Bill Paterson (footballer, born 1898)

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Bill Paterson
Personal information
Full name Bill Paterson
Date of birth (1898-03-05)5 March 1898
Place of birth Hill O'Beath, Scotland
Date of death 1970 (aged 71–72)
Place of death Cowdenbeath, Scotland
Playing position Center forward
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1921–1923 Derby County 66 (24)
1924 Cowdenbeath
1925 Armadale
1925–1926 Coventry City 40 (25)
1926 Springfield Babes 13 (7)
1926–1927 Fall River Marksmen 20 (15)
1927–1928 New Bedford Whalers 48 (28)
1928–1930 Providence Gold Bugs 65 (65)
1930 New Bedford Whalers 20 (21)
1930 Brooklyn Wanderers 13 (5)
1931 Fall River F.C. 17 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Bill Paterson (5 March 1898 – 1980) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a center forward. He began his career in Scotland before moving to England in 1925. In 1926, he joined the American Soccer League where he led the league in scoring in the fall 1929 season.

Paterson spent time with Cowdenbeath F.C. before moving to Derby County of The Football League in 1921. He spent two seasons with Derby before rejoining Cowdenbeath. He also spent time with Armadale. He then played with Coventry City during the 1925-1926 season. In the fall of 1926, he moved to the United States where he signed with the Springfield Babes of the American Soccer League. Paterson played only thirteen games of the 1925-1926 season with Springfield before jumping to the Fall River Marksmen for twenty games. He did not finish the season with Fall River, but moved to the New Bedford Whalers for seven games. He spent the full 1927-1928 season in New Bedford, but was transferred to the Providence Gold Bugs seven games into the 1928-1929 season. He finished the 1929 fall season as the league’s leading scorer with twenty-seven goals in twenty-two games.[1] In 1930, Patterson began the season with the New Bedford Whalers only to jump to the Brooklyn Wanderers. He then played the fall 1931 season with Fall River F.C..[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Soccer History - 1929
  2. ^ Jose, Colin (1998). American Soccer League, 1921-1931 (Hardback). The Scarecrow Press. (ISBN 0-8108-3429-4).