Herbert Leavey

Herbert James "John" Leavey (5 November 1886 – 1954) was an English footballer who made 65 appearances in the Football League for Liverpool, Barnsley, Bradford Park Avenue and Portsmouth. He also played in 75 Southern League and Western League games for Plymouth Argyle.[4] Leavey usually played in the outside forward positions.[1]

Herbert Leavey
Personal information
Full name Herbert James Leavey[1]
Date of birth (1886-11-05)5 November 1886[2]
Place of birth Guildford, England
Date of death 1954 (aged 6768)[3]
Place of death Kensington, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
St Jude's
1904–1907 Woodland Villa
1907–1908 Plymouth Argyle 23 (4)
1908 Derby County 0 (0)
1908–1910 Plymouth Argyle 52 (3)
1910–1911 Liverpool 5 (0)
1911–1913 Barnsley 28 (2)
1913–1915 Bradford Park Avenue 19 (1)
1919–1921 Llanelli
1921 Portsmouth 13 (0)
1921–1922 Boscombe
Teams managed
1922–1926 PSV
1926–1928 HRC, SV Gouda
1928–1932 SV Gouda
1935–1940 HRC
1945–1952 HRC
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

After leaving Boscombe in 1922, he worked for Portsmouth as a scout, before moving to the Netherlands to manage PSV Eindhoven between 1922 and 1926.[5] After his appointment as manager, PSV played in the 1e Klasse Zuid (the highest league for teams in South Netherlands) for three seasons. After finishing tenth in 1923 and sixth in 1924, PSV were relegated in Leavy's third season after finishing last.[6][7][8] The 1925-26 season in the 2e Klasse B was won, which meant that PSV were promoted back to the 1e Klasse Zuid after one year.[9] Leavy left PSV in 1926 after being four seasons in charge.[5] He subsequently became manager of HRC of Den Helder, although he also started managing SV Gouda on a part-time basis later in the year.[10][11] He moved to Gouda on a part-time basis in 1927 and led the club to the second tier title in 1931–32.[11] He returned to HRC in 1935, remaining at the club until 1952.[10]


  1. Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 154. ISBN 1-899468-67-6.
  2. "Herbert Leavey". LFC History. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  3. "Index entry". FreeBMD. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  4. "Herbert Leavey". Greens on Screen. Retrieved 29 July 2013.
  5. "Trainers". PSV Eindhoven official website. Archived from the original on 18 September 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2010.
  6. "Historie: seizoen 1922/1923". PSV Netwerk. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  7. "Historie: seizoen 1923/1924". PSV Netwerk. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  8. "Historie: seizoen 1924/1925". PSV Netwerk. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  9. "Historie: seizoen 1925/19256". PSV Netwerk. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  10. Mr Leavey (1888–1954) van PSV naar HRC Tijdschriften Regionaal Archief Alkmaar
  11. History SV Gouda

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