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Biography

William Hillen by Alex Service

The St.Helens club had always relied upon a certain number of Cumbrian players in the first 20 years of its existence in the Northern Union and William John ‘Gillie’ Hillen was no exception. He came from Millom and could play in either centre position with equal effectiveness. Not only was he a good winger’s centre, but he could also score tries too. He is one of a number of players who have played over 100 matches for the club and during his first season in 1904-05 he operated at right centre, with Jimmy Liversedge and Charlie Creevey outside him. He was also used as a winger on occasions during the following campaign, although he was a centre as such.
The 1906-07 campaign was Hillen’s most consistent to date when he was a virtual ever-present, missing just one game of the 29 played. He was centre to Charlie Creevey for most of the campaign. His 13 tries also showed how good an attacking player he could be. In 1907-08, the visiting New Zealanders played twice at Knowsley Road and Hillen was a member of the team on both occasions, with Charlie Creevey his winger in the first match and his brother Jimmy on the flanks in the second. He completed 14 games in 1908-09, his last season at Knowsley Road and we are not certain where he ended up. Presumably he retired and went back to Cumbria, but if anyone has any further information, we would like to hear from them.



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William Hillen : Season Stats

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1904~05 0 0 0 15
1905~06 5 0 0 23
1906~0713 1 0 28
1907~08 4 3 0 28
1908~090 0 0 13
TOTALS:22 4 0 107

Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1908~09 0001
TOTALS:0001

W/D/LPosDateOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
L 5 21st Jan 1905 Broughton Rangers L 1904~05 H 6 8 0 0 0 View
W 3 4th Feb 1905 Batley L 1904~05 H 4 0 0 0 0 View
L 3 11th Feb 1905 Hunslet L 1904~05 A 5 16 0 0 0 View
L 3 18th Feb 1905 Widnes L 1904~05 H 5 7 0 0 0 View
L 3 25th Feb 1905 Salford L 1904~05 A 2 19 0 0 0 View
W 3 4th Mar 1905 Rochdale Rangers CC1 1904~05 H 9 2 0 0 0 View
L 3 11th Mar 1905 Wakefield Trinity L 1904~05 A 0 21 0 0 0 View
L 3 18th Mar 1905 Broughton Rangers CC2 1904~05 A 0 18 0 0 0 View
L 3 30th Mar 1905 Leigh L 1904~05 H 0 2 0 0 0 View
L 3 1st Apr 1905 Hull L 1904~05 H 0 13 0 0 0 View
L 3 8th Apr 1905 Bradford L 1904~05 A 6 9 0 0 0 View
L 3 15th Apr 1905 Leeds L 1904~05 H 5 10 0 0 0 View
L 3 21st Apr 1905 Warrington L 1904~05 A 0 5 0 0 0 View
W 3 24th Apr 1905 Runcorn L 1904~05 A 9 0 0 0 0 View
L 3 29th Apr 1905 Halifax L 1904~05 A 2 23 0 0 0 View
W 5 4th Nov 1905 Dewsbury L 1905~06 A 3 2 0 0 0 View
W 5 18th Nov 1905 Rochdale Hornets L 1905~06 A 11 0 0 0 0 View
L 5 2nd Dec 1905 Oldham L 1905~06 H 7 15 0 0 0 View
W 5 9th Dec 1905 Barrow L 1905~06 H 25 0 0 0 0 View
W 5 16th Dec 1905 Millom L 1905~06 A 2 0 0 0 0 View
L 5 23rd Dec 1905 Warrington L 1905~06 A 0 16 0 0 0 View
W 5 25th Dec 1905 Runcorn L 1905~06 H 7 0 1 0 0 View
L 5 26th Dec 1905 Wigan L 1905~06 H 5 13 1 0 0 View
W 5 30th Dec 1905 Morecambe L 1905~06 A 10 3 0 0 0 View
L 1 6th Jan 1906 Leigh L 1905~06 A 2 3 0 0 0 View
W 5 13th Jan 1906 Barrow L 1905~06 A 3 2 0 0 0 View
L 4 3rd Feb 1906 Swinton L 1905~06 A 0 5 0 0 0 View
W 4 10th Feb 1906 Widnes L 1905~06 H 5 0 0 0 0 View
L 4 17th Feb 1906 Runcorn CCInt. 1905~06 H 0 3 0 0 0 View
W 4 24th Feb 1906 Dewsbury L 1905~06 H 7 0 0 0 0 View
W 4 10th Mar 1906 Rochdale Hornets L 1905~06 H 15 0 0 0 0 View
D 4 17th Mar 1906 Swinton L 1905~06 H 0 0 0 0 0 View
L 4 24th Mar 1906 Leigh L 1905~06 H 8 15 1 0 0 View
W 4 31st Mar 1906 Normanton L 1905~06 A 9 5 0 0 0 View
L 4 13th Apr 1906 Wigan L 1905~06 A 6 37 0 0 0 View
L 4 16th Apr 1906 Warrington L 1905~06 H 0 8 0 0 0 View
L 4 21st Apr 1906 Hull L 1905~06 A 0 19 0 0 0 View
W 4 30th Apr 1906 Salford L 1905~06 H 11 0 2 0 0 View
L 3 1st Sep 1906 Swinton L 1906~07 H 6 10 0 0 0 View
W 3 8th Sep 1906 Rochdale Hornets L 1906~07 H 27 6 1 0 0 View
L 3 15th Sep 1906 Warrington L 1906~07 H 10 19 0 0 0 View
L 3 22nd Sep 1906 Barrow L 1906~07 A 3 31 0 0 0 View
L 3 29th Sep 1906 Widnes L 1906~07 A 5 11 0 0 0 View
L 3 6th Oct 1906 Runcorn L 1906~07 H 8 22 0 0 0 View
L 3 13th Oct 1906 Oldham LC1 1906~07 H 14 17 0 0 0 View
L 3 20th Oct 1906 Pontefract L 1906~07 A 7 17 0 0 0 View
L 3 27th Oct 1906 Leigh L 1906~07 H 10 19 0 0 0 View
W 3 3rd Nov 1906 Widnes L 1906~07 H 10 7 0 0 0 View
L 3 10th Nov 1906 Salford L 1906~07 A 13 26 0 0 0 View
L 3 20th Nov 1906 Keighley L 1906~07 A 5 15 0 0 0 View
W 3 24th Nov 1906 Keighley L 1906~07 H 18 9 0 0 0 View
L 3 1st Dec 1906 Batley L 1906~07 A 5 30 1 1 0 View
L 3 15th Dec 1906 Rochdale Hornets L 1906~07 A 8 14 0 0 0 View
L 3 22nd Dec 1906 Broughton Rangers L 1906~07 H 7 14 0 0 0 View
W 3 25th Dec 1906 Liverpool City L 1906~07 H 42 0 2 0 0 View
W 3 1st Jan 1907 Batley L 1906~07 H 26 0 1 0 0 View
L 3 5th Jan 1907 Warrington L 1906~07 A 3 20 0 0 0 View
L 3 19th Jan 1907 Leigh L 1906~07 A 2 5 0 0 0 View
W 3 16th Feb 1907 Barrow L 1906~07 H 26 3 0 0 0 View
L 3 23rd Feb 1907 Runcorn L 1906~07 A 8 14 0 0 0 View
L 3 6th Mar 1907 Swinton L 1906~07 A 11 14 2 0 0 View
W 3 9th Mar 1907 Wigan L 1906~07 H 10 8 0 0 0 View
L 3 16th Mar 1907 Swinton CC1 1906~07 A 9 16 2 0 0 View
L 3 29th Mar 1907 Wigan L 1906~07 A 2 24 0 0 0 View
W 3 30th Mar 1907 Liverpool City L 1906~07 H 68 0 3 0 0 View
W 3 1st Apr 1907 Salford L 1906~07 H 30 5 1 0 0 View
L 3 7th Sep 1907 Swinton L 1907~08 A 0 22 0 0 0 View
W 3 28th Sep 1907 Warrington L 1907~08 H 7 6 1 0 0 View
L 4 12th Oct 1907 Swinton LC1 1907~08 A 0 7 0 0 0 View
W 4 19th Oct 1907 Runcorn L 1907~08 H 17 11 0 0 0 View
L 3 26th Oct 1907 Rochdale Hornets L 1907~08 H 8 12 0 0 0 View
L 3 30th Oct 1907 New Zealand Tour 1907~08 H 5 24 0 0 0 View
L 3 2nd Nov 1907 Broughton Rangers L 1907~08 A 13 25 0 0 0 View
W 4 23rd Nov 1907 Swinton L 1907~08 H 8 0 0 0 0 View
L 3 7th Dec 1907 Salford L 1907~08 H 0 18 0 0 0 View
L 4 14th Dec 1907 Leigh L 1907~08 A 2 20 0 0 0 View
L 4 21st Dec 1907 Wigan L 1907~08 H 2 18 0 0 0 View
L 3 25th Dec 1907 Runcorn L 1907~08 A 0 19 0 0 0 View
L 4 26th Dec 1907 Barrow L 1907~08 A 8 9 1 1 0 View
W 4 28th Dec 1907 Bramley L 1907~08 H 16 3 0 0 0 View
L 4 1st Jan 1908 Hunslet L 1907~08 H 8 24 1 0 0 View
L 3 18th Jan 1908 Rochdale Hornets L 1907~08 A 11 27 0 1 0 View
W 4 25th Jan 1908 Keighley L 1907~08 H 11 3 0 0 0 View
D 4 1st Feb 1908 Widnes L 1907~08 H 5 5 0 0 0 View
W 4 15th Feb 1908 Ebbw Vale L 1907~08 A 5 3 0 0 0 View
L 4 22nd Feb 1908 New Zealand Tour 1907~08 H 10 21 0 0 0 View
L 3 29th Feb 1908 Whitehaven Recs CC1 1907~08 A 8 13 0 0 0 View
L 4 7th Mar 1908 Hunslet L 1907~08 A 6 21 0 0 0 View
L 4 14th Mar 1908 Bradford L 1907~08 A 10 17 0 0 0 View
L 4 21st Mar 1908 Oldham L 1907~08 H 5 14 0 0 0 View
L 4 4th Apr 1908 Warrington L 1907~08 A 5 20 1 1 0 View
L 3 12th Apr 1908 Rochdale Hornets * Fr 1908~09 A 0 15 0 0 0 View
L 4 13th Apr 1908 Broughton Rangers L 1907~08 H 11 28 0 0 0 View
D 4 20th Apr 1908 Leigh L 1907~08 H 5 5 0 0 0 View
L 3 21st Apr 1908 Bramley L 1907~08 A 13 16 0 0 0 View
L 4 5th Sep 1908 Oldham L 1908~09 H 0 38 0 0 0 View
W 3 3rd Oct 1908 Barrow L 1908~09 H 26 5 0 0 0 View
L 3 10th Oct 1908 Broughton Rangers L 1908~09 A 9 19 0 0 0 View
W 3 17th Oct 1908 Widnes L 1908~09 H 11 0 0 0 0 View
L 3 24th Oct 1908 Swinton L 1908~09 A 0 2 0 0 0 View
L 3 31st Oct 1908 Salford L 1908~09 H 8 13 0 0 0 View
L 3 7th Nov 1908 Warrington LC1 1908~09 H 6 21 0 0 0 View
L 3 19th Dec 1908 Salford L 1908~09 A 14 15 0 0 0 View
W 1 25th Dec 1908 Runcorn L 1908~09 H 6 0 0 0 0 View
L 1 26th Dec 1908 Wigan L 1908~09 H 7 22 0 0 0 View
L 1 1st Jan 1909 York L 1908~09 A 0 16 0 0 0 View
D 1 16th Jan 1909 Rochdale Hornets L 1908~09 A 3 3 0 0 0 View
L 3 27th Feb 1909 Halifax CC1 1908~09 A 8 15 0 0 0 View


*Unofficial Match.
**Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 106 OTHER 1 = 107
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 107
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