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Bill Slater (1927-2018)

Former Player Passes Away

19 December 2018

Bill Slater, the last amateur to play in an FA Cup final at Wembley, sadly passed away yesterday, at the age of 91.

Born in Clitheroe, he started his career with Blackpool as a 16-year-old and appeared in the 1951 FA Cup final against Newcastle United.

He also jointly holds the record for being the club's fastest goalscorer, having found the net in a match against Stoke City with just 11 seconds on the clock.

Capped 12 times for England, the most successful period of his career came with Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he won three First Division Championships and the FA Cup. In 1960, he became the only part-time player to be named the Footballer Writers' Association Footballer of the Year. 

All at the club would like to pass on our condolences to Bill's family at this time.


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