bill lane - fact file

1924 - 1926        forward

FULL NAME :  WILLIAM HARRY CHARLES LANE

Born on 23rd October 1904 in Tottenham, North London, England.

Height : - .m  (5' 10")

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One of the first players to come out of Tottenham's Northfleet nursery club, Bill Lane turned into a handy striker at White Hart Lane and all the other clubs he served.

After getting a grounding with some local sides, Bill was spotted by Tottenham and they put him out to Northfleet to get up to speed with the senior game.  When ready to be integrated into the Tottenham set-up, he was recalled to the club in the summer of 1924 and in the first few months of the season, he was a regular first choice at centre forward.  In the 1924-25 FA Cup Second Round at home to Bolton Wanderers, a powerful side in football, the game ended 1-1 and Spurs were given little chance in the replay, but with Lane promoted to the first team for the match, he scored the only goal to send Tottenham through.
However, after that then he slipped into the reserves and from there he rarely was called upon to feature in the first eleven.

The writing was on the wall when Tottenham bought Frank Osborne, so in late 1926, Bill moved to Leicester City.  At Filbert Street, he found the prolific goal-scorer Arthur Chandler blocking his path to the first team and moved on again ... and then kept moving.

His career took him to Walsall, Reading, Brentford, Watford, Bristol City, Clapton Orient and Gravesend, having scored goals at each club he stopped at along the way.

When he had finished playing, he started a managerial career as assistant manager at Brentford in 1938.  Lane took the manager's job at Guildford in 1947 and stayed for three years before stepping up to a League club with Brighton, where he was boss for 10 years taking them to promotion to the Second Division.  Bill had one more manager's post - at Gravesend and Northfleet to take his career almost full circle.  his involvement in football ended with a couple of scouting posts at Arsenal and Brighton.

Bill Lane died in Chelmsford on 10th November 1985.

 

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Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Gnome Athletic ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Park Avondale ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Tottenham ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Barnet ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
Northfleet ?? ?? ??  ?? ??
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 1924 ?? 6th September 1924 v Notts County (First Division) (away)  drew 0-0 ?? ??
Leicester City November 1926 2,250 ??  ?? ??
Walsall 1927 ?? ??  ?? ??
Reading May 1928 ?? ??  ?? ??
Brentford May 1929 ?? ??  114 84
Watford May 1932 ?? ??  ?? 72
Bristol City January 1936 ?? ??  ?? ??
Clapton Orient July 1937 ?? ??  ?? ??
Gravesend 1938 ?? ??  ?? ??

Career Record
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals

Honours
- international
- full caps;  - goals
Under-21 caps; goals
- Cup winners medal 19---

Milestones
- appearance

           

 

On 29th December 1933, Bill Lane scored a hat trick playing for Watford against Clapton Orient in just three minutes.
When Bill Lane left the post of Brighton and Hove Albion manager, he complained that the game was becoming "too commercialised."
1972

Lives in Roade, near Northampton.
Worked for Arsenal as a scout.
 

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What they said about Bill Lane
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What Bill Lane said about ...
... his affinity for the club ...  29.04.1972 (THFC programme)

"As I was born in Tottenham, I have always retained a sense of loyalty to Spurs.  As a boy, I used to admire the old Spurs players Bobby and Danny Steel, I would stand at Tottenham Hale, just to watch them walk past."

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