Billy Blan

William Blan (2 May 1922[4] – 13 April 2008) was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1940s and 1950s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, England and Lancashire, and at club level for Wigan, Leeds (two spells), St. Helens and Rochdale Hornets, as a second-row or loose forward, i.e. number 11 or 12, or, 13, during the era of contested scrums.[1]

GB & England international rugby league footballer

Billy Blan
Personal information
Full name William Blan
Born (1922-05-02)2 May 1922
Wigan district, England
Died 13 April 2008(2008-04-13) (aged 85)
Wigan, England
Playing information
Position Second-row, Loose forward
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1945–53 Wigan 255 77 4 0 239
1953–55 Leeds 45
1955–55 St. Helens 17 2 7 0 20
1955 Leeds 11
1955–56 Rochdale Hornets 10
Total 338 79 11 0 259
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1950–53 Lancashire 6
1951–52 England 3 0 0 0 0
1951 Great Britain 3 1 0 0 3
Source: [1][2][3]

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Blan’s birth was registered in Wigan district, Lancashire, England, he was the younger brother of the rugby league footballer Jack Blan, and the older brother of the rugby league footballer Albert Blan, he died aged 85–86 in Wigan, Greater Manchester, leaving behind his wife; Pat, and five children.[5]

Billy Blan won caps for England while at Wigan in 1951 against Wales, and France, in 1952 against Other Nationalities,[2] and won caps for Great Britain while at Wigan in 1951 against New Zealand (3 matches).[3]

Billy Blan played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, in Wigan‘s 8-3 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1947–48Challenge Cup Final during the 1947–48 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 1 May 1948, in front of a crowd of 91,465.[6]

Billy Blan played right-second-row, i.e. number 12, and scored a try in Wigan‘s the 9-3 victory over Belle Vue Rangers in the 1946–47LancashireCounty Cup Final during the 1946–47 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 26 October 1946,[7] played right-second-row in the 10-7 victory over Belle Vue Rangers in the 1947–48LancashireCounty Cup Final during the 1947–48 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 1 November 1947,[8] played right-second-row in the 14-8 victory over Warrington in the 1948–49LancashireCounty Cup Final during the 1948–49 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 13 November 1948,[9] played loose forward and scored a try in the 20-7 victory over Leigh in the 1949–50LancashireCounty Cup Final during the 1949–50 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 29 October 1949,[10] and played loose forward in the 28-5 victory over Warrington in the 1950–51LancashireCounty Cup Final during the 1950–51 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 4 November 1950.[11]

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