History has incorrectly attributed Harry Harrison’s name to Redcar’s first ever Northern League squad, when in actual fact it was his brother Billy. This does not mean, though, that Redcar-born Harry didn’t contribute to the town’s footballing landscape.
Harrison was first seen playing for Redcar Wednesday around 1909 when he was barely 16 years of age. That same year, he featured in a Coatham United squad alongside future FA Amateur Cup winner Stan Borrie. It was to be the first taste of success for the young men, as they lifted the Cleveland Junior Cup after a 2-1 win over Middlesbrough St Mary’s College.
He joined Grangetown St Matthews, putting in enough impressive performances to earn an amateur contract with Newcastle United in 1912. He couldn’t break into the first team, though, and turned professional with Middlesbrough in 1913.
It would not be plain sailing for Harrison, though, as he had to compete with club legend and former Redcar Crusaders goalkeeper Tim Williamson for a starting spot. He stuck it out for nine years, though, earning 31 league appearances in that time.
Moving down the leagues, he found more playing time with Durham City, Hartlepools and Darlington, before calling it quits in 1929 and going back to the fish trade in Redcar.