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Billy Leech

Full name: William Leech
Birthdate: 15.07.1875
Birthplace: Newcastle-under-Lyme
Position: Half-back
Joined from: Plymouth Argyle
Signed by: George Johnson
Nationality: England
First game: Port Vale, 01.09.1906
Last game: Lincoln City, 15.10.1910
Games: 87
Goals: 3
Player Profile

Leech featured for City as a defensive half-back when he arrived at the club in July 1906. Fosse were to be his final professional club after signing from a newly-formed Plymouth Argyle side to add some experience as a 31-year-old.

He had started as a winger who added a generous amount of goals when he moved to Tottenham Hotspur but he spent just a year in London before moving back to his home county of Staffordshire with Burslem Port Vale. He moved from a more attacking role to a defensive one with age and missed only two league games in his debut season.

He was an ever-present in City's 1908 push for promotion but after that he lost his starting role and had to make do with more appearances in the reserves. With his playing days coming to an end he was named assistant trainer in 1910.

Seasons League FA Cup League Cup Europe OtherTotal
Year Division Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls
1906-07Division Two (old)362--------362
1906_947_
1907-08Division Two (old)3812-------401
1907_947_
1908-09Division One (old)7-1-------8-
1908_947_
1909-10Division Two (old)2---------2-
1909_947_
1910-11Division Two (old)1---------1-
1910_947_
Total8433-------87 3
_947_

Appearances

DateResultOppositionCompetitionStartSubGoals
1 01.09.1906 2 - 1 Port Vale (A) Division Two (old)
2 03.09.1906 2 - 0 Grimsby Town (H) Division Two (old)
3 08.09.1906 2 - 0 Burnley (H) Division Two (old)
4 15.09.1906 1 - 1 Leeds City (A) Division Two (old)
5 22.09.1906 2 - 1 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old)
6 29.09.1906 0 - 1 Chelsea (A) Division Two (old)
7 06.10.1906 2 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division Two (old)
8 13.10.1906 0 - 1 Leyton Orient (A) Division Two (old)
9 20.10.1906 3 - 1 Gainsborough Trinity (H) Division Two (old) 1
10 27.10.1906 0 - 1 Stockport County (A) Division Two (old)
11 03.11.1906 3 - 0 Hull City (H) Division Two (old)
12 10.11.1906 2 - 2 Glossop (A) Division Two (old)
13 17.11.1906 5 - 1 Blackpool (H) Division Two (old)
14 24.11.1906 1 - 3 Bradford City (A) Division Two (old)
15 01.12.1906 3 - 0 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division Two (old)
16 08.12.1906 2 - 0 Chesterfield (H) Division Two (old)
17 15.12.1906 1 - 2 Nottingham Forest (A) Division Two (old)
18 22.12.1906 3 - 0 Lincoln City (H) Division Two (old)
19 25.12.1906 1 - 0 Stockport County (H) Division Two (old)
20 26.12.1906 3 - 0 Burton United (H) Division Two (old)
21 29.12.1906 4 - 1 Port Vale (H) Division Two (old)
22 05.01.1907 0 - 5 Burnley (A) Division Two (old)
23 02.02.1907 1 - 1 Chelsea (H) Division Two (old)
24 09.02.1907 0 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division Two (old)
25 16.02.1907 2 - 1 Leyton Orient (H) Division Two (old)
26 23.02.1907 2 - 1 Gainsborough Trinity (A) Division Two (old)
27 09.03.1907 1 - 1 Hull City (A) Division Two (old)
28 16.03.1907 2 - 2 Glossop (H) Division Two (old) 1
29 23.03.1907 0 - 1 Blackpool (A) Division Two (old)
30 29.03.1907 1 - 0 Burton United (A) Division Two (old)
31 30.03.1907 1 - 0 Bradford City (H) Division Two (old)
32 01.04.1907 1 - 0 Grimsby Town (A) Division Two (old)
33 06.04.1907 1 - 0 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division Two (old)
34 13.04.1907 1 - 2 Chesterfield (A) Division Two (old)
35 20.04.1907 1 - 2 Nottingham Forest (H) Division Two (old)
36 27.04.1907 2 - 2 Lincoln City (A) Division Two (old)
37 07.09.1907 2 - 2 Leeds City (H) Division Two (old)
38 09.09.1907 1 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) Division Two (old)
39 14.09.1907 0 - 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers (A) Division Two (old)
40 21.09.1907 3 - 0 Gainsborough Trinity (H) Division Two (old)
41 28.09.1907 1 - 2 Stockport County (A) Division Two (old)
42 05.10.1907 3 - 1 Glossop (H) Division Two (old) 1
43 12.10.1907 1 - 1 Grimsby Town (A) Division Two (old)
44 19.10.1907 2 - 2 Blackpool (A) Division Two (old)
45 26.10.1907 1 - 0 Stoke City (H) Division Two (old)
46 02.11.1907 1 - 1 West Bromwich Albion (A) Division Two (old)
47 09.11.1907 2 - 1 Bradford City (H) Division Two (old)
48 16.11.1907 2 - 3 Hull City (A) Division Two (old)
49 23.11.1907 1 - 3 Derby County (H) Division Two (old)
50 30.11.1907 3 - 0 Lincoln City (A) Division Two (old)
51 07.12.1907 2 - 3 Fulham (H) Division Two (old)
52 14.12.1907 3 - 1 Barnsley (A) Division Two (old)
53 21.12.1907 3 - 1 Chesterfield (H) Division Two (old)
54 25.12.1907 4 - 1 Oldham Athletic (H) Division Two (old)
55 26.12.1907 0 - 2 Leyton Orient (H) Division Two (old)
56 28.12.1907 1 - 4 Burnley (A) Division Two (old)
57 04.01.1908 0 - 0 Leeds City (A) Division Two (old)
58 11.01.1908 2 - 0 Blackburn Rovers (H) FA Cup 1
59 18.01.1908 1 - 1 Gainsborough Trinity (A) Division Two (old)
60 25.01.1908 2 - 1 Stockport County (H) Division Two (old)
61 01.02.1908 0 - 1 Portsmouth (A) FA Cup 2
62 08.02.1908 1 - 1 Grimsby Town (H) Division Two (old)
63 15.02.1908 2 - 1 Blackpool (H) Division Two (old)
64 22.02.1908 2 - 1 Derby County (A) Division Two (old)
65 29.02.1908 3 - 0 West Bromwich Albion (H) Division Two (old)
66 07.03.1908 5 - 1 Bradford City (A) Division Two (old)
67 14.03.1908 3 - 2 Hull City (H) Division Two (old)
68 24.03.1908 3 - 2 Glossop (A) Division Two (old)
69 28.03.1908 1 - 0 Lincoln City (H) Division Two (old)
70 04.04.1908 1 - 5 Fulham (A) Division Two (old)
71 11.04.1908 4 - 0 Barnsley (H) Division Two (old)
72 18.04.1908 2 - 2 Chesterfield (A) Division Two (old)
73 20.04.1908 1 - 0 Leyton Orient (A) Division Two (old)
74 21.04.1908 1 - 1 Oldham Athletic (A) Division Two (old)
75 25.04.1908 3 - 1 Burnley (H) Division Two (old)
76 27.04.1908 1 - 0 Stoke City (A) Division Two (old)
77 14.11.1908 1 - 3 Sunderland (A) Division One (old)
78 21.11.1908 5 - 2 Chelsea (H) Division One (old)
79 28.11.1908 0 - 3 Blackburn Rovers (A) Division One (old)
80 01.01.1909 1 - 3 Sheffield Wednesday (A) Division One (old)
81 23.01.1909 0 - 0 Preston North End (H) Division One (old)
82 30.01.1909 2 - 6 Middlesbrough (A) Division One (old)
83 06.02.1909 0 - 2 Derby County (H) FA Cup 2
84 11.03.1909 3 - 1 Manchester City (H) Division One (old)
85 06.11.1909 3 - 1 Birmingham City (H) Division Two (old)
86 11.12.1909 2 - 5 Burnley (A) Division Two (old)
87 15.10.1910 2 - 0 Lincoln City (H) Division Two (old)

Transfers

Club Fee Date
IN  Plymouth Argyle £40 July 1906
Player 596 of 1145 ordered a-z

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