Player #127

Appearances:

258

Starts:

258

Goals:

111

Seasons:

11

Billy Garraty
Billy Garraty

Source: Football card #5 Billy Garraty issued by Taddy & Co for Grapnel and Imperial cigarettes under the Prominent Footballers series, first series, 1907.

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Billy Garraty

Position

Centre Forward

From

1897-98

To

1907-08

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Billy Garraty

Seasons Quick-View

Seasons

Age*

18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

258
2
10
40
41
28
30
18
37
37
5
10

Starts

258
2
10
40
41
28
30
18
37
37
5
10

Substitute

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Unused

0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Goals

111
0
7
29
11
7
15
9
10
21
2
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

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William Garraty

Birth Date

Sunday, 6 October 1878

Birth Place

Saltley, Birmingham

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Aston Shakespeare

From

For

Free

On

Unknown

Previous Clubs

Church Road School |
Saltley St. Saviour’s School |
Ashted Swifts |
St. Saviour’s FC |
Highfield Villa |
Lozells FC |
Aston Shakespeare |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Leicester Fosse

For

Free

On

1908

Subsequent Clubs

1908 Leicester Fosse |
1908-10 West Bromwich Albion |
1910-11 Lincoln City |

Billy Garraty
Billy Garraty

Source: Football card #5 Billy Garraty 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 |

1898-08 Free, 258 | 111 |

STARTS

SUBS

GOALS

Played Under

George Ramsay led Management Committee

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 2 April 1898

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 2 April 1898

Stoke (h), Division One

DEBUT

First Goal

Saturday, 25 March 1899

Final Appearance

Wednesday, 11 March 1908

Bristol City (a), Division One

FINAL

Final Squad Appearance

Wednesday, 11 March 1908

Honours

1898-99 League Champions |
1899-00 League Champions |
1904-05 FA Cup Winners |

Height

Foot

International Team

England

Died

6 May 1931, Aged 52

Billy Garraty

Player #127 for Aston Villa, William Garraty, known as Billy Garraty played as a centre forward for the club.

Billy played for Villa between 1897-98 and 1907-08.

Billy was born in Saltley, less than 3 miles from Villa Park, on 6th October 1878 and made his debut for the club as a 19 year old on the 2nd April 1898.

Villa had signed Billy from Aston Shakespeare and he went on to make a total of 258 appearances across 10 seasons with the club.

During his time with Villa, Billy won 5 major trophies: 2 League Championships in 1898-99 and 1899-00 as well as the 1904-05 FA Cup and 2 Charity Shields.

Billy’s contribution to the 1899-00 title winning season was outstanding with 27 goals in 33 league appearances. For good measure he hit another 3 in the FA Cup that season too.

Although his contribution remained strong Billy’s goalscoring wouldn’t again reach the heights of 1899-00 and indeed he would only exceed 15 league goals in 3 of his subsequent 8 seasons with the club.

The Villa News and Record of 1st September 1906 paid tribute to Billy:

“An excellent goalscorer throughout his career, with his dashing moustache, Billy was industrious, never-say-die utility forward, He could also play at right-half and centre-half, giving service from both positions and it has been said that he was one of the first great utility players. However, Billy always preferred to be ‘up front’ looking to score goals, and he did just that on a regular basis throughout his long career.”

“He joined the club as an outside-left, and played some games in that position. Known mainly for his goals in his earlier years (30 goals in his first full season), he became a sound midfield player at inside-right or right-half, and was even tried at centre-half. He gave long and highly valued service.”

Billy’s final appearance for Villa on 11th March 1908 following which he moved on to Leicester Fosse.

Billy played his entire Villa career under the George Ramsey led Management Committee.

Billy’s exit was not the end of his contribution to Villa however with his great grandson, Jack Grealish, going on to become another Villa talisman 9 decades later.

Billy passed away in Perry Barr on 6th May 1931 aged just 52.