Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Roker Park Star Elliott Dies at 82; Boss Worked across Globe

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Football: Roker Park Star Elliott Dies at 82; Boss Worked across Globe

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

FORMER Sunderland player and manager Billy Elliott has died at the age of 82.

The ex-England winger was part of the backroom staff when the Rokerites lifted the FA Cup in 1973, their last major trophy, and went on to twice be caretaker manager of the club in the 1970s. He also had a spell as manager of Darlington.

Elliott, who played all down the left side in a playing career spanning three decades, made 212 appearances for Sunderland, scoring 26 goals. He and his wife Peggy settled in Roker after his retirement from football in 1983, ending a four-year spell in the Darlington manager's office.

Elliott started his career at Bradford Park Avenue, where he made his debut as a 15-year-old amateur lefthalf.

After switching to the wing, he scored the goal which knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup in 1948 but became disillusioned with life at his home-town club and repeatedly asked for a transfer.

It was August 1951 before he finally got his wish, with a pounds 23,000 move to First Division giants Burnley.

He was sold to Sunderland for a pounds 3,000 profit two years later.

It was with the Clarets that Elliott won the first of his five international caps against Italy in Florence. In all, he scored three times for England and was part of the "Lions of Vienna" side which famously beat Austria in 1952.

Elliott made an instant impact at Sunderland and again Arsenal were on the receiving end as he scored on his debut, a 7-1 win over the Gunners.

He would later be reunited with his former Park Avenue team-mate Len Shackleton on Wearside.

After leaving Sunderland in July 1959 to join non-League Wisbech Town, Elliott went into coaching, a career which took him across the globe. His management CV included Libya (1961-63), the US Forces team in West Germany (1964-66), Belgian side Daring FC (1966-68) and Brann Bergen of Norway (1974-78). …

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