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Billy Balmer

Everton FC

1 cap, 0 goals

P 1 W 0 D 1 L 0 F 1: A 1
50% successful

1905

disciplined: none
captaincies:
none
minutes played:
90

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Full name William Atherton Balmer

notes

This is the correct Billy Balmer, confirmed through his baptism record in St Marys, West Derby, and his census records.
Born 29 July 1875 in West Derby, Liverpool [registered in West Derby, September 1875].
Baptised 19 September 1875 at St Mary the Virgin Church, West Derby, Liverpool.

Census Notes

According to the 1881 census, The 'Bulmers' lived at 14 Crosby Green in West Derby.  William was the third of four children to John and Martha. Their father was a Master Apprentice.

According to the 1891 census, Wm A. is one of three children at 14 Crosby Green. His father is now a joiner and carpenter.

According to the 1901 census, William A., is now a Professional Footballer, still living at 14 Crosby Green. Now the second child of four. Living with their widowed father, John.

According to the 1911 census, William is now a married and a newsagent living at 20 Mill Lane at West Derby, he has two children, Vera and Ida, to their mother, Alice.

Married to Alice Caple [registered in West Derby, March 1893].
Died February 1961, aged 85 years 187-214 days [registered in Huddersfield, March 1961]. He was living at 154 Lowerhouses Lane in Lowerhouses, Huddersfield. Cremated on 15 February at All Hallow's Church, Almondbury. (He is on the burial register, which states that he was cremated!)
death notes The Billy Balmer that died in 1937 was a William Charles.
Height/Weight 5' 8½", 11st. 9lbs [1903].

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] & FindMyPast.com

Club Career

Club(s)

Balmer began his football career at Aintree Church, but Balmer made his name when he signed for Everton FC from South Shore FC, Blackpool, in 1897. He was a tough tackling full-back who could play on either side of the pitch with equal assurance. and on many occasions partnered his brother, Robert, in the Everton defence. Balmer got his chance in the team when he replaced Peter Meehan, a highly paid import from Scotland, started his Everton career poorly. Balmer was drafted in and never looked back and became a regular in the side from the next season. William Balmer left Everton in 1908 after 293 league appearnance when he joined Croydon Common of the Southern League.

Club honours FA Cup winners 1905-06, runners-up 1906-07;
Individual honours Football League (one appearance)
Distinctions Brother of Robert (Everton FC), Uncle of Jack Balmer (Liverpool FC)

Source

Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of six to become the 302nd player (303) to appear for England.
Position(s) Right-back
Only match No. 83, 25 February 1905, England 1 Ireland 1, a British Championship match at Ayresome Park, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, aged 29 years 211 days.
Major tournaments British Championship 1904-05;
Team honours British Championship winners 1904-05;
Individual honours None
Distinctions None

Beyond England

According to his 1911 census, Balmer became a newsagent. Had a spell as coach of Huddersfield Town FC from 1921. - An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.21./FindMyPast.com

 

Billy Balmer - Career Statistics
Squads Apps Comp.
Apps
Mins. Goals Goals Av.min Comp.
Goals
Capt. Disc.
1 1 1 90 0 0 min 0 None None
Due to the fact that many matches rarely stuck to exactly ninety minutes long, allowing time for injuries, errors and substitutions.  The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.

 

Billy Balmer - Match Record - All Matches - By Type of Match
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts % W/L
Home - British Championship 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

 

Billy Balmer - Match Record - Tournament Matches
British Championships Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1904-05 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
BC All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All Tournaments
Type P W D L F A GD FTS CS FAv AAv Pts% W/L
BC 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0
All 1 0 1 0 1 1 =0 0 0 1.00 1.00 50.0 =0

 

Billy Balmer - Match History
 Club: Everton F.C. - 1 full cap

Coach: F.A. International Select Committee - 1 full capx

Age 29
1 83 25 February 1905 - England 1 Ireland 1, Ayresome Park, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough BC HD Start rb

Notes

Baptism: 19 Sep 1875 St Mary the Virgin, West Derby, Lancashire, England
William Atherton Balmer - [Child] of John Balmer & Martha
    Born: 29 Jul 1875
    Abode: West Derby
    Occupation: Joiner
    Baptised by: J. Stewart
    Register: Baptisms 1870 - 1899, Page 50, Entry 397
    Source: LDS Film 1546070

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