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Harry Kenneth Leyland (12 May 1930 – 6 December 2006) was a Liverpool-born footballer who made 36 Football League appearances for Everton[2] before transferring to Blackburn Rovers. He was outstanding in the 1959–60 FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday that Rovers won 2-1, but disappointment followed in the final when already one down Rovers lost Dave Whelan with a broken leg and went on to lose 3-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Leyland later played for Tranmere Rovers (playing 180 League games for them[2]) and for the last 25 years of his life he was a very active in the running of New Brighton Rugby Union Football Club and in January 2009 a stand at their ground was named in his honour.[3] He also managed Wigan Athletic.

Harry Leyland
Personal information
Full name Harry Kenneth Leyland[1]
Date of birth (1930-05-12)12 May 1930
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Date of death 6 December 2006(2006-12-06) (aged 76)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1956 Everton 36 (0)
1956–1960 Blackburn Rovers 166 (0)
1960–1966 Tranmere Rovers 180 (0)
Total 382 (0)
Teams managed
1967–1968 Wigan Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


  1. ^ "Harry Leyland". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b Football League Career Stats at Neil Brown
  3. ^ "Brighton honour Leyland". Liverpool Daily Post. Trinity Mirror North West & North Wales. 21 January 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2013.