Alan Harrington

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Alan Harrington
Personal information
Full name Alan Charles Harrington
Date of birth (1933-11-17) 17 November 1933 (age 83)
Place of birth Penarth, Wales
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1951–1966 Cardiff City 348 (6)
National team
1956–1961 Wales 11 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Alan Charles Harrington (born 17 November 1933) is a Welsh former professional footballer and Wales international. Harrington played his entire professional career at Cardiff City where he is regarded as one of the club's all-time greats.


Born in Penarth, Harrington joined Cardiff City from local side Cardiff Nomads in 1951. He made his debut midway through the following season in a 0-0 draw with Tottenham Hotspur. He went on to hold a position in the first team squad for the next twelve years, although he missed the entire 1963-64 season due to a broken leg.

He was forced to retire from playing after suffering a second broken leg during a 1-1 against Leyton Orient in January 1966. In later years, Harrington managed Barry Town, steering them to the Welsh Football League championship in 1982-83.

In November 2007 he was awarded an FAW merit award.[1]


  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0.