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Bill Gray (footballer)

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Full name  William Gray
Playing position  Left-half
Height  5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)

Date of death  Unknown
Place of birth  Partick, Scotland
Name  Bill Gray
Date of birth  (1881-02-16)16 February 1881

William John "Bill" Gray (5 March 1882 – 18 November 1916) was a Scottish professional footballer who played at left half for Partick Thistle and Southampton.

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Football career

Gray was born in Inverness and began his youth career with local club Inverness Thistle. He started his professional career with Partick Thistle. After five years, he moved to southern England to join Southampton of the Southern League to replace Kelly Houlker who had returned to Blackburn Rovers.

Gray made his "Saints" debut in the opening match of the 1906–07 season and his form meant that he rarely missed a match until an injury sustained in a 5–1 defeat at Reading in March brought his season to a premature end, with James Bowden eventually replacing him.

Apparently unhappy in the south of England, Gray returned to Scotland in the summer of 1907 to resume his career with Partick Thistle.

Personal life

Gray served as a corporal in the Seaforth Highlanders during the First World War and died in France on 18 November 1916. He is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension.

References

Bill Gray (footballer) Wikipedia


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