Harrison, Bernard

Birth Date

28th September 1934





Biographical Text

Better known as a Hampshire cricketer, Bernard Harrison played for Exeter City during the 1960/61 season. Previously with Crystal Palace he joined the club from Southampton and later played for Poole Town.

Not only did he play first class football, but he, was also a talented cricketer who appeared for Hampshire and was member of their squad that won the County Championship in 1961. During his period of National Service he represented the Army in both criket and football. sports.

He joined Portsmouth on amateur terms, then moving on to Crystal Palace as a professional in October 1955, making his league debut the following May. He went on to complete 92 league matches for Palace, scoring 12 goals. In August 1959 he signed for Southampton, but spent most of his time at The Dell in the reserves, having just three league outings.

After one season with the Saints, he moved to Exeter City in July 1960 for a fee of £350. He started off in the City team on the opening day of the season against Carlisle United but by December 1960 had lost his place, despite having netted four goals in 18 matches. 

After leaving St James’ Park in the summer of 1961, he signed for Poole Town. He then played for several non-league clubs, finally ending his playing career with Winchester City. Having made his debut for Hampshire County Cricket Club in 1957, he was still playing for their second team up until 1968. A teacher who worked in schools in Basingstoke and Andover, he later published a biography "Brushes With The Greats – The Story Of A Footballer/Cricketer". He died in March 2006.







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