Fred Harris (footballer)


Fred Harris (footballer)

Infobox Football biography
playername = Fred Harris


fullname = Frederick Harris
dateofbirth = July 2, 1912
cityofbirth = Solihull
countryofbirth = England
dateofdeath = October 1998 (aged 86)
cityofdeath =
countryofdeath =
height =
position = Inside-forward / Wing-half
youthyears =
youthclubs = Birmingham City Transport
Osborne Athletic
years = 1933–1950
clubs = Birmingham City
caps(goals) = 280 (61)

Frederick "Fred" Harris (July 2, 1912 – October 1998) was a English footballer who played his whole professional career for Birmingham City.

Biography

Fred Harris was born in Solihull, Warwickshire. He joined Birmingham as a inside-forward in 1933 at the age of 19. He was the club's leading scorer in season 1938–39 with 14 League goals and 17 in all competitions.

During World War II he converted to play as a wing-half and played out the rest of his career in that position. His strong tackling and constructive use of the ball impressed manager Harry Storer sufficiently to make him club captain. He is credited with recommending Johnny Berry to Birmingham, having seen him play for an Army team while both were serving in India during the war. [cite web
url=http://www.joinmust.org/forum/showthread.php?t=39165 | title=50 YEARS ON - "The Wizard of the Wing" | author=Clare, Tom | work=Tom Clare's History of Manchester United | publisher=Manchester United Supporters' Trust | date=2007-08-13 | accessdate=2007-08-25
] He won representative honours for the Football League XI against the Scottish League in 1948–49.

He retired from football in 1950, aged nearly 38, having made 312 appearances in all competitions for Birmingham and scored 68 goals. He then became a chiropodist and physiotherapist in the Acocks Green district of Birmingham.

Fred Harris died in October 1998 at the age of 86.

Honours

* with Birmingham City
** Top goalscorer 1939.
** Football League South champions 1946.
** Second Division champions 1948.

Notes

References

cite book
author=Matthews, Tony | title=Birmingham City: A Complete Record | year=1995 | publisher=Breedon Books | isbn=1-85983-010-2

Persondata
NAME = Harris, Frederick
ALTERNATIVE NAMES = Harris, Fred
SHORT DESCRIPTION = Professional footballer
DATE OF BIRTH = 1912-07-02
PLACE OF BIRTH = Solihull, Warwickshire, England
DATE OF DEATH = October 1998
PLACE OF DEATH =


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