Billy Brown (footballer, born 1900)
|Full name||William Brown|
|Date of birth||22 August 1900|
|Place of birth||Hetton-le-Hole, England|
|Date of death||1 January 1985|
|Place of death||Easington, England|
|1921–1924||West Ham United||60||(15)|
|Blackhall Colliery Welfare||?||(?)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).|
Brown joined West Ham United, a club he'd played for as a 16 year old during World War I, from Hetton in 1921. He made his debut in the final match of the 1920-21 season, a scoreless away game against South Shields on 7 May 1921.
Brown often featured as a utility player, but played inside-right, partnering Dick Richards, in the 1923 FA Cup Final against Bolton Wanderers. A month later, he played for England in a reserve international against France. He gained a full cap against Belgium at The Hawthorns the following year.
He made 71 appearances and scored 20 goals for the east London club before leaving for Chelsea in 1924. He went on to play for Fulham, Stockport County and Hartlepools United. He later became an accomplished cricket player for Blackhall Colliery Welfare in the North Yorkshire South Durham league.
- William Brown was also the name of a footballer that played for West Ham United between 1907 and 1909. He played 19 Southern League games for the club, scoring four goals, and had previously played for Vale of Leven.
- Hogg, Tony (2005). Who's Who of West Ham United. Profile Sports Media. p. 38. ISBN 1-903135-50-8.
- Billy Brown, westhamstats.info. Retrieved on 20 January 2007
- Since 1888. Retrieved on 31 May 2008