Billy Horner

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Billy Horner
Personal information
Full name William Horner
Date of birth (1942-09-07) 7 September 1942 (age 76)
Place of birth Cassop, England
Playing position Central defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1969 Middlesbrough 187 (11)
1969–1975 Darlington 218 (5)
Teams managed
1974–1975 Darlington
1976–1983 Hartlepool United
1984–1986 Hartlepool United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Horner (born 7 September 1942 in Cassop, England) is an English footballer and manager.

Horner played at Middlesbrough from 1960 to 1969, primarily as a defender. He moved on to Darlington where he played until 1975.

He was player-manager of Darlington during the 1974–75 season, in which the club had to apply for re-election. He left the club at the end of the season and was appointed as coach to Darlington's arch-rivals Hartlepool. In October 1976, he took over as manager, and had two separate spells in this role: one from 1976–1983 and the other from 1983–1986. Although Hartlepool applied for re-election to the League on three occasions, Horner also guided the club to a respectable 9th-place finish in 1980–81, during which the club had been promotion contenders. In his second spell at the club, Hartlepool finished 7th in 1985–86, in which they had also been a promotion contender for much of the season.

Managerial stats[edit]

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Darlington England August 1974 May 1975 46 13 23 10 28.3
Hartlepool United England October 1976 March 1983 307 95 135 77 30.9
Hartlepool United England December 1983 November 1986 94 30 43 21 31.9

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