Tributes paid to gentle Bill Slater, Wolves legend who has died aged 91

By Jamie Brassington | Wolves | Published:

A former team-mate of Bill Slater has paid tribute to a 'gentle and cultured' man.

Slater lifts the 1960 FA Cup

Slater, who won three league titles at Molineux and captained the 1960 FA Cup winning side who beat Blackburn 3-0, has died aged 91.

His former team-mate Ted Farmer, who played alongside Slater in the early 1960s, has fond memories of his friend.

"Bill was a great man and footballer," Farmer said.

"He was a good friend of mine and I knew him back the 50s. I always remember him for being a gentleman, he was never hurly burly and involved in the rough stuff of football that went on everywhere.

"He was a cultured player. I remember Bobby Smith at Tottenham Hotspur fractured his ribs, but Bill never retaliated.

"He always played a cultured game. He was such a nice guy, we wondered what he was doing in football in those days.

"He will be sadly missed for all kinds of reasons. I remember his quietness in the dressing room. He wasn't an authoritative man but his authority came from his gentleness.

"Bill was such a proud man and gentleman."

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
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