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ISBN 0 9514862 6 8
Defender 52-70 5ft 11" 11st 2lbs
b.St.Helens, Lancs, 5th Jan 1932
Debut v Liverpool (a) 13/12/52
Career: Whiston Boys Club UNITED am.Mar 50, pro.Aug 51,
retired June 1970 and appointed youth coach/Chicago Sting coach
1975-77 Tulsa Roughnecks coach
78 Whitney Town manager
79-80 San Jose Earthquakes coach
80 Stenjkar (Norway) manager Lillestrom(Norway)
     manager Viking Stavanger (Norway) manager Mazda (Hiroshima) manager

Dec 88-Dec 92
Bill Foulkes was a granite-hard defender who was discovered playing for Whiston Boys Club in 1950. In early days he combined his work at Lea Green Colliery with his football career, as he graduated through from the Manchester League to the Football League in season 1952-3. He made a rapid rise to prominence, initially as a steady, competent right full-back but later excelled as a resilient, traditional rock of a centre-half, a position which he preferred. An unscathed survivor of the Munich air crash, he immediately took over the capitancy of UNITED`s depleted ranks and led the brave bid to lift
the 1958 FA Cup, which faltered only when Wembley was reached, Bolton Wanderers winning 2-0 in the final.

Ironically, considering that Bill Foulkes spent 18 seasons battling to prevent goals, he is remembered by many for the handful of goals he did score. His first Football League goal against Newcastle United in 53-4 was netted from near the half-way line. Most significantly, the goal he scored in the 3-3 draw against Real Madrid in Spain in 1968 put UNITED into the European Cup Final. Dedicated, strong as a bull, extremely fit and powerfull aerial force, Foulkes was a sterling, loyal sevant who won a record four League Championship medals, and then a crowning European Cup winners`medal at the late age of 36.

In the FA Cup, he collected one winners`medal (1963) and two finalist awards (1957 & 1958). He was capped once by England, just two years after his UNITED debut, and twice at U-23 level. He represented the Football League on two occasions. Bill Foulkes` grandfather captained St Helens Rugby League club and was an international. His father also played for St Helens and appeared in League Football with New Brighton in the Third Div North. NOTE: Bill Foulkes`unique collection of medals and othe mementoes of his long and distinguished career were auctioned at Christies in Oct 92. A collection of 20 items raised almost 35,000 pounds. His European Cup medal alone realised 11,000 pounds, and his jersey

from the same match was sold for 1,800 pounds. 

Appearances: FL     563 - 7 g
                      FAC    61 - 0 g
                      FLC      3 - 0 g
                      EUR    52 - 2 g
Total:   679 apps 9 goals


A United legend by Paul Hinson

June 2000 Some time ago I made a pact with my partner to go to the Gym twice a week, part of the price for having a good eating lifestyle. On Saturday afternoon, before the wiles of Euro 2000 returned to the TV screen, we fitted in another workout. A silver-haired man, tall and imposing, was busy on the upper-body equipment. I have never been one for autographs, or idolising players, but a second glimpse told me who he was. Usually I don't like to bother the gifted and famous, but eventually I decided to approach him. He must have been a dedicated trainer in his playing days, the effort and sweat was impressive for a man of his age, and you could see how he was proud of his physique even now. I chatted with him for merely a couple of minutes, and then he was gone. It shouldn't have been much of a surprise really, I knew he had lived in my area, Sale, for a long time. My partner asked me who he was? I told her how he had been a first-teamer for 18 years, how he made his debut long before my time, at Anfield in 1952, how he survived the Munich Crash, and figured in Uniteds golden triumph of 1968. How he gave up a better-paid job down the pit to become a United stalwart, tough, reliable, not flashy but dependable, how he sold his medals, including 4 League Championship medals, and presumably his England cap too, in the early 90s as he needed the money. How he missed out on the big money that todays players rake in, being on the 20 a week maximum for many years. My chat with him was brief. I asked how his knee was treating him, and he told me, not so good. He mentioned that he still sees most home games, but is coaching still for the Manchester FA, and is asked to show the parties of Japanese visitors around the Stadium, thanks to his links with that country after 4 years coaching spent there. I told him that I hope I am motivated the same way at his age to go to the gym. He smiled, and proudly said, "I am 68 you know." I didn't tell him I had worked that out moments before in my head, from his debut back in 1952, to his last outing against Southampton in 1969.... Oh yes, for those few who didn't work him out, it was Bill Foulkes.


t.b.cont Pt 28 David Gaskell, goalkeeper 57-67

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