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Born: 27 January 1949
Came from: Blackpool Went to: Bradford City
First game: 04 September 1974 Last game: 06 March 1976
Appearances: 15 (13/2) Goals: 1
Hardcastle won caps with England Amateurs in March 1971, whilst a player with Skelmersdale United, as part of the national team's unsuccessful attempt to qualify for the 1972 Summer Olympics, losing over two legs – winning at Wembley but losing heavily in Sofia – to a Bulgaria team distinctly lacking in 'amateurs'. Despite being largely made up of English players, this team is often referred to as the last attempt at a Great Britain football team for Olympic entry. However, the exposure was enough to earn the Leeds-born full-back a professional contract with Blackpool, for whom he played 36 times in a two-year spell. Moving to Home Park in July 1974, he became a bit-part player in Tony Waiters' promotion side, weighing in with a dozen appearances. The ensuing promotion, step-up and rebuilding by Waiters limited his chances in the following season to just once appearance from the bench. In July 1976 he moved to Bradford City where he spent two further seasons, making 62 appearances before calling time on his League career.
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