BILLY WEDLOCK ONLINE.CO.UK IS PROUD TO PRESENT "WEDLOCK - The First Hero of Bristol City" Ashton Gate, Bristol
Billy Wedlock's page in the 'Hall of Fame' on the Bristol City Official Website -
Billy Wedlock's page at the England Football Online website -
Billy Wedlock's page at the England Stats website -
'Wedlock's Exemption' - very interesting page at the Flickr website, concerning Billy during the First World War - and a general description of English football during the same (war-time) era.
'Memory Lane' - Remembering the 'India rubber man', a Bristol City FC legend. Another very interesting article, written by Mark Leesdad, at the Independent newspaper website.
'Why the 100 year-old story of Bristol City legend Billy Wedlock still matters in 2019'. BOOK AUTHOR'S ARTICLE (written by Darren Hurley) - published online by the Bristol Post website, on October 28th 2019 - the Launch date of the book, and Billy's birthday!
(Also published by the BRISTOL POST on October 30th 2019)
"WEDLOCK - The First Hero of Bristol City" -
FULL BOOK REVIEW by O.T.I.B.
("One Team in Bristol" Fanzine)
"For many City fans the name Wedlock
is associated with the name of a stand
or pub, but the story of Billy Wedlock,
City's most capped England player maybe
to a degree, has been overlooked. Not any
more, with the release of a superb book
by D P Hurley. When we think of City
heroes the talk usually turns to John
Atyeo, maybe because his time was
relatively recent, but the story of the 5'4"
centre-half born and bred in Bedminster,
is fascinating and an enthralling read for
any City fan.
Billy was from a mining family and one of
10 children, he was also a tanner and a
stonemason in the days when a player's
salary wasn't sufficient enough. He was
arguably the most famous City player in
the club's history. This engrossing book
about the rise of a City hero around the
turn of the century details his career and
home life from his early days playing for
Masonic Rovers following his route to
Ashton Gate, his England career, and final
last game for his beloved City. It was by no
means all straightforward, personal sadness
to extreme joy and achievement are
recalled in gripping detail.
Some of the stories feel as if you were
actually there at the time, like when his
front door knocked and City director Frank
Bacon excitedly told him he'd been selected
for the England trials the next day in
Sheffield. Travel was not easy in those days
and the only train would arrive just in time
for him to play. However the train was
delayed meaning Billy had to get off fully
kitted out in strip and boots, hastily running
along the platform to meet with a journalist
who was one of the few who knew what he
looked like, collected him and drove at high
speed to the ground. He only made it as the
team were having a team photo on the pitch!
The book also looks at the rise of the Bristol
Babes, the FA Cup Final with a nerve-
racking story about the last-kick penalty
that managed City to force a replay in the
semi's. City nearly won the Division One
title too, but due to Wedlock playing for
England and no breaks for international
games, his absence resulted in City
losing two games, it was costly as City came
2nd only 3 points behind eventual winners
Newcastle. The book is full of captivating
stories from an era unrecognisable today.
On Wedlock's retirement he became a pub
landlord taking over at the Star Inn which
latterly became The Wedlock's, overlooking
the entrance to Ashton Gate. Billy used to
stand in the doorway watching the comings
and goings at the club.
I think he would be pleased the way things
turned out. Maybe a statue for Billy
Wedlock is much-needed.
Great for both young and old City
supporters and also a great Christmas gift.
For details on how to get a copy go to the
Q:- What would you buy a Bristol City fan this Christmas?
A:- A Billy Wedlock book of course! (SEE LINK BELOW)
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