Billy Wilson (footballer, born 1946)

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Billy Wilson
Personal information
Full name William Wilson
Date of birth (1946-07-10)July 10, 1946
Place of birth Seaton Delaval, England
Date of death February 22, 2018(2018-02-22) (aged 71)
Height 5 ft 8.5 in (1.74 m)
Playing position Full back
Youth career
1961–1963 Blackburn Rovers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1972 Blackburn Rovers 247 (0)
1972–1979 Portsmouth 193 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 March 1979

Billy Wilson (10 July 1946 – 22 February 2018) was an English footballer (soccer player) who played professionally in England for 15 years before retiring to run The Pompey public house just outside Fratton Park. Born in Seaton Delaval[1] on 10 July 1946 Wilson was a tough tackling left back[2] who made nearly 250 league appearances[3] for the Ewood Park club. An ever-present during their 1967-68[4] and 69-70[5] campaigns he was part of a close knit defence[6] that lived far more modest lives than today's top stars .[7]

In January 1972 he moved to Portsmouth F.C for £25,000[8] and promptly scored his first league goal.[9] He was to be a regular for four seasons (albeit a somewhat unconventional one[10]) until he lost his place to Keith Viney during the 1976/77 campaign,[11] after which he was very much more of a squad player.[12]

He died on 22 February 2018 at the age of 71.[13]


  1. ^ Birthplace Details Archived December 31, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Fan's testimony Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "The PFA Premier League and Football League Players' Records 1946-98" Hugman,B: Harpenden, Queen Anne Press, 1998 ISBN 1-85291-585-4
  4. ^ Blackburn career[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Rothmans Football Year Book,1970-71" Peskett,R/Williams,T: Harpenden, QAP,1970 ISBN 0-362-00071-9
  6. ^ Effective partnership with Newton
  7. ^ Langdale Road area[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Portsmouth, from Tindall to Ball" Farmery, C: Southend-on-Sea, Desert Island Books, 1999 ISBN 1-874287-25-2
  9. ^ Billy Wilson at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database
  10. ^ Unusual pre-match routine[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Article in The News Dickinson rings the changes 8 October 1976
  12. ^ "Pompey: The History of Portsmouth Football Club" Cooper,M/ Neasom,M/ Robinson,D: Portsmouth, Milestone Publications, 1984 ISBN 0-903852-50-0
  13. ^ Obituary: Wilson’s versatility at left-back, midfield and the bar at Pompey