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Harry Betmead

Grimsby Town FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 8: A 0
100% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


Full name Harry Betmead
Born 11 April 1912 at 46 Albion Street, Grimsby, Lincolnshire [registered in Grimsby, June 1912]. To Ernest and Alice (née Lamming).

According to passenger lists, Harry was one of many footballers arriving at Southampton on 21 July 1939 from South Africa on board the UCL Athlone Castle. His address was stated as being 192 Convamore Road in Grimsby.

Married to Margaret Grace 'Peggy' Marshall (b.12.October 1910), on 27 July 1939, St Giles Church, Scartho, near Grimsby [registered in Grimsby, September 1939].
Three children, John and twins, Margaret and Ann.

According to the 1939 register, Harry is a professional footballer, married to Margaret, and living at 'Highfield', a farm on Fairfield Road in the Scartho area of Grimsby, the home of his wife's parents, Thomas and Annie Marshall.

Died 26 August 1984 at South Cleveland Hospital, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, aged 72 years 137 days [registered in Central Cleveland, August 1984].
His ashes are scattered on Blundell Park, home of Grimsby Town FC.
Height/Weight 6' 0½", 12st. 0lbs [1936].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], FindMyPast.com & Margaret Gore (Harry's daughter).

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football in Grimsby and played with local side Hay Cross FC.  Signed for Grimsby Town FC in October 1930. Betmead was to sign for Chelsea FC in September 1939, but war broke out and put the transfer in hold.  Sadly, football did not resume for over six years and Harry was past his prime, he did however, turn out as a guest player for Heart of Midlothian FC in 1941. He retired a Grimsby Town player in December 1947, having played 296 league appearances, scoring ten goals.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1933-34;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Was also a right-hand batsman for Lincolnshire CCC.


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 636th player (637) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-half
Only match No. 211, 20 May 1937, Finland 0 England 8, an end of tour match at Töölön pallokenttä, Töölö, Helsinki, aged 25 years 39 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours FA Representative team (two appearances, 1939)
Distinctions The tenth Lincolnshirian to represent England

Beyond England

Apparently, worked on the railways as a porter. After retiring, he went into a business in Hertfordshire in 1956. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.33.


Harry Betmead - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps minutes. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals captains Discipline
3 1 0 90 0 0 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Harry Betmead - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away - Friendly 1 1 0 0 8 0 +8 0 1 8.00 0.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 8 0 +8 0 1 8.00 0.00 100.0 +1


Harry Betmead - Match History
 Club: Grimsby Town F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 25
- 209 14 May 1937 - Norway 0 England 6, Ullevål Stadion, Oslo tour AW reserve
- 210 17 May 1937 - Sweden 0 England 4, Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna AW reserve
1 211 20 May 1937 - Finland 0 England 8, Töölön pallokenttä, Helsinki AW Start 7