Oldest living FA Cup winner who played for Sheffield United dies at 97

The oldest living FA Cup winner who played for Sheffield United during the Second World War has died at the age of 97.
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Mr Harrison, who lifted the trophy with Derby County in 1946, died on Thursday night at his home, surrounded by his family.

The former winger was part of the Rams side that earned a 4-1 victory against Charlton at Wembley in the first FA Cup Final after WW2.

During the war, he was a guest player for the Blades and also turned out for Notts County, Charlton Athletic and Hartlepools United.

Reg Harrison, who has died at the age of 97. (Photo: Derby County).Reg Harrison, who has died at the age of 97. (Photo: Derby County).
Reg Harrison, who has died at the age of 97. (Photo: Derby County).

He spent 11 years with Derby between 1944 and 1955, scoring 59 goals in 281 appearances for a club he had joined at the age of 16.

A former joiner, painter and decorated, he served with the Royal Engineers during the war and later played for Boston United and Long Eaton United.

He was awarded Freedom of the City of Derby for services to the community in February 2019.

Normanton born Harrison married his wife Win in shortly before the end of the war and went on enjoy 73 years of marriage with her before she sadly passed away two years ago.

The couple had two children, Michael and Pat, but their son passed away at the age of seven from leukaemia, meaning Harrison is survived by his daughter.

A spokesman for Derby County said: “The condolences of everyone at the Derby County Football Club go out to the family and friends of Reg Harrison at this difficult time.

“Rest in peace, Reg. We will miss you.”