Players - Billy Hartill

Billy Hartill
Birthdate: 18 July 1905
Birthplace: Wolverhampton, England
Date of death: 12 August 1980
Other clubs: Wolverhampton Wanderers (1928-35), Everton (1935-36), Bristol Rovers (1936-38), Street (1938-40)
Bought from: Everton
Signed for LFC: £3,000, 09.01.1936
Liverpool debut: 18.01.1936
Last appearance: 22.02.1936
Contract expiry: 14.03.1936
Win ratio: 0% W:0 D:2 L:2
Total games/goals opposite LFC: 5 / 3
League games / goals: 4 / 0
Total games / goals: 4 / 0

Player Profile

He was named "Artillery Billy" after his stint as bombardier in the Royal Horse Artillery and also due to his awesome shooting power with both feet. Hartill was a sensational goalscorer for his first club, Wolves, scoring 170 goals in 234 games, grabbing 16 hat-tricks and was at the time Wolves' all-time leading scorer, but is now third in the list behind John Richards and Steve Bull. Hartill scored 30 out of Wolves' 115 goals on their way to the second division title in 1932. Promoted Wolves struggled in the First Division, finishing twentieth out of 22 teams, but Hartill scored two consecutive hat-tricks and four against Huddersfield. Wolves finished in the lower half of the table in the next two seasons with Hartill adding 46 goals to his Wolves tally, specializing in the "hook shot". In July 1935, the 30-year-old joined Everton to replace the great Dixie Dean, but he never settled there and joined Liverpool six months later. The Liverpool Echo commented on the Reds' capture of Hartill, who became the fourth former Blue on Liverpool's books along with Tosh Johnson, Jack Balmer and Alf Hanson: "He is a player admirably suited to the more open style of Liverpool. He is fast, can shoot with either foot, is good with his head, and takes up excellent position." Hartill was supposed to fill the gap of Gordon Hodgson who had left for Aston Villa the previous day. Hartill had already a big task on his hands to replace the legendary marksman and he failed to do so like he'd struggled to replace Dixie at Everton.

Hartill's brief Liverpool career was condensed into four games between 18 January and 22 February 1936. His introduction into the team coincided with a terrible goal drought in which only two goals were scored in seven matches, both by Jackie Balmer. Hartill disappeared almost as quickly as he had arrived. He became part of the deal that brought future legend Phil Taylor to the Reds from third division Bristol Rovers in March 1936. Hartill scored 19 goals in 36 games for Rovers before leaving the club in 1937, playing for amateur side Street until his retirement in 1940.
Appearances per season
Season League FA LC Europe Other Total
Totals 4 0 0 0 0 4
1935-1936 4 0 0 0 0 4
A more detailed look at the player's appearances
Apps Minutes Opponent
1 90 Sunderland
1 90 Bolton Wanderers
1 90 WBA
1 90 Grimsby Town
Total Venue
2 Away
2 Home
Total Competition
4 League
Total Manager
4 George Patterson (2nd term)
Milestone Appearances
# Date Against Stadium Competition
1 18.01.1936 Grimsby Town Blundell Park League
Related Articles
Hartill joins Liverpool

The Evening Express reports on Billy Hartill's transfer from Everton to Liverpool - published on January 9, 1936.

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Other Clubs
Club Season Club rank League apps League goals Total apps Total goals
Wolves 1928-1929 England Second Division 7 2 7 2
Wolves 1929-1930 England Second Division 35 33 36 33
Wolves 1930-1931 England Second Division 33 24 39 30
Wolves 1931-1932 England Second Division 38 30 40 30
Wolves 1932-1933 England First Division 42 33 43 33
Wolves 1933-1934 England First Division 26 13 27 13
Wolves 1934-1935 England First Division 40 27 42 28
Everton 1935-1936 England First Division 5 1 5 1
Bristol Rovers 1936-1938 England Third Division South 36 19 38 19
Street 1938-1940 Western League N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total 262 182 277 189