Hanford, Harry

Birth Date

9th October 1907


Blaengwynfi, Glamorgan



Biographical Text

Welsh international Harry Hanford played for Exeter City when ‘official’ football resumed in 1946. With Swansea Town and Sheffield Wednesday before the war, he later returned to St James’ Park as trainer. 

Having represented Wales at schoolboy level, Harry moved into adult football with Blaengwynfi Juniors and Ton Pentre before signing a professional contract with Swansea Town in May 1926. An uncompromising defender, he remained at the Vetch Field for almost ten years during which time he made a total of 201 league appearances whilst making his full international debut for Wales against Northern Ireland during the 1933/34 season. Moving to Sheffield Wednesday in February 1936 - where he made 85 league appearances - Harry eventually won seven caps for Wales up until the 1938/39 fixture against France. 

Aged thirty-one in 1939, Harry lost several years of his career to the war but was still active in May 1946 when he signed for Exeter City as he approached his 39th birthday. Starting the season against Torquay United - on the day ‘normal’ football resumed - he quickly became a regular playing in 36 of the club’s 42 league games before calling a halt to his professional career at the end of the season.

Returning to the Swansea area, Harry signed for Haverfordwest County before moving away once again to become assistant trainer at Northampton Town and, in June 1953, trainer at Exeter City where - working alongside managers Norman Dodgin, Bill Thompson and Frank Broome - he stayed for five years until his contract was not renewed in June 1958.

Harry died in 1995.





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