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Billy Matthews

Billy Matthews

Birthdate: 14 April 1897
Birthplace: Plas Bennion, Wales
Other clubs: Colwyn Bay (1916-1918), Bristol City (1922-23), Wrexham (1923-25), Northwich Victoria (1925), Barrow (1925-26), Bradford Park Avenue (1926-30), Stockport County (1930), New Brighton (1930-32), Chester (1932), Oswestry Town (1932), Witton Albion (1932), Sandbach Ramblers (1932-33), Colwyn Bay United (1933), Rossendale United (1933-36)
Bought from: Colwyn Bay
Signed for LFC: 1918
International debut: 09.04.1921 vs. Ireland
International caps: 3/0 (1/0 at LFC) - 13.02.1926
Liverpool debut: 03.04.1920
Last appearance: 01.10.1921
Debut goal: 31.08.1921
Last goal: 24.09.1921
Contract expiry: 02.03.1922
Win ratio: 55.56% W:5 D:3 L:1
Games/goals ratio: 2.25
Wartime games/goals: 13 / 8
LFC league games/goals: 9 / 4
Total LFC games/goals: 9 / 4

Player profile

After having made 13 wartime appearances and scored eight goals in the 1918/19 season Matthews made his official first-team debut for Liverpool as a centre-half in a 3-0 win over Derby County on 3 April 1920. "Big, burly and boisterous" Billy played as a forward in his other eight appearances for the Reds. Matthews revealed to a reporter at the Derby Daily Telegraph: “Liverpool think I will make a centre-half, but I know I never shall. It is not in my bones to play there!" Matthews scored three goals in two games at the beginning of the 1921/22 season but in the following five matches he only got once on the scoresheet and didn't get another chance to prove himself at Liverpool who went on to win the League that season and the next. 

In March 1922 Matthews joined second division Bristol City but was relegated in the spring only to bounce back immediately as the club won Third Division North. He wanted to move closer to his childhood home despite having to stay in the third tier of League football and joined Wrexham in 1922/23. He drifted into non-league football two seasons later but only spent four months in the Cheshire County League and went back into League football with Barrow and eventually Bradford Park Avenue where he gathered his third Welsh cap. He made 112 League appearances for the Bradford club and won Third Division North in 1928. Matthews was a fitness fanatic and a keen cyclist into his nineties and was known as "Billy white hat" because of the distinctive headgear he wore.

Appearances per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 9 0 0 0 0 9
1919-1920 1 0 0 0 0 1
1920-1921 1 0 0 0 0 1
1921-1922 7 0 0 0 0 7

A more detailed look at the player's appearances

Total Opponent
2 Sheffield United
2 Chelsea
2 Manchester City
1 Burnley
1 Derby
1 Sunderland
Total Competition
9 League

Goals per season

Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 4 0 0 0 0 4
1919-1920 0 0 0 0 0 0
1920-1921 0 0 0 0 0 0
1921-1922 4 0 0 0 0 4

A more detailed look at the player's goalscoring

Total Opponent
2 Manchester City
1 Sunderland
1 Chelsea
Total Competition
4 League
Total Open play/Penalty
4 Open play

Wartime Appearances / Goals

Season Appearances Goals
1918-1919 13 8

Milestone Appearances

# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 03.04.1920 Derby Anfield League

Milestone Goals

# Minute Date Against Stadium Competition
1 0 31.08.1921 Manchester City Anfield League

Other Clubs

Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Colwyn Bay 1916-1918 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Bristol City 1921-1922 England Second Division 12 0 12 0
Bristol City 1922-1923 England Third Division South 29 1 31 1
Bristol City 1923-1924 England Second Division 1 0 1 0
Wrexham 1923-1924 England Third Division North 27 1 29 1
Wrexham 1924-1925 England Third Division North 35 1 35 1
Northwich Vict. 1925 Cheshire County League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Barrow 1925-1926 England Third Division North 9 1 10 1
Bradford Park Avenue 1925-1926 England Third Division North 8 0 8 0
Bradford Park Avenue 1926-1927 England Third Division North 17 2 17 2
Bradford Park Avenue 1927-1928 England Third Division North 42 2 44 2
Bradford Park Avenue 1928-1929 England Second Division 22 0 22 0
Bradford Park Avenue 1929-1930 England Second Division 23 1 23 1
Stockport County 1930-1931 England Third Division North 4 0 4 0
New Brighton 1930-1931 England Third Division North 30 1 31 1
New Brighton 1931-1932 England Third Division North 11 0 11 0
Chester City 1931-1932 England Third Division North 5 0 5 0
Oswestry Town 1932 Birmingham & District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Witton Albion 1932 Cheshire County League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Sandbach Ramblers 1932-1933 Cheshire County League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Colwyn Bay United 1933 Birmingham & District League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rossendale United 1933-1936 Lancashire Combination N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 275 10 283 10
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