Craig Harrison (footballer)

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Craig Harrison
Personal information
Date of birth (1977-11-10) 10 November 1977 (age 39)
Place of birth Gateshead, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–2000 Middlesbrough 24 (0)
1999 Preston (loan) 6 (0)
2000 Crystal Palace (loan) 4 (0)
2000–2003 Crystal Palace 34 (0)
Total 68 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2011 Airbus UK Broughton
2011– The New Saints
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Craig Harrison (born 10 November 1977) is an English former professional footballer who played as a defender. He suffered a horrific leg break in January 2003 whilst playing for Crystal Palace and subsequently retired from professional football. He is now Director of Football at The New Saints[1] having previously held the same position at Airbus UK Broughton.[2]

Management career[edit]

Airbus UK Broughton

In the spring of 2008 he was appointed Assistant Manager of Welsh Premier League side Airbus UK Broughton after a chance meeting with the then manager Gareth Owen. In the summer of 2008 Craig was appointed manager. In January 2010 he announced he was registering himself as a player for the club.[3]

The New Saints

In December 2011, Harrison was unveiled as Director of Football and Manager of The New Saints, being crowned the 2011–12 Welsh Premier League Champions, as well as the winning the Welsh Cup. He won the Welsh Premier League again the 2013/2014 season, before securing the Welsh Premier League for the third year running and becoming the first team in Europe to win their domestic league.[4]

Managerial Honours[edit]


  1. ^ "Craig Harrison appointed as director of football". The New Saints. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "Owen returns to the Airfield in role reversal". Welsh Premier League. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  3. ^ Airbus manager signs himself! NLN 24, 13 January 2010
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b "Welsh Cup final: Cefn Druids 0–2 The New Saints". BBC. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Greg Draper sparks comeback as TNS net trophy double". Shropshire Star. 14 May 2014. 

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