Billy Brown (footballer, born 1900)

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This article is about the West Ham United player of the 1920s. For other footballers born William Brown, see William Brown (disambiguation).
Billy Brown
Personal information
Full name William Brown
Date of birth (1900-08-22)22 August 1900
Place of birth Hetton-le-Hole, England
Date of death 1 January 1985(1985-01-01)
Place of death Easington, England
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1921–1924 West Ham United 60 (15)
1924–1928 Chelsea 54 (20)
1929–1930 Fulham 2 (0)
1930–1931 Stockport County 4 (0)
1931–1932 Hartlepool United 13 (0)
Annfield Plain
Blackhall Colliery Welfare
National team
1923 England 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William "Billy" Brown (22 August 1900 – January 1985) was an English professional footballer.

Brown joined West Ham United, a club he had played for as a 16-year-old during World War I,[1] 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, Retrieved on 20 January 2007
  • Since 1888. Retrieved on 31 May 2008
  1. ^ Belton, Brian (2006). The Lads of '23. SoccerData. p. 75. ISBN 1-899468-91-9.