AskBiography Logo   Latest News  Follow Us on Twitter  Follow Us on Google Buzz  Became Fan - Facebook  Subscribe to RSSRSS   Bookmark and Share

Len Wills

Personal information
Full nameLeonard Edward Wills
Date of birthNovember 8, 1927
Place of birthHackney, London, England
Playing positionRight back

     Home | Football | Len Wills

Leonard Edward "Len" Wills (born November 8, 1927) is an English former football player.

Born in Hackney, London, Wills first played for the youth teams of non-league Eton Manor, before being signed by Arsenal in October 1949. For the next four years he played in the Gunners' reserve team, playing either at right half or right back. In October 1953, Arsenal's regular right back, Joe Wade, damaged his knee, and Wills promptly stepped up to replace him, making his debut against Tottenham Hotspur on October 10, 1953 Arsenal won 4-1.

Wills played so well that he replaced Wade for the rest of that season, playing 30 matches, and another 24 in 1954-55. However, the Gunners signed Stan Charlton in November 1955 and he displaced Wills out of the Arsenal first team. Wills became a bit-part player for the next couple of seasons, deputising for Charlton at right back or Dennis Evans at left back.

After Charlton left the club in 1958, Wills regained the right back position, and became a regular in the side for the next three seasons, but by 1961 his age was starting to count against him. Youngsters Dave Bacuzzi and Eddie Magill shared the right-back spot during 1961-62, with Wills not getting a single game. He left the club on a free transfer at the end of that season, signing for Romford. In all he played 208 games for Arsenal, scoring 4 goals. He never won a major trophy at Arsenal (arriving in the first team just after the Gunners' 1952-53 title triumph), although he did play in the Gunners' 1953-54 Charity Shield win over Blackpool.

After retiring from playing, Wills left the game completely and had a highly successful second career in the DIY retail trade.And i currently living in epping in essex.

Warning: simplexml_load_file( [function.simplexml-load-file]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 410 Gone in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: I/O warning : failed to load external entity "" in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Fatal error: Call to a member function children() on a non-object in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 260