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In Memoriam: David Harney

2 May 2019

Scunthorpe United is saddened to learn of the passing of former player David Harney, aged 72.

The forward, who began his youth career at Cleadon Juniors and Sunderland, joined the Iron in 1967 from local rivals Grimsby Town, leaving home at just 15 years of age.

He spent five years with the Mariners before making the switch to the Old Show Ground where he would remain for two seasons, with Keith Burkinshaw signing him on.

While with the club he lodged with Mrs Baker along with other Iron players, Mel Blyth and Steve Deere. Living next door were Kevin Keegan and Ray Clemence.

In 1967-68, he would be an ever-present for the first 17 games of the season, scoring one goal along the way before a serious injury put him out of action until the final game of the Division Three season. Unfortunately, by the time he returned, the side had been relegated back to Division Four.

He'd make just seven appearances in his second campaign with the club, none of which concurrent, as injury continued to plague his Scunthorpe career. He left the Iron for Brentford in 1969 having made 25 appearances for the club, scoring once.

His career would take him onto Wimbledon and finally Bromley before he retired from the game.

The thoughts of everyone at the football club are with David's family and friends at this difficult time.

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