17 March 2010

Billy Hood

Name: William John Hood
Born: 3 November 1914, Belfast
Died:
Height:
Weight:
Position: Left-Back

Representative Honours: Ireland: 1 Amateur Cap (1937).
Club Honours:

Club Career:
Teams
Seasons
Signed
Fee
League
FA Cup
Other
Ballycarry
-
-
Amateur
(Amateur League)
Crusaders
35/36
-
Amateur
(Intermediate League)
Cliftonville
36/37
-
Amateur
-
-
-
Liverpool
37/38
Mar-37
-
3/0
-
-
Derry City
-
-
-
-
-
-
TOTALS
-
£-
-
-
-

Biography:
"A very sound and very reliable defender who can use either foot with equal freedom and finds a good length with his clearances."

Billy Hood enjoyed a rapid rise in footballing terms. At the start of the 1935/36 season he was with Ballycarry of the Amateur League. When they folded he joined Intermediate League side Crusaders before joining Cliftonville. Initial success with Cliftonville Olympic earned him elevation to their Irish League side when Jackie Preston left to joined Linfield. In his first season in senior football he earned an Amateur cap as Ireland defeated England 5-1 at Solitude and within weeks of that game he had joined English giants, Liverpool. He played just three times during his time at Anfield, coming into the side as a replacement for England international right-back, Tom Cooper during November and December 1937. He returned to Ireland to join Derry City.


Ireland Amateur Cap Details:
13-02-1937 England. H W 5-1

Summary: 1/0. Won 0, Drew 0, Lost 1.

With thanks to Jim Murphy for the photo and ISN article on which this profile is largely based.

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