Billy Belshaw

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
17-10-1889
N/A
Date unknown.
Wigan Athletic RFC
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
12-11-1910 v Merthyr Tydfil
Broughton Rangers
1913- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1910-1913
81 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
26
3
0
84

BIOGRAPHY

Billy Belshaw by Alex Service

Looking at the 1901 census, a William Belshaw lived in Gaskell Street in Wigan. His father, of the same name, was a coal miner or hewer. The St.Helens Newspaper of 11th November 1910 announced his signing as follows: "During the week the club signed W.Belshaw a young player from Wigan Athletic, for whom Wigan, Warrington, Barrow and other clubs have angled unsuccessfully. He is slated to be an exceptionally promising player. His team had not yet lost a match in the Wigan and District League and he himself has scored 15 tries this season for them. He is 21 years of age, 5 feet seven and a half inches tall and eleven stones ten pounds. Officials are confident that he and Flanagan will form an ideal wing."
Billy played the majority of his matches for the Saints in the left centre position and did not pair up with Flanagan as anticipated. His partners on the wing included Jack Manchester, Tom Barton and Rev Christopher Chavasse. Billy was well-liked at Knowsley Road and the famous correspondent Tom Reynolds gave this quote about him several years later: "A splendid player, his career was ultimately cut short by successsive attacks of influenza." Billy was living in Petticoat Lane, Ince, Wigan in 1939 and hi Sarah occupation was listed as a General Labourer. He died in Ince in March 1940 at the age of 50.

His son, also called Billy, played with great success for Liverpool Stanley and Warrington and gained full international honours, making eight appearances for his country, including 17 appearances on the 1936 Australasian Tour. He also played in the England versus France international at Knowsley Road in 1939.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1910~11 10 1 0 27
1911~12 3 2 0 17
1912~1311 0 0 30
1913~142 0 0 7
TOTALS:26 3 0 81
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1912~13 0001
TOTALS:0001

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
12th Nov 1910 W 4 Merthyr Tydfil L 1910~11 H 13 3 VIEW
19th Nov 1910 L 4 Barrow L 1910~11 A 11 16 1 VIEW
26th Nov 1910 W 4 Batley L 1910~11 H 8 5 VIEW
3rd Dec 1910 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1910~11 H 21 8 1 VIEW
10th Dec 1910 L 4 Oldham L 1910~11 A 0 9 VIEW
17th Dec 1910 W 4 Warrington L 1910~11 A 8 7 VIEW
24th Dec 1910 W 4 Runcorn L 1910~11 H 25 3 1 VIEW
26th Dec 1910 L 4 Wigan L 1910~11 H 6 18 VIEW
27th Dec 1910 L 4 Hunslet L 1910~11 A 3 5 VIEW
31st Dec 1910 L 4 Batley L 1910~11 A 8 24 VIEW
2nd Jan 1911 W 4 Hunslet L 1910~11 H 24 2 VIEW
7th Jan 1911 W 4 Swinton L 1910~11 H 11 10 VIEW
11th Jan 1911 L 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1910~11 A 9 26 1 VIEW
14th Jan 1911 W 3 Coventry L 1910~11 A 14 2 1 VIEW
21st Jan 1911 L 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1910~11 H 8 18 VIEW
28th Jan 1911 L 4 Broughton Rangers L 1910~11 A 7 14 1 VIEW
4th Feb 1911 W 4 Coventry L 1910~11 H 26 15 VIEW
11th Feb 1911 D 4 Barrow L 1910~11 H 8 8 1 VIEW
18th Feb 1911 W 4 Bramley CC1 1910~11 H 26 7 2 VIEW
4th Mar 1911 L 4 Leeds CC2 1910~11 H 6 11 VIEW
11th Mar 1911 L 4 Hull K.R. L 1910~11 A 10 42 VIEW
18th Mar 1911 W 4 Leigh L 1910~11 H 10 3 VIEW
22nd Mar 1911 L 4 Salford L 1910~11 A 6 19 1 VIEW
1st Apr 1911 L 4 Widnes L 1910~11 H 6 16 1 VIEW
14th Apr 1911 L 4 Wigan L 1910~11 A 8 25 VIEW
15th Apr 1911 L 4 Swinton L 1910~11 A 9 23 VIEW
22nd Apr 1911 L 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1910~11 A 2 17 VIEW
2nd Sep 1911 W 3 Barrow L 1911~12 A 15 6 VIEW
11th Nov 1911 L 4 Ebbw Vale L 1911~12 A 0 2 VIEW
18th Nov 1911 W 4 Salford L 1911~12 A 15 13 VIEW
25th Nov 1911 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1911~12 H 27 12 VIEW
2nd Dec 1911 W 4 Broughton Rangers L 1911~12 H 10 5 VIEW
7th Dec 1911 W 4 Oldham L 1911~12 H 21 11 VIEW
9th Dec 1911 W 4 Warrington L 1911~12 A 17 2 1 VIEW
16th Dec 1911 W 4 Coventry L 1911~12 H 31 2 1 VIEW
23rd Dec 1911 W 4 Runcorn L 1911~12 A 9 0 VIEW
25th Dec 1911 W 4 Widnes L 1911~12 H 9 4 VIEW
26th Dec 1911 L 4 Wigan L 1911~12 H 3 16 VIEW
30th Dec 1911 L 4 Oldham L 1911~12 A 5 35 VIEW
1st Jan 1912 W 4 Hunslet L 1911~12 H 31 10 1 VIEW
6th Jan 1912 L 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1911~12 A 5 14 VIEW
27th Jan 1912 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1911~12 A 10 3 2 VIEW
17th Feb 1912 L 4 Barrow CC1 1911~12 A 3 13 VIEW
20th Feb 1912 L 4 Dewsbury L 1911~12 A 8 17 VIEW
7th Sep 1912 W 5 Barrow L 1912~13 H 15 2 VIEW
14th Sep 1912 W 5 Runcorn L 1912~13 A 11 8 VIEW
21st Sep 1912 L 5 Hunslet L 1912~13 H 5 22 VIEW
28th Sep 1912 D 4 Oldham L 1912~13 A 10 10 1 VIEW
5th Oct 1912 L 4 Swinton L 1912~13 A 2 9 VIEW
26th Oct 1912 L 4 Runcorn L 1912~13 H 5 12 VIEW
16th Nov 1912 L 5 Rochdale Hornets LCSF 1912~13 A 8 10 VIEW
21st Nov 1912 L 4 Warrington L 1912~13 H 7 10 VIEW
23rd Nov 1912 W 4 Broughton Rangers L 1912~13 H 20 12 VIEW
7th Dec 1912 W 4 Dewsbury L 1912~13 H 16 9 1 VIEW
14th Dec 1912 L 4 Salford L 1912~13 A 3 11 VIEW
21st Dec 1912 L 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1912~13 H 5 6 1 VIEW
25th Dec 1912 W 4 Widnes L 1912~13 A 10 5 1 VIEW
26th Dec 1912 L 4 Wigan L 1912~13 H 8 10 VIEW
28th Dec 1912 L 4 Hunslet L 1912~13 A 0 9 VIEW
1st Jan 1913 L 4 Huddersfield L 1912~13 H 5 32 VIEW
4th Jan 1913 W 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1912~13 H 17 3 2 VIEW
11th Jan 1913 L 4 Warrington L 1912~13 A 5 6 VIEW
18th Jan 1913 W 4 Coventry L 1912~13 A 26 0 1 VIEW
21st Jan 1913 L 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1912~13 A 5 11 VIEW
25th Jan 1913 W 4 Swinton L 1912~13 H 17 0 1 VIEW
1st Feb 1913 L 4 Wakefield Trinity L 1912~13 A 7 14 VIEW
8th Feb 1913 W 4 Torquay * Fr Tour 1912~13 P 29 5 VIEW
15th Feb 1913 W 4 Coventry L 1912~13 H 51 9 2 VIEW
22nd Feb 1913 W 4 Barrow L 1912~13 A 23 6 VIEW
1st Mar 1913 W 4 Oldham L 1912~13 H 10 2 VIEW
8th Mar 1913 L 4 Huddersfield CC1 1912~13 H 0 19 VIEW
21st Mar 1913 L 4 Wigan L 1912~13 A 10 33 1 VIEW
22nd Mar 1913 W 4 Salford L 1912~13 H 6 0 VIEW
24th Mar 1913 L 4 Huddersfield L 1912~13 A 3 21 VIEW
9th Apr 1913 L 4 Broughton Rangers L 1912~13 A 11 22 VIEW
29th Nov 1913 L 3 Hunslet L 1913~14 A 11 20 1 VIEW
6th Dec 1913 W 3 Swinton L 1913~14 H 19 5 1 VIEW
13th Dec 1913 W 3 Runcorn L 1913~14 H 18 5 VIEW
20th Dec 1913 L 3 Rochdale Hornets L 1913~14 A 2 31 VIEW
25th Dec 1913 W 3 Widnes L 1913~14 H 10 3 VIEW
26th Dec 1913 L 3 Wigan L 1913~14 H 3 17 VIEW
27th Dec 1913 L 3 Broughton Rangers L 1913~14 A 0 11 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.

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