Harris Albert Image 1 Darlington 1937

Harris Albert Image 1 Darlington 1937


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Horden, County Durham born right winger Albert “Diddler” Harris had represented Durham Schools and began his football career with Hetton United in 1928. He played for Herrington Swifts in 1929 before joining Third Division (North) Hull City in May 1930, making his Football League debut against Lincoln City that September, the first of 5 appearances for The Tigers in his spell at Anlaby Road before returning to non league football with Blackhall Colliery Welfare in 1931.

In March 1935 Harris was signed by Second Division Newcastle United for £100, scoring on his debut in a 6-2 win over Fulham that September, but his spell at St James’ Park produced only 4 goals in 12 appearances before he was sold to Barnsley for £200 in May 1936. He had half a season at Oakwell, scoring once in 15 appearances before joining Darlington in January 1937, and it was at Feethams that he perhaps had the most impact in his career.

Described as “a fearless type of player with a strong shot”, he scored 9 goals in 68 appearances for The Quakers, before joining Midland League club Scunthorpe & Lindsey United in March 1939, after which his career was effectively ended by the outbreak of the Second World War in September that year.


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