Bill Stroud

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Bill Stroud
Personal information
Full nameWilliam James Alfred Stroud
Date of birth(1919-07-07)7 July 1919
Place of birth London, England
Date of death 5 October 2006(2006-10-05) (aged 87)
Place of death Southampton, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Wing half
Youth career
Regents Park School
Highbury Sports
1938–1940 Southampton
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1940–1947 Southampton 29 (4)
1947–1950 Leyton Orient 65 (1)
1950–1953 Newport County 63 (1)
1953–1954 Hastings United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William James Alfred "Bill" Stroud (7 July 1919 – 5 October 2006) [1] was a football player and coach who played as a wing half. Born in Hammersmith, Stroud played the first half of his professional career with Southampton, and later played for Leyton Orient, Newport County and Hastings United. He retired from professional football in 1954, after which he worked in coaching positions at former clubs Newport County and Southampton.

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Life and career

Stroud was a product of youth football in Hampshire, and eventually signed as a youth player at Southampton in May 1938 at the age of 18. [2] He signed professional terms with the club in February 1940, and during the break from competitive football due to World War II made almost 200 appearances and converted from a forward to a wing half. [2] Despite this lengthy allegiance to the Saints, Stroud spent only the first season after the war with the club in the Second Division, making 29 league appearances and scoring four goals, mainly from the right side of the half back line. [2]

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After retiring from playing, Stroud returned to Newport County as coach of the reserves team, where he remained for nine years before returning to Southampton to work as youth team assistant coach. [2] During his 24-year stint with the Southampton Academy, Stroud assisted in the development of such legendary Saints players as Mick Channon, Matthew Le Tissier and Alan Shearer, before retiring in 1987 after briefly working as the coach for a Hants Intermediate XI team. [2]

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References

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  4. "Newport County". Post War English & Scottish Football League A-Z Player's Database. Retrieved 23 December 2012.