Pick Billy Image 1 Coventry City 1930

Pick Billy Image 1 Coventry City 1930


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Danesmoor, Derbyshire born outside left Billy Pick began his football career with Danesmoor Miners Welfare in 1922 and played for Danesmoor Rovers in 1923 before joining the books of First Division Bury in February 1925 without making their first eleven. He moved to Third Division (North) Lincoln City in April 1926 and made his Football League debut at Rotherham United the same month, playing twice for The Imps before the end of the season. He then moved to Portsmouth in August 1926 but again spent his time in the reserves, without making a first team appearance.

In July 1927 he joined Newport County and stayed just over a year, scoring 4 goals in 20 appearances, before he was signed by Coventry City in November 1928 in a player exchange. At Coventry he established himself in the first team and in 1929-30 he scored 18 goals in the campaign, making him the club’s second top scorer. After 26 goals in 78 appearances he was sold to Watford in December 1930, scoring twice at Walsall in his first away game, but was superseded the following September by another ex‐Coventry City man, Jack Barnes having made 5 goals in 30 appearances.

In July 1932 he was exchanged for Joe Wilson of Barrow, plus a fee, and had a single season in Cumbria scoring 7 times in 40 appearances before joining Stockport County in September 1933. He made his final League appearance, and only first team outing for The Hatters, in a 3-1 win over Rotherham United at Edgeley Park the same month, and was released to join non league Bath City in October, playing in their FA Cup ties with Charlton Athletic that November, the first match being drawn at home before Bath lost 3-1 in the replay at The Valley. In November 1934 he returned to East Midlands football joining Sutton Town, and finished his career by returning to Danesmoor Miners’ Welfare in September 1935.


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