Dennis Hillman

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Dennis Hillman
Personal information
Full name Dennis Victor Hillman[1]
Date of birth (1918-11-27)27 November 1918
Place of birth Southend-on-Sea, England
Date of death 22 December 1994(1994-12-22) (aged 76)[1]
Place of death Colchester, England
Playing position Outside right
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–1944 Barking
1944–1946 Brighton & Hove Albion 0 (0)
1946–1951 Colchester United 111 (18)
1951–1952 Gillingham 21 (0)
Hastings United
Ramsgate Athletic
Total 133 (18)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Dennis Victor Hillman (27 November 1918 – 22 December 1994) was an English footballer who played in the Football League as a outside right for Colchester United and Gillingham.


Born in Southend-on-Sea, Hillman began his career with Brighton & Hove Albion, although he failed to break into the first-team with the club, opting to return to Essex with Colchester United shortly after World War II in 1946.[2] He would go on to make 107 Southern League appearances for the club and appeared on four occasions in the Football League after Colchester's election in 1950.[1][3]

Hillman made his Southern League debut on 28 September 1946 in a 3–2 home victory against Worcester City and scored his first goal for the club in a 3–3 draw at Bath City on 2 November of the same year.[2] He would go on to score 18 times in the Southern League,[4] scoring his final goal in the second leg of the Southern League Cup final against Bath, resulting in a 3–4 defeat as Colchester won 6–4 on aggregate on 3 May 1950.[2] He played his last game for the U's on 24 March 1951, a Third Division South 3–0 defeat by rivals Ipswich Town.[2]

Gillingham signed Hillman in August 1951 from Colchester, making 21 appearances for the club, eventually losing his place to Bill Burtenshaw.[5][6] He would later play for Hastings United and Ramsgate Athletic.[2]

Dennis Hillman died aged 76 on 22 December 1994 in a road accident.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Barry Hugman's Footballers – Dennis Hillman". Retrieved 17 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Colchester United – Player profile". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Colchester United – Appearances – Southern League". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Colchester United – Goalscorers – Southern League". Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Gillingham FC Career Details – Dennis Hillman". Retrieved 18 October 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "ON THIS DAY...". Gillingham FC. Retrieved 1 May 2013.