Raich Carter

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Raich Carter
Personal information
Full name Horatio Stratton Carter
Date of birth (1913-12-21)21 December 1913
Place of birth Hendon, Sunderland, England
Date of death 9 October 1994(1994-10-09) (aged 80)
Place of death Willerby, England
Playing position Inside forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1931–1939 Sunderland 245 (118)
1945–1948 Derby County 63 (34)
1948–1952 Hull City 136 (57)
1953 Cork Athletic 9 (3)
National team
1934–1947 England 13 (7)
Teams managed
1948–1951 Hull City
1953 Cork Athletic
1953–1958 Leeds United
1960–1963 Mansfield Town
1963–1966 Middlesbrough
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
Raich Carter
Personal information
Born England
Batting Right-handed batsman
Bowling Left-arm slow orthodox bowler
Domestic team information
Years Team
1946 Derbyshire
First-class debut 12 June 1946 Derbyshire v Worcestershire
Last First-class 19 June 1946 Derbyshire v Surrey
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 3
Runs scored 8
Batting average 2.00
100s/50s /
Top score 7
Balls bowled 90
Wickets 2
Bowling average 23.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 2–39
Catches/stumpings 1/-
Source: [1], January 2012

Horatio Stratton "Raich" Carter (21 December 1913 – 9 October 1994)[1][2] was an English sportsman who played association football for Sunderland from 1931 to 1939, for Derby County from 1945 to 1948 and for Hull City from 1948 to 1952. He also played first-class cricket for Derbyshire in 1946. Later he became a football manager.


Carter was born at Hendon, Sunderland, the son of Robert Carter who played football for Port Vale, Fulham and Southampton.

Football career

Carter captained Sunderland to the Football League title in 1936, at that time the youngest man ever to have captained a First Division title-winning side. He followed that up with victory in the FA Cup final a year later, scoring the second Sunderland goal in a 3–1 win over Preston North End.

The Second World War left him bereft of many of his peak years, like many great players of his age. Afterwards he picked up another Cup winners medal with Derby in 1946, becoming the only player to win Cup winners medals both before and after the war.

Carter was also capped 13 times for England as an inside forward.

Amongst his many admirers was the great Stanley Matthews, who said about him "I felt [he] was the ideal partner for me... Carter was a supreme entertainer who dodged, dribbled, twisted and turned, sending bewildered left-halves madly along false trails. Inside the penalty box with the ball at his feet and two or three defenders snapping at his ankles, he'd find the space to get a shot in at goal... Bewilderingly clever, constructive, lethal in front of goal, yet unselfish. Time and again he'd play the ball out wide to me and with such service I was in my element."[3]

Cricket career

While at Derby, Carter also played cricket for Derbyshire. He made his debut in June 1946 against Worcestershire. He was a right-handed batsman and played 4 innings in three first-class matches gaining an average of 2 and a top score of 7. He was a left-arm slow orthodox bowler and took 2 wickets at an average of 23.00 and a best performance of 2 for 39. He also played for Durham in the Minor Counties Championship.[4]

Managerial career

Carter continued his playing career at Hull City,[5] where he also managed the side, winning the Division Three North title and buying a young Don Revie. He briefly retired before returning with Hull, then moving to the Republic of Ireland to manage Cork Athletic. From there, he went on to manage Leeds United in 1953, where he built his team around John Charles, and took Leeds to promotion in 1956 after a period of nine years in the Second Division. To many people's surprise, his contract was not renewed by the Leeds board in 1958 and he left the club.[citation needed]

In 1960, he became manager of Mansfield Town, and after achieving promotion from the Fourth Division was appointed to manage Middlesbrough, where he stayed from 1963 to 1966.


In September 1994, 80-year-old Carter suffered a stroke. He died in hospital at Willerby in the following month.


There is a road in Hull, that forms part of the A1033 road, named after him. Also named in his honour is The Raich Carter Sports Centre in the Hendon area of Sunderland, opened in 2001 near to where he grew up and loosely on the site of his hometown club's first ever ground.

The opening game at the new KC Stadium between Hull City and Sunderland in December 2002 was played for the Raich Carter Trophy. The Tigers beat the Black Cats 1–0.


  1. ^ Dykes, Garth & Lamming, Doug (2000). All The Lads: A Complete Who's Who of Sunderand AFC. Sunderland AFC. p. 69. ISBN 1-899538-15-1.
  2. ^ Betts, Graham (2006). England: Player by player. Green Umbrella Publishing. p. 61. ISBN 1-905009-63-1.
  3. ^ "Raich Carter". Spartacus Educational. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
  4. ^ Raich Carter at Cricket Archive
  5. ^ "Hull City Heroes – Raich Carter". Amber Nectar. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 1 March 2010.

External links

  • Raich Carter management career statistics at Soccerbase
  • Full Managerial Stats for Leeds United from WAFLL
  • Remembering Raich: The Story of the Silver Fox
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