William (Billy) Barraclough was born in Hull on 3rd January 1909. An outside-left, he joined Hull City in 1927. He only played in nine games before he was signed by Major Frank Buckley, the manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers, in June 1928.
The following season Wolves finished 4th in the Second Division. Billy Hartill was again top scorer with 30 goals in 39 appearances. Buckley added Tom Smalley for his first-team squad in 1931. He was a coalminer who had been playing his football for South Kirkby Colliery. Smalley was to develop into an important member of the team.
In the 1931-32 season Barraclough was a member of the team that won the Second Division championship. With a forward line that included Barraclough, Billy Hartill, and Charlie Phillips, the team scored 118 goals that season.
Major Frank Buckley sold Barraclough to Chelsea for £1,500 in October 1934. He has scored 18 goals in 172 appearances. He was not a success at his new club. As Tony Matthews points out in his book, Who's Who of Chelsea (2005): "Barraclough, who was only 5 ft 4 in. tall, realised his full potential at Molineux. A clever ball-player, he enjoyed taking on defenders but his directness somehow annoyed a section of the Stamford Bridge faithful."
Billy Barraclough died in August 1969.