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Remembering Our Heroes: William Stephenson

7 November 2021

Ahead of Remembrance Day, we are taking a look at former Hull City players who served in the military during the First or Second World War...

 

Full-back William Stephenson joined Hull City in May 1907 for his first spell with the club from his junior hometown team Whitburn FC, after an initial month’s trial.

Stephenson made his Tigers debut on Boxing Day 1907 against Lincoln City and later became a regular in the team in March 1908 after competing against George Hedley, missing only four senior games over the next 13 months.

The full-back signed for Tottenham Hotspur in July 1910 and went on to play for Wingate Albion and Shildon Athletic before joining the war effort.

He served both the Middlesex Regiment (specifically the 17th Service Battalion or the Footballers’ Battalion) and the Queen’s Regiment. After the conclusion of World War One, Stephenson rejoined Hull City in August 1919, spending a season with the Tigers and making a further nine appearances before signing for Hartlepools United.

 

Thanks goes to On Cloud Seven for providing information and images.


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