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Rover of the Day: Ray Harrison

21 June 2020

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Ray Harrison born June 21, 1921

Boston-born centre-forward Ray lost several playing years to the Second World War. He made his League debut with Burnley in 1946-47 aged 25. He scored six goals in Burnley’s run to the FA Cup Final that season, including the winner in a semi-final replay against Liverpool, although he was on the losing side in the Final against Charlton Athletic.

In December 1949 Rovers paid £10,000 to secure his services and he scored on his debut, a 5-1 home win over Southport. Ray helped Rovers to the Division Three (North) title that season and spent five seasons at Belle Vue, his best coming in 1950-51 when he scored 13 goals.

He left Rovers in 1954 to join Grimsby Town and then played for King’s Lynn and Frickley Colliery.

He subsequently owned a sports shop on East Laith Gate. Ray died in 2000. His full record for Rovers was 50 goals in 134 appearances.


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