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Billy Kirton

Aston Villa FC

1 cap, 1 goal

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

1921

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
90

Profile

Full name William John Kirton
Born 2 December 1895 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumbeland [registered in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, March 1896].
Attended Todds Nook School, North Shields
Birth notes All media states that Kirton was born in 1896. Not so, he was registered in March 1896.  The mistakes come from the fact that upon his death registration, the birthdate of 2 December 1896 was stated, but his birth registration does not back it up. His census returns give an age correct to his 1895 birth.

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, the five year old William J. is the second of two sons to Andrew and Isabella. His father is a cabinet maker at they live at 248 Stanton Street in Elswick, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

According to the 1911 census, fifteen year old William Kirton is now an office boy, still the youngest of two sons and still living with his their parents at 248 Stanton Street.

Married possibly to Margaret E. Goodfellow [registered in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, June 1921]. This is almost likely to be William John Kirton, although he was in Birmingham area in 1921, but no reason why he could not return to his hometown to marry.
Died 27 September 1970 in Hartopp Nursing Home, Sutton Coldfield, aged 74 years 299 days [registered in Sutton Coldfield, September 1970].
Height/Weight 5' 6½", 11st. 11lbs [1919]. 5' 7", 11st. 4lbs [1924].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], FindMyPast.com & OzWhite/AVFC database

Club Career

Club(s) Played local football in North Shields, including Todd Noo's School, before appearing for Pandon Temperance FC in 1917. Signed for Leeds City FC in May 1919, but sold to Aston Villa FC in October 1919 for �400 after City folded and he was auctioned off, he had made one solitary City league appearance.  After 22 league appearances, in which he scored 54 goals, he signed for Coventry City FC in September 1928 and then Kidderminister Harriers FC from September 1930. He remained a month before signing for Leamington Spa FC in October. Retiring soon after.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1919-20, runners-up 1923-24;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Source

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

England Career

Player number 424th player to appear for England.
Position(s) Inside-right
Only match No. 127, 22 October 1921, Ireland 1 England 1, a British Championship match at Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast, aged 25 years 324 days.
Major tournaments British Championships 1921-22
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions His father Andrew was born in Aberdeen, Billy could have played for Scotland instead.

Beyond England

No information, but apparently ran a newsagent's shop in Kingstanding, Birmingham, after his retirement. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.152.

 

Billy Kirton - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 1 90 min 1 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 Kirton - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Away - British Championship 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

 

Billy Kirton - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1921-22 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

 

Billy Kirton - Match History
 Club: Aston Villa F.C. - 1 full cap

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

Age 25
1 127 22 October 1921 - Ireland 1 England 1, Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast BC AD Start ir

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