William Calder (footballer)

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William Calder
Personal information
Full name William Calder
Date of birth 1868
Place of birth Edinburgh, Scotland
Date of death 24 May 1936 (aged 67)[1]
Place of death Doncaster, England[1]
Playing position(s) Outside left / Outside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1889–1891 Sheffield United 13 (2)
1892–1893 Gainsborough Trinity
1893–? Barnsley St. Peter's
1893–1897 Doncaster Rovers (5)
Teams managed
1920 Doncaster Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Calder (1868 – 24 May 1936) was a Scottish footballer who played as a forward for Sheffield United, Gainsborough Trinity, Barnsley St. Peter's and Doncaster Rovers.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Edinburgh, Calder was the first new player to sign for Sheffield United after the initial formation of the club. He was signed in December 1889 after responding to the club's advertisements for players which had been published in Scotland. He played seven games for the Blades in the FA Cup and a handful of times in the Midland Counties League and the Northern League before being released in December 1891.[2]

Calder then signed for Gainsborough Trinity in 1892 and also had a spell with Barnsley St. Peter's. He moved to play for Doncaster Rovers in 1893, remaining at the club till some time in the 1896−97 season when they won the Midland League, however he only played 3 times that season and didn't receive a medal.[3]

Management career[edit]

Following his retirement from the game as a player, he settled in the town[2] and in June 1920, as Rovers reformed following the war period, Calder offered them his services as "Honorary Manager", creating a team from the applications that had come in. This was the first time the term manager had been applied to a Rovers official.[3]

Calder died suddenly at his Doncaster home in 1937, aged 67.[4]


  1. ^ a b England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995
  2. ^ a b c Denis Clarebrough & Andrew Kirkham (2008). Sheffield United Who's Who. Hallamshire Press. p. 76. ISBN 978-1-874718-69-7.
  3. ^ a b Bluff, Tony (2011). Donny:Doncaster Rovers F.C. The Complete History (1879−2010). Yore Publications. ISBN 978 0 9569848 3 8.
  4. ^ "Former Doncaster Footballer". Leeds Mercury. 26 May 1936. p. 11. Retrieved 25 December 2018.