Billy Williams (footballer, born 1905)

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Billy Williams
Billy Williams 1905.jpg
Williams with West Ham United
Personal information
Full name William Dennis Williams
Date of birth (1905-09-27)27 September 1905
Place of birth Leytonstone, England
Date of death 8 March 1994(1994-03-08) (aged 88)
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
 –1921 Fairburn House
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1921–1927 West Ham United 33 (7)
1927–1928 Chelsea 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William Dennis "Billy" Williams (27 September 1905 – 8 March 1994) was a footballer who played as a Forward. He was born in Leytonstone.

He became the youngest ever professional at 15 years of age, when in 1921 he signed for West Ham United from Fairbairn House. On 6 May 1922 making an appearance against Blackpool, at aged 16 years and 221 days, he became West Ham's youngest ever player; a record he held until Reece Oxford made his debut 23 days younger in 2015.[1][2][3] The forward made 44 appearances in all competitions and scored nine goals for West Ham before joining Chelsea in 1927.[4] He played only one season for Chelsea, playing only two games without scoring.[5]


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  2. ^ "West Ham United FC on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  3. ^ The Claret & Blue Book of West Ham United. Hove: Pitch Publishing (Brighton) Ltd. 2007. p. 45. ISBN 978-1-905411-02-3. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to the Wonderful World of West Ham United Statistics William Williams". Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Player profile — Billy Williams". Retrieved 2 July 2015.