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Bill Atkinson (footballer, born 1944)

Bill Atkinson
Personal information
Full name William Atkinson[1]
Date of birth (1944-12-21)21 December 1944[1]
Place of birth Sunderland,[1] England
Date of death 24 June 2013(2013-06-24) (aged 68)[1]
Place of death Nuneaton,[1] England
Playing position Right winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1962–1964 Birmingham City 0 (0)
1964–1966 Torquay United 19 (7)
1966–19?? Nuneaton Borough
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William "Bill" Atkinson (21 December 1944 – 24 June 2013) was an English professional footballer who played on the Right winger. He played in the Football League for Torquay United, was on the books of Birmingham City without appearing for their first team, and played non-league football for Nuneaton Borough.[1][2]

Atkinson began his professional football career as an apprentice at Birmingham City, turning professional in March 1962. He remained at St Andrew's for a further two years, but failed to make a single first team appearance.

In June 1964 he moved to Torquay United, scoring on his league debut on 12 September 1964 in a 2-2 draw against Stockport County at Plainmoor.[3] Despite this start to his Torquay career he was soon out of the team again, although did have a good run in the first team later in the season after replacing Peter Anderson in the side.

In 1966, after only 19 league appearances, in which he scored 7 goals, Atkinson returned to the Midlands, joining non-league side Nuneaton Borough. He retired from Non League Football in 1974 – the last Club he played for was Redditch.

Atkinson started refereeing throughout the Midlands in 1982 for local clubs, also involved with assessing for the B.C.F.A. of which he was a member for 20 years.

For 20 years, during summer months he played cricket for local club Ambleside and Ansley, and later umpired for local clubs in the Midlands area.

Atkinson started a successful family run industrial cleaning business in 1968, which he ran with his son James.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bill Atkinson". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Bill Atkinson". Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Players' Transfer Database. Neil Brown. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  3. ^ Leigh Edwards. The definitive Torquay United F.C. ISBN 1-899468-09-9.