Date of birth
Full-back Harry Collyer played for the club in 10 seasons prior to the outbreak of World War I. He joined in September, 1906 – making his debut in a Boxing Day game against Watford.
The Bromley-born defender began as a left-back but it was on the other side of the back four that he made his name. In fact, his quality was recognised at international level in the 1909/10 season when he was selected for an England trial match. Even though he couldn’t permanently displace the then-national team captain, Bob Crompton, it showed the calibre of player that he was.
In the 1912/13 season his talent was rewarded with selection to represent a Southern League side against the Football League and League of Ireland. In that season he was also given a benefit match by the club - the clash against Coventry City at the Crystal Palace on 12th October, 1912, had an attendance of 9,000.
|Signed from||Catford Southend, 1906|
|Debut||v Watford (a) 26/12/1906|
|Managers at Palace||Jack Robson, Edmund Goodman|