|Full name||William McCracken|
|Date of birth||29 January 1883|
|Place of birth||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Date of death||20 January 1979(aged 95)|
|Place of death||Hull, Canada|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
William "Bill" McCracken (29 January 1883 – 20 January 1979) was a Northern Irish footballer who played as a defender. He was a cousin of Robert McCracken who also had a career as a professional footballer.
McCracken played for the English club Newcastle United from 1904 to 1924, helping them win three League titles and the FA Cup. McCracken was so adept at catching the opposing teams forwards offside that he forced a change in the rules of the game.
In total he played 432 games for Newcastle, scoring 8 goals. After leaving Newcastle he went on to become Hull City manager in 1923 and he took them to the FA Cup semi-final in 1930. He left the club a year later.
McCracken is one of just a few players whose actions have brought changes the Laws Of Football when, as a centre-half at Newcastle, he masterminded the technique of making opposition forwards ruled "offside" when the rules stated that 3 defenders must be between the attacking player and the goal line. So successful was McCracken's defensive ploy that the Offside Rule was changed to "2 defenders" between the foremost attacker and the goal line".
As a player
- Football League championship: 1904–05, 1906–07, 1908–09
- FA Cup winner: 1910
- FA Cup finalist: 1908, 1911
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