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Billy Tremelling

Billy Tremelling
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Full nameWilliam Reuben Tremelling
Playing positionForward/Defender

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William Reuben "Billy" Tremelling (May 9, 1905 - 1961) was an English professional footballer. He played as a forward at the beginning of his career, but was later played as a defender. He was the younger brother of fellow footballer Dan Tremelling, a goalkeeper who played for England.

After starting out with Shirebrook, Kirby Colliery, Welbeck Colliery, Mansfield Town, Retford Town and Worksop Town, in 1925 he joined Blackpool, then in the Second Division, with whom he spent five years.

Tremelling made his debut for Blackpool on March 28, 1925, in a goalless draw at Manchester United in front of a crowd of 30,000. He made one more league appearance in the 1924 25 season, in the very next game (a home victory over Southampton), but missed the final eight games of the season.

In 1925 26, he only appeared in three league games, after breaking his leg in a 6 1 defeat at Swansea Town on February 25, 1926.

He made a major impact in 1926 27, with 30 goals in 26 league games. He scored his first goal for Blackpool on November 13, 1926, in a 3 0 victory over Bradford City at Bloomfield Road. He went on to score in the next five games, including a hat-trick in a 6 0 home victory over Clapton Orient on December 11. He scored another treble in a 4 2 victory at Port Vale on April 16, 1927, the second of Blackpool's two games in as many days. Tremelling also scored Blackpool's sole goal in the FA Cup that season, in a 3 1 third-round loss at home to Bolton Wanderers on January 8, 1927.

In 1927 28, Tremelling, under new Blackpool boss Sydney Beaumont, was switched to a defensive position. As such, his goal hauls dried up: he made 22 appearances and scored just four goals that season.

Tremelling was returned to the forward line for part of the 1928 29 as new manager Harry Evans struggled to find a partner for Jimmy Hampson. He scored five goals in twelve league appearances.

Back in a defensive role for the 1929 30 campaign, Tremelling helped Blackpool to the Division Two championship. He made 38 league appearances and scored three goals in the club's successful season.

Tremelling's final game for Blackpool was on December 6, 1930, in a 3 1 home defeat by West Ham. He left the club to join arch-rivals Preston North End, with whom he made over 200 appearances.

After retirement, Tremelling returned to Blackpool as a coach.

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