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Billy Wedlock

Billy Wedlock
A young man wearing an old-fashioned white football shirt and a dark cap with the date 1907 on it. On his breast pocket is the England football Three Lions logo.
Billy Wedlock, wearing his 1907 England cap.
Personal information
Full nameWilliam John Wedlock
Date of birth28 October 1880
Place of birthBristol, England
Date of death25 January 1965
Place of deathBristol, England
Playing positioncentre-half

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William John "Billy" Wedlock (28 October 1880 25 January 1965), also known as "Fatty" or the "India Rubber Man", was a footballer who played for Bristol City in 1900 01 and from 1905 until his retirement in 1921. He was a centre-half whose his short and stout stature belied his natural talent. He won 26 England caps between 1907 and 1914, his only rival for the centre-half position being Charlie Roberts of Manchester United, his opposite number in the 1909 FA Cup Final. The East End at Ashton Gate is named the Wedlock Stand in his honour. Wedlocks pub (now demolished) opposite the ground was where he lived and worked for 43 years. Folksinger Fred Wedlock was Billy's grandson.

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