Willie Wragg

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Willie Wragg
Personal information
Full name William Arthur Wragg
Date of birth 1875
Place of birth Radford, England
Playing position Wing half / Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Notts Olympic
Newstead Byron
Hucknall Portland
1896–1899 Nottingham Forest 48 (1)
1899–1901 Leicester Fosse 50 (4)
1901 Small Heath 1 (0)
1901–1902 Watford
1902–1903 Hinckley Town
1903–1904 Chesterfield Town 20 (0)
Accrington Stanley
Doncaster Rovers
1905–19?? Brighton & Hove Albion
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William Arthur "Willie" Wragg[1] (1875 – after 1904) was an English professional footballer who made 119 appearances in the Football League playing for Nottingham Forest, Leicester Fosse, Small Heath and Chesterfield Town.[2]

Wragg was born in Radford, Nottinghamshire. He played local football before joining Nottingham Forest in April 1896. In the early part of his career he played at wing half, and from this position he created Forest's first goal in the 1898 FA Cup Final.[3] From his free kick from the left near the by-line, the ball came to Arthur Capes who shot through a crowd of defenders. Wragg later aggravated a first-half injury and had to move out to the wing, unable to take much further part in the game.[4] After three years and 58 appearances in all competitions,[1] he joined Leicester Fosse, where he spent two seasons, made 50 appearances in the Second Division playing at full back, and became the club's free kick specialist.[2][3]

A move to Small Heath brought him just the one first-team appearance because of the form of George Adey. In August 1901 he joined Southern League club Watford, and a year later moved to Hinckley Town of the Midland League.[3] He returned to the Football League to play 20 Second Division games for Chesterfield Town, and then went back to non-league football with Accrington Stanley, Doncaster Rovers and Brighton & Hove Albion.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Player Profile William Arthur Wragg". u-reds.com. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData (Tony Brown). p. 288. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  3. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  4. ^ "1898". FA Cup Finals. Retrieved 14 May 2009.