Harry Hadley

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Harry Hadley
Personal information
Full name Harold Hadley
Date of birth (1877-10-26)26 October 1877
Place of birth Barrow-in-Furness, England
Date of death 12 September 1942(1942-09-12) (aged 64)
Place of death West Bromwich, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
Colley Gate United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1895–1896 Halesowen
1897–1905 West Bromwich Albion 167 (2)
1905–1906 Aston Villa 11 (0)
1906–1907 Nottingham Forest 12 (1)
1907–1908 Southampton 29 (0)
1908–1910 Croydon Common 21 (1)
1910–19?? Halesowen
1919 Merthyr Town
National team
1903 England 1 (0)
Teams managed
1919–1922 Merthyr Town
1922 Chesterfield
1927–1928 Aberdare Athletic
1928 Merthyr Town
1930–1931 Merthyr Town
1935–1936 Bangor City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Harold Hadley (26 October 1877 – 12 September 1942) was an English professional footballer and football manager. He played once for the England national side.

Playing career[edit]

Hadley was born in Barrow-in-Furness and joined Halesowen in 1895 from Colley Gate United. In February 1897 he joined West Bromwich Albion where he established himself at wing-half. He won a Second Division title medal with the Baggies in 1902 and in February 1903 won his only England cap in the 4–0 win against Ireland at Molineux.

In February 1905, after 167 league games, he left West Brom to join Aston Villa for a fee of £250, but played just 11 times before joining Nottingham Forest in April 1906. A year later he moved again, this time to Southern League Southampton. According to Holley & Chalk's "The Alphabet of the Saints" he was "a methodical yet energetic half-back, dedicated to looking after the forwards by supporting, feeding and directing them into advantageous positions".[2]

At the end of the 1907–08 season he moved to Croydon Common, rejoining Halesowen in February 1910. He finished his playing career with Merthyr Town.

Managerial career[edit]

Hadley's first managerial job was with Merthyr Town where he was appointed in May 1919. He oversaw their promotion to the Football League in 1920 and guided them to 8th place in Division Three (South) in their first season. He left Merthyr in April 1922 to manage Chesterfield, but left in August the same year.

In November 1927 he took over at Aberdare Athletic, who had failed to gain re-election to the Football League the previous season. He left in April 1928, returning to Merthyr Town as manager, but left again in November the same year. He began a third spell as Merthyr manager in 1930, leaving in September 1931.

His final managerial job was with Bangor City who he joined in July 1935 and left in April 1936 when he retired.

Hadley's brother Ben also played professionally for West Bromwich Albion, but had left before Harry's arrival at the Hawthorns.


As a player[edit]

West Bromwich Albion


  1. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan; Bull, David (2013). All the Saints: A Complete Players' Who's Who of Southampton FC. Southampton: Hagiology Publishing. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-9926-8640-6.
  2. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 152. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.

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