7 August 2021

Billy Moon (Corinthian FC)

By Tolga Genç

Born in London in 1868, William Robert Moon played for Corinthian FC and the Old Westminsters, another London club. Let’s remember that Corinthian FC, only plays private matches and allows the players to play in other clubs.
Since there was no other national team then, most of the England players, who faced only Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, were selected from Corinthian FC. This exciting club, which did not take part in leagues and cups and refused this, included the best amateur players of London and its surroundings. These players were generally studying at the university at the same time. Billy Moon was one such player and was not yet 20 years old when he made his debut for the national team in their 5-1 win against Wales. Alongside Moon were Corinthian FC’s Tinsley Lindley, Frank Saunders, Cecil Holden-White, and Frederick Dewhurst.

Moon, who will hold the record for the youngest goalkeeper to play for the England national team for a long time, was expected to break the record for 2012, and Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland captured the record with 64 days. Billy Moon, who played for the national team 7 times, captained, and was a complete athlete, was also a world-class cricketer for Middlesex.

The photo is from the Scotland match, which they won 2-0 in 1891, which was the last national match of Moon. Other clubs that gave players to the England national team were Everton FC and Preston North End, while in Scotland, Heart of Midlothian FC and Queens Park FC were the focus. We refer to these clubs from time to time.

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