Bill Buckenham

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Bill Buckenham
Personal information
Full name William Elijah Buckenham
Date of birth (1888-02-03)3 February 1888
Place of birth Exeter, England
Date of death 9 June 1954(1954-06-09) (aged 66)
Place of death Plumstead, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Centre forward
Youth career
Plumstead Park Villa
Plumstead Melrose
86th Battalion Royal Artillery, Aldershot
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1909–1910 Woolwich Arsenal 21 (5)
1909–1910 Southampton 6 (2)
1910–???? 12th Royal Field Artillery
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William Elijah "Bill" Buckenham (3 February 1888 – June 1954) was an English amateur footballer who played for both Woolwich Arsenal and Southampton in 1909–10.

Football career[edit]

Buckenham was born in Exeter but was brought up in the Plumstead area of London where he played for local clubs, before joining the Royal Artillery based at Aldershot in Hampshire, where he gained Hampshire county honours.[1] He joined Woolwich Arsenal of the Football League First Division in November 1909 and made 21 league appearances, scoring five goals.[2]

Shortly after joining Arsenal, he also signed for Southampton of the Southern League, and thus was registered for both clubs at the same time. He made his debut for the "Saints" taking the place of Bob Carter on 30 April 1910 in the final match of the season, when he scored in a 3–1 victory against Reading.[3] He started the following season, playing at outside right, scoring again in the opening match of the season. After four more appearances, he was replaced by Frank Jefferis;[4] shortly afterwards, he decided to abandon football and concentrate on a career in the army.[1]


  1. ^ a b Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 53. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  2. ^ Arsenal career summary
  3. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 46–47. ISBN 0-907969-22-4. 
  4. ^ Saints – A complete record. pp. 48–49.