Billy Boston charity night a huge success

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A CHARITY dinner at the DW Stadium Stadium to raise funds for the Billy Boston Statue appeal was a huge success.

The legendary player was the VIP guest at the event during which Warriors’ coach Shaun Wane and former favourite Bill Ashurst made emotional tributes to the great man.

Billy Boston at the charity event

Billy Boston at the charity event

Shaun recalled an incident when he was 10 years old and stuck in bed with a nasty leg injury after falling down a manhole. Billy came to visit him after being contacted by Wane snr.

Shaun said: “Billy sat with me for a couple of hours.

It was fantastic, I’ll never forget it.

“And he has always been supportive of me ever since and of the club.

He was one of the best players in the world and it is a real pleasure for me to be asked to speak this evening

Shaun Wane

“He was one of the best players in the world and it is a real pleasure for me to be asked to speak this evening.”

Much to the delight of Billy and wife Joan, all 34 members of their family were at the dinner - the first time they have all been together.

More than £11,000 was raised with the total still rising, helped by a raffle and auction which included many items of iconic memorabilia from Billy’s career.

Highlight of the auction was Billy’s shirt from the 1966 Cup Final which was bought by Warriors chairman Ian Lenegan for £900.