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Real Name: William Semple
Normal Position: Outside Left
Height: 5' 6
Weight: 10st 10lbs
Born: 18/04/1886(West Maryston, Baillieston)
Died: 04/06/1965 (Southport)

With over 50 years’ continuous service at Haig Avenue, Billy Semple qualifies for the title of Southport‘s most faithfull servant. Spotted in junior football while working in the Lanarkshire coalfield, he joined Celtic as a professional after helping them defeat Rangers in the Glasgow Cup Final. After 3 1/2 years with Celtic he moved on to Millwall (then a Southern League club) before returning north to join Carlisle, whence he progressed to Haslingden in the Lancashire Combination. He was signed by Southport, making his debut on Good Friday 1912, and was still playing for the club when they were elected to the Football League nine years later. In his Central League days he gained the reputation of being a speedy and crafty winger with an abundance of tricks. He became player-coach of the Reserves in 1923 and they had their most successful season ever as runners-up in the Lancashire Combination whilst winning the Combination Cup.

He graduated to assistant trainer and in 1939 succeeded Jimmy Seddon as first-team trainer. He played an invaluable part in keeping the flag flying during the war years and was responsible for recruiting many well-known guest players.

In 1947 he became groundsman maintaining the rich, verdant appearance of the turf – and Haig Avenue gained the reputation of having the best playing surface outside Wembley. He also did a lot of scouting and acted as gateman until ill-health forced his retirement around Christmas 1963. This pipe-smoking, cloth-capped figure will long be remembered by all those associated with the club.




Statistics include the following competitions
FA Cup , FA Trophy , Football League Cup, League, PLAY OFFS , Welsh Cup,

Season Apps Subs Goals
1911/1912 600
1912/1913 3807
1913/1914 3902
1914/1915 3903
1916/1917 000
1917/1918 000
1918/1919 000
1919/1920 4307
1920/1921 4104
1921/1922 3402
1922/1923 901
Total 249 0 26

Last 10 games where player was named on the team sheet

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
06/01/1923 LeagueH WREXHAM 1 - 0
01/01/1923 LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 0
30/12/1922 LeagueA WREXHAM 1 - 1
06/12/1922 FA Cup / 5QRA WIGAN BOROUGH 1 - 3
02/12/1922 FA Cup / 5QH WIGAN BOROUGH 1 - 1
28/10/1922 LeagueA WIGAN BOROUGH 0 - 1
21/10/1922 LeagueH WIGAN BOROUGH 1 - 0
14/10/1922 LeagueA STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 0 - 1
07/10/1922 LeagueH STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 0 - 0
29/04/1922 LeagueA ASHINGTON 2 - 2

Last 10 games where player started

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
06/01/1923 LeagueH WREXHAM 1 - 0
01/01/1923 LeagueH CREWE ALEXANDRA 2 - 0
30/12/1922 LeagueA WREXHAM 1 - 1
06/12/1922 FA Cup / 5QRA WIGAN BOROUGH 1 - 3
02/12/1922 FA Cup / 5QH WIGAN BOROUGH 1 - 1
28/10/1922 LeagueA WIGAN BOROUGH 0 - 1
21/10/1922 LeagueH WIGAN BOROUGH 1 - 0
14/10/1922 LeagueA STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 0 - 1
07/10/1922 LeagueH STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 0 - 0
29/04/1922 LeagueA ASHINGTON 2 - 2

Last 10 Games where player has scored

Date Competition Venue Opponents Score
21/10/1922LeagueH WIGAN BOROUGH 1 - 0
27/12/1921LeagueA BARROW 1 - 2
22/10/1921LeagueH GRIMSBY TOWN 7 - 1
09/04/1921LeagueA STALYBRIDGE CELTIC 4 - 5
26/03/1921LeagueA NELSON 1 - 5
18/12/1920LeagueH BRADFORD CITY RESERVES 1 - 2
13/11/1920Lancashire Junior Cup / 2H NELSON 3 - 1
09/10/1920LeagueA BOLTON WANDERERS RESERVES 1 - 2
31/01/1920LeagueH STOCKPORT COUNTY RESERVES 7 - 0
27/01/1920LeagueH PORT VALE RESERVES 2 - 1
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