Carter joins nine other legends of the game in the latest induction to the Hall of Fame with Peter Schmeichel - the legendary Manchester United goalkeeper, Matt Le Tissier – possibly Southampton’s greatest ever player, Cliff Jones – member of the Tottenham double-winning side, and Mike Summerbee – one of the ‘Holy Trinity’ in the great 1968-70 Manchester City team, also inducted into the Hall of Fame at a prestigious award ceremony held on Wednesday evening.
They’ll also be joined by former Chelsea and Man Utd midfielder Ray Wilkins, Leeds United legend Eddie Gray as well as Sheila Parker, who played for Chorley Ladies Football Club and is the club’s longest serving player and was the first women’s England captain, and Jack Taylor, the first Englishman to referee a World Cup Final (1974) and first referee to take a place in the Hall of Fame. David Clarke, England’s record goal scorer in blind football completes the line up.
The former players join a host of other famous football faces like Sir Alex Ferguson, lan Ball, Gordon Banks, Cliff Bastin, Jimmy Greaves and Sir Tom Finney, whose achievements are already celebrated with a place on the honour roll.
Carter remains a hero to many Hull City fans who were around to witness the Maestro at work during his days at Boothferry Park in the 1940s and 50s.
Initially joining the club as player-assistant manager, Carter soon became player-manager and led the Tigers to the Division Three North title in 1948/49 with his influence huge both on and off the pitch. Although his time as manager came to an end in September 1951, he was persuaded to return as a player and his Tiger stats show 62 goals in 150 appearances. His managerial stats were just as impressive with 74 wins and 38 draws from 151 games in charge.
Inductees to the Hall of Fame have been chosen by a panel featuring some of the biggest names in football including, the Museum’s President Sir Bobby Charlton, Vice President Sir Alex Ferguson, Gordon Taylor and Mark Lawrenson. They must have finished their playing career or be aged over 30 and have played or managed in England for at least five years to qualify for Hall of Fame nomination.
National Football Museum Director Kevin Moore said: “We are delighted to be able to recognise the achievements of these legendary players in this way. It’s a rare chance to see some of the biggest players in football history celebrating their success together. We’re also extremely grateful to the PFA for their continued support of the event which also raises vital funds for the work we do with schools and the local community”
Wednesday night’s ceremony was attended by Raich Carter’s son, Raich Carter jnr.
The National Football Museum provides a world-class home for the greatest collection of football memorabilia ever assembled, in addition to housing its nationally-recognised Hall of Fame in Manchester.
Admission is free of charge but, as the museum is a registered charity, it relies on donations from the public and support from the corporate sector to stay open.