48. Billy Benton
Full name William Henry Benton
Date of birth 5 December 1895
Place of birth Walsall, England
Date of death 1967 (aged 71–72)
Playing position Midfielder
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1920–1931 Blackpool 353 (24)
1932–1933 Rochdale 48 (8)
William Henry “Billy” Benton (5 December 1895 – 1967) was an English professional footballer. He spent eleven years at Blackpool in the 1920s and 1930s, making over 350 Football League appearances for the club. He played in midfield.
He started his career at Walsall but there is very little information of when he started but he left to go to Blackpool at the age of 24/ 25.
Benton made his debut for Blackpool on 30 August 1920, in the second league game of the 1920–21 season, a 2–1 defeat at home to Bristol City. He went on to appear in 39 of the club’s 42 league games that campaign, scoring six goals, including a hat-trick in only his third appearance for Bill Norman’s men a 4–0 home victory over Coventry City on 11 September. Benton’s other three strikes all came in Blackpool victories.
Benton was a regular in the team in all but his final three seasons with Blackpool. He made his final appearance for the club, then under the guidance of Harry Evans, on 7 February 1931, in a 6–0 defeat at Leicester City.
He went on to play his football at the end of his career for Fleetwood Town, Rochdale and Rossendale United.