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William "Bill" Perry (10 September 1930 – 27 September 2007) was a South African-born Englishmarker professional footballer. He spent thirteen seasons at Blackpool during the 1950s and 1960s.

Club career

Perry, an outside-left, signed for Blackpool in 1949. The 1950s are the most successful decade in the club's history to date. Perry would be at the club playing top division football throughout, as would goalkeeper George Farm, defenders Hugh Kelly and Tommy Garrett, right winger Stanley Matthews and forward Jackie Mudie. Perry made his league debut for Blackpool in March 1950, in a win at Manchester United.

During the 1955-56 season, Perry scored 20 goals to help Blackpool to their highest-ever league position of runners-up in Division One.

Perry's most notable achievement was scoring the injury-time winner for Blackpool in the famous 1953 'Matthews' FA Cup Final against Bolton, cementing a comeback from 1-3 to 4-3 thanks to an earlier Stan Mortensen hat-trick.

Seven years later, a cartilage operation virtually ended Perry's playing career, and after being in and out of the side, he was transfer-listed in the summer of 1962.

Southportmarker came in for his services, where he played 26 games from August 1962 until May 1963 when he joined Hereford United.

He remained at Edgar Street for just the one season and made a total of 29 appearances for Hereford during his time there. Perry left Hereford at the end of the 1963-64 season and had a short spell in Australia before retiring with Holyhead Town. He became a director of Fleetwood Town between 1967 and 1970.

Blackpool F.C. Hall of Fame

Perry was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Bloomfield Road, when it was officially opened by former Blackpool player Jimmy Armfield in April 2006. Organised by the Blackpool Supporters Association, Blackpool fans around the world voted on their all-time heroes. Five players from each decade are inducted; Perry is in the 1950s.

International career

Perry made three appearances for England, scoring two goals.


After retiring, Perry ran a couple of businesses in Blackpool, where he lived with his wife, Jean.

In January 2007, he was reunited with the FA Cup after 54 years when the trophy was taken to Bloomfield Roadmarker as part of the build-up to the Seasiders' fourth-round tie with Norwich City. Also in attendance was Cyril Robinson, at the time the only other surviving member of the cup-winning team. Perry died eight months later at the age of 77.




  2. BBC - Lancashire - Sport - Blackpool legend dies

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