25 Facts About Billy Sharp


Billy Louis Sharp was born on 5 February 1986 and is an English professional footballer who plays as a striker and captains EFL Championship club Sheffield United.


On 1 January 2019, Sharp scored his 220th goal and became the leading English born goalscorer in English professional football during the 21st century so far, overtaking the record set by Rickie Lambert.


Three days after the death of his newborn son in 2011, Billy Sharp played and scored the opener in the game, and five days later he was lauded by the Ipswich Town fans following his goal against them.


Billy Sharp joined Rushden and Diamonds on loan in January 2005, scoring 9 goals in 16 games for the club, before moving to Scunthorpe United in 2005.


Keogh and Billy Sharp became part of the most potent strike-force in League One, scoring 38 goals between them, Billy Sharp scoring 23 goals, with Keogh netting 15 of them.


Billy Sharp scored a header in the televised defeat to Aston Villa, which only served to enhance his reputation across the nation.


Billy Sharp did score twice more in the FA Cup including a goal against Hull City during a fifth-round replay.


Billy Sharp signed a season-long loan with Championship club Doncaster Rovers on 1 September 2009.


Billy Sharp was given the number 5 for the season, an unusual choice for a striker.


Billy Sharp signed a three-year contract, which kept him at Keepmoat Stadium till the summer of 2013.


On 3 March 2011, Billy Sharp told BBC Radio that he would need a hernia operation but would try to hold it till the end of the season so that he could reach a 20-goal milestone.


On 2 November 2011, three days following the death of his two-day-old son Luey Jacob, Billy Sharp netted a volley to open the scoring against Middlesbrough in the 14th minute.


Billy Sharp celebrated by taking off his jersey, unveiling an undershirt that read "THAT'S FOR YOU SON" and was not awarded the usual yellow card by referee Darren Deadman for his emotional celebration.


Billy Sharp finished the season with 19 goals, after deflecting a shot from Adam Lallana against Coventry City, helping Southampton secure their return to the Premier League as runners-up.


Billy Sharp made his Nottingham Forest debut as a substitute on 1 September 2012 against Charlton Athletic at the City Ground.


On 26 September 2013, Billy Sharp joined Reading on an emergency loan deal, linking up with former manager Nigel Adkins.


Billy Sharp was unable to help keep Doncaster in the division as they were relegated to League One.


On 13 August 2014, Billy Sharp returned to Yorkshire and joined Leeds United on a two-year contract.


On 25 July 2015, Billy Sharp completed a return to Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee.


On 1 January 2019, Billy Sharp scored his 220th goal and became the leading goalscorer in English league football during the 21st century overtaking the record set by Rickie Lambert.


On 28 April, Billy Sharp saw United promoted to the Premier League for the first time since 2007.


On 10 June 2020, Billy Sharp signed a new two year contract keeping him at the club until the summer of 2022.


Billy Sharp gained great respect in the football world as he continued playing immediately following the tragedy.


Billy Sharp scored a goal against Middlesbrough just two days after the death, and then five days later scoring at Ipswich.


Notable tributes included: the Middlesbrough manager, Tony Mowbray, said he was delighted Billy Sharp had scored and called the goal against his club "A goal from heaven"; the Ipswich fans applauded him on scoring against them and chanted Luey's name; the Sheffield United fans gave applause for him in the 24th minute in an away game at Stevenage; Derby County players wore black armbands in their game against Cardiff City.