September 18th 2020
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of our founder Reg Harrison.
Reg was the oldest surviving FA Cup winner, a member of the 1946 Derby County Team that lifted the trophy for the clubs only time after a victory at Wembley stadium over Charlton Athletic.
He spent 11 years with the Rams between 1944 and 1955 before ending his playing career with Boston United and Long Eaton United.
Harrison died at around 9pm on Thursday 17th September surrounded by family in the bungalow he lived in for 54 years.
He served with the Royal Engineers in Northumberland during the Second World War after switching from being a joiner to try his hand at painting and decorating.
Harrison scored 59 goals in 281 appearances for Derby, the club he joined aged 16.
But his greatest day in football came aged 22 as he helped Stuart McMillan's side to a 4-1 win over Charlton in the FA Cup final.
Although the pacey wide man was fortunate to get his chance at Wembley.
Sammy Crooks was the first-choice outside right but was injured before the quarter-finals.
After hanging up his boots, Harrison had a brief managerial career but then focused on setting up centres for young people in his hometown
He started in the Derby Leisure Services as a leader at Stockbrook community centre before moving to Chesapeake and our own Field Lane.
Reg's love of football never subsided and he created football teams at all of the community centres he worked at. It is a trbute to him that all of those football clubs are still flourishing in the city.
We will all miss Reg, a true gentleman in every sense of the word and a legend of Derby County and Field Lane FC.