Bristol born wing half Billy Tout started his football career with Moorfield Albion in 1901, playing for Redfield Rangers in 1902 before joining Southern League Bristol Rovers for a year in 1903. He then moved to non league Bristol East from where Tout was snapped up by Swindon Town secretary/manager Sam Allen in May 1905. He made his debut in a friendly match versus Millwall on Boxing Day – starring in a 3-1 win. His League debut came just four days later, versus West Ham at The County Ground.
Although Tout eventually settled into a right-half position, he was utilised by Swindon in many positions, including left-half, centre-half, inside-left, outside-left and right back. The following season, Tout took over as the club’s penalty taker. Four years later, an injury picked up a fortnight before Swindon’s FA Cup semi final versus Barnsley kept him out for the rest of the season. When the Town were awarded a penalty in the replay, their specialist was not on-hand to take it, and Archie Bown stepped up. The penalty was saved, and Swindon were knocked out. An ever-present in both of the Southern League Championship campaigns of 1911 and 1914, He also scored in Swindon’s 1911 FA Charity Shield defeat to Manchester United. The First World War interrupted Tout’s career at the Town, and by the time it ended, he was 34 years of age. He remained at the club for their inaugural season in the Football League, making four appearances in 1920. His last game came on November 6th at Millwall, before he left to become player-manager at Bath City, where he stayed until retiring. In total, Tout scored 61 goals in 422 appearances for Swindon, 39 of which came from the penalty spot.