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Raich Carter

Sunderland AFC, Derby County FC, Hull City FC

13 appearances, 7 goals

P 13 W 9 D 1 L 3 F 40: A 14
73% successful

1934-48

captain: none
minutes played:
1170

Timeline

  Horatio Stratton Carter
Birth 21 December 1913 in Hendon, Sunderland, county Durham [registered in Sunderland, March 1914].
Attended Hendon Elementary School
Baptised 14 January 1914 in St. Barnabas, Hendon, Sunderland. Son of Robert and Clara Carter.
"FOOLISH ACTION BY CYCLIST
"An incident in which a motor-car driven by Horatio Carter, the Sunderland footballer, and a bicycle driven by a 14-year-old Herrington youth near the Board Inn, East Herrington, on May 9 were involved, had a sequel at Houghton-le-Spring Juvenile court to-day, when the boy was accused of interrupting the free passage of the highway. The youth pleaded not guilty, and the case was dismissed with a caution. The boy's father was ordered to pay 4s costs. Carter said he was driving to Sunderland, and the boy was standing with his bicycle on the left-hand side of the road. 'There were two cars about ten yards in front of me,' added Carter, 'and after they had passed the boy and when I was about five yards from him he commenced to ride across the road. I blew my horn and swerved my car across to the right, expecting him to turn back, but he did not. I pulled up immediately, but just caught him. He gave no indication that he was going to cross the road.' Mrs E. R. Challoner (presiding) remarked: 'I think you were rather foolish to mount your cycle just to cross the road. It would have been easier to walk across with the cycle."
- Thursday, 18 June 1936, The Sunderland Echo & Shipping Gazette
first marriage
twice, firstly to Gertrude Rose Marsh, on 26 April 1937, at Spondon Lodge Lane Methodist Chapel in Spondon [registered in Shardlow, Derbyshire, June 1937].
"The captain and inside-right of Sunderland, the F.A. Cup finalists, Horatio Carter, was married at the Methodist Church, Spondon near Derby, yesterday. Attending him as best man was Bobby Gurney, the Sunderland centre forward. The bride was Miss Rose Gertrude Marsh, of Field Lane, Chaddesden, a neighbouring village to Spondon. She had as bridesmaids Miss Cora Evans and little Joan Eden, who on leaving the church handed her a huge silver horseshoe. With her parents, the bride moved about 18 months ago from Sunderland, where she and Mr. Carter had been friends from childhood. Two hours after the service, which was conducted by the Rev. J. Pilkington, Mr. Carter left for Bushey, Herts., where the Sunderland players are finishing their training in preparation for the match at Wembley on Saturday. Mrs. Carter will see the game, and later she and her husband will go on a honeymoon tour of Scotland."
- Tuesday, 27 April 1937, The Yorkshire Post.
  According to the 1939 register, Horatio S., a professional footballer, is married to Gertrude (records blocked) and are living at 4 Wooler Square in Sunderland.
second marriage to Eileen Patricia Dixon [registered in Hull, March 1955].
Death 9 October 1994 in Willerby, aged 80 years 292 days [registered in Beverley, October 1994]

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Biographies Footballer's Progress: Raich Carter (Sporting Handbooks Ltd, 1950)
Raich Carter: The Story of One of England's Greatest Footballers - Frank Garrick
(Sportsbooks, 2003)

Playing Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football in Sunderland and was soon playing for Whitburn St. Mary's FC and Esh Winning FC, as well as Sunderland Forge FC. Sunderland AFC signed him on amateur forms in November 1930, following an unsuccessful trial for Leicester City FC reserves aganist Watford FC reserves, from which he earned a professional contract on 12 November 1931. After 245 league appearances and 118 goals, he was allowed to leave for Derby County FC on 21 December 1945 for an £8000 transfer fee. He had already worn a Rams shirt as a guest during the war. Made 63 league appearances and scored 34 goals. Despite an attempt to take him to Leeds United FC, on 31 March 1948, Hull City AFC paid £6000, also beating Nottingham Forest FC and Notts County FC, to make them their player/assistant manager, becoming manager four weeks later. Carter resigned as manager on 12 September 1951. Berwick Rangers FC and Distillery FC then attempted to sign him, as did Midland League side, Scarborough FC, but he continued to play for the Tigers until 28 April 1952, making another 136 appearances in the league and adding another 57 goals to his tally. He made his final appearance in a friendly match against Sunderland AFC. He turned up again eight months later at Cork Athletic FC from 30 January until May 1953, flying to each match every week;
Club honours Football League Champions (captain) 1935-36; FA Cup winners 1936-37, 1945-46; Football League Division Three North winners 1948-49; FAI Cup winners 1952-53;
Individual honours Football League (four appearances); League of Ireland (one appearance, 1953, against the Football League).
Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year runner-up 1948-49;
Distinctions After researching their family tree, it seems a relative of Raich discovered that he was related to captain James Cook. captain James Cook turned out to be Raich's great, great, great uncle. The family connection story was covered by the Sunderland Echo.
Also played first class cricket with Durham and Derbyshire.
Height/Weight 5' 6½", 10st. 8lbs [1937], 5' 8", 10st. 6lbs [1938].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & WearsideOnline

Managerial Career

Club(s) Took over as player-secretary-manager of Hull City AFC on 28 April 1948 until he resigned on 12 September 1951. Immediately after, he was courted by Berwick Rangers FC. Midland League club, Scarborough FC made an attempt to appoint Carter in November, however, he remained a player in Hull. Then after leaving Ireland, he became the manager at Leeds United on 5 May 1953, effective 1 June, until 31 May 1958. Leeds had announced on 9 May that they would not renew Carter's contract, effectively sacking him. He was thereafter linked with the vacant managerial positions at Notts County FC in September 1958, and then at Aston Villa FC in December 1958. He eventually returned to management when he was appointed at Mansfield Town FC from 15 February 1960 ahead of 36 other applicants. In December 1962, Norwich City FC offered him £3500 a year to join them, but it was Middlesbrough FC who took him away from Field Mill to Ayresome Park on 11 January 1963, effective 21 January, until he was sacked on 12 February 1966.
Club honours Football League Division Three North winners 1948-49;

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990]

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 594th players (595) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
First match No. 191, 14 April 1934, England 3 Scotland 0, a British Championship match at Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 20 years 114 days.
Last match No. 233, 18 May 1947, Switzerland 1 England 0, an end-of-season tour match at Hardturm Stadion, Zürich, aged 33 years 148 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1933-34, 1936-37, 1946-47;
Team honours British Championship winners 1946-47;
Individual honours England schoolboy (two appearances 1927). England wartime (eight appearances)
Distinctions None

Beyond England

After being sacked as Middlesbrough manager, Carter returned to Hull where he worked in the sports department of a store. Appointed to the Pools Panel in 1969, and then ran a business before retiring, and suffering a stroke in 1993. Has a sports centre named in his honour in his hometown of Hendon, opened by Sir Trevor Brooking, as well as a road in Hull. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.59/60.


The Numbers
parties Apps comp. apps unused/
reserve
minutes goals ave.min comp. goals captain
15 13 6 five 1170 7 167 min 2 none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.
P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
13 9 1 3 40 14 +26 1 5 3.077 1.077 72.1 +6

Venue Record

Venue P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 8 7 1 0 30 6 +24 0 4 3.75 0.75 93.8 +7
Away 5 2 0 3 10 8 +2 1 1 2.00 1.60 40.0 -1

Shirt Record

Colour P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 12 8 1 3 37 14 +23 1 4 3.083 1.167 70.8 +5
Blue 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1

Competition Record

Competition P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 6 4 1 1 18 7 +11 0 2 3.00 1.167 75.0 +3
Friendly 7 5 0 2 22 7 +15 1 3 3.143 1.00 71.4 +3

Tournament Record

British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1933-34 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3 0 1 3.00 0.00 100.0 +1
BC 1935-36 2 1 0 1 4 4 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC 1946-47 3 2 1 0 11 3 +8 0 1 3.667 1.00 83.3 +2
BC All 6 4 1 1 18 7 +11 0 2 3.00 1.167 75.0 +3

All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 6 4 1 1 18 7 +11 0 2 3.00 1.167 75.0 +3
6 4 1 1 18 7 +11 0 2 3.00 1.167 75.0 +3

The England Match History of Raich Carter
 
 Club: Sunderland A.F.C. - six full appearances (540 min) 2ᵍ F.A. International Select Committee - six full appearances (540 min) 2ᵍx

apps match pic match details comp res. rundown shirt

Age 20
1 191 14 April 1934 - England 3 Scotland 0
Empire Stadium, Wembley
BC HW   ir

one of two who became the 594th player (595) to appear for England.
the thirteenth player from Sunderland AFC to represent England

2 192 10 May 1934 - Hungary 2 England 1
Stadion Üllõi út, Budapest

tour
AL   ir
193 16 May 1934 - Czechoslovakia 3 England 2, Stadión Letná, Praha AL reserve
  

Age 21
195 14 November 1934 - England 3 Italy 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW reserve
  
197 6 April 1935 - Scotland 2 England 0, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AL reserve
198 18 May 1935 - Netherlands 0 England 1, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam Fr AW withdrew injured
  
3 200 4 December 1935 - England 3 Germany 0
White Hart Lane, Tottenham
Fr HW   ir
  

Age 22
4 206 18 November 1936 - England 3 Ireland 1
Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent
BC HW 30 ir
5 207 2 December 1936 - England 6 Hungary 2
Arsenal Stadium, Highbury
Fr HW   87 ir

Age 23
6 208 17 April 1937 - Scotland 3 England 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
BC AL   ir
  

 Club: Derby County F.C. - seven full appearances (630 min) 4ᵍ manager: Walter Winterbottom - seven appearances (630 min) 4ᵍx

Age 32
7 227 28 September 1946 - Ireland 2 England 7
Windsor Park, Belfast
BC AW   8

the 26th player from Derby County FC to represent England

8 228 30 September 1946 - Éire 0 England 1
Dalymount Park, Dublin
Fr AW   8
9 229 13 November 1946 - England 3 Wales 0
Maine Road, Manchester
BC HW   8
10 230 27 November 1946 - England 8 Netherlands 2
Leeds Road, Huddersfield
Fr HW 30
71
8

Age 33
11 231 12 April 1947 - England 1 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HD 56 8
12 232 3 May 1947 - England 3 France 0, Arsenal Stadium, HIghbury Fr HW 77 8
13 233 18 May 1947 - Switzerland 1 England 0, Hardturm Stadion, Zürich tour AL   8
B  
unused substitute - Switzerland 21 May 1947
234 25 May 1947 - Portugal 0 England 10, Estadio Nacional, Lisboa   AW unused sub
  

 Club: Hull City F.C. - no full appearances  

Age 34
239 10 April 1948 - Scotland 0 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW reserve
  


  

 
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