Billy Burnikell

Billy Burnikell
Personal information
Full name William Frederick Burnikell
Date of birth 9 December 1910
Place of birth Southwick, England
Date of death May 1980 (aged 69)
Playing position Left half
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1929–1933 Lincoln City 25 (0)
1933–1937 Bradford City 53 (2)
Total 78 (2)
Teams managed
1947 Landskrona BoIS
1947–1949 Helsingborg
1949 Landskrona BoIS (caretaker)[1]
- Universidad Católica
1956 Halifax Town
1957–1959 Örebro SK
1960–1961 Degerfors IF

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

William Frederick Burnikell (9 December 1910 – May 1980) was an English professional football player and manager. His surname was also spelt Burnicle.[2]


Born in Southwick, Burnikell played as a left half for Lincoln City, Bradford City and Aldershot.[3] For Lincoln City, he made 25 appearances in the Football League.[4] For Bradford City, he made 52 appearances in the Football League, scoring two goals; he also made 3 FA Cup appearances.[5]

He later became a football manager and was in charge of Halifax Town between April and December 1956.[6] He also managed Swedish clubs Landskrona BoIS, Helsingborg, Örebro SK and Degerfors IF.[7][8] He also won the Chilean Primera División in 1954 with Universidad Católica.[9]



  1. Jönsson, p. 49
  2. Frost, p. 410
  3. Frost, p. 392
  4. "Profile".
  5. Frost, p. 380
  6. Kelly Gilchrist (16 February 2012). "Managers Past And Present". F.C. Halifax Town.
  7. "Klubbinformation" (in Swedish).

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