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Bobby Harrop

Bobby Harrop

Clubs played for: Manchester United, Tranmere Rovers, Margate, Ashford Town, Canterbury City, Margate, Ramsgate (1953-1979)

Born: 1936

Birthplace: Manchester

Position: Centre-back

Biography: An England youth international who joined United from school. Signed professional terms in May 1954 but he had to wait until the wake of the Munich air crash for his first team debut. He was pressed into action for the FA Cup sixth round replay against WBA in March 1958, but after that had to play second fiddle to Stan Crowther. He left Old Trafford for Tranmere Rovers in November 1959 in a joint £4,000 deal involving Gordon Clayton. Lived in Broadstairs, Kent, and worked as a carpet layer, then a drayman with Bass Charrington, before becoming a ranger at North Foreland Golf Club and was working on the day he died in November 2007, aged 71. He was also a respected local referee and managed the reserve teams of several Kent clubs.

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