Where are they now: Bill Foulkes

Tuesday 23 March 1993 00:02

ON 6 MAY 1967, Manchester United sealed the League championship in spectacular style, thrashing West Ham 6-1 at Upton Park. They had needed only a point, but were 3-0 up after 10 minutes, the third goal being scored by their veteran defender, Bill Foulkes. It was a rare moment: in a career spanning 19 seasons and almost 700 matches, Foulkes was on the scoresheet only nine times.

At Christie's in Glasgow last October, Foulkes sold all his medals - including one for the 1968 European Cup - along with other memorabilia for almost pounds 35,000. By his own admission, he needed the money. 'They meant a lot to me, but I still have the memories,' he said. With David Sadler and Harry McShane, Foulkes, who survived the 1958 Munich air crash, is a co- founder of United's former players' association.

After retiring as a player in 1970, Foulkes stayed with United as a coach, beginning a successful second career that took him to North America, Norway and Japan, where his contract ended in 1989. Now, aged 61, he lives with his wife Teresa in a flat near Old Trafford, and works for an auto-electrical company in Oswestry.

'I still watch United. It is a different game from my day: the good players have much less space. But I find it entertaining and I think United are better prepared to win the title than they were last season.'

Jon Culley

(Photograph omitted)

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in