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Harold James Halse (1 January 1886 – 25 March 1949) was an Englishmarker football forward, who played most of his career for Manchester United and then for Chelsea. He was the first player to appear in three FA Cup finals for three different clubs.


He was born in Stratford, Londonmarker and started his football career as an amateur with Wanstead, Newportians, Barking Town and Clapton Orient, where he made three appearances in the Football League.

He then joined Southend United, scoring 91 goals in 65 appearances in the 1906–07 season. He transferred to Manchester United in 1908 for the maximum transfer fee allowed at that time, £350. He scored 56 goals in 125 appearances for United, and won the First Division title in 1908 and 1911, and the FA Cup in 1909. In the 1911 FA Charity Shield against Swindon Town, Halse scored six goals for United in an 8-4 win for his team.

He moved to Aston Villa for £1200 in 1912. He won the 1913 FA Cup with Villa, but signed for Chelsea shortly afterwards. While at Chelsea Halse once again reached an FA Cup final, in 1915, although this time he finished on the losing side. He remained with Chelsea until 1921, scoring 25 goals in 111 games, and had a spell at Charlton Athletic before retiring in 1923.

Halse was the first player to appear in three FA Cup finals for three different clubs.

Halse was capped once for England, in an 8-1 win over Austria on 1 June 1909. He scored twice in this game, making it surprising that he was never capped again.

He died on 25 March 1949, aged 63.


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