Great Harwood Legends
GHTFC have been blessed with some terrific keepers over the past 20 years but none have been more highly rated than Bobby Harris. At anytime during his five years at the Harwood, he could have left to join a ‘bigger’ club but stayed here to become part of the Harwood folk lore.
His amazing ‘goals against’ record is comparable with anything in the club’s long history and what a truly fitting way to end his time here as the Robins broke a club record with five clean sheets on the run to end the season conceding just 33 goals in 36 games. Bob finished his Harwood career with a run of 476 minutes without conceding, a truly remarkable statistic.
His fabulous saves had to be seen to be believed and another great record was his number of penalty saves. Not only did he inspire us to five out of six penalty shot-out victories in cup competitions, he also saved the huge majority of penalties which he faced in league games. One of those spot kicks came in our third last home games against Oldham Town when his 90 th minute stop enabled the record-breaking run to continue. The Mancunians must have been glad to see the back of Bob as he’d previously saved a penalty in a league game at the Whitebank Stadium. Ironically, a shoot-out there proved to be the only time that Bob came out second best. He was in fact on the ‘losing side’ at Winsford in a 2 nd Division Trophy tie but after the ten kicks were taken, where United triumphed, it was ruled that a replay should take place and the spot kicks were disregarded!
After Harwood’s demise a queue of admirers formed but Bob decided to stay locally and sign for newly promoted Nelson.
Things didn’t go too well at Victoria Park as the defence leaked goals at an alarming rate despite Bob’s best efforts.
Surprisingly, his name failed to appear regularly on the team sheet which would explain Nelson’s current goals against column.
Bobby Harris is far too good a keeper to be out of the limelight for long so expect to see him performing heroics at a club near here next season!
Great Harwood ‘legend’
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