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Harold Hassall; Former Town forward who also played in 'Matthews final'.

FORMER Huddersfield Town player Harold Hassall has died aged 85.

The inside forward scored 26 goals in 78 games and won four England caps during a six-year stint at Leeds Road.

Hassall also represented the Football League before joining Bolton Wanderers in a PS27,000 transfer in January 1952.

He played 109 times for Bolton, scoring 34 goals and playing once more for England and twice more for the Football League.

Born in Tyldesley, near Leigh, Hassall was playing local football when Town signed him shortly before his 17th birthday in February 1946.

He made his debut in a 1-1 home draw with Arsenal on the opening day of the 1948-49 First Division campaign, but didn't become a regular until the 1950-51 season.

Hassall scored on his England debut against Scotland at Wembley in April 1951 (although England lost 3-2) and claimed three further goals at international level.

At Bolton he played in the famous FA Cup 'Matthews final' of 1953, when Wanders were beaten 4-3 by Blackpool at Wembley.

After his career was ended at the age of 25 by a knee injury sustained against Chelsea on New Year's Day 1955, Hassall had a spell as manager of the England Youth team.

He worked as a lecturer in physical education and also served as secretary of the Amateur Swimming Association as well as having a stint in charge of the Malaysian national team.

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