|Full name||William James Alfred Stroud|
|Date of birth||7 July 1919|
|Place of birth||London, England|
|Date of death||5 October 2006 87)(aged|
|Place of death||Southampton, England|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Playing position||Wing half|
|Regents Park School|
| * Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
William James Alfred "Bill" Stroud (7 July 1919 – 5 October 2006)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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