I continue my look back at the anti heroes of yesteryear, and a relatively recent one to bring up is the enigma that was Scott Willis.
Keith plucked Scott from non league Droylsden after he netted three times in thirteen outings. He’d previously turned out for Carlisle but had drifted into the non league game. It was just how Keith liked ’em. He’d come from good stock having been a Wigan youngster and spent time as a youth at Tranmere.
Scott was worth watching whether you wanted superb goals or biting tackles. His strike away at Carlisle could have won any goal of the season award, but his neck high tackle at home to Cambridge could have resulted in an arrest. His great goal v Exeter had critics applauding, but allegedly spitting at a Stockport defender did him no favours. That 30 a day habit can’t have helped his cause either.
He scored three times for City in 33 appearances, predominately from the bench and I suspect his temperament was one of the reasons he was allowed to join first Northwich and latterly Hereford on loan. Two goals for them in eight games wasn’t enough to convince them the barmy scouser was worth a punt and eventually he ended up at Leigh RMI and Telford in his native north west.
He however feature in that notable first season that Keith took charge and was a 72nd minute substitute as the Imps crashed out of the play off final 5-2 against Bournemouth. However his days were numbered as the club had signed Richard Butcher to form a midfield duo with Peter Gain. By the time Oxford were inflicting first day defeat on us in August 2003 Scott was gone.
He was also notable for being the nephew of Cilla Black, although I’d wager anyone who saw his kung fu kick would argue he’s probably most notable for that.