Harry Haddock


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Left back who played for Clyde for 13 seasons. Harry was publicly praised by the great England winger Sir Stanley Matthews for his refusal to resort to foul play whne Scotland played England. Harry won 6 caps for Scotland and was in the pool for the 1958 World Cup finals.

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Posted by Bully Wee
Wednesday 02nd of November 2011 20:15:03
Harry played at left back and was a new breed of defender he did not rely on physique instead used the ball effectively. he played against Pukas and Stanley Matthews and earned applause from both players. Harry was truly one of the finest players ever to skipper Clyde. http://clidevfc.narod.ru/team.html
Posted by Bully Wee
Wednesday 02nd of November 2011 20:13:30
He played in arguably the best Clyde side ever with other internationals such as Robertson, Ring and Herd. He used the ball effectively and could throw the ball 40 yards making throw-ins dangerous for the other team. http://clidevfc.narod.ru/team.html
Posted by Bully Wee
Wednesday 02nd of November 2011 20:08:33
Harry was voted the Most Influential CLYDE Captain of all time. See http://www.scottwd1.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/vote.htm -
Posted by Bully Wee
Wednesday 02nd of November 2011 19:59:05
Harry Haddock was born in Glasgow on 26 July 1925. He died on 19 December 1998. A famous left back who spent his entire playing career with Clyde. Although not particularly tall he made up for that with skill and power and had the ability to throw the ball extraordinary distances
Posted by Bully Wee
Wednesday 02nd of November 2011 19:57:00
In 1959 Harry was voted Scottish Player of the Year at the age of 34.
Posted by BULLY WEE
Wednesday 02nd of November 2011 19:47:40
Anything you want to say that I haven't asked? - There was one incident I think made an impression. When in the home game against Celtic, when the wall round the dog track collapsed, at the Bridgeton end, there were so many hurt. Some were taken to the Royal Infirmary and others to the Victoria. At Christmas time, Rex of the Sunday Mail took the injured and their parents to the Kelvin Hall Circus and invited some of the Celtic and Clyde players. It was wonderful to see all the faces of the children. TAKEN FROM WWW.CLYDEFC.CO.UK
Posted by Bully Wee
Wednesday 02nd of November 2011 19:46:28
What was the funniest incident you experienced with Clyde? - Playing Deveronvale FC at Banff. Clyde took the field dressed as normal, our opponents came on wearing pullovers under their strip, wearing gloves and some them wearing tracksuit bottoms. Mind you, it was very cold. We played midweek as the game had been called off on the Saturday due to snow. Up until about an hour before kick off, they were still scraping away snow.
Posted by Bully Wee
Wednesday 02nd of November 2011 19:45:35
X-Files: Tell us something about yourself that would surprise us? - I always, in fact still do, wonder why I was so lucky to have had my boyhood dreams realised
Posted by Bully Wee
Wednesday 02nd of November 2011 19:44:55
Do you still look out for the Clyde results on Saturdays, or perhaps even come to watch our games? - I have to admit, the first result I look for is Clyde. I was at the Forfar game at Broadwood and was very pleased with the way they played. Would you rather be playing today compared to your day and why? - I don't think so. Perhaps money-wise, yes, but I think the players are missing out. I believe half the fun was the contact with our supporters, even when we lost a game
Posted by Bully wee
Wednesday 02nd of November 2011 19:43:41
Any ambitions unrealised? - Not really. I had set my mind as a very small boy on becoming a professional footballer but never dreamed of the career I had. Any personal regrets? - None whatsoever. The friends I made, both fellow players and spectators, far outweigh any disappointments. Who was the best player you played with at Clyde, and why? - Who was the best? Oh dear, that's a hard one. I could name quite a few. Tommy Ring, Archie Robertson, George Herd, Albert Murphy. To be honest, I think the secret of our success was the fact that we were a TEAM. Bassey Keogh was another one, defence, midfield, striker. I thought we had a world beater in Norrie Innes, who retired through injury. Taken from www.clydefc.co.uk
Posted by BULLY WEE
Wednesday 02nd of November 2011 19:42:29
What was the highlight of your career with the Bully Wee? - I'm one of the lucky ones, who had many highs. Two Scottish Cup Winners medals, the second one as captain. Being capped for my country, playing against the great Hungarians, Puskas etc, playing against Stan Matthews at Wembley, representing the Scottish League, captaining Glasgow Select against Sheffield. And the worst moment? - About three to four months after signing for Clyde I received a bad injury which almost finished my career before it had started. I was out of the game for about 18 months and I was helped to return by a physio (Willie Kinloch) who treated me for a long time and finally convinced me I would come back. TAKEN FROM WWW.CLYDEFC.CO.UK
Posted by wee bully.
Wednesday 02nd of November 2011 19:41:12
Can you give a potted history of your career with dates? - During service with the RAF (1943-47) I played with Exeter City FC (1944-46). When the war finished a large number of aircrews were made redundant and had to take a new trade. After training I became a PTI and after demob I returned to Civvy Street and joined GTC, finishing up as a bus driver. I was reinstated to junior football and signed for Renfrew Juniors. After four or five months I signed for Clyde FC, playing with them from 1947-1963 - taken from www.clydefc.co.uk
Posted by anonymous
Sunday 16th of October 2011 19:38:48
I must be one of the few left to have seen Clyde win the Scottish Cup twice--beating Celtic then Hibs in the finals. I was privileged to have seen the likes of Tommy Ring, Archie Robertson, Harry Haddock (my boyhood hero and one of the few players to go through a whole senior career without a booking or sending off), George Herd, Johnny Coyle, Davie Laing. Those were the days and it was a privilege to watch Clyde in those days. This comment was taken from www.clyde-exiles.com
Posted by Kathleen M
Thursday 29th of September 2011 22:21:42
A real gent and I still have in my home Holy Water from Lourdes that he gave to Bobby
Posted by George burgh
Thursday 29th of September 2011 20:45:07
I worked with Harry long after his retirement from the game I remember his advice to me after watching me play once "Get a trade"
Posted by Scott
Tuesday 06th of September 2011 08:00:00
He was a great player!