Jack Harris
Jack Harris
Jack Harris
● Jack Harris, 1924 (LUH)

born in Scotland

Joshua Harris was born on Thursday, 5th November, 1891, in Glasgow.

The 5' 10 forward temporarily transferred to George Easton's Thistle in December, 1915, from his parent club, Bristol City.

Aged 24, he made his debut appearance on Saturday, 8th January, 1916, in a 1-0 defeat away to Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Football League.

There were no goals for Jack during his spell with Thistle.

He played his second and last game for the club on Saturday, 29th April, 1916, in a 5-0 defeat away to Celtic in the Scottish Football League.

His club-list included Vale of Clyde, Ashfield, Burnley, Bristol City, Partick Thistle, Clydebank FC, Leeds United and Fulham.

Jack died in the summer of 1966, aged 74. *

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Bio Extra

Winger Jack (Joshua Harris) was a World War 1 guest player, his parent club Bristol City not playing due to the wartime cessation of the Football League. He played 2 matches for Thistle in the 1915-16 season, before going on to play 8 League matches for Clydebank in the 1918-19 season, scoring on 3 occasions. He also played matches for British Army sides during the war years.

Jack played his first match for Thistle aged 24 on 8 January 1916. This was a 1-0 SFL defeat away to Hamilton Academical, at Douglas Park in front of a 7,000 crowd. Thistle stalwart Joe Harris also played that match – which must have been a bit confusing to namesake Jack, as in England he was known as Joe! Jack also played in the 5-0 away defeat to Celtic in the SFL match on 29 April 1916. All the Celtic goals were scored in the 2nd half. On both occasions, he played outside left alongside his brother, Neil, at centre forward.

Jack was born in Tollcross Glasgow on Guy Fawkes night, 5 November 1891. After playing for Vale of Clyde and Ashfield, Jack joined English Football League side Burnley in September, 1910. After 57 League matches with 5 goals he left Burnley in the summer of 1912 for Bristol City, where (apart from the wartime matches mentioned above) he spent ten seasons. He appeared on 205 occasions for the Robins in the League, scoring 26 times.

Jack became a Leeds player in July 1922. He played in the Leeds 2nd Division campaign of 1923-24, when they became 2nd Division champions. He was ever present in the 1st Division the following season. In October 1925 Jack joined Fulham playing 42 League matches with 2 goals. He retired from playing in 1928. He became manager of Racing Club de Lens for the 1934-35 season.

Jack’s brother, Neil, went on to play with Newcastle and became a Scotland international player. His nephew, John, played as a centre-half for Chelsea and later managed Sheffield United.


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