William Meates

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William Meates
Personal information
Full name William Percival Meates
Date of birth 1875
Place of birth Bournemouth, England
Date of death 1910 (aged 35)[1]
Place of death Eastbourne, Sussex, England
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1895–1897 Small Heath 14 (0)
1897–1??? Warmley
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Percival Meates (1875–1910) was an English professional footballer who made 14 appearances in the Football League playing for Small Heath.[2] He played as a goalkeeper.

Meates was born in Bournemouth, which was then in Hampshire. He began his football career with Eastbourne before joining Small Heath in 1895.[3] He took over from Jim Roach as first-team goalkeeper in the middle of the 1895–96 season after the club had suffered some heavy defeats. Meates made his debut on 3 February 1896 in a 3–0 defeat at Everton, and retained the starting place for the remainder of the season, but failed to stop the rot sufficiently for Small Heath to avoid relegation via the test match system.[4] He played only twice the next season, having surrendered the goalkeeper's jersey to Ernest Pointer,[5] and left for Warmley of the Southern League in 1897. The following year he had an unsuccessful trial with Nottingham Forest.[3]


  1. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1837-1915
  2. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 181. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6. 
  3. ^ a b Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-85983-010-9. 
  4. ^ Matthews, p. 143.
  5. ^ Matthews, p. 144.