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Billy Rafferty

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Full nameWilliam Henry Rafferty
Date of birth30 December 1950(age 65)
Place of birthGlasgow, Scotland
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing positionForward

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William "Billy" Rafferty (born 30 December 1950 in Glasgow) is a former Scottish footballer who played as a forward. He is most notable for a two-year spell spearheading the attack for Plymouth Argyle alongside Paul Mariner in the 1970s.

Rafferty began his league career with Coventry City after joining them from Port Glasgow but found opportunities few and far between. A move to Blackpool in 1972 saw him play and score more regularly before joining Plymouth Argyle a year later. With his striking partner, Paul Mariner, he became an important player in the Argyle side that won promotion to the Football League Second Division in 1975. Their partnership contributed 27 goals to the campaign, of which Rafferty provided 12.

He then joined Carlisle United where he continued to score regularly. He moved on to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United before joining Portsmouth in 1980. At Portsmouth he once again became a key striker, winning the Third Division championship in 1983 before joining Bournemouth, which would be his last league club in England.

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