BILLY WEDLOCK ONLINE.CO.UK IS PROUD TO PRESENT "WEDLOCK - The First Hero of Bristol City"                                                                      Ashton Gate, Bristol 


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Billy Wedlock's page at Wikipedia -

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" -



   ("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

  website" -

                                                                                                         "In his testimonial year" - Wedlock (suit and cap, left-hand side - back row) - on a visit to see Aberdare FC, 1910.

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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