Ian, I only saw Billy for the last 2 or 3 years of his career, but he remains my lifetime hero. As well as his skill as a player, he has always been a man of the people: down-to-earth, modest, completely lacking the arrogance that seems to go with so many "stars" today who are not fit to lace Billy's boots.ian.birchall wrote: ↑Thu Oct 08, 2020 8:50 amSo says the back page headline of the Sports section of today's Daily Telegraph after philanthropist business man Sir Stanley Thomas donated almost £300k towards a statue to celebrate the black sportsmen who came out of Cardiff Bays' Butetown area.
The writers father, a Roughyeds fan from Oldham described him to his son as a Jonah Lomu with Fred Astaires dancing feet.
Being of an age lucky enough to have spent the last 7 years of Billy's career watching him pull magic out of those feet as well as his brute strength I can think of no better description of a man who has never been bettered as a Wigan signing and still lives in Wigan and until recently when old age finally caught him was still a regular supporter in the ground for the Club and game he loved.
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