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Hampson: William (Billy)

1916-1919 (Leeds City War-time Guest Player Details)

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Born: Radcliffe: 26-08-1884

Debut: v Leicester Fosse (a): 09-12-1916

Height & Weight: Unknown

Billy Hampson was the brother of Walker Hampson and Tommy Hampson, who both also played for Leeds City as guests in the War Years. The three brothers played in the same team on the three occasions that Walker Hampson played for City in the Subsidiary Competition in April 1918. He later became the Manager of Leeds United. He started his football career in his native Lancashire with Woolfold Wesleyans, Ramsbottom and then Rochdale Town. He joined First Division Bury in May 1906 and played twice for them in 1907-08 before leaving for Non-League Norwich City in 1908. He joined First Division Newcastle United in January 1914 for £1,250 and had made seventeen League appearances and one game in the F.A. Cup for them before the outbreak of WW1. As the Magpies refused to participate in any War-time games their players guested with other clubs and the talented Full Back guested with Leeds on a regular basis from December 1916 until the recommencement of Football League fixtures in 1919-20. He was part of the successful Leeds City team of 1917-18, along with his younger brother Tommy which beat Stoke in the play-off finals to claim the unofficial title of League Champions. He returned to St Jamesí Park on the recommencement of the Football League after the end of WW1 and many thought his best years were behind him at thirty-seven and he even lost his first team spot to the even older Billy McCracken but he fought back to regain his place in the team when McCracken left to manage Hull City in 1923. Hampson became the oldest player to appear in an F.A. Cup Final at forty-one years and eight months when Newcastle United beat Aston Villa 2-0 in the 1924 F.A. Cup Final. He remained at Newcastle United until signing for Second Division South Shields in September 1927. He played one hundred and forty-six League games and scored just once, from a penalty and made ten F.A. Cup appearances in his second spell with Newcastle a total of one hundred and seventy-four games. He played twenty-five League games and one F.A. Cup game for South Shields before he retired in March 1930 at the age of forty-seven. He was back in the game instantly as he took over as Manager of lowly Carlisle United later that month. His time at the club was largely unsuccessful as the team finished fifteenth and conceded one hundred and one goals in his first campaign. However, he did unearth two footballing gems in Bill Shankly and Bob Batey, who went on to have excellent reputations. Batey joining Leeds United after both had found success with Preston North End. He left the club in May, 1933 and had a short stint in charge of Ashington back in the north-east before taking over from Dick Ray as Manager of Leeds United in March 1935. They finished eighteenth at the end of his first season in charge. Hampson felt the team need experienced players which prompted him to sign former England internationals, goalkeeper Albert McInroy and forward George Brown, in the summer. There was a slight improvement when the team finished eleventh and they consolidated their First Division status in the few years before World War Two. They did, however, lack consistency and avoided relegation by just two points in 1936-37. Hampson began to develop a lot of young players, leading to Leeds' only Central League win that same season. He was also known for scouting Ireland for young players, such as David Cochrane, Bobby Browne and Jim Twomey, all of whom became full Internationals. His squad generally consisted of both youth and experience but the team went into decline in the War years and when football officially restarted after the war, in 1946-47, these players were well past their best. Hampson stood by his pre-war squad and his gesture of loyalty proved to be his and Unitedís downfall. Leeds had their worst season ever, collecting only one point from their away games and just six victories in the whole season. They finished bottom with eighteen points, fifteen points away from safety. Hampson resigned as soon as relegation was conceded and was replaced by former Leeds player Willis Edwards in April 1947. Hampton continued working at the club until October of that year as the chief scout, before coaching in schools football. In total Hampson held the post of United Manager for twelve years. However, as that period spanned the Second World War, he was only in charge for five seasons in the Football League. He died on 24th February 1966.

War-time Guest AppearancesGoals
Principal Tournament 721
Subsidiary Tournament 170
Play-off Finals 20
Total 911