Player #19

Appearances:

7

Starts:

7

Goals:

0

Seasons:

3

Billy Clarke
Billy Clarke

Source: Football card Billy Clarke issued by Taddy & Co for Grapnel and Imperial cigarettes under the Prominent Footballers series, first series, 1907.

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Billy Clarke
Billy Clarke

Source: Football card Billy Clarke issued by Taddy & Co for Grapnel and Imperial cigarettes under the Prominent Footballers series, first series, 1907.

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Billy Clarke

Position

Goalkeeper

From

1881-82

To

1883-84

IMAGE CREDIT

Billy Clarke

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

21
22
23

Division

FAC
FAC
FAC

Appearances

7
4
2
1

Starts

7
4
2
1

Substitute

0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0

Goals

0
0
0
0

*Age on opening day of the season

FAC: FA Cup; FL: Football League; D1: Division 1; D2: Division 2; D3: Division 3; PL: Premier League; CH: Championship

FULL SEASON BREAKDOWN

Albert William Clarke

Birth Date

July 1860

Birth Place

Walsall, West Midlands

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Wednesbury Old Athletic

From

For

Free

On

Unknown

Previous Clubs

Wednesbury Old Athletic |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Bilston Town

For

Free

On

1884

Subsequent Clubs

Bilston Town |

Billy Clarke
Billy Clarke

Source: Football card Billy Clarke issued by Taddy & Co for Grapnel and Imperial cigarettes under the Prominent Footballers series, first series, 1907.

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Billy Clarke
Billy Clarke

Source: Football card Billy Clarke issued by Taddy & Co for Grapnel and Imperial cigarettes under the Prominent Footballers series, first series, 1907.

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Villa Career

Seasons Active, Fee, Starts (Sub) | Goals |

1881-83 Aston Villa, Free, 7 | 0 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

Management Committee

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 31 December 1881

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 31 December 1881

Notts County (h), FA Cup

DEBUT

First Goal

Did not score

Final Appearance

Saturday, 29 December 1883

Wednesbury Old Athletic (a), FA Cup

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 29 December 1883

Honours

Played for the Villa

Height

Foot

International Team

Not selected

Died

1940, Aged 62

Billy Clarke

Player #19 for Aston Villa, Albert William Clarke, known as Billy Clarke played as a goalkeeper for the club. Billy represented Villa between 1881-82 and 1883-84.

Billy was born in Walsall, ten miles from Villa’s current ground, on 7th July 1860 and made his debut as a 21 year old in the New Year’s Eve match of 1881 against Notts County at Wellington Road.

Villa had signed Billy from Wednesbury Old Athletic and he went on to be the third custodian of the Villa goal in FA Cup football going on to represent the club seven times, conceding 15 goals without keeping a clean sheet at a ratio of 2.14 goals per game.

Ironically Billy’s final game for Villa also came over the Christmas period, this time on the 29th December 1883 at the age of 23. Billy moved on to Bilston Town shortly thereafter.

Billy played in the era when team selection was made by a Management Committee rather than the latter day more typical Manager role.

Billy passed away in 1934 in Birmingham aged 74.