Craig Harrison (footballer)
|Full name||Craig Harrison|
|Date of birth||10 November 1977|
|Place of birth||Gateshead, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Bangor City (manager)|
|1999||→ Preston North End (loan)||6||(0)|
|2000||→ Crystal Palace (loan)||4||(0)|
|2008–2011||Airbus UK Broughton|
|2011–2017||The New Saints|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Craig Harrison (born 10 November 1977) is an English professional football club manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Cymru Alliance side Bangor City. In his seven-year playing career, in which he played in defence, he played for Middlesbrough, Preston North End and Crystal Palace.
From 2008, until his departure in 2011, he was the manager of Airbus UK Broughton. He then joined The New Saints as their new manager that same year. In June 2017, Harrison was appointed as the manager of Hartlepool United.
He is a product of the youth system at Middlesbrough, where he made a number of appearances during the 1997-98 promotion season under Bryan Robson. He was unfortunate not to play in the 1998 League Cup final, having been Boro's left-back in the three league games immediately before the final. However, he did play the full match as the club sealed promotion with a 4-1 final day win over Oxford United. He also started the club's first game back in the Premier League. Whilst at the club he had loan spells with Preston North End in 1999 and Crystal Palace in August 2000.
He joined Crystal Palace permanently the following month, and over the next two years made 34 league appearances for the club. In January 2002, he suffered a double compound fracture in his left leg whilst playing for the club's reserves against Reading. After nineteen months in rehabilitation and three operations, he subsequently retired from professional football in 2003. After retirement he battled depression and worked on property renovation and resale.
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, Harrison was appointed manager. In January 2010, he announced he was registering himself as a player for the club. He subsequently became Director of Football at the club.
The New Saints
In his first season, he oversaw TNS being crowned the 2011–12 Welsh Premier League Champions, as well as the winning the Welsh Cup. He won the Welsh Premier League again in 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.
In May 2017, he was named Welsh Premier League manager of the season, having led the side to their sixth successive Welsh Premier League title, as well as the Welsh League Cup and breaking Ajax's 44-year-old world record for the longest winning streak in top-flight football.
- As of match played 20 February 2018
|Hartlepool United||26 May 2017||21 February 2018||36||10||10||16||27.78|||
As a manager
- Welsh Premier League: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
- Welsh Cup: 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
- Welsh League Cup: 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
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- "Harrison injury blow for Palace". Sky Sports. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
- "The New Saints name Craig Harrison as their new manager". BBC Sport. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
- "Craig Harrison Big Interview: Career-ending injury made me bitter… but now I want to reach the top as a manager". The Non League Paper. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
- Airbus manager signs himself! NLN 24, 13 January 2010
- "Owen returns to the Airfield in role reversal". Welsh Premier League. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
- "Craig Harrison appointed as director of football". The New Saints. 30 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- "Welsh Premier League: New Saints' Craig Harrison wins managerial award". BBC Sport. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 3 September 2017.
- "Craig Harrison: Hartlepool appoint The New Saints boss as manager". BBC Sport. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
- "Bangor City: Club appoint Craig Harrison as new manager". BBC Sport. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
- "Managers: Craig Harrison". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
- "Welsh Cup final: Cefn Druids 0–2 The New Saints". BBC. 5 May 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2012.
- "Greg Draper sparks comeback as TNS net trophy double". Shropshire Star. 14 May 2014.
- Craig Harrison at Soccerbase