Billy Chalmers

For other people with the same name, see William Chalmers.
William Chalmers
Personal information
Full name William Chalmers[1]
Date of birth (1907-07-24)24 July 1907
Place of birth Bellshill, Scotland
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Playing position Inside right
Youth career
Bellshill Athletic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1922–1924 Queen's Park 85 (21)
1924–1928 Rangers 19 (5)
1928–1931 Newcastle United 41 (13)
1931–1932 Grimsby Town 6 (1)
1932–1936 Bury 98 (23)
1936–1938 Notts County 65 (17)
1938–1943 Aldershot 36 (9)
Teams managed
Ebbw Vale
1948–1949 Juventus

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William "Billy" Chalmers was an association football player and manager,[2] who is most well known for managing Italian side Juventus during the 1948-49 season;[3] he is the one of two Scottish managers in the club's history.[4] He was born in Bellshill, Scotland.[1]


As a player Chalmers played for various clubs as a striker;[1] he was transferred from Glasgow Rangers in 1928 for £2,500 to play for Newcastle United.[3]

At Newcastle he played alongside club legend Hughie Gallacher, who was also born in Bellshill.[3] Chalmers scored against Leicester City on his debut, then in his second game he scored twice against Burnley which made him become popular quickly with the Toon fans.[5]

After his retirement from playing, Chalmers managed Ebbw Vale, Juventus and coached at former club Bury.[3]


  1. 1 2 3 Joyce, Michael (2012). Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939. Nottingham: Tony Brown. p. 55. ISBN 190589161X.
  2. " - A Historical Queen's Park FC Website". Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Bellshill's forgotten soccer hero was Juventus manager". Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  5. "Newcastle United - a statistical journey...". 28 September 2007. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2016.

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