Harry Vincent “Vinney” Townend was born in Selby and joined the Tigers in September 1909 from his local junior side Selby Town – a previous move to Stockport County in February 1909 was abandoned. An outside right with a turn of pace, Townend made a favourable impression when appearing for the reserves but the consistency of Joe Smith meant Vinney got few first team opportunities – he started just two games in his first season, successive fixtures in November 1909. He got more chances in the second half of the 1910/11 season but this coincided with a dip in form for Ambrose Langley’s side. In his last appearance of that season, an April 1911 2-2 draw against Huddersfield, Townend scored his only goal for City.
Townend got three more starts in 1911/12 season but when Joe Smith signed for Everton in March 1912 it was new signing Billy McDonald that Langley used to fill the vacant outside right berth, not Townend. Vinney left City in the 1912 close season.
During the remainder of the pre-WW1 years Townend played in the Midland League for Goole Town and York City. After the war he returned to Selby Town, playing for them until his mid 30s. Townend remained living in Selby and worked as a seed crusher, probably for the British Oil and Cake Mills company. He died in February 1958.
Date/Place of Birth: 20 June 1889, Selby
Hull City First Game: 13 November 1909, Derby County A (Division Two), 20 years, 146 days old
Hull City Final Game: 6 January 1912, Glossop A (Division Two), 22 years, 200 days old
Selby Town (1907-1909), Hull City (1909-1912), Goole Town (1912-1913), York City (1913-1915), Selby Town (1919-1923)
Hull City Record
Career: 12 apps, 1 goalsVincent Townend