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Harry McShane
Personal information
Full name Harold McShane
Date of birth 8 April 1920(1920-04-08)
Playing position Left winger
Youth career
Bellshill Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1937–1946 Blackburn Rovers
1946–1947 Huddersfield Town 15 (1)
1947–1951 Bolton Wanderers 93 (6)
1951–1954 Manchester United 56 (8)
1954–1955 Oldham Athletic 41 (5)
Wellington Town
Total 205+ (20+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Harold (Harry) McShane (born 8 April 1920 in Holytown, North Lanarkshire) is a Scottish former football player, who played as a direct and speedy winger.[1] He is the father of actor Ian McShane.[1]


Playing career

McShane started his professional career with Bellshill Athletic, before moving to Blackburn Rovers in 1937. During the war he guested for Manchester City, Blackpool, Reading and Port Vale.[1]

After the war ended he joined Huddersfield Town, before moving on to Bolton Wanderers in 1947. He spent four years at Bolton, racking up close to 100 appearances before signing for Manchester United in 1951. He was part of the United side that won the First Division in 1951-52. In 1954, he transferred to Oldham Athletic, before seeing out his playing days with non-league sides; Chorley (player-coach), Wellington Town and Droylsden.


After retiring as a player, McShane became the coach of Stalybridge Celtic.[1] He then worked as a talent scout for Manchester United, where he was credited with bringing Wes Brown to the management's attention.


with Manchester United

Harry was also a very popular tannoy announcer at Old Trafford during the 1960's


  1. ^ a b c d Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 195. ISBN 0952915200.  


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