| Andrew David Douglas Harris|
(1977-02-26) 26 February 1977 (age 38)
Springs, Gauteng, South Africa
Andy Harris (footballer, born 1977) Wikipedia
Andy Harris (born 26 February 1977, Springs, Gauteng South Africa) is a former footballer who spent his whole playing career in England. He previously played in The Football League for Southend United, Leyton Orient and Chester City, he is also a firm fans favourite at former conference side Weymouth, where during their title winning season he scored a memorable second half equaliser against Nottingham Forest at The City Ground. He now teaches at Kingston Maurward College and is a member of the coaching staff at Dorchester Town F.C.
Harris began with Liverpool but failed to make a first–team appearance at Anfield before he moved to Southend United in July 1996. After three years with the Shrimpers, Harris switched to Leyton Orient ahead of 1998–99. His four-year stint with Orient included an appearance at the Millennium Stadium against Blackpool in the Football League Division Three play–off final in May 2001. Despite being a near ever–present in his last three seasons with the club, Harris was released at the end of 2002–03 and joined Chester City on a free transfer, being described as a "major signing" by manager Mark Wright.
However, Harris was to start just 19 league games in two years at the club, the first ending with the club finishing as champions of the Conference National. His second season included a loan spell with Forest Green Rovers and ended with him joining Weymouth. During the 2005–06 season, Harris scored a shock equaliser for Weymouth in an FA Cup tie at Nottingham Forest and helped them win the Conference South championship. But he did not feature again after knee surgery and he dropped back into the Conference South with Eastleigh, with a loan move quickly becoming a permanent transfer on 10 October 2006.
On 26 May 2009 he moved back to Weymouth for their 2009–10 season in the Conference South.
As Weymouth are a part-time club now, Harris has Moved into teaching and teaches a National Football Studies Course at Kingston Maurward College in Dorset.
Away from football, Harris is a member of Mensa International, possessing an IQ of 153. He appeared on the ITV1 programme, Britain's Brainiest Footballers, in 2002.