Brown Billy Image 1 Swansea Town 1920

Brown Billy Image 1 Swansea Town 1920


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Dysart, Fife born inside right Billy Brown had joined Kettering in 1909 and soon moved to Southern League Queen’s Park Rangers the following year. His performances impressed Second Division near neighbours Chelsea who signed him and for whom he made his Football League debut at Leeds City in September 1911. But his opportunities were limited and after 2 goals in 10 games over two seasons at Stamford Bridge he moved to Bristol City in the summer of 1913.

At Ashton Gate he scored 26 goals in 66 games over the next two seasons before football was suspended due to the onset of the First World War, during which he served in the Armed Forces, and at the War’s end he joined Southern League Swansea Town and returned to League action when Swansea were elected to The Football League in 1920, where in his two League seasons he scored 17 goals in 73 matches. A brief spell at Portsmouth in 1922 without making the first team was followed by 2 appearances for Northampton Town at the start of the 1922-23 season, whereafter he joined Kent League club Sittingbourne before his eventual retirement.

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