Fellowes, Billy

Birth Date

15th March 1910


Bradford, Yorkshire



Biographical Text

Billy Fellowes played for Exeter City either side of the war from 1938 to 1947. He joined the club from Luton Town and later played for Tavistock where he had started his career before joining Plymouth Argyle. He briefly returned to St James' Park in the role of assistant manager. 

Although born in Bradford, Billy came to prominence whilst playing for Tavistock. He signed for Plymouth Argyle in 1929 and featured in five league matches before leaving Home Park in 1933 to sign for Clapton Orient.

Making 78 league appearances for his new club, Billy added another hundred in the colours of Luton Town between 1935 and 1938 prior to making a return to Devon to sign for Exeter City in 1938. 

Appearing first in the win at Cardiff City on 27 August 1938, Billy was an ever-present throughout the season as he occupied either the number 5 or number 6 position whilst scoring a single goal against Swindon Town in December 1938. 

Remaining at the club, and playing in the Grecians’ three Football League games during the abandoned 1939/40 season, Billy served with the Ordnance Corps in India during the Second World War before resuming his Exeter City career after the Second World War as he added a further 14 league games to his career total in 1946/47. 

Now aged thirty-seven, Billy returned to Tavistock for the 1947/48 season ahead of becoming Exeter City’s first-ever assistant manager in August 1948 as he worked alongside George Roughton. Leaving the post in September 1949, Billy concentrated on his business interests outside of football and died in Plymouth in November 1987.







John Eales

  • I think that this should be Billy Fellowes and not Fellows. You use both spellings in this pen picture, but my understanding is that the first spelling is the correct one.

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