Bartholomew, Henry

Birth Date

18th January 1920





Biographical Text

Exeter City manager George Roughton faced a good deal of competition for the signature of Bartholomew with several clubs after the half-back, including Irish League side, Shelbourne.

But he signed for the Grecians in May 1947, having previously played for Motherwell.

His City debut came in the opening game of the 1947-48 season when Walsall thrashed Exeter 4-0 at Fellows Park.

Bartholomew became the side’s penalty taker and he netted twice from the spot in his first season at the club.

In the summer of 1948 he was working in the building trade along with his City colleagues, Cyril Johnstone and Doug Regan.

Despite being a regular in the side he was allowed to sign for Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in August 1949, although that didn’t prove to be a great move for him as he never featured in a league match for them.

He then signed for Newport County in June 1950 making just three league outings for the Somerton Park outfit.

Bartholomew returned to Devon to play the 1950-51 season with Barnstaple Town and was later player-manager of Ilfracombe Town in 1952-53 and 1953-54.

Living in Exeter, Bartholomew became the landlord of the Lamb Inn, Exwick in April 1959, where he helped form a local youth football team which was based at the pub.

He left the pub in May 1964 and worked as a machine minder for £18 per week.

Unfortunately he was declared bankrupt in March 1965 having fallen behind with payments to creditors whilst running the Lamb Inn. Bartholomew died in 2001.






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