Hick, Billy

Birth Date

13th February 1903


Beamish, Durham



Biographical Text

Billy Hick scored eight times in sixteen games for Exeter City during the second half of the 1928/29 season having signed from Bristol City. Having started his career in the North East of England he was to finish with Rotherham United several years after he left St James’ Park. 

After playing locally for Consett Celtic, Billy signed for Hartlepools in 1921/22 where he only played one league game. He then moved on to South Shields in 1922 before, without featuring in the first-team, linking up with Middlesbrough for the 1923/24 and 1924/25 seasons where he scored seven times in 16 league appearances. Moving next to Southend United, Billy enjoyed the most successful period of his career as he netted 69 goals in 106 league outings in a near-three season stay. 

Earning a £1,400 transfer to Bristol City in the summer of 1928, Billy played just 10 league matches for the Ashton Gate club scoring a single goal. Soon surplus to requirements, Billy arrived at Exeter City in January 1929 and made his debut in the 4-0 defeat at Northampton Town. 

Waiting until his fifth game to score his first goal for the club, Billy was to appear in sixteen of the remaining nineteen games of the season. Scoring twice against both Newport and Brighton, Billy had managed to score eight times during his brief stay at St James’ Park but was still on the move at the end of the season as he signed for Grays Athletic ahead of briefly playing for Scunthorpe & Lindsey United.

Returning to the professional ranks for a brief spell at Notts County, where he didn’t make the first-team, Billy ended his career with two successful seasons back at Rotherham United with 36 goals from 47 league appearances. 

Billy Hick died in 1972.







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