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William "Billy" Benyon (born 7 March 1945[5]) is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1960s and 1970s, and coached in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, England and Lancashire, and at club level for St Helens, Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks and Warrington, as a centre or stand-off, i.e. number 3 or 4, or 6,[1] and coached at club level for St Helens and Leigh.[4]

Billy Benyon
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Benyon
Born (1945-03-07) 7 March 1945 (age 74)
St. Helens, England
Playing information
PositionCentre, Stand-off
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1961–77 St. Helens 514 154 1 0 464
1974 Cronulla-Sutherland 1 0 0 3
Oct 1977–Apr 81 Warrington 91+3 16 0 0 48
Total 608 171 1 0 515
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Lancashire 13 4
1968–70 England 2 0 0 0 0
1971–72 Great Britain 6 4 0 0 12
Coaching information
Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1978–82 Warrington
1982–85 St. Helens
1986–90 Leigh
Total 0 0 0 0
Source: [1][2][3][4]

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BackgroundEdit

Billy Benyon was born in St. Helens, Lancashire, England.

Playing careerEdit

International honoursEdit

Billy Benyon won caps for England while at St Helens in 1968 against Wales, in 1970 against Wales,[2] and won caps for Great Britain while at St Helens in 1971 against France (2 matches), New Zealand, and New Zealand (interchange/substitute), and in 1972 against France (2 matches).[3]

World Club Challenge appearancesEdit

Billy Benyon played stand-off in St. Helens' 2-25 defeat by the 1975 NSWRFL season premiers, Eastern Suburbs Roosters in the unofficial 1976 World Club Challenge at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday 29 June 1976.[6]

Championship Final appearancesEdit

Billy Benyon played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in St. Helens' 35-12 victory over Halifax in the Championship Final during the 1965–66 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 28 May 1966, in front of a crowd of 30,165.

Challenge Cup Final appearancesEdit

Billy Benyon played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in St. Helens' 21-2 victory over Wigan in the 1966 Challenge Cup Final during the 1965–66 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 21 May 1966, in front of a crowd of 98,536, played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in the 16-13 victory over Leeds in the 1972 Challenge Cup Final during the 1971–72 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 13 May 1972, and played stand-off in the 20-5 victory over Widnes in the 1976 Challenge Cup Final during the 1975–76 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 8 May 1976.

County Cup Final appearancesEdit

Billy Benyon played stand-off in St. Helens' 7-4 victory over Swinton in the 1962 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1962–63 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 27 October 1962, played left-centre, i.e. number 4, and scored a try in the 12-4 victory over Swinton in the 1964 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1964–65 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 24 October 1964, played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in the 2-2 draw with Warrington in the 1967 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1967–68 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 7 October 1967, played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in the 13-10 victory over Warrington in the 1967 Lancashire County Cup Final replay during the 1967–68 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 2 December 1967, played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in the 30-2 victory over Oldham in the 1968 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1968–69 season at Central Park, Wigan on Friday 25 October 1968, and played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in the 4-7 defeat by Leigh in the 1970 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1970–71 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 28 November 1970.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearancesEdit

Billy Benyon played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in St. Helens' 0-4 defeat by Castleford in the 1965 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1965–66 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 14 December 1965, played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in the 4-7 defeat by Wigan in the 1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1968-69 season at Central Park, Wigan on Tuesday 17 December 1968.[7] played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in the 5-9 defeat by Leeds in the 1970 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1970–71 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Tuesday 15 December 1970, played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in the 8-2 victory over Rochdale Hornets in the 1971 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1971–72 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Tuesday 14 December 1971, and played right-centre, i.e. number 3, and scored a try in the 22-2 victory over Dewsbury in the 1975 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1975–76 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Tuesday 16 December 1975.

Player's No.6/John Player Trophy Final appearancesEdit

Billy Benyon played right-centre, i.e. number 3, in Warrington's 9-4 victory over Widnes in the 1977–78 Players No.6 Trophy Final during the 1977–78 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 28 January 1978, and played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in the 4-16 defeat by Widnes in the 1978–79 John Player Trophy Final during the 1978–79 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 28 April 1979.

Notable tour matchesEdit

Billy Benyon played left-centre, i.e. number 4, in Warrington's 15-12 victory over Australia at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Wednesday 11 October 1978.[8]

Coaching careerEdit

County Cup Final appearancesEdit

Billy Benyon was the coach in Warrington's 26-10 victory over Wigan in the 1980 Lancashire County Cup Final replay during the 1980–81 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Saturday 4 October 1980, in St. Helens' 0-16 defeat by Warrington in the 1982 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1982–83 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 23 October 1982, and in the 26-18 victory over Wigan in the 1984 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1984–85 season at Central Park, Wigan on Sunday 28 October 1984.

Honoured at St Helens R.F.C.Edit

Billy Benyon is a St Helens R.F.C. Hall of Fame inductee.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Birth details at freebmd.org.uk". freebmd.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  6. ^ "World Club Challenge 1976 at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  7. ^ "1968-1968 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  8. ^ "Warrington :: 15 - Australia :: 12 - date: 11th October 1978". wire2wolves.com. 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 6 December 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  9. ^ "St Helens Hall of Fame". saints.org.uk. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.

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