Billy Bridgewater

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Billy Bridgewater
Personal information
Full name William Bridgewater
Date of birth (1886-09-14)14 September 1886
Place of birth Parkgate, Rotherham, England
Date of death 21 March 1941(1941-03-21) (aged 54)
Place of death Doncaster, England
Playing position Inside right / Centre forward
Youth career
1885–1886 Rawmarsh United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1886–1887 Doncaster Rovers
1887–1888 Newton Heath
1887–1888 → Oldham Olympic Athletic (guest)
1887–1888 Gainsborough Trinity (guest)
1888–1889 Doncaster Rovers
1888–1889 → Hexthorpe Wanderers (guest)
1889–1890 Rotherham Town
1890–1891 Sheffield United 18 (9)
1891–1893 Doncaster Rovers (7)
1893–1894 Hexthorpe Wanderers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William 'Billy' Bridgewater was an English footballer who played as a forward. Born in Parkgate, Rotherham he began his career with a short spell at Doncaster Rovers before moving across the Pennines to play for Newton Heath.[1] Still an amateur whilst in Manchester he also appeared for Oldham Olympic and Gainsborough Trinity as a guest player during this period (as was allowed under FA rules)[1] before returning to Doncaster Rovers.[2]

Bridgewater was signed on professional terms by Rotherham Town in 1889 but was transferred to nearby Sheffield United in September 1890. Scoring a hat-trick in his debut game, he would go on to play in the Midland Counties League and the FA Cup for the Yorkshire club.[1] After one season at Bramall Lane he returned to Doncaster Rovers in the summer of 1891 before finishing his playing career at Hexthorpe, although he retained his links with United, acting as a scout for several years after his departure.[1] Bridgewater was also a professional boxer but injuries brought about his retirement from both boxing and football. He subsequently opened a gym in Doncaster where he became a boxing and wrestling promoter, managing two British boxing champions.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Denis Clarebrough & Andrew Kirkham (2008). Sheffield United Who's Who. Hallamshire Press. p. 65. ISBN 978-1-874718-69-7. 
  2. ^ a b Bluff, Tony (2011). Donny:Doncaster Rovers F.C. The Complete History (1879−2010). Yore Publications. ISBN 978 0 9569848 3 8.