quote:Former Latics central midfielder Billy Kenny was recently seen playing for Royal Seaforth.
William (Billy) Aidan Kenny was born in Liverpool on 19/09/1973. He joined Everton in November 1989 aged 16 as an associated schoolboy. Seven months later, still aged 16 he joined up as a trainee with the Toffee's. He was given a professional contract in June 1992.
Billy was seen as a big start for the future at Everton, and made an unexpected debut aged only 19. Howard Kendall gave him his first team debut came at home to Rotherham United in the Coca Cola Cup on 07/10/1992. He'd been 19 for only 18 days when he made his debut in the 3-0 win in front of 10000. Billy was given his first run out because of injury to John Ebbrell.
Ten days later, Billy was given his Premier League debut at Highfield Road against Coventry City. Everton drew 1-1 with Peter Beagrie scoring Everton's goal. Everton's side that day included players such as Neville Southall, Martin Keown, Dave Watson, Gary Abblett, Peter Beardsley, Tony Cottee and many more good players.
Billy went on to play 17 league games in the 1992/93 season, scoring one goal at Stamford Bridge in a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea. He also played 4 League Cup games, and two FA Cup ties. Billy's consistently good performances for Everton earned Billy an England Under 21 call-up. He played in a 0-0 draw against Turkey in Izmir on 30/03/1993. Billy's first season as a professional was very impressive, and he showed great potential.
The 1993/94 season proved to be a terrible season for Billy. He was a young lad with the world at his feet being paid huge amounts of money. He started hanging around with the wrong crowd, and before he knew it, he was sacked. Billy became addicted to cocaine and ruined his chances at Everton playing no games in the 1993/94 season, and was sacked by Mike Walker in March 1994. Billy's time at Everton can only be described as great potential, but crashed and eventually burned.
In July 1994, Joe Royle decided to give Billy a chance. He signed him up and gave him a few pre-season matches to prove his worth. He went to Norway in a pre-season tour. He played against Hodd, Nesjar and Molde. Latics won all three games, and Billy played in all three. He managed to score in the 4-1 win over Nesjar. He then played in friendlies against Rochdale, and against former side Everton in Frankie Bunn's testimonial.
The season started on August 13th 1994, Billy made his league debut for Latics in a 5-2 win against Charlton Athletic at Boundary Park. He played alongside Lee Richardson in central midfield. A week later, he was unfortunate enough to score an own goal in a 3-1 defeat away at Port Vale. Billy only played a further two matches against Reading and Watford at Boundary Park. Latics lost both matches 3-1 and 2-0. Billy then got injured and whilst he was injured, Joe Royle left the club to join Everton. Greame Sharp was appointed manager, but didn't play Billy when he returned to fitness.
Billy went AWOL and was sacked for the second time in his career. Billy was out of the game for a few months. He needed this time to try and get over his problems. He did though have offers from Millwall and Birmingham to play for them, but Billy turned them down as he didn't feel the time was right. In October 1995 Billy joined Tony Hesketh's Unibond Premier League side Barrow. Billy though had a lot of baggage and a severe problem. He took drugs and had spent the previous twelve months fighting a cocaine addiction.
Billy was once again hit by controversy as only five months down the line, Billy was sacked by Barrow. In only Billy's second game for the Holker Street team, he came on as substitute against Winsford in the FA Cup 4th qualifying round. Minutes later he was sent off. Tony Hesketh left the club as manager, and Mike Walsh replaced him. Walsh and Kenny didn't get on and after only one game under Walsh, Kenny was sacked for the third time in his career. It was thought he didn't turn up for a match, although Billy claimed it was because Walsh was jealous that Billy got more publicity than him. Since leaving Holker Street in March 1996 we've no information about what Billy's been doing. Until now.
Billy was spotted playing for Royal Seaforth last week. Royal Seaforth play in the Frank Armitt Liverpool County Combination Division One. Billy was spotted last week playing in the final of the Liverpool County George Mahon Cup against South Liverpool last Wednesday. The match finished in a 3-3 draw, with South Liverpool winning 4-2 on penalties. The Liverpool County Combination Division One consists of 13 teams such as South Liverpool, Ford Motors, Speke, St. Dominics and more. Royal Seaforth finished 10th in the league.
Billy is still only 29 years of age. Billy had a huge talent, which earned him an England under 21's cap aged 19. His first season for Everton was very promising, and he looked to have a huge future ahead of him. It all went wrong, and one of England's great talents got wasted. If things had gone differently for Billy, he could have been earning £60,000 a week now. The England World Cup squad for Japan and Korea is announced today. If things had gone differently, he could well have been on that plane. Billy's football career is a real footballing nightmare and a massive shame.
His lifestle is covered in an article in this months Four Four Two 'Footballers who fade away'..
Best summed up by his closing comments thus :
Mike Walker told me:;'' I can lead the horse to water Billy,but I cant make him drink''.
''I had no idea what he was on about. I was off my head''.
Most of the usual suspects also get a mention-Lee Sharpe,Perter Marinello,Nii Lamptey & the Leeds Youth squad which battered their Man Utd counterparts but theres also a mention for one Sonny Pike(scored 300 goals in two years of schoolboy football by the age of 12) and one Kane Jackson(at 6 years of age his dad staked £100 on him playing professionally by 18th birthday-hes now a labourer) ....
also brought to attention is a 1993 prediction by journo Ian Ridley as to Englands likely 1998 World Cup starting XI-Tim Flowers/Rob Jones/Chris Sutton/Alan Wright/Garry Flitcroft/Paul Gascoigne/Darren Caskey/Julian Joachim/David Platt/Lee Sharpe/Andy Cole. Although Glenn Hoddle was his choice of manager
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erm, there is no centre half in that team, well maybe sutton at a stretch. also isn't having only one outfield player the right side of 5'10 a little unwise?
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