Gripton Billy Image 1 West Bromwich Albion 1937

Gripton Billy Image 1 West Bromwich Albion 1937


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Tipton born centre half Billy Gripton played junior football for Brownhills Albion in 1935 and Toll End Wesley in 1936 before signing for Second Division West Bromwich Albion from Dartmouth Victoria in November 1937, making his Football League debut against Millwall in April 1939. Having made 9 first team appearances before the Second World War he returned to The Hawthorns after the conflict but made only 7 more appearances, joining Luton Town in June 1948, but opportunities at Kenilworth Road were no more forthcoming and he made only 3 appearances for The Hatters during 1948-49 and 1949-50. He joined Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in July 1950 and had 2 full seasons at Dean Court, making 80 appearances, before returning to the Midlands to join non league Worcester City in the summer of 1952.


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