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Billy Dorrell

Full name: William Dorrell
Birthdate: 1872
Birthplace: Aston
Position: Winger
Joined from: Coventry City, Aston Villa
Signed by: Frank Gardner, Henry Jackson
Nationality: England
First game: Mansfield Town, 17.09.1892
Last game: Lincoln City, 03.09.1898
Games: 116
Goals: 47
Player Profile

Dorrell was a wing wizard loved in two spells with Leicester. Born in Aston, he caught the attention of the Fosse scouts during his time with Singers - late to be known as Coventry City - and the Foxes snapped him up initially in 1892.

He won the Birmingham Junior Cup with Coventry and soon made an impression with Fosse, doing enough to take the left-wing spot from the popular Jimmy Atter. His top-drawer performances out wide for Leicester alerted Aston Villa and Dorrell moved there after scoring Fosse's last ever Midland League goal.

He had stiffer competition with Villa thanks to two England internationals battling with him for starting roles. He did have an impressive goal return, however, netting five times in 11 First Division appearances.

He returned to Leicester less than a year after his departure and received a warm welcome from the Fosse faithful. His return was seamless, scoring in his first league game back and producing numerous top-quality displays on the wing thanks to his pace and trickery. He could play on both flanks, and did and took a benefit from the club's prestigious friendly fixture against Corinthians.

Dorrell's son, Arthur, went on to play for Aston Villa and won international honours for England. Another son, Billy Junior, also played for the club.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1892-93Midland League24847------2815
1892_456_
1893-94Midland League19862------2510
1893_456_
1895-96Division Two (old)62--------62
1895_456_
1896-97Division Two (old)261132------2913
1896_456_
1897-98Division Two (old)2671-------277
1897_456_
1898-99Division Two (old)1---------1-
1898_456_
Total102361411------116 47
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Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 17.09.1892 1 - 4 Mansfield Town (A) Midland League
2 26.09.1892 1 - 6 Rotherham Town (A) Midland League
3 01.10.1892 7 - 1 Newark (H) Midland League 1
4 08.10.1892 4 - 0 Kettering Town (A) Midland League
5 15.10.1892 7 - 0 Rushden (H) FA Cup Q1 3
6 22.10.1892 4 - 0 Derby Junction (H) Midland League 1
7 29.10.1892 3 - 3 Notts Olympic (A) FA Cup Q2
8 05.11.1892 7 - 0 Notts Olympic (H) FA Cup Q2 rep 4
9 12.11.1892 1 - 2 Loughborough Town (A) Midland League
10 19.11.1892 1 - 2 Buxton (H) FA Cup Q3
11 17.12.1892 1 - 0 Doncaster Rovers (A) Midland League
12 24.12.1892 2 - 3 Wednesbury Old Athletic (A) Midland League
13 26.12.1892 2 - 0 Grantham Rovers (H) Midland League
14 07.01.1893 0 - 1 Doncaster Rovers (H) Midland League
15 14.01.1893 1 - 2 Burton Wanderers (H) Midland League
16 21.01.1893 2 - 1 Gainsborough Trinity (A) Midland League
17 28.01.1893 2 - 1 Grantham Rovers (A) Midland League 1
18 04.02.1893 3 - 1 Wednesbury Old Athletic (H) Midland League
19 18.02.1893 2 - 1 Gainsborough Trinity (H) Midland League
20 25.02.1893 0 - 3 Burton Wanderers (A) Midland League
21 04.03.1893 1 - 1 Rotherham Town (H) Midland League
22 11.03.1893 1 - 2 Long Eaton Rangers (A) Midland League
23 18.03.1893 1 - 1 Loughborough Town (H) Midland League 1
24 01.04.1893 3 - 3 Newark (A) Midland League 1
25 03.04.1893 0 - 1 Long Eaton Rangers (H) Midland League
26 08.04.1893 3 - 1 Kettering Town (H) Midland League 2
27 22.04.1893 5 - 1 Mansfield Town (H) Midland League
28 27.04.1893 3 - 1 Derby Junction (A) Midland League 1
29 09.09.1893 1 - 2 Burton Wanderers (H) Midland League
30 23.09.1893 3 - 0 Long Eaton Rangers (H) Midland League
31 30.09.1893 0 - 0 Gainsborough Trinity (A) Midland League
32 07.10.1893 0 - 1 Loughborough Town (A) Midland League
33 21.10.1893 4 - 0 Mansfield Town (H) Midland League 1
34 04.11.1893 1 - 0 Mansfield Town (H) FA Cup Q2 1
35 18.11.1893 2 - 1 Doncaster Rovers (H) Midland League 1
36 25.11.1893 5 - 0 Mansfield Greenhalghs (A) FA Cup Q3
37 02.12.1893 3 - 0 Newark (H) Midland League
38 09.12.1893 4 - 2 Mansfield Greenhalghs (H) Midland League 1
39 16.12.1893 1 - 0 Loughborough Town (A) FA Cup Q4 1
40 23.12.1893 4 - 0 Grantham Rovers (H) Midland League
41 06.01.1894 4 - 0 Loughborough Town (H) Midland League 1
42 13.01.1894 3 - 1 Gainsborough Trinity (H) Midland League
43 20.01.1894 2 - 1 Doncaster Rovers (A) Midland League
44 27.01.1894 2 - 1 South Shore (H) FA Cup 1
45 03.02.1894 2 - 0 Long Eaton Rangers (A) Midland League
46 10.02.1894 0 - 0 Derby County (H) FA Cup 2
47 17.02.1894 0 - 3 Derby County (A) FA Cup 2 rep
48 24.02.1894 4 - 0 Kettering Town (H) Midland League
49 10.03.1894 1 - 2 Burton Wanderers (A) Midland League 1
50 17.03.1894 2 - 0 Newark (A) Midland League 2
51 24.03.1894 1 - 1 Kettering Town (A) Midland League
52 04.04.1894 3 - 0 Mansfield Town (A) Midland League
53 28.04.1894 3 - 2 Grantham Rovers (A) Midland League 1
54 21.03.1896 5 - 0 Port Vale (H) Division Two (old) 1
55 28.03.1896 2 - 0 Burton Swifts (A) Division Two (old)
56 04.04.1896 1 - 2 Manchester City (H) Division Two (old)
57 06.04.1896 1 - 2 Grimsby Town (H) Division Two (old) 1
58 07.04.1896 2 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Division Two (old)
59 11.04.1896 1 - 7 Grimsby Town (A) Division Two (old)
60 05.09.1896 4 - 1 Darwen (H) Division Two (old)
61 19.09.1896 1 - 2 Burton Swifts (A) Division Two (old) 1
62 26.09.1896 2 - 0 Loughborough Town (A) Division Two (old)
63 03.10.1896 2 - 1 Blackpool (H) Division Two (old) 1
64 24.10.1896 1 - 4 Darwen (A) Division Two (old)
65 07.11.1896 4 - 1 Lincoln City (H) Division Two (old)
66 14.11.1896 1 - 3 Newcastle United (A) Division Two (old)
67 21.11.1896 3 - 1 Bulwell United (H) FA Cup Q3
68 28.11.1896 4 - 2 Walsall (H) Division Two (old)
69 05.12.1896 4 - 2 Grimsby Town (H) Division Two (old) 1
70 12.12.1896 3 - 2 Wellingborough (A) FA Cup Q4 1
71 19.12.1896 1 - 2 Burton Wanderers (A) Division Two (old)
72 25.12.1896 4 - 2 Loughborough Town (H) Division Two (old) 1
73 28.12.1896 1 - 0 Manchester United (H) Division Two (old) 1
74 02.01.1897 1 - 2 Kettering Town (A) FA Cup Q5 1
75 09.01.1897 5 - 0 Newcastle United (H) Division Two (old) 1
76 16.01.1897 2 - 1 Burton Wanderers (H) Division Two (old)
77 23.01.1897 1 - 4 Grimsby Town (A) Division Two (old) 1
78 06.02.1897 2 - 0 Gainsborough Trinity (A) Division Two (old)
79 13.02.1897 6 - 3 Arsenal (H) Division Two (old) 2
80 20.02.1897 1 - 2 Manchester United (A) Division Two (old)
81 27.02.1897 0 - 3 Blackpool (A) Division Two (old)
82 06.03.1897 3 - 0 Burton Swifts (H) Division Two (old) 1
83 27.03.1897 0 - 1 Birmingham City (H) Division Two (old)
84 10.04.1897 1 - 2 Lincoln City (A) Division Two (old)
85 12.04.1897 3 - 3 Manchester City (H) Division Two (old)
86 16.04.1897 2 - 2 Birmingham City (A) Division Two (old)
87 17.04.1897 1 - 2 Arsenal (A) Division Two (old) 1
88 19.04.1897 0 - 0 Gainsborough Trinity (H) Division Two (old)
89 04.09.1897 1 - 1 Luton Town (H) Division Two (old)
90 11.09.1897 1 - 2 Birmingham City (A) Division Two (old)
91 09.10.1897 0 - 1 Burnley (H) Division Two (old)
92 06.11.1897 4 - 1 Blackpool (H) Division Two (old)
93 13.11.1897 1 - 1 Loughborough Town (A) Division Two (old)
94 20.11.1897 1 - 1 Manchester United (H) Division Two (old)
95 27.11.1897 3 - 2 Burton Swifts (A) Division Two (old) 1
96 04.12.1897 2 - 1 Arsenal (H) Division Two (old) 1
97 11.12.1897 1 - 2 Manchester City (A) Division Two (old)
98 18.12.1897 2 - 1 Darwen (A) Division Two (old)
99 25.12.1897 4 - 0 Loughborough Town (H) Division Two (old)
100 08.01.1898 1 - 2 Blackpool (A) Division Two (old)
101 15.01.1898 0 - 4 Burnley (A) Division Two (old)
102 22.01.1898 2 - 4 Newcastle United (A) Division Two (old)
103 29.01.1898 1 - 2 Southampton (A) FA Cup 1
104 05.02.1898 0 - 1 Darwen (H) Division Two (old)
105 12.02.1898 3 - 1 Lincoln City (H) Division Two (old) 1
106 26.02.1898 1 - 2 Walsall (A) Division Two (old)
107 05.03.1898 4 - 1 Lincoln City (A) Division Two (old) 1
108 12.03.1898 1 - 1 Burton Swifts (H) Division Two (old)
109 19.03.1898 0 - 1 Gainsborough Trinity (A) Division Two (old)
110 26.03.1898 2 - 0 Birmingham City (H) Division Two (old)
111 02.04.1898 0 - 0 Manchester City (H) Division Two (old)
112 08.04.1898 1 - 0 Luton Town (A) Division Two (old) 1
113 09.04.1898 1 - 1 Newcastle United (H) Division Two (old) 1
114 11.04.1898 1 - 0 Grimsby Town (H) Division Two (old)
115 16.04.1898 3 - 1 Gainsborough Trinity (H) Division Two (old) 1
116 03.09.1898 3 - 2 Lincoln City (H) Division Two (old)

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  Coventry City Unknown 1892
OUT  Aston Villa £250 May 1894
IN  Aston Villa Unknown March 1896
Player 259 of 1145 ordered a-z

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