West Brom player Wilf Carter dies after cancer battle

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A Black Country-born former West Bromwich Albion player has died, aged 79.

Wilf Carter, who was born in Wednesbury and made 61 appearances for the Baggies, had been suffering from cancer.

He died yesterday at his home in Bath.

Carter joined Albion from school and spent eight years at The Hawthorns, scoring 12 goals.

He moved to Plymouth along with Albion's Bilston-born goalkeeper Geoff Barnsley for a combined fee of £2,500 in 1957.

Mr Barnsley said: "We came down to Plymouth together from our home-town club West Brom.

"Wilf was very popular in the dressing-room and, although a goal-scorer, was unselfish and a team player.

Carter ended his Football League career at Exeter City before moving to non-league Bath City.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret, a son and two daughters.

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