Harding, Gus

Birth Date

25th April 1885


Chesham, Buckinghamshire



Biographical Text

Augustus ‘Gus’ Harding signed for Southern League Exeter City from Chelsea in 1913 and stayed for two seasons until the suspension of football in 1915. Making only a handful of league appearances he was nonetheless a member of the team which toured Argentina and Brazil in 1914. At one stage thought to have died in the Great War, he lived until 1967.

On the books at Tottenham Hotspur and then Chelsea - where he made four league appearances - Gus joined Exeter City in the summer of 1913 and made his Southern League debut against Merthyr Town on 1 October 1913. Playing six league games in his first season, Gus played just once the following season in the opening game of the season at home to West Ham United having been a member of the squad that toured Argentina and Brazil.  

At one time believed to have been killed in the fighting during the First World War, Gus survived the conflict and died in Portsmouth in 1967.





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