raich carter

Player of the Day: Raich Carter

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by Oscar Chamberlain

1937 Wembley winning captain in the spotlight.

Hendon-born inside forward Raich Carter skippered Sunderland to Wembley success in 1937 – scoring in the 3-1 success over Preston North End.

Carter made 276 appearances for the Black Cats, scoring 127 goals in a seven-year stay on Wearside.

A true legend of the game, Carter was the very best of an era, as complete and technically gifted as Sunderland has ever produced, Carter was also capped 30 times by England, including 17 during wartime.

Carter made his league bow at the age of 18 and scored on his home debut in a 7-4 success over Bolton Wanderers at Roker Park.

A season later, Carter would notch 12 goals in 41 appearances as a formidable partnership with Bobby Gurney formed as John Cochrane’s Sunderland finished second in the First Division.

In 1935-36, Sunderland won the top-flight title with a staggering 109 goals in 42 games, the prolific Carter and Gurney notching 31 apiece.

And the inside forward continued in similar vein a year later, though his 26 league goals only contributed to an eighth place finish as the famous FA Cup win proved a distraction in the second-half of the campaign.

He scored three goals in eight games, including his strike in the final as Sunderland lifted the famous trophy for the first time in their history.

Two more seasons on Wearside followed before Carter joined the RAF at the outbreak of the war and served at Loughborough, playing for Derby County during this time, helping to rehabilitate injured airmen.

The first post-war FA Cup also fell into the hands of Carter as he helped the Rams lift the trophy in 1946.

Raich served Hull City as both player and manager between 1948 and 1952 before managerial spells with Cork Athletic, Leeds United, Mansfield Town and Middlesbrough followed.