Leigh Centurions are saddened to learn of the passing of Billy Wright (HN#689) at the age of 86.

Billy was a born and bred Widnesian who played 93 games for his hometown club between 1952 and 1960, having made his debut at the age of 16.

Formerly with Widnes St Maries, he was known for his versatility and was a valued club man during his time at Naughton Park. He scored 11 tries and kicked 22 goals.

Billy served his time as a bricklayer and was later a licensee in Widnes.

He joined Leigh on loan in April 1960 during Don Gullick’s time as coach, and played loose forward in a Good Friday home game against Workington Town.

Tries by Bill Robinson, Brian Fallon, Ted Brophy and Brian Chadwick and two Fallon goals gave Leigh a 16–0 win that ended a three-game losing run.

Billy is one of 178 players to make one appearance for Leigh.

Sincere condolences to his family and friends.

(Thanks to Steve Fox, the Widnes historian for the information)