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Blackpool legend dies

The player who scored the winning goal in Blackpool's famous FA Cup Final win in 1953 has died.

Blackpool FC squad 1954

Bill Perry, front row far right

Bill Perry - who had been fighting bowel cancer - has died at the age of 77.

Born in Johannesburg, Perry featured in Blackpool's FA Cup final defeat against Newcastle in 1951 but his sadness turned to joy after scoring the winning goal in the Seasiders 4-3 over Bolton in 1953.

The flying winger went on to represent England three times after qualifying for England via his father.

Chairman Karl Oyston paid tribute to Perry as the winning goal scorer in what he described as 'the most famous FA Cup final ever'.

He also said he was 'the Michael Owen of his day' as the season's leading goal scorer in Blackpool's highest ever League finish.

Oyston said: "I feel really honoured to have met him."

Meanwhile, manager Simon Grayson who last saw him a fortnight ago was also deeply saddened by the news.

Grayson said: "It's really sad news. It's a devastating blow."

Friend and fellow player Cyril Robinson says Bill Perry had spoke of dying. Robinson - who is now the only remaining survivor of the 1953 team - says he was always a humble man...

last updated: 28/09/07

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Joseph M.Debono (Malta)
Bill Perry. Great Blackpool Football Club player. The great and honest footballer.

fred baker
bill was the only player i saw who sometimes played in his bare feet. you dont need boots to walk tall my friend. god bless

Mike
I am a Southampton fan, quite fond of Blackpool, but all my sympathy passed to Bill Perry and R.I.P :(

Brett Burrows
a true legend couldnt have done it without you R.I.P billY boy

PAUL STADNIK
I KNEW BILL PERRY AS A EXTREMEELY LIKEABLE MAN, HE WAS VERY MODEST, I USED TO PLAY AT THE SAME GOLF CLUB AS HIM AND WHEN ANYONE SAW HIM ON THE GOLF COURSE THEY USED TO OFFER HIM A SALUTE.HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.

Tony Jones
anyone remotly interested in football will have seen highlights of the '53 final.a great team full of world class players, matthews, mortenson and of course Perry, goodnight, god bless and thanks for the memories

Dave Knowles
Bill was still playing for Blackpool when my dad first took me to Bloomfield Road in the late fifties. He soon became one of my favorite players. it was great to see him a few years ago on 'Fantasy Football' when his cup final goal was featured on 'Pheonix from the Flames'

TERRY BIRCH
NONE BETTERWELL PLAYED BILL YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN WHAT A PLAYER RIP R PL W

William Jackson
I think he was one of the best players in the world i will truly miss him he did blackpool football club proud and i just think he was the best player in the whole wide world

keith marquis
BILL PERRY WAS WITHOUT DOUBT A LOVELY MAN, HE WILL BE SADLY MISSED CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY

COLIN GOODWIN
I recall Bill playing on the left wing when I first started supporting The Pool back in the mid fifties.After he retired I recall him running his Hoover repair shop on the corner of Shaw Rd. he was always a gent. A football legend.Condolences to his family.

SeasideEssexXile
I was fortunate enough to meet Bill personally at the recent club 120th Anniversary meal.A real gentleman and a true Pool legend. RIP BIll - you will never be forgotten.Onwards + Upwards

tony webster
bill i was lucky to see you play every week for blackpool and the great cup final . enjoyed our chats in your hoover shop when you retired R.I.P

Chris Hooker in Canada
When I was 12 years of age I ran on the pitch at Tottenham in 1956 and got Bill's autograph as well as Stanley Matthews .I got to meet Stanley Matthews in 1987 who lived here in Ontario for about 6 years.Stan also spoke highly of all of that Blackpool side .Stan would have been sad too if he was still with us .My condolences to all of Bill's family .

John H
A ver humble man always had time to chat, a fixture at North shore golf club will be sadly missed

KEITH ROGERS
"Perry, Perry's got it", said commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme, 54 years ago.That Wembley goal and comment has stayed with me ever since.RIP Bill.

MARTIN
So very sad 2 hear the news of bill perry

Gary - Blackpool
God bless Bill, and thank you!

Jimmy Gilliard
Bill Perry was the very first Blackpool player I saw score a goal when he scored direct from a corner at Bloomfield Road. It was my first game and the memory is as clear now as when it happened. Bill Perry was and is a legend and I thank him for his part in making me a Seasider. Sincere thoughts of strength and best wishes go out to his family at this time.

Gaz Wright
He'll be sadly missed.A true gent of the game.

Jack Croasdale
Bill was a fantastic guy a man That I am proud to have known super guy.

David Hankey
So sorry to hear of the sad news. Bill was indeed an inspirational player and played a tremendous part in a Cup Final that has yet to be repeated. Thanks for the memories, Bill.

ali
should be minutes silence at watford today

Mick - Coventry City Fan
A Great Loss to Football.RIP

David Gardner
He was a nice man i had the honor of meeting him once a true gentleman and sporting hero who always pointed out it was the team that won the 53 cup final and not just a couple of players. rest in peace Bill Perry you will always be in our hearts.

Chris Nicholson
I worked for Bill Perry in 1966 till 1971. He did more for me than my own father and I treated him as such. My condolences to Jean, his wife, and his three daughters. He was often in my thoughts and I will miss him.

frank
bless you from lcfc

joe mckeown
my dad was right.He could catch pigeons!!

brian mosley
A tear appeared in my eye tonight, seemingly from nowhere and for no reason. I had just heard that Bill Perry had died today. Now on reflection I realise the reason for the sudden flood of emotion. I am a a blackpool fan since i was eight and saw my first cup final on t.v. in 53. I was hooked on the whole romance of the Matthews final, that late dribble and pass his winners medal at long last and also the Mortensen hat trick and from this my allegance to the Tangerines has never wavered and yet what if Bill Perry had not been on the spot moving in from his left wing position and placing that historic shot so unerringly into the net would the history of blackpool fc their place in the minds of so many then and since - and even my own history - have been Bill Perry - originally a "coloured South African" and then a scorer of one of the most famous goals in the games history should I feel be given - posthumously - the accolade of being the player, coming as he did from South Africa, who made the biggest difference than any player to come into the British game from a foreign country and not only score the goal he did but also play for England. Thank you Bill Perry for making this difference for the tangerines then and who knows for a rejuvenated Blackpool now. Players come and players go but for a chosen few the legend, the name, the spirit, and the moment of greatness lives on for ever in the hearts and minds of so many football lovers.

Derek Cross
One of our GreatsBig Win tomorrow for the great man

Jeremy, Los Angeles
I remember Bill from the 70,s when his business was next door to my Dad,s in Kirkham. Always a gent and I was always in awe of his achievements. Glad he is out of pain and best to his family

sean(lifelong BFC fan)
A proper Tangerine Legend.RIP Mr Perry.You will be sadly Missed.

Axl666fwd
He was one of our best players in his day and a true gentlman may he RIP

PRESTON JOHN
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, SINCEREST AND DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO ALL

Sean Brookes
Blackpool FA Cup Winner - May 2nd 195311 - Bill Perry - 90 minRIP Bill, you will always be remembered.

Steve Crahan
2 words: Tangerine Legend

Robert F
Bill Perry was my favourite player when I was young and watching Pool. I believe he played for England in a friendly during the war as the first black player to do so, but these wartimes friendlies did not count as full internationals so no one remembers that milestone. Anyway in those days no one even noticed he was black.

Steve Richards
Another Seaside legend passes away. It was great that Bill saw that finally we might be on the verge of creating some modern day legends with the team we have. RIP Bill and thanks for the fantastic memories.

Marianne Lawson
he will be sadly missed, i met him loads of times and he even sent a signed pic of him in his playing days to my house and then rang to see if we'd got it

Tony Bates
Gone but never forgotten in the hearts and minds of all true "Seasiders". RIP Bill Perry.

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