Roy Warhurst

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Roy Warhurst
Personal information
Date of birth (1926-09-18)18 September 1926
Place of birth Sheffield, England
Date of death 7 January 2014(2014-01-07) (aged 87)
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
1943–1944 Huddersfield Town
1944 Sheffield United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1944–1950 Sheffield United 17 (2)
1950–1957 Birmingham City 213 (10)
1957–1959 Manchester City 40 (2)
1959–1960 Crewe Alexandra 51 (1)
1960–1961 Oldham Athletic 8 (0)
1961–1964 Banbury Spencer
Total 329 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Roy Warhurst (18 September 1926 – 7 January 2014) was an English footballer who made more than 300 appearances in the Football League playing for Sheffield United, Birmingham City, Manchester City, Crewe Alexandra and Oldham Athletic.[1] He played as a wing half.

Warhurst was born in Handsworth, Sheffield. He began his football career during the Second World War as an amateur with Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United, and turned professional with the latter in September 1944. His early career was as a winger, but after he joined Birmingham City for an £8,000 fee in 1950, he was converted to wing half.[2] His forceful style contributed much to the club's Second Division title in the 1954–55 season and to their performances in the First Division and the FA Cup the following season.[3][4] Warhurst injured a thigh in the sixth-round FA Cup match, and missed the rest of the season, and his absence was considered a significant factor in Birmingham's losing the 1956 FA Cup Final:[2] teammate Alex Govan was convinced that "if Roy Warhurst had been fit then there would only have been one winner".[5] He succeeded Len Boyd as Birmingham captain at the end of that season,[6] and 12 months later signed for Manchester City for a £10,000 fee. He spent 18 months at City before moving on to Crewe Alexandra and then to Oldham Athletic, where he was appointed captain.[2] A spell in non-league football with Banbury Spencer preceded his retirement from the game in 1964.[2]

He went on to become a scrap metal dealer.[2] He was married to Jean and had three children. He died in January 2014 at the age of 87.[7]



  1. ^ "Roy Warhurst". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 2 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 132. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  3. ^ "Birmingham worthy victors: Storming test survived: Arsenal 1 Birmingham City 3". The Times. 5 March 1956. p. 4. ...their acutely drilled and disciplined defence – founded upon the authority of their half-backs Boyd, Smith and Warhurst. 
  4. ^ "Birmingham's power at half-back: Brown's three goals upset Charlton". The Times. 6 February 1956. p. 3. ... the towering young Smith, centre-half in the England Intermediate (Under 23) XI, is flanked by two men, Boyd and Warhurst, who keep the ball flowing forward quickly all the time. There are no superfluous frills about them. Their accent is on a quick release along the lines of longitude. They are the real driving force. 
  5. ^ "Alex Govan". Birmingham City F.C. 2007. Archived from the original on 18 September 2007. 
  6. ^ "Len goes and Roy takes over". Birmingham Mail. 18 August 1956. p. 4. 
  7. ^ "RIP Roy Warhurst". Birmingham City F.C. 8 January 2014. Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.