Player Profile – Craig Billington

Silsden striker Craig Billington, the former Brighouse Town and Shelley forward, is this week’s Player Profile.

Silsden striker Craig Billington


Craig Billington 

Current Club 


Previous Clubs 

Brighouse Town, Shelley, Emley, Glossop North End.





Day Job

Coffee Shop owner 

Best Mate in Football 

Adam Keane, Alex O’Keefe

Team You Support 


Football Idol

David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Ronaldinho 

Biggest influence on football career

My brother 

Craig Billington in action for Emley in 2016. Picture: Mark Parsons

Career Highlight

Coming back from a serious injury. I first did it when I played at Halifax Town. It was my ACL but I never had it fixed properly. Then at 24 I completely ruptured my ACL. So had to have a full reconstruction of my left knee. 

Most Memorable Game 

Playing Frickley in the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior Cup for Shelley. Shame we lost on penalties but it was a decent game.

Lowest moment in football

Getting injured

First semi-professional manager

Paul Quinn (Brighouse Town)

Former Brighouse Town manager Paul Quinn

Non League Debut 

Wow, too long ago.

First Red Card in Non League 

Longridge at home for Shelley

First and Best Non League Goal 

First goal was at Atherton away for Brighouse Town.

Best goal would be Bacup Borough for Shelley. It was a tight game and it had been getting heated. I don’t normally score from out side the box. But some how I pulled out a step over and right foot strike in to the top corner.

What do you want to achieve in football in the future?

Silsden striker Craig Billington

Just thinking about this season with Silsden and trying to achieve our goals. 

Favourite Non League Ground

Longridge was a decent pitch

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