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Billy Hampson

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Born 25 Aug 1882, Radcliffe (England)
In Charge 06 Mar 1935 - Apr 1947
Honours Won None

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Billy Hampson's early days as a player were itinerant, spending some time at Bury, Rochdale and Norwich before moving to Newcastle United in 1914. He guested occasionally for Leeds City during World War I, but resumed his duties with Newcastle, and became the oldest player to appear in an FA Cup Final when he took the field for the 1924 victory over Aston Villa at the age of 41. He finally retired from playing in 1930 and moved into management at Carlisle United, where his main achievement was to discover Bill Shankly's playing talents before moving to Leeds via Ashington.

He brought in several players from Northern Ireland - and developed a youth side that won the Central League in 1936-37. When war intervened, the side he was developing was disrupted, and when the normal operation of the Football League resumed in 1946-47, Hampson kept faith with the aging players who had served the club well nearly 10 years before. This proved to be disastrous as the club picked up just 4 points between the turn of the year and the end of the season, and with just one draw (and twenty defeats) away from home, relegation was inevitable. Hampson resigned the manager's job and took up the post of chief scout, which he held for less than a year before dropping out of the professional game.

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