'Multi-talented' Bury Town FC midfield legend Billy Crighton dies aged 75
Former Bury Town Football Club player Billy Crighton’s funeral took place on December 30 after his death at the age of 75, earlier this month.
He became an integral part of the first team when they were enjoying what was arguably the most successful period in the club’s history.
After Bury Town won the first ever Suffolk Premier Cup in the 1958-59 season, Billy helped the club to build on that success in the decade that followed.
He also won the Suffolk Premier Cup in 1965-66 and 1970-71 and was the club’s top goalscorer during the 1969-70 and 1970-71 seasons, managing to outscore the club’s strikers despite playing in midfield.
Away from the football field, Billy was a talented artist who was always full of jokes, according to his niece, Jeannine.
She said “He was so much more than just his football career. He was excellent at everything he turned his hand to. He was always joking, too, and we spent each day waiting for the next punch-line.”
“He made friends everywhere he went and was loved by so many people,” she added.
The money Billy earned as a footballer was not a full income, and so he worked as a builder alongside his football career.
After an illustrious career as a builder and prolific goal-scoring midfielder, Billy was able to turn his attention to his hobby of painting.
His later years were spent looking after his house and garden with Sylvia, his partner of 42 years, and looking after his beloved dog, Rumi.