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Bill Garner

Bill Garner

Clubs played for: Leicester Victoria, Loughborough United, Midland Athletic, Notts County, Loughborough United, Dunstable Town, Bedford Town, Southend United, Chelsea, Cambridge United, Chelmsford City,Brentford (1966-1984)

Born: 1947

Birthplace: Leicester

Position: Centre-forward

Biography: A traditional centre-forward who impressed Dave Sexton enough that he paid £100,000 for him. He was dogged by injuries throughout his career but his scoring record was sufficiently impressive to attract the interest of England boss Don Revie when he named an enormous 84 man squad of players good enough to play international football, he never won a cap however. Bill became a school teacher and has run coaching courses for kids during the holidays and coached at Southend's Centre of Excellence.

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Garner, Bill I was lucky enough to have played cricket at Southend on Sea CC with Bill in 85 -86. As a young Aussie playing cricket over there in the UK I will always remember how tough a competitor Bill was. I can only imagine how much of a handful Bill would have been on the football pitch.
02-01-23 Andrew Endicott

Garner, Bill Southend Borough veterans football league - I played with and coached by Bill. Some great chats about his playing days at Chelsea.
23-03-22 Paul Davis

Garner, Bill I went to secondary school with Bill and were good pals. He was a sports all rounder. Great memories keep safe old friends.
18-04-21 Brian Crewe

Garner, Bill Bill played cricket for us in the late 80 s for a few years and a good cricketer who was very competitive on the pitch. Off the pitch did not suffer fools, but very helpful with advice to younger players.
13-01-21 Southend Cricket club

Garner, Bill My Dad Johnny Grogan was Bills manager at Leicester non league side Midland Athletic during the mid 60s .My Dad who was an ex pro with Leicester City was so impressed with him.that he wrote to Matt Busby at Manchester United suggesting a trial. Much to my Dads annoyance he returned from one holiday to find out that Bill had been signed by Notts County who at the time had a bad record of developing good young players.It says a lot about Bills determination that he eventually secured a big money move to Chelsea after progressing to Southend United and sustained a good pro career therafter ..but I sometimes wonder what might have happened if he had ended up at Old Trafford.
24-11-20 Ian Grogan

Garner, Bill I would like to pay tribute to Bill Garner. In his own style of coaching he helped my son Marc improve his football and he has now finished a degree in sports psychology. With out his strict no messing attitude he helped my son to keep going no matter what. Along with Lou Dallas I will be for ever grateful and I’m sure Marc would say the same
30-09-20 Julie Holland

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