Player #277

Appearances:

529

Starts:

529

Goals:

245

Seasons:

15

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Billy Walker

Position

Forward

From

1919-20

To

1933-34

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Billy Walker

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Seasons

1919-20
1920-21
1921-22
1922-23
1923-24
1924-25
1925-26
1926-27
1927-28
1928-29
1929-30
1930-31
1931-32
1932-33
1933-34

Age*

21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
32
33
34
35

Division

D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1
D1

Appearances

529
21
42
40
41
42
39
40
34
41
41
35
44
31
33
5

Starts

529
21
42
40
41
42
39
40
34
41
41
35
44
31
33
5

Substitute

0
0
0
0
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
0
0
0
0

Goals

245
13
31
27
24
17
25
22
15
11
19
11
16
9
5
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

William Henry Walker

Birth Date

Friday, 29 October 1897

Birth Place

Wednesbury, West Midlands

Birth Country

England

Villa Youth

n/a

From

Transfer in

Wednesbury Old Athletic

For

Free

On

March 1915

Previous Clubs

King’s Hill School |
Walsall Boys |
Fallings Heath |
Hednesford Town |
Darlaston |
Wednesbury Old Park |
Wednesbury Old Athletic |

Loans Out

None

Transfer Out

To

Retired

For

Released

On

1933

Subsequent Clubs

Retired |

Villa Career

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

1920-33 Aston Villa, Free, 529 | 245 |

Played Under

George Ramsay led Management Committee |
Billy Smith led Management Committee |

First Squad Appearance

Saturday, 10 January 1920

Debut Appearance

Saturday, 10 January 1920

Queens Park Rangers (h), FA Cup

First Goal

Saturday, 10 January 1920

Final Appearance

Saturday, 30 September 1933

Portsmouth (a), Division One

Final Squad Appearance

Saturday, 30 September 1933

Honours

1919-20 FA Cup Winners |

Height

Foot

International Team

England

Died

28 November 1964, Aged 67

Billy Walker

Player #277 for Aston Villa, William Henry Walker, known as Billy Walker played as a forward for the club.

Billy played for Villa between 1919-20 and 1933-34.

Billy was born in Wednesbury, just 8 miles from Villa Park, on 29 October 1897 and he made his debut appearance for Villa in the FA Cup 1st Round tie against Queens Park Rangers on 10 January 1920 aged 22.

Villa had signed Billy from Wednesbury Old Athletic in in March 1915 following a trial and signed professional forms in June 1920.

Billy went on to be an ever-present in that season’s successful FA Cup campaign including playing in the FA Cup Final victory over Huddersfield Town in front of a crowd of 50,018 at Stamford Bridge. Billy’s first season brought his first and sadly only trophy for the club during a long and distinguished career.

Unsurprisingly Billy was the subject of fulsome eulogies, including from AVFC.co.uk:

“Harry Hampton scored more league goals, but Billy Walker is the man who holds Villa’s all-time scoring record.

While Hampton hit the target 215 times in league action, his combined league and cup total was 242. Walker managed 214 League goals but add a further 30 in FA Cup-ties for a total of 244.

He started as he meant to go on, too.

Born in Wednesbury in October 1897, Walker hit both goals on his Villa debut, a first round FA cup-tie against QPR in January 1920.

By the end of April he was the proud possessor of a Cup-winner’s medal after Villa beat Huddersfield Town in the final.

Walker had joined the club in 1915 and remained at Villa Park until his retirement in 1933, making 531 appearances – a record which stood until Charlie Aitken passed it 40 years later.

He also scored on his England debut in October 1920 and was eventually capped 18 times, being appointed captain of both his club and his country.

His scoring feats included reaching double figures in 12 consecutive seasons as well as a dozen hat-tricks, including four against Arsenal in 1920 and Sheffield United nine years later.”

“The playing years with Aston Villa were the happiest of my whole life. About Villa Park itself hung an aura that seems almost to be visible. Most certainly it is there to be felt and I know of no other ground that has the same effect on one. Almost it seems to be peopled by ghosts - amiable ghosts whose job it is to breathe the great Villa spirit into generation after generation of ambitious youngsters who pass through the great gates to achieve a life’s ambition; to wear the famous claret and blue of the great club.”

Life was never dull with Billy in the side yet even so his scoring of three penalty kicks against Bradford City on 12 November 1921 was pretty remarkable.

Billy played under both the George Ramsay and the Billy Smith led Management Committees.

Billy passed away in Sheffield on 28th November 1964 aged 67.