William "Willie" King

Willie King was an amateur throughout his playing career. He had one club, Queen's Park, for which he turned out for a dozen years, albeit only in the latter half as a first-team regular. He would win five amateur caps, captaining once, a half-back, who could play in the centre or on the left, and in 1928 a single senior representative honour.

Born in 1898 in Glasgow he was the son of Glasgow-born parents, his father a printer, the trade that Willie would pursue, at least to begin with. In later years he was a distillery manager and eventually a director of White Horse. 

In the meantime, whilst his early years were spent in Dennistoun, by his teens the family had moved south of the Clyde to Langside, and then to Queen's Park with the club obviously nearby. And it was to there and that part of Glasgow's suburbs that he returned in 1920 after service in the Royal Navy, changed profession to Distiller's Clerk and began to establish himself both of and on the pitch. It was also from there that in 1927 he married, his wife Marion James. They were to have a daughter and a son but in 1934 Marion died and Willie was left alone to raise what were still young children. Their girl was seven, their son five. 

Perhaps it had been a decline in Marion's health that in 1932 persuaded Willie to retire from the football-field, albeit that he was already thirty-four. However, he remained close to the club, serving as a committee member and in 1939 he was elected President for two years. By then the children were growing up, the elder already in her teens, and in 1942 he remarried.


Willie King's second wife would be Priscilla Crocher and Australian-born. The couple was to settle in Pollokshields and have one daughter. And it was from there that in 1962 he, now comfortably off, was due to step back from work. But just weeks before his retirement-date he entered Glasgow's Victoria Hospital and there passed away, having only just turned sixty-four. He would be cremated at Woodside Cemetery in Paisley, survived by Priscilla and by a full quarter of a century. Her death would be in 1988 in England, in Hertfordshire. 

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