Experienced inside right Harry Scott joined the Tigers in November 1926 and made his Hull City senior debut the following day. A week later he scored his first goal for the club against Manchester City and he remained in manager Bill McCracken’s first XI until early March 1927 when a drop in form saw him placed in the reserves. Harry was restored to the first team at the start of the 1927/28 season and delivered six goals in 10 starts including braces against Preston in a 2-4 defeat and Port Vale in a 2-1 win. He was displaced by Scotsman George Martin in mid October and didn’t return until New Years’ Eve when he scored against Barnsley in a 2-1 victory. With youngsters Stan Alexander and Ronnie Starling now coming to the fore, Scott was given only three more starts during the remainder of the season. In June 1928 he left the Tigers for Bradford Park Avenue as part of a player swap deal that saw centre forward Ken McDonald join Hull City.
John Henry “Harry” Scott was born in Langley Park, a coal mining village west of Durham City, and made his name in local football after World War One while playing for Sunderland based junior team Bank Head Albion. He spent the first half of the 1921/22 season with Tyneside club Newburn Grange, then in January 1922 he was signed by First Division side Sunderland. Scott had to wait for over two years for his Sunderland debut, which came against Nottingham Forest in March 1925. He started the following match against Bury, which turned out to be the second and last senior start of his modest career at Sunderland.
In June 1925 he refused a new contract and Sunderland placed a £1,000 transfer fee on his head, which Second Division side Wolverhampton Wanderers duly paid. Scott broke into the Wolves first team in October 1925 and remained first choice inside right for most of the season, scoring five goals including a brace against Chelsea in March 1926. He started the 1926/27 season in the Wolves first team but had been dropped by early October, a month later he joined Hull City having made 37 appearances and scored six goals for the Old Gold.
Harry joined Second Division side Bradford Park Avenue in June 1928 and scored on his debut against Preston in late October. A first team regular for the rest of the 1928/29 season, Scott netted seven times but during the following season he was used less regularly. For two further seasons he was used as an occasional forward in support of the first choice strike force and when he left Bradford in July 1932 he had made 77 appearances in four seasons and scored 21 goals.
Scott spent the 1932/33 season at Division Two side Swansea Town, scoring seven times in 42 starts. He switched to Watford a year later but started only one Diviison Three South game for the Hornets in August 1933, the last of his 192 appearances in an 11 year senior career. Harry joined Birmingham & District League side Nuneaton Town for the 1934/35 season then hung up his boots at 39 having spent the 1935/36 season playing for Vauxhall Motors Luton. By 1939 Harry was living in Coventry and working as a labourer, he died in the Willenhall district of Coventry in October 1970.
Date/Place of Birth: 4 February 1897, Langley Park
Hull City First Game: 13 November 1926, Barnsley A (Division Two), 29 years, 282 days old
Hull City Final Game: 3 March 1928, Chelsea H (Division Two), 31 years, 28 days old
Bank Head Albion, Newburn Grange (1921-1922), Sunderland (1922-1925), Wolverhampton Wanderers (1925-1926), Hull City (1926-1928), Bradford Park Avenue (1928-1932), Swansea Town (1932-1933), Watford (1933-1934), Nuneaton Town (1934-1935), Vauxhall Motors Luton (1935-1936)
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Career: 34 apps, 10 goalsHarry Scott