Bill Adams (footballer, born 1902)
|Full name||William Adams|
|Date of birth||3 November 1902|
|Place of birth||Tynemouth, England|
|Date of death||15 March 1963(aged 60)|
|Place of death||Southampton, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Half back|
|1936–1937||West Ham United||3||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
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.