The second notable William Harrison to represent a Redcar club after the captain of the town’s original team, Billy was one of three goalkeeping brothers. His younger brother John played for Coatham Grammar School, while Harry played for Middlesbrough, Darlington and Hartlepool.
It has been erroneously reported by many modern-day sources that Harry was the brother that represented Redcar This is not true, although he did play for Redcar Wednesday and Coatham United.
Billy played for Eston United in 1908/09, notably reaching the FA Amateur Cup final at the end of the season. It wasn’t to be for Harrison and co., ending up on the wrong end of a 6-0 defeat in Ilford against Clapton. It was no shame to lose to Clapton; they had Walter Tull in their side, a mixed-race pioneer who would go on to play for Tottenham Hotspur.
He spent the next few years at Redcar in the Northern League, earning plenty of plaudits for his performances despite the disappointment of the club’s results. Billy played in goal for Redcar and Warrenby during the war, who competed in the Eston and District League. He was still with Redcar in 1923 after their exit from the Northern League, still earning plaudits in their Cleveland League campaign before dissolving for good.