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||7 January 1985(aged 84)|
|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|
William Brown (22 August 1900 – 7 January 1985) was an English professional footballer who played in the Football League for West Ham United, Chelsea, Fulham, Stockport County and Hartlepools United.
Brown joined West Ham United, a club he had 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 the following year, scoring in a 2–2 draw against Belgium at The Hawthorns that saw him playing alongside West Ham teammate Ted Hufton.
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, where he scored 3 goals in 13 appearances. He saw out his playing days with spells at Annfield Plain and Blackhall Colliery Welfare. He also played cricket for Blackhall, signing on 14 March 1933 and becoming captain of the team. He ended his time with the club when he took on a role as a swimming baths superintendent at Easington Colliery.
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