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Encyclopedia > Ray Harford

Ray Harford (June 1, 1945 - August 9, 2003) was an English footballer, better known for his successes as a coach and manager than as a player. June 1 is the 152nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (153rd in leap years), with 213 days remaining. ... 1945 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... August 9 is the 221st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (222nd in leap years), with 144 days remaining. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ...

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Pre-Management

He was born in Halifax but grew up in southern London. His playing career as a centre-half started at Charlton Athletic in 1960. He played his first senior game in 1966 but soon left for spells at Exeter City, Lincoln City, Mansfield, Port Vale and Colchester, where he became player-coach and then youth coach in 1976. Halifax is a town in the county of West Yorkshire, northern England, with a population of about 90,000. ... St. ... Founded in 1905, Charlton Athletic F.C. play at The Valley, in Charlton, southeast London. ... Exeter City F.C. is an English football club, based in Exeter, who have played in the English Football League for most of its history, but now play in the Nationwide Conference. ... Lincoln City F.C. are an English football team currently playing in Football League Two. ... Mansfield Town F.C. are an English football club who will play the 2004-05 season in League Two of the Football League. ... Nickname Valiants Ground Vale Park Manager Martin Foyle Chairman Bill Bratt Colours Home: White shirts, black shorts, white stockings, Away: All yellow, Third Kit: Two-tone blue, Best attendance 49768: vs Aston Villa 20 February 1960 FA Cup R5 Best league win 9 - 1: vs Chesterfield 24 September 1932 Division... Colchester United F.C. are an English football team currently playing in Football League One. ...


At Fulham

In 1982, Harford was appointed assistant manager at Fulham under Malcolm Macdonald. Two years later he was promoted to the position of manager, and his first season as a manager was reasonably successful, with the club managing 9th place, 9 points off promotion. At the end of the season, however, it emerged that the club had fallen into severe financial difficulties, forcing the sale of most of the first team. Harford was able to cobble together a side for the next season from free transfers and youth players, but it wasn't enough. The side were relegated by a huge margin, and Harford resigned shortly thereafter. Fulham Football Club is a football team based in Fulham, London. ... This page is about the mid 20th century politician. ...


At Luton

In the summer of 1986, Luton Town manager David Pleat resigned and was replaced by John Moore. Ray Harford was signed by Luton as assistant manager and helped the club finish seventh in the old First Division. At the end of the 1986-87 season, Moore resigned as manager and Harford was promoted as his replacement. It proved to be an impressive decision. In his first season as Luton manager, Harford guided the Kenilworth Road club to a 3-2 win over Arsenal in the League Cup final - the club's first ever major trophy. But Luton were forbidden to enter the 1988-89 UEFA Cup because the ban on English teams in European competition arising from the 1985 Heysel Stadium disaster still had two years to run. In 1988-89 Luton again reached the League Cup final but surrendered their crown after a last minute goal gave Nottingham Forest a 2-1 win. By the following January, Luton were battling against relegation to the Second Division and Harford was sacked - the relegation battle was won by his successor Jim Ryan who remained in charge for 16 months. Luton Town F.C. are a professional English football team based in the town of Luton. ... David Pleat (born January 15, 1945 in Nottingham) is an English football manager and former player. ... From the 1992-1993 to the 2003-2004 season, the Football League First Division was the highest division of The Football League and the second-highest division in the overall English football league system. ... Kenilworth Road is a stadium in Luton, England which is home to Luton Town F.C., a professional football team in the English League One. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are a football club from north London, and are one of the most successful clubs in English football. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... UEFA Cup logo The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams. ... The Heysel Stadium disaster took place at the 1985 football European Cup final at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium. ... Nottingham Forest F.C. are an English football club, based at the City Ground, which is just outside the official boundary of Nottingham on the south side of the River Trent. ...


At Wimbledon

Soon after being sacked as manager of Luton, Ray Harford was recruited by Wimbledon as assistant manager to Bobby Gould. The partnership lasted just five months until July 1990, when Gould was sacked from his post and for the third time in his career Harford was promoted from the position of assistant manager to manager. Wimbledon F.C. was the name of a football club that played in south London. ... Robert Bobby Gould, born 1947, was an English football manager. ...


In 1990-91, Wimbledon did well to finish seventh in the First Division and there were high hopes that the club could qualify for European competition or win one of the two domestic cups during the 1991-92 season. But Wimbledon made a slow start to the season and Harford resigned in October. He was briefly replaced by Peter Withe, who remained in charge until the end of the season before he was replaced by Joe Kinnear. Joe Kinnear (born 27 December 1946 in Dublin) is a football manager. ...


In the same month that Ray Harford left Wimbledon, the former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish had been appointed as manager of Second Division Blackburn Rovers who had been out of the top division since 1966. Their benefactor Jack Walker was determined to get the Ewood Park side into the new Premier League which was due to start in the 1992-93 season. He made Ray Harford an offer to become assistant manager at Blackburn and he accepted it. Liverpool Football Club is an English football club and the most successful team ever to have played in the English league. ... Kenneth Kenny Mathieson Dalglish MBE (born March 4, 1951, Dalmarnock, Glasgow, Scotland) is a former Scottish international football player. ... Blackburn Rovers is an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... Statue of Jack Walker outside Ewood Park football stadium. ... Ewood Park is a football stadium in Blackburn, Lancashire and the home of Blackburn Rovers football club. ... The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays English Premier League for sponsorship reasons) comprises the top 20 football clubs in the league system of English football. ...


At Blackburn

While Harford was assistant manager of Blackburn, he helped Kenny Dalglish in the club's quest for success. In 1992, the club won promotion to the new Premier League via the promotion playoffs. In the new Premier League in 1993, Blackburn finished fourth thanks to a side made up of mostly new players like £3.3million record signing striker Alan Shearer. The following season Blackburn finished runners-up to double winners Manchester United but a consolation for the disappointment came in the form of a UEFA Cup place. Alan Shearer Alan Shearer, OBE (born Newcastle upon Tyne, England, August 13, 1970) is a successful and widely-admired English footballer, currently in the twilight of his career at hometown club Newcastle United. ... Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ...


In 1994-95, Blackburn suffered early exits from the UEFA Cup, F.A. Cup and League Cup but their league form was excellent. On the final day of the season, they lost 2-1 to Dalglish's old club Liverpool but their nearest rivals Manchester United were unable to beat West Ham United and the English league championship went to Blackburn Rovers for the first time since 1914. The FA Cups trophy is also known as the FA Cup. ... The West Ham United Crest West Ham United F.C are a professional English football club based in East London. ...


A month after the title success, Kenny Dalglish was promoted to the position of Director of Football and the board made an offer to Ray Harford to fill the manager's seat. On arriving at Ewood Park he had vowed never to make a fourth move from the position of assistant manager to manager but went back on his word and accepted the offer.


1995-96 was a frustrating season for Harford and Blackburn. Chris Sutton and Graeme Le Saux missed a lot of games through injury and Tim Sherwood lost form. Alan Shearer was still brilliant though, with 31 Premiership goals. Despite an early exit from the Champions League, Blackburn improved as the season went on. Although they never looked like regaining their Premiership title, they were in contention for a UEFA Cup place until the very last game of the season but lost out to Arsenal and finished seventh. Chris Sutton (born March 10, 1973) is an English (scumy bastard an a wank)footballer who currently plays for Celtic. ... Graeme Le Saux (born October 17, 1968 in Jersey) is a former English footballer who played as a left back. ... Champions League Logo The UEFA Champions League is an annual international inter-club football competition between Europes most successful clubs, regarded as the most prestigious club trophy in the sport. ...


During the summer of 1996, Alan Shearer was sold to Newcastle United for a then world record fee of £15 million and Harford paid a tiny fraction of that fee for the Danish striker Per Pedersen. For the Australian soccer club see Newcastle United (Australia). ...


The 1996-97 season also started badly for Blackburn. They failed to win any of their first 10 games and were knocked out of the League Cup by Division Two Stockport. Harford handed in his resignation and was replaced temporarily by coach Tony Parkes, who took charge until the end of the season and guided Rovers to 14th in the final table before Roy Hodgson was appointed as permanent manager. Stockport County Football Club are an English football club playing in the Football League One, although results in the 2004-05 season were so poor as to relegate them to Football League Two for the 2005-06 season by 2 April. ... Roy Hodgson is a football manager, who has managed Switzerland, Inter Milan, Blackburn Rovers and Norwegian side Valerenga who he currently manages. ...


At Albion

In February 1997, Ray Harford was named as West Bromwich Albion's new manager in place of Alan Buckley. Albion were hovering just above the relegation zone in Division One and Harford did much to keep the club clear of relegation. But he found it tiring to travel the 100+ miles from his Berkshire home to the midlands on an almost daily basis, and in December 1997 moved to Division One rivals Queens Park Rangers. West Bromwich Albion Football Club is an English football club formed by workers from Salters Spring Works in West Bromwich, West Midlands in 1878. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... For other places named Berkshire, see: Berkshire (disambiguation) Berkshire (IPA: or  ; sometimes abbreviated to Berks) is a county in the south of England, to the west of London and also bordering on Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Greater London, Surrey, Wiltshire and Hampshire. ... Queens Park Rangers are an English football team, from Shepherds Bush, London. ...


At QPR

Queens Park Rangers were struggling in Division One, they had slipped from the Premiership in 1996 after 13 consecutive seasons of top division football. Harford was appointed as successor to Stewart Houston and was hopeful of getting the club back into the Premiership. At the end of the 1997-98 season the Loftus Road club avoided relegation at the expense of Manchester City, Stoke City and Reading but the club's directors and supporters expected more. And after a poor start to the 1998-99 season, Harford was sacked in September and replaced by Gerry Francis. Loftus Road is the stadium of the English Football team Queens Park Rangers. ... Manchester City F.C. is a football club based in Manchester, United Kingdom. ... Stoke City F.C. (known as Stoke F.C. until 1925) is a football club from Stoke-on-Trent in England. ... Reading F.C. is a football team, based in the English town of Reading and currently playing in the Football League Championship. ... Gerry Francis, born 1951, is a former English footballer and manager. ...


At Millwall

In the summer of 1999, Ray Harford made a return to football as first team coach under Millwall manager Keith Stevens. Millwall had been in Division Two since 1996 and the club's directors were desperate to win promotion. Stevens was young and inexperienced, and by September 2000 the Millwall board had decided they wanted a more experienced manager so they terminated his contract. Ray Harford was appointed manager on a temporary basis and it seemed possible that he might be given the job permanently. But that fifth promotion from within never happened and Mark McGhee was given the job instead. Harford remained on the club's coaching staff and was crucial in Millwall's Division Two championship that season which ended a five-year exile from the upper tier of the English league. Millwall Football Club is a football team based at the 20,146 capacity New Den Stadium in south-east London, England. ...


In 2001-2002, Millwall finished fourth in Division One and qualified for the promotion playoffs. Everyone at the club was hopeful that a second successive promotion could be achieved but those hopes were ended in a semi-final defeat by eventual winners Birmingham City. Birmingham City (BCFC) is one of Birminghams two professional soccer teams (the other is Aston Villa F.C.). Originally known as The Small Heath Alliance, they became in 1905 and Birmingham City F.C. in 1945. ...


Retirement and Death

In October 2002, the 57-year-old Harford was diagnosed with lung cancer and spent much of the season away from his job at Millwall receiving treatment for his illness.


On 9th August 2003, Ray Harford died at the age of 58. He was mourned throghout the game as one of the best British football coaches of the last 20 years. He was still officially a member of the Millwall coaching staff under Mark McGhee. On the same day that Ray Harford died, another death in football made the headlines: that of 21-year-old Manchester United striker Jimmy Davis. At the end of 2003-04, Manchester United took on Millwall in the F.A Cup final, United winning 3-0, with many people there remembering Harford and Davis. Manchester Uniteds emblem Manchester United F.C. (often abbreviated to Man United or just Man U, pronounced man-yoo) is an English football club based at Old Trafford in Greater Manchester. ... James Houston Davis, better known as Jimmie Davis, (September 11, 1899 - November 5, 2000) was a noted singer who served as Governor of Louisiana. ... The FA Cups trophy is also known as the FA Cup. ...



Preceded by:
Malcolm MacDonald
Fulham F.C. Manager
1984-1986
Succeeded by:
Ray Lewington
Preceded by:
Kenny Dalglish
Blackburn Rovers F.C. Manager
1995-1997
Succeeded by:
Roy Hodgson


This page is about the mid 20th century politician. ... Fulham Football Club is a football team based in Fulham, London. ... 1984 is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ray Lewington is a football manager, recently both unjustly and unceremoniously sacked by Watford. ... Kenneth Kenny Mathieson Dalglish MBE (born March 4, 1951, Dalmarnock, Glasgow, Scotland) is a former Scottish international football player. ... Blackburn Rovers is an English Premier League football club based in the town of Blackburn, Lancashire. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roy Hodgson is a football manager, who has managed Switzerland, Inter Milan, Blackburn Rovers and Norwegian side Valerenga who he currently manages. ...


 
 

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