Bill Ellaway, then with Barnstaple Town, played in a trial match for Exeter City in August 1953, having had a trial with Arsenal the previous season. Signed from Barnstaple Town in November 1954, He made a great debut for Exeter City when he scored in the 2-1 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion the following February. He was to score once more in his first season with the club, during the eight league appearances made. He started the 1954-55 season in the first team and netted twice in the opening four games, ending the campaign with six goals in 18 appearances. His first team chances were restricted to just four games and one goal in the following season.
Bill signed for Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in June 1956, but only made four league appearances for them before being released after one season, moving to Poole Town in July 1958, after turning down an offer from Yeovil Town.
Bill died on the 20th April 2022.
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