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Billy Gilmour
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Gilmour playing for Norwich City in 2021
Personal information
Full name Billy Clifford Gilmour
Date of birth (2001-06-11) 11 June 2001 (age 22)
Place of birth Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current club Brighton & Hove Albion
Number 27
Youth career
Celtic
2009–2017 Rangers
2017–2019 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2019–2022 Chelsea 11 (0)
2021–2022 Norwich City (loan) 24 (0)
2022– Brighton & Hove Albion 4 (0)
National team
2015–2016 Scotland U15 1 (0)
2016–2017 Scotland U16 1 (0)
2017–2018 Scotland U17 7 (2)
2017–2019 Scotland U19 7 (3)
2018– Scotland U21 12 (1)
2021– Scotland 16 (0)
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:53, 5 November 2022 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:52, 16 November 2022 (UTC)

Billy Clifford Gilmour (born 11 June 2001) is a Scottish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion and the Scotland national team.

Gilmour spent three months at a young age with Celtic before moving to Rangers, where he developed in the club's academy and trained with the first-team squad at the age of 15. He joined Chelsea in 2017 after turning down a professional contract with Rangers. Gilmour made 22 appearances for the Blues and was on the bench for the 2021 UEFA Champions League and FA Cup finals. He spent a season on loan at Norwich City where the club were eventually relegated before he signed with Brighton & Hove Albion on a permanent move the season after on summer deadline day 2022.

He represented Scotland at every youth level from under-15, under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels before making his senior debut in 2021.

Early life

Gilmour was born on 11 June 2001 at Ayrshire Central Hospital in Irvine, Ayrshire and resided in Ardrossan, North Ayrshire. His father served with the Royal Navy and played junior football for Ardrossan Winton Rovers. Gilmour attended Stanley Primary School in Ardrossan and Grange Academy in Kilmarnock, where he was part of the Scottish Football Association (SFA) Performance School programme. He listed Cesc Fàbregas, Luka Modrić and Andrés Iniesta as his football role models.

Club career

Rangers

Gilmour spent three months at a young age with Celtic, before moving to Rangers due to the logistics of attending training. He made his debut for the under-20 development team in December 2016 at the age of 15, and was invited to train with the first-team squad the following month by manager Mark Warburton. Gilmour was given a squad number and, following Warburton's departure from the club, was twice included in the provisional squad for the Scottish Cup matches by Rangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty.

The next Rangers manager, Pedro Caixinha, described Gilmour as a player with a "bright future" and held talks with the player's family in an attempt to persuade him to stay with the club. Rangers, however, announced in May 2017 that they had reached an agreement for Gilmour to join Chelsea for a "significant fee". Reports suggested that Chelsea would pay an initial development fee of around £500,000, with potential further payments dependent on his progress. SFA Performance Director Malky Mackay had advised Gilmour and his family that he should stay at Rangers, as he would have had more chance of gaining first team experience. Mackay said, "I really hope he goes out on loan quickly to someone and keeps progressing".

Chelsea

Youth

Gilmour became officially contracted to Chelsea in July 2017, following his 16th birthday. He joined the club's under-18 squad, making a goalscoring debut in an Under-18 Premier League match against Arsenal during September 2017, and going on to score in each of his first three appearances. In July 2018, after turning 17, Gilmour signed his first professional contract with Chelsea.

2019–20

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Gilmour playing for Chelsea in 2019

Newly-appointed Chelsea manager Frank Lampard gave Gilmour his senior debut on 10 July 2019, in a pre-season friendly against Bohemians in Dublin. His first appearance in a competitive matchday squad for the first-team came in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool, when he was an unused substitute.

He made his Premier League debut on 31 August against Sheffield United, coming on in the 84th minute for Tammy Abraham. He made his full debut on 25 September, playing the full 90 minutes in a 7–1 EFL Cup win against Grimsby Town. Gilmour was added to the Chelsea first-team squad on a permanent basis in February 2020. He was widely praised for his performance in a 2–0 win against Liverpool in an FA Cup tie on 3 March. Gilmour would later make his first Premier League start later that week on 8 March against Everton, earning Man of the Match honours in a 4–0 win. He did not play much for the next six months or so, due to the lockdown caused by COVID-19 and a knee injury. Gilmour made 11 appearances for the Chelsea first team during the 2019–20 season.

2020–21

In September 2020, Gilmour took the 23 squad number for 2020–21 season after Michy Batshuayi returned to Crystal Palace on loan. Gilmour returned to the Chelsea starting lineup on 8 December 2020, when he made his first Champions League start in a 1–1 draw with Krasnodar. Under Thomas Tuchel, Gilmour would feature periodically. Gilmour was an unused substitute as Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1–0 in the 2021 UEFA Champions League Final on 29 May.

2021–22: loan to Norwich City

In July 2021, Gilmour joined fellow Premier League club Norwich City on a season-long loan. Gilmour cited fellow Scotland international Grant Hanley as an influencing factor in his decision to join the club. He played 28 times for Norwich during the 2021–22 season, but the team finished last in the 2021–22 Premier League and were relegated.

In June 2022, Chelsea exercised an option to extend Gilmour's contract to the end of the 2023–24 season.

Brighton & Hove Albion

On 1 September 2022, Gilmour transferred to fellow Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion on a four-year deal. He made his debut three days later, coming on as a 90+3rd minute substitute for Moisés Caicedo in the 5–2 home win over Leicester. Gilmour made his first Albion start on 9 November, playing the whole match of the 3–1 EFL Cup third round victory away at Arsenal, assisting Tariq Lamptey's goal.

International career

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Gilmour playing for Scotland U19 in 2019

Gilmour played for the Scotland under-16s in the 2016 Victory Shield tournament. He made his Scotland under-17 debut against Italy in August 2017, and scored his first international goal in a 2–1 defeat against England two days later. Under-21 debut followed when he featured in a 1–0 win against France at the 2018 Toulon Tournament, and won the Revelation of the Tournament award after helping Scotland to a fourth-placed finish.

Gilmour was included in the Scotland for UEFA Euro 2020 by Steve Clarke. He made his full international debut on 2 June 2021, coming off the bench in the 81st minute of a pre-tournament friendly against the Netherlands. Gilmour made his first start for Scotland in a goalless draw against England on 18 June, and was awarded man of the match by UEFA. He then tested positive for COVID-19, meaning that he missed Scotland's final group game against Croatia.

Gilmour remained in the squad for Scotland's continuing 2022 World Cup qualifiers in September, starting all five games against Denmark, Moldova, Austria, Israel and the Faroe Islands. His performances were widely acclaimed, with him winning man of the match in the 1–0 victory over Moldova at Hampden.

Career statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup EFL Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea U23 2018–19 5 0 5 0
2019–20 2 0 2 0
2020–21 1 0 1 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 8 0
Chelsea 2019–20 Premier League 6 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2020–21 5 0 4 0 0 0 2 0 11 0
Total 11 0 7 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 22 0
Norwich City (loan) 2021–22 Premier League 24 0 2 0 2 0 28 0
Brighton & Hove Albion 2022–23 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Career total 39 0 9 0 5 0 2 0 8 0 63 0

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Scotland 2021 10 0
2022 6 0
Total 16 0

Honours

Chelsea Youth

  • U18 Premier League: 2017–18
  • FA Youth Cup: 2017–18

Chelsea

Individual

  • Chelsea Academy Player of the Year: 2019–20

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