Bill Leivers

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Bill Leivers
Personal information
Full name William Ernest Leivers
Date of birth (1932-01-29) 29 January 1932 (age 87)
Place of birth Bolsover, Derbyshire, England
Playing position Right-back
Youth career
Clay Lane Sports Club
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1948–1953 Chesterfield 27 (0)
1953–1964 Manchester City 250 (4)
1964–1966 Doncaster Rovers 24 (1)
Total 301 (5)
Teams managed
1964–1966 Doncaster Rovers
1966–1967 Workington
1967–1974 Cambridge United
1975 Chelmsford City
1979–1987 Cambridge City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Ernest Leivers (born 29 January 1932)[1] is an English retired professional footballer and football manager.

Playing career[edit]

Leivers was born in Bolsover, Derbyshire. He attended school at Tupton Hall, alongside Labour MP Dennis Skinner. He moved to Manchester City in November 1953, for a fee of £10,500,[2] He began his professional career in February 1950 with Chesterfield, whom he joined as an amateur from Clay Lane Sports Club in 1948.

He moved to Manchester City in November 1953, for a fee of £10,500,[3] making his debut against Preston North End in August 1954.[4] The match saw the introduction of the a tactical system which became known as the Revie Plan. However, Leivers sustained an injury, and Manchester City lost 5–0.[5] It was to be another five months before he made another senior appearance, and he made only three over the whole season. Though he was known as a centre half when he arrived at Maine Road, it was at right-back that he established himself in the Manchester City team, during the 1955–56 season. That year Manchester City reached the FA Cup final, beating Birmingham City 3–1, giving Leivers the only major honour he was to achieve in his career. He gained a reputation as a committed defender; his desire to be part of the action resulted in several injuries. In ten years at Manchester City, he broke his nose five times and his elbow and ankle once.[6] For a period in the latter part of his Manchester City career he was first team captain.[7] He made 250 league appearances for City before moving to Doncaster Rovers on 10 July 1964, where he became player-manager.

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

He resigned as Doncaster manager in February 1966 with, Doncaster well placed for promotion from the Fourth Division. In November 1966, he took over as manager of Workington but left in December 1967 to manage Cambridge United in the Southern League. Leivers led Cambridge United to the Southern League title in 1969 and 1970 and to promotion to the Football League. He also guided the side to promotion to Division Three in 1973 but was unable to stop them being relegated the following season. He was sacked by Cambridge United in October 1974 after a disappointing start to the 1974–75 season.

He subsequently managed Chelmsford City between February and December 1975, and in 1979 he returned to the Cambridge area to manage Cambridge City. In 1987, he became City's general manager, a position he held until retiring in 1999. He now lives in St Austell, Cornwall.


As a player[edit]

Manchester City

As a manager[edit]

Cambridge United


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  2. ^ Skinner, Dennis (2014). Sailing Close to the Wind. London: Quercus Books. p. 29. ISBN 978-1-78429-123-5.
  3. ^ Clayton, David (2002). Everything under the blue moon: the complete book of Manchester City FC - and more!. Edinburgh: Mainstream publishing. p. 127. ISBN 1-84018-687-9.
  4. ^ James, Gary (2005). The Official Manchester City Hall of Fame. Hamlyn. p. 140. ISBN 0-600-61282-1.
  5. ^ Rowlands, Alan (2005). Trautmann: The Biography. Derby: Breedon. p. 158. ISBN 1-85983-491-4.
  6. ^ Penney, Ian (1995). The Maine Road Encyclopedia. Edinburgh: Mainstream. p. 116. ISBN 1-85158-710-1.
  7. ^ Wallace, Dave (2007). Century City – Manchester City Football Club 1957/58. Leigh: King of the Kippax. ISBN 978-0-9557056-0-1.