Willie Young (footballer, born 1951)
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|Full name||William David Young|
|Date of birth||25 November 1951|
|Place of birth||Edinburgh, Scotland|
|Playing position||Central defender|
|1983–1984||Brighton & Hove Albion||4||(0)|
|* 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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