The Harrogate Town AFC Hall of Fame is delighted to welcome three new inductees; Ernest Baines, Bob Morphet and Dave Merris.
Inducted into the hall of fame in recognition of being Captain of the 1926/27 Yorkshire league championship winning side. Harrogate were the first team to win the Yorkshire league double under his captaincy and also won the West Riding County Cup at Elland Road when they brought the cup home in the motor Chara-a-banc.
Baines also captained the 1925 WRC Cup winning side at Elland Road and after returning to Harrogate was carried shoulder high in a procession to the Prospect hotel for a dinner. Baines was skipper for five seasons, playing 216 games between 1919-28.
HORACE (BOB) MORPHET
Inducted into the hall of fame in recognition of his 44 goals from 33 games to help Harrogate AFC win the 1926/27 Yorkshire league title. Bob played for Harrogate from 1923 to 1928, scoring 64 goals in 48 games and is 11th in the list of all time scorers.
In the 1927 West Riding County Cup final at Elland Road when Harrogate beat Selby 2-1, Morphet scored both goals and the Herald reporter wrote of the winning goal, ‘as Morphet gathered a pass from Smith and crashed the ball home hats, sticks and umbrellas were flung in the air while respectable law abiding citizens became raving lunatics for the moment.’ Morphet was a talented sportsman and also played cricket for Harrogate cricket club.
Inducted into the hall of fame in recognition for his time at Wetherby Road as a player, having three spells at Town. Merris is 4th in the all time list of league and cup appearances for the club having played 380 games between 1999-2003, 2006-08 and 2012-14. Merris helped Town win the Northern Premier league Division One title for 2001/02 and three West Riding County Cups 2001/02, 2002/03 and 2007/08.
The Baines and Morphet families and Dave Merris have all indicated they are delighted and proud to be invited to join the Harrogate Town AFC Hall of Fame.
Formal letters have be sent confirming the selection to join the Hall of Fame and the three latest members of the Hall of Fame will be inducted in February 2024.
The Harrogate Town AFC Hall of Fame was established in May 2022 to celebrate those individuals who have made significant contributions to the football club since it was formed in 1914.
With the support of Chairman Irving Weaver Manager Simon Weaver, CEO Sarah Barry and Fan Engagement Manager Hamilton Mattock the Hall of Fame idea has gone from strength to strength.
The Hall of Fame committee meet once a month and include representatives from the Independent Supporters Club, the Football Club’s Community Foundation, the club Historian, long term supporters and staff at the club.
The Hall of Fame Launch took place at the Cedar Court Hotel on February 9th 2023 and turned out to be a night to remember. Eleven individuals who have played significant roles at the club over many years were selected by the Hall of Fame Committee with the 12th man, Danny Holland being selected by the supporters.
Many thanks were extended to the Cedar Court Hotel owners and management for donating the large wooden frame with downlighting which accommodates the fantastic A3 perspex frames that display the image and information of each inductee.
There were originally four venues identified as being suitable for displaying the Harrogate Town AFC Hall of Fame :
They include :
The Cedar Court Hotel
The EnviroVent Supporters Bar
The Hospitality Suite
The Club Shop in Commercial Street
One other area has since been identified as being suitable as the fifth venue and the club are delighted to announce that the Marquee/Supporters Bar will have an area dedicated to the Hall of Fame members.
Many thanks to club Historian Phil Harrison for researching the input that each prospective inductee has made since the football club was formed and Rich Saltmarsh for producing the final images and information on each inductee.
In the last few weeks the second Hall of Fame venue was unveiled at the EnviroVent Supporters Bar before the Swindon match on Saturday 18th November. Members of the Hall of Fame Committee were in attendance and are looking forward to the remaining venues being unveiled in the next few weeks.
The football club’s website has access to the Hall of Fame FAQ’s information. Supporters and any other interested party can view how the Hall of Fame committee make any decisions.
It was decided at an early stage with advise from other football clubs that there would be three new inductees added to the original Hall of Fame members. This selection format will make sure that no one who deserves to be selected to the Harrogate Town AFC Hall of Fame due to their dedicated service over many years will not be forgotten.
Hall of Fame Committee:
Hal Boxhall Dockree