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Bill Perry
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Personal information
Full name William Perry
Date of birth 10 September 1930(1930-09-10)
Place of birth    Johannesburg, South Africa
Date of death    27 September 2007 (aged 77)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
19??-1949
1949-1962
1962-1963
1963-1964
1964-1965
Johannesburg Rangers
Blackpool
Southport
Hereford United
South Coast United
00? 00(?)
394 (119)
026 00(0)
029 00(0)
00? 00(?)   
National team
1955-1956 England England 003 00(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

William "Bill" Perry (10 September 1930 – 27 September 2007) was a South African-born English professional footballer. He spent thirteen seasons at Blackpool during the 1950s and 1960s.

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Club career

Perry during his Blackpool days

Perry, an outside-left, signed for Blackpool in 1949. The 1950s are the most successful decade in the club's history to date. Perry would be at the club playing top division football throughout, as would goalkeeper George Farm, defenders Hugh Kelly and Tommy Garrett, right winger Stanley Matthews and forward Jackie Mudie. Perry made his league debut for Blackpool in March 1950, in a win at Manchester United.

During the 1955-56 season, Perry scored 20 goals to help Blackpool to their highest-ever league position of runners-up in Division One.

Perry's most notable achievement was scoring the injury-time winner for Blackpool in the famous 1953 'Matthews' FA Cup Final against Bolton, cementing a comeback from 1-3 to 4-3 thanks to an earlier Stan Mortensen hat-trick.

Seven years later, a cartilage operation virtually ended Perry's playing career, and after being in and out of the side, he was transfer-listed in the summer of 1962.

Southport came in for his services, where he played 26 games from August 1962 until May 1963 when he joined Hereford United.

He remained at Edgar Street for just the one season and made a total of 29 appearances for Hereford during his time there. Perry left Hereford at the end of the 1963-64 season and had a short spell in Australia before retiring with Holyhead Town. He became a director of Fleetwood Town between 1967 and 1970.

Blackpool F.C. Hall of Fame

Perry was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road, when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006.[1] Organised by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool fans around the world voted on their all-time heroes. Five players from each decade are inducted; Perry is in the 1950s.[2]

International career

Perry made three appearances for England, scoring two goals.

Post-retirement

After retiring, Perry ran a couple of businesses in Blackpool, where he lived with his wife, Jean.

In January 2007, he was reunited with the FA Cup after 54 years when the trophy was taken to Bloomfield Road as part of the build-up to the Seasiders' fourth-round tie with Norwich City. Also in attendance was Cyril Robinson, at the time the only other surviving member of the cup-winning team.[3] Perry died eight months later at the age of 77.[4]

Honours

Blackpool

References

  1. ^ Singleton, Steve, ed (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. pp. 36-39. ISBN 9781845471828.  
  2. ^ "The Hall Of Fame - 1950's". Blackpool Supporters Association. http://www.bsaweb.info/HOF50.aspx. Retrieved 29 November 2009.  
  3. ^ http://www.blackpoolfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10432~971218,00.html
  4. ^ BBC - Lancashire - Sport - Blackpool legend dies

Further reading

  • Calley, Roy (20 October 1992). Blackpool: A Complete Record 1887-1992. Breedon Books Publishing Co Ltd. ISBN 187362607X.  
  • Singleton, Steve, ed (2007). Legends: The great players of Blackpool FC (1 ed.). Blackpool: Blackpool Gazette. ISBN 9781845471828.  

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