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Harold Fleming

The legendary Harold Fleming

Lost Harold Fleming footage found

View recently discovered 100-year-old footage of legendary Swindon Town footballer Harold Fleming.

Think of some of Swindon Town Football Club's all-time great players, and the names Don Rogers, John Trollope, Colin Calderwood and John Moncur might spring to mind.

But long before any of those players ever kicked a football around the County Ground, Harold Fleming was the toast of the club.

Fleming in action

Fleming in action

Fleming joined Swindon in 1907, and over the next 17 years he scored a whopping 203 goals in 322 games.

His glowing career was only sidelined by the advent of World War One, when he temporarily became a PE instructor.

As one of Swindon's most famous sons he has a road in the town centre named after him, and a bronze statue in his image stands proudly in the foyer of the County Ground.

Until now, Fleming's footballing prowess has been the stuff of legend, but recently discovered footage of the player in his prime shows he was indeed a sportsman to be reckoned with.

The film, which depicts a footballing masterclass from Fleming at the County Ground in the twenties was bought off eBay by STFC fan James Turner for the princely sum of £10.00.

A caption card from the silent footage

A caption card from the silent footage

One notable scene shows Fleming demonstrating his 'Triangular Game' technique designed to enable a player to keep possession of the ball.

Swindon Town FC historian Dick Mattic said of the find: "For all Swindon memorabilia fans it is an absolute gem."

Fleming may have died in 1955 but the discovery of this remarkable film brings the Swindon hero's skills back to life.

last updated: 28/01/2009 at 15:16
created: 28/01/2009

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james turner
Richard Nash,If you would like to contact me please E.Mail me on james.turner3@ntlworld.comRegardsJAMES TURNER

Richard Nash
Hello, I live in the village where Harold Fleming was born and have been researching him for some time - is there any chance of getting put in touch with James Turner? Thanks for your time.

legends of my time of Town fan are Roger Smart and Don Rogers. I live next door to Roger Smart when I was young boy always remember going in his back garden to have a game of footy, what memories..

mike o'hara
i cannot understand why Roger Smart is not remembered as a Robins immortal!He scored the goal in 1963 against shrewsbury town that put swindon into the then 2nd division for the first time in the clubs history, and he scored the first goal against Arsenal in the league cup final in 1969 that enabled swindon to go on and lift the cup.'Smartie' as we called him in 62-63 is for me one of a handful of men who deserve the label 'real immortals' of swindon town FC.

Peter Brown
In your estimate of Swindon greats..How could you possible forget.. Maurice Owen..Unless of course your new to the game.

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