Eric Harrison

English footballer and manager (1938-2019)

Eric George Harrison MBE (5 February 1938 – 13 February 2019) was an English professional football player and coach. He played in midfield for several teams such as Halifax Town (his local club) and Barrow.

Eric Harrison
Personal information
Full name Eric George Harrison
Date of birth (1938-02-05)5 February 1938
Place of birth Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire, England
Date of death 13 February 2019(2019-02-13) (aged 81)
Position(s) Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1964 Halifax Town 199 (10)
1964–1966 Hartlepools United 81 (4)
1966–1969 Barrow 130 (1)
1969–1971 Southport 75 (0)
1971–1972 Barrow 32 (1)
1972 Scarborough
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Harrison became a football coach and worked at Everton before he was brought to Manchester United by Ron Atkinson in 1981 to manage the youth team.

Under Alex Ferguson, Harrison developed "one of the best crops of young players in the English game" – the so-called Fergie's Fledglings – which included David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Gary Neville.

Harrison was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire for his services to football in 2018.[1] He died on 13 February 2019 at the age of 81.[2]


  1. Duncker, Charlotte (29 December 2017). "Former Manchester United coach Eric Harrison awarded MBE". Manchester Evening News. MEN Media. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. "Eric Harrison: Former Manchester United youth coach and Class of 92 mentor dies aged 81". 14 February 2019. Retrieved 14 February 2019.