If Leeds had been less successful, David Harvey might have
decided to leave a long time before he won a regular place. Signed
in 1965, he played over 200 Central League games before breaking
through into the first team in 1971-72 and keeping a clean sheet in
the FA Cup Final victory over Arsenal.
Born in Leeds to a Scottish father, Harvey won international
recognition and was voted best keeper in the 1974 World Cup Finals.
A couple of months after taking a penalty - and missing - in the
Charity Shield at Wembley, Harvey had a bad car accident that kept
him out for the rest of the season and meant that he missed the
European Cup Final in Paris.
He was away from Leeds for a couple of years in the early 80s,
having two spells at Vancouver Whitecaps in the NASL with a short
period playing for Drogheda in between. He returned to play for
Leeds in the second division for a couple of years before moving on
to Bradford and a couple of other non-league sides. He's now
retired from the game and is farming in Sanday in the Orkneys where
he is also the local postie.
Kevin Dunne says: I once saw him in a pub in Leeds absolutely
legless arguing with a bloke about who had the best moustache!
Drew Harvey says: My name's Drew and I know David Harvey
reasonably well! He is my Father!! He's a good Father and is always
there when ever you need him. My Dad and Mum nearly named Trevor
but my Dad said the Leeds lads would take the mickey out of him as
they'd say we named you after Trevor Cherry - but when my mum saw
how bloody ugly he was that was that. My Dad said that because they
day after I was born Leeds "Drew" 1 all with Liverpool at Elland
Road (rather like Posh and Becks with Brooklyn). His second choice
for my name was Sheffield Wednesday - Mum's was Trevor (but Dad
vetoed that) and Mum rather liked Drew. - better ring than Win or
Lose!! Anyway must get back to work.
Hayley Harvey says: Hi, I'm David Harveys daughter Hayley, just
wanted to say excellent site keep up the good work!
The Clackson family say: David Harvey is our postie and is NOT
SCARED of Gandalf our gander. (We always know when David is not on
duty, because the relief postie is not brave enough to come up to
the house, and leaves the mail in the car!)
Catherine Harvey says: Hi I am Catherine Harvey I'm going to be
13 in two days time and and I just wanted say how proud I am of my
Catherine Harvey says: Hi this is Catherine again and I had a
great Birthday, dad's present was cool and I love being 13
jorge colmenares says: i saw him in 1974 world cup against
brasil and he was great
David Edge says: Why didnt Revie put him in the side earlier?
Only God (and Revie) knows, and theyre not saying... What patience
and loyalty he had by waiting so long for a place. A true hero, and
a great goalkeeper.
Hayley Harvey says: well I came across this site looking up my
own name. Which is Hayley Harvey no relation but you gave your
daughter a great name. I'm just an Okie. I love a man with strong
legs, it would of been nice to see you play!
Dave says: what number did david harvey play under for leeds and
scotland before he was number 1 keeper? Jabba says: in those days,
there were no substitute keepers or squad numbers.
Judes Bumby says: HI! so glad I found this page as I was
wondering what happened to David after his stint in Vancouver!
Great memories (and some sad ones too)...and some really cool pics!
Nice to know what you're up to now David. Take care and best wishes
to your family.
David Devine, Australia says: David Harvey was my hero as a
youngster. I became a goal keeper, not to Davids heights
unfortunately. I remember he was reknown for having one of the
longest throws in the game. Pity our postie hasnt the background of
Michael Wheater says: Hi David, I had Christmas Dinner with you
1967: I was, at that time in love, as I still am, with your sister
Maureen. We lost touch some time ago... but that's in the past' I
hope or is it, i hope not! Where are you Maureen:; I hope you are
very happy. I hope David contacts you with this one - I would
dearly love to meet with you again! Love ' as always. Michael
David Grimes says: watched david when i was a kid he was my hero
always wondered what he was upto now this is a great site keep up
the good work
Kirsty Allan says: Hi my name is kirsty and david is my god
father and was my dads best mate in the old days! It aws nice to
read about him great site!!!!
David Harvey says: I remember him as a goal keeper in the world
cup finals. I was nice as a boy growing up to know of a famous
person with the same name. I also played soccer as a boy which
kindled my interest in the famous David Harvey's career.
Claire & Hayley Harvey say: Thanks for all the lovely things
people have written about our dad, we showed him this site not long
ago, and he had a great time looking at what peple had to say.(
unfortunatly dad doesn't really understand computers, He carnt get
over the fact that you can touch a few keys on a keyboard and it
appears on the screen, and the internet just baffels him
completly!). Our dad really is a great man, and we are so proud of
all that he has acheived in his life. Thanks once again, Claire and
Ryan says: Hi Ive got a picture of david harvey conceding a goal
to jimmy greaves with martin chivers and jack charlton watching on
close by. I just wondered if anyone could give any clues as to the
year and result?? Jabba says: There was only one game in which
Harvey and Charlton played together against Spurs and Spurs scored
- the 2-1 defeat at White Hart Lane on 12 April 1968.
Big Billy says: David Harvey was a great goalie and an absolute
hero of mine. I'll never forget an amazing save he made against
Cardiff at Elland Road round Xmas 1983 which left Bryan Flynn
crying. He came into our pub in Bradford once and I wanted to buy
him a drink but sadly I was skint. Next time eh David!
Roger Millward says: he looked great in that shirt.
martin sykes says: y all time favourite goalie, along with Phill
parkes West Ham. Work for Shetland Coastguard went to Sanday for a
liason visit and forgot all about David Harvey living there was so
Heather Harvey and Jenny Rae me best friend says: Hi dad, I've
just turned 13 and like me big sister says hes the best dad in the
world.I'll always be his little girl love heb . xxxxxx