Harry Sellars

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Harry Sellars
Personal information
Full name Harold Sellars[1]
Date of birth (1902-04-09)9 April 1902[1]
Place of birth Beamish, Durham, England[1]
Date of death 30 December 1978(1978-12-30) (aged 76)[1]
Place of death Stoke-on-Trent, England[1]
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Half-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1919–1921 Darlington 0 (0)
1922 Leadgate Park
1923–1935 Stoke City 370 (18)
1937–1938 Congleton Town 36 (0)
1938 Port Vale 0 (0)
Total 406+ (18+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Harold Sellars (9 April 1902 – 30 December 1978) was an English footballer, who played in the Football League for Stoke City.[1] He made 395 appearances for Stoke in all competitions, and helped the club to win the Third Division North title in 1926–27 and the Second Division title in 1932–33. His son John also played for Stoke in the 1950s.[1][2] Together, father and son played 808 league and cup games for the club.

Playing career[edit]

Sellars was born in Beamish, Durham and joined his local club Darlington as an amateur in 1919.[2] The "Quakers" found him a job cleaning train carriage windows an improvement on his previous employment as a miner. Sellars turned down a trial at Manchester United in favour of turning professional with ambitious Northern League club Leadgate Park who offered him £2 a week.[2] He was recommended to several Football League clubs by various scouts and Stoke City manager Tom Mather signed him on 15 December 1923. He began his Stoke career at inside-left and scored on his debut against Clapton Orient on 26 January 1924.[2] He was in and out of the side in the next three seasons before Sellars converted to half-back in 1925–26 as Stoke were relegated to the Third Division North. A strong half-back line with Sellars, Cecil Eastwood and Tom Williamson helped Stoke win the title and return to the Second Division.[2]

He became a steady and consistent performer for Stoke and helped them win promotion to the First Division in 1932–33.[2] He remained in the side until he injured his knee in September 1935, which allowed Frank Soo to take his place. In total Sellars made 395 appearances, scoring 19 goals, for Stoke in a 13-year career at the Victoria Ground.[2] He then helped Congleton Town to win the Cheshire Senior Cup and had a short spell at Port Vale (without playing a first team game). During World War II he worked at the PMT bus in depot in Hanley and once the war was over he returned to Stoke to become Bob McGrory's assistant manager and first-team coach. In his role he helped to train his son John.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Harry Sellars profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Stoke City 1923–24 Second Division 8 4 0 0 8 4
1924–25 Second Division 8 1 1 0 9 1
1925–26 Second Division 13 2 0 0 13 2
1926–27 Third Division North 30 0 3 0 33 0
1927–28 Second Division 33 3 4 0 37 3
1928–29 Second Division 40 0 1 0 41 0
1929–30 Second Division 40 3 1 0 41 3
1930–31 Second Division 33 1 3 0 36 1
1931–32 Second Division 42 1 5 1 47 2
1932–33 Second Division 39 2 2 0 41 2
1933–34 First Division 38 1 4 0 42 1
1934–35 First Division 40 0 1 0 41 0
1935–36 First Division 6 0 0 0 6 0
Port Vale 1937–38 Third Division North 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career total 370 18 25 1 395 19

Honours[edit]

Stoke City

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Stoke City 101 Golden Greats. Desert Islands Books. 2002. ISBN 1-874287554.