Aston Villa: top 30 players - Number 2

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We continue our countdown of the greatest players in Aston Villa's history with a forward who netted a club-record 244 goals and sits second on the all-time appearance list.

2. Billy Walker

Born: Wednesbury, 29 October 1897

Aston Villa career: 1920-1933

Appearances: 531 Goals: 244

Aston Villa’s all-time leading scorer with 244 goals, Walker coincidentally made his debut for the club just a month before the departure of former record-holder Harry Hampton.

A skilful inside forward, the Staffordshire native joined Villa as a teenager in 1915 and went on to make his first-team bow in January 1920, scoring both goals in a 2-1 FA Cup first-round win over Queens Park Rangers.

Just three months later, he was collecting a winner’s medal after the club beat Huddersfield Town in the final at Stamford Bridge and finished the season with 13 goals from 21 games.

It proved the start of a run that saw the long-serving front man reach double figures in 12 consecutive seasons and hit 12 hat-tricks, with the first coming in a four-goal performance against Arsenal on the opening day of the 1920-21 campaign.

He made a scoring debut for England only two months after that display and was eventually capped 18 times, adding eight more goals – including the first for an Englishman at Wembley – and skippering the team on three occasions.

He also captained Villa from 1926 until his retirement in November 1933 and helped the club finish as top-flight runners-up on two occasions – providing 15 of their incredible 128 league goals during the 1930-31 season when they were just piped to the title by Herbert Chapman’s Arsenal.

During his subsequent managerial career, he led Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest, respectively, to FA Cup glory in 1935 and 1957 to become the only manager to win the trophy both before and after the Second World War.

He died in November 1964, four years after ending his 21-year reign at the City Ground.

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