Wally Hardinge

Harry 'Wally' Hardinge represented England at both football and cricket.

By the time the talented inside forward joined Arsenal in June 1913 he had already played for the national side once during a successful spell with Sheffield United.

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Name Wally Hardinge
Arsenal Career 1913 - 1921
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Appearances 55 (55 starts, 0 as a sub)
Goals 14

Hardinge earned a reputation for goals during his time at Bramall Lane and while not as prolific at Arsenal, he scored 14 times in 55 starts.

Hardinge started in Arsenal's first-ever game at Highbury, a 2-1 win over Leicester Fosse in September 1913.

He served as a Chief Petty Officer in the Royal Navy (Air Force) during the war and made 70 wartime appearances for the Club.

Hardinge returned to league football with Arsenal after the war and played 13 times with the Club now in Division One.

During this time he also played county cricket for Kent between 1920 and 1923, and for England in a Test Match against Australia. A prolific batsman, Hardinge became only the third cricketer after C. B. Fry and Warwick Armstrong to score a double century and century in the same match (1921).

He hung up his boots that year before a spell as manager of Tottenham Hotspur's reserves.