Blackmore, Harold

Birth Date

13th May 1904





Biographical Text

After playing local football for Silverton United, Blackmore joined Exeter City in the summer 1924, although he had played two matches for the City reserve team in 1923-24 as an amateur.

On signing it was reported: ‘With the right training it is thought he could develop into a very good player. Among his attributes, he is a possessor of a cracking left foot shot.’

He made his league debut for the Grecians in a 1-0 home win against Swindon Town in October 1924, and went on to make 11 appearances, scoring six goals.

He did even better in 1925-26 with 14 goals in 27 appearances and by the time he reached the following season, the goals were flowing with regularity, as he notched 25 in 33 starts.

In April 1927, Blackmore moved to Bolton Wanderers for a fee of £2,150, where he played in the same team as ex-Grecian goalkeeper Dick Pym. Blackmore quickly settled in to net 8 goals in 12 appearances.

The 1928-29 season saw Blackmore score 37 goals in 43 league and cup outings for Bolton and he was also in the Cup Final side that beat Portsmouth 2-0, scoring one of the goals,

Blackmore had scored 111 goals in 153 games for Bolton by the time he left the club in 1932 to sign for Middlesbrough.

After 19 games and nine goals, he moved on to sign for Bradford Park Avenue where he again got amongst the goals hitting 32 in 60 league appearances.

In 1934, Blackmore moved to Bury, which was to be his last league club, and he managed four goals in six outings.

He then moved back to Devon and after contemplating taking on a pub, opened a butcher’s shop in South Street, Exeter, with his wife, Doris.

The shop was bombed during the Second World War, but the business reopened again in West Street and eventually moved to May Street, before it was later handed on to their two sons

Blackmore died in December 1989, following a battle with a long illness.






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Neil Blackmore:

Hi this was my grandfather I have lots of memorabilia , I will pop along sometime and have achat


regards Neil Blackmore

Paul Farley:

Hi Neil

Can you get in touch, by e-mailing the history group.

Norman Webber:

Harold had two sons John and Brian I went to school with them in the 1950,s Mount Radford School

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