Reds’ goalkeeping great dies at the age of 94

Harry Hough, one of Barnsley Football Club’s greatest goalkeepers – if not the greatest – has died at the age of 94.

Born in Chapeltown,  Harry joined the Oakwell Club in 1947  but had to be content to be number two to Irish international Pat Kelly for four years. Once he was in the first team, however, he was an ever-present.

In the 1951-52 season his excellent performances with the Reds earned him a call-up to the England ‘B’ team for a friendly against Holland, but he was robbed of his international appearance when his arm was broken by a reckless challenge from Sheffield Wednesday striker Derek Dooley in a league game..

From 1953 to 1956 made 166 consecutive matches, which was then a club record.

In all he made 364 appearances for the club before leaving for Bradford Park Avenue at the end of the 1957-58 season.

After retirement he opened a sports shop in Barnsley before before moving to the East Coast and  his later years were spent in Greetland.


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