Bill Ashurst RIP

Started by: wigvet (3496)

One of the best players ever to don the famous ‘cherry & white ‘ strip
Would certainly get in my best ever Wigan 13

Started: 14th Jun 2022 at 21:41

Posted by: tuddy (1204)

R.I.P. Bill, He was also named as one of Penrith Panthers all time greats in Australia. Still not got round to reading his book, Tries And Prayers.

Replied: 14th Jun 2022 at 22:11

Posted by: broady (18317) 

A great, great player. Would have been phenomenal in the current game. R.I.P. and thank you.

Replied: 14th Jun 2022 at 22:27

Posted by: retep1949 (872)

A great player and a local lad.RIP Bill.

Replied: 15th Jun 2022 at 07:49

Posted by: Owd Codger (1002)

One of the greatest Second Row Forwards ever to play for Wigan, who would have been even greater had he played a decade or so later.

Will always remember him being part of a outstanding Back Row along with Dave Robinson and Dougie Laughton

R.I.P Bill

Replied: 15th Jun 2022 at 07:58
Last edited by Owd Codger: 15th Jun 2022 at 08:26:07

Posted by: Joe Maplin (497) 

This bloke could kick the lace out of a rugby ball, 40/20 no probs
RIP King Bill Ashurst

Replied: 15th Jun 2022 at 08:45

Posted by: chatty (8876) 

"Big Bill....Big Bill Ashurst."


A great piece about him here from a while back.

Replied: 15th Jun 2022 at 10:24

Posted by: grimshaw (3448) 

The RoyaL oak in Standishgate was my local when i lived in Wigan from the middle 60s until 1970.
The Wigan players would come in on tuesday and thursday evening after training and have a game of doms . Bill with them sometimes as i recall .
I have good memories about the occasions .

Replied: 15th Jun 2022 at 11:51

Posted by: Joe Maplin (497) 

good read that Chatty,cheers for the link

Replied: 15th Jun 2022 at 12:32

Posted by: peter g (3120) 

I was there when he made his debut and was there when he got sent off for Runcorn for flattening Andy Goodway in the cup. He was a legend was Sash. He always got on the Hindley to Wigan bus for home matches at Ince Bar and used to come upstairs fag in mouth and scoff all our toffee we had just bought much to our delight. KING BILL, KING BILL ASHURST R.I.P. SASH.

Replied: 15th Jun 2022 at 14:00

Posted by: fossil (7527)

I remember him playing football for Ince Parish when he was seventeen and scoring goals for fun.One of the most natural athletes I have ever seen.

Replied: 15th Jun 2022 at 14:41

Posted by: riocaroni (342)

Never forget him being sent off for flattening Brian Hogan with a tup, can still see his quiff flowing in the wind from the back of the Kop. RIP Sash.

Replied: 15th Jun 2022 at 19:47

Posted by: gideonfel (336)

I was at that match, rio. I think it was the floodlit final against St Helens around 1968. Both Ashurst and Hogan were sent off for fighting. I'm almost sure that Hogan (who was playing for Saints that night) was signed by Wigan soon after and served his suspension as a Wigan player! Bill Ashurst was one of the finest forwards ever to grace the Central Park pitch. I remember him kicking a goal from the half way line before he signed for Wigan. He was playing for Rose Bridge in the Ken Gee cup final. Rest in Peace, Sash.

Replied: 17th Jun 2022 at 14:09

Posted by: wigvet (3496)

The funeral service of Bill Ashurst which will be held at DW Stadium Tuesday 5th July 2022.
The service will commence at 12 noon at the south stand entrance of the stadium, followed by the wake again at DW Stadium upstairs 2nd floor

all welcome to come say goodbye to Bill.

Replied: 29th Jun 2022 at 21:33

Posted by: riocaroni (342)

Great turn out today for Bill.had a good chat to Ray Ashby who's looking really well. Just hope Billy B is ok had to be taken outside after becoming ill during the service!

Replied: 5th Jul 2022 at 20:39
Last edited by riocaroni: 7th Jul 2022 at 18:41:27

Posted by: wigvet (3496)

Rio Billy B was taken to hospital for a check-up and released home before midnight apparently

Great send off for Bill Ashurst – a two hour service – I did think that the ‘preacher’ Charles Hansen (aka Charlie Hale the comedian) over-did it on the ‘bible-bashing’ – we came to pay our respects to the person at rest and not to be converted

RIP Bill - you would certainly be in my best ever Wigan 13

Replied: 7th Jul 2022 at 13:20

Posted by: chisholm (87)

Great news that Billy B is fine and well. Was a great turn out for Sash and really nice to see a great many of the towns community clubs represented in paying their respects to the bigman.

Replied: 7th Jul 2022 at 20:22


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