Bill Foulkes Profile

Bill Foulkes

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.


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