Hubbick Harry Image 2 Bolton Wanderers 1938

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Hubbick Harry Image 2 Bolton Wanderers 1938

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Jarrow, County Durham born left back Harry Hubbick began his football career in north east league football with  Jarrow in 1932, Blyth Spartans in 1933 and Spennymoor United in 1934 before signing for Second Division Burnley in March 1935, making his Football League debut  in a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest the same October, soon establishing himself as The Clarets’ first choice. He scored his only goal for the club in a 2-2 draw with Manchester United on 10th April 1936.

In February 1937, he was signed by First Division Bolton Wanderers after 63 appearances for Burnley, and he missed very few matches through to the outbreak of the Second World War, during which he also guested for Blackpool, Bury and Blackburn Rovers.  His only Bolton goal came in the third and final League match of the abandoned 1939-40 season in a 2-1 win over Portsmouth in September 1939. Immediately after the War, Bolton manager Walter Rowley made him Bolton’s club captain and he led them to the 1946 FA Cup semi final, where they lost 2-0 to Charlton Athletic at Villa Park.

Hubbick joined Gordon Hodgson’s Port Vale for a £1,000 fee in October 1947. He scored only his only goal in 52 appearances for The Valiants in a 3-0 win over Leyton Orient at The Old Recreation Ground on Christmas Day 1948, before he was sold on to Rochdale in January 1949 for around £1,000, where he was an ever present in 1949-50 before he finished his professional career in 1951, at the age of 40.

After leaving Spotland with 92 appearances to his name, he joined Lancaster City as a player-coach before moving on to Welsh clubs Caernarvon Town in 1952, Llandudno in 1953 and Rhyl Athletic in 1954. After retiring he later worked as Preston North End’s physiotherapist.

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