Born : Back of No 30 Dollman Street, Aston, Birmingham, 6th Oct 1878 Died : 6th May 1931 and Buried in St Saviours Churchyard, Saltley, Birmingham.
Career : Highfield Villa, Lozells F.C. Aston Shakespeare 1895
Aston Villa Aug 1897-1898 Season
Leicester Fosse, Sep. 1908-1909 Season ( £250 )
West Bromwich Albion, Oct. 1908-1909 ( £270 )
Lincoln City Dec 1910-1911 ( £100 ) retired May 1911.
Aston Villa (trainer, briefly April – May 1913)
Became the landlord at the Old Green Man, Bromford Lane, Erdington, Birmingham, which is the oldest building in Birmingham according to recent research.
Fell seriously ill with pneumonia in April 1915,recovered and became a lorry driver with Ansells Brewery in Aston, Birmingham. Lived at 22 Brookhill Road, Ward End, Birmingham until sortly before his death whereby he died in 1931 at 77 Dudley Road of pneumonia.
An excellent goalscorer throughout his career, with his dashing moustache finished as top scorer in world football in season 1899/1900 when his 27 goals(in only 33 matches) helped Villa win the League title for the fifth time. Billy was an industrious, never-say-die utility forward, He could also play at right-half and centre-half, giving service from both positions, but he always preferred to be ‘up front’ looking to score goals, and he did just that on a regular basis throughout his long career. He won junior international honours for England in 1896-7 and collected his first full cap in 1903 (against Wales) With Villa he gained a League Division One Championship medal in 1900 and an FA Cup winners medal in 1905. He was Villa’s top scorer in season 1899-1900 with a total of 30 League and cup goals in 39 appearances.
He made well over 250 senior appearances for Villa between 1897 and 1908 scoring 112 goals. Honours : England International ( 1 appearance vs Wales 2-3-1903 at Portsmouth )
Villa : – Football league championship 1900 Top goal scorer in World Football with 30 goals ( 27 in division 1 league season 1899-1900 ) F.A. cup winner 1905 2-0 against Newcastle at Crystal Palace ( attendance 101,117 ) Man of the Match.