Billy Abercromby

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Billy Abercromby
Personal information
Full name William Abercromby
Date of birth (1958-09-14) 14 September 1958 (age 60)
Place of birth Ruchill, Scotland
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1975–1976 St Mirren
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1988 St Mirren 288 (15)
1988–1989 Partick Thistle 10 (0)
1989–1990 Dunfermline Athletic 9 (0)
1990 Cowdenbeath 4 (0)
1990–1991 East Stirlingshire 5 (0)
Total 316 (15)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

William Abercromby (born 14 September 1958 in Ruchill) is a retired Scottish footballer.

Abercromby came through the youth ranks at St Mirren and signed a full professional contract in 1975.[1] A year later he experienced his first involvement with the first team squad when Sir Alex Ferguson called him into the squad to tour the West Indies.[citation needed]

On 29 October 1986, Abercromby was sent off for three red card offences, one for foul play and two counts of dissent during a match against Motherwell at Love Street.[1] As a result, he was banned for twelve matches. He won the 1987 Scottish Cup when St Mirren beat Dundee United 1–0 in the final.[1] During the 1980's, Billy was involved in all four of St Mirren's forays into European competition, playing in nine of the clubs 14 matches, more than any other Saints player.

He was transferred to Partick Thistle in 1988.

Abercromby battled with severe alcoholism when his playing days ended with his experiences and subsequent recovery being detailed in his biography 'Aber's Gonnae Get Ye'.

Abercromby was one of the ex-players involved in the after-match parade following St Mirren's last ever game at the Love Street (stadium) on 3 January 2009.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Andrew Newport. "Aber: My day of reckoning". Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2017.

External links

  • Billy Abercromby at Post War English & Scottish Football League A–Z Player's Database

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