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Billy Mehmet playing for St. Mirren.
|Full name||Billy Osman Beyza|
|Date of birth||3 January 1984|
|Place of birth||Peckham, London, England|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1991–2003||West Ham United|
|2004||Republic of Ireland U21||1||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 May 2014.
Billy Mehmet (born 3 January 1984) is a professional football player who plays for Sarawak FA in the Malaysia Super League. Born in London and of English, Irish and Turkish Cypriot descent, he has played for the Republic of Ireland U21 team.
Mehmet is a product of the West Ham United Academy. He was signed by the club at the age of eight and spent eleven years with West Ham United before transferring to the Scottish Premier League at the age of 19.
Mehmet spent 7 years in Scotland with Dunfermline Athletic and St Mirren. Mehmet has also played in the Turkish Super Lig with Gençlerbirliği S.K. and Samsunspor as well as spending 2 years in Australia, playing in the Hyundai A-League with Perth Glory. Mehmet has also played in the Thai Premier League with Bangkok Glass. In 2014 Mehmet was the Malaysia Premier League top goal scorer in all competitions, scoring 23 goals in 26 appearances.
Born in London to an Irish mother and a Turkish Cypriot father, Mehmet began his career with West Ham United where he was captain of The Academy of Football. As a youngster Mehmet was offered deals with Norwich, Arsenal, Millwall and Crystal Palace but decided to stay with West Ham United. He transferred to Dunfermline Athletic on 8 May 2003. He was an unused substitute in the 2004 Scottish Cup Final against Celtic, Dunfermline losing 3-1. In 2005 he transferred to St. Mirren.
In his first season he helped St Mirren win the Scottish First Division and gain promotion to the Scottish Premier League, scoring the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Dundee which clinched the league. He scored the goals that kept St Mirren in the SPL in 2007–08 and 2008–09. In 2007–08 season, Mehmet started to play more and was Saints' top scorer in 2007–08 with nine goals, 2008–2009 with 11 goals and 2009–10 with 13 goals. In February 2008, Mehmet extended his contact with St Mirren to 2010. He scored his first ever hat-trick in a Scottish League Cup win against Dumbarton. On 7 March 2009, Mehmet scored the only goal in a 1–0 win at St. Mirren Park, converting a penalty to knock Celtic out of the Scottish Cup, and sending the Paisley club into the semi-finals of the tournament.
The victory came after St. Mirren suffered a 7–0 thrashing at the hands of Celtic in their Scottish Premier League meeting at Parkhead the week before. In August 2009, Mehmet scored five of St Mirren's six goals in a 6–3 League Cup victory over East Stirlingshire. On 2 February 2010, Mehmet booked Saints a place in the League Cup final after his strike was enough to secure a semi-final victory over Hearts, they lost 1–0 in the final against Rangers.
On 10 May 2010, it was confirmed that Mehmet had signed for Turkish side Gençlerbirliği S.K. on a two-year deal with a one-year option to extend his stay. However, in January 2011 Mehmet mutually agreed to terminate his contract as Gençlerbirliği S.K. suffered financial issues. He made 14 appearances for the club.
Mehmet was not unattached for long as he signed a few days later for Turkish side Samsunspor, dropping down to the Bank Asya Lig 1, the second level of Turkish football, due to a clause in his contract that didn't allow him to play for another Super Lig team for one season. Mehmet helped Samsunspor to second place in the Bank Asya Lig 1 title in April 2011 which saw Samsunspor promoted to the Turkish Super Lig.
On 5 September 2011 it was announced he had signed with A-League club Perth Glory. After an impressive pre-season, Mehmet scored the lone goal in Perth's 1–0 defeat of Adelaide United in the opening round game in Perth. He went to make 28 league appearances that season, scoring seven goals, and helped Perth Glory to second place in the league.
In January 2013, Mehmet terminated his contract with Perth Glory in the A-League after agreeing to sign with Thai Premier League side Bangkok Glass. Billy Mehmet scored in his first pre-season match for Bangkok Glass vs Singapore Armed Forces in a 3–1 victory at the Leo Stadium. Mehmet made his league debut for Bangkok Glass on 3 March 2013, losing 1–0 to Songkhla United.
Not long after leaving Bangkok, Mehmet was snapped up by Indian club Dempo S.C.. The Panaji based club from the I-League (India's top flight) announced his signing on 10 June. Mehmet made his debut for Dempo on 22 September 2013, in a 3–0 away defeat to Shillong Lajong.
In late 2013, Mehmet signed for Malaysian Premier League club Kedah FA for the 2014 Malaysia Premier League season. He made an immediate impact for his new team, scoring six goals in his first four games and being awarded the club's Player of the Month award.
Mehmet decided to move onto Malaysian Super League side Sarawak FA at the end of the 2014 season. Mehmet was also offered a contract at Super League side Perak, but chose Sarawak FA. Mehmet had a great pre season with Sarawak scoring on his debut game for the club. Mehmet scored 8 goals in pre season with Sarawak FA. Mehmet also scored on his full debut and his next 2 games in the Malaysian Super League with Sarawak.
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- As of 10 June 2013
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Mehmet qualifies for the Republic of Ireland through his Irish grandfather. He has played for the Republic of Ireland under-21 national football team and made his debut against Poland in April 2004. Mehmet spent 4 years at Englands Bisham Abbey between the age of 13 and 17. Mehmet qualifies for England, Cyprus and Turkey due to his mother being half English and half Irish and his father being Cypriot.
- Dunfermline Athletic
- St Mirren
- Perth Glory
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