Billy Thirlaway

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Billy Thirlaway
Personal information
Date of birth (1896-10-10)10 October 1896
Place of birth Washington, England
Date of death 1983 (aged 86–87)
Playing position Outside left
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19??–1921 Usworth Colliery
1921–1924 West Ham United 36 (2)
1924 Southend United 8 (0)
1924–1925 Luton Town 13 (0)
1925–1926 South Shields 29 (4)
1926–1927 Birmingham 22 (1)
1927–1929 Cardiff City 108 (22)
1929–19?? Tunbridge Wells Rangers
Usworth Colliery
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William J. "Billy" Thirlaway (10 October 1896 – 1983) was an English professional footballer who played as an outside left. He scored 29 goals from 216 appearances in the Football League.[1]

Thirlaway was born in Washington, which was then in County Durham. He began his career at non-league side Usworth Colliery before moving into league football when he signed for West Ham United in 1921. He spent three years at the club before moving to Southend United in 1924. His stay at the club was short and he went on to play for another three clubs in the next two years, namely Luton Town, South Shields and Birmingham.

In March 1927 he joined Cardiff City, making his debut in a 2–2 draw with Sunderland. Thirlaway had joined the club during the season that they would go on to win the FA Cup, but he was unable to play any part in the triumph as he had made an appearance in the competition for Birmingham before joining Cardiff. He was able to play in the Charity Shield win, when Cardiff beat Corinthians 2–1. He left the club at the end of the 1928–29 season and returned to non-league football with Tunbridge Wells Rangers.


Cardiff City



  • Hayes, Dean (2006). The Who's Who of Cardiff City. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-462-0. 


  1. ^ Joyce, Michael (2004). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: SoccerData. p. 257. ISBN 978-1-899468-67-6.