Reg Harrison
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Reg Harrison

Reg Harrison
Personal information
Full name Reginald Frederick Harrison[1]
Date of birth (1923-05-22)22 May 1923
Place of birth Normanton, Derby, England
Date of death 17 September 2020(2020-09-17) (aged 97)
Place of death Alvaston, England
Position(s) Right winger
Youth career
Derby Corinthians
1939-1944 Derby County
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1944-1955 Derby County 254 (52)
-> Sheffield United (war guest)
-> Notts County (war guest)
-> Charlton Athletic (war guest)
-> Hartlepools United (war guest)
1955-1957 Boston United
1957-1962 Long Eaton United
Teams managed
1958-1962 Long Eaton United
Wilmorton & Alvaston
Alfreton Town
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Reginald Frederick Harrison (22 May 1923 - 17 September 2020) was an English professional footballer who played as a right winger.

Early life

Born in May 1923 in Normanton, Derby, Harrison left school at 14 to train to be a decorator.[2] During World War Two he served with the Royal Engineers, serving as an Army training officer based in England.[2]


After playing non-league football for Derby Corinthians,[1] Harrison signed for Derby County at the age of 16.[2] He signed amateur forms in 1941 and turned professional in 1944, whilst he was also serving in the Army.[3] During the war he guested for Sheffield United, Notts County, Charlton Athletic and Hartlepools United.[3] He scored 52 goals in 254 league appearances for Derby,[1][4] and 59 goals in 281 games in all competitions.[2] Whilst with Derby, Harrison won the FA Cup in 1946.[2] As of September 2018 he was also the oldest living FA Cup winner.[3]

He left Derby to play for Boston United.[4] He joined Long Eaton United as a player in 1957, becoming player-manager in February 1958, remaining in that position until May 1962. He later also managed Wilmorton & Alvaston and Alfreton Town.[5]

After retiring as a player, Harrison worked for Derby City Council's Youth Service, and set up a youth centre and football club.[6]

Personal life

Harrison and his wife celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in March 2015.[2] The couple had two children (including a son who died from leukemia at the age of 7), two granddaughters, and, as of March 2015, one great-grandson.[2] In September 2018 it was proposed by the local council that he would be awarded the Freedom of the City of Derby.[3]

He died at home in Alvaston on 17 September 2020 at the age of 97.[6][7] At the time of his death he was the oldest living FA Cup finalist.[7]


  1. ^ a b c "Reg Harrison". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Derby County FA Cup-winner Reg Harrison and wife Win celebrate 70 years as a team". Derby Telegraph. 17 March 2015. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Rams last surviving FA Cup winner to be given Freedom of the City". 25 September 2018 – via
  4. ^ a b "Profile". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Transfer Database. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ "Profile". Long Eaton United F.C. Retrieved 2017.
  6. ^ a b "Reg Harrison RIP".
  7. ^ a b "'Legend' - Fans pay tribute to Derby County hero Reg Harrison". 18 September 2020 – via

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