Halliday, William

Birth Date

14th November 1906


Dumfries, Scotland



Biographical Text

His first professional club was Queen of the South, his brother Dave, also having played for the club.

After netting nine goals in 15 games for Queens during the 1926-27 season, Newcastle United made the inside-forward an offer to sign for them.

With the offer of higher wages and a signing on fee plus his brother's massive success as a goal machine at nearby Sunderland unsurprisingly Halliday signed for a fee of £1,200.

His brother, Dave, went on to play for Arsenal, Manchester City and Clapton Orient, and in 1938 was appointed manager of Aberdeen.

William Halliday's Newcastle first team debut was away to Leicester City on 27th November 1927, but this proved to be his only first team game for the club.

He returned to Scotland in 1928 and signed for Third Lanark where he added nine goals in 29 appearances.

He then had a spell with North Wales club, Connah’s Quay, where he scored an astonishing 48 goals in one season for them, including four hat-tricks, and it was from there that Exeter City signed the player in the summer of 1930. The transfer fee paid was £250.

He immediately earned a first team chance with the Grecians, lining up in the opening match, a 1-0 home win over Norwich City in a Third Division South fixture. But after featuring in the first six matches of the season, and scoring one goal in a 2-2 draw with Torquay United at St James’ Park, he never played another first team game until the following season.

Even then he only managed five more first team outings in the Football League, the last of which came in a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion in April 1932. City then released the player and he returned to his native Dumfries, only to finish to playing career with Kirkcudbright club, St Cuthbert Wanderers.







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