harry gilberg - fact file

1939 - 1951        forward


Born on 29th June 1923 in Tottenham, North London, England.

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Harry Gilberg was a forward who was born in Tottenham and represented Tottenham Schools, before following the well trodden path to Tottenham Juniors in June 1937 when he left school.  The younger players were given tasks to carry out for the groundsman and he was asked to put his carpentry and joinery skills to use. The Juniors won the Southgate and District Cup, before Harry signed as an amateur on 10th May 1939 although on the outbreak of war, he was allowed to sign for any amateur club he wanted, so joined Walthamstow Avenue.

At the non-league club, Gilberg was able to gain some playing experience and returned to the club to sign professional with Spurs in 1944, although he did come back to Tottenham to play three war-time matches in December 1941.

Harry joined the RAF in 1942 as a wireless operator and air gunner, before signing as a professional for Spurs on 15th September 1944, playing more war games for the club (bringing his total to 13 games and six goals), as well as Charlton Athletic (one game in 1944-45) and nine games for Southend United in the following season scoring three goals.

Having lost a big chunk of his playing days to the war, Harry stayed in the reserves and A team as a reserve for first team forwards, who rarely got injured, resulting in him only making three outings in the senior side (Newcastle Home Jan 1947; Millwall Home March 1948; Arsenal Away FA Cup Jan 1946). He played 169 reserve and A team games, many as a half back, winning the London Challenge Cup in 1947-48, also scoring 18 times in the Combination and his goal-scoring total for all of his non-first team career was 64.

Without opportunities in the first XI, Gilberg moved on in 1951 to play for QPR, but stayed there only 15 months before joining Brighton and spending four years at the Goldstone Ground before hanging up his boots following a career ending injury.  Harry worked as a representative for a stationery firm and lived in Broxbourne, Herts.

Harry Gilberg died in Torquay, Devon (while on holiday) on 16th September 1994.



Career Record
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (junior) June 1937 - ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (amateur) 10th May 1939 - ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (professional) 1944 - 18th January 1947 v Newcastle United (Division 2) (away) lost 0-1 3 0
QPR 16th August 1951 1,000 ??  ?? ??
Brighton & Hove Albion December 1952 ?? ??  ?? ??
- ?? ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
2 League appearances; 0 goals
1 FA Cup appearances; 0 goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
66 League appearances; 12 goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals
Brighton & Hove Albion

67 League appearances; 3 goals
- FA Cup appearances; ?? goals
- Other appearances; ?? goals

- international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---

- appearance



Was married and Harry enjoyed carpentry and joinery.



What they said about Harry Gilberg
Charlie Withers (team mate in the juniors) ... on Harry as a player ...   .. ()

"Harry was the type of player you always took on tour because he could play so many positions winger, inside forward or half back. That may have prevented him settling into one position.

He was very conscientious in his work, but never quite good enough to establish himself in the first team."

Charlie Withers (team mate in the juniors) ... On Harry teaching him to drive ... .. ()

"I had been saying that I wanted to learn for a while, but I had never been near a steering wheel in my life. Then one day, in 1950, there was a knock at the door and Harry was there with a 1947 model Austin 10 and said, 'There's you car now learn to drive it !' He used to take me out in it and I passed first time."

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