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HARRY BLAND

Full Name: William Henry Bland

Born: 12 January 1898

Came from: Royal Navy   Went to: Cardiff City

First game: 10 December 1927   Last game: 31 March 1934

Appearances: 128 (128/0)   Goals: 3

A posting by the Royal Navy brought the Leeds-born defender to Plymouth and he soon attracted the attention of Argyle manager Bob Jack. With age catching up on legendary defender Moses Russell, Bland stepped in to fill the void, even though he was making his Football League debut a month short of his 30th birthday. A very hard tackler and tough competitor, he was a member of the team that won promotion to the Second Division in 1930. He left Home Park in 1934 to play eight times for Cardiff City.

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APPEARANCE DETAILS  [reselect competitions]

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We're grateful to Andy Chapman, Paul Roberts, Steve Rhodes and Mark Lovell for their help in writing GoS-DB's player pen-pictures, and to the PAFC Media Team and Colin Parsons for their help with photos. Thanks also to staff at the National Football Museum, the Scottish Football Museum and ScotlandsPeople for their valuable assistance.

The following publications have been particularly valuable in the research of pen-pictures: Plymouth Argyle, A Complete Record 1903-1989 (Brian Knight, ISBN 0-907969-40-2); Plymouth Argyle, 101 Golden Greats (Andy Riddle, ISBN 1-874287-47-3); Football League Players' Records 1888-1939 (Michael Joyce, ISBN 1-899468-67-6); Football League Players' Records 1946-1988 (Barry Hugman, ISBN 1-85443-020-3) and Plymouth Argyle Football Club Handbooks.

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