Sunderland born inside forward Horatio “Raich” Carter was one of the true greats of the football world to have come out of the 1930’s. The son of a former professional footballer, Robert Carter, who had played for Port Vale, Fulham and Southampton, he started his football career with junior clubs Whitburn St Mary’s in 1928, Sunderland Forge in 1929 and Esh Winning and had won England Schoolboy international honours before he signed for hometown First Division Sunderland as an amateur in November 1930, signing professional exactly a year later and making his Football League debut at Hillsbrough against Sheffield Wednesday in October 1932.
He first scored a hat-trick in a 6-0 demolition of Tottenham Hotspur in February 1934, and in September the following year scored 4 times as Sunderland beat West Bromwich Albion 6-1 at Roker Park. He scored two further hat-tricks for Sunderland before the Second World War. He was four times their leading or joint leading goalscorer during his career with The Wearsiders.
Already club captain, he scored 31 goals in 39 games as Sunderland won the League Championship in 1936 after being runners up the year before (Carter was their joint leading goalscorer with Bob Gurney in their Championship winning season), scoring the winner the following year in the FA Cup Final as Sunderland beat Preston North End 3-1 at Wembley. First capped for England in April 1934 against Scotland, he went on to win 13 caps either side of the Second World War, scoring 7 times, his final cap coming against Switzerland in May 1947. He also made 8 wartime appearances for England and appeared four times for The Football League.
In December 1945 Sunderland sold him to Derby County for £8,000 after 131 goals in 281 games, and he immediately won the 1946 FA Cup with Derby scoring 12 goals in the cup run but none in the Final itself which Derby won 4-1 after extra time against Charlton. He scored 50 goals in 83 games for The Rams. In March 1948 Hull City paid £6,000 to get Carter and the following month he was installed as player-manager, winning the Division Three (North) Championship in 1949. He resigned as manager in September 1951 but continued to play for The Tigers until April 1952, scoring 62 goals in 150 appearances.
In 1953 he had a short spell as player-manager of Cork Athletic in Ireland, appearing for The League of Ireland against The Football League before becoming manager of Leeds United in June that year, taking them to promotion in 1956 with John Charles at the centre of his team. He left the club in May 1958 but returned to management in February 1960 with Mansfield Town, staying three years at Field Mill before taking over at Middlesbrough in January 1963, a spell which lasted a further three years until his sacking in February 1966.
He also played 3 first class cricket matches for Derbyshire and played cricket for Durham.
NB England captain Tom Cooper introduces King George VI to Arsenal’s Cliff Bastin, watched by Birmingham City’s Lew Stoker (right of Cooper) and debutant Sunderland forward Raich Carter (left of Bastin) before England played Scotland at Wembley on 14th April 1934. England won the match 3-0, Bastin scoring the opening goal.