Bill Booth (footballer)

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Bill Booth
Personal information
Full name William Samuel Booth[1]
Date of birth (1920-07-07)7 July 1920
Place of birth Hove, England[1]
Date of death 18 February 1990(1990-02-18) (aged 69)[1]
Place of death Eastbourne, England[1]
Playing position Centre-half
Youth career
Hove Penguins
Brighton & Hove Albion
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 (0)
1939 Port Vale 9 (0)
1939–1947 Cardiff City 0 (0)
1947–1949 Brighton & Hove Albion 28 (6)
Hastings United
Total 37+ (6+)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William Samuel Booth (7 July 1920 – 18 February 1990) was an English footballer who played in the Football League for Brighton & Hove Albion and Port Vale.

Playing career[edit]

Booth played for his local side Hove Penguins and Brighton & Hove Albion, before joining First Division club Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1] He was unable to break into their first team at Molineux and moved to Port Vale in the Third Division South in February 1939.[1]

After ten consecutive games for the "Valiants" in 1938–39, he was given a free transfer to league rivals Cardiff City.[1] He later guested for Birmingham City and Leeds United during the war, before moving permanently back to Brighton & Hove Albion after the war.[1] Don Welsh's "Seagulls" finished bottom of the Third Division South in 1947–48 and had to apply for re-election, before rising to sixth place in 1948–49. He then moved into non-league football with newly founded Southern League club Hastings United.

Statistics[edit]

  • Sourced from Bill Booth profile at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
Club Season Division League FA Cup Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Port Vale 1938–39 Third Division South 9 0 0 0 1 0 10 0
Cardiff City 1939–40 Third Division South 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 0
Brighton & Hove Albion 1947–48 Third Division South 20 5 1 1 0 0 21 6
1948–49 Third Division South 8 1 0 0 0 0 8 1
Total 28 6 1 1 0 0 29 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Kent, Jeff (1996). Port Vale Personalities. Witan Books. p. 35. ISBN 0-9529152-0-0. ASIN 0952915200.