Middlesbrough-born, Harold made 17 appearances as a player for his hometown club in the two years either side of World War II and was later to play a leading role behind the scenes at Ayresome Park where among his roles he was caretaker-manager four times.

Following the departure of Raich Carter in 1966, his successor Stan Anderson in 1973, his successor Jack Charlton in 1977 and Bobby Murdoch in 1982, it was Harold who the club turned to steady the ship.

Locally everyone knew the man who as a youngster started his playing career with South Bank East End as an amateur, nationally he was known as England's trainer (a role which if undertaken these days that would be a cross between an assistant-manager and a physio) in 171 internationals and in four World Cups - Sweden in 1958, Chile in 1962 and Mexico in 1970, but it was for his role in the win on home soil in 1966 that he is often best remembered outside the North East.

Awarded the MBE in 1969 for his services to football, he was the affable man with the wavy hairstyle who was the perfect foil to Sir Alf Ramsay, the man with the kind of kit bag that now sells in the Retro category in many shops, a bag that contained not that much more than a wet sponge, and handful of sticking plasters and a bandage to treat those players he had to treat during a game.

It was a bag that was famously thrown into the air come the final whistle at Wembley on the 30th of July 1966 when a team that contained two players who would go on to either play or manage Boro, Nobby Stiles and Jack Charlton, lifted the Jules Rimet trophy for the first and hitherto only time.


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