Willie Carr

Willie Carr is a true member of the DDCWWFCSC, a man who along with his wife Tessa, comes along and gets stuck into nearly all of the events. At this summer’s barbecue he took an active part in the ‘lads versus dads’ 20 a side football game; then later was to be found taking his turn at the barbecue, knocking out the burgers and sausages. What’s more remarkable is that no one got food poisoning!!

We first came into contact with Willie back in 1980 when he won the DDCWWFCSCPOTY in the year we had won the League Cup, beating European Champions Forest at Wembley and finishing 6 in the league. He came along to our Dinner which that year, which was held in a Nene Hall in Daventry. Also there that night were John Richards and Derek Parkin, and unusually our club President Richard Meacock.

…no dinner is complete without the Willie Carr moment, when Willie sings for his supper.

Richard was in charge of looking after Willie during his meal and when it came to the presentations for the POTY Coxy was horrified, as Meacock was making Willie sing! But it turns out that like the President, Willie likes to do a turn, and these days no dinner is complete without the Willie Carr moment, when Willie sings for his supper. At I think the 25th Annual Dinner at Molineux Willie stood down from the stage after 2 encores and whispered to Coxy ‘ that was a good one, that last one – I hadn’t heard that one before!’

Willie arrived at Molineux from Coventry the second time of asking after an earlier deal had fallen through when his medical showed a problem. He finally arrived and made his debut against Chelsea in a scintillating 7 – 1 in which he volleyed home the third from the edge of the box. A full Scottish International he was a one touch player, keeping the ball moving linking play together. Always popular with the fans he finally moved on to Milwall late in his career.

They have 3 sons and one daughter, and now have two grandchildren with the second recently arrived, which keep them on their toes. Coxy remembers one of his lads when small always had an autograph book in the players lounge after matches. But he wouldn’t get anyone else’s autograph until he’d got his Dad’s first. Willie and Tessa have developed firm friendships with members of the DDCWWFCSC notably Brian and Simone Restall, and no dinner would be complete without them.

2 Responses to “Willie Carr”

  1. Brian Hallam Says:

    March 6th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Hi Willie,

    I often think about you and your lovely family and wonder what happened to you after we left Bridgnorth to live nearer one of our four children in Burton-on-Trent. Just entering Willie Carr in google was enough for me to get a comprehensive update and a li9nk. So, he’s me clocking on 83 still going to the gym twice a week, still cycling and enjoying my retirement and the opportunity to keep in contact with all the family scattered around the country – including 9 grandchildren from 15 to 34 years old. Warm regards to you all, Brian and Bridgette Hallam

  2. Alan Purr Says:

    October 13th, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    I went to St Bedes RC School in Cambridge in the sixties and Willie arrived from Scotland during my second year. He was a year older than me but we became friends and often used to Cycle to school together along Mill Road.

    I was obvious from the start that Willie was a head and shoulders above all of us wannabe professional Footballers and even in our school yard break time kickabouts he absolutely shone.

    When he signed for Coventry a coachload of us went to see it happen. I remember that we went to a Hotel and had lunch with Jimmy Hill who was Coventry FC Manager at the time. After lunch we went to watch a game as guests of the Club. I remember that fans kept asking us who we were as we walked along the touchline to our seats. We told them we were the England Schoolboy team and some of us even signed autographs!!

    I think Willie went on to marry his school sweetheart Theresa and I know he had a successful career on the football field.

    If you read this Willie, hope you remember me and all your mates at St Bedes. We really did envy you as the only one of us to make it as a professional.

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