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Hinshelwood Passes Away At 89

We are sad to hear of the death of former Royal, Walter "Wally" Hinshelwood

He passed away at his Selsey, West Sussex home on 26th November 2018, aged 89.

His playing career spanned 1947 to 1962 but was forced to retire prematurely due to injury. Wally was born on October 27, 1929, in Battersea, South West London and first played for Fulham from 1947 to 1951 and a brief time for Chelsea in January 1951. He described the move to Stamford Bridge as his "dream move", earning a whopping £12 a week. After a four-month stint, he was transferred back to Fulham.

Wally's career peaked in the 1950s, joining Reading in 1952 and became a first-team regular. He was chosen to play for the Third Division South representative side in 1954. In all he played 143 times for Reading, scoring 32 times.

In an exclusive interview with the FPA, he recalled the FA Cup match with Manchester United in 1955 as the highlight of his time at Elm Park. In that match he was marked by the legendary Duncan Edwards, one of two players in the United side that day who were to lose their lives in the Munich air disaster three years later.

When talking about the Reading XI of that day, he said, "Everybody, all 11 players, were really up for it. It was a great game, terrific. There was 28,500 there, it was a full house. It was very exciting."

Four years later in 1956, he moved to Bristol City where he played another four years before finishing his career with short spells at Millwall and Newport County. Wally was the head of the Hinshelwood football family, as his sons and grandsons have played the professional game.

His son Martin, 65, is currently coaching Lewes Football Club after a successful playing career with Crystal Palace. His brother, Paul, 62, played for Palace, Oxford, Millwall and Colchester United. Wally's grandson Danny, 43, also played for Brighton & Hove Albion and is managing a non-league club in West Sussex. His younger grandson, Adam, is managing Worthing.

23 January 2019

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