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William King, generally known as Billy, was one of the stars of the famous Vine Tavern amateur team from Thatto Heath that made such an impression during the early years after the Second World War. They were coached by former Recs great Frank Bowen, the licensee of the Vine Tavern public house at the bottom of Elephant Lane, who was a 1928 Australasian tourist and one of the fabled Seven Stars.
A forceful customer in the loose and an expert scrummager, Billy made a winning debut in the first team, at home to Barrow at Knowsley Road, when the Saints won comfortably by 16-3. Billy’s partners in the front row that afternoon included future St Helens and Great Britain captain Alan Prescott, together with hooker Owen Moore.
Billy played in four matches overall, early in the 1951-52 campaign and won three. His last game for the seniors was at Thrum Hall, Halifax. Saints came away with a most credible 20-9 victory.
Billy later joined Liverpool City and passed away on 4th June 1995, aged 67.
|Season (Official Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|Season (Other Matches)||Tries||Goals||DGoals||Matches|
|22nd Sep 1951||
|29th Sep 1951||
|6th Oct 1951||
|13th Oct 1951||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
|WINS : 3 | LOSSES : 1 | DRAWS :|
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