Harry Betmead

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Harry Betmead
Personal information
Full name Harry Betmead[1]
Date of birth (1912-04-11)11 April 1912[1]
Place of birth Grimsby, England[1]
Date of death 26 August 1984(1984-08-26) (aged 72)[1]
Place of death Cleveland, England[1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)[2]
Playing position Centre-half
Youth career
Hay Cross
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1930–1947 Grimsby Town 296 (10)
Total 296 (10)
National team
1937 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Harry Betmead (11 April 1912 – 26 August 1984) was an English football player who played for Grimsby Town, as well as the English national side. He also played cricket for Lincolnshire.[3][4] He spent his entire 17-year career with Grimsby, from 1930 to 1947, and is one of only three players to win an England cap whilst at the club (the other two being teammates Jackie Bestall and George Tweedy). He helped the club to win the Second Division title in 1933–34 and to reach two FA Cup semi-finals. After retiring from the game he went into business in Hertfordshire.[3]

Club career[edit]

Born in Grimsby, Betmead was playing for local side Hay Cross when he was signed for Grimsby Town by Wilf Gillow in October 1930 aged 18 years old. He made his debut almost a year later on 15 September 1931 against Bolton Wanderers. He quickly established himself as one of the first names on the "Mariners" team sheet, and remained at the club for the whole of his career, despite considerable interest from bigger cubs.[3] Grimsby suffered relegation out of the First Division in 1931–32, before finishing 13th in the Second Division in 1932–33. They won promotion as the division's champions in 1933–34. Town finished fifth in 1934–35. They dropped to 17th place in 1935–36, though reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they were beaten 1–0 by Arsenal. The Blundell Park outfit then posted 12th, 20th, and 10th-place finishes in 1936–37, 1937–38, and 1938–39. They also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup again in 1939, this time losing out 5–0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford.

During the war he became a physical training instructor in the army, also guesting for Heart of Midlothian, Aldershot, Chesterfield and Port Vale.[1] He also managed to play 40 games and score five goals for Grimsby in the war years.[3]

After normal football resumed, Betmead helped the club to post a 16th-place finish in the top-flight in 1946–47. He retired in December 1947.[3] He had scored ten goals in 296 league appearances for the club.[5]

International career[edit]

Called up to the England squad, he played in the 8–0 win over Finland in Helsinki on 20 May 1937.[6][7] Betmead toured South Africa with an English FA side in 1939 and was captain in two of the unofficial internationals against the full South Africa team.[8]

Style of play[edit]

Betmead played at centre-half; he was a strong tackler and had excellent aerial ability.[2]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Harry Betmead profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Grimsby Town 1931–32 First Division 17 2 0 0 17 2
1932–33 Second Division 30 2 2 0 32 2
1933–34 Second Division 42 0 2 0 44 0
1934–35 First Division 26 1 0 0 26 1
1935–36 First Division 35 0 5 0 40 0
1936–37 First Division 38 1 2 0 40 1
1937–38 First Division 38 1 1 0 39 1
1938–39 First Division 36 3 7 0 43 3
1946–47 First Division 34 0 0 0 34 0
Career Total 296 10 19 0 315 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 28. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b Lamming, Douglas (1985). A who's who of Grimsby Town AFC : 1890-1985. Beverley: Hutton. p. 20. ISBN 0-907033-34-2. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Grimsby Town F.C. - Legends". Grimsby Town F.C. official site. Retrieved 10 May 2009. 
  4. ^ Cricket archive
  5. ^ "Harry A Betmead". doingthe92. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Player profile at EnglandStats.com
  7. ^ Player profile at EnglandFC.com
  8. ^ RSSSF.com SA Tour Details