Willie Young (footballer, born 1951)

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Willie Young
Personal information
Full name William David Young
Date of birth (1951-11-25) 25 November 1951 (age 65)
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Playing position Central defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1975 Aberdeen 133 (10)
1975–1977 Tottenham Hotspur 54 (3)
1977–1981 Arsenal 170 (11)
1981–1983 Nottingham Forest 59 (5)
1983 Norwich City 6 (0)
1983–1984 Brighton & Hove Albion 4 (0)
1984 Darlington 4 (0)
Total 430 (29)
National team
1972–1975 Scotland U23 5 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William David "Willie" Young (born 25 November 1951) is a Scottish former footballer. Young, who played as a defender, featured for the clubs Aberdeen, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Nottingham Forest, Norwich City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Darlington throughout his career.

Club career[edit]

A large, physically intimidating centre back from Heriot, Edinburgh, he attended Ross High School of Tranent. Young first played for Aberdeen, all in all making 187 appearances for the Dons between 1970 and 1975. He was signed by Tottenham Hotspur in September 1975, and made 54 appearances for Spurs in two seasons. In March 1977, Young signed for Spurs' arch-rivals Arsenal.[1]

Young immediately became a regular in the Arsenal first team, and played in all of the Gunners' trio of FA Cup finals;. After losing to Ipswich Town in 1978, Young was on the winning side the following year, with a 3–2 defeat of Manchester United.[1]

Young continued to be Arsenal's first choice centre back until the 1981–82 season, when he lost his place to Chris Whyte. Having played 237 times and scoring 19 goals for Arsenal, the 30-year-old Young then joined Nottingham Forest in December 1981 for £50,000, and played 59 times over two seasons there.

In 1983, he joined Norwich City, but with injuries dogging him, he failed to secure a regular place in the side. He then had short spells at Brighton and Hove, followed by Darlington before his retirement from the game in November 1984.

International career[edit]

He was capped 5 times, scoring one goal for Scotland's U23s. Young never played a full international for Scotland having been banned for life after an incident concerning a light bulb in a Copenhagen nightclub in 1975.[2]

Personal life[edit]

After running a pub near Nottingham, Young now owns kennels in Bottesford, Leicestershire.[2]




  1. ^ a b c "Willie Young". Arsenal F.C. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Big Bad Willie Young". The Scotsman. Retrieved 16 September 2015. 

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