Chapman Harry Image 3 Sheffield Wednesday 1910

Chapman Harry Image 3 Sheffield Wednesday 1910


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Kiveton Park, Rotherham born inside right Harry Chapman began his football career playing for a local side in Kiveton Park before joining Worksop Town. In 1900 he was given a trial with Sheffield Wednesday and was signed by them, making his Football League debut in 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers on a 23rd February 1901 scoring in a 1-1 draw.

Although his older brother Herbert went on to become a great manager, Harry was by far the better player, enjoying eleven seasons at Hillsborough scoring 102 goals in 299 appearances, a regular rather than prolific goalscorer. In addition to winning the League Championship with Wednesday in 1902-03 and 1903-04, when he contributed 12 and 16 goals respectively, he put in a man of the match performance in the 1907 FA Cup Final, which saw Sheffield Wednesday lift the trophy for the second time beating Everton 2-1 at The Crystal Palace.

He joined Hull City in April 1911 where he spent just over a season scoring 7 goals in 34 appearances. After retiring from playing, he had a stint as Hull City manager between April 1913 and September 1914. The club finished seventh in Division Two in 1913-14. He died of tuberculosis at the age of only 37 in 1916.

He was the brother of Herbert Chapman, the legendary manager of both Northampton Town, Leeds City, Huddersfield Town and Arsenal, who also played for amongst others Grimsby Town, Sheffield United, Notts County and Tottenham Hotspur, and Tom Chapman, who played for Grimsby Town.


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