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10 FACTS ABOUT BILLY McKAY

30 January 2015

Learn more about new signing Billy Mckay

  • Latics sign Billy Mckay from Inverness.
  • McKay becomes second permanent signing for Malky Mackay.
  • Northern Ireland senior international.
1. Born in Corby, Northamptonshire on 26 October 1988, Mckay began his career at Leicester City and had a brief loan spell at Conference North side Hinckley United.

2. Joined Northampton Town in July 2009, making his professional debut in a 0-0 draw with Macclesfield on 8 August 2009.

3. Mckay’s first professional goal came on 18 August 2009 in a 3-0 away win against Accrington Stanley, coming on as a substitute to replace his usual strike partner Adebayo Akinfenwa.



4. The striker scored eight goals in his first season at Sixfields (2009/10) and another eight goals in his second season (2010/11).

5. Whilst with the Cobblers, Mckay scored in a 2-2 against Liverpool at Anfield in the League Cup, a tie which Northampton went on to win 4-2 on penalties.

6. He joined Inverness Caledonian Thistle in July 2011, making his debut as a substitute in a 2-1 victory against Kilmarnock, in the same side as former Latics defender Roman Golobart.

7. In the 2012/13 season, Mckay scored 23 goals in the Scottish Premier League to finish the season as the league’s joint second top goal scorer.  The following season he scored 22 goals in 46 games in all competitions, again ranking highly in the scoring charts.

8. An impressive spell in the 2012/13 saw Mckay scored 12 in just seven games, starting with the winning goal in a 1-0 victory against Celtic at Celtic Park (watch below) and including a hat-trick in a 4-4 away draw against Dundee United.



9. Mckay is a Northern Ireland international at senior, U18, U20 and U21 level.  He was handed his debut by former Latics midfielder Michael O’Neill in a friendly against Malta on 6 February 2013 and has continued to be part of the squad in recent games.

10. January 2015 has been a fruitful month for the striker, scoring five goals in five games to help Inverness into third place in the Scottish Premiership, just four points behind league leaders Celtic.  Mckay recently scored what is described as a Goal of the Season contender in Caley Thistle's recent 2-1 victory over Kilmarnock. (Watch below at 4.23).



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