Date: 20th July 2015 at 10:28am
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This edition of the popular Where Are They Now series takes a look at the career of Chris Billy.

CHRIS BILLY – Born 2nd January 1973 Huddersfield, Yorkshire.

Chris began his career as a trainee with his hometown club Huddersfield, working his way up through the club teams until signed as a professional for the club on 1st July 1991.
Chris’s highlight of the four years he spent with Huddersfield came in 1995 when he scored the winning goal in the Second Division play off final to send his team which was managed by Neil Warnock into what is now called the Championship.
It was to be the last game Chris played for the club, and also the last game Neil acted as manager as he was dismissed a few days later.

A month later he joined Argyle replacing Steve McCall and Russell Osman who had been looking after the club since Peter Shilton’s departure in mid-January. After making 126 appearances scoring six goals Neil Warnock made Chris one of his first signings and he was on his way to Home Park on a free transfer.

Chris made his debut in the opening game of the 1995-96 season which ended in a 2-1 defeat at Colchester with Adrian Littlejohn scoring the Argyle goal. Considering how the season would end Neil Warnock’s reign started badly, after the opening day defeat Argyle then lost the next five games after that.
The club’s fortunes changed on 2nd September in a 5-0 hammering of Bury at Home Park with Mickey Evans (2), Gary Clayton, Chris and Adrian Littlejohn scoring the goals.
That game started a run of seventeen games with only one defeat among them.

After his first goal Chris scored again ten days later when he scored in between goals from Mickey Evans and Adrian Littlejohn in a 3-1 win at home to Doncaster. He had to wait until early March before he scored again when he got the first goal in a narrow 3-2 win at Cambridge with Richard Logan and Ian Baird also on the scoresheet. Chris’s fourth and final goal of the season came in the last game, a 3-0 victory at home to Hartlepool, after he had scored the first goal, two others from Mick Heathcote and Richard Logan were enough to see Argyle finish in fourth place and a spot in the play-offs.

After losing the first leg 1-0 at Layer Road Colchester, Argyle easily beat them 3-1 at Home Park to secure a place a Wembley against Darlington who had finished one place below Argyle in the table.
As Argyle fans know a headed goal from Ronnie Mauge was enough to secure a win and promotion to Division 2.

1996-97 saw Chris as an almost ever present, playing in 45 league and seven cup games, the only game he missed was a 0-0 draw at Millwall in mid-March with Tony James standing in for him.
He scored his first goal of the season in the second away game, a 2-0 win at Watford after Chris had got the first goal another from Adrian Littlejohn was enough to secure the points. His next goal came in front of Argyle’s biggest home gate of the season in a second round FA Cup game against local rivals Exeter, the majority of the 12,911 crowd went home happy as Argyle easily progressed to the third round beating their neighbors 4-1 thanks to goals from Mickey Evans, Ronnie Mauge, Chris and Adrian Littlejohn.
Chris matched his goal tally of the previous season when he scored twice in a 3-2 win at Shrewsbury with Neil Illman getting the third.

Chris continued to be one of the first names on the team sheet throughout the 1997-98 season, despite Mick Jones replacing Neil Warnock in February 1997, only missing a handful of games.
Chris managed to get another goal, that came in a 3-0 win at home to Millwall in mid-December after Simon Collins had got the first, goals from Chris and Carlo Corazzin made sure Argyle won their last home game before Christmas.
Unfortunately the season didn’t go too well after that with only seven wins from the final twenty four games Argyle finished in 22nd and were relegated.
When the season ended after making 137 appearances and scoring nine goals Chris left on a free transfer to join Notts County.

Chris only spent just over two months at County making eight appearances before leaving to join Bury, who were now managed by Chris’s old manager at both his previous clubs, Neil Warnock.
Chris spent five seasons at Gigg Lane making 196 appearances scoring twelve goals.
On 19th May Chris left Bury to join Carlisle on a free transfer.

In his first season at Brunton Park Carlisle were relegated from the Football League.
The stay in the Conference was a short one as the following season they were promoted when they won the play-off final after Chris had scored the winner in the play off semi final second leg.
Chris spent another season and a half at Carlisle before being released at the end of January and after making 164 appearances scoring four goals he left to join Halifax.

Chris spent the remainder of the 2006-07 season with Halifax making fourteen appearances before leaving to finish off his career first at Farsley Celtic where he made a further fifteen appearances before winding down at Ossett Town where he retired.