An accountant who worked with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 1950s told me that Bill Slater (obituary, 22 December) initially appeared as an amateur while also working as a lecturer at Birmingham University. The club’s high ethical standards dictated that he could be paid nothing, not even money “in the boot”, as was the practice in top amateur football circles at the time.
Bill’s faculty head eventually suggested that turning semiprofessional would not adversely affect his lecturing timetable. He was then able to earn £10 a week as a semi-pro, a move that enabled him to buy his first car.
It was a great pleasure to meet
Bill when sitting next to him at a Wolves match about 20 years ago.