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Harry Moger 1903-1912 266 games 0 goals

November 15, 2009

Written by: Robi Prosser

Henry Herbert Moger was the Peter Schmeichel of United’s pre-first World War side. Just as tall and reliable, though slimmer in build than his counterpart 80 years on, Harry Moger provided the last line of the defence of what was United’s first brush with success.
Born in Southampton, Harry spent 3 seasons with the club, most of this time was on teh sidelines though as he was understudy to teh current England number 1 Jack Robinson.
Moger could see that he was not going to get many games at Southampton , so in May 1903 Moger accepted an offer to play for Manchester United. It was a move that would see him become one of the best goalkeepers of his time and he played a massive part in securing a hat-trick of major trophies in the years before the outbreak of the World War. During his first season at the club, Harry Moger shared the goalkeeping duties with John Sutcliffe, who won 5 England caps during his spell with Bolton Wanderers and Millwall. When Sutcliffe left in 1904 Moger took over as first choice at the club.
In 1905-06 United won promotion to the First Division , Harry was firmly established as Manchester United’s number one custodian and there he remained as the club carried off the League Championship in 1908 and 1911n and the FA Cup in 1911.
Harry Moger was widely looked upon as one of the country’s top goalkeepers although, unlike his former colleagues, Robinson and Sutcliffe, he never won any international caps.

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