Billy Hogg

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Billy Hogg
Personal information
Full name William Hogg
Date of birth (1879-05-29)29 May 1879
Place of birth Sunderland, England
Date of death 30 January 1937(1937-01-30) (aged 57)
Playing position Outside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Willington Athletic
1899–1909 Sunderland 281 (82)
1909–1913 Rangers 109 (45)
1913–1914 Dundee
1914–1915 Raith Rovers
National team
1902 England 3 (0)
Teams managed
1914–1915 Raith Rovers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Hogg (29 May 1879 – 30 January 1937) was an English footballer who played at outside right, winning the Football League championship with Sunderland in 1901–02, before moving to Scotland where he won the Scottish League title three times with Rangers. He also made three appearances for England in 1902.



Hogg was born in Sunderland and was playing local football with Willington Athletic when he was spotted by Sunderland where he became a professional in October 1899. He made his debut on 2 December 1899, scoring in a 5–0 victory over Notts County. He soon became a regular fixture in the outside-right berth and in his first season Sunderland finished third in the League, with Hogg having made 19 appearances with six goals.

The following season he was ever-present appearing in all 34 league matches, contributing nine goals as Sunderland finished as runners-up. In 1901–02 Hogg missed six games, but increased his goal tally to ten for the season, as Sunderland claimed the Championship by a three-point margin over Everton.

Hogg was selected for all England's matches in the 1902 British Home Championship, including the match played at Ibrox Park on 5 April 1902 which was subsequently declared "void" after the collapse of a stand left 25 spectators dead. England had played poorly in their opening matches, drawing 0–0 with Wales on 3 March 1902 and scrambling a 1–0 victory over the Irish on 22 March. Following the Ibrox disaster, the Scotland game was relocated to Villa Park. The match was fiercely fought and ended with a 2–2 draw, sharing the points but giving the trophy to the Scots.

Although never selected again for England, Hogg continued to score regularly for his club, and in 1903–04 he was the club's top-scorer with 12 goals.

Hogg remained with Sunderland until May 1909. In his final season with the Roker Park club, he scored two hat-tricks in a fortnight, the first away to Woolwich Arsenal on 21 November with the second coming on 5 December, in a 9–1 victory at St James' Park over bitter local rivals Newcastle United, with the other goals coming from George Holley (another hat-trick), Arthur Bridgett (two) and Jackie Mordue.[1] Sunderland finished the 1908–09 season in third place, with Newcastle champions.

In his ten years with Sunderland, Hogg made a total of 303 appearances in all competitions, with 84 goals.


In May 1909 he moved to Glasgow, where he joined Rangers for a fee of £100.[2] In his first season at Ibrox, Rangers finished third in the Scottish League table, with Hogg contributing six goals from 29 appearances. In each of the next three seasons, Rangers won the title with Hogg contributing 14 goals from 30 appearances in 1910–11[3] and 20 goals from 30 appearances in 1911–12.[4] In each of the three championship seasons, Rangers' top scorer was Scotland international William Reid.

By 1913, injuries were beginning to limit Hogg's appearances and he was only able to make 16 appearances (with five goals) eventually losing his place to Jimmy Paterson as Rangers claimed the title for the third consecutive season.[5]

Later career[edit]

He left Rangers at the end of the season, spending a year with Dundee before accepting the position of player-manager at Raith Rovers. Following the outbreak of the First World War, Hogg returned to Wearside to work in an engineering works. After the war he became a local licensee.[2]




Billy Hogg's brother Jack Hogg was also a professional footballer: he was a half-back with Sunderland, Sheffield United and Southampton and Hartlepool United. Billy Hogg's younger son William played with Bishop Auckland and Bradford City. Billy’s great great grandson, Edward Theodore Jeffries is also a footballer, scoring 28 goals for TWGSB playground boys, he is also 4 foot 9[6]


  1. ^ Newcastle United 1 Sunderland 9, 5 December 1908 (Match summary) Archived 17 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Graham Betts (2006). England: Player by player. Green Umbrella Publishing. p. 131. ISBN 1-905009-63-1.
  3. ^ Rangers 1910–11 season details
  4. ^ Rangers 1911–12 season details
  5. ^ Rangers 1912–13 season details
  6. ^ Holley, Duncan; Chalk, Gary (1992). The Alphabet of the Saints. ACL & Polar Publishing. p. 169. ISBN 0-9514862-3-3.

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