Billy Dixon (footballer, born 1941)

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Billy Dixon
Personal information
Full name William Dixon
Date of birth (1941-02-12) 12 February 1941 (age 77)
Place of birth Dublin, Ireland
Playing position Midfield
Youth career
1958–1960 Home Farm
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1962 Waterford 34 (3)
1962–1966 Drumcondra 60 (18)
1966—1971 Shamrock Rovers 85 (12)
1967Boston Rovers (loan) 11 (2)
1971–1972 Drogheda 14 (1)
National team
League of Ireland XI 12 (?)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Billy Dixon (born 12 February 1941) is an Irish former footballer who played as a forward.

He began his career at Home Farm F.C. and after playing for Waterford United F.C. he signed for Drumcondra F.C. where he made his debut in a 5-5 draw with Shamrock Rovers in 1963. He scored in Inter-Cities Fairs Cup wins over Danish side B 1909 of Odense (twice) and Bayern Munich. Drums became the first League of Ireland side to register an aggregate win in European competition when they knocked out the Danish side in the 1962/63 season.

He joined Shamrock Rovers F.C. in June 1966 and scored on his debut [1].

He earned one League of Ireland XI while at Milltown and 12 in total and scored 4 goals in 10 appearances in the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup one of which came against Bayern Munich again, was a bit too easy [2].

Dixon scored the winner in his only FAI Cup final in 1967 [3]. It was a busy couple of days as Billy got married the day after.

He scored twice while playing for Rovers when they represented Boston as Boston Rovers in the summer of 1967 United Soccer Association.

He was placed on the transfer list in July 1971 after 5 years at Glenmalure Park [4].

Dixon signed for Drogheda United F.C. soon after with Joe Haverty and scored on his debut against Rovers!: Over his career he accumulated 6 goals in 12 European cup games [5].

Honours[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • The Hoops by Paul Doolan and Robert Goggins (ISBN 0-7171-2121-6)