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Billy Kirsopp
Born (1892-04-21)21 April 1892
Liverpool, England
Died 21 April 1978(1978-04-21) (aged 86)[1]
Liverpool, England

William Henry James Kirsopp (21 April 1892 – 21 April 1978) was an English professional football inside right who played in the Football League for Everton, Bury, New Brighton and Grimsby Town.[2][3]

Personal life

Kirsopp worked as a dock labourer for Cunard Line in Liverpool.[1] In February 1916, 18 months after Britain's entry into the First World War, Kirsopp enlisted for short service in the Scots Guards Reserve.[4] He was mobilised in January 1917 and posted to the Western Front in February 1918, where he was promoted to lance corporal.[4] He was twice wounded in fighting during the Second Battle of the Somme in April 1918, with one of the wounds requiring the amputation of the first finger on his left hand.[1] In February 1919, three months after the armistice, Kirsopp went AWOL from the army for seven weeks and on his return, he was sentenced to 55 days' detention at Wellington Barracks, which was reduced by 9 days following good behaviour.[1] He was discharged from the army in October 1919 and married in 1920.[1][4] He was buried in an unmarked grave in Allerton Cemetery.[1]

Honours

Everton

  • Football League First Division: 1914–15[5][6]
  • Birkenhead Borough Hospital Cup: 1914–15[1]

Career statistics

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Everton 1914–15[6] First Division 16 9 5 1 21 10
1919–20[6] 29 14 0 0 29 14
1920–21[6] 13 5 0 0 13 5
Career total 58 28 5 1 63 29

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "The Eventful Life of Billy Kirsopp – Tony Onslow – Everton Heritage Society" (in en-US). http://efcheritagesociety.com/?p=2849. Retrieved 10 December 2018. 
  2. Joyce, Michael (16 October 2012). Football League Players' Records 1888–1939 (3rd Revised ed.). Tony Brown. p. 165. ISBN 9781905891610. 
  3. "Kirsopp Billy Image 1 Everton 1920" (in en-GB). http://vintagefootballers.com/product/kirsopp-billy-image-1-everton-1920/. Retrieved 10 December 2018. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "William Kirsopp Everton Football Club Player" (in en-US). http://www.merseyside-at-war.org/story/william-kirsopp-everton-football-club-player/. Retrieved 10 December 2018. 
  5. Ltd, Statto Organisation. "Everton Complete History" (in en-GB). http://www.statto.com/football/teams/everton/history. Retrieved 10 December 2018. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 "William Kirsopp | Everton Football Club". http://www.evertonfc.com/players/w/wk/william-kirsopp. Retrieved 10 December 2018. 

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