Billy Blan

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
01-05-1922
N/A
Date unknown.
Leeds
08-01-1955 v Warrington
Salford
1955-
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1954-1955
17 (0)
2
7
0
20

BIOGRAPHY

Billy Blan by Alex Service

When Billy Blan signed for the Saints from Leeds in January 1955 the general consensus was that he was still amongst the top six players in his position. A Test Match representative, the ex-Wigan loose-forward was bought for his craft and constructive play in the loose, together with the ability to provide a vital link between forwards and backs. “His introduction should just about make Saints pack into the heftiest in the game,” wrote the St.Helens Newspaper.
Walter Delves was in contention for a regular spot in the number 13 jersey, together with a young star called Vince Karalius. Billy played 255 matches for Wigan after joining them from demob from the RAF. It is clear that he was brought in the short term to bring these two youngsters on. It is not clear what happened to Billy after leaving Saints. Any further information would be welcome.

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1954~552 1 0 14
1955~56 0 6 0 3
TOTALS:2 7 0 17
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1955~560001
TOTALS:0001

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
8th Jan 1955 L 13 Warrington L 1954~55 A 14 18 V
22nd Jan 1955 W 13 Wakefield Trinity L 1954~55 H 39 7 1 V
29th Jan 1955 W 13 Blackpool Borough L 1954~55 H 13 2 V
5th Feb 1955 W 13 Whitehaven L 1954~55 A 8 0 V
12th Feb 1955 W 13 Batley CC1 1954~55 A 15 2 V
19th Feb 1955 L 13 Oldham L 1954~55 A 2 9 V
5th Mar 1955 W 13 Keighley CC2 1954~55 A 3 2 V
12th Mar 1955 L 13 Swinton L 1954~55 A 4 7 V
19th Mar 1955 L 13 Workington Town CC3 1954~55 A 4 14 V
21st Mar 1955 W 13 Rochdale Hornets L 1954~55 H 23 3 V
26th Mar 1955 W 13 Salford L 1954~55 H 16 8 1 V
28th Mar 1955 W 13 Liverpool City L 1954~55 H 12 4 V
2nd Apr 1955 W 13 Belle Vue Rangers L 1954~55 H 31 0 1 V
8th Apr 1955 L 13 Wigan L 1954~55 A 12 16 V
13th Aug 1955 L 13 Barrow* Fr Ward Cup 1955~56 H 17 31 V
20th Aug 1955 W 13 Widnes L 1955~56 A 35 18 4 V
27th Aug 1955 L 13 Barrow LC1 1955~56 A 12 18 V
31st Aug 1955 L 13 Salford L 1955~56 A 10 11 2 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 16 OTHER 1 = 17
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 17
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