Gerry Harris

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about an English football (soccer) player. For the English academic, see Gerry Harris (academic).
Gerry Harris
Personal information
Full name Gerald William Harris
Date of birth (1935-10-08) 8 October 1935 (age 81)
Place of birth Claverley, Shropshire, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Left-back
Youth career
Bobbington
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1953–1966 Wolverhampton Wanderers 235 (2)
1966–1968 Walsall 15 (1)
National team
1957–1958 England U23 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Gerald William Harris (born 8 October 1935) is an English former professional footballer. He spent the majority of his league career with Wolverhampton Wanderers, winning two league championships and the FA Cup.

Career[edit]

Harris was signed up by Wolves as an amateur, after an unsuccessful trial at West Bromwich Albion in 1953. He turned pro in January 1954 but spent a few seasons in the reserves before finally making his senior debut on 29 August 1956 in a 5–4 win over Luton Town.

He initially only found himself in the team to cover for the then-injured Bill Shorthouse, but made the position his own. He was a virtual ever-present over the period 1956–1961, which saw the club win two successive league championships - missing out on a third by a single point - and the 1960 FA Cup. He also appeared in every European Cup game in the club's history.

The emergence of Bobby Thomson in 1962 though, pushed Harris out of the first team and he was again consigned to reserve team football over the next few seasons. He returned to contention in the 1964–65 campaign which ended in relegation. He played just twice more for the club after the drop, before moving to neighbours Walsall in 1966, after a total of 270 appearances for Wolves. However, injury curtailed his career with the Saddlers after just 12 months.

References[edit]

  • Matthews, Tony (2001). The Wolves Who's Who. West Midlands: Britespot. ISBN 1-904103-01-4.