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Billy Elliott (footballer)

Billy Elliott
Personal information
Full name William Henry Elliott
Date of birth (1925-03-20)20 March 1925
Place of birth Bradford, England
Date of death 21 January 2008(2008-01-21) (aged 82)
Place of death Sunderland, England
Playing position(s) Winger
Youth career
1939–1942 Bradford Park Avenue
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1942–1951 Bradford Park Avenue 176 (21)
1951–1953 Burnley 74 (14)
1953–1959 Sunderland 212 (26)
1959–1961 Wisbech Town ? (?)
National team
1952 England 5 (3)
Teams managed
1961–1963 Libya
1966–1968 Daring FC
1972 Sunderland (caretaker)
1974–1978 Brann
1978–1979 Sunderland
1979–1983 Darlington
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Henry Elliott (20 March 1925 – 21 January 2008), born in Bradford, was an English professional footballer and football manager. He played five times for the England national side.

Sporting career

Playing career

Billy Elliott, a left winger, began his career with Bradford Park Avenue, joining as an amateur in 1939 and turning professional in March 1942. He scored 21 times in 176 league games for Bradford before a £23,000 move to Burnley in August 1951. He made his debut for England on 18 May 1952 in a 1–1 draw with Italy in Florence, also playing in the 3–2 win against Austria in Vienna a week later. The following season, he played the games against Northern Ireland, Wales and Belgium.

In June 1953, after fourteen goals in 74 league games for Burnley, Elliott moved to Sunderland in June 1953, costing £26,000. He played 212 games and scored 26 goals, in a six-year spell at the club, leaving in July 1959 to join Wisbech Town.

Coaching and managerial career

Elliott was manager of the Libya national side between October 1961 and 1963 when he returned to the UK and scouted for Sheffield Wednesday. In 1964 he moved to Germany to coach the US Forces teams, a post he held until July 1966 when he was appointed manager of Belgian side Daring FC. On leaving Daring in January 1968 he returned to Sunderland, as coach. Elliott was caretaker manager of Sunderland for four games in 1972 after the sacking of Alan Brown, remaining on the coaching staff under new manager Bob Stokoe until June 1973, leaving after Sunderland had won the FA Cup.

He coached Norwegian side Brann between 1974 and 1978 and in December 1978 returned to Sunderland as manager. He remained in charge until the end of the season, almost guiding Sunderland to promotion. The board decided that they wanted a younger man in charge, however, and sacked Elliott in favour of coach Ken Knighton.

In June 1979 he took over as manager of Darlington, where he remained until June 1983.

He died on 21 January 2008, aged 82.[1]


As a manager


Managerial statistics

Team Nat From To Record
G W L D Win %
Libya Libya October 1961 1963
Daring FC Belgium July 1966 January 1968
Sunderland England 1972 1972
Brann Norway 1974 December 1978
Sunderland England December 1978 May 1979 23 13 4 6 56.5
Darlington England June 1979 June 1983 184 56 74 54 30.4


  1. ^ "Sunderland mourn death of Elliott". BBC Sport. 21 January 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2008.

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