Billy Balmer

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Billy Balmer
Personal information
Full name William Atherton Balmer[1]
Date of birth (1875-07-29)29 July 1875[1]
Place of birth West Derby, England[1]
Date of death February 1961 (1961-03) (aged 85)[1]
Place of death Huddersfield, England
Playing position Right back
Youth career
Aintree Church
South Shore
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1897–1908 Everton 293 (1)
1909–1911 Croydon Common 43 (1)
1912 Chester 2 (0)
National team
1905 England 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Billy Balmer (29 July 1875 – February 1961) was an English footballer who played for Everton, as well as the English national side.[1] His brother Bob played alongside him for Everton and his nephew was Jack Balmer.

Balmer was a tough-tackling full-back. He joined Everton in 1897 from South Shore and went on to play 331 games, scoring one goal. His brother Bob – four years his junior – also played for Everton. His nephew, Jack, attained fame with local rivals Liverpool.[2]

His only England appearance came in a 1–1 draw with Ireland in 1905.

Balmer spent the 1909–10 and 1910–11 seasons in the Southern League with Croydon Common, making 64 appearances and scoring four goals.[2] In 1912, 35-year-old Balmer joined Chester in the Lancashire Combination, but he left after just two games as he was deemed to be too slow and past his best.[3]

In 1921, Balmer was appointed as trainer at Huddersfield Town and progressed to become a coach with the club.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "England Players – Billy Balmer". Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Croydon Common FC – Biographies – William Balmer" (PDF). Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  3. ^ Chas Sumner (1997). On the Borderline: The Official History of Chester City 1885–1997. Yore Publications. p. 36. ISBN 1-874427-52-6.

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