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Bill Brown

West Ham United FC

1 appearance, 1 debut goal

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 2: A 2
50% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


  William Brown
Birth 22 August 1900 in Newbottle, County Durham [registered in Houghton-le-Spring, September 1900]

According to the 1901 census, the eight-month old William is living with his grandparents, William and Elizabeth, in 10 Front Street in Newbottle. With William are his uncle's and aunt's, and possibly his mother...nineteen year-old Elizabeth! His granddad is a stoneman in the coal mine.


According to the 1911 census, living at 71 North View in Fencehouses, William, the youngest in the house, is living with his widowed-grandmother and other members of the extended family.

  According to the 1921 census, William is now a professional footballer (for West Ham United FC), and is the youngest of three children still living at home with their parents, Thomas and Jane, at 11 North Terrace in New Lambton, Burnmoor.
Marriage to Olive Vickers [registered Easington, December 1936]. One child, Jean (b.1941)
  According to the 1939 register, William, a boiler foreman at the local colliery, is married to Olive and living at 1A Eleventh Street in Blackhall Colliery.
Death January 1985 in Blackhall Colliery, County Durham, aged 84 years nk days [registered in North Cleveland in January 1985].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Began his career with his local club, Hetton FC. He had guested with West Ham United FC during the war and returned to the club in 1920. After sixty league appearances and fifteen goals, Chelsea FC signed him on 28 February 1924 and he made another 54 league appearances, scoring twenty goals before he signed for Fulham FC on 27 May 1929, making only two league appearances. He joined Stockport County FC on 18 July 1930, making another four league appearances before a return back to his native County Durham with Hartlepools United FC on 14 September 1931 after impressing in a months trial. He made a final thirteen league appearances. After which he played for Annfield Plain FC and Blackhall Colliery Welfare AFC.
Club honours FA Cup runners-up 1922-23; Football League Division Two runners-up 1922-23;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None
Height/Weight 5' 7½", 11st. 6lbs [1923].


Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of four who became 464th players (465) to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
Only match No. 138, 1 November 1923, Belgium 2 England 2, a friendly match at Bosuil Stadion, Schoten, Antwerpen, aged 23 years 71 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions The eightieth player to score on his England debut

Beyond England

Became a baths superintendent at Easington Colliery and later became an accomplished cricket player for Blackhall Colliery Welfare in the North Yorkshire and South Durham league, he signed for them on 14 March 1933. He ended his time as captain when he took up an appointment as a swimming baths superintendent in the Midlands. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.51.


Bill Brown - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 0 90 1 90 min 0 none none
minutes are an approximation, due to the fact that many matches rarely stick to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries and errors.


Bill Brown - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
Away - Friendly 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 2 2 =0 0 0 2.00 2.00 50.0 =0


Bill Brown - Match History
 Club: West Ham United F.C. - 1 full cap

F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 23
- 134 10 May 1923 - France 1 England 4, Stade Pershing, Paris Fr AW reserve
1 138 1 November 1923 - Begium 2 England 2, Bosuil Stadion, Antwerpen Fr AD Start 35 if