Wheatley (Harry Joseph)

Birth Date

9th May 1920


Brombourgh, Cheshire



Biographical Text

Harry Wheatley was a wartime guest player for Exeter City during 1944/45 when, as the situation eased, a number of games were organised to constitute the first football played by the club since 1939. He was later a mainstay for Shrewsbury Town in the immediate post-war seasons.

He played for Ellesmere Port Town before joining Port Vale as an amateur in March 1938 and signing as a professional player the following month. He only played two Third Division South games before World War II brought on the cancellation of football and the onset of the war leagues.

He played two league and two cup games during the war and also guested for his old club Ellesmere Port as Port Vale stopped playing he returned to Vale in the summer of 1944 as they commenced regular football, only playing the odd game as he also guested for Wrexham, Stockport County and Chester.

It was at this time he appeared as a guest player with Exeter City in 1944-45, Wheatley made his debut for the Grecians in a 5-1 home win against Plymouth Argyle in April 1945. He was transferred to Shrewsbury Town in the summer of 1946. He made 182 appearances in the Midland League and played in Salop's first seven Football League matches.

Harry died in 2014.



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Paul Farley

Is this Joe Wheatley

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