Roy Bicknell

Roy Bicknell (19 February 1926 – 31 January 2005) was an English footballer and manager who played in the Football League as a defender. He played for Wolverhampton Wanderers, Charlton Athletic, Bristol City and Colchester United.

English footballer and manager

Roy Bicknell
Personal information
Full name Roy Bicknell[1]
Date of birth (1926-02-19)19 February 1926[1]
Place of birth Doncaster, England[1]
Date of death 31 January 2005(2005-01-31) (aged 78)[1]
Place of death Colchester, England[2]
Position(s) Defender
Youth career
1943–1945 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1945–1947 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 (0)
Notts County (guest)
Swindon Town (guest)
Middlesbrough (guest)
1947–1949 Charlton Athletic 7 (0)
1949–1951 Bristol City 21 (0)
Gravesend & Northfleet
1952–1954 Colchester United 25 (0)
Clacton Town
Total 54 (0)
Teams managed
1959–1963 Clacton Town
Brantham Athletic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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Bicknell, born in Doncaster, began his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers during the wartime era, signing professionally at the end of World War II in 1945. He had appeared for Notts County, Swindon Town and Middlesbrough as a guest player during the war years.[3] He made one appearance for the club before moving to Charlton Athletic, the same club that he had made his single Wolves appearance against.[2][4]

He made his Charlton debut under Jimmy Seed in a 2–1 First Division win over Bolton Wanderers in October 1947, but unable to displace Harold Phipps, he was sold to Bristol City for £2,000 in 1949.[2] He appeared seven times for the Addicks.[5]

Between 1949 and 1951, Bicknell made 21 appearances for City[6] before moving to non-league Gravesend & Northfleet. In 1952, he returned to league football with Colchester United where he made 25 appearances in two years with the U’s.[7]

After leaving Colchester, Bicknell joined Clacton Town having been forced to retire from the professional game through injury. He eventually took the reins as first-team manager with Clacton, guiding the club to the Southern League Premier Division – the highest achievement recorded by the Seasiders. He was later forced to sever his ties with Clacton in 1963, briefly returning to management with Brantham Athletic.[8]

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