Tigers’ tribute to a star of a golden era

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I was saddened to hear of the recent death of Ken Harrison, a member of Raich Carter's Hull City side in the post Second World war years.

Ken joined City in 1947 when he was signed by then manager Major Frank Buckley from Billingham and was initially employed as an inside left but floated across the front line until Raich Carter arrived in 1948 and Harrison settled into a position on the right wing.

In the 1948-49 season, Harrison was an ever present as City swept aside all before them as they clinched promotion as champions of the old Division Three North.

During his eight years at City, Harrison scored over 50 goals from the right wing and his perhaps most crucial goal in the black and amber came at Accrington in September of 1948 when he scored in a victory which set a new league record of nine successive wins at the start of the season.

In 1949, Ken played in the FA Cup quarter final clash at Boothferry Park which attracted a crowd of over 55,000 and my father never tires of telling me how long the queues were for tickets for that one, with one side of Boothferry Road was shut to traffic to deal with the demand.

Sadly City went down by one goal but Ken got some revenge on United three seasons later when he netted in a third round cup win at Old Trafford this time in front of a smaller crowd of 43,000.

Sadly in 1954, Harrison suffered a career threatening injury when he shattered his knee cap in a cup tie with Spurs and 12 months later moved to Derby County and then onto Goole Town. With Goole, Harrison had one more FA Cup journey as the non-leaguers reached the third round for the first time in their history.

City fans who recall Ken Harrison will have fond memories of a golden era in Hull City's history

Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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