Unfortunately, we have to announce the retirement of Warren Harris due to his knee injury at the age of 30, writes Neil Baker.
Having recently torn his meniscus, he had an injection to see if it would enable him to keep playing. It worked initially, however his knee is again unstable. Whilst an operation could help repair that particular injury, he also has arthritis in his knee that will potentially cause him problems later in life, and was recommended by his specialist to give up playing football.
This is obviously a huge blow not only to ‘Wazza’ but also to us.
Wazza has been a standout player now for a number of years, amassing a fantastic 301 appearances and 62 goals over an 8-and-a-half year period at Slough - this with a year out with a torn ACL. He also served us for two years at Godalming Town, meaning most of his senior career has been played with us as his managers.
As managers you love to work with people like Warren as he is not only an excellent player, but a top person who has not caused us one bit of trouble in our tenure.
We are personally gutted, and can only thank him for his contributions in helping us go from a step 4 club to an established step 2 club.
He has scored some memorable goals for the club including a playoff goal at Rugby Town, the winning goal against Folkestone Invicta which got us to the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time as managers, and the winner against Bath City which gave us our first win in the 2019/20 season and helped put us on a winning run that would eventually lead to a playoff place. However he is well known as ‘Big Waz’ for the number of goals he has scored with his head gambling at the back post.
He was always a firm favourite amongst his teammates due to his honesty and work rate, and will no doubt be missed.
We will be making a presentation to Warren on the pitch before the game against Eastbourne Borough on Saturday, and ask that as many people as possible try to get to the game to give him a much deserved round of applause and recognise his service to Slough Town.
Supporters can add messages of support, memories, photos and thanks for Warren as we pay tribute to his playing career with the Rebels in this online memory book.
During his time at the club, Warren’s achievements included:
2013/14 Managers' Player of the Season
2013/14 Players' Player of the Season
2013/14 Supporters' Player of the Season
2013/14 Won promotion to Southern League, Premier Division
2017/18 Won promotion to National League South
2017/18 Managers' Player of the Season (jointly won with Jack Turner)
2018/19 Berks & Bucks FA Senior Cup
National League South Player of the Month - September 2019
2019/20 Players' Player of the Season
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