Billy Lucas

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Billy Lucas
Personal information
Full name William Henry Lucas[1]
Date of birth (1918-01-15)15 January 1918
Place of birth Newport, Wales
Date of death 1998
Place of death Wales
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Playing position Wing half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1936–1937 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 (0)
1937–1948 Swindon Town 141 (32)
1948–1953 Swansea Town 205 (35)
1953–1958 Newport County 93 (6)
National team
1948–1950 Wales 7 (0)
Teams managed
1953–1961 Newport County
1962–1967 Newport County
1967–1969 Swansea Town
1970–1974 Newport County
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

William Henry "Billy" Lucas (15 January 1918 – 1998) was a Welsh international football player in the late 1940s and 1950s. During his career, Lucas made over 400 appearances in The Football League during spells with Swindon Town, Swansea Town and Newport County and attained seven caps for Wales as well as eight wartime caps. After his retirement from playing, he went on to manage two of his former clubs, Newport County and Swansea Town.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

A wing half, he began his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers but left the club without making an appearance. Lucas instead joined Swindon Town where he established himself in the first team. His spell with the club was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II and, after just over one season with club following the return of The Football League in 1946, Swansea Town manager Billy McCandless paid a then club record fee of £11,000 to bring him to Vetch Field.[2] In his first season he captained the side to the Division Three South title and in following years also won two Welsh Cup's.[3] In December 1953 he joined Newport County as player-manager and made 93 appearances for Newport scoring 6 goals.[4]

International[edit]

Lucas' first participation for Wales came in a wartime international match against England at Ninian Park on 9 May 1942, scoring the only goal of the game in a 1–0 victory.[5] He went on to play in a further seven wartime matches for Wales before winning his first full cap on 23 October 1948 in a 3–1 defeat to Scotland in the 1949 British Home Championship. He gained a total of seven caps for Wales, his final appearance coming on 15 November 1950 in a 4–2 defeat to England.[2]

Managerial career[edit]

Following his retirement from playing, Lucas became full-time manager of Newport County until 1961 when he resigned due to a lack of support and what he perceived as a general apathy surrounding the club.[6] He returned to the club a year later following the sacking of Bobby Evans after they finished bottom of the Third Division and spent another five years in charge before taking over at Swansea Town. Lucas later took charge of Newport for a third and final spell in 1970, working without wages for the first six months due to financial problems at the club, which lasted until 1974.[2]

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team Country From To Record
G W D L Win %
Swansea Town Wales February 1967 March 1969 96 33 24 39 34.38
Total 96 33 24 39 34.38

Outside football[edit]

In 1951, following his move back to South Wales to join Swansea Town, Lucas took over the Black Horse Inn with his wife Edith.[6]

Honours[edit]

Swansea City
1948–49
1950

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search 1984 to 2006 – Birth, Marriage and Death indexes". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Hayes, Dean P. (2004). Wales The Complete Who's Who of Footballers Since 1946. Sutton Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7509-3700-9. 
  3. ^ "Past players". Swansea City A.F.C. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  4. ^ "Billy Lucas". Post War English & Scottish Football League A - Z Player's Database. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  5. ^ "Wales 1-0 England". Welsh Football Data Archive. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  6. ^ a b "County past 1912 to 1989". Newport County A.F.C. Retrieved 2010-04-15. [dead link]