Harry McShane (footballer)

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Harry McShane
Personal information
Full name Harold McShane[1]
Date of birth (1920-04-08)8 April 1920[1]
Place of birth Holytown, Lanarkshire, Scotland[1]
Date of death 12 November 2012(2012-11-12) (aged 92)
Place of death Manchester, England
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[2]
Playing position Outside-left
Youth career
Bellshill Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1937–1946 Blackburn Rovers 2 (0)
1946–1947 Huddersfield Town 15 (1)
1947–1950 Bolton Wanderers 93 (6)
1950–1954 Manchester United 56 (8)
1954–1955 Oldham Athletic 41 (5)
Chorley
Wellington Town
Droylsden
Total 207 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Harold McShane (8 April 1920 – 12 November 2012) was a Scottish football player, who played as a direct and speedy winger.[1] He was the father of actor Ian McShane.[3][4]

He began his professional career with Blackburn Rovers, and after the Second World War he turned out for Huddersfield Town, Bolton Wanderers, Manchester United, Oldham Athletic, Chorley, Wellington Town, and Droylsden. He scored 20 goals in 207 league games in the Football League, and won the First Division title with Manchester United in 1951–52. He worked at Old Trafford after his retirement, spending a period as the stadium's announcer.

Playing career[edit]

Born in Holytown, North Lanarkshire, McShane started his professional career with Bellshill Athletic, before turning professional at Blackburn Rovers in April 1937.[5] During the Second World War, he guested for Manchester City, Blackpool, Reading and Port Vale.[1] After the war ended he joined Huddersfield Town, and made 15 appearances in the First Division in the 1946–47 season, scoring one goal in a 5–2 win over Derby County at Leeds Road on 11 September.[5] After recovering from a broken arm, he moved on to league rivals Bolton Wanderers in 1947.[5] Walter Rowley's "Trotters" finished in 17th place in 1947–48, 14th place in 1948–49, and 16th place in 1949–50. He scored six goals in 93 league games during his spell at Burnden Park. McShane joined Manchester United in exchange for defender John Ball and £5,000 in September 1950. He was signed to replace the departing Charlie Mitten.[4] He scored seven goals in 31 appearances in the 1950–51 season, as the "Red Devils" finished second in the league.[2] His first goal at Old Trafford came on 7 October 1950, in a 3–1 win over Sheffield Wednesday. He was part of the United side that won the First Division title in 1951–52, scoring one goal in 12 league games that season.[4] His goal was an important one, as it came against rivals Manchester City in a 2–1 win at Maine Road on 15 September. He then struggled with a cartilage injury,[4] and appeared just five times in the 1952–53 campaign, as Matt Busby's side dropped to eighth place.[2] McShane failed to break into the first team in the 1953–54 season, and in February 1954 was transferred to George Hardwick's Oldham Athletic for £750.[4] The "Latics" were relegated out of the Second Division at the end of the 1953–54 season, and then finished tenth in the Third Division North in 1954–55. McShane scored five goals in 41 league games during his time at Boundary Park. He later played non-league football for Chorley (as a player-coach), Wellington Town, and Droylsden.[5]

Post-retirement[edit]

After retiring as a player, McShane became the coach of Stalybridge Celtic.[1] He then worked as a talent scout for Manchester United, where he was credited with bringing Wes Brown to the management's attention.[6] He was also an announcer at Old Trafford during the 1960s.[4] He died in November 2012, aged 92 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease.[4]

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Harry McShane profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Blackburn Rovers 1937–38 Second Division 2 0 0 0 2 0
Huddersfield Town 1946–47 First Division 15 1 0 0 15 1
Bolton Wanderers 1947–48 First Division 12 0 0 0 12 0
1948–49 First Division 36 2 3 0 39 2
1949–50 First Division 40 4 3 1 43 5
1950–51 First Division 5 0 0 0 5 0
Total 93 6 6 1 99 7
Manchester United 1950–51 First Division 30 7 1 0 31 7
1951–52 First Division 12 1 0 0 12 1
1952–53 First Division 5 0 0 0 5 0
1953–54 First Division 9 0 0 0 9 0
Total 56 8 1 0 57 8
Oldham Athletic 1953–54 Second Division 13 0 0 0 13 0
1954–55 Third Division North 28 5 1 1 29 6
Total 41 5 1 1 42 6
Career Total 207 20 8 2 215 22

Honours[edit]

Manchester United

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 195. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c "Profile". mufcinfo.com. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Gilbey, Ryan (16 March 2013). "Ian McShane: rogue trader". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Farewell to Harry McShane, the voice of Old Trafford". Manchester Evening News. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Thomson, Dougie (14 November 2012). "The busy life of former Huddersfield Town and Manchester United star Harry McShane who has died aged 92". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Retrieved 9 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Alexander, Nick (8 May 1999). "An England collector's item". guardian.co.uk. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 17 August 2011.