Karlsen, Harry Boye

Birth Date

14th March 1920


Horten, Norway



Biographical Text

Harry Boye Karlsen appeared as a guest for Exeter City during 1945/46 when two interim league competitions - Division Three South (South of Thames) [played until Christmas] and the Division Three South Cup (Southern Section) [played from January] - were organised ahead of a return to ‘normal’ league football in 1946/47. He went on to play 58 times for Norway including the 1952 Olympic tournament. 

During the winter of 1941 Harry had fled from Norway to Sweden and was on a 'Kvarstad' boat when it was torpedoed on Good Friday 1942. Taken on board a Royal Navy ship, he later served in the 333-squadron.

Appearing in wartime football for Dundee, Harry played once for Exeter City when stationed in the South West in a 1-0 home defeat against Crystal Palace in October 1945.

Harry was to win 58 full caps for Norway (scoring 4 goals) and three league titles with Larvik Turn (1953, 1954 and 1956) and the Norwegian Cup with Lyn (1946). Also taking part in the 1952 Olympic football tournament, he was known as a physical player who 'tackled well and never gave up'.

Harry died in Stavern, Norway in 1994.





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