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Raich Carter

Often described as the finest inside-forward of the 1930s and 1940s, Carter captained Sunderland when they won the championship in 1936 and the FA.Cup in 1937.  After the Second World War, he won another cup winners medal with Derby County.  So highly regarded was this man that even his peers often referred to him as ‘The Maestro’.

Horatio Stratton Carter better known as Raich Carter, was born on 21st December 1913, in Hendon, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear. He won England caps at school boy level before being signed by his local club Sunderland were he quickly established himself as a star player.  He became the youngest captain to guide a team to the championship in 1936 and lifted the FA Cup the following year. 

Carter was also capped 13 times for England as an inside forward forming a brilliant partnership with Stanley Matthews.    Having scored 213 goals in 451 appearances for the club, he signed for Derby County after the Second World War winning another FA Cup Winners medal.  He went on to play for Hull, between 1948 and 1952, for whom he was player-manager winning the Division Three North title.  He retired for a short time before moving to Ireland where he managed Cork Athletic.

He returned to England in 1953 to manage Leeds United where he built a side around legendary player John Charles and took the club to promotion in 1952.  After a successful period as manager of Mansfield Town, he finished his managerial career at Middlesbrough, retiring in 1966.   

Raich Carter died on the 9th October 1994, at Willerby, Hull, Yorkshire.