Harry Lane (footballer)

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Harry Lane
Personal information
Full name Henry William Lane[1]
Date of birth (1909-03-21)21 March 1909
Place of birth Hednesford, England
Date of death March 1977 (aged about 68)
Place of death Cannock, England
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hednesford Town
Rugeley Villa
Bloxwich Strollers
1930–1933 Birmingham 2 (0)
1933–1938 Southend United 155 (50)
1938–1946 Plymouth Argyle[A] 50 (9)
1946–1949 Southend United 65 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Henry William Lane (21 March 1909 – March 1977) was an English professional footballer who scored 74 goals in 271 appearances in the Football League playing for Birmingham, Southend United and Plymouth Argyle.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Lane was born in Hednesford, Staffordshire. A forward, he joined Birmingham from Staffordshire local football.[4] He made his debut in the First Division on 29 November 1930, deputising for Johnny Crosbie at inside right in a game at Bolton Wanderers which Birmingham lost 2–0. Lane played once more that season,[5] but was unable to establish himself as a first-team player. He was released in May 1933 and joined Southend United of the Third Division South.[4]

Lane played 177 games in all competitions for Southend in nearly five seasons with the club, scoring 58 goals at a rate of one every three games.[6] He was their leading scorer in the 1935–36 season with 17 goals,[7] and followed up with another 17 the next season, including two hat-tricks.[8] In March 1938, he moved up to the Second Division with Plymouth Argyle.[4][9]

He was a regular in Plymouth's first team until the Second World War put an end to competitive football, though without scoring as freely as he had for Southend.[1] He remained with Plymouth for a couple of months playing in the wartime regional league,[1][3] and later made guest appearances for Nottingham Forest, Northampton Town, West Bromwich Albion and Port Vale in wartime competition.[4][10] In May 1946, Lane rejoined Southend. He contributed 21 goals in 75 games over the next three seasons, finally retiring in May 1949 at the age of 40.[1][6]

Lane died in Cannock, Staffordshire, in 1977 aged about 68.[4]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Harry Lane profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League Cups Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Birmingham 1930–31 First Division 2 0 0 0 2 0
Southend United 1933–34 Third Division South 39 9 4 0 43 9
1934–35 Third Division South 25 8 4 2 29 10
1935–36 Third Division South 40 12 6 5 46 17
1936–37 Third Division South 36 16 4 1 40 17
1937–38 Third Division South 15 5 4 0 19 5
Total 155 50 22 8 177 58
Plymouth Argyle 1937–38 Second Division 11 2 0 0 11 2
1938–39 Second Division 36 6 1 0 37 6
1939–40 Second Division 3 1 0 0 3 1
Total 50 9 1 0 51 9
Southend United 1946–47 Third Division South 38 13 3 3 41 16
1947–48 Third Division South 23 1 0 0 23 1
1948–49 Third Division South 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 65 14 3 3 68 17
Career total 272 73 26 11 298 84

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Plymouth Argyle total includes three games and one goal from the abandoned 1939–40 Football League season.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Harry Lane". GoS–DB. Greens on Screen. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). p. 151. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  3. ^ a b "Results 1939–40". GoS–DB. Greens on Screen. Retrieved 2 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 104. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  5. ^ Matthews, p. 173.
  6. ^ a b "Harry Lane". Southend United FC Database. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Season 1935–36". Southend United FC Database. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  8. ^ "Season 1936–37". Southend United FC Database. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  9. ^ Knight, Brian (1989). Plymouth Argyle: A Complete Record 1903–1989. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 137. ISBN 978-0-907969-40-2. 
  10. ^ Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 167. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.