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Billy Boston
Billy Boston 1954.JPG
Boston in 1954
Personal information
Full name William John Boston
Born 6 August 1934 (1934-08-06) (age 75)
Tiger Bay, Wales
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1952–52 Pontypridd RFC 1 0 0 0 0
1953–68 Wigan 488 478 0 0 1434
1968–68 Blackpool Borough 0 <62 0 0 <186
Total 489 0 0
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1954–62 Great Britain 31 24 0 0 72
Source: Rugby League Project

William John "Billy" Boston MBE is a former Wales and Great Britain rugby league player. Boston is a member of the Rugby League Hall of Fame, Welsh Sports Hall of Fame and was, along with Shaun Edwards the first to be voted into the Wigan RLFC Hall Of Fame. He was awarded an MBE in 1986.

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Early life

He was born on the 6th of August 1934 in Tiger Bay, Cardiff and played rugby union for the CIAC's RFC, Pontypridd RFC and Neath RFC.

Professional career

Wigan were alerted to him when he was serving with the Royal Signals at Catterick and when he made his 'A' team debut a crowd of 8,000 assembled inside Central Park, Wigan. He made his first team debut against Barrow in November, 1953 scoring a try.

For the next fifteen seasons he was a living legend and played his final game in 1968. With Boston on the right wing and Eric Ashton playing at right centre, Wigan had one of the best combinations in the history of the game. Both players scored doubles in Wigan's 1959-60 Northern Rugby Football League Championship final victory. Boston had an incredible turn of speed for a big man and had the ultimate side step and was also able to hand off opponents with apparent ease.

Boston played 31 games for Great Britain and was the first player to score four tries in a game against New Zealand. He was the first non-white player to be selected to tour and added to his 478 tries for Wigan.

With BBC television coverage increasing in the late-1950s, armchair fans as well as terrace supporters were able to witness Billy Boston in action. He beat Johnny Ring's record of 368 tries and went on to score a record 478 for Wigan, a record that will probably never be broken. Boston also twice equalled the then Wigan club record of seven tries in game, only surpassed since by Martin Offiah and Shaun Edwards.

Boston scored a total of 571 tries in his career which he finished with Blackpool Borough. After retiring from the game he took over the running of The Griffin public house near Central Park until his retirement.

The Billy Boston stand at Central Park was named in his honour. Similarly the East Stand at the DW Stadium was officially named after Billy Boston in the year 2009.

International Honours

Billy Boston also represented Great Britain while at Wigan between 1952 and 1956 against France (1 non-Test match).[1]

References

  1. ^ Edgar, Harry (2007). Rugby League Journal Annual 2008 Page-110. Rugby League Journal Publishing. ISBN 0954835530

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