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Farewell to Harry McShane

12 November 2012

Former Latics' player dies aged 92

Former Latics' winger Harry McShane has died at the age of 92.

Harry was signed from Manchester United for £750 in February 1954 by manager George Hardwick in Latics' failed attempt to hold on to their Second Division status.

He played part time the following season in Third Division North in order to take a job as a rep with a clothing firm.

Harry left Boundary Park in the summer of 1955 having made a total of 42 appearances and scoring six goals.

It was back in 1937 that Harry, who came from Lanarkshire in Scotland, signed for Blackburn Rovers as an amateur aged 16.

A sizeable part of his career was lost because of the Second World War as he served in the Royal Air Force.

Afterwards he had short spells  with Huddersfield Town and Bolton Wanderers before signing for Manchester United in 1950.

In three-and-a-half years at Old Trafford he played 57 games scoring eight goals and winning a First Division title in 1951/52.

He later had spells in non league with Chorley, Droylsden and Stalybridge Celtic.

Harry later maintained his involvement at Old Trafford as a scout - he was credited for discovering Wes Brown - public address announcer and helping launch United's Old Boys' Association.

United players sported black armbands in Saturday's match at Aston Villa in tribute to Harry.

He leaves wife Rene and only son Ian, the actor who played antiques dealer Lovejoy in the popular television series.


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