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Harry Bamford
Harry Bamford
Nationality:Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1:486 (5)
Date of birth:8 October 1920
Place of birth:Bristol
Height:
Position:Defender
Date joined:13 December 1945
Joined from:St Philip's Marsh
Date left:31 October 1958 (died)
1 League appearances and goals only.

Henry Charles 'Harry' Bamford (born 8 October 1920) played for Bristol Rovers for his entire professional footballing career. He played as a right-back for the club for thirteen years from 1945 until his death in 1958, making 486 league appearances and scoring five goals in the process.

He joined Rovers following the conclusion of World War II, and had played for Bristolian non-league side St Philip's Marsh prior to this. Because of the war, his professional career began at the relatively late age of 25, but in spite of this he played in the second highest number of Bristol Rovers games of any players at the club, behind only Stuart Taylor.

As well as being a player, Bamford also coached at Clifton College, and while riding his motorcycle home from a coaching session at the college on 28 October 1958 he was involved in a collision with a car. He remained in hospital for three days before finally dying from his injuries on 31 October.

At the time of his death Bamford was still a regular in the Bristol Rovers side, and had played in the previous 59 consecutive games before his accident. His 486 league games put him in second place in the all-time Rovers appearance records.

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