Bill Knox was born in Glasgow Scotland in 1918. He started playing soccer at a very young age with church leagues and continued to work his way up the ranks of amateur football.
Bill Knox turned professional and played for Hull City and Cowdenbeath before WW2 broke out. Bill did play 3 games for the Rangers reserves, a team which he had supported loyally all his life. During the war Bill continued to play soccer while he served in the Royal Navy for 5 years.
Bill immigrated to Canada in 1952 and played for the powerful Westinghouse team in Hamilton where he also enjoyed great success. When he retired as a player, Bill turned to officiating and in 1958 he became an international referee and president of the Referee Association. Bill was called upon to referee games all over the northern part of the United States and Canada. Bill is legendary in the Hamilton area for being a fair and professional official and is considered one of the best the area has ever known.