Tony Harris (footballer)

John Robert "Tony" Harris (18 October 1922 – 25 August 2000) was a Scottish professional footballer who played for Queen's Park, Aberdeen and Airdrieonians.

Tony Harris
Personal information
Full name John Robert Harris[1][2]
Date of birth 18 October 1922[1]
Place of birth Maryhill, Glasgow
Date of death 25 August 2000(2000-08-25) (aged 77)
Place of death Glasgow, Scotland
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)[1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Viewfield Rovers
1940–1946 Queen's Park
1946–1954 Aberdeen 188 (18)
1954–1956 Airdrieonians 21 (0)
National team
1945 Scotland (wartime) 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Football career

Harris began his career with amateur club Queen's Park during the Second World War. He had briefly served in the RAF and Royal Navy during the War, but was sent back to university when it was discovered that he was a dental student, dentists being in short supply during the War.[2] He also played for Scotland in one wartime international.[3]

In 1946, Harris joined Aberdeen and was part of the team that won the club's first major honour, the 1947 Scottish Cup. He also played in the 1953 Scottish Cup Final for Aberdeen, but they were defeated by Rangers.[2]

After leaving Aberdeen, Harris signed for Airdrieonians and played there for two seasons before retiring in 1956.[1]

After football

In 1969, Harris was part of a consortium attempting to take over Aberdeen F.C., along with fellow ex-Aberdeen player Don Emery. The takeover bid was ultimately unsuccessful.[4]

He died in August 2000, aged 77.[2]




  1. Tony Harris, AFC Heritage Trust
  2. "Tony Harris". Herald Scotland. 2 September 2000. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  3. "[Scotland player including unofficial matches] John Robert Harris". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  4. Webster, Jack (2002). The First 100 Years of the Dons. Hodder & Stoughton. p. 222. ISBN 0-340-82344-5.