Let­ter

The Guardian - Journal - - Obituaries -

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.

David Stan­ners

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