Billy Henry

William Armstrong Henry (6 September 1884 — after 1960) was a Scottish professional footballer who played as a right back for Rangers, Falkirk, Leicester City and Manchester City.[1]

Billy Henry
Personal information
Full name William Armstrong Henry[1]
Date of birth 6 September 1884
Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death c. 1960 (aged 7576)[2]
Position(s) Right back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1905–1906 Blantyre Victoria
1906–1908 Rangers 31 (0)
1908–1909 Falkirk 20 (0)
1909–1911 Leicester Fosse 89 (0)
1911–1920 Manchester City 143 (1)
St Bernard's
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Henry was born in Glasgow[2] and began his football career in Scotland with Rangers and then Falkirk before transferring to Leicester City in England in September 1909.[2][3][4][5] He played 96 times for Leicester before Manchester City purchased him for £1,000 in 1911, the highest fee that Leicester City had received for one of their players at the time.[2] He made his Manchester City debut in a 1–1 draw against Sunderland in November 1911.[2] He went on to make 157 appearances for Manchester City in which he scored one goal.[2] The war hindered his outings for City but he did spend eight years there, the majority of his career.[2] He never got a first-team cap for Scotland, but did get international honours in a military game between England and Scotland at Everton's Goodison Park ground.[6][7]

Personal life

Henry served in the 5th Cavalry Reserve Regiment during the First World War.[2]


  1. Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 135. ISBN 978-1905891610.
  2. "Billy Henry – Manchester City and the First World War". Football and the First World War. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  3. "Henry Billy Image 3 Manchester City 1913 – Vintage Footballers". Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  4. "Rangers Player Willie Henry Details". Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  5. Litster, John. Record of Pre-War Scottish League Players. Norwich: PM Publications.
  6. "Billy Henry – Player Profile – Leicester City Stats – FoxesTalk Forum". Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  7. "William A Henry". London Hearts Supporters' Club. Retrieved 22 January 2014.