SPORTING all-rounder Harry Fearnley’s life took him from Penistone to Poole via Town, Oxford United, Doncaster Rovers, Emley and a string of Huddersfield League cricket clubs.
Fearnley, who has died aged 77, was a goalkeeper, quick-scoring batsmen and pace bowler with a strong desire to succeed.
‘First is first, second is nothing’ was the mantra of the man who served Town between the posts for 12 years before moving on to win two promotions from Division IV.
He then had two spells as coach of Emley, helping the club graduate from the Huddersfield District to Yorkshire League and make headlines in the old FA Amateur Cup.
In the summer, he turned his attention to cricket, skippering the Huddersfield League representative team.
His clubs included Holmfirth, Honley, Lascelles Hall, Marsden, Paddock, Thongsbridge and at the end of his career, Central League side Cumberworth.
Fearnley, who had lived in Poole for more than 30 years, was a far better keeper than his Town appearance tally of 103 suggests.
He faced tough competition from South African stopper Sandy Kennon and ex-Manchester United man and Munich disaster survivor Ray Wood.
The fact Fearnley remained at Leeds Road for so long reflected his loyalty and the old system of retain and transfer which gave clubs a strong hold over their players.
Having originally played for Penistone Church, Fearnley was signed by Town in 1951 and became a part-time professional a year later.
He became a regular in the reserves, and after completing National Service, made his first-team debut in a top-flight clash against Newcastle in November 1955.
The bulk of his games for Town were in the old Second Division (now Championship) but the most memorable were in the FA Cup.
He featured in a fifth-round tie against Burnley in February 1957, when 55,158 saw the Lancashire side win 2-1 at Leeds Road.
And four years later, he helped Town topple Wolves 2-1 in a third-round replay which was the first home game played under floodlights.
Fearnley, given a benefit in 1958, played under three managers, Andy Beattie, Bill Shankly and Eddie Boot, and alongside the likes of Vic Metcalfe, Denis Law and Ray Wilson.
In October 1953, a £3,500 fee took Fearnley to Oxford, who had been elected to the Football League the season before.
He was a key member of a side led by Ron Atkinson which became the first from Division IV to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in 1963-64, with First Division Blackburn beaten in round five.
And the season after, he helped Oxford win promotion to the Third Division alongside Brighton, York and Millwall.
Fearnley had continued to live in Yorkshire, training on a day-to-day basis with Halifax and becoming a close friend of Shay player and later much-travelled manager Jim Smith.
And when the chance came to move to Doncaster in February 1966, he took it, soon becoming a Rovers regular as the South Yorkshire side clinched the Fourth Division title.
Having played 90 times for Oxford, Fearnley made 42 appearances for Doncaster and also turned out for Lower Hopton in the West Riding County Amateur League.
In 1968, he turned to coaching at Emley, who were beginning their spectacular rise up the non-league ranks.
He had two three-year spells at the Welfare Ground, 1968-71 and 1972-75, the latter with former Town teammate Kevin McHale as his assistant.
Fearnley, whose funeral will be in Poole next Monday, leaves wife Barbara, sons Brian and David and daughter Ann, and five grandchildren.