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
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
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 David.
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
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 Hayley
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