Defender Harold Kirman was born in Hull and enjoyed a promising youth career – he lifted the Hull Schools Cup in 1944 as captain of the Maybury Road School side, and he was a regular choice for the East Riding FA Juniors XI between 1947 and 1949 while associated with Francis Askew School and Hull City Juniors. He signed amateur terms for City at 17 years old in June 1948 and played for the “A” team, then signed professional terms in December 1950. Despite all this promise, Kirman’s developmental years at City coincided with the arrival of Raich Carter as manager and numerous high profile first team signings, which shut off a route to first team development of Harold and several other promising youngsters like him. He was therefore unable to progress further than the “A” and Reserve teams.
In July 1952 Gillingham struck an agreement with Hull City to sign Kirman, who at the time was completing his National Service, on the understanding that City could recall him when they wished – a kind of loan move before they became an actual thing. He ended up staying with Gillingham for two and a half years, playing in the reserves in 1952/53 and making eight first team starts in 1953/54. In January 1955 City activated their recall clause for Kirman and after the FA stepped in to resolve a dispute between the two clubs, Kirman returned to the Tigers. He played regularly for City’s reserves for two years and at the start of the 1955/56 season he made his two first team starts, deputising for the injured Trevor Porteous, another young product of the post-war Hull football scene. Kirman’s last recorded game for the Tigers’ reserves came in 1957, though he continued to play for the Ex-Tigers Association XI well into the 1960s.
Kirman remained in the Hull area for the rest of his life and died in July 2011.
Date/Place of Birth: 3 December 1930, Hull
Hull City First Game: 29 August 1955, Lincoln City H (Division Two), 24 years, 269 days old
Hull City Final Game: 3 Septrember 1955, Plymouth Argyle H (Division Two), 24 years, 274 days old
Hull City (1950-1952), Gillingham (1952-1955), Hull City (1955-1957)
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Career: 2 apps, 0 goalsHarold Kirman