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Rover of the Day: Bill Corbett

29 July 2020

Bill Corbett born July 29, 1920

Wolverhampton-born Bill started his playing career as a goalkeeper and joined Rovers in this capacity during World War Two.

He soon converted to playing as a full-back and made his League debut in December 1946 in a 5-3 victory at Lincoln City. Bill had come into the side following an injury to first choice Jim Wooldridge but retained his place for most of the remainder of the campaign. Rovers won the Division Three (North) Championship at the end of the 1946-47 and Bill earned himself a winners’ medal. Bill shared left-back duties with Wooldridge for much of the 1947-48 season until both were displaced by the arrival of Jack Hodgson from Grimsby Town.

Bill left Rovers in June 1948 for Bristol City, where he made only one appearance, before moving on to non-League Bath City. Bill died in 2007, aged 87.

His record for Rovers was 40 appearances, with no goals.


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