Billy Beaumont

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Billy Beaumont
Personal information
Full name William Edward Beaumont
Date of birth (1883-11-09)9 November 1883
Place of birth Ashton-in-Makerfield, England
Date of death 19 November 1911(1911-11-19) (aged 28)
Place of death Portsmouth, England
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Playing position Half back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1906–1907 Swindon Town 49 (0)
1907–1910 Portsmouth 70 (2)
1910–1911 Southampton 27 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William Edward "Billy" Beaumont (9 November 1883 – 19 November 1911) was an English footballer who played as a half back for three Southern League clubs in the early part of the twentieth century.

Football career[edit]

Beaumont was born in Ashton-in-Makerfield near Wigan, but started his professional football career in February 1906 with Swindon Town in the Southern League. He remained at Swindon until the start of the 1907–08 season, when he moved to the south coast to join Portsmouth for a fee of £75.[1]

He played for Portsmouth for three years on a part-time basis, while working as a motor engineer.[1] In his time at Fratton Park he performed consistently, but Portsmouth were unable to regain the league title, with a best finish of fourth in 1908–09.[2]

In October 1910, he was on the verge of retiring when he received an offer from Southampton. Beaumont therefore joined the "Saints", again on a part-time basis. He trained nightly at Fratton Park and only made contact with the Southampton team on match days.[3] According to "The Alphabet of the Saints", he was "never a brilliant player (but) was, nonetheless, versatile"[1] and could play in any of the half back positions. He made his Southampton debut on 29 October 1910 in a 3–2 defeat at Brentford and only missed three matches as Saints finished the season just one point above the relegation places.[4]

Beaumont left the Saints in the summer of 1911 and retired from football. Within months he had contracted pneumonia and died on 19 November 1911, a few days after his 28th birthday.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 26. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3. 
  2. ^ Chalk, Gary; Holley, Duncan (1987). Saints – A complete record. Breedon Books. pp. 44–45. ISBN 0-907969-22-4. 
  3. ^ Juson, Dave (2004). Saints v Pompey - A history of unrelenting rivalry. Hagiology Publishing. p. 221. ISBN 0-9534474-5-6. 
  4. ^ Saints – A complete record. pp. 48–49. 

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