An Everton Full Back William Wildman was invited to join Everton, in 1903, having been spotted playing at full back with local amateur team, Queens Road Mission. No fee was involved but the Goodison Park club made a donation – to the mission, of £6,7s & 6d. Their new recruit had been born, 5th of March 1880, and was the 7th child of Allison, a Shipwright, and his Wife Elizabeth. The family then lived in Exley Street but, at the time of 1901census, they are living in Richmond Grove where William has found employment as a Commercial Clerk. Kept out of the senior side by the consistent play of Jack Crelley and the Balmer Brothers, he eventually made his Football League debut, 28th of January 1905 in a 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at Goodison Park. Wildman was called up on one more time, a 2-1 home defeat by Bury before, after being placed on the transfer list in April 1907, accepting the offer to join Southern League side West Ham United for a fee of around £100. Wildman – playing alongside former Everton goalkeeper George Kitchen, made his debut in a 2-1 defeat by Tottenham hotspur at White Hart Lane and missed just one game during the rest the season. On the 2nd of February 1907 Wildman was in the West Ham that faced FA Cup holders Everton before a capacity crowd on the Boleyn Ground. The Londoners took a 1-0 lead but goals from Sharp and Settle eventually won the tie for the visitors. Wildman continued to keep his position in the Hammers side until a serious injury, received on 7th of September 1907, put an end to his football career. The former Everton man “shows up” on the 1911 census living with other members of his family at 241 Lower Breck Road in the Tuebrook area of Liverpool. He declares himself to an unemployed Professional Footballer. In 1920 he married Alice Price who assisted him to run a Sweet and Tobacconist shop 253 Lower Breck Road. On the 6th of May 1923 their daughter Audrey was born and she in turn became Mrs Ingleton. William Wildman, when he died on the 9th of December 1944, left the business in her care.
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