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Bill Collins (footballer)

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Full nameWilliam Hanna Collins
Place of birthBelfast, Ireland
Playing positionWing half

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William Hanna "Bill" Collins, also popularly known as Buster Collins (15 February 1920 - 3 November 2010) is a Northern Irish former professional football (soccer) player. His clubs included Distillery, Belfast Celtic, Luton Town and Gillingham.

He later became reserve team manager at Gillingham, and in 1965 was appointed by manager Freddie Cox as the head of the club's newly-organised youth scheme, a post he held for nearly twenty years. He served as first team trainer and kitman for a further ten years, finally retiring in 1993 at the age of 73. He has been cited as a major influence on the careers of future stars Micky Adams and Steve Bruce.

He died in 2010 at the age of 90.




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