fee.[1][4] He spent two seasons with the club and made 68 appearances in all competitions before ending his playing career.[4] Ashby died in 1926.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 11. ISBN 1-899468-67-6. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Harry Ashby". Greens on Screen. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints: A Complete Record of Southampton Football Club 1885–1987. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 249. ISBN 0-907969-22-4. 
  4. ^ a b "Harry Ashby". Foxes History. Retrieved 10 May 2013.