John Harris, “a fast and bustling type of attacker,” was one of the standout performers in Redcar’s Northern League side. He signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the early 1920s after a spell with Eston United and 18 months as an amateur at Middlesbrough. Harris had to wait a year for his Football League debut, but he didn’t disappoint when he was finally given his chance, scoring the only goal in a win over Derby County in January 1925. He went on to make eight appearances for the newly-promoted Division Two side.
Watford then came calling and he joined the team ahead of the 1925/26 season. He was signed on the recommendation of Wolves teammate Val Gregory, who had spent nine years with The Hornets. He scored five goals in 32 games at Vicarage Road, including three appearances in the FA Cup. Harris was transfer listed in 1926, but no-one met his valuation of £100. He spent a season without a club to focus on his work outside of football.
A move back to the North followed in 1927, and he appeared briefly for Darlington and Hartlepools before spending a season with Barrow, all three in the Football League Division Three North. He ended his career at Spennymoor United in 1931.