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Bill Adams (footballer born 1902)

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Full nameWilliam Adams
Date of birth3 November 1902
Place of birthTynemouth, England
Date of death15 March 1963(age 60)
Place of deathSouthampton, England
Height1.77 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing positionHalf back

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William Adams (born 3 November 1902 in Tynemouth, died 15 March 1963) was an English footballer who played for Southampton, West Ham United and Southend United.

Bill Adams, a right half, began his footballing career with Sunderland Colliery and then Guildford United. He made his debut for Southampton on 27 August 1927, but waited over three years for his next first team appearance. Once he had achieved a settled place in the side, he soon displayed a whole-hearted attitude and went on to become club captain in the 1931-32 season, and totalled 205 league and cup appearances.

Adams joined West Ham in 1936 for a fee of £500, and scored on his debut against his old club in a 2-0 victory at The Dell on 21 November 1936. He did not stay in east London long, however, and after three league appearances transferred to Southend United in January 1937. He retired later that year to run the Half Way Inn at Chandler's Ford, where he remained for 26 years.

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