Harry Medhurst

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Harry Medhurst
Harry Medhurst (1947).png
Medhurst in a Chelsea team photo, November 1947
Personal information
Full name Henry Edward Pafford Medhurst
Date of birth (1916-02-05)5 February 1916
Place of birth Byfleet, England
Date of death 9 April 1984(1984-04-09) (aged 68)
Place of death Woking
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19??–38 Woking (0)
1938–46 West Ham United 27 (0)
1946–52 Chelsea 143 (0)
1952–53 Brighton 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Henry Edward Pafford Medhurst (5 February 1916 – April 1984) was a footballer who played for Woking, West Ham United, Chelsea and Brighton as a goalkeeper.[1]

Football career[edit]

Medhurst began his career with Woking.[2] He moved to West Ham in 1938 but managed only 29 games before September 1939 and the outbreak of war.[2] His footballing career was interrupted by World War II in which he served in the British Army as a sergeant.[3] During the war, he guested for Sheffield Wednesday.[4]

On commencement of League football in 1946 Medhurst played only three more times for the Hammers and in 1946 he left West Ham and signed for Chelsea in exchange for Joe Payne.[2] He played 157 games for Chelsea in all competitions.[5] He left Chelsea in 1952 and played a single season with Brighton before returning to Stamford Bridge as assistant trainer, physiotherapist and trainer until his retirement in 1975.[6] He was awarded a testimonial match which was played in March 1976 between Chelsea and West Ham.[7]

Cricket career[edit]

Medhurst was also a keen cricketer playing as a right-handed batsman for Cambridgeshire in the Minor Counties Championship from 1950 until 1953.[8]


He died in Woking, Surrey in April 1984 aged 68.[9]


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2012) [2002]. Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 200. ISBN 978-1-905891-61-0. 
  2. ^ a b c "Harry Medhurst". www.westhamstats.info. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "7th September 1944: Football player with West Ham United FC and sergeant with the Army, Harry Medhurst is cheered on by his pals as he keeps up his fitness level in the barracks". www.gettyimages.co.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  4. ^ 1986-1987 Official Handbook (PDF). Sheffield Wednesday F.C. p. 24. 
  5. ^ "Chelsea Football Club - A History". Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "CHELSEA F.C. PHYSIOTHERAPIST AT WORK video newsreel film". www.britishpathe.com. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Programme". www.collectsoccer.com. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "Harry Medhurst". Cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "Where Are They Now". www.where-are-they-now.co.uk. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • Harry Medhurst at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database