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Billy Silto

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Full nameWilliam Alfred Silto
Date of birth1 May 1883
Place of birthWashington Co Durham, England
Playing positionCentre Half

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Billy Silto (born 1 May 1883) was a former footballer who played at centre half for Barnsley and Swindon Town.

After injury caused a £1000 transfer to Aston Villa to fall through, Silto joined Swindon during the summer of 1909, after being released by Barnsley, who suspected he was injury-prone. These fears proved unfounded, however, as he went on to make well over 200 appearances for Swindon over the following eleven years - and without the interruption of the First World War, it would have been far more.

Such were Silto's performances in the Swindon team, that he was recognised as the understudy to the England half-back Fatty Wedlock for many seasons, and though he joined up with the England squad on many occasions, the only appearances he made were on an unofficial tour of South Africa in 1910.

After retirement, Silto settled in the Swindon area where the sporting heritage would continue with his son Joseph Silto playing and later captaining England at Table Tennis.

Like former Swindon Town team-mate Harold Fleming, a street was named 'Silto Court' in the town in recognition of the International sporting achievements by both generations of the family.

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