Harold Bodle

Harold Bodle (4 October 1920 – 1 January 2005) was an English footballer who played as an inside left or wing half. He played for Birmingham City in the top flight and for several clubs in the North of England in the lower divisions of the Football League. He was particularly noted for juggling the ball, a skill he claimed to have perfected as a child by repeatedly kicking a small ball against the sideboard at home.[2]

Harold Bodle
Harold Bodle
Personal information
Date of birth 4 October 1920[1]
Place of birth Woodlands, Doncaster, England
Date of death 1 January 2005 (aged 84)[1]
Place of death Bournemouth, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Playing position Inside left / Wing half
Youth career
Silverwood Colliery
Ridgehill Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1938 Rotherham United 9 (0)
1938–1949 Birmingham City 94 (32)
1949–1952 Bury 119 (40)
1952 Betteshanger Colliery Welfare
1952–1953 Stockport County 29 (6)
1953–1957 Accrington Stanley 94 (13)
Teams managed
1952 Betteshanger Colliery Welfare (player-manager)
1959–1960 Accrington Stanley
1974–1976 Burton Albion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Bodle was born in Woodlands, near Doncaster.[1] He played for Doncaster schoolboys before starting work at Silverwood Colliery where he played for the works team.[3] He also played for Ridgehill Athletic and had trials at Doncaster Rovers and Bradford Park Avenue[2] before signing professional forms for Third Division North side Rotherham United in May 1938. His Rotherham career was brief; after nine games in the Football League[4] and just past his 18th birthday Bodle was transferred to First Division club Birmingham for a fee of £2,000.[2] His reaction to the move was quoted thus:[5]

"It was a total surprise when [Rotherham] manager Reg Freeman pulled me aside at the training ground to tell me of The Blues' interest. I was so excited that when I went back to the training session I lost concentration and went sliding off onto the gravel edge. When I met up with Blues officials later that day I had both my hands bandaged and found it hard to sign the contract!"

Bodle played one first-team game for his new club before the outbreak of the Second World War put an end to League football. He made occasional appearances for the club in wartime competition, as well as guesting for Rotherham and Doncaster, for whom he scored 27 goals.[6] He returned to Birmingham to play a full season (and score 16 goals) in the 1945–46 regional competition Football League South, which Birmingham won, and contributed three goals in their run to the FA Cup semifinal.[7] By this time he was a fixture in the side. He scored 16 goals in all competitions in the first post-war League season – only Cyril Trigg got more for Birmingham – and 14 the following year, which made him the club's leading scorer and helped them to promotion back to the top flight. Once in the First Division Bodle's goals stopped coming, and in March 1949 the club accepted an offer for his services of £9,500 from Second Division Bury.

He spent just over three seasons at Bury, in that time playing well over 100 games and scoring 40 League goals, and finished the 1951–52 season as the club's top scorer with 19 goals.[1] When his contract expired at the end of that season, he decided to leave Bury to take up the post of player-manager, coach and trainer at Betteshanger Colliery Welfare of the Kent League. Because he had moved into non-league football, Bury were not entitled to a transfer fee.[8] When a few weeks later Bodle signed for Stockport County for a fee of £7,000, Bury claimed compensation as they still retained his Football League registration. Payment of £1,750 allowed the move to proceed.[1]

Bodle left Stockport at the end of the season, and on 13 August 1953 signed for Accrington Stanley of the Third Division North. By this time he had moved back into midfield to play as a wing half, but even so he scored three goals in his first two games for the club. He captained the side for two years, leading them to runners-up spot in the division in his second season. The Accrington Observer remembers him as "a popular captain with an inspiring personality and an astute tactician".[6] He stayed at the club a further two years, playing less frequently as injury, ill-health and the influx of Scottish players brought in by manager Walter Galbraith took their toll, retiring as a player in May 1957.

Galbraith resigned as Stanley manager in 1958, and Bodle was considered for the job, but the experienced George Eastham was preferred. His tenure was brief, and in June 1959 Bodle was appointed manager. The club had no money, the team had become accustomed to losing, and the spectators stopped coming. The season ended in relegation with a Third Division record number of 123 goals conceded. The directors chose to dismiss Bodle and appoint captain Jimmy Harrower as player-manager in his place, purportedly because the club were unable to afford a non-playing manager.[1] In 1974, after 14 years of running a grocery shop, Bodle returned to football management with Burton Albion. He took them to the semi-final of the FA Trophy in 1975[9] and resigned in February 1976.

Bodle went on to run a sub-post-office in Derbyshire[1] before retiring to Bournemouth, where he died at the age of 84.[8]


Birmingham City


  • Club's top scorer: 1952

Accrington Stanley


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Lindberg, Greger. "The Best Team". Accrington Stanley History. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9.
  3. ^ Hodgson, Alan. "Silverwood Colliery F.C. Players who joined Football League clubs". Silverwood Colliery 1900–1994. John Doxey. Archived from the original on 4 July 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2007.
  4. ^ "A-Z Past Players (Pre-1939)". Rotherham United F.C. Archived from the original (DOC) on 10 August 2011.
  5. ^ Lewis, Peter, ed. (2000). Keeping right on since 1875. The Official History of Birmingham City Football Club. Lytham: Arrow. p. 59. ISBN 1-900722-12-7.
  6. ^ a b "Former Stanley boss dies". Accrington Observer. 13 January 2001. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  7. ^ Matthews, pp. 181, 236–240.
  8. ^ a b "Former Shakers star Harold dies at 84". Lancashire Evening Telegraph. 14 January 2005. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
  9. ^ Lindberg, Greger. "Managers". Accrington Stanley History. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011.

External links

  • Harold Bodle at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
1938–39 Birmingham F.C. season

The 1938–39 Football League season was Birmingham Football Club's 43rd in the Football League and their 26th in the First Division. They were in the relegation positions after the second game of the season, rarely rose above them, and finished in 21st place in the 22-team division, one point from safety, so were relegated to the Second Division for the 1939–40 season. They entered the 1938–39 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Everton in the fifth round after a replay. The club's record attendance was set in the FA Cup-tie at home to Everton, variously recorded as 67,341 or 66,844.Thirty-two players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were fifteen different goalscorers. Half-back Don Dearson played in 42 of the 46 matches over the season, and Fred Harris was the leading scorer with 17 goals, of which 14 were scored in the league. Harry Morris, son of the Harry Morris who played for the club in the 1880s and was a member of the board of directors for nearly 30 years, took over as chairman from Howard Cant.

When the Second World War began, the 1939–40 Football League season was abandoned after three Second Division matches had been played. The first post-war Football League season was in 1946–47, though the FA Cup resumed a season earlier.

1939–40 Birmingham F.C. season

During the 1939–40 season, Birmingham Football Club played three Second Division matches before the Football League season was abandoned because of the Second World War. The team had been relegated in 1938–39 after 18 consecutive seasons in the top tier. Regionally based competitions were organised so that football could continue while unnecessary travel was minimised. Birmingham played in the Midland Regional League, finishing fourth of eight teams, and in the Football League War Cup, in which they lost to eventual winners West Ham United in the quarter final.

1945–46 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1945–46 season was Birmingham City Football Club's first season played under that name in nationally-organised football. The club had been called Birmingham F.C. since 1905, and the City suffix was added in 1943. Although the Football League did not resume until the 1946–47 season, the FA Cup restarted in 1945. Birmingham reached the semi-final, in which they lost to Derby County after extra time in a replay, played at Maine Road, Manchester, in front of 80,407 spectators. In league competition, Birmingham were champions of the first and only edition of the Football League South, taking the title on goal average from local rivals Aston Villa.

Twenty-four players made at least one Football League South appearance, though only twelve appeared regularly, the remaining twelve making just 36 appearances between them. Full-back Dennis Jennings missed only one of the 42 matches over the season. Charlie Wilson Jones was leading scorer with 20 goals in league competition. In the FA Cup, the same eleven players were selected for all the ties, apart from Sid King replacing Gil Merrick in goal for two of the ten matches.

1946–47 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1946–47 Football League season – the first Football League season after the end of the Second World War – was Birmingham City Football Club's 44th in the Football League and their 18th in the Second Division, to which they were relegated at the end of the last completed season before the war. They finished in third position in the 22-team division, three points adrift of the promotion places. They entered the 1946–47 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Liverpool in the sixth (quarter-final).

Twenty-five players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were fourteen different goalscorers. Goalkeeper Gil Merrick missed only one of the 45 matches over the season, and Cyril Trigg was leading scorer with 19 goals, of which 17 came in the league.

1947–48 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1947–48 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 45th in the Football League and their 19th in the Second Division. They reached first place in the 22-team division after the match played on 6 December and retained that position for the remainder of the season, winning the Second Division title for the third time and gaining promotion to the First Division for 1948–49, from which they had been relegated at the end of the last completed pre-war season. They entered the 1947–48 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Notts County in that round.

Twenty-four players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were twelve different goalscorers. Forward Frank Mitchell missed only one of the 43 games over the season, and Harold Bodle was leading scorer with 14 goals, all of which came in the league.

1948–49 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1948–49 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 46th in the Football League and their 27th in the First Division, having been promoted as Second Division champions in 1947–48. They finished in 17th position in the 22-team division, having both scored fewer and conceded fewer goals than any other team in the division. They entered the 1948–49 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Leicester City in that round after two replays.

In November 1948, Harry Storer resigned as team manager. The club's chief scout, Walter Taylor, was appointed as assistant team manager shortly afterwards and acted as caretaker manager until Bob Brocklebank's appointment in January 1949.Thirty-one players made at least one appearance in nationally organised competition, and there were twelve different goalscorers. Full-back Ken Green missed only one game of the 45-game season, and Jackie Stewart was leading goalscorer with eleven goals, all scored in the league.

Archie Garrett

Archibald Campbell Elson Garrett (17 June 1919 – 10 April 1994) was a Scottish professional footballer who played in the Football League for Preston North End, Northampton Town and Birmingham City, and in the Scottish Football League for Heart of Midlothian. He played as a forward.

Bodle (surname)

Bodle is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Bruce Bodle (1935–2008), New Zealand cricketer

Charles Bodle (1788–1835), American politician

Harold Bodle (1920–2005), British footballer

Richard Bodle (1816–1869), British cricketer

Burton Albion F.C.

Burton Albion Football Club is a professional association football club in the town of Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England. The team plays in League One, the third tier of English football. Burton Albion competed in non-League of English football from their formation in 1950 until 2009, when they were promoted to the Football League.

The club's home ground is the Pirelli Stadium, having moved from Eton Park in 2005, and their nickname is The Brewers, stemming from the town's brewing heritage dating back hundreds of years.

Deaths in January 2005

The following is a list of notable people who died in January 2005.

Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:

Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent country of citizenship (if applicable), reason for notability, cause of death (if known), and reference.

List of Birmingham City F.C. players

Birmingham City Football Club, an English association football club based in the city of Birmingham, was founded in 1875 under the name of Small Heath Alliance. They first entered the FA Cup in the 1881–82 season. When nationally organised league football in England began, the club, by then called simply Small Heath F.C., was a founder member of the Football Alliance, formed the year after the Football League. In 1892, the Football League decided to form a Second Division, inviting the members of the Football Alliance to join; as one of the less successful members, Small Heath were placed in the Second Division. Since that time the club's first team has competed in numerous nationally and internationally organised competitions, and all players who have played in 100 or more such matches are listed below.

Frank Womack holds the record for Birmingham league appearances, having played 491 matches between 1908 and 1928, closely followed by Gil Merrick with 485 between 1946 and 1959. If all senior competitions are included, Merrick has 551, followed by Womack's 515 which is the record for an outfield player. As of the end of the 2014–15 season, the player who had won most international caps while at the club is Maik Taylor with 58 for Northern Ireland.The goalscoring record is held by Joe Bradford, with 249 league goals, and 267 in total, scored between 1920 and 1935. No other player comes close; Trevor Francis is the nearest with 119 league goals, 133 in total, scored between 1970 and 1979. Bradford holds the record for league goals scored in a top-flight season with 29 in the First Division in 1927–28.

List of Birmingham City F.C. seasons

Birmingham City Football Club, an association football club based in Birmingham, England, was founded in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance. For the first thirteen years of their existence, there was no league football, so matches were arranged on an ad hoc basis, supplemented by cup competitions organised at local and national level. Small Heath first entered the FA Cup in the 1881–82 season, and won their first trophy, the Walsall Cup, the following season. During the 1880s, they played between 20 and 30 matches each season.In 1888, the club became a limited company under the name of Small Heath F.C. Ltd, and joined the Combination, a league set up to provide organised football for those clubs not invited to join the Football League which was to start the same year. However, the Combination was not well organised and folded in April 1889 with many fixtures still outstanding. Small Heath were founder members of the Football Alliance in 1889–90, and three years later were elected to the newly formed Second Division of the Football League. They topped the table in their first season, failing to win promotion via the test match system then in operation, but reached the top flight for the first time in 1894. They were renamed Birmingham in 1905, finally becoming Birmingham City in 1943.The club's official history rated 1955–56 as their best season to date. The newly promoted club achieved their highest ever finishing position of sixth in the First Division, reached the 1956 FA Cup Final, and became the first English club side to participate in European competition when they played their opening game in the group stages of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup. Their only major trophy is the League Cup, which they won in 1963 and 2011; they reached the FA Cup final twice and the final of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup twice. During the 1990s, they twice won the Associate Members Cup, a competition open to clubs in the third and fourth tiers of English football.

As at the end of the 2017-18 season, the club's first team had spent 57 seasons in the top division of English football, 54 in the second, and 4 in the third. The table details their achievements in first-team competitions, and records their top goalscorer and average home league attendance, for each completed season since their first appearance in the Birmingham Senior Cup in 1878–79.

Burton Albion F.C.managers

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