Bill Adams (footballer, born 1902)

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Bill Adams
Personal information
Full name William Adams
Date of birth (1902-11-03)3 November 1902
Place of birth Tynemouth, England
Date of death 15 March 1963(1963-03-15) (aged 60)
Place of death Southampton, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Half back
Youth career
Sunderland Colliery
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1925–1926 Guildford United
1926–1936 Southampton 196 (3)
1936–1937 West Ham United 3 (1)
1937 Southend United 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William Adams (3 November 1902 – 15 March 1963) was an English footballer who played at right half for Southampton, West Ham United and Southend United in the 1920s and 1930s.

Football career[edit]

Born in Tynemouth, Adams began his footballing career with Sunderland Colliery before moving south to join Guildford United. He made his debut for Southampton on 27 August 1927, but waited over three years for his next first team appearance. Once he had achieved a settled place in the side, he soon displayed a whole-hearted attitude and went on to become club captain in the 1931-32 season, and totalled 205 league and cup appearances.

Adams joined West Ham in 1936 for a fee of £500, and scored on his debut against his old club in a 2-0 victory at The Dell on 21 November 1936. He did not stay in east London long, however, and after three league appearances transferred to Southend United in January 1937. He retired later that year to run the Half Way Inn at Chandler's Ford, where he remained for 26 years.[1]


  1. ^ Duncan Holley & Gary Chalk (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  • Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 15. ISBN 1-903135-50-8. 

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