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Willie Hall

Tottenham Hotspur FC

10 appearances, 9 goals

P 10 W 7 D 1 L 2 F 31: A 13
75% successful

1933-39

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
900

Profile

Full name George William Hall
Born 12 March 1912 at 12 Tenter Buildings, Appletongate, Newark, Nottinghamshire [registered in Newark, June 1912]. To John William and Elizabeth (née Hopkinson). With eleven older brothers and sisters (twelve, if the tragic death of a child is to be included).
Attended Lovers Lane School in Newark.

Census Notes

Cannot be found on the 1939 register.
Married to Lilian I. Jefferies, on 6 May 1940, in Barking [registered in Ilford, June 1940]. Known as Betty, she was a milliner.
Died 22 May 1967 of a heart attack, aged 55 years 72 days [registered in Newark, June 1967].
Funeral service held at St Mary's Magdalene Church in Newark. Cremated and interred at Newark Cemetery.
Height/Weight 5' 6", 11st. 6lbs [1930]. 5' 8", 11st. [1932]. 5' 6", 11st. 9lbs [1938].

Source

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

Club Career

Club(s) Played for his school and Nottinghamshire schools and then joined Newark YMCA FC, intially turning out for the reserves before breaking into the first team. Played with Ransome and Marles Bearings Company FC of Newark, his works team. He was then persuaded by Notts County FC to become a professional on 18 November 1930 after he had played in their reserve team. He impressed, because on 21 December 1932, Percy Smith transferred Hall to Tottenham Hotspur FC for a 2500 transfer fee as a replacement for George Greenfield, who had broken his leg. Guested for Northampton Town FC in January 1943 and represented a Combined Civil Defence side in February and August. He also turned out for the RAF in November. He remained with Spurs until he retired because of an ankle injury at the beginning of 1944, he had completed 202 league appearances and scored 27 goals.
Club honours Football League Division Two runners-up 1932-33;
Individual honours Football League (three appearances)
Distinctions The Willie Hall Trophy is played each year by the Newark Football Alliance.
Willie Hall also appeared on BBC's This Is Your Life on 16 February 1959.

Source

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

Management Career

Club(s) Appointed manager at Clapton Orient FC on 26 September 1945, but only lasted until 7 December, resigning because of illness.

England Career

Player number One of three who became 591st players (593) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-left/right
First match No. 190, 6 December 1933, England 4 France 1, a friendly match at White Hart Lane, High Road, Tottenham, London, aged 21 years 269 days.
Last match No. 225, 18 May 1939, Yugoslavia 2 England 1, an end-of-season tour match at Stadion Beogradski Sport Klub, Beograd, aged 27 years 67 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1937-38, 1938-39;
Team honours British Championships winners 1937-38, shared 1938-39;
Individual honours England wartime (one appearance, replacement reserve April 1943)
The International Trial match on 18 September 1946 also served as a Benefit match for Hall.
Distinctions Uncle of England amateur, Harry Parr.
Hall's hat-trick in three minutes against Ireland, 16 November 1938, is the fastest in international matches.

England Tragedy

"No more football for Willie Hall. The doctors say his injured right ankle cannot be healed and he must not attempt to kick a ball again. So fair-haired Willie, one of the finest inside-rights the game has ever seen and one of Tottenham's most popular players, leaves the field and is now hoping for a managerial post." - Sunday, 5 March 1944, The People
"It is sad to see Willie Hall, the England and Tottenham Hotspur star forward, hobbling about on the Chelmsford City ground on Saturday. He came over with the Clapton Orient players. His left leg is in such a bad state that it is almost certain to be amputated. The trouble all started through pulling a muscle."
- Friday, 21 December 1945, The Essex Chronicle
50 FOR WILLIE HALL
"Many London footballers, including Len Goulden, Chelsea and England forward, whose arm is still in a sling, attended a dance at Tottenham in aid of Willie Hall, who is in hospital suffering from thrombosis. Managers Joe Hulme (Tottenham) and D. Mangall (Q.P.R.) also were present. An autographed football realised 50. Hall has not yet undergone an operation."
- Friday, 8 February 1946, Daily Herald.
"
THE DOCTORS FIGHT FOR WILLIE HALL
"London hospital surgeons and specialists are fighting to prevent Willie Hall from having to lose his leg above the knee. They have made an operation on the nerves of the back to try to improve the blood supply, in the hope that the leg might be taken off at a lower level, The results are now awaited."
- Saturday, 9 March 1946, The Sunderland Echo & Shipping Gazette
"G. W. (" Willie ") Hall, the former Ransome and Marles, Notts County, Tottenham Hotspur and England inside-forward, to-day had his right leg amputated below the knee. Thrombosis caused him to relinquish ther managership of Clapton Orient this season." - Thursday, 28 March 1946, The Nottingham Evening Post
"WILLIE HALL NOW LEGLESS
"Willie Hall has had his remaining leg, the left, amputated." -
Tuesday, 6 May 1947, The Nottingham Journal.
"ANOTHER OPERATION ON WILLIE HALL.
"G. W. (" Willie ") Hall underwent an operation on his right shoulder in London Hospital yesterday."
- Tuesday, 12 December 1950, The Nottingham Journal

Beyond England

Latterly employed as a licensee, The Archers, in Osborne Street, London, but once more, became seriously ill, and had his right leg amputated on 27 March 1946, his left leg was amputated shortly after, because of thrombosis. He also became a partner with Vic Buckingham in a sports' outfitters business at Gants Hills in Ilford. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.115/6.
Readers with an avid interest in the local heritage of Newark cannot fail to notice a series of plaques that are continuously being erected at strategic points around the town as memorials of achievements by individuals, these being worthy accreditations to the cultural or social development of this landmark. This latest plaque was unveiled by the town's mayor, Councillor Bryan Richardson, on the sunny afternoon of Tuesday 23rd July 2013, and is now displayed proudly in the playground of Lovers' Lane Primary School. It was here that the subject began both his formal education and his footballing career.
Tribute had been paid, locally to a man of great bravery and talent, not just in the N.A.L.H.S. plaque, but also in the Willie Hall Cup, presented annually to the winners of the Newark Sunday Alliance. 2006 brought his installation within the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame. - OurNottinghamshire.org

 

Willie Hall - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
15 10 5 900 9 100 min 7 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.

 

Willie Hall - Match Record - All Matches
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home 6 5 0 1 21 7 +14 1 2 3.50 1.167 83.3 +4
Away 4 2 1 1 10 6 +4 0 0 2.50 1.50 62.5 +1
All 10 7 1 2 31 13 +18 1 2 3.10 1.30 75.0 +5

 

Willie Hall - Match Record - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
British Championship 5 4 0 1 16 4 +12 1 1 3.20 0.80 80.0 +3
Friendly 5 3 1 1 15 9 +6 0 1 3.00 1.80 70.0 +2
All 10 7 1 2 31 13 +18 1 2 3.10 1.30 75.0 +5

 

Willie Hall - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1937-38 3 2 0 1 7 3 +4 1 0 2.333 1.00 66.7 +1
BC 1938-39 2 2 0 0 9 1 +8 0 1 4.50 0.50 100.0 +2
BC All 5 4 0 1 16 4 +12 1 1 3.20 0.80 80.0 +3
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 5 4 0 1 16 4 +12 1 1 3.20 0.80 80.0 +3
All 5 4 0 1 16 4 +12 1 1 3.20 0.80 80.0 +3


Willie Hall
- Match History

 Club: Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - ten full appearances (900 min), 9 goals

Coach: F.A. International Selection Committee - ten full appearances (900 min)x


Age 21
1 190 6 December 1933 - England 4 France 1, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Start il
  

Age 22
194 29 September 1934 - Wales 0 England 4, Ninian Park, Cardiff BC AW withdrawn reserve
  
Age 25
2 212 23 October 1937 - Ireland 1 England 5, Windsor Park, Belfast BC AW Start 58 8
3 213 17 November 1937 - England 2 Wales 1, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough BC HW Start 59 8
4 214 1 December 1937 - England 5 Czechoslovakia 4, White Hart Lane, Tottenham Fr HW Start 8

Age 26
5 215 9 April 1938 - England 0 Scotland 1, Empire Stadium, Wembley BC HL Start il
216 14 May 1938 - Germany 3 England 6, Olympiastadion, Berlin tour AW injured reserve
217 21 May 1938 - Switzerland 2 England 1, Hardturm Stadion, Zürich AL
218 26 May 1938 - France 2 England 4, Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris AW
  
6 220 26 October 1938 - England 3 Rest of Europe 0, Arsenal Stadium, Highbury Fr HW Start 21 8
  
7 222 16 November 1938 - England 7 Ireland 0, Old Trafford, Manchester BC HW Start

35,37,38,
55,65
8

Age 27
8 223 15 April 1939 - Scotland 1 England 2, Hampden Park, Glasgow BC AW Start 8
9 224 13 May 1939 - Italy 2 England 2, Stadio Civico San Siro, Milano tour AD Start 77 8
10 225 18 May 1939 - Yugoslavia 2 England 1, Stadion Beogradski SK, Beograd AL Start 8
226 24 May 1939 - Romania 0 England 2, Stadionul ANEF, Bucureşti AW reserve
  

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