Bill Atkinson (footballer)

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Bill Atkinson
Personal information
Full name William Atkinson[1]
Date of birth (1944-12-21)21 December 1944
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Date of death 24 June 2013(2013-06-24) (aged 68)
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962-1964 Birmingham City F.C. 0 (0)
1964-1966 Torquay United F.C. 19 (7)
1966-19?? Nuneaton Borough A.F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William "Bill" Atkinson (21 December 1944 – 24 June 2013) was an English professional footballer, playing as a winger.[2] He was born in Sunderland.

Atkinson began his professional football career as an apprentice at Birmingham City, turning professional in March 1962. He remained at St. Andrews for a further 2 years, but failed to make a single first team appearance.

In June 1964 he moved to Torquay United, scoring on his league debut on 12 September 1964 in a 2-2 draw against Stockport County at Plainmoor.[3] Despite this start to his Torquay career he was soon out of the team again, although did have a good run in the first team later in the season after replacing Peter Anderson in the side.

In 1966, after only 19 league appearances, in which he scored 7 goals, Atkinson returned to the Midlands, joining non-league side Nuneaton Borough. He retired from Non League Football in 1974 – the last Club he played for was Redditch.

Atkinson started refereeing throughout the Midlands in 1982 for local clubs, also involved with assessing for the B.C.F.A. of which he was a member for 20 years.

For 20 years, during summer months he played cricket for local club Ambleside and Ansley, and later umpired for local clubs in the Midlands area.

Atkinson started a successful family run industrial cleaning business in 1968, which he ran with his son James.


  1. ^ Barry J. Hugman. The PFA Premier & Football League players' records 1946-1998. Queen Anne Press. ISBN 1-85291-585-4. 
  2. ^ "Bill Atkinson". Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  3. ^ Leigh Edwards. The definitive Torquay United F.C. ISBN 1-899468-09-9.