Bill Findlay (footballer)

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Bill Findlay
Personal information
Full name William Findlay
Date of birth (1900-02-17)17 February 1900
Place of birth Wishaw, Scotland
Date of death 11 June 1949(1949-06-11) (aged 49)
Place of death Braunstone, England
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1923–1924 Third Lanark ? (?)
1924–1925 Liverpool 0 (0)
1925–1932 Leicester City 100 (0)
1932–1944 Watford 128 (6)
Teams managed
1937–1947 Watford
1947–1949 Enfield
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William "Bill" Findlay (17 February 1900 – 11 June 1949) was a Scottish professional association football player and manager. Born in Wishaw, Lanarkshire, Findlay started his career in Scottish football. He played for Musselburgh Bruntonians and Third Lanark, as well as representing Scotland at junior level. In 1924 Third Lanark sold Findlay to English club Liverpool for a fee of £2,500, and he subsequently played for Leicester City and finally Watford, whom he managed between 1938 and 1947.[1] During his tenure as manager Watford finished 4th in the Football League Third Division South in consecutive seasons in 1937-38 and 1938-39, before the interruption of competitive football in England due to the Second World War.[2] Although primarily the club's manager, Findlay occasionally made wartime appearances for Watford due to player shortages, playing his final game for the club at the age of 44.[3] He became manager of Enfield in 1947, a post that he held until his death two years later.[3]

His brother Alex was also a footballer who played for Wrexham, Bristol Rovers, Cheltenham Town and Evesham Town

Managerial statistics[edit]

Statistics are for Football League games only.[3]

Club From To P W D L F A Win %
Watford January 1938 February 1947 114 50 25 39 179 152 43.86%

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


Jones, Trefor (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1.

  1. ^ "Read all about the future". Watford F.C. 2 October 2009. Archived from the original on 24 November 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Watford:Record while in the Football League". Retrieved 18 October 2009.
  3. ^ a b c Jones p269