Halliday, Billy

Birth Date

14th November 1906


Dumfries, Dumfrieshire



Biographical Text

Billy Halliday played for Exeter City during the early 1930s. Joining from Connah's Quay he had previously appeared for Queen of the South, Newcastle United and Third Lanark. He left St James’ Park to return to the south of Scotland with St Cuthbert Wanderers.

Billy's first professional club was Queen of the South and, after netting nine goals in 15 games during 1926/27, he moved to Newcastle United for a fee of £1,200 and made his debut against Leicester City on 27 November 1927. Proving 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. Billy then had a spell with Connah’s Quay where he scored an astonishing 48 goals in one season before joining Exeter City in the summer of 1930 for the sum of £250.

Arriving at St James' Park, Billy immediately earned a first-team chance lining up in the opening match against Norwich City in a Third Division South fixture. But after featuring in the first six matches of the season, and scoring one goal in the 2-2 home draw with Torquay United, he didn't play another first-team game until the following season. Even then he only managed five more outings in the league, the last of which came in a 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion in April 1932. City then released him and he returned to his native Dumfries to finish his playing career with St Cuthbert Wanderers.

Billy's brother Dave played for Queen of the South, St Mirren, Dundee, Sunderland, Arsenal, Manchester City and Clapton Orient before managing Yeovil, Aberdeen and Leicester.







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