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Willie Gardiner

Full name: William Silcock Gardiner
Birthdate: 15.08.1929
Birthplace: Larbert, Stirlingshire
Position: Centre-forward
Joined from: Rangers
Signed by: David Halliday
Nationality: Scotland
First game: Doncaster Rovers, 05.09.1955
Last game: Birmingham City, 26.04.1958
Games: 71
Goals: 49
Player Profile

Gardiner was a prolific goalscorer for City, scoring a remarkable 49 goals in 71 games in all competitions. He started his career in reserve football in Scotland, however, and after failing to get much of a chance with Rangers he signed for City for £4,000 under manager David Halliday.

He wasted no time in finding the back of the net, scoring a goal a game in his first season with the Foxes, netting 34 goals in the Second Division. However, he lost his starting role in City's promotion campaign in 1957, being reduced to reserve team football. But he still scored 18 goals for that reserve side, enough to see him called back into action when needed to help City in Division One.

Gardiner moved on in 1958, with Reading signing him, although his stay there was hindered by two serious injuries. He finished his career with Sudbury Town and went on to be a telephone exchange operator or British Telecom.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1955-56Division Two (old)333421------3535
1955_659_
1956-57Division Two (old)134--------134
1956_659_
1957-58Division One (old)2310--------2310
1957_659_
Total694821------71 49
_659_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 05.09.1955 2 - 6 Doncaster Rovers (A) Division Two (old) 1
2 17.09.1955 3 - 1 Liverpool (H) Division Two (old) 2
3 24.09.1955 1 - 0 Plymouth Argyle (A) Division Two (old)
4 01.10.1955 3 - 1 Stoke City (H) Division Two (old) 1
5 08.10.1955 3 - 4 Middlesbrough (A) Division Two (old) 2
6 22.10.1955 2 - 3 Fulham (A) Division Two (old)
7 29.10.1955 4 - 1 Port Vale (H) Division Two (old) 4
8 05.11.1955 1 - 3 Rotherham United (A) Division Two (old)
9 12.11.1955 6 - 1 Swansea City (H) Division Two (old) 3
10 19.11.1955 1 - 1 Notts County (A) Division Two (old)
11 26.11.1955 5 - 2 Leeds United (H) Division Two (old) 3
12 03.12.1955 3 - 1 West Ham United (A) Division Two (old) 1
13 10.12.1955 5 - 0 Bury (H) Division Two (old) 2
14 17.12.1955 1 - 2 Hull City (H) Division Two (old) 1
15 24.12.1955 3 - 2 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
16 26.12.1955 1 - 2 Bristol Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
17 27.12.1955 4 - 2 Bristol Rovers (H) Division Two (old) 2
18 31.12.1955 4 - 0 Lincoln City (H) Division Two (old) 2
19 11.01.1956 4 - 0 Luton Town (A) FA Cup 3 1
20 14.01.1956 1 - 0 Barnsley (A) Division Two (old) 1
21 21.01.1956 1 - 3 Liverpool (A) Division Two (old)
22 28.01.1956 3 - 3 Stoke City (H) FA Cup 4
23 04.02.1956 5 - 1 Plymouth Argyle (H) Division Two (old)
24 11.02.1956 0 - 2 Stoke City (A) Division Two (old)
25 18.02.1956 4 - 0 Notts County (H) Division Two (old) 2
26 25.02.1956 1 - 1 Bristol City (A) Division Two (old)
27 03.03.1956 2 - 1 Fulham (H) Division Two (old)
28 17.03.1956 3 - 1 Rotherham United (H) Division Two (old) 1
29 24.03.1956 1 - 6 Swansea City (A) Division Two (old)
30 31.03.1956 1 - 1 Middlesbrough (H) Division Two (old) 1
31 02.04.1956 1 - 2 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Division Two (old) 1
32 07.04.1956 0 - 4 Leeds United (A) Division Two (old)
33 14.04.1956 2 - 1 West Ham United (H) Division Two (old) 1
34 21.04.1956 3 - 2 Port Vale (A) Division Two (old) 2
35 28.04.1956 3 - 0 Doncaster Rovers (H) Division Two (old) 1
36 18.08.1956 3 - 1 Doncaster Rovers (H) Division Two (old)
37 20.08.1956 2 - 1 Huddersfield Town (A) Division Two (old)
38 25.08.1956 1 - 3 Stoke City (A) Division Two (old)
39 29.08.1956 2 - 2 Huddersfield Town (H) Division Two (old) 1
40 01.09.1956 1 - 1 Middlesbrough (H) Division Two (old) 1
41 08.09.1956 1 - 1 Sheffield United (A) Division Two (old)
42 12.09.1956 3 - 0 Bury (H) Division Two (old)
43 15.09.1956 2 - 1 Bristol Rovers (A) Division Two (old)
44 17.09.1956 5 - 4 Bury (A) Division Two (old) 1
45 22.09.1956 6 - 3 Notts County (H) Division Two (old) 1
46 29.09.1956 0 - 2 Liverpool (A) Division Two (old)
47 17.11.1956 0 - 0 Nottingham Forest (H) Division Two (old)
48 24.11.1956 1 - 2 West Ham United (A) Division Two (old)
49 31.08.1957 1 - 2 Leeds United (A) Division One (old)
50 14.09.1957 1 - 3 Arsenal (A) Division One (old)
51 18.09.1957 4 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday (H) Division One (old) 2
52 21.09.1957 2 - 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division One (old)
53 28.09.1957 1 - 5 Aston Villa (A) Division One (old)
54 05.10.1957 2 - 2 Everton (H) Division One (old) 1
55 12.10.1957 3 - 4 Manchester City (A) Division One (old)
56 19.10.1957 3 - 1 Nottingham Forest (H) Division One (old) 1
57 26.10.1957 0 - 2 Portsmouth (A) Division One (old)
58 02.11.1957 2 - 1 Newcastle United (H) Division One (old) 1
59 09.11.1957 3 - 7 Burnley (A) Division One (old)
60 30.11.1957 3 - 3 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division One (old)
61 07.12.1957 4 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur (A) Division One (old)
62 14.12.1957 2 - 2 Birmingham City (H) Division One (old)
63 21.12.1957 0 - 4 Manchester United (A) Division One (old)
64 25.12.1957 1 - 5 Blackpool (A) Division One (old) 1
65 26.12.1957 2 - 1 Blackpool (H) Division One (old) 1
66 28.12.1957 3 - 0 Leeds United (H) Division One (old)
67 29.03.1958 1 - 4 Preston North End (A) Division One (old)
68 08.04.1958 4 - 1 Luton Town (H) Division One (old) 1
69 12.04.1958 2 - 6 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division One (old) 1
70 19.04.1958 1 - 3 Tottenham Hotspur (H) Division One (old) 1
71 26.04.1958 1 - 0 Birmingham City (A) Division One (old)

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  Rangers £4,000 August 1955
OUT  Reading Unknown November 1958
Player 343 of 1145 ordered a-z

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