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Billy Walker
Personal information
Full name William Henry Walker
Date of birth 29 October 1897(1897-10-29)
Place of birth    Wednesbury, England
Date of death    28 November 1964 (aged 67)
Place of death    Sheffield, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
1914-1919 Aston Villa
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1919–1934 Aston Villa 478 (214)   
National team
1920–1932 England 018 00(9)
Teams managed
Sheffield Wednesday
Chelmsford City
Nottingham Forest

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

William Henry "Billy" Walker (29 October 1897 – 28 November 1964) was a prominent English footballer of the 1920s and 1930s.[1]



One of Aston Villa's true legends, Walker was born in Wednesbury, Staffordshire. He joined Villa in 1914 and stayed at Villa Park for the rest of his playing career, retiring in 1934.

He made 531 appearances for Villa between 1914 and 1934, scoring 244 goals, of which 214 came in 478 league matches.[2] He remains Aston Villa FC's all-time top goalscorer to this day. He was an FA Cup Winner with Villa in 1920.

Walker played for England 18 times, scoring 9 goals.[1]

He also successfully managed Sheffield Wednesday leading them to the FA Cup in 1935, and Nottingham Forest from 1939 to 1960, bringing promotion to the First Division in 1956-57 and an FA Cup final triumph two years later (Beating Villa in the semis), becoming the only manager to win the trophy both before and after the second World War. He was also the first Englishman to score at Wembley, when he scored against Scotland on April 12, 1924.

Career honours

Honours as player

Aston Villa

Football League First Division

  • Runners-up: 1931, 1933

FA Cup

Honours as manager

Sheffield Wednesday

FA Cup

Nottingham Forest

FA Cup

Football League Second Division

  • Runners-up: 1957

Football League Third Division (North)

  • Champions: 1951

FA Charity Shield


  1. ^ a b "Billy Walker". Retrieved 2009-09-11.  
  2. ^ "Walker, William Henry (Billy)". Aston Villa Player Database. Jörn Mårtensson. Retrieved 2009-09-11.  

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