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Billy Beats
Billy Beats
Nationality: Eng
Caps (goals): 2 (0)
Rovers apps (gls)1: 94 (44)
Date of birth: 13 November 1871
Place of birth: Wolstanton, Staffordshire
Position: Centre forward
Date joined: 1903
Joined from: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Date left: 1906
1 League appearances and goals only.

Billy Beats was a centre forward who joined Rovers in 1903 as a former England international and FA Cup finalist. Beats was part of the 1904-05 Southern League championship winning side, one of the few league titles Rovers have ever won. He was capped twice by England, against Wales in 1901 and Scotland in 1902, and was also in the England team for the abandoned game at Ibrox in 1902 when a collapsed terrace resulted in the deaths of 25 spectators.


Beats began his footballing career with Port Hill, before moving to Port Vale Rovers (now known as Hertford Town) and from there to Burslem Port Vale (now just Port Vale). The peak of his career came while at Wolverhampton Wanderers, when he was capped twice by England and played in an FA Cup final. He moved to Rovers in 1903 and remained at Eastville for three years before heading back to Burslem Port Vale and twelve months later made the final move of his career to Reading.

International appearances[]

N.B. England's score written first for all results. (Source:
Date Opponent Result Venue Competition
18 March 1901 Wal Wales 6–0 St James's Park, Newcastle Home Championship
3 May 1902 Sco Scotland 2–2 Villa Park, Birmingham Home Championship