Billy Gray

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Billy Gray
Personal information
Full name William Patrick Gray
Date of birth (1927-05-24)24 May 1927
Place of birth Ashington, England
Date of death 11 April 2011(2011-04-11) (aged 83)
Place of death Nottingham
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1947–1948 Leyton Orient 19 (1)
1948–1953 Chelsea 146 (12)
1953–1957 Burnley 120 (30)
1957–1963 Nottingham Forest 201 (29)
1963–1965 Millwall 20 (1)
Teams managed
1963–1966 Millwall
1966–1967 Brentford
1967–1968 Notts County
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William Patrick "Billy" Gray (24 May 1927 – 11 April 2011) was an English professional association footballer and manager who played initially as a winger.


On his transfer to Nottingham Forest in 1957 he played in his accustomed position of outside right; in the summer of 1958 Forest signed Roy Dwight, also an outside right, from Fulham, and Gray moved to inside forward. In this position he played in every game of that season's FA Cup winning run, and scored 5 goals, including 3 penalties and one in the 4th round vs Grimsby Town directly from a corner.

In later years at Forest he moved to full back, finally leaving the club in 1963 to become player manager at Millwall.

Personal life[edit]

Gray's nephew was John Richardson, whom he managed at Millwall and Brentford.[1] His death in April 2011 at the age of 83 leaves Jeff Whitefoot as the only survivor from the 1959 Cup-winning team.


As a manager[edit]


External links[edit]


  1. ^ Haynes, Graham (1998). A-Z Of Bees: Brentford Encyclopaedia. Yore Publications. ISBN 1 874427 57 7.