Bill Foulkes
Testimonial November 10th 1970 v Manchester City


Few players have deserved a testimonial more than Bill Foulkes, who spent more than twenty five years at Old Trafford. Foulkes was a no nonsense, tough and reliable defender, and although he seldom found the back of the net, his goal in the Bernabéu took United to the European Cup Final.

Foulkes won four League titles with United, the FA Cup and the European Cup, but sadly he was given just one England cap.

Discovered playing for Whiston Boys Club, Foulkes joined United as an amateur in March 1950. He signed professional forms a few months later, but continued working at Lea Green Colliery. Foulkes made his League début at Anfield in December 1952, succeeding John Aston as right back the following season. He remained a regular first team player until his retirement in June 1970, switching to centre half, his preferred position, in 1960.

A survivor of the Munich Disaster, Foulkes was made captain after the tragedy and was in the first post Munich side that beat Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup. He stood down as captain a year after Munich.

After his playing days had ended he remained at Old Trafford as a youth coach before taking management roles in the USA, Norway and, briefly, in Japan.

Bill Foulkes:
688 appearances (3 as substitute)
9 goals