Henry O'Grady

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Harry O'Grady
Personal information
Full name Henry O'Grady[1]
Date of birth (1907-03-16)16 March 1907[1]
Place of birth Tunstall, Staffordshire, England[1]
Date of death 12 April 1990(1990-04-12) (aged 83)[1]
Place of death Bucknall, Staffordshire, England[1]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929 Nantwich 0 (0)
1929 Witton Albion
1929–1931 Port Vale 1 (0)
1931–1932 Southampton 7 (2)
1932–1933 Leeds United 8 (2)
1933–1934 Burnley 13 (8)
1934–1935 Bury 15 (4)
1935–1936 Millwall 4 (0)
1936–1937 Carlisle United 28 (9)
1937–1938 Accrington Stanley 23 (2)
1938–1939 Tunbridge Wells Rangers
Total 99+ (27+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Henry "Harry" O'Grady (16 March 1907 – 12 April 1990) was an English footballer who played at inside forward for Nantwich, Witton Albion, Port Vale, Southampton, Leeds United, Burnley, Bury, Millwall, Carlisle United, Accrington Stanley, and Tunbridge Wells Rangers. Never spending more than two seasons at any one club, he made 99 league appearances playing in every division of the Football League between 1930 and 1938.

Playing career[edit]

O'Grady played for Nantwich (on trial) and Cheshire County League side Witton Albion, before joining Port Vale in November 1929.[1] He made his debut playing at right-half in a 3–0 win over Wigan Borough at Springfield Park on 25 January 1930; this was his only appearance of the 1929–30 Third Division North winning campaign.[1] He did not feature at The Old Recreation Ground in the 1930–31 season, and left the "Valiants" in the summer.[1]

He moved on to Second Division side Southampton in August 1931. He scored on his "Saints" debut in a 3–0 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor on 29 August. Despite this, he spent most of his one season at The Dell in the reserves, making occasional first-team appearances as replacement for Bill Fraser at inside-right or Arthur Wilson at inside-left.[2] At the end of the 1931–32 season, having made only seven first-team appearances (scoring twice) he was offered the chance to move to Leeds.[3]

He joined Leeds United in August 1932, but with Arthur Hydes established at number eight, he again found first-team opportunities limited. He scored twice in eight First Division games for Leeds in 1932–33. After a year at Elland Road, he drop back down into the Second Division to play for Burnley in 1933–34. Despite a record of eight goals in only 13 league games, he was allowed to switch to league rivals Bury in 1934–35. He hit four goals in 15 appearances for the "Shakers", before leaving Gigg Lane for Millwall. He appeared in just four Third Division South games for the "Lions" in 1935–36. He then scored nine goals in 28 Third Division North appearances for Carlisle United in 1936–37. He switched to league rivals Accrington Stanley in 1937–38, and scored twice in 23 fixtures at Peel Park. He later ended his career in the Southern League with Tunbridge Wells Rangers.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Henry O'Grady profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1929–30 Third Division North 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Southampton 1931–32 Second Division 7 2 0 0 0 0 7 2
Leeds United 1932–33 First Division 8 2 1 0 0 0 9 2
Burnley 1933–34 Second Division 13 8 2 0 0 0 15 8
Bury 1934–35 Second Division 15 4 1 1 0 0 16 5
Millwall 1935–36 Third Division South 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Carlisle United 1936–37 Third Division North 28 9 1 1 3 1 32 11
Accrington Stanley 1937–38 Third Division North 23 2 4 1 1 0 28 3
Career Total 99 27 9 3 4 1 112 31

Honours[edit]

Port Vale

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 218. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. 
  2. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 86–87. ISBN 0-907969-22-4. 
  3. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. pp. 258–259. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  4. ^ Kent, Jeff (1990). "From Glory to Despair (1929–1939)". The Valiants' Years: The Story Of Port Vale. Witan Books. pp. 124–150. ISBN 0-9508981-4-7.