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Bill Eckersley

Blackburn Rovers FC

17 appearances, 0 goals

P 17 W 8 D 5 L 4 F 44: A 33
62% successful
1950-54

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
1461

Profile

Full name William Eckersley
Born 16 July 1925 in Southport, Lancashire [registered in Ormskirk, September 1925].
Died 25 October 1982 in Blackburn, Lancashire, aged 57 years x days [registered in Blackburn, December 1982].
Height/Weight 5' 6", 10st. 1lb [1950].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s) Began playing football with High Park FC of Southport.  He then joined Blackburn Rovers FC as an amateur in November 1947, turning professional in March 1948. Remaining with Rovers until his injury-forced retirement in February 1961. Playing in 406 league matches, and scoring twenty times.
Club honours None
Individual honours Football League (six appearances)
Distinctions None

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of two who became the 695th players (695) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-back
First match No. 258, 2 July 1950, Spain 1 England 0, a World Cup Finals match at Estádio Municipal, Maracană, Rio de Janeiro, aged 24 years 351 days.
Last match No. 284, 25 November 1953, England 3 Hungary 6, a friendly match at The Empire Stadium, Wembley, London, aged 28 years 132 days.
Major tournaments World Cup Finals 1950;
British Championships
1950-51, 1952-53, 1953-54;
Team honours British Championships shared 1952-53, winners 1953-54;
Individual honours England B (three appearances);
Distinctions None

Beyond England

After leaving the game, Bill worked as a private car driver. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.93.

 

Bill Eckersley - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
22+ 17 5 1461 0 0 min 0 none none
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Bill Eckersley - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 8 3 3 2 23 21 +2 0 0 2.875 2.625 56.3 +1
Away 8 5 2 1 21 11 +10 1 2 2.625 1/375 75.0 +4
Neutral 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
All 17 8 5 4 44 33 +11 2 2 2.588 1.941 61.8 +4

 

Bill Eckersley - Match Record - By Colour of Shirt
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
White 14 5 5 4 33 27 +6 2 2 2.357 1.929 53.6 +1
Red 2 2 0 0 9 5 +4 0 0 4.50 2.50 100.0 +2
Blue 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1 0 0 2.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 17 8 5 4 44 33 +11 2 2 2.588 1.941 61.8 +4

 

Bill Eckersley - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L

WCP

2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
WCF 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
World Cup 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 1 0 2.333 1.00 67.0 +1
British Championship 4 2 1 1 11 7 +4 0 0 2.75 1.75 62.5 +1

Note that the 1953-54 records of the World Cup Preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.

Friendly 12 6 4 2 33 25 +8 1 2 2.75 2.083 66.7 +4
All 17 8 5 4 44 33 +11 2 2 2.588 1.941 61.8 +4

 

Bill Eckersley - Match Record - Tournament Matches

World Cup Preliminary Competition

Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCP/BC 1953-54 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
WCP All 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
World Cup Final Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WCF 1950 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
All 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
World Cup
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 1949-50 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 1 0 0.00 1.00 0.00 -1
WC/BC 1953-54 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
WC All 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 1 0 2.333 1.00 67.0 +1
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1950-51 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0 0 2.00 3.00 0.00 -1
BC 1952-53 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
BC/WCP 1953-54 2 2 0 0 7 2 +5 0 0 3.50 1.00 100.0 +2
BC All 4 2 1 1 11 7 +4 0 0 2.75 1.75 62.5 +1
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
WC 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 1 0 2.333 1.00 67.0 +1
BC 4 2 1 1 11 7 +4 0 0 2.75 1.75 62.5 +1
Note that the 1953-54 records of the World Cup preliminaries and British Championships are duplicated, and one set is therefore deducted from the grand total.
All 5 2 1 2 11 8 +3 1 0 2.20 1.60 50.0 =0

 

Bill Eckersely - Match History
 
 Club: Blackburn Rovers F.C. - 17 full appearances (1461 min)

Coach: Walter Winterbottom - 17 full appearances (1461 min)x


Age 24
1 b 22 February 1950 - England 1 Netherlands A 0, St James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Fr HW Start 3
2 b 11 May 1950 - Italy 5 England 0, Stadio San Siro, Milano tour AL Start 3
254 14 May 1950 - Portugal 3 England 5, Estádio Nacional, Lisboa AW squad member
3 b 17 May 1950 - Netherlands A 3 England 0, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam AL Start 3
255 18 May 1950 - Belgium 1 England 4, Stade du Heysel, Bruxelles AW squad member
b 21 May 1950 - Luxembourg 1 England 2, Stade Municipal, Stad Lëtzeburg AW reserve
256 26 June 1950 - England 2 Chile 0, Estádio Municipal, Rio WCF NW squad member
257 29 June 1960 - USA 1 England 0, Estádio Independęncia, Minas Gerais NL
1 258 2 July 1950 - Spain 1 England 0, Estádio Municipal, Rio NL Start 3
259 7 October 1950 - Ireland 1 England 4, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW withdrew injured

Age 25
2 261 22 November 1950 - England 2 Yugoslavia 2, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HD Start 3
3 262 14 April 1951 - England 2 Scotland 3, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Start 3
4 263 9 May 1951 - England 2 Argentina 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HW Start 3
5 264 19 May 1951 - England 5 Portugal 2, Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool HW Start 3

Age 26
6 268 28 November 1951 - England 2 Austria 2, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Start 3
270 18 May 1952 - Italy 1 England 1, Stadio Comunale di Firenze, Firenze tour AD reserve
7 271 25 May 1952 - Austria 2 England 3, Praterstadion, Wien AW Start 3
8 272 28 May 1952 - Switzerland 0 England 3, Hardturm Stadion, Zürich AW Start 3

Age 27
9 273 4 October 1952 - Ireland 2 England 2, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AD Start 3
u/o 14 May 1953 - Argentina 3 England 1, Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires tour AL Start 3
10 277 17 May 1953 - Argentina 0 England 0, Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires - abandoned after 36 minutes AabD Start 36 3
11 278 24 May 1953 - Chile 1 England 2, Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago AW Start 3
12 279 31 May 1953 - Uruguay 2 England 1, Estadio Centenario, Montevideo AL Start 3
13 280 8 June 1953 - USA 3 England 6, Yankee Stadium, New York AW Start 3

Age 28
14 281 10 October 1953 - Wales 1 England 4, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC/
WCP
AW Start 3
15 282 26 October 1953 - England 4 Rest of the World 4, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HD Start 3
16 283 11 November 1953 - England 3 Ireland 1, Goodison Park, Liverpool BC/
WCP
HW Start 3
17 284 25 November 1953 - England 3 Hungary 6, Empire Stadium, Wembley Fr HL Start 3
286 16 May 1954 - Yugoslavia 1 England 0, Stadion JNA, Beograd tour AL withdrawn
squad member
b 16 May 1954 - Yugoslavia 2 England 1, Centralni Stadion, Ljubljana AL
287 23 May 1954 - Hungary 7 England 1, Népstadion, Budapest AL
b 23 May 1954 - Switzerland 2 England 0, St. Jakob Park, Basel AL

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