Henry White (footballer)

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Henry White
Henry White, Brentford FC footballer, 1919.jpg
White lining up for Brentford in 1919.
Personal information
Full name Henry Albert White[1]
Date of birth 8 August 1895[2]
Place of birth Watford, England[2]
Date of death 27 November 1972(1972-11-27) (aged 77)[2]
Place of death Barrow Gurney, England[2]
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
Whamcliffe Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1914–1919 Brentford 18 (9)
1919–1923 Arsenal 101 (40)
1923–1925 Blackpool 70 (18)
1925–1926 Fulham 7 (1)
1926–1927 Walsall 39 (29)
1927–1929 Nelson 22 (15)
1929 Walsall 5 (0)
1929 Stafford Rangers
1929–19xx Thames
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Henry Albert "Bert" White (8 August 1895 – 27 November 1972) was an English footballer.

Playing career[edit]

White was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, and first played for Brentford as an amateur,[3] before World War I intervened.[4] White served as a private in the Royal Fusiliers and as a lance corporal in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps while continuing to be on Brentford's books.[5] He was discharged in February 1919 and returned to competitive football when he joined newly promoted Arsenal prior to the beginning of the 1919–20 season,[4][5] making his debut in Arsenal's very first match after their promotion back to the First Division, against Newcastle United on 30 August 1919.[6]

White soon made a name for himself as a reasonably prolific striker, and he was Arsenal's top scorer in 1919–20 with fifteen league goals, as the Gunners finished tenth in their first season back at the top; he impressed enough to play in a trial for England, although ultimately he never won a cap. After a quiet season in 1920–21 (scoring just ten times), White scored nineteen goals the following season, making him again Arsenal's top scorer, even though the club's poor defence meant they only finished 17th. However, in 1922–23 he (and Arsenal) suffered a slump in form, and after being replaced by converted full back Bob Turnbull in November 1922, he was sold to Blackpool in March 1923.[6] In all he played 109 games for Arsenal, scoring 45 goals.[6]

After leaving Arsenal, White embarked on a journeyman's career; as well as playing for Blackpool he went on to have spells at Fulham, Walsall (twice), Nelson, Stafford Rangers and Thames before retiring in 1930. He was also a cricketer of some note, playing eight first-class matches for Warwickshire in 1923, though without success.[2] He also played for his native Hertfordshire in the 1921 Minor Counties Championship.[7] He died in 1972, aged 77.[2]




External links[edit]


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 308. ISBN 190589161X. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Player profile: Henry White". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  3. ^ a b White, Eric, ed. (1989). 100 Years Of Brentford. Brentford FC. pp. 362–365. ISBN 0951526200. 
  4. ^ a b "[ROGER THIS FILE CARRIES STRAIGHT ON FROM SL19]". www.wrightanddavis.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  5. ^ a b Bees Review: Brentford Official Matchday Programme vs Hull City 03/11/15. Milton Keynes: Regal Sports Press. 2015. p. 65. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Harry White | Arsenal.com". www.arsenal.com. Retrieved 2015-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Minor Counties Championship Matches played by Henry White". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  • Harris, Jeff (1995). Hogg, Tony, ed. Arsenal Who's Who. Independent UK Sports. ISBN 1-899429-03-4.