Billy McCracken was born in Belfast and was a soccer international full-back. He planed for Distillery, Newcastle United and won medals in 1905, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910 and 1911. He also played for Hull City. He was capped fifteen times for Northern Ireland between 1902 and 1923. and scored an international goal. He later managed Hull City, Millwall and Aldershot.