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Billy Betts

Wednesday FC

1 cap, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 4: A 1
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1889

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
90

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Full name William Betts
Born 26 March 1864 in Sheffield, Yorkshire [registered in Sheffield, March 1864].
Birth notes the date 26 March is offered by Jason Dickinson's Sheffield Wednesday's Who's Who. As it fits in with his registration and census details, we are happy to go with it.

Census Notes

According to the 1871 census, seven year-old William is the second eldest of four children to William and Mary A., living on Barnsley Road, Brightside Bierlow in Sheffield. His father was a file cutter.

According to the 1881 census, now a file cutter himself, William is the eldest of three children still living with their parents at 37 Haywood Road in Brightside Brierlow.

According to the 1891 census, William is now married to Charlotte with four sons, George, Harry, William and five-week old Harold. They live with the in-laws, the Taylors, at 52 Danville Street in Brightside Brierlow. William is a gas stoker.

According to the 1901 census, still married and still a gas stoker, and now with three more children, Lottie, Leonard and May. All living in 93 Mulehouse Lane in Nether Hallam, Ecclesall Bierlow.

According to the 1911 census, still married with five of his children with him, one of them new in the past ten years, Annie. All living at 26 Lonsdale Road in Ecclesall Bierlow. He is now a Foreman gas stoker.

Married to Charlotte Taylor [registered in Sheffield, September 1882]. They had nine children, sadly one died.
Died 8 August 1941 in Sheffield, aged 77 years 135 days [registered in Sheffield, September 1941].
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st. 8lbs [1891].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], FindMyPast.com & Jason Dickinson's Sheffield Wednesday Who's Who [2005].

Club Career

Club(s) Went from playing junior football Pyebank Rovers FCm Heeley FC and to Wednesday FC in 1883, playing with Lockwood Brothers FC later in the year. Returned to Wednesday from 1885 to 1895, making 109 league appearances, scoring three goals, in his time there.
Club honours Football Alliance winners 1889-90; FA Cup runners-up 1889-90;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Bett's grandson is Sheffield Wednesday FC's left-winger Dennis Woodhead (1947-55), born 12 June 1925. His father, Joseph Woodhead married Billy's youngest daughter, Annie, in Wortley [registered September 1923].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & Jason Dickinson's Sheffield Wednesday Who's Who [2005].

England Career

Player number One of five who became the 152nd player (154) to appear for England.
Position(s) Left-half
Only match No. 35, 23 February 1889, England 4 Wales 1, a British Championship match at Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent, aged 24 years 334 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1888-89;
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Later Wednesday's groundsman and from 1922, the club's trainer. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.33/34.

 

Billy Betts - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
2 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Billy Betts - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1

 

Billy Betts - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1888-89 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
BC All 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3 0 0 4.00 1.00 100.0 +1

 

Billy Betts - Match History
 Club: Wednesday F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 24
1 35 23 February 1889 - England 4 Wales 1, Victoria Ground, Stoke-upon-Trent BC HW Start lh
- 36 2 March 1889 - England 6 Ireland 1, Anfield Road, Liverpool HW withdrew

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