|Full name||William Hugh Russell|
|Date of birth||10 March 1921|
|Place of birth||Redcar, England|
|Date of death||10 December 1991|
|Place of death||Taunton, England|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 August 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).
Shortly after World War II Russell joined Gillingham, then a non-league team. He scored 98 goals in just 126 games for the Kent side prior to their return to the Football League in 1950, including a haul of nine goals in a match against Gloucester City in the 1946–47 season, a club record for a single match which stands to this day. Contemporary newspaper reports state that he hit the post late on with a shot which could have given him double figures.
Russell remained at the club after its re-election to the Football League, but could not repeat his non-league scoring feats, registering just 8 goals in over 60 matches. He was forced to retire through injury in 1952 and later served as the club's trainer before leaving football entirely to work as a hotelier. He died in Taunton in 1991.
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