Hugh Billington

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Hugh Billington
Personal information
Full name Hugh John Richard Billington
Date of birth (1916-02-24)24 February 1916
Place of birth Ampthill, England
Date of death 1988 (aged 71–72)
Place of death Luton, England
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1937–1938 Waterlows
1938–1948 Luton Town 87 (63)
1948–1951 Chelsea 83 (28)
1951–1952 Worcester City
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Hugh John Richard Billington (24 February 1916 – 1988) was a professional footballer best known as a player for Luton Town and Chelsea.[1][2]

Playing career[edit]

Born in Ampthill but raised in Luton, Billington was signed by Luton Town from local side Waterlows, for whom he had scored 80 goals during 1937–38. He started the 1938–39 in Luton's reserves, but after 14 goals in 15 games he was given his chance in the first team. On 5 November 1938, Hugh Billington made his league debut for Luton at Tranmere Rovers, and Billington scored twice as Luton won 3–2. He finished that season with 28 league goals from 27 Division Two matches, which made him the division's top scorer for that season.[1][3][4]

Sadly, the war interrupted his career, and although he scored regularly for Luton after the war, he was transferred to Chelsea for £8,000 in 1948.[2] After three years with Chelsea, he spent a season with Worcester City before retiring.[1]

He remained in Luton until his death in 1988.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Wash, Roger (2008). Hatters Heroes. Roger Wash. ISBN 978-0-9560832-0-3. 
  2. ^ a b Bailey, Steve (December 1997). The Definitive Luton Town F.C. Soccerdata. p. 92. ISBN 1-899468-10-2. 
  3. ^ Bailey, Steve (December 1997). The Definitive Luton Town F.C. Soccerdata. p. 33. ISBN 1-899468-10-2. 
  4. ^ "English League Leading Goalscorers". RSSSF. Archived from the original on 28 June 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2010.