Bill Hudson17 Comments
Photo: Alan Wright
Item #: 24264
The was very exspensive 7d in 1949.
Great souvenir, well before my time but very nostalgic. Thank you for posting
Well before your time???? I only missed it by six months.
0.87p in todays money Garry. I was 2 years away from watching my first game at Central Park then, Wigan V Wakefield in 1951. I still maintain that some of this diving is totally unecessary and could result in injury and/or loss of the ball which we have seen in recent years, what's easier than just putting the ball down over the line.
It was another five years before I popped out Broady ;-)
I was there. Bill Hudson was signed from Batley. He played loose forward and was feared by his opponents although he was supersticous and insisted on a No 14 shirt Opposing scrum halves avoided using the blind side ( He did not take prisoners as they say)A great forward and a great character.
At a guess the Wigan players in background, left to right, Ted Ward, Ernie Ashcroft, Billy Blan and Joe Egan - Wigan won 22 -12. Bill Hudson played just 3 seasons for Wigan a total of 67 matches, not sure which club he went to after that.
Your right Keith,I think Ted Slevin could be the Huddersfield player behind Billy Blan. I don't recall him playing after he left Wigan. He did maintain a connection in recommending players to Wigan, notably Bill Francis as a young prospect .
It is not Ted Slevin. Ted played in the 1950 championship match for Wigan along with Bill Hudson at Maine Road
Might be worth passing on a few recollections of my father with regard to the view taken by the legendary Jim Sullivan, who was very much a down to earth, no nonsense character. He disapproved strongly of any "show boating" if you're over the line, his advice was," put the "so and so" ball down". The other point i remember was that he was dead against any player having bandages on knees!
In relation to the first point my father played one final season for Leigh, 1948 - 49, after his 10 year contract was up with Wigan (he also represented Wales that season). Leigh of course, were a different "kettle of fish" to Wigan but in one game against high riding Halifax they were drawing with just a few minutes to go when the Leigh scrum half or stand off, not sure which, (Riley or Rowe), went through under the posts, no doubt in his elation at being rewarded with the winning bonus, he leapt into the air as he grounded the ball, only to find his exertion resulted in him dropping it and the game finished as a draw but the "bonus" was lost. Not the most popular man in the dressing room after the match!
As i said earlier in the piece Keith B, there's nothing easier than putting the ball down when you've crossed the line.
Showboating when scoring is risky as when Wigan played Swinton at Bury's Gigg Lane Shawn Edwards scored 9 or !0 tries and I seem to remember another Wigan player (I wont name him) doing a "Bill Hudson" and then missing a few matches injured,
I saw Bill Hudson play and was 21 years of age in 1949.
I remember going to watch a Lancashire Cup Final at Station Road, Swinton, between Wigan and Warrington. Brian Bevan ran the full length of the field and the ball dropped out of his hands over the try line - no try!
Keith Bill Hudson went to Wakefield.
Thank you for that information, my father recalls meeting him, Bill called him over, sometime I think in the late 80's or early 90's, but sadly dad didn't recognise him, so changed was Bill by his illness.
Seems as if the editor, S(tanley) Chadwick wrote a couple of books about Rugby League history a few years earlier.
I recall travelling over the pennines to play castleford in a cup tie and someone in our group knwe BILLY quite well what i will never forget was having a lunch put on for us he ran a pub in Wakefield near bus station ,as i say talking to him and him showing us some photo's was a truly wonderful experiance never to be forgotten ,,,