Bill Bretherton

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROM
22-03-1930
N/A
07-06-1950
Worsley Boys Club
DEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
02-12-1950 v Whitehaven
Salford
1956- Wigan
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)
1950-1955
158 (0)
TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
10
0
0
30

BIOGRAPHY

William Bretherton by Dave Dooley:
Bill Bretherton was born on the 23rd. of March 1930 in Pemberton, Wigan. Bill attended St Marks Primary School and Pemberton Senior School. Saints beat rivals Wigan to obtain Bill`s signature. He was signed for the Saints from the amateur club Triangle Valve Juniors on the 7th of June 1950. His debut in the first team was in the 47 points to 10 victory over Whitehaven on the second of December, 1950. He spent most of his first season learning the ropes in the `A` team, making just five appearances in the second row scoring one try in the 31 points to 3 victory over York (24/4/51). Bill was a tough character who revelled in the cut and thrust of the forwards battle on the rugby league field. He was a hard tackler and a strong runner with the ball in his hands.

In his schoolboy days he played soccer for Wigan boys at Centre Half but gave up the round ball to become a physical training instructor with the Royal Artillery. Whilst in the Army he played Rugby Union and upon discharge he joined Worsley RL Club where he played in the front row and second row. He played for Lancashire and England as an amateur. He developed a great reputation for his natural strength which he displayed in various arena notably the wrestling ring, athletics field events and on the stage. On the latter occasion Bill was invited by a `strong woman` at Wigan Hippodrome to bend some six-inch nails. To the astonishment of the audience Bill bent the nails as if they were made of rubber. In 1946 Bill also collected a medal from the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society for "recovering a boy who was in imminent danger of drowning in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal." Such was the modesty of Bill that his mother never knew anything about his bravery until the police called at his home some two days later.

Bill signed for the Saints as they were emerging as a force in the early 1950s. Under the tutorship of Jim Sullivan, Bill developed as one of the most powerful second rows in the game. In the 1951/2 season Bill played most of the games in the prop position scoring 3 tries in the process. In the next season Saints remained undefeated in away matches in their best ever league campaign. As well as finishing top of the league by dropping only 6 points from 36 matches, the Club lifted the Championship by defeating Halifax by 24 points to 14 at Maine Road. Saints won the Lancashire League Championship by 10 points but lost the Lancashire Cup Final to Leigh and the Challenge Cup Final to Huddersfield. Bill Bretherton was in the second row for this glory season ending the year by playing 48 out of 50 matches (Top of the appearances charts for that season). Bill managed three tries that season but his great contribution was the steel he gave to the Saints pack.

The following season he teamed up with George Parsons in the second row to help defeat his hometown club in the 1953 Lancashire Cup Final by 16 points to 8. Again Bill was virtually ever-present that season as he scored three tries from 41 appearances in the engine room of the second row. In Bill`s last full season for the Saints he made 20 appearances for the club in the second row as competition for places in the pack reached an all time high. Players such as Karalius, Delves, Blan, Garbler and Silcock vied for a couple of back row positions. Bill`s final appearance for the club came on the seventh of January 1956 in the 48 points to 2 victory over Salford. He had only played just seven games at prop all season when he moved to Wigan to continue his career successfully with his hometown club.

In his time at Knowsley Road Bill gained one cap for Lancashire. Sad to report that Bill passed away in August 2014 at the age of 84.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1950~51 1 0 0 5
1951~52 3 0 0 37
1952~533 0 0 48
1953~543 0 0 41
1954~550 0 0 20
1955~56 0 0 0 7
TOTALS:10 0 0 158
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1951~520004
1952~53 1102
1953~540001
1954~551002
1955~560001
TOTALS:21010

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
2nd Dec 1950
W
12 Whitehaven L 1950~51 H 47 10 VIEW
12th Apr 1951
W
11 Widnes L 1950~51 A 5 2 VIEW
14th Apr 1951
W
11 Leeds L 1950~51 A 9 3 VIEW
18th Apr 1951
L
11 Huddersfield L 1950~51 H 9 14 VIEW
21st Apr 1951
W
11 York L 1950~51 H 31 3 1 VIEW
11th Aug 1951
W
10 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1951~52 H 16 7 VIEW
18th Aug 1951
W
10 Widnes L 1951~52 A 20 11 VIEW
21st Aug 1951
W
10 Rochdale Hornets L 1951~52 A 20 2 VIEW
25th Aug 1951
W
10 Liverpool City L 1951~52 H 23 3 VIEW
29th Aug 1951
D
10 Swinton L 1951~52 H 12 12 VIEW
1st Sep 1951
L
10 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(1) 1951~52 H 4 8 VIEW
6th Sep 1951
D
10 Belle Vue Rangers LC1(2) 1951~52 A 2 2 VIEW
8th Sep 1951
W
10 Dewsbury L 1951~52 H 14 8 VIEW
15th Sep 1951
L
10 Oldham L 1951~52 A 7 13 VIEW
6th Oct 1951
L
10 Hull L 1951~52 H 10 15 VIEW
13th Oct 1951
W
12 Halifax L 1951~52 A 20 9 1 VIEW
20th Oct 1951
L
10 New Zealand Tour 1951~52 H 10 33 VIEW
27th Oct 1951
L
10 Workington Town L 1951~52 A 8 11 VIEW
3rd Nov 1951
W
10 Rochdale Hornets L 1951~52 H 5 2 VIEW
17th Nov 1951
L
10 Workington Town L 1951~52 H 11 20 VIEW
24th Nov 1951
L
10 Dewsbury L 1951~52 A 2 6 VIEW
1st Dec 1951
W
11 Widnes L 1951~52 H 14 3 1 VIEW
15th Dec 1951
L
10 Salford L 1951~52 H 6 14 VIEW
22nd Dec 1951
L
10 Salford L 1951~52 A 0 5 VIEW
25th Dec 1951
L
10 Leigh L 1951~52 A 3 13 VIEW
26th Dec 1951
D
10 Wigan L 1951~52 H 2 2 VIEW
29th Dec 1951
L
10 Swinton L 1951~52 A 2 27 VIEW
5th Jan 1952
L
10 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 H 5 6 VIEW
12th Jan 1952
W
11 Batley L 1951~52 H 22 2 VIEW
2nd Feb 1952
L
12 Whitehaven L 1951~52 H 6 7 VIEW
9th Feb 1952
W
11 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(1) 1951~52 H 6 5 VIEW
16th Feb 1952
W
11 Belle Vue Rangers CC1(2) 1951~52 A 9 4 VIEW
23rd Feb 1952
W
11 Huddersfield L 1951~52 H 37 13 1 VIEW
1st Mar 1952
W
11 Liverpool City L 1951~52 A 31 6 VIEW
8th Mar 1952
L
12 Workington Town CC2 1951~52 A 4 15 VIEW
15th Mar 1952
W
11 Belle Vue Rangers L 1951~52 A 16 8 VIEW
22nd Mar 1952
L
10 Batley L 1951~52 A 5 16 VIEW
29th Mar 1952
L
11 Oldham L 1951~52 H 6 10 VIEW
2nd Apr 1952
W
11 Warrington L 1951~52 H 13 5 VIEW
11th Apr 1952
L
12 Wigan L 1951~52 A 11 15 VIEW
12th Apr 1952
W
11 Halifax L 1951~52 H 16 11 VIEW
14th Apr 1952
L
11 Huddersfield L 1951~52 A 15 34 VIEW
26th Apr 1952
L
12 Barrow L 1951~52 A 8 12 VIEW
30th Apr 1952
L
12 Toulouse* Fr Tour 1951~52 A 5 31 VIEW
1st May 1952
L
12 French XIII* Fr Tour 1951~52 T 5 45 VIEW
4th May 1952
W
12 French XIII* Fr Tour 1951~52 F 27 24 VIEW
18th Aug 1952
L
12 Barrow * Fr Ward Cup 1952~53 A 18 32 VIEW
23rd Aug 1952
W
12 Widnes L 1952~53 H 41 2 VIEW
27th Aug 1952
W
12 Salford L 1952~53 A 15 9 VIEW
30th Aug 1952
W
12 Barrow LC1(1) 1952~53 A 24 21 VIEW
3rd Sep 1952
W
10 Barrow LC1(2) 1952~53 H 23 5 VIEW
6th Sep 1952
W
12 Liverpool City L 1952~53 A 42 2 VIEW
10th Sep 1952
W
12 Oldham L 1952~53 H 6 2 VIEW
13th Sep 1952
L
12 Workington Town L 1952~53 H 9 15 VIEW
20th Sep 1952
W
12 Keighley L 1952~53 A 27 7 VIEW
23rd Sep 1952
W
12 Rochdale Hornets LC2 1952~53 H 31 7 VIEW
27th Sep 1952
W
12 Australia Tour 1952~53 H 26 8 VIEW
4th Oct 1952
W
12 Castleford L 1952~53 H 18 17 VIEW
11th Oct 1952
W
12 Bramley L 1952~53 A 21 0 VIEW
14th Oct 1952
W
11 Warrington LCSF 1952~53 A 17 10 VIEW
18th Oct 1952
W
11 Salford L 1952~53 H 14 6 1 VIEW
25th Oct 1952
L
11 Huddersfield L 1952~53 H 14 17 VIEW
1st Nov 1952
W
12 Swinton L 1952~53 A 14 7 VIEW
8th Nov 1952
W
12 Barrow L 1952~53 A 14 7 VIEW
15th Nov 1952
W
12 Swinton L 1952~53 H 23 10 VIEW
22nd Nov 1952
W
12 Warrington L 1952~53 A 19 8 VIEW
29th Nov 1952
L
12 Leigh LCF 1952~53 N 5 22 VIEW
6th Dec 1952
W
12 Workington Town L 1952~53 A 22 5 VIEW
13th Dec 1952
W
12 Barrow L 1952~53 H 26 9 VIEW
20th Dec 1952
W
12 Widnes L 1952~53 A 7 2 VIEW
25th Dec 1952
W
12 Leigh L 1952~53 A 22 2 VIEW
26th Dec 1952
W
12 Wigan L 1952~53 H 5 0 VIEW
27th Dec 1952
W
12 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 A 20 11 VIEW
1st Jan 1953
D
12 Leigh L 1952~53 H 9 9 VIEW
3rd Jan 1953
W
12 Rochdale Hornets L 1952~53 H 37 5 VIEW
17th Jan 1953
W
12 Bramley L 1952~53 H 52 14 VIEW
24th Jan 1953
W
12 Warrington L 1952~53 H 17 5 VIEW
31st Jan 1953
W
12 Castleford L 1952~53 A 8 0 VIEW
7th Feb 1953
W
12 Oldham CC1(1) 1952~53 H 20 4 VIEW
14th Feb 1953
D
11 Oldham CC1(2) 1952~53 A 5 5 VIEW
21st Feb 1953
W
11 Belle Vue Rangers L 1952~53 A 20 7 VIEW
28th Feb 1953
W
11 Belle Vue Rangers CC2 1952~53 H 28 0 1 VIEW
7th Mar 1953
W
12 Wakefield Trinity L 1952~53 H 69 17 VIEW
14th Mar 1953
W
12 Leigh CC3 1952~53 A 12 3 VIEW
18th Mar 1953
W
12 Whitehaven L 1952~53 A 17 15 1 VIEW
21st Mar 1953
W
12 Whitehaven L 1952~53 H 26 10 VIEW
28th Mar 1953
W
12 Warrington CCSF 1952~53 N 9 3 VIEW
31st Mar 1953
W
12 Rochdale Hornets L 1952~53 A 8 0 VIEW
3rd Apr 1953
W
12 Wigan L 1952~53 A 16 5 VIEW
6th Apr 1953
D
12 Huddersfield L 1952~53 A 10 10 VIEW
11th Apr 1953
W
12 Belle Vue Rangers L 1952~53 H 38 9 VIEW
13th Apr 1953
W
11 Keighley L 1952~53 H 29 12 VIEW
25th Apr 1953
L
12 Huddersfield CCF 1952~53 N 10 15 VIEW
2nd May 1953
W
12 Huddersfield ChSF 1952~53 H 46 0 VIEW
7th May 1953
W
12 Halifax ChF 1952~53 N 24 14 VIEW
16th May 1953
W
12 Workington / Whitehaven* Fr Benefit 1952~53 A 53 26 1 1 VIEW
8th Aug 1953
W
11 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1953~54 H 29 20 VIEW
15th Aug 1953
W
12 Liverpool City L 1953~54 A 46 0 1 VIEW
22nd Aug 1953
D
12 Widnes L 1953~54 A 11 11 VIEW
5th Sep 1953
L
12 Barrow LC1(1) 1953~54 A 13 14 VIEW
9th Sep 1953
W
12 Barrow LC1(2) 1953~54 H 21 17 VIEW
12th Sep 1953
W
12 Bradford Northern L 1953~54 A 19 14 VIEW
19th Sep 1953
W
12 Bramley L 1953~54 H 49 16 VIEW
23rd Sep 1953
W
12 Swinton LC2 1953~54 H 38 9 VIEW
26th Sep 1953
L
12 Halifax L 1953~54 A 3 14 VIEW
30th Sep 1953
W
12 Warrington LCSF 1953~54 A 17 10 VIEW
3rd Oct 1953
W
12 Bradford Northern L 1953~54 H 22 12 VIEW
10th Oct 1953
W
12 Belle Vue Rangers L 1953~54 A 27 5 VIEW
17th Oct 1953
W
12 Castleford L 1953~54 H 35 9 VIEW
24th Oct 1953
W
12 Wigan LCF 1953~54 N 16 8 VIEW
31st Oct 1953
W
12 Workington Town L 1953~54 H 20 5 VIEW
7th Nov 1953
W
12 Oldham L 1953~54 A 5 3 VIEW
11th Nov 1953
W
12 Castleford L 1953~54 A 31 14 VIEW
14th Nov 1953
W
12 Swinton L 1953~54 H 2 0 VIEW
28th Nov 1953
W
12 Whitehaven L 1953~54 A 12 4 VIEW
5th Dec 1953
W
12 Belle Vue Rangers L 1953~54 H 38 7 1 VIEW
12th Dec 1953
W
12 Oldham L 1953~54 H 21 9 VIEW
19th Dec 1953
W
12 Salford L 1953~54 A 11 7 VIEW
25th Dec 1953
W
12 Leigh L 1953~54 H 11 9 VIEW
26th Dec 1953
W
12 Wigan L 1953~54 H 14 4 VIEW
2nd Jan 1954
L
12 Warrington L 1953~54 H 2 7 VIEW
9th Jan 1954
W
12 Swinton L 1953~54 A 8 0 VIEW
16th Jan 1954
W
12 Rochdale Hornets L 1953~54 H 28 5 1 VIEW
23rd Jan 1954
W
12 Barrow L 1953~54 A 15 11 VIEW
30th Jan 1954
W
12 Salford L 1953~54 H 29 0 VIEW
13th Feb 1954
W
12 Featherstone Rovers CC1(1) 1953~54 H 26 7 VIEW
17th Feb 1954
W
12 Featherstone Rovers CC1(2) 1953~54 A 27 16 VIEW
20th Feb 1954
D
12 Halifax L 1953~54 H 5 5 VIEW
27th Feb 1954
L
12 Warrington L 1953~54 A 8 12 VIEW
6th Mar 1954
L
12 Huddersfield CC2 1953~54 A 5 12 VIEW
13th Mar 1954
L
12 Rochdale Hornets L 1953~54 A 5 9 VIEW
24th Mar 1954
W
11 Workington Town L 1953~54 A 15 7 VIEW
3rd Apr 1954
W
12 Whitehaven L 1953~54 H 34 12 VIEW
7th Apr 1954
L
12 Leigh L 1953~54 A 13 14 VIEW
10th Apr 1954
W
12 Bramley L 1953~54 A 25 12 VIEW
16th Apr 1954
W
12 Wigan L 1953~54 A 14 8 VIEW
19th Apr 1954
L
12 Huddersfield L 1953~54 A 13 29 VIEW
1st May 1954
L
12 Warrington ChSF 1953~54 A 0 11 VIEW
7th Aug 1954
L
12 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1954~55 A 17 31 VIEW
14th Aug 1954
W
12 Widnes L 1954~55 H 31 3 VIEW
18th Aug 1954
W
12 Belle Vue Rangers L 1954~55 A 20 11 VIEW
21st Aug 1954
W
12 Blackpool Borough L 1954~55 A 34 2 VIEW
25th Aug 1954
W
12 Swinton L 1954~55 H 28 9 VIEW
28th Aug 1954
L
10 Oldham L 1954~55 H 16 23 VIEW
4th Sep 1954
L
12 Halifax L 1954~55 A 2 22 VIEW
11th Sep 1954
W
12 Whitehaven LC1 1954~55 H 27 6 VIEW
18th Sep 1954
W
12 Wakefield Trinity L 1954~55 A 32 18 VIEW
25th Sep 1954
W
12 Huddersfield L 1954~55 H 20 7 VIEW
2nd Oct 1954
W
12 Liverpool City L 1954~55 A 30 14 VIEW
9th Oct 1954
W
12 Leeds L 1954~55 H 13 6 VIEW
16th Oct 1954
W
12 Salford L 1954~55 A 19 2 VIEW
30th Oct 1954
W
12 Widnes L 1954~55 A 8 2 VIEW
6th Nov 1954
L
12 Workington Town L 1954~55 A 11 15 VIEW
13th Nov 1954
W
12 Barrow L 1954~55 H 11 4 VIEW
27th Nov 1954
D
12 Warrington L 1954~55 H 8 8 VIEW
18th Dec 1954
W
10 Rochdale Hornets L 1954~55 A 20 9 VIEW
25th Dec 1954
L
12 Leigh L 1954~55 A 13 14 VIEW
11th Apr 1955
L
12 Huddersfield L 1954~55 A 11 35 VIEW
18th Apr 1955
L
11 Barrow L 1954~55 A 3 26 VIEW
7th May 1955
W
12 Leigh* Fr 1954~55 H 40 16 1 VIEW
13th Aug 1955
L
12 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1955~56 H 17 31 VIEW
20th Aug 1955
W
10 Widnes L 1955~56 A 35 18 VIEW
27th Aug 1955
L
10 Barrow LC1 1955~56 A 12 18 VIEW
31st Aug 1955
L
10 Salford L 1955~56 A 10 11 VIEW
27th Dec 1955
L
10 Wigan L 1955~56 A 0 8 VIEW
31st Dec 1955
W
10 Dewsbury L 1955~56 A 19 10 VIEW
2nd Jan 1956
W
10 Leigh L 1955~56 A 20 6 VIEW
7th Jan 1956
W
10 Salford L 1955~56 H 48 2 VIEW
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
WINS : 112 | LOSSES : 47 | DRAWS : 9

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