Bert Williams MBE, nicknamed ‘The Cat’ was Wolverhampton Wanderers and England goalkeeper and England’s oldest living international player.
Sadly Bert passed away on Sunday 19th January, and before he died a number of his personal items were purchased by The National Football Collection, with the money raised used to help pay for his nursing care.
During his playing career he lifted the FA Cup with Wolves in 1949, with his performance earning him his first England call up later that month with a 3 – 1 win against France in a friendly. He also played with England in the 1950 World Cup, which included the shock defeat to the USA. In total he won 30 caps for the England team, and prior to this also played in a single game for the England B team.
In 1953-4 he was part of the Wolves squad which won the league title, and in total made 420 appearances for the club. He also made guest appearances for Nottingham Forest and Chelsea during World War II whilst also working in the RAF.
He was awarded his MBE in 2010 for services to football and charity.
It is hoped that these items will form part of a display at the National Football Museum.