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Billy Pease

Middlesbrough FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 3: A 3
50% successful


captain: none
minutes played:


Full name Willie Pease
name notes Thought to be William Harold, but there are none. Willie was one of only two Leeds-born Pease's, and besides, his death registry confirms his actual name. Incidentally, the other was born in 1898.
Born 30 September 1899 at 7 Roxburgh Place, Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire [registered in Hunslet, December 1899].
Baptised 22 November 1899 in St Peter's Church, Hunslet Moor. By W. Gifford

Census Notes

According to the 1901 census, Willie is the youngest of two children, the older being Amy, to Walter and Annie (née Castle). They live at 7 Roxburgh Place in Hunslet. His father is a file grinder.

According to the 1911 census, Willie now has three younger siblings, Harry, Lillie and Laurie, still with their parents. Their father is still a file grinder and they live at 4 Westwood Grove in Hunslet.
According to passenger lists, Pease, along with other footballers, was part of a tour of South Africa that returned to Southampton on 5 August 1929 from Cape Town on board the SS Arundel Castle. His address was stated as 48 Ayresome Street in Middlesbrough.

According to the 1939 register, Willie is the manager at The Leeds Hotel, on the Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough.
Married: to Maria Mercia Relph [registered in Middlesbrough, June 1931]. Of which they had three sons, William, Christopher and David.
Died: 2 October 1955 in Redcar, aged 56 years 3 days [registered in Cleveland, December 1955] from a brain hemorrhage.
Buried in Redcar cemetery (left)
Height/Weight: 5' 9½", 11st. 5lbs [1930].

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990], Ancestry.com & granddaughter, Vicky Pease

Club Career

Club(s) Began his career playing for Holbeck St. Barnabas FC, and during the war, he was a Private with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, where he improved his football. Pease then joined his local league club, Leeds City AFC as an amateur during the 1918/19 season. He was sold during an auction when City were disbanded in October 1919, Pease signed amateur forms with Northampton Town FC on 19 October. Middlesbrough FC signed Pease on 19 May 1926 for a £2000 transfer fee and then Luton Town FC signed him on 1 June 1933. On 18 December 1934, it was discussed that Pease would become the player-manager of Gateshead FC, however, the club was not in a financial position to employ him. Luton granted Pease a 'free transfer' on 18 January 1935, allowing him to retire on 23 January 1935, choosing to enter the licensing trade despite being offered terms to join Hartlepools United FC.
Club honours Football League Division Two winners 1926-27, 1928-29;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None


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

England Career

Player number One of five who became 512th player (514) to appear for England.
The first Leeds-born player to be capped by England, and the only until....tbc
Position(s) Outside-right
Only match No. 152, 12 February 1927, Wales 3 England 3, a British Championship match at The Racecourse, Mold Road, Wrexham, aged 27 years 135 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1926-27;
Team honours British Championship shared 1926-27;
Individual honours FA Tour of South Africa 1929;
Distinctions Pease refereed a match on 12 July 1939 between the England Ladies team and the Scotland Ladies team, at Cleveland Park Stadium in Middlesbrough, in aid of the North Riding Infirmary and North Ormesby Hospitals (Picture below).

Beyond England

After leaving the game, he was employed as a licensee, firstly at The Leeds Hotel in Middlesbrough, then, from 1940, in the The Roseberry in Stokesley. Afterwhich he ran a bed & breakfast in Redcar, where he would later die. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.194/5./Vicky Pease

England Disgrace

"'Billy' Pease, licensee of the Roseberry Hotel, Middlesbrough, and formerly Middlesbrough F.C. international right winger, was fined 10s at Middlesbrough Police Court yesterday, when he admitted having supplied a customer with a bottle of beer after 10 p.m. on February 6. The customer, Walter I. Blance, of Lydbrooke Road, Middlesbrough, was fined 7s 6d for aiding and abetting." - Thursday, 27 February 1941, Newcastle Journal and North Mail,


Billy Pease - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 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.


Billy Pease - 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 3 3 =0 0 0 3.00 3.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 3 3 =0 0 0 3.00 3.00 50.0 =0


Billy Pease - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championship Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1926-27 1 0 1 0 3 3 =0 0 0 3.00 3.00 50.0 =0
BC All 1 0 1 0 3 3 =0 0 0 3.00 3.00 50.0 =0
All Competition
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 1 0 3 3 =0 0 0 3.00 3.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 3 3 =0 0 0 3.00 3.00 50.0 =0

Billy Pease - Match History

 Club: Middlesbrough F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

F.A. International Selection Committee - one full appearance (90 min)x

Age 27
1 152 12 February 1927 - Wales 3 England 3, The Racecourse, Wrexham BC AD Start or


FOR HOSPITALS.—The England captain (left), Margaret Thornborough (Preston Ladies), meets the Scots captain, Mary Leslie (Edinburgh Ladies), in the ladies’ international football match at Cleveland Park Stadium, Middlesbrough, in aid of the North Riding Infirmary and the North Ormesby Hospital. Behind are Billy Pease (referee) and Mr. G. Watts, of North Ormesby Hospital. - Wednesday, 12 July 1939, North-Eastern Gazette