Harry Gooney

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Harry Gooney
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Harry Gooney [1]
Date of birth(1910-10-08)8 October 1910 [1]
Place of birth Sheffield, England [1]
Date of death 11 June 1978(1978-06-11) (aged 67) [1]
Place of death Blackpool, England [1]
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
1926–1927 Norton Woodseats
Senior career*
1927–1935 Sheffield United 132 (2)
1935–1936 Plymouth Argyle
1936 Luton Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Harry Gooney (8 October 1910 – 11 June 1978) known as Harry Gooney was an English footballer who played as a wing half.

Association football Team field sport

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Gooney had captained both Sheffield and England boys while a junior and joined home-town Sheffield United immediately after leaving school in 1925, but he was under the allowed age for players and the club was forced to cancel his registration. [1] Keen not to lose Gooney to another club United employed him as an office assistance but allowed him to train with the first team. Gooney also played as an amateur for local side Norton Woodseats until he was seventeen, at which point he officially re-joined United. [1]

Sheffield United F.C. Association football club

Sheffield United Football Club is a professional association football club based in the city of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The team compete in the Premier League, the highest tier of English football. The football club was formed in 1889 as an offshoot of Sheffield United Cricket Club, and are nicknamed The Blades due to Sheffield's history of steel production. The club have played their home games at Bramall Lane since their formation in 1889. Bramall Lane is an all-seater ground with a capacity of 32,609.

Despite showing early promise as a youngster, Gooney struggled to maintain that into his adult career, and having been hampered by three successive bouts of pneumonia, he did not make his league debut until September 1930 only a month from his twentieth birthday. [1] Despite playing regularly from that point, Gooney struggled to make an impact and asked for a transfer in 1933 which the club refused. [1] Gooney was appointed United's captain in August 1934 but remained unhappy and resigned the position in January 1935. [1] United finally agreed to Gooney's transfer request at the end of the 1934–35 season, and he was sold to Plymouth Argyle for £300 in June 1935. Gooney's playing fortunes did not improve and he left Plymouth after only six months, signing for Luton Town in February 1936 before retiring four months later. [1]

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Plymouth Argyle F.C. Association football club

Plymouth Argyle Football Club is a professional football club based in the city of Plymouth, Devon, England. The team competes in League Two after being relegated from League One in the 2018–19 season. They have played at Home Park, known as the "Theatre of Greens", since 1901. Argyle are one of two Devon clubs who compete in the Football League, the other being Exeter City, Argyle's local rivals.

Luton Town F.C. English association football club

Luton Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Luton, Bedfordshire, England, that competes in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Founded in 1885, it is nicknamed "the Hatters" and affiliated to the Bedfordshire County Football Association. The team plays its home matches at Kenilworth Road, where it has been based since 1905. The club's history includes major trophy wins, several financial crises, numerous promotions and relegations, and some spells of sustained success. It was perhaps most prominent between 1982 and 1992, when it was a member of English football's top division, at that time the First Division; the team won its only major honour, the Football League Cup, in 1988.

Personal life

Born in Sheffield, Gooney attended Newhall School as a child. [1] After retiring from football Gooney spent a long period unemployed before eventually finding employment with the Sheffield Electricity Department where he worked for 33 years. [1]

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