Statue planned to honour Boston


2nd July 2014

Plans have been unveiled to erect a bronze statue of all-time rugby league great Billy Boston in Wigan's town centre.

The former Great Britain winger scored a club-record 478 tries in his 488 appearances for Wigan from 1953-68 and is a member of the Rugby Football League's Hall of Fame.

The Cardiff-born Boston, who will turn 80 next month and has spent more than three-quarters of his life in Wigan, said: "I feel so proud that people want to recognise my career like this. It's a great honour."

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane says Boston "put Wigan on the map" and, despite his Welsh heritage, is seen as "very much a Wiganer".

"Everyone seems to know Billy," Wane said. "Wherever we go he gets the loudest cheer.

"I know how much he and his wife Joan love the town and the club and how much it means to them. It's only right he has a statue; he is the most famous person to play for Wigan."

Hull-based artist Steve Winterburn is the man tasked with creating the statue, as well as one featuring Boston and four other rugby league legends, Eric Ashton, Gus Risman, Alex Murphy and Martin Offiah, at Wembley Stadium.

Organisers need to raise £100,000 for the Wigan project and say, once the appeal has reached £5,000, they will apply for charitable status.