Bill Glazier

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Bill Glazier
Personal information
Full name William James Glazier[1]
Date of birth (1943-08-02) 2 August 1943 (age 71)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
0000–1961 Crystal Palace
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1961–1964 Crystal Palace 106 (0)
1964–1975 Coventry City 346 (0)
1975 Brentford 9 (0)
1977 St. Louis Stars 0 (0)
Total 461 (0)
National team
England U23 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Bill Glazier (born 2 August 1943 in Nottingham, England)[2] is an English retired professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He is best remembered for his time in the Football League with Coventry City, making just under 400 appearances for the club.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Glazier's involvement in football began with a spell as a member of the ground staff at Division Three side Torquay United, before he was released due to lack of funds.[3]

Crystal Palace[edit]

In October 1961, Glazier joined Division Three club Crystal Palace on trial, which was arranged by virtue of his family's bread delivery man being a personal friend of Palace captain Johnny McNichol.[3] Glazier was signed on the strength of his performance for the Palace 'A' team in a match versus Dover.[3] He quickly displaced Vic Rouse as the Eagles' first-choice goalkeeper and was an ever-present during the 1963–64 season, in which the Eagles secured promotion to Division Two with a runners-up finish.[4][5] Glazier departed Selhurst Park in October 1964, having made 113 appearances for Palace.[6]

Coventry City[edit]

In October 1964, the manager of Division Two club Coventry City (who pipped Crystal Palace to the Division Three title in the 1963–64 season), Jimmy Hill, signed Glazier for a then-record fee for a goalkeeper of £35000.[4] Glazier suffered a broken leg in a match versus Manchester City in April 1965, which kept him out of the game for a year.[3] He returned to play in the Sky Blues side which won the Division Two title in the 1966–67 season.[4] Now playing in Division One, Glazier continued as the club's first-choice goalkeeper until August 1975.[7] He was rewarded with a testimonial in November 1974 versus an England 1966 World Cup XI, with Glazier scoring twice in a 6-6 draw.[3] Glazier made 395 appearances in 11 years at Highfield Road.[7]


Glazier dropped down to Division Four to sign for Brentford in a £12500 deal in August 1975.[1] The move was helped along by Jimmy Hill (by now working as a broadcaster), who put Glazier in touch with Brentford manager John Docherty, who had been looking for a goalkeeper after loanee Steve Sherwood returned to Chelsea.[3] Business interests and problems commuting from his Brighton home meant that Glazier couldn't give his full commitment to the Bees and he left the club after making just 12 appearances.[1]

St. Louis Stars[edit]

Glazier closed out his career with a spell at North American Soccer League side St. Louis Stars in 1977.[1]

International career[edit]

Glazier won three caps for the England U23 side, keeping a clean sheet in each match.[3] One of Glazier's caps came against Romania at Highfield Road (home of his then-club side Coventry City) drew a crowd of 27476, one of the highest attendances for an U23 match in England.[3] A broken leg cut suffered with Coventry City in 1965 cut short Glazier's international career, as he was over the age-limit after returning to fitness.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Early in his career, Glazier lived in Brighton, where his parents ran a guesthouse.[3] After retiring from football, Glazier ran a hotel in Brighton before moving to Spain for 12 years,[3] where he worked in swimming pool maintenance.[8] He returned to the UK in the autumn of 1998 and settled in Lincolnshire, beginning a catering business with his wife.[3]


As a player[edit]

Coventry City

As an individual[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Haynes, Graham; Coumbe, Frank (2006). Timeless Bees: Brentford F.C. Who's Who 1920-2006. Yore Publications. p. 66. ISBN 978-0955294914. 
  2. ^ Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 326. ISBN 0907969542. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Brentford Official Matchday Magazine versus Plymouth Argyle 05/04/99. Blackheath: Morganprint. 1999. p. 19. 
  4. ^ a b c Mike Purkiss & Nigel Sands. Crystal Palace: A Complete Record 1905–1989. p. 73. ISBN 0907969542. 
  5. ^ "Football Club History Database - Crystal Palace". Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  6. ^ CrystalPalaceFC_user. "Appearances". Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Bill Glazier". Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Where are they now? No.2". 16 July 2002. Retrieved 11 October 2014. 

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