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Rover of the Day: Billy Stubbs

1 August 2020

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Billy Stubbs born August 1, 1966.

Billy was born in Hartlepool and had a spell with his hometown club but was released without playing for the first team. He enjoyed success at Northern League side Seaham Red Star and the striker was signed in April 1987 by Nottingham Forest after coming to the attention of their manager the legendary Brian Clough.

In September 1987 he was loaned to Rovers and made his debut in a 1-2 defeat at Wigan Athletic. He went on to make 12 appearances for Rovers, scoring his only goal in a 4-2 home win over Gillingham in October 1987.

In March 1988 he had a further loan spell at Rovers’ Third Division rivals Grimsby Town, where he scored twice in seven games. Both Rovers and Grimsby were relegated at the end of the season.

Billy remained at Forest until 1989, without making a first team appearance, but was forced to retire from professional football due to arthritis.

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