Will Devey

William Devey (12 April 1865 – 10 June 1935) was an English professional footballer who played as a centre forward for Small Heath (renamed from Small Heath Aliiance in 1888) in the Football Alliance and for a variety of Midlands clubs in the Football League and outside it.

Will Devey
Personal information
Full name William Devey
Date of birth (1865-04-12)12 April 1865
Place of birth Perry Barr, Birmingham, England
Date of death 10 June 1935(1935-06-10) (aged 70)
Place of death Birmingham, England
Position(s) Centre forward
Youth career
Clarendon Montrose
Wellington Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1884–1885 Aston Unity
1885–1891 Small Heath 40 (35)
1891–1892 Wolverhampton Wanderers 41 (17)
1892–1894 Aston Villa 10 (2)
1894–1895 Walsall Town Swifts 21 (7)
1895–1896 Burton Wanderers 22 (7)
1896–1897 Notts County 14 (3)
1897 Walsall 11 (6)
1897–1898 Burton Wanderers
1898 Walsall 0 (0)
1898 Darlaston
1898–1899 Small Heath 2 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Football careerEdit

He was Small Heath Alliance's leading scorer for their first two seasons in the Football Alliance (1889–90 and 1890–91)[1] before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers where he became their leading scorer in the next Football League season.

Professional BaseballEdit

In 1890 Devey played professional baseball for Aston Villa in the National League of Baseball of Great Britain.


He was one of five brothers who all played professional football, Ted and Will for Small Heath and Jack, Harry and Bob for Aston Villa. Another brother, Abel, was a cricketer with Staffordshire.[2]


  1. ^ Matthews, Tony (1995). Birmingham City: A Complete Record. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-010-2.
  2. ^ "Abel Devey". cricketarchive. Retrieved 1 March 2009.