Boye-Karlsen, Harry

Birth Date

14th March 1920


Horten, Norway



Biographical Text

Harry Boye-Karlsson 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 he 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, he 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. He won three league titles with Larvik Turn (1953, 1954 and 1956), the Norwegian Cup with Lyn (1946) and took part in the 1952 Olympic football tournament. He was known as a physical player who 'tackled well and never gave up'.

He died in Stavern, Norway in 1994.





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