Leese in a Port Vale team photo.
|Full name||Harold Leese|
|Date of birth||1886|
|Place of birth||Goldenhill, Staffordshire, England|
|Playing position||Full-back / Half-back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Leese was born in Staffordshire and played non-league football with local sides Smallthorne and Goldenhill Villa, before he was signed up to league club Stoke. After playing for Golden Hill, he had a spell with Bradford City between July 1908 and May 1909, making one league appearance, before returning to Stoke in 1909. He scored 19 goals in 50 appearances in the 1909–10 season, and helped the club to win the Southern League Division Two A. He scored nine goals in 53 matches in the 1910–11 season, as the "Potters" won the Birmingham & District League title and finished second in the Southern League Division Two. He scored once in 14 games in the 1911–12 season, and featured six times in the 1912–13 campaign before departing the Victoria Ground. He moved to local rivals Port Vale in May 1913. He played regular football between September and December 1914, but then left to help his country fight World War II. He made two appearances whilst on leave, returning permanently upon his demobilization in April 1919. He left at the end of the 1918–19 campaign as he was unable to agree terms with the club, and so was not a part of the club when it gained re-election to the Football League in October 1919. Instead he joined nearby Crewe Alexandra, and later played for Goldenhill Wanderers.
- Sourced from Harry Leese profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
|Bradford City||1908–09||First Division||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|Stoke||1909–10||Birmingham & District League||40||18||6||1||46||19|
|1910–11||Birmingham & District League||50||9||3||0||53||9|
|1911–12||Southern League Division One||14||1||0||0||14||1|
|1912–13||Southern League Division One||5||0||1||0||6||0|
|Port Vale||1913–14||Central League||22||0||2||0||24||0|
- Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
- Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. Breedon Books Sport. p. 400. ISBN 0-907969-38-0.
- Frost, Terry (1988). Bradford City A Complete Record 1903-1988. Breedon Books Sport. p. 384. ISBN 0-907969-38-0.
- Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 172. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0.