Storer Harry Image 5 Derby County 1925

Storer Harry Image 5 Derby County 1925

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West Derby, Liverpool born wing half Harry Storer (Jr.) started his football career with Ripley Town in 1914 joining Eastwood Town in 1915 and Notts County as an amateur in 1918, without making a senior appearance for them. He joined Second Division Grimsby Town in February 1919 as an amateur initially as a centre forward, turning professional in April 1919 and making his Football League debut against Stockport County that August. Despite top scoring for the club with 12 goals during the 1919-20 season they were relegated at the end of the season. He soon moved to wing half and after 20 goals in 68 appearances First Division Derby County signed him in  March 1921 for a record fee of £4,500, although they too were relegated in his first season at The Baseball Ground.

He scored 63 goals in 274 appearances for The Rams, evenyually becoming club captain, helping them back to the First Division as Second Division runners up in 1925-26, before signing for Burnley for £4250 in February 1929. He was first capped for England in May 1924 in a 3-1 victory over France in Paris, and won his second cap against Ireland in Belfast in October 1927.  He scored 5 times in 54 appearances for Burnley before retiring in 1931. In June 1931 he became the manager of Coventry City holding the post throughout the 1930’s until the Second World War, winning the Third Division (South) Championship in 1935-36. He became manager of Birmingham City in June 1945, winning the Second Division Championship with them in 1947-48 before returning to become Coventry’s manager in November 1948, a post he held until November 1953. In June 1955 he became manager of Derby County winning the Third Division (North) Championship in 1956-57 and holding the post until May 1962,

He also played first class cricket for Derbyshire CC from 1920 to 1936. He was the son of Harry Storer (Sr) and the nephew of Bill Storer, both of whom played for Derby County, Bill also playing cricket for England and Harry playing football for among others Millwall, Liverpool and Arsenal.

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