Bailey, Harry

Birth Date

2nd December 1896


Macclesfield, Cheshire



Biographical Text

A consistent and regular performer between the sticks during the mid-1920s Harry Bailey played for Exeter City between 1923 and 1927. He joined the club from Halifax and later played for Brentford where he was to become a long-serving turnstile operator. Prior to signing for Exeter he had been with Millwall and Luton.

Before he left school he was keeping goal in the evenings against ‘all comers’ at a local fairground. As a 15-year-old he played one season for St Albans who did not lose a game during the time he was with them. He joined the Grenadier Guards at 16 in 1913 and, after playing both cricket and football for his regimental side, played for Millwall during the Great War. Joining Luton Town in time for the 1919/20 he went on to make 82 League outings for the Hatters.

He moved to Exeter City in the summer of 1923 and made his debut for the Grecians in the opening game of the season at Newport County. He only missed one game in 1923/24 and was ever-present in 1924/25.

After playing 41, 42, 32 and 28 league games during his four seasons with the club he left St James' Park during the summer of 1927 to sign for Brentford where he added another 44 league appearances. He later had a spell with Thames FC in the Third Division South playing 29 games before the club withdrew from the Football League.

Harry Bailey died in Hammersmith, West London in 1965.





Christopher Alban Rogers

Harry was my father and his correct birthdate is 2nd December 1896. Evidence for this can be found in the Parish Records for St Albans RC Church in Macclesfield.

Please update your records. A most informative account of my Father's contribution to Football.

Thank you

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