Pathway of fame - Billy Boston

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Billy Boston

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(1934- ) Wing, Centre, Great Britain
The story behind the plaque

Billy Boston played 31 times for Great Britain, scoring 24 tries. He was the highest scorer in two Lions tours to Australia, claiming 36 in 1954. He was the first black player to tour. He scored a remarkable 571 tries in 565 games, 478 of them for Wigan. He transferred from Neath to Wigan in March 1953 after scoring six tries in the Army Cup Final. After only six league games, he was chosen for the 1954 Lions tour. He had scored a century of rugby league tries after only 68 matches, which was still a record in 1999.

He is described in Geoffrey Moorhouse’s Official History of Rugby league as “14st 2lb of blockbusting aggression whose hand off was the most discouraging the game would see until Ellery Handley came along”. He has two stands named after him, at two separate grounds in Wigan.

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