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1921-08-04
William John Ansell, born in Newport Pagnell. Poultry farmer by trade. He was playing for Bletchley Brickworks when Derby County realised his potential and made an offer for him. Instead, in January 1947, Northampton Town stepped in, offering terms and the chance for him to remain in his hometown, and he soon took over as the club's number one keeper. A broken leg against Southend United in February 1951 ended a run of 105 consecutive league and cup games, and when he returned to full fitness he found his way barred by the more experienced Alf Wood. In all, he made 147 first team appearances for Northampton. Released in 1952, he joined Headington United, and in three seasons helped the club win the Southern League championship once and the Southern League cup twice. He starred in United

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Bletchley Town
Northampton Town
Bletchley Brickworks

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FA Cup 1952-09-13 1954-11-20 17
Southern League 1952-08-23 1955-04-20 113
Southern League Cup 1952-09-03 1954-12-06 19
Overall 1952-08-23 1955-04-20 149

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