Bill Harris (footballer)
|Full name||William Charles Harris|
|Date of birth||31 October 1928|
|Place of birth||Swansea, Wales|
|Date of death||December 1989|
|Place of death||Middlesbrough, England|
|Playing position||Wing half|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).|
Bill Harris started his footballing career with local club Swansea City but failed to graduate beyond the third team and so moved to Llanelli in 1949. After just six months at the club he signed for Hull City for £2,000. He played 131 games for Hull before a move to Middlesbrough in March 1954 for £15,000. Harris, a wing half, played 378 games, scoring 72 goals for Middlesbrough and was capped for Wales. He won his first Welsh cap against Austria in May 1954 in Vienna but had to wait three years for his second cap. Harris had the distinction of scoring a goal in just 11 seconds in a 5-1 FA cup win against Shrewsbury Town in 1962.
In March 1965, he joined Bradford City as their third player-manager following the departure of Bob Brocklebank. He took charge at a struggling club, during its darkest days, and in his first season, the club had finished 19th in Division Four. The following season the club's problems continued and Harris resigned a year after he took over with the club heading towards re-election.
In November 1967, he returned to Teesside as manager-coach of non-league Stockton, before he retired in May 1969. He later worked for an insurance firm in Middlesbrough. He died in Middlesbrough in 1989 after suffering several strokes.