Race Harry Image 1 Liverpool 1928

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Evenwood, County Durham born inside forward Harry Race began his football career with Raby United in 1926 and signed for First Division Liverpool in February 1928, making his Football League debut at Derby County 5 days later, scoring in a 3-2 victory, The Reds making a great fightback after being 2-0 down at the break. His strike early in the second half followed by two from Dick Edmed turned a probable defeat into an unlikely victory. Race’s only other goal in his 11 First Division appearances at the end of that 1927-28 season came in the club’s next away fixture, at Arsenal. It was Liverpool’s third of the day but Arsenal scored six themselves!

Race, who was described as fast and clever on the ball, was in and out of the team during the next two years but his goals-per-game ratio was very respectable, scoring 18 goals in 43 appearances. In August 1930 he was purchased by First Division Manchester City for £3,000, a substantial fee at the time. However, Race only played 11 games in three seasons for City, scoring three goals. He was transferred to Nottingham Forest in June 1933 and had three successful years at City Ground in the Second Division, scoring 30 goals in 124 appearances. He then transferred to non league Shrewsbury Town in 1937 before having a brief spell with Hartlepools United, playing 3 times for them in the late summer of 1938.

Race was killed during World War Two at The Battle of El Alamein in Egypt on 24 October 1942. He was a Corporal fighting with The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders.

 

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