|William ‘Billy’ Woods by SHS |
There were two wingers who made their debuts against Widnes at Knowsley Road on 12th October 1912. One was Fisher, on the left flank; Billy Woods took the right wing slot, with Jimmy Greenwood as his centre. The Saints won 21-2 with relatively little difficulty and the St. Helens Newspaper gave the following report of the young man’s performance: “Woods was a success on the right wing, without a doubt and if he is only fast enough, he will fill the position with credit. He knows the game thoroughly, can take a pass and give one, he can swerve and he can tackle, so that he ought to do well. He wants to train for speed, however”.
In all, Billy played four games for the seniors, won one lost three. He scored a try and kicked a goal in his second match, away at Dewsbury, but the Saints lost 11-27. His final match was a narrow 5-8 defeat against Leigh on 12th November 1912, when his centre was the Welshman Tom Browning. Billy was a brewer’s apprentice who was living in Roscoe Street, St Helens in 1939. He died in St Helens in July 1950 at the age of 57.If anyone has any further information, or maybe an image of Billy, please feel free to contact us.