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Billy Dinsdale Billy Dinsdale
(1926/27-1930/31)

Full Name: Dinsdale, William Arthur
Date Of Birth : 12/07/1903
Birthplace : Darlington
Died : 21/02/1984


LCFC career record :
Apps : 136 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 103


LCFC Football League record :
Apps : 126 ; Subs : 0 ; Goals : 89

LCFC Debut : 28/08/1926, Southport (h) 1-1, FL Division 3N
Last Match : 02/05/1931, Wigan Borough (a) 1-0, FL Division 3N



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Billy Dinsdale was one of the best known of City's players of the inter-war period and one of the most prolific centre forwards in the history of the Club.

He had the distinction of finishing leading scorer in each of his four seasons at Sincil Bank and is the all-time leading scorer for the Imps in the FA Cup. In total he netted 103 times from 136 League and Cup appearances for City.

Billy signed for the Imps from First Division club Aston Viila and went straight into the first team, scoring on his debut against Southport in the opening match of the 1926/27 season.

Despite such a promising start he was immediately replaced by Harry Andrews and although scoring regularly for City's reserves it was not until early December that he established himself in the Club's Division Three North team.

He then proved his worth by scoring 25 goals in the next 27 League and Cup games including four for the Imps in a 5-0 win over Durham City in April 1927.

As a big bustling centre forward who relied on his strength and enthusiasm rather than his football skills, Billy quickly became a firm favourite with the Imps' fans.

He finished as leading scorer again in 1927/28 with 29 goals and continued to hit the back of the net regularly until Bradford Park Avenue, then members of the old Second Division, came in with an offer of £1,500 for him.

The City board of directors, faced with their perennial financial problems, agreed to sell however Billy had little success with the West Yorkshire club and returned to Lincoln in the summer of 1930 for a fee of just £250.

He remained at Sincil Bank for just one more season, again scoring over 20 goals as City narrowly lost out to Chesterfield in the Division Three North title race. The Imps of course went on to win the championship the following season but by that time Billy had returned to the north-east.

Like most youngsters of the time Billy had left school at 14 and played for a number of junior teams before signing amateur forms with his home town club of Darlington. He appeared in a couple of league matches for them as a teenager but then drifted back into non-League football.

It was with Crook Town of the Northern League that his talents came to the fore and, after scoring 42 goals in 35 games during the 1924/25 season, he was signed by Aston Villa.

He made a promising start to his career at Villa Park and quickly won a place in the first team, making his debut against Arsenal in April 1925. He went on to make a handful of League appearances over the next 12 months mostly as cover for injuries or international call-ups.

He scored regularly for Villa's reserve learn in the Central League but despite having "plenty of dash" was seen to be lacking in the finesse required of players in the top division.

Whilst his abilities were clearly more suited to lower level football he really only enjoyed success at Sincil Bank and his total League appearances elsewhere amount to just 31.

Although known for his robust style of play, Billy was a perfect gentleman off the field. On leaving football he settled back in Darlington and worked in the fitting shop of Stephensons Locomotives for many years.

A very shy and private man, he rarely spoke of his footballing feats. Sadly he suffered from ill-health in later years when he was a shadow of the powerful athletic figure of his youth. Crippled by arthritis he could hardly straighten his back. A sad end to one of the all-time greats at Sincil Bank.

SEASON RECORD

1926/1927
1927/1928
1928/1929
1930/1931

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