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Bill Townsend

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Date of birth


FORMER Derby County and Nuneaton Borough goalkeeper Bill Townsend would sign for Burton Albion in 1953.

Townsend went on to make 204 appearances between 1953 and 1960 for the Brewers.

The landlord of the Smiths Arms in Branston, he was the hero of Albion’s epic FA Cup run to the Third Round in 1956, especially in earning a 0-0 draw in the Second Round at Halifax pulling of a string of saves despite an injured shoulder that meant he couldn’t even pull a pint in his pub the next day.

Townsend could not prevent Albion falling to a heavy defeat at the Valley, but his place in Albion folklore was ensured.


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