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Billy Richardson

West Bromwich Albion FC

1 appearance, 0 goals

P 1 W 1 D 0 L 0 F 1: A 0
100% successful


captain: none
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Full name William Richardson
name notes Often appeared in Albion teamsheets as W.G. Richardson. the 'G' stood for 'Ginger'. It was to distinguish himself from centre-half, William Richardson.
Born 29 May 1909 at 167 Newcastle Row in Framwellgate Moor, County Durham [registered in Durham, June 1909].

Census Notes

According to the 1911 census, William is the youngest of six child of George and Rebecca S. living at 167 Newcastle Row in Framwellgate Moor. His father is a overman in the local colliery.

According to the 1939 register, William is a professional footballer and a war reservist with the Police Force. He is married to Olive, and they live at 8 Springfield Crescent in West Bromwich, along with his widowed mother, Rebecca.

Married to Olive (possibly Anderson [registered in Hartlepool, June 1931].)
Died 29 March 1959, aged 49 years 304 days [registered in Birmingham, June 1959].
Height/Weight 5' 8", 11st 0lbs. [1929], 10st. 12lbs [1931], 10st.13lbs [1939].


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

Club Career

Club(s) Played schoolboy football in Durham, earning a single cap with Durham County schools as an outside-right and played his junior football with Horden Wanderers FC. Richardson was also played centre-forward with United Bus Company Ltd FC, a football works team based in nearby Hartlepool, for whom he served as a bus conductor. Signed amateur forms with Hartlepools United FC, before signing professionally in 1928-29. West Bromwich Albion FC then paid a £1250 transfer fee for his services on 11 June 1929. He remained a Throstle, becoming club captain, scoring 217 goals in 350 league appearances, until he joined Shrewsbury Town FC in November 1945.
Club honours FA Cup winners 1930-31, runners-up 1934-35;
Individual honours None
Distinctions Scored four goals in five minutes for West Bromwich Albion FC, it was against West Ham United FC on 7 November 1931.


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

England Career

Player number One of four who became the 611th players (613) to appear for England.
Position(s) Centre-forward
Only match No. 198, 18 May 1935, Netherlands 0 England 1, a friendly match at Olympisch Stadium, Stadionbuurt, Amsterdam, aged 25 years 354 days.
Major tournaments None
Team honours None
Individual honours None
Distinctions Died 24 days after Arthur Lockett

Beyond England

During his playing days, Richardson bred Alsatians as a hobby. He was a war reserve with the Police Force during the war. After retiring from the pitch, Richardson became an assistant trainer at West Bromwich Albion FC, where he remained in some capacity until his death. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.207.


Billy Richardson - Career Statistics
Squads Apps comp. apps Mins. Goals goals ave.min comp. goals Capt. Disc.
1 1 0 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 Richardson - 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 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 1.00 100.0 +1
All 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 0 1 1.00 1.00 100.0 +1


Billy Richardson - Match History

 Club: West Bromwich Albion F.C. - one full appearance (90 min)

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

Age 25
1 198 18 May 1935 - Netherlands 0 England 1, Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam Fr AW Start cf