Billy Elliott (footballer)

Billy Elliott (Footballer)

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William Henry "Billy" Elliott (20 March 1925 – 21 January 2008), born in Bradford, was an English professional footballer and football manager. He played five times for the England national side.

Sporting career

Playing career

Billy Elliott, a left winger, began his career with Bradford Park Avenue, joining as an amateur in 1939 and turning professional in March 1942. He scored 21 times in 176 league games for Bradford before a £23,000 move to Burnley in August 1951. He made his debut for England on 18 May 1952 in a 1-1 draw with Italy in Florence, also playing in the 3-2 win against Austria in Vienna a week later. The following season he played the games against Northern Ireland, Wales and Belgium.

In June 1953, after fourteen goals in 74 league games for Burnley, Elliott moved to Sunderland in June 1953, costing £26,000. He played 212 games and scored 26 goals, in a six year spell at the club, leaving in July 1959 to join Wisbech Town.

Coaching and managerial career

Elliott was manager of the Libya national side between October 1961 and 1963 when he returned to the UK and scouted for Sheffield Wednesday. In 1964 he moved to Germany to coach the US Forces teams, a post he held until July 1966 when he was appointed manager of Belgian side Daring FC. On leaving Daring in January 1968 he returned to Sunderland, as coach. Elliott was caretaker manager of Sunderland for four games in 1972 after the sacking of Alan Brown, remaining on the coaching staff...
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