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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
    Season 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
    _456_

    Appearances

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

    Club Fee Date
    IN  Coventry City Unknown 1892
    OUT  Aston Villa £250 May 1894
    IN  Aston Villa Unknown March 1896
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