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William Adair by Dave Dooley
Bill Adair was a flying winger who signed for Saints after leaving the Army in 1950 at the age of 20 and went on to join Liverpool City two years later. He emigrated to Canada in 1956, but returned shortly after and played one match for Leigh before concentrating on business interests.
He played just two First Team matches for the club in the 1950/1 season. He made his debut in the home league fixture against Hunslet in the 20 points to 14 victory on the 7th. of October, 1950. His second and final outing was a fortnight later on October 21st. 1950 as Saints triumphed over Liverpool Stanley by 26 points to 4. On both occasions he played outside Welsh centre Viv Harrison on the left wing and the bulk of the scoring in both encounters was due to Steve Llewellyn and Viv Harrison.
Bill has fond recollections of his rugby career:"One of my best memories is playing the French side Carcasonne at Knowsley Road in 1950. George Parsons dropped a goal early on in the match and we were all laughing at him at the time, but we actually won with it in the end 24-22! I remember playing against the great full-back Puig Aubert. We had a meal at the Town Hall after and he was the only opposition player who autographed my programme. I went to Liverpool City afterwards on loan and then on to Canada in 1956. I actually went on loan from City to Warrington. I remember we were one of the few teams to beat Warrington in 1953-54 when they won all those cups. Stan McCormick got me to Warrington for trials but I didn't stay there. Don Gullick asked me if I would go to Leigh after I came back from Canada but they didn't want to give me any money. So it was one game and that was it. In later years I played outside Don Gullick as my centre for Newton le Willows Vets against The Evergreens. That was in the 1980s. I think I must have been about 55!"
Bill was delighted to receive his Heritage Certificate and brochure from Ian Coutts of the Saints Heritage Society in March 2020 and shared the moment with his daughter Sharon.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|5th Oct 1950||
|7th Oct 1950||
|21st Oct 1950||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 3 | LOSSES : | DRAWS :|
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