11 November 2006

Harry Duggan

Dual international winger Harry Duggan starred in the Football League for over a decade, eventually helping Newport County to their only appearance in the Second Division...

Name: Henry Anthony Duggan
Born: 8 June 1903, Dublin
Died: 1968, Leeds
Height: 5.07 ft
Weight: 9.11 st
Position: Outside-Right

Representative Honours: Ireland: 8 Full Caps (1929-1935); Eire: 5 Full Caps/1 Goal (1927-1937).
Club Honours: (with Leeds) Football League Division Two Runner-Up 1931/32; (with Newport) Football League Division Three (South) Champion 1938/39.

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Richmond United
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-
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(FAI Intermediate)
Leeds United
25/26-36/37
May-25
-
188/45
9/ 4
-
Newport County
36/37-39/40
Oct-36
£1,500
91/13
7/ 6
3/1
TOTALS
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£1,500
279/58
16/10
3/1

Biography:
A speedy winger, Harry Duggan was picked up by Leeds United from junior football in Dublin in May 1925. An apprentice stonemason, he had scored 49 goals in the 1924/25 season. He quickly established himself on the right-wing at Elland Road and his goalscoring and work-rate endeared him to the fans. In 1932 he captained Leeds to promotion from Division Two.

Duggan was selected by the Irish Free State for a friendly against Italy ‘B’ which ended in a 2-1 defeat on 23rd April 1927. In October 1929 the IFA selectors included Duggan in the team for the Home Nations Championship game with England. The game ended in a 3-0 defeat for the Irish and over the following six years he was awarded a total of eight caps by the IFA. In 1932 he was a member of the IFA side that faced England at Blackpool. The game ended in a 1-0 defeat with Dunne in a forward line that also included southern born players Jimmy Dunne and Paddy Moore.

Duggan left Leeds for Newport County in 1936 where he was again appointed captain. His goals and leadership helped them to the 1939 Division Three (South) title. He had won his fifth and final international cap from the FAI in a 3-3 draw against Norway on 7th November 1937, a game that Eire had to win to stand a chance of qualifying for the following year's World Cup.

Having retired from football after the Second World War Duggan settled in Leeds where he worked for a glass merchants. He remained in Leeds until his death in 1968.

Ireland Cap Details:
19-10-1929 England. A L 0-3 BC
20-10-1930 England. A L 1-5 BC
22-04-1931 Wales... A L 2-3 BC
17-10-1932 England. A L 0-1 BC
14-10-1933 England. H L 0-3 BC
20-10-1934 Scotland H W 2-1 BC
27-03-1935 Wales... A L 1-3 BC
13-11-1935 Scotland A L 1-2 BC

Summary: 8/0. Won 1, Drew 0, Lost 7.

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