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Rover of the Day: Wilf Bott

24 April 2020

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Wilf Bott born April 25 1907 (Please note, we have no former player born on April 24).

Born in Featherstone, the heart of Rugby League country, winger Wilf joined Rovers from Edlington Colliery in March 1927 and he was soon thrown into action, making his League debut a month later in a 1-3 home defeat to Lincoln City. He didn’t reappear until January 1928, when he scored in a 4-0 home win over Barrow.

He became a regular on the left-wing in 1928-29 in a forward line that included Tom and Frank Keetley, who notched 51 League goals between them. Wilf’s best season for Rovers was his last, 1930-31, when he scored 17 League goals to finish top-scorer, earning himself a move to First Division Huddersfield Town.

In four seasons at Leeds Road he helped them to runners-up spot in the Football League. He later played for Newcastle United and Queen’s Park Rangers. Wilf, who died in 1992 aged 85, made 120 senior appearances for Rovers, scoring 33 goals.


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