Harry Topping

Harry Topping (21 September 1913[1] – 2001) was an English football player (who played at full back) and coach.

Harry Topping
Personal information
Date of birth (1913-09-21)21 September 1913
Place of birth Kearsley, England
Date of death 2001 (aged 8788)
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1935 Manchester City 0 (0)
1936–1937 Exeter City 1 (0)
1937–1938 New Brighton 5 (0)
1945–1946 Bristol Rovers 0 (0)
Teams managed
1950–1951 Feyenoord
1951–1952 PSV
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing career

Topping was born in Kearsley, Lancashire[1] and spent time with several Football League clubs, including Manchester City and Exeter City, where he made one league appearance, before a short spell at New Brighton.[1][2]

During World War II he played for Stockport County, where he partnered his namesake Henry Westby Topping in several wartime matches in 1941–42. He played for Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup campaign of 1945–46.[3]

Coaching career

As a football coach, Topping managed two of the Netherlands' biggest clubs in the early 1950s — Feyenoord between 1950 and 1951, and PSV between 1951 and 1952.[1]

He was coach to Norwich City in their run to the 1958–59 FA Cup semi-final.[4] After leaving Norwich he coached Torquay United.[5]


  1. Joyce, Michael (18 January 2007). "Harry Topping". SoccerData UK. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  2. Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). p. 261. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.
  3. "EURO 2008 Connections: Holland". Bristol Rovers FC. 10 June 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  4. "Your Memories of 1958-59". Norwich City FC. 15 January 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  5. "Torbay AC celebrates its 40th anniversary". Torbay Athletic Club. Archived from the original on 3 July 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
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