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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
    Season 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

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

    Club Fee Date
    IN  Rangers £4,000 August 1955
    OUT  Reading Unknown November 1958
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