James Harrop was born in 1884; in Sheffield and played for his hometown club despite an unsuccessful attempt as an amateur with Sheffield Wednesday went onto play a number of games with United – their rivals from across the City. A son of a Yorkshire farmer Harrop went onto become a successful professional footballer – helping Aston Villa win the FA Cup in 1913
and 1920. A cool and crafty defender he inspired the Villa Park club to their 1913 cup final victory, but missed there glorious day seven years later through injury.
During his football career he represented the Football League on two occasions whilst he also appeared in two England international trials.