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Raich Carter
Personal information
Full name Horatio Stratton Carter
Date of birth 21 December 1913(1913-12-21)
Place of birth    Hendon, Sunderland, England
Date of death    9 October 1994 (aged 80)
Place of death    Willerby, England
Playing position Inside-forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Derby County
Hull City
245 (118)
063 0(34)
136 0(57)   
National team
1934-1947 England 013 00(7)
Teams managed
Hull City
Leeds United
Mansfield Town

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Horatio Stratton "Raich" Carter (21 December 1913 – 9 October 1994)[1][2] was one of the greatest English footballers of the pre-war era. He was the son of the Port Vale, Fulham and Southampton forward, Robert Carter.


Playing career

He 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, like many great players of his age, left him bereft of many of his peak years. 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]

Managerial career

He continued his playing career at Hull City[4], 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 the brilliant 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.

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

Outside of football

Carter also played cricket for Derbyshire in 1946 and for Durham in the Minor counties league.

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

He has 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. ^
  4. ^ "Hull City Heroes - Raich Carter". Amber Nectar. 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 

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Preceded by
Ted Drake
First Division top scorer
Succeeded by
Freddie Steele


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