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Harry Leyland was signed from Tonbridge by Blackburn Rovers as a 17 year old goalkeeper after being released by Everton. He was outstanding in the 1960 Fa Cup semi-final against Sheffield Wednesday that Rovers won 2-1, but disappointment followed in the Final when already one down Rovers lost Dave Whelan with a broken leg and went on to lose 3-0 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. he later played for Tranmere Rovers and for the last 25 years of his life he was a very active in the running of New Brighton Rugby Union Football Club and in January 2009 a stand at their ground was named in his honour. Harry Leyland died on December 6 2006.


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