In Memory of Allan Harris

Allan sadly passed away on 23rd November, aged 74

Born in Hackney on 28th December 1942, Allan’s first club was Chelsea. Coventry City signed him four years later but he returned to SW6 in May 1966.

Rangers signed him in July 1967 for a fee of £30,000, as a replacement for Jimmy Langley. He made his R’s debut in the opening match of the 1967/68 season at Portsmouth.

Allan had played alongside his brother Ron at Stamford Bridge, and was to face him at Loftus Road on 14th September 1968.

He went on to make 98 appearances for the R’s before being transferred to Plymouth Argyle in March 1971 for £9,500.

He later assisted Terry Venables at Crystal Palace and they both moved on to Loftus Road in October 1980. They engineered Rangers best ever FA Cup run, taking them all the way to Wembley in 1982 and the Second Division title followed one year later.

The R’s achieved 5th place in the top flight in 1983/84 and were also London’s top side, but at the end of the season the pair headed to Barcelona.

They steered Barca to La Liga success in 1984/85 and the club reached the 1986 European Cup Final.

Allan achieved some success with Egyptian side Al-Ahly and he also coached the Malaysian national team.

Rest in Peace.

Steve Russell

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