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Dave Harper

Posted: Thu 24 Jan 2013
Author: © Millwall FC
Dave Harper

Dave Harper

Image by: © Millwall FC

Former Lion dies aged 74

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Dave Harper, the first product of Millwall's revived youth system in 1956, who signed as a professional a year later.
Dave made 190 senior appearances, scoring five goals for The Lions between 1958 and 1965 before moving on to Ipswich Town.
He later appeared for Swindon Town and (Leyton) Orient.
Predominantly a right half, Dave was capped for England at Youth level and but for a knee injury sustained against Accrington Stanley in 1961 would surely have played many more games for the club.
Former team-mate Barry Rowan recalls: "Dave was a very nice guy. He and Bryan Snowdon took me under their wing and looked after me when I first came to the club. He always said he did my running for me too!
One fond memory I have is of an FA Cup tie against Fulham in 1965 when Dave was forced to play up front because he was carrying an injury and there were no subs back then. I put over a cross from the wing and the hobbling Dave Harper scored the goal that set us on the way to victory. 
I will miss him greatly."
Dave passed away at Eastbourne, Sussex on Wednesday, aged 74. He leaves wife Jean and two sons, Dave (Frank) and Paul.
Our thoughts are with his family.