Bill Foulkes

Bill Foulkes

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Bill Foulkes

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William Anthony Foulkes (born 5 January 1932) is a former English footballer who played for Manchester United in the Busby Babes teams of the 1950s, and also in the 1960s. His favoured position was centre back. For Manchester United, he played 679 games, third to Ryan Giggs and Sir Bobby Charlton, he also made 3 appearances as a substitute. He also started in every single United game in the seasons 1957–58, 1959–60, 1963–64 and 1964–65. He scored a total of 9 goals in his 18 seasons at United and helped the club win four First Division titles, one FA Cup and one European Cup. Despite this, he was capped only once for England in 1955.

Early life

Foulkes was born in St Helens, Lancashire, in 1932. His grandfather had captained St Helens Rugby League Football Club and was also an England rugby international. His father had also played rugby league for St Helens, and had also played football for New Brighton in the Third Division North. Foulkes himself played for the Whiston Boys Club in his teens, and also worked at the Lea Green Colliery around the turn of the 1950s.

Manchester United

1950–1957

Foulkes was discovered by Manchester United while he was playing for the Whiston Boys club in 1950. He joined the club in March 1950, at the age of 18 years old. After coming through the junior ranks of the club, he turned professional in August 1951. He made his professional debut in a First Division match against...
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