The Thank You Article: Exeter City

Thank You: Ray Harford

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Harford was a tall and strong centre half, signed by Exeter from Charlton for £750 in 1966. In July 1967 he wound up at Sincil Bank, joining Ron Gray as he attempted to stop a terrible slide that had seen us go from the old Second Division to applying for re-election.

The sixties were not swinging for Lincoln at all, but with Harford in the back line the club turned a corner. We didn’t finish in one of those dreaded re-election spots for three seasons as Harford cemented a place in Imps history.

He went on to appear 191 times in the Football League for us, scoring nine goals. In 1971 he was sold to Mansfield Town for £6,000, or around £85,000 in today’s money. He added Colchester and Port Vale to his list of clubs before moving into coaching.

Harford turned out to be a fine coach, managing Luton to the 1988 Littlewoods Cup victory and assisting Kenny Dalglish as he won the Premier League with Blackburn. He died of lung cancer in 2003, aged just 58.

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