Billy McColl Player Profile

Player Details

  • Full Name: William Christopher McColl
  • Born: December 25th, 1954 (Shettleston)
  • Height: 5' 7
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Signed: November 10th, 1972
  • First Manager: Jack Steedman
  • Career Totals: 212 appearances, 35 goals
  • Also Played For: Ayr United, Clyde


Playing History

Season Win % Draw % Loss %
1977-78 42 6 6 0 21.4% 23.8% 54.8%
1976-77 55 21 8 0 58.2% 29.1% 12.7%
1975-76 18 (8) 2 2 0 61.5% 7.7% 30.8%
1974-75 31 (1) 3 1 0 62.5% 12.5% 25.0%
1973-74 25 (8) 1 2 0 30.3% 30.3% 39.4%
1972-73 23 (1) 2 2 0 16.7% 25.0% 58.3%
Totals: 194 (18) 35


 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Recent First Team Starts
 29/04/78 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (H) 0 - 2
 26/04/78 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H) 1 - 1
 22/04/78 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A) 1 - 0
 20/04/78 Semi Final vs. Dumbarton (H) 4 - 0
 17/04/78 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 2 - 5

 Recent First Team Goals
 17/04/78 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A) 2 - 5
 04/03/78 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H) 2 - 2
 05/11/77 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H) 1 - 0
 26/10/77 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Dunfermline (H) 2 - 2
 17/08/77 1st Round 1st Leg vs. East Fife (H) 5 - 0

 List of Goals Scored (click to expand)
 17/04/78 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  2 - 5
 04/03/78 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 2
 05/11/77 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 26/10/77 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 2
 17/08/77 1st Round 1st Leg vs. East Fife (H)  5 - 0
 17/08/77 1st Round 1st Leg vs. East Fife (H)  5 - 0
 30/04/77 1st Division vs. Falkirk (A)  4 - 2
 12/04/77 1st Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 2
 02/04/77 1st Division vs. Morton (H)  2 - 3
 02/04/77 1st Division vs. Morton (H)  2 - 3
 05/03/77 1st Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 3
 19/02/77 1st Division vs. Dundee (H)  3 - 0
 16/02/77 1st Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 0
 12/02/77 1st Division vs. Hamilton Accies (A)  2 - 0
 12/02/77 1st Division vs. Hamilton Accies (A)  2 - 0
 07/02/77 3rd Round replay vs. Hamilton Accies (H)  3 - 0
 05/02/77 1st Division vs. East Fife (H)  3 - 1
 05/02/77 1st Division vs. East Fife (H)  3 - 1
 25/12/76 1st Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 2
 13/11/76 1st Division vs. Airdrie (H)  1 - 0
 29/09/76 1st Division vs. Falkirk (H)  4 - 1
 22/09/76 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Rangers (A)  3 - 3
 18/09/76 1st Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 0
 11/09/76 1st Division vs. Airdrie (A)  1 - 1
 28/08/76 Group 8 vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 0
 25/08/76 Group 8 vs. Queen of South (A)  4 - 1
 25/08/76 Group 8 vs. Queen of South (A)  4 - 1
 27/03/76 Group 6 vs. Queen of South (A)  3 - 1
 20/03/76 Group 6 vs. Queen of South (H)  4 - 0
 30/04/75 Division 2 vs. Berwick Rangers (H)  2 - 1
 01/02/75 Division 2 vs. Brechin City (H)  3 - 1
 28/12/74 Division 2 vs. Queen of South (H)  3 - 1
 15/08/73 Group 9 vs. Albion Rovers (A)  1 - 3
 25/04/73 Division 2 vs. Hamilton Accies (H)  1 - 2
 18/04/73 Division 2 vs. Cowdenbeath (H)  3 - 0

 List of Games Played (click to expand)
 29/04/78 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (H)  0 - 2
 26/04/78 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  1 - 1
 22/04/78 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (A)  1 - 0
 20/04/78 Semi Final vs. Dumbarton (H)  4 - 0
 17/04/78 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  2 - 5
 15/04/78 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 2
 12/04/78 Premier Division vs. Dundee Utd (A)  0 - 1
 08/04/78 Premier Division vs. Celtic (H)  3 - 2
 25/03/78 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A)  0 - 0
 21/03/78 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  0 - 2
 18/03/78 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  0 - 3
 11/03/78 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  0 - 2
 04/03/78 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 2
 25/02/78 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (A)  0 - 0
 19/02/78 Premier Division vs. Rangers (H)  0 - 3
 07/02/78 3rd Round vs. Stirling Albion (A)  0 - 3
 04/02/78 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 07/01/78 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  2 - 0
 02/01/78 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 2
 31/12/77 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  0 - 1
 24/12/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  0 - 2
 19/11/77 Premier Division vs. Dundee Utd (A)  0 - 4
 12/11/77 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (A)  0 - 1
 05/11/77 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (H)  1 - 0
 29/10/77 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (A)  1 - 1
 26/10/77 3rd Round 2nd Leg vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 2
 22/10/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 2
 15/10/77 Premier Division vs. Ayr Utd (A)  0 - 2
 08/10/77 Premier Division vs. Motherwell (H)  2 - 1
 05/10/77 3rd Round 1st Leg vs. Dunfermline (A)  0 - 2
 01/10/77 Premier Division vs. Rangers (A)  1 - 4
 24/09/77 Premier Division vs. Celtic (A)  0 - 1
 17/09/77 Premier Division vs. Dundee Utd (H)  0 - 3
 10/09/77 Premier Division vs. Partick Th (H)  0 - 4
 03/09/77 2nd Round 2nd Leg vs. Stranraer (A)  1 - 0
 31/08/77 2nd Round 1st Leg vs. Stranraer (H)  0 - 0
 27/08/77 Premier Division vs. Hibernian (A)  0 - 2
 24/08/77 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. East Fife (A)  1 - 0
 20/08/77 Premier Division vs. Aberdeen (H)  1 - 3
 17/08/77 1st Round 1st Leg vs. East Fife (H)  5 - 0
 13/08/77 Premier Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 1
 10/08/77 Preliminary Round 2nd Leg vs. Partick Th (H)  1 - 1
 06/05/77 Final vs. Stirling Albion (A)  0 - 0
 30/04/77 1st Division vs. Falkirk (A)  4 - 2
 23/04/77 1st Division vs. Raith Rovers (H)  2 - 0
 16/04/77 1st Division vs. Raith Rovers (A)  1 - 2
 12/04/77 1st Division vs. Dundee (A)  3 - 2
 09/04/77 1st Division vs. Morton (A)  2 - 2
 02/04/77 1st Division vs. Morton (H)  2 - 3
 26/03/77 1st Division vs. Queen of South (H)  2 - 0
 19/03/77 1st Division vs. Queen of South (A)  2 - 2
 12/03/77 1st Division vs. Dumbarton (H)  4 - 2
 07/03/77 1st Division vs. Hamilton Accies (H)  2 - 0
 05/03/77 1st Division vs. St Mirren (A)  1 - 3
 02/03/77 1st Division vs. Airdrie (A)  2 - 0
 26/02/77 4th Round vs. Hearts (A)  0 - 1
 19/02/77 1st Division vs. Dundee (H)  3 - 0
 16/02/77 1st Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  2 - 0
 12/02/77 1st Division vs. Hamilton Accies (A)  2 - 0
 07/02/77 3rd Round replay vs. Hamilton Accies (H)  3 - 0
 05/02/77 1st Division vs. East Fife (H)  3 - 1
 02/02/77 3rd Round vs. Hamilton Accies (A)  0 - 0
 22/01/77 1st Division vs. Montrose (A)  3 - 3
 08/01/77 2nd round vs. Selkirk (H)  2 - 0
 03/01/77 1st Division vs. Arbroath (H)  8 - 1
 01/01/77 1st Division vs. Dumbarton (A)  1 - 1
 25/12/76 1st Division vs. St Mirren (H)  2 - 2
 22/12/76 1st Round vs. Cowdenbeath (A)  4 - 3
 15/12/76 Semi Final vs. East Stirlingshire (H)  4 - 0
 04/12/76 1st Division vs. East Fife (A)  6 - 0
 20/11/76 1st Division vs. St Johnstone (A)  0 - 0
 13/11/76 1st Division vs. Airdrie (H)  1 - 0
 30/10/76 1st Division vs. Dumbarton (H)  2 - 0
 27/10/76 1st Division vs. Morton (A)  0 - 0
 23/10/76 1st Division vs. St Mirren (A)  0 - 0
 18/10/76 Quarter Final Replay vs. Rangers (A)  0 - 0
 16/10/76 1st Division vs. Dundee (H)  2 - 1
 12/10/76 1st Division vs. Falkirk (A)  4 - 0
 09/10/76 1st Division vs. Hamilton Accies (A)  2 - 3
 06/10/76 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. Rangers (H)  1 - 1
 02/10/76 1st Division vs. East Fife (H)  2 - 1
 29/09/76 1st Division vs. Falkirk (H)  4 - 1
 25/09/76 1st Division vs. Montrose (A)  2 - 2
 22/09/76 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. Rangers (A)  3 - 3
 18/09/76 1st Division vs. St Johnstone (H)  1 - 0
 15/09/76 1st Division vs. Queen of South (A)  2 - 1
 11/09/76 1st Division vs. Airdrie (A)  1 - 1
 07/09/76 1st Division vs. Raith Rovers (H)  3 - 0
 04/09/76 1st Division vs. Arbroath (H)  3 - 0
 01/09/76 Group 8 vs. Alloa Athletic (H)  1 - 0
 28/08/76 Group 8 vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 0
 25/08/76 Group 8 vs. Queen of South (A)  4 - 1
 21/08/76 Group 8 vs. Dunfermline (A)  1 - 0
 18/08/76 Group 8 vs. Queen of South (H)  1 - 0
 14/08/76 Group 8 vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  0 - 1
 09/08/76 Preliminary Round 2nd Leg vs. Ayr Utd (H)  0 - 1
 07/08/76 Preliminary Round 1st Leg vs. Ayr Utd (A)  0 - 0
 03/05/76 Final vs. Airdrie (N)  2 - 4
 28/04/76 Semi Final vs. Dumbarton (N)  3 - 1
 24/04/76 Quarter Final 2nd Leg vs. East Fife (A)  0 - 1
 21/04/76 Quarter Final 1st Leg vs. East Fife (H)  1 - 0
 17/04/76 1st Round 2nd Leg vs. Albion Rovers (A)  0 - 2
 10/04/76 Group 6 vs. Raith Rovers (A)  1 - 2
 06/04/76 2nd Division vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  0 - 0
 03/04/76 Group 6 vs. Clyde (H)  3 - 0
 27/03/76 Group 6 vs. Queen of South (A)  3 - 1
 20/03/76 Group 6 vs. Queen of South (H)  4 - 0
 13/03/76 Group 6 vs. Raith Rovers (H)  1 - 2
 06/03/76 Group 6 vs. Clyde (A)  3 - 1
 28/02/76 2nd Division vs. Forfar Ath (H)  2 - 0
 21/02/76 2nd Division vs. East Stirlingshire (A)  1 - 0
 10/01/76 2nd Round vs. Raith Rovers (A)  1 - 3
 20/12/75 2nd Division vs. Stenhousemuir (A)  1 - 2
 13/12/75 2nd Division vs. Meadowbank Th (H)  2 - 0
 22/11/75 2nd Division vs. Alloa Athletic (H)  3 - 1
 03/09/75 Supplementary Round 2nd Leg vs. Cowdenbeath (H)  2 - 0
 30/08/75 2nd Division vs. Brechin City (H)  3 - 0
 27/08/75 Group 7 vs. Arbroath (H)  1 - 0
 23/08/75 Group 7 vs. East Stirlingshire (A)  1 - 0
 20/08/75 Group 7 vs. Berwick Rangers (A)  1 - 0
 16/08/75 Group 7 vs. East Stirlingshire (H)  1 - 1
 13/08/75 Group 7 vs. Berwick Rangers (H)  3 - 2
 09/08/75 Group 7 vs. Arbroath (A)  0 - 4
 30/04/75 Division 2 vs. Berwick Rangers (H)  2 - 1
 26/04/75 Division 2 vs. Falkirk (H)  2 - 0
 19/04/75 Division 2 vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  0 - 1
 12/04/75 Division 2 vs. Hamilton Accies (H)  1 - 0
 05/04/75 Division 2 vs. Cowdenbeath (A)  3 - 0
 29/03/75 Division 2 vs. Raith Rovers (H)  3 - 2
 22/03/75 Division 2 vs. Albion Rovers (H)  2 - 0
 15/03/75 Division 2 vs. East Stirlingshire (A)  0 - 1
 08/03/75 Division 2 vs. Stirling Albion (H)  0 - 0
 01/03/75 Division 2 vs. St Mirren (A)  0 - 2
 22/02/75 Division 2 vs. Queen's Park (H)  2 - 1
 08/02/75 Division 2 vs. Montrose (A)  1 - 1
 01/02/75 Division 2 vs. Brechin City (H)  3 - 1
 28/01/75 3rd Round vs. Dunfermline (H)  2 - 1
 18/01/75 Division 2 vs. Forfar Ath (A)  2 - 0
 11/01/75 Division 2 vs. East Fife (A)  0 - 1
 04/01/75 2nd Round vs. Cowdenbeath (A)  2 - 0
 30/12/74 Division 2 vs. Meadowbank Th (A)  0 - 1
 28/12/74 Division 2 vs. Queen of South (H)  3 - 1
 21/12/74 Division 2 vs. Falkirk (A)  1 - 0
 14/12/74 Division 2 vs. Alloa Athletic (H)  4 - 1
 07/12/74 Division 2 vs. Hamilton Accies (A)  1 - 0
 30/11/74 Division 2 vs. Cowdenbeath (H)  2 - 1
 23/11/74 Division 2 vs. Raith Rovers (A)  2 - 1
 16/11/74 Division 2 vs. Albion Rovers (A)  3 - 1
 09/11/74 Division 2 vs. East Stirlingshire (H)  0 - 3
 02/11/74 Division 2 vs. Stirling Albion (A)  3 - 3
 26/10/74 Division 2 vs. St Mirren (H)  0 - 0
 25/09/74 Division 2 vs. Stranraer (A)  1 - 2
 11/09/74 Division 2 vs. Stenhousemuir (A)  2 - 1
 07/09/74 Division 2 vs. Meadowbank Th (H)  3 - 0
 10/08/74 Group 7 vs. Airdrie (A)  0 - 4
 01/05/74 Division 2 vs. Raith Rovers (A)  2 - 2
 29/04/74 Division 2 vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  1 - 0
 27/04/74 Division 2 vs. Airdrie (H)  2 - 1
 24/04/74 Division 2 vs. Cowdenbeath (H)  2 - 2
 24/02/74 Division 2 vs. Albion Rovers (A)  0 - 3
 16/02/74 Division 2 vs. Forfar Ath (H)  3 - 3
 02/02/74 Division 2 vs. Stranraer (A)  0 - 1
 27/01/74 3rd Round vs. Celtic (A)  1 - 6
 19/01/74 Division 2 vs. Stenhousemuir (H)  1 - 1
 12/01/74 2nd Round Replay vs. Inverness Clach (H)  3 - 2
 05/01/74 2nd Round vs. Inverness Clach (A)  1 - 1
 01/01/74 Division 2 vs. East Stirlingshire (A)  0 - 2
 29/12/73 Division 2 vs. Kilmarnock (H)  1 - 2
 25/12/73 1st Round Replay vs. East Stirlingshire (H)  1 - 0
 24/12/73 1st Round vs. East Stirlingshire (A)  0 - 0
 22/12/73 Division 2 vs. Airdrie (A)  1 - 4
 24/11/73 Division 2 vs. Berwick Rangers (A)  0 - 0
 17/11/73 Division 2 vs. Queen's Park (A)  1 - 2
 10/11/73 Division 2 vs. Alloa Athletic (H)  1 - 2
 27/10/73 Division 2 vs. Hamilton Accies (H)  1 - 1
 20/10/73 Division 2 vs. Albion Rovers (H)  0 - 1
 13/10/73 Division 2 vs. Brechin City (A)  1 - 0
 06/10/73 Division 2 vs. Stranraer (H)  5 - 0
 29/09/73 Division 2 vs. Stenhousemuir (A)  2 - 1
 22/09/73 Division 2 vs. Raith Rovers (H)  1 - 1
 19/09/73 Division 2 vs. Stirling Albion (H)  2 - 0
 15/09/73 Division 2 vs. Forfar Ath (A)  2 - 0
 08/09/73 Division 2 vs. East Stirlingshire (H)  1 - 3
 01/09/73 Division 2 vs. Kilmarnock (A)  2 - 3
 25/08/73 Group 9 vs. Brechin City (A)  2 - 2
 18/08/73 Group 9 vs. Stranraer (H)  3 - 0
 15/08/73 Group 9 vs. Albion Rovers (A)  1 - 3
 01/08/73 1st Round vs. Dumbarton (H)  0 - 3
 28/04/73 Division 2 vs. Dunfermline (A)  3 - 3
 25/04/73 Division 2 vs. Hamilton Accies (H)  1 - 2
 21/04/73 Division 2 vs. Clyde (H)  0 - 1
 18/04/73 Division 2 vs. Cowdenbeath (H)  3 - 0
 11/04/73 Division 2 vs. Queen of South (A)  0 - 2
 07/04/73 Division 2 vs. Stranraer (H)  4 - 2
 31/03/73 Division 2 vs. Queen's Park (A)  2 - 2
 24/03/73 Division 2 vs. St Mirren (H)  1 - 1
 17/03/73 Division 2 vs. Berwick Rangers (A)  0 - 1
 10/03/73 Division 2 vs. Alloa Athletic (A)  4 - 2
 03/03/73 Division 2 vs. Albion Rovers (H)  1 - 2
 28/02/73 Division 2 vs. Raith Rovers (A)  0 - 2
 24/02/73 Division 2 vs. Clyde (A)  0 - 1
 10/02/73 Division 2 vs. Montrose (H)  0 - 4
 03/02/73 Division 2 vs. Stenhousemuir (A)  1 - 1
 27/01/73 Division 2 vs. Forfar Ath (A)  3 - 0
 13/01/73 Division 2 vs. Dunfermline (H)  0 - 4
 01/01/73 Division 2 vs. East Stirlingshire (H)  1 - 1
 23/12/72 1st Round Replay vs. Brechin City (H)  1 - 2
 16/12/72 1st Round vs. Brechin City (A)  0 - 0
 02/12/72 Division 2 vs. Stranraer (A)  0 - 4
 25/11/72 Division 2 vs. Queen's Park (H)  1 - 2
 18/11/72 Division 2 vs. St Mirren (A)  0 - 4
 11/11/72 Division 2 vs. Berwick Rangers (H)  1 - 2


Biography

Billy McColl was an instrumental player for Clydebank in their rise to the Premier league in the 1970s. An attacking midfielder, he made over 200 appearances for the club in his six seasons at Kilbowie Park and netted 35 goals.

Although born in the east end of Glasgow in 1954, Billy was brought up in the shadow of Ibrox Stadium. He was a stand out at Shawlands Academy, and played with Glasgow Amateurs and then Drumchapel Amateurs.

It was at the latter club that the Bankies signed Billy in November 1972, just as he turned 18 years of age. In typical Clydebank style, he was immediately thrown in for his debut, losing at Berwick Rangers. In fact, it was an inauspicious start to his Bankies career as he was only on the winning side once in his first 14 games. Press reports were favourable despite this and he finished his maiden season with 24 appearances and two goals scored.

Over the next two seasons, Billy became a regular in the side, though he wasn’t immune to losing his place in the side when results were poor. In January 1974, the Bankies splashed out £10,000 on three players on the same day – John McGovern, Joe Hughes and John Gilmour. McColl lost his place in the side to ex-Kilmarnock star Gilmour for the rest of the season and the start of next.

However, these signings all largely failed as the Bankies struggled. However, once Billy re-established himself in the starting XI the results began to pick up and Billy was a mainstay for the rest of the season as the Bankies narrowly failed to find a place in the new 1st Division in 1975.

This was the beginning of the great Clydebank side who won successive promotions from the 2nd Division to the Premier League. It all started off well for Billy as he wore the number six shirt at the start of the season, but he was soon displaced by Dougie Hay who had returned to the club late in the previous season.

For most of the season Billy found himself as deputy to Hay and Sammy Henderson who had been signed from Stirling Albion to galvanise the midfield. The veteran Henderson struggled with injuries towards the end of the season, and this allowed Billy to play in most of the defining moments including the championship winning match at Alloa and the Spring Cup final against Airdrie.

Although it had been a great season for the club, it was 1976-77 that Billy really came into his own. He had already signed a full-time contract, was installed as penalty kick taker and with the retirement of Sammy Henderson, became the first pick for the number 8 jersey.

He played in 55 of the 58 games that season as the Bankies were promoted to the Premier League at the first time of asking. He scored an amazing 21 goals which was an incredible tally for a midfielder, considering he had only netted eight in the previous four years.

So many memories were created that season for Billy including netting a goal against St Mirren at Kilbowie on the last ever league game to be played on Christmas day, incidentally his birthday. He also scored the crucial third goal against Dundee at Dens Park in the 3-2 victory that secured promotion to the Premier League. Billy would also play his part in putting the Bankies firmly on the footballing map as he starred in the four game saga against Rangers in the League Cup Quarter final. He was most unlucky to have a goal chopped off in the 1-1 draw at Kilbowie.

As was expected, life for the Bankies was tough in the Premier League and the club were duly relegated. However, Billy played 42 matches that season, a total only bettered by Jim Fallon. For Billy he had the personal landmark of scoring against Celtic and also netting the only goal in a rare victory over Hibernian.

With the club heading back to the First Division, it was decided the Bankies would return to part-time status. Understandably Billy wanted to remain full-time and refused to return to the club for pre-season training. Under these circumstances, the Bankies conceded this position and Billy moved to Ayr United in a swap deal that brought veteran striker Dave McCulloch to Kilbowie.

Billy spent three years at Somerset Park, before moving to Clyde for a further two. He had a major falling out with the Glasgow club and his career came to a fairly premature end at the age of 29. He did play one game for Albion Rovers in 1983 but retired to become a sub-postmaster and newsagent owner.

Billy played a significant role in a great Clydebank side and he was a hard-working individual who probably never received the accolades he deserved at the time. He received the recognition that he richly deserved when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2019.

Debut

November 11th, 1972
Clydebank FC 1 - 2 Berwick Rangers

League (Division 2)


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