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I just joined the site to acknowledge all the kind words in this thread about my dad Billy My sister came across it and sent it to me this pm. Dad sadly passed away on 21st following some surgery

Confirmed by his only other club Pompey that Billy Wilson a popular Rovers fullback of the 60s/early 70s passed away this week at a relatively young age of 71 Billy was a smashing player. The fir

Scott, just to add, in all my years watching Rovers I have never heard any Rovers fan, speak in any way other than with high regard for your Dad. There are only a select few players that fit into

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16 hours ago, Stonesrick said:

Loved watching this team. Alan Hunter, class player, Kenny Knighton, bustling midfielder, Eamonn, my favourite at that time. If we had a better centre half and left winger, we could have done something with this team. Connelly was at the end of his career but scored plenty of goals for a winger.Happy days in the Darren End.

 

 

There they were one December, sitting proudly at the top of the table with Huddersfield Town. (Worthington, Cherry et al.)

Then Newton goes to Everton, followed by a truly heartbreaking Christmas, that seemed to set a pattern for the rest of my Rovers life lol.

Anyway this was the start of a 2 year, downward tailspin that ended up in the bottom 3 of the old Third Division. Rebirth one Friday night at Tranmere.

We're Blackburn Rovers and we're on our way back....again!

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18 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

First time I saw Billy play  a pal of mine was playing on the right wing for Rochdale Reserves. He was nagging me to go up and watch him play and seeing as the opposition was Rovers " A " team I went up to Spotland. His immediate opponent was a little tubby blonde lad. My pal was pretty rapid and he gave the blonde lad a bit of a chasing. Afterwards he said to me " You're a better left back  than that blonde kid Tyrone, he was hopeless ".  I said " You're right, he'll never make a player as long as he lives ! "The little tubby blonde lad was Billy Wilson. I remembered his name from the team sheet because he was so bad ! 

Next time I saw him was a year or two later and he was in the first team ! He had slimmed down a fair bit and put on a bit of pace. He was still a bit raw but you could see he had the makings of a player. As time went by he became the tough, uncompromising little terrier of a player that rarely got a chasing off anybody. His partnership with Keith Newton gave us the two best full backs in the old second division. He was neat and tidy on the ball and quick in the tackle, the sort of player that never took a backward step irrespective of the size of the opponent.  I always thought he'd the makings of a good defensive midfield player and I believe Pompey played him there later in his career.

I came to be a big fan of his and I was gutted when he was allowed to drift away to Portsmouth. Thanks for the memories Billy, you proved me and my pal wrong.

Incidentally we had a midfielder that day that was absolutely awesome. He was like a more mobile David Dunn, he covered every blade of grass and he was tackling at one end and scoring a goal at the other. He had it all. Both me and my pal said " He can't fail, he's a world beater ". He was called Roy Wilford . This game would be in the October and at the end of the season he was released and went straight into non-league. He had a good career at that level but he never made the heights we thought he would. Funny game football.

Just reinforces my belief that it nigh impossible to judge which youngster is likely to make it and which isn’t. 

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14 hours ago, Parsonblue said:

A wonderful full-back and one of a number of youngsters who came down from the North-east in the early sixties - Martin Hall, Roland Horrey, Dick Mulvaney Dave Holt and Billy who I well remember watching in the reserves before Billy and Dick broke into the first team.  Billy was a great attacking full-back who served the club well during a difficult period.  I hope we do something to remember him on Sunday before the Wigan game.

I've seen nothing better than that 63-64 forward line at Ewood Park and the 7-2 destruction of the famous Spurs team remains one of my great Ewood memories.

Yes Parson that forward line was unplayable on their day. They ran some of the best defenders in the country ragged at that time. Goals would come from everywhere.

anyway, my real reason for posting is because of one name who I couldn’t recollect until you mentioned him - Roland Horrey. Horrey, if I’m on the right guy was a regular and outstanding player in the side that won the central league. We didn’t win that too often. What happened to him? Did he ever make a first team appearance? He was certainly a key man. I remember sitting on the riverside with around 5000 other fans, in the spring sunshine watching the team wrap up the central league title. Reserve teams were real reserve teams in those days. No resting of players - if you didn’t turn out for the first team, you played for the reserves.

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Just now, den said:

Yes Parson that forward line was unplayable on their day. They ran some of the best defenders in the country ragged at that time. Goals would come from everywhere.

anyway, my real reason for posting is because of one name who I couldn’t recollect until you mentioned him - Roland Horrey. Horrey, if I’m on the right guy was a regular and outstanding player in the side that won the central league. We didn’t win that too often. What happened to him? Did he ever make a first team appearance? He was certainly a key man. I remember sitting on the riverside with around 5000 other fans, in the spring sunshine watching the team wrap up the central league title. Reserve teams were real reserve teams in those days. No resting of players - if you didn’t turn out for the first team, you played for the reserves.

We signed Rowland Horrey from Ferryhill Athletic in Dec 1963 when he was 20 years old so he was a late starter really. Making his debut in the infamous 1-5 League Cup home defeat by Workington Town ! He had played in 3 Div 1 league games for the first team before he was allowed to join York in August 1966. After playing 74 games ( 9 goals ) at York he moved on to Cambridge in August 1970. He played 38 games ( 1 sub, 4 goals ) before drifting out of the pro game.

The games he played in apart from the Workington game were.

1964-65 Stoke A  Draw 1-1 

1965-66 Stoke H Loss 0-1

1965-66 West Ham H Loss 1-2

So he wasn't exactly a lucky player for us !

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3 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

Both lads were around my age. It's getting worrying.

Jeff was in the 1968-69 Youth Cup side which famously beat Liverpool 4-0 at Ewood on New Year Day 1969 and almost certainly a scorer that day in front of a decent Ewood crowd

We lost to Man Utd in the following round but the Liverpool win is definitely in my top 10 performances by any Rovers team ever, it was a fantastic day and display. Joy, Mullen, Atherton, Metcalfe, Wood, Whalley, Dunning were in that side from memory I did once post a photo of the programme I’ll see if I can find it. None of the Liverpool side went on to do much, I was quite disappointed when I found that out 

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On 25/02/2018 at 14:01, meadows said:

Jeff was in the 1968-69 Youth Cup side which famously beat Liverpool 4-0 at Ewood on New Year Day 1969 and almost certainly a scorer that day in front of a decent Ewood crowd

We lost to Man Utd in the following round but the Liverpool win is definitely in my top 10 performances by any Rovers team ever, it was a fantastic day and display. Joy, Mullen, Atherton, Metcalfe, Wood, Whalley, Dunning were in that side from memory I did once post a photo of the programme I’ll see if I can find it. None of the Liverpool side went on to do much, I was quite disappointed when I found that out 

Thanks Meadows - you have just jogged my memory of my first ever Rovers game!!

Knew it was against Liverpool in the Youth Cup and remembered the score and Stuart Metcalfe and I was about 8 at the time - you've just made my day :D

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42 minutes ago, Scott Wilson said:

I just joined the site to acknowledge all the kind words in this thread about my dad Billy

My sister came across it and sent it to me this pm. Dad sadly passed away on 21st following some surgery, it wasn't expect and was a shock to my mum Heather and all the family. It has been a comfort in many ways reading the kind words of strangers who knew him as a player or latterly as a landlord.

He never stopped loving the game, in fact just a few days before he passed we watched his beloved Newcastle (he was born and bred geordie) beat Man U which cheered him up no end.

I don't remember much about his BRFC days as he left Rovers when I was just 2 so I grew up watching him play for Pompey. Although I am a die hard PFC fan the second score I always look for is Rovers - dads other team and the town of my birth. Mum kept clipping which I archived for his 70th. 

I have stuck a couple of my favorite cuttings up as pics including his debut against Chelsea and a piece about playing Keith Newton in the cup after he moved on (we were next door neighbours!) 

hank you again for all the kind words - he was my hero and I will always miss him

Up the Rovers and Play Up Pompey

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That was some team your Dad made his debut in.

Thanks for taking the time to post a lovely and emotive piece.

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Thank you, Scott Wilson. That post is one of the best I've ever seen on this message board.

I used to love watching Billy play.  I used to call him "Billy Whizz". There was a character in a children's comic by the same name at the time, and your dad was a good, strong, left full-back who could sprint forwards when attacking and backwards when defending. He was a cheeky-faced, blonde-haired lad.

Great memories for me. RIP Billy and condolences to you and family.

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Many thanks Scott those are great clippings - no surprise to see Keith with a fag, he was a proper chain smoker!

Thoughts with your family, your mum worked at Star Paper here for a while and my dad remembers her well  

Billy was a real hero of me & many other kids and hopefully Rovers will Mark his sad passing this weekend  

 

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56 minutes ago, meadows said:

Many thanks Scott those are great clippings - no surprise to see Keith with a fag, he was a proper chain smoker!

Thoughts with your family, your mum worked at Star Paper here for a while and my dad remembers her well  

Billy was a real hero of me & many other kids and hopefully Rovers will Mark his sad passing this weekend  

 

Blimey, so he is fagging it! ..I thought it was a trick of photography..

Billy Wilson and Eamonn Rogers were my two favourite players. I was gutted when Billy left for Portsmouth during Furphy's revolution.

Billy is well thought of and remembered with warmth by many fans of my age.

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16 hours ago, Scott Wilson said:

I just joined the site to acknowledge all the kind words in this thread about my dad Billy

My sister came across it and sent it to me this pm. Dad sadly passed away on 21st following some surgery, it wasn't expect and was a shock to my mum Heather and all the family. It has been a comfort in many ways reading the kind words of strangers who knew him as a player or latterly as a landlord.

He never stopped loving the game, in fact just a few days before he passed we watched his beloved Newcastle (he was born and bred geordie) beat Man U which cheered him up no end.

I don't remember much about his BRFC days as he left Rovers when I was just 2 so I grew up watching him play for Pompey. Although I am a die hard PFC fan the second score I always look for is Rovers - dads other team and the town of my birth. Mum kept clipping which I archived for his 70th. 

I have stuck a couple of my favorite cuttings up as pics including his debut against Chelsea and a piece about playing Keith Newton in the cup after he moved on (we were next door neighbours!) 

hank you again for all the kind words - he was my hero and I will always miss him

Up the Rovers and Play Up Pompey

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Thanks for taking the time to post these wonderful cuttings at what must be a difficult and painful time for you Scott. Condolences to you and your family and may your dad rest in peace alongside all the other Rovers that have passed on. 

As others have said, hopefully the club will mark his passing.

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5 minutes ago, Scott Wilson said:

As discussed with a few folks on twitter I am posting a few more pics from the "wilson" scrap book - hope folks find it interesting

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They are marvellous Scott. The one of Jimmy Fryatt, Billy and George Sharples on the snow is brilliant. 

Laurie Calloway! 

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The penultimate photo, in front of the coach, I'm struggling to identify some.

Eamonn Rogers, George Sharples, ?, Jim Fryatt, Dick Mulvaney, John Connelly, Billy Wilson, ?, Don Martin.

The three at the front ???

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51 minutes ago, bazza said:

The penultimate photo, in front of the coach, I'm struggling to identify some.

Eamonn Rogers, George Sharples, ?, Jim Fryatt, Dick Mulvaney, John Connelly, Billy Wilson, ?, Don Martin.

The three at the front ???

Is it Adam Blacklaw at the back and possibly Malcolm Darling front left?

Edit. Stuart Metcalfe middle front?

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