Willie Young (b1951)
FORMER footballer William David Young was a large, physically intimidating centre back from Edinburgh.
Young first played for Aberdeen, and made 187 appearances for the Dons between 1970 and 1975.
He was signed by Spurs in September 1975, and made 54 appearances in two seasons.
In March 1977, Young signed for arch-rivals Arsenal.
Young immediately became a regular in the first team, and played in all of the Gunners’ trio of FA Cup finals.
Having played 237 times for Arsenal, the 30-year-old Young then joined Nottingham Forest in December 1981 for £50,000, and played 59 times over two seasons there.
In 1983 he joined Norwich City, but with injuries dogging him, he failed to secure a regular place in the side; short spells at Brighton and Darlington followed, before retiring from the game in November 1984.
Young left the game completely after his retirement, and after running a pub near Nottingham, he now owns Belvoir Kennels in Bottesford.
He is occasionally on television as a football pundit on STV’s Scotsport.