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Born: 31 March 1905
Came from: Tintagel Went to: Fulham
First game: 21 April 1928 Last game: 06 May 1939
Appearances: 232 (232/0) Goals: 0
Cann was born in Tintagel in 1905 and developed a reputation as the best goalkeeper in Cornwall when playing for his hometown team and the Cornwall County side. He signed for Argyle in 1927 and took over from Fred Craig for the last 12 games of the 1929-30 season, the year Argyle secured the Third Division (South) title. Spending 12 seasons at Home Park, he was brave and agile, and would use most parts of his body to repel shots. At 5ft 11in, he was not the biggest of 'keepers but he was certainly one of the most courageous; many a time the crowd would wince as Cann plunged headlong at the feet of an onrushing forward. On more than one occasion an outfield player would have to stand in when Cann left the field, injured by his exploits. Ironically, one of his most memorable matches was one he’d no doubt rather have forgotten, receiving a standing ovation at Goodison Park as the Pilgrims were comprehensively outclassed by a rampant Everton side and thumped 9-1.
Given a free transfer by Argyle in 1939, he joined Fulham but his career was brought to an end soon after by the outbreak of war. Although he never made a League appearance for the London side, he did play for them in the 1939-40 War League before retiring from the game.
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From Chris Hayne in Quintrell Downs, near Newquay on 15/10/2013 ...
I took the opportunity to have a look at your words on Harry Cann, born 1905. As a small kid (I'm now a silver surfer) I knew him. My late father pointed him out to me and being also of North Cornish descent he was delighted to say he was one of the finest keepers Argyle ever had. In fact, my late mother's eldest sister went to school at Tintagel with him. When I was aware of who he was and became in awe, he was working for what then was North Cornwall Water Board which was subsumed within SWW on merger. He maintained a trim, lean appearance into retirement. My father told me that on arrival ... More
From Ray Worden in Delabole on 12/11/2013 ...
Like Chris Hayne, I remember Harry Cann from his later years. I remember my Dad telling me how he played in the same team as Harry and also against him before he turned professional and what a fine player and man he was.
My own memory is when I was a young goalie back in the late sixties and Harry was manager of his home town team, Tintagel FC, he came to my house with a signing-on form because Tintagel were short of a 'keeper in the Bodmin & District League. I felt quite honoured that someone of his status felt I was good enough to play in his team, so had no hesitation on signing on the ... More
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