Bill Paterson (footballer, born 1930)

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Bill Paterson
Personal information
Full name William Alexander Kennedy Paterson[1]
Date of birth (1930-02-25)25 February 1930
Place of birth Kinlochleven, Scotland
Date of death 9 November 2002(2002-11-09) (aged 72)
Place of death Inverness, Scotland
Playing position Centre back
Youth career
Ransome & Marles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950−1955 Doncaster Rovers 113 (0)
1955−1958 Newcastle United 22 (1)
1958−1962 Rangers 67 (0)
1962−1963 Morton 0 (0)
Cheltenham Town
1964−1965 Caledonian
National team
1954 Scotland B[2] 1 (0)
Teams managed
1964−1965 Caledonian
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William Alexander Kennedy Paterson[3] (25 February 1930 – 9 November 2002) was a Scottish footballer, who played as a defender.[1]


Paterson had originally started his football career in the Highland League with Inverness club Caledonian, prior to being called up for National Service in England. He was playing for Midland League club Ransome and Marles based in Newark where he was picked up by Doncaster Rovers in 1950.[4] After five successful seasons with the club, he left to sign for Newcastle United for £22,250 plus that Newcastle would play Rovers with the proceeds adding to the transfer deal.[5]

He had a relatively unsuccessful three years on Tyneside and so returned to Scotland to join Rangers for £3,500.[5] His debut came on 13 August 1958 in a 2-1 home league win against Partick Thistle. That was the first of three appearances that he would make that entire season.

Overall Paterson did go on to make 116 top team appearances for the club and won two Scottish league championships. He also claimed a Scottish Cup, a Scottish League Cup, a Charity Cup winners medal and was a part of the Rangers side that lost to Fiorentina in the 1961 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final.

He left Ibrox in 1962 and joined Greenock Morton but never made a single league appearance for the club. He later joined Cheltenham Town of the Southern League. This was followed by a spell in the 1964/65 season as player/manager with Caledonian.


  1. ^ a b "Bill Paterson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
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  3. ^ "Players M-P". Newcastle United Mad. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Bill Paterson at
  5. ^ a b "Player profile:Bill Paterson". toon 1892. Retrieved 28 January 2013. 

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