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Sammy Shrimper
Billy Best 1968 - 1973
One of the finest players of all time Forward
Fullname:Billy Best
Birthday:Tuesday 7th September 1943
Height:5ft 7inWeight:10st 7lb
Position, records and matches
Usual position: Forward

28th June 2005

Born in the Scottish village of Mount Ellen in Lanarkshire, and first played as a junior for Lochend Rovers before moving on to Pollock. He was only 18 when he signed as a professional for Northampton where he stayed long enough to see them promoted from the Third to Second to the First Division and back again to the Third. Now with Southend he is one of the few players to have played in all four divisions of the Football League. And has scored many hat-tricks for us but who will ever forget the one he scored at Peterborough between the 13th and 18th minutes a few seasons back, or the one at Reading last season. He holds the record for the quickest five goals scored in succession, against Brentwood in the F.A. Cup. He was presented with a trophy to mark 100 League Goals for Southend recently.

Hobbies: fishing and school coaching.

Article by 1972 Club handbook

Southend United Career
YearsTotalsLeagueFA CupLeague CupOther Cup
Start Sub Goal StartSubGoalStartSubGoalStartSubGoalStartSubGoal
1968 - 1973 246 1 123 225 1 106 12 0 15 9 0 2 0 0 0
Southend United Career
Start Sub Goal
Southend United Transfers
Date Team Fee Notes
Joined 1 January 1968 Northampton Town
Left 1 September 1973 Northampton Town