|Born||Aug 2, 1931|
|Dead||Oct 19, 2020 (89 years old)|
Champion de France D2 (1956 avec Rennes)
Born in the Finistère region in Brittany, René Billon began his footballing journey in his hometown with Kerlaz Sport. This excellent defender soon attracted the attention of Stade Rennais, who would sign him up in 1952. In August 1952, he played his first match with the professionals in the First Team in the Odorico Cup, before being left to serve in the Amateur side for two seasons. On 18th April 1954, he took part in his first match in the French Second Division against Lyon, and ultimately became a regular first-choice for the 1954/1955 and 1955/1956 seasons, winning the Second Division title in the latter. His one and only goal came in the match against Montpellier, on 22nd August 1954. Combining football with his studies at Rennes in those days, he returned to play for the Amateur team of Rennes from 1956-1961. Antoine Cuissard called him up to the finish the 1961/1962 season with the First Team, and he made 11 appearances in that time. In the following 1962/1963 season, he was used sparingly, playing in just 6 fixtures, and he ended his playing days at Rennes with the amateurs the following year. In 1964, he moved on to new pastures to join Plancoët in the neighbouring Côtes d'Armor region. He passed away on 19th October 2020, aged 89. It should be noted that René Billon was the cousin of Jean-Pierre Darchen, who also played for Rennes between 1964 and 1967.