Brian Harris (footballer)

For the Australian Rules footballer previously known as Brian Harris, see Brian Lake.
Brian Harris
Personal information
Date of birth (1935-05-16)16 May 1935
Place of birth Bebington, Wirral, Cheshire, England
Date of death 17 February 2008(2008-02-17) (aged 72)
Place of death Chepstow, Wales
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
?–1954 Port Sunlight
1954–1966 Everton 360 (29)
1966–1971 Cardiff City 149 (0)
1971–1974 Newport County 85 (0)
Teams managed
1974-1975 Newport County
Cardiff City (assistant)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Brian Harris (16 May 1935 – 17 February 2008) was an English footballer.

Playing career

Harris started playing for Wirral club Port Sunlight before signing for Everton in 1954 for just a £10 fee. He was regarded as a very versatile player, and during his Everton career played in every position except goalkeeper.[1]

Harris played 24 games in Everton's league-winning season, 1962–63, and in the 1966 FA Cup Final, which saw Everton beat Sheffield Wednesday. Five months after the final Harris was sold to Cardiff City, for £10,000.[2] With Cardiff he reached the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners Cup, in 1968.

Management career

Harris went on to play for, and manage, Newport County. Harris also returned to Cardiff to become assistant manager to Richie Morgan, a post he occupied for two years. Following this, Harris was briefly a coach at Ipswich Town before moving to Chepstow, where he worked as a publican, and as manager to non-league Chepstow Town.[3]

Harris died on 17 February 2008 in Chepstow, following a short illness.[4] His funeral service was held at St Luke's, Walton, a church in the corner of Everton's Goodison Park ground.[5]


  1. Doyle, Ian (2008-02-18). "Bill Kenwright in transfer vow of 'millions'". Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  2. "Cardiff and Everton mourn Harris". BBC Sport online. 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  3. Ponting, Ivan (2008-02-21). "Brian Harris: Fun-loving Everton footballer". The Independent. Retrieved 2008-02-21.
  4. Griffiths, Darren (2008-02-18). "Brian Harris dies". Retrieved 2008-02-18.
  5. Corbett, James (2008-04-09). "Obituary - Brian Harris". The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-04-17.


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