Allan Harris

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Allan Harris
Personal information
Full name Allan Harris
Date of birth (1942-12-28)28 December 1942
Place of birth London, England
Date of death 23 November 2017(2017-11-23) (aged 74)
Position(s) Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1964 Chelsea 70 (0)
1964–1966 Coventry City 60 (0)
1966–1967 Chelsea 14 (0)
1967–1971 Queens Park Rangers 94 (0)
1971–1973 Plymouth Argyle 64 (0)
1973–1974 Cambridge United 6 (0)
1974–1975 Hayes 13 (0)
1976 St Patrick's Athletic 7 (0)
Total 328 (0)
Teams managed
1984–1986 FC Barcelona (assistant)
1993–1995 Al Ahly
2000–2004 Malaysia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Allan Harris (28 December 1942 – 23 November 2017) was a footballer who played for Chelsea, Coventry City and Queens Park Rangers. His brother Ron was also a professional footballer.

Harris was a full-back and began his career with Chelsea, for whom he played 70 league games in his first stint with the club. He joined Coventry in 1964, spending two years there, before briefly returning to Chelsea again, where he played in their 1967 FA Cup final loss to Tottenham Hotspur.[citation needed]

He moved to Queens Park Rangers as a replacement for Jim Langley in 1967, and made his debut in August that year against Portsmouth. Harris was a member of the 1967–68 side that won promotion to the First Division for the first time in the club's history.[citation needed]

He played 94 league games for QPR before transferring to Plymouth Argyle in 1971,[1] and later played for Cambridge United. He then joined non-league Hayes as player-manager in 1974, remaining until his dismissal in March 1975. He signed for St Patrick's Athletic in February 1976, along with Terry Venables, and made his debut on 22 February that year.[2]

After retiring from playing, Harris went on to be assistant manager to Venables at Crystal Palace, QPR (helping the team reach the FA Cup Final in 1982 and win promotion to the First Division in 1982–83) and FC Barcelona (winning La Liga in 1984–85 and reaching the 1986 European Cup Final). He also led Egyptian side Al Ahly to the African Cup as Champions from 1993 to 1995.

He was the coach of the Malaysian national team from December 2000 to 2004.

Harris died on 23 November 2017 at the age of 74.[3]


  1. ^ Allan Harris Greens on Screen. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 2012-10-10 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Allan Harris 1942-2017". Retrieved 24 November 2017.

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