Harrower, William (Bill)

Birth Date

13th April 1922


Dunfermline, Fife



Biographical Text

Father of Steve Harrower (who appeared for the club between 1983 and 1990), Bill Harrower played for Exeter City between 1948 and 1952. He joined the Grecians from Torquay United and later played for Bideford.

Brother of Jimmy Harrower (who played for Hibernian, Liverpool, Newcastle United and Scotland under-23), he was given his Football League chance by Torquay United who had signed him in the summer of 1946 from Third Lanark. Whilst serving with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, he played for the R.A.F. against an F.A. XI. He scored three goals in 16 league appearances for Torquay, prior to signing for Exeter City in July 1948 for a fee of £1,000. The Grecians had to beat off interest shown by Mansfield Town for the players’ signature.

Harrower made his Grecians’ debut in a 3-3 home draw with Aldershot in September 1948 and went on to score six goals in 21 outings in his first season at the club. His best season for Exeter was in 1950-51 when he featured in 32 league matches and scored two goals as the team ended in 14th place in the Third Division South. Released at the end of the 1951-52 campaign, Harrower signed for Bideford in August 1952 who were managed by former City player, Harry Sutherland. In 1962-63 Harrower was playing for Newton Spurs.

Bill died in Exeter in 2003.







Allowed tags: <p>, <a>, <em>, <strong>, <ul>, <ol>, <li>