Bill Foulkes Profile
William Anthony Foulkes, born St. Helens, England, January 5, 1932. Bill Foulkes was first spotted by Manchester United while he was playing for the Whiston Boys Club in 1950, and signed professional terms with the club the following year. After making his First Division debut in a 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield on the 13th of December 1952, he proceeded to play a total of 688 first class games for United.
A fierce tackler and no-nonsense player, Bill Foulkes never suffered fools gladly and under the disciplined guidance of Matt Busby, he managed to etch his name into the history books of Manchester United. Foulkes, who came from a time when no prisoners were taken, no quarter given or requested, was given his First Division debut for The Manchester Reds in a 2-1 triumph over Liverpool at Anfield on the 13th of December 1952 and registered his first goal for the Old Trafford side in a 2-1 win against Newcastle United at St James´ Park on the 2nd of January 1954. A highly dependable and wholehearted central defender, he won the League Championship with Manchester United in 1955-56, 1956-57, 1964-65, and 1966-67, and also helped his employer win the FA Cup in 1962-63, and the European Cup in 1967-68. A loyal one-club man, he played his last game for United in a 4-1 loss to Southampton at Old Trafford on the 16th of August 1969, at the age of 37. After ending his active playing career in 1970, Foulkes went into management and spent almost twenty years as head coach at several clubs both home and abroad. Bill Foulkes Playing Career: Manchester United. Playing Honours: English Football League First Division 1956, 1957, 1965, 1967, UEFA European Cup 1968.
Bill Foulkes Quickfacts
Bill Foulkes, who was one of the survivors of The Munich Air Disaster in 1958, started in every single match Manchester United played in the seasons 1957–58, 1959–60, 1963–64, and 1964–65.