willie young - fact file

1975 - 1977            defender

FULL NAME :   WILLIAM DAVID YOUNG


Born on 25th November 1951 in Heriot, near Edinburgh, Scotland.

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A strapping centre-half, Willie Young did not have a great time at White Hart Lane, but made things worse by de-camping for Highbury with former manager Terry Neill.

Attended Ross High School, Tranent where they only played rugby and Young was a talented hooker and trialled for the South of Scotland Schools team.  He worked as an assistant in a laboratory while playing for Sefton Athletic in juvenile football and was offered a trial with Hearts, which he turned down.  Had a trial match with Falkirk, but when the manager left, they did not follow up their interest and Coventry City were sniffing around the central defender.  However, Aberdeen stepped in to sign him up in 1969.

Willie developed a reputation as a tough central defender with the Dons, who he went on to captain and impressed when he played against Tottenham in the UEFA Cup in 1974.  His availability came to the attention of Terry Neill, who brought him to White Hart Lane in September 1975.

Young was an Under-23 international for his country, but any hopes he had of making the senior national side evaporated with an incident in a bar in Copenhagen when he was on U23 duty and he was prevented from playing for his country again.

He found it difficult to adapt to the English game straight away, but became a useful performer, although his lack of pace and getting caught on the turn left him struggling in some situations.  Had a good run of games in the side, but when Neill decamped to Highbury, he took Young with him. He made 170 league appearances for the Gunners, scoring 11 goals and the centre-half played in unsuccessful  FA (1978 and 1980) and European Cup Winners Cup finals (1980)for them.  He is best remembered for the cynical foul on Paul Allen in the 1980 FA Cup Final, when the then young West Ham United midfielder was through on goal.  He was a member of the 1979 FA Cup winning team.

In December 1981 he moved to Nottingham Forest, where he made 59 league appearances netting five times. August 1983 saw a move to Norwich City, but injuries restricted the number of appearances he made to a paltry seven and the Canaries cancelled his contract.

A move to Brighton in December 1983 saw him secure another club, but he made only four appearances there, before playing out the same number of games for Darlington.  He decided to hang up his boots in November 1984.

On leaving the game, Young ran the Bramcote Manor Hotel pub and restaurant in Nottingham, until it was demolished for a religious meeting place, before going into the kennelling business - running the Belvoir Kennels and Cattery at Bottesford in Leicestershire.  Young sometimes appears on STV's ScotSport programme as a football pundit.

NICKNAME :  "Big Willie"

Career Record
 
Club Signed Fee Debut Apps Goals
Aberdeen 1969 - September 1970 175 14
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR September 1975 - 20th September 1975 v Leeds United (First Division) (away)  64 4
Arsenal March 1977 £80,000 - 237 19
Nottingham Forest August 1983 £50,000 - 59 6
Norwich City August 1983 - - 6 0
Brighton and Hove Albion December 1983 - - 4 0
Darlington - - - 4 0

Career Record
Aberdeen
- 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
Arsenal
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
European appearances; goals
Nottingham Forest

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Norwich City
- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Brighton & Hove Albion

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
Darlington

- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
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- League appearances; goals
- FA Cup appearances; goals
- League Cup appearances; goals
- Other appearances; goals
 

Honours
Scotland international
?? Under-23 caps; ?? goals
FA Cup winners medal 1978-79  (Arsenal)
FA Cup runners-up medal 1977-78; 1979-80  (Arsenal)
European Cup Winners Cup winners medal 1978-79  (Arsenal)

           

1975

Supported Hibernian as a boy.

Worked for two years as a laboratory assistant. Travelled 15 miles to work each morning.  “I had to be up early and with the travelling, it was a 12-hour working day. Looking back, I think it was good for me. It taught me to appreciate the comforts of life as a professional footballer.”

Captained Aberdeen against Spurs in the UEFA Cup in 1973.

Wife Lynda is from Aberdeen. They have a son Steven 2½.  The couple are looking for a house in Enfield or South Hertfordshire.

Lynda rides horses and represented Scotland at junior level at the “Horse of the Year Show”.

Willie plays golf off a handicap of 13.

Drives a Vauxhall Victor 2.3.

Willie is a distant relative of Liverpool's Brian Hall.

Likes to listen to Dean Martin and Rod Stewart records.

Likes to read fiction, like Harold Robbins.

Likes steak and fish.

Highlights of his career … “Signing for Spurs, being picked for the full Scottish international squad and playing for the Under-21s.”

Ambition is “to go to the top with Spurs and help the club back to former glories.”
 

1975

The week before Christmas, Willie Young's wife Lynda gave birth to a daughter Victoria.
 

 

 

What they said about Willie Young
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What Willie Young said about ...
... on joining Tottenham ...  27.09.1975 (THFC programme)

"The set-up is first-class. I'm very much impressed by the ground and the atmosphere and everything has been done to help me settle in. There's a different approach to the game here compared with Scotland."

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