William Dickson (footballer, born 1866)

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William Dickson
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Personal information
Full name William Alexander Dickson[1]
Date of birth 27 August 1866[1]
Place of birth Crail, Fife, Scotland[1]
Date of death 1 June 1910 (aged 43)[1]
Place of death Stoke-upon-Trent, England[1]
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1886–1887 Strathmore
1887–1888 Bolton Wanderers
1888–1889 Sunderland
1889–1891 Aston Villa 58 (33)
1892–1896 Stoke 119 (40)
Total 177 (73)
National team
1888 Scotland 1 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Alexander Dickson (27 August 1866 – 1 June 1910) was a Scottish footballer who played in the Football League for Aston Villa and Stoke and also the Scotland national team.[1]

Career[edit]

Dickson was born in Crail, Fife and played for Dundee club Strathmore before joining English club Bolton Wanderers and then Sunderland.[1] In 1889 he joined Football League side Aston Villa and did well for the Birmingham-based club scoring 34 goals in 64 matches.[1] He joined fellow Midlands based club Stoke in time for the 1892–93 season where he scored 11 goals as Stoke enjoyed their best season in the league up to that point.[1] He scored 13 in the following campaign including five in six in the short lived United Counties League.[1] As well as playing up front Dickson also played at full-back and would often swap positions on a regular basis.[1] He left the Victoria Ground in 1896 after scoring 48 goals in 128 matches for the "Potters".[1]

International career[edit]

Dickson won his only Scotland cap while with Strathmore on 24 March 1888 where he scored four times in a 10–2 win over Ireland. Despite this, he was never selected again for his country. He is one of just two players to have scored four goals in their only Scotland appearance, the other being Charles Heggie two years previously.

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Source:[2]

Club Season League FA Cup Other[A] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Aston Villa 1889–90 The Football League 20 8 2 1 22 9
1890–91 The Football League 18 10 0 0 18 10
1891–92 The Football League 20 15 4 0 24 15
Total 58 33 6 1 0 0 64 34
Stoke 1892–93 First Division 30 11 1 0 31 11
1893–94 First Division 29 8 2 0 6 5 36 13
1894–95 First Division 26 13 2 0 1 0 29 13
1895–96 First Division 30 8 4 3 34 11
1896–97 First Division 4 0 0 0 4 0
Total 119 40 9 3 7 5 135 48
Career Total 177 73 15 4 7 5 199 82
A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes appearances and goals in the 1893–94 United Counties League and the 1894–95 Test Match.

International[edit]

Source:[3]

National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 1888 1 4
Total 1 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Matthews, Tony (1994). The Encyclopaedia of Stoke City. Lion Press. ISBN 0-9524151-0-0.
  2. ^ William Dickson at the English National Football Archive (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Dickson, William". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 20 February 2018.

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