Harry G Slade
Position: Full Back/Fly Half
Honours: Somerset County XV
Debut game: 22nd November 1919 v Bristol University
Final game: 24th October 1931 v London Welsh
Number of Appearances: 124
One of the most versatile players who ever wore the Bath Club jersey, Harry Slade started playing rugby at Oldfield School in 1911 as a scrum half. He joined the Bath Club after playing for two local clubs Stothert and Pitt RFC and Combe Down RFC.
He played in the first “A” team match after the First World War and was promoted to the 1st XV on many occasions, gaining a regular place in 1922. Subsequently he filled almost every position outside the scrum and finished up as the regular full back.
Harry was capped for Somerset in 1927 and selected regularly up to 1929 but unfortunately his work frequently took him overseas thus breaking a sequence of County and Club games. Of small stature, he was a fearless tackler, an expert at dropping goals and must have converted many of the kicks at goal following tries in his time.
Harry was also an amateur boxer.
He served on the Management Committee for several years until business commitments caused his retirement. One can say with conviction that Harry never let the side down no matter in what position he was playing.