Reg Harrison

IntroEnglish footballer and manager
Is Athlete 
Football player 
Association football player 
Sports official 
Association football manager 
From United Kingdom 
Type Sports 
Birth 22 May 1923 
, Derby, United Kingdom
Age97 years
Star signGemini
Sports Teams
Boston United F.C.
Derby County F.C.
Long Eaton United F.C.

Reginald Frederick Harrison (born 22 May 1923) is an English former professional footballer who played as a right winger.

Early life

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


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

He left Derby to play for Boston United. 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.

Personal life

Harrison and his wife celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in March 2015. 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. In September 2018 it was proposed by the local council that he would be awarded the Freedom of the City of Derby.