Harding, Augustus

Birth Date

25th April 1885


Chesham, Buckinghamshire



Biographical Text

Augustus ‘Gus’ Harding signed for Southern League Exeter City from Chelseas 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.

Formerly on the books at Tottenham Hotspur and then Chelsea, making four league appearances for the latter club, Harding joined Exeter City in the summer of 1913. He was never a regular first team player at St James’ Park, making his debut in a Southern League fixture at St James’ Park against Merthyr Town in October 1913. He only played in one first team game the following season - the first one at home to West Ham United. Gus was in the team that played Brazil in 1914 as part of the party that toured South America.

Gus died in Portsmouth in 1967.





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