H.A. (Harold Aubrey) Milton

The medal won by H.A. Milton in the London Charity Cup Final of 1902/03.
The medal won by H.A. Milton in the London Charity Cup Final of 1902/03.

Harold Aubrey Milton was born at Hackney, London, 15th January 1882. The amateur played for University College School & Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, New Crusaders, Tottenham Hotspur, Clapton and Casuals.

Milton originally played at outside right before switching to half back whilst at Cambridge University and twice played in the annual varsity match v Oxford. He signed amateur forms for Tottenham Hotspur in February, 1904

Milton made four first-team appearances for Tottenham Hotspur were April 5, 1904 v New Brompton (now Gillingham) home won 1-0 Southern League; April 18, 1904 v West Ham United away won 1-0 Western League; April 20, 1904 v Plymouth Argyle away drew 0-0 Western League February 27, 1905; and v Millwall Athletic home won 4-1 Western League.

Known familiarly as “”Toby””, Milton followed his father A.G. in playing for the Clapton club and helped them reach the 1905 FA Amateur Cup Final at Shepherds Bush where they were defeated 3-2 by West Hartlepool watched by a 4,000 crowd. Harold had moved on to the Casuals club by the time Clapton won the trophy two years later. In January, 1906 Harold played for the Amateurs of the South against their professional counterparts in an international trial match and was twice selected by the AFA (Amateur Football Association) to play for England during his time with the Casuals.

He faced Wales in a 4-3 win at Tufnell Park on January 6, 1910 and France (USFSA) in a 3-1 win at Paris on March 23, 1911. “”Men Famous in Football”” 1905 described him as “”A very strong bustling player””.

Harold Milton qualified as a solicitor on 1907 and practised from offices at 9 Staples Inn in London.  During the Great War he served with the London Regiment, in France, Palestine and Salonika, as a Lieut. Colonel.  He was twice mentioned in Dispatches and was awarded the Military Cross (MC) and the French Croix de Guerre.

He was an able cricketer as well playing for Southgate CC from 1909 and as captain between 1919 and 1924. He was later a Ground Trustee from 1932 to 1958 and the Club President between 1945 and 1952.  He played three first class matches for Middlesex as an amateur in 1907

Harold Milton died in Islington, on March 14 1970.

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