Walter Wigmore (25 February 1873 – 8 September 1931) was an English professional footballer who made more than 400 appearances in the Football League playing for Sheffield United, Gainsborough Trinity and Small Heath / Birmingham[a] in a 17-year career. In the early part of his career he played as an inside forward and later on as a centre-half.
|Full name||Walter Wigmore|
|Date of birth||25 February 1873|
|Place of birth||Pucklechurch, England|
|Date of death||8 September 1931(aged 58)|
|Place of death||Worksop, England|
|Position(s)||Inside forward / Centre half|
|1899–1912||Small Heath / Birmingham[a]||329||(23)|
|1912–1913||Brierley Hill Alliance|
|*Club domestic league appearances and goals|
Wigmore was born in Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire, one of the many children of Charles and Mary Wigmore. As a child he moved with his family to the coal mining village of Kiveton Park in Yorkshire, where his father and older brothers worked as miners. Wigmore himself became a miner before making a career in football.
Wigmore played football for his local club, Kiveton Park, before joining Worksop Town in 1893. From there he was signed by Sheffield United in June 1894, where his first season consisted mainly of games for United's reserve team, the Sheffield Strollers.
He moved to newly elected Second Division club Gainsborough Trinity in 1896, where he struck up an excellent strike partnership with Bob McRoberts. In February 1899, terms were agreed for Wigmore to join The Wednesday, but reports that the transfer had taken place were premature, as the player rejected the move. A few weeks later, Small Heath paid a fee of £180 to reunite him with McRoberts. Tried at centre-half when Alex Leake was injured, he impressed so much that for nine years he remained first choice in that position, making the last of his 355 appearances for Birmingham only a few days before his 39th birthday. He was often penalised for dangerous play due to his unusual reluctance to head the ball, preferring to use his feet however high the ball came to him.
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- "Football Notes". The Sheffield & Rotherham Independent. 18 February 1899. p. 11.
...the announcement made yesterday that Wednesday had secured the transfer of Wigmore, of Gainsbro' Trinity, was premature. Arrangements had been come to and terms agreed upon between the two clubs, and the matter was looked on as practically settled, but on the player being consulted, he declined to come to Sheffield for business reasons, so it is "all off".