Below is a newspaper cutting that shows William (Billy) Porter who played for Hyde United FC.
Billy was an English Fullback who was born in Fleetwood in July 1905. He played for Windsor Villa, Fleetwood Town, Oldham Athletic, Manchester United and Hyde United,with a few guest appearances for various teams during the Second World War. Records show that he played 274 games for Oldham Athletic...65 for Manchester United and also appeared in 121 war-time matches for Reds... Unfortunately I don't have any record of his Hyde United career. He was transferred from Manchester United to Hyde United in September 1944.
Billy was instrumental in supporting and developing Johnny Carey (Manchester United), who presented Billy with his first Irish Cap.
Billy worked at Metro Vicks during war. This was a British heavy electrical engineering company of the early-to-mid 20th century formerly known as British Westinghouse.
Sadly, Billy died on the 28th April 1946 in Ashton-Under-Lyne. Bert Whalley, Manchester United Footballer and later Coach of the Busby Babes who perished in the Munich Disaster, was with him when he collapsed & died . He was only 40 years of age.
He was player/manager at Hyde United at the time of his death.
He won the Lancashire Combination Cup with Fleetwood in 1925/6 &
Won the 2nd Division title with Manchester United.
He took Hyde to Cheshire County Cup final.
The above picture shows a game between Droylsden FC and Hyde United which ended 1-1. Billy is shown on the left.
Many thanks to Nick Clarke for this cutting and "Mr Mujac" for the information.