Colin Booth

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Colin Booth
Personal information
Date of birth (1934-12-30) 30 December 1934 (age 82)
Place of birth Middleton, Lancashire, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)[1]
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1950–1959 Wolverhampton Wanderers 78 (26)
1959–1962 Nottingham Forest 87 (39)
1962–1964 Doncaster Rovers 88 (57)
1964–1965 Oxford United 48 (23)
1965 Cambridge United
Cheltenham Town
National team
1956 England U-23 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Colin Booth (born 30 December 1934) is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as an inside forward for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest, Doncaster Rovers and Oxford United.[2] He won two league championship medals with Wolverhampton Wanderers.[3]

Career[edit]

Booth was born in Middleton, Lancashire, and joined Wolverhampton Wanderers as an apprentice in 1950. He made his first-team debut on 11 April 1955 in a 1–0 win over Aston Villa, one of three appearances that season. He began to establish himself in the following season, as he scored 7 times in 27 outings, before adding 9 goals in just 20 games in the subsequent season. However, he found himself below the likes of Jimmy Murray, Dennis Wilshaw and Bobby Mason in the Wolves attack and managed only a peripheral role in their championship-winning campaign of 1957-58. The next season saw him similarly on the sidelines but he did manage an impressive 7 goals from just 13 games.[3] Booth scored four goals against Arsenal on 10 November 1956, in a 5–2 victory for Wolves – this is still a record against the Gunners, shared with Billy Walker of Aston Villa who also scored four in 1920.[4] He won an England Under 23 cap in 1956 against France, coming on as a substitute for future team mate Alick Jeffrey, who broke his leg.

In search of regular football, he joined Nottingham Forest in October 1959 for £20,000. He scored 41 goals in 98 appearances in total for Forest during two-and-a-half seasons, his best season coming in 1960-61 where he netted 19 times. He then spent two seasons at Doncaster Rovers before joining Oxford United. He ended his career at non-league Cambridge United before leaving the game and working in healthcare.[1][3] He lives in retirement in Dorset.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Source for transfer fees: Maurice Golesworth (1965). Soccer Who's Who. The Sportsmans Book Club. 
  2. ^ "Colin Booth". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (2008). Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-632-3. 
  4. ^ a b "Where Are They Now - From A to I". Nottingham Forest F.C. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 

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