|Full name||William Warren Shortt|
|Date of birth||13 October 1920|
|Place of birth||Wrexham, Wales|
|Date of death||20 September 2004(aged 83)|
|Place of death||Plymouth, England|
|c. 1936 – 1938||Hoole Alex.|
|1938–1939||→ Wellington (loan)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Although Shortt officially never played a Football League match for Chester, he was a regular for the first-team throughout the war years. He made his debut in the club’s first wartime league match against Tranmere Rovers in October 1939 and played his final match against Rochdale in January 1946, shortly before moving to Division Two side Plymouth Argyle for £1,000.
Shortt went on to make more than 300 league appearances for Argyle over the next decade, helping them win the Football League Division Three South title in 1951–52. His stint also saw him capped 12 times by Wales, with his first cap coming against Northern Ireland in April 1947. The following season saw him return to Chester with Plymouth in the FA Cup third round, but he was on the losing side as Chester recorded a 2–0 victory.
He died on 20 September 2004, the same day as legendary football manager Brian Clough.
- Chester City obituary
- Tribute from a Plymouth Argyle fan
- Article on Chester during the Second World War (featuring Bill Shortt)