Willie Moir

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Willie Moir
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Moir
Date of birth(1922-04-19)19 April 1922
Place of birth Aberdeen, Scotland
Date of death 9 May 1988(1988-05-09) (aged 66)
Place of death Bolton, England
Position(s) Inside-right
Senior career*
1945–1955 Bolton Wanderers 325 (118)
1955–1957 Stockport County 70 (26)
National team
1950 Scotland 1 (0)
1952–1953 Scotland B 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Moir (19 April 1922 – 9 May 1988 [1] ) was a Scottish footballer who played for the majority of his career at Bolton Wanderers. He played mostly as an inside-right.

Born in Aberdeen, he signed for Bolton during the war years and made his professional league debut when regular league football restarted in 1946. Playing alongside Nat Lofthouse he was the Championship's top scorer in 1948–49 with 25 goals and continued good goal scoring form in the next few years, although always coming behind the more prolific Lofthouse.

Moir was captain when Bolton gave away a 3–1 lead to Blackpool in the Matthews Cup Final, scoring in the game. Two years later he left the club to join Stockport County where he spent a further two years as player manager before retiring from playing. He left Stockport County in 1960.

In 1950 Moir gained his sole cap for Scotland, with his selection for the important match against England in Glasgow which served both as the 1949–50 British Home Championship decider and a qualifier for the 1950 FIFA World Cup seen as a surprise in the local press; they also criticised his performance following the home side's 1–0 defeat. [2] [3] He made two further appearances for Scotland B. [4]

He died in 1988 at the age of 66.

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  1. "Willie Moir". Barry Hugman's Footballers.
  2. Official Blundering Leads To Scottish Defeat, The Glasgow Herald, 17 April 1950
  3. Scots May Yet Take Part In World Cup Series | Strong Pressure On Selectors To Change Decision, The Scotsman, 17 April 1950, via London Hearts Supports Club
  4. (Scotland B player) Moir, Willie, FitbaStats