Hunter, Bill

Birth Date

16th April 1887





Biographical Text

Bill Hunter, born in Sunderland, signed for Exeter City from Clapton Orient just in time to take part in the 1914 tour to Argentina and Brazil in 1914. He was to make just five Southern League appearances for the club during 1914/15. 

A well-travelled player by the time he signed for Exeter City, Bill began his footballing career with Sunderland West End before turning professional with Liverpool for whom he made a solitary league appearance in 1908/09. After a short spell with Sunderland he left without making a senior appearance to join Lincoln City where he spent two seasons. Returning to the North East with Wingate Albion, he subsequently played for Airdrieonians - during which time he featured for the Scottish League XI - and South Shields. Signing next for  Barnsley in 1912, he played just twice ahead of moving to Manchester United (3 league games; 2 goals) and on to Clapton Orient to see out the 1913/14 season.

Linking up with Exeter City in time to take part in the tour to Argentina and Brazil, Bill appeared in the game against Brazil in Rio. Returning home he had to wait until 12 December 1914 before making his official debut against Reading. Appearing only in the next four games, and scoring against Southampton, he was released at the end of the season as football was suspended for the duration of hostilities. 

Bill Hunter died on 24 March 1949 in Sunderland having been a greengrocer for the previous seventeen years.







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