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Terry Wilson by SHS
A strong-running second row forward, who was born in St.Helens at the start of the Second World War, Terry was signed from Blackbrook ARLFC in 1959 came through the ranks at Knowsley Road and made his First Team debut at home to Wakefield Trinity two years later, on 30th August 1961. Saints won 10-5 and Terry was in the second row with Ray French, who was making his home debut for the club. Dick Huddart was at loose forward that day.
Terry was a regular in the A team, although with the likes of internationals such as Karalius, Briggs, Huddart and Vines occupying the back row berths at various times, places in the First Team were limited. Terry was then taken to Salford by their Coach George Parsons, the former Saints second-rower and signed for the Willows based club in 1963.
For the following five seasons, Terry played regular First Team rugby for Salford. He retired from the sport in 1967 at the relatively young age of 27, as a result of work commitments and injuries.
In the 1970s and 1980s Terry was one of the early coaches and committeemen of the then recently formed Blackbrook Royals junior rugby club, based in Boardmans Lane and followed this up by going through the age groups over the years. Terry retained a love of watching rugby league at professional and amateur level for the rest of his life.
Sadly, Terry passed away on 2nd October 2019 at the age of 79. His wife, Marian, recalled some of the aspects of his life and rugby league career: “Terry was born in Brynn Street and went to Holy Cross School where he was a prominent member of the school team. He was signed up by the Saints, but his opportunities were limited with the number of forward signings from rugby union and elsewhere. He was a talented player, with quite a bit of speed and in the end, he joined Salford. He was four years there and joined a group of St Helens lads at that club and they used to go together to training. Names like Alan Dorning, Terry Loughlin and Ernie Critchley spring to mind. Terry had just over four years there before the pressures of a young family and work commitments took over. We had two sons, Chris [who was later on the books of Wigan] and Stephen. Terry then started to give something back by coaching the youngsters at Blackbrook, which he did for a number of years. He was a joiner by trade and although he had retired from rugby never lost interest, although it was always rugby league, nothing else. He was very friendly with the Barrow boys as a result of his work. Terry was just four months away from his 80th birthday when he passed away and we had been married for 57 years.”
It should be noted that Terry made his Salford debut against Dewsbury on 30th March 1963, giving him the Heritage Number #610. The next debutant was another St Helens born player and forward Bill Ashall, who had also joined the Red Devils from the Saints.
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|30th Aug 1961||
|*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.|
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