Billy Cross

OVERALL STATISTICS

BIRTHAGESIGNED ONFROMDEBUTLAST MATCHLEFT
01-02-1864
N/A
Date unknown.
Kendal Hornets
07-09-1895 v Rochdale Hornets
Batley
1901- when he Retired
CAREERAPPEARANCES (SUBS)TRIESGOALSDGOALSPTS
1895-1900
74 (0)
1
3
0
9

BIOGRAPHY

William Cross by Dave Dooley:

Billy Cross was a great player in the early days of the club playing over 70 matches mostly as a stand off. He made his debut in Saints first ever Northern Union game against Rochdale Hornets on the 7th. September 1895. Playing for six shillings under Rugby Union rules and scoring system, Billy Cross has the distinction of kicking the first ever goal for Saints as a Northern Union [rugby league] team.

Billy was the captain of the Club prior to the Northern Union set-up and was one of that great batch of players that Saints imported from Kendal Hornets in the late 1880s and early 1890s. This moustached `will o the wisp` was one of the club`s most durable players and a proud leader of the team.

Billy scored his only try under the auspices of the Northern Union for the Saints in a league match against Huddersfield on 30th. November 1895 as part of a comfortable 11 points to 3 victory. In 75 matches for the Saints Billy scored one try and kicked 3 goals for a total points aggregate of 9 points.

His greatest disappointment must have been the 1897 Challenge Cup campaign, which he missed after being injured against Oldham in the early part of the year. The Saints got to the final, with Richard O'Hara in the stand off berth at Headingley. Saints lost by 10 points to 3 to the `Gallant Youths` on that particular day. Billy was also absent when the first Saints side to lift a trophy under Northern Union rules beat Runcorn, in extra time, by 6 points to nil in the South West Lancs and Border Towns Cup at Widnes on April 30th., 1900. That season Billy had only managed one outing for the first team.

In his last season Billy played nine matches mostly in the forwards. His final match for the Club was against Batley on the 23rd. of March 1901 when the Saints went down to Batley by 7 points to 5 in the third round of the Challenge Cup at Knowsley Road.

Alex Service adds the following footnote

It was interesting to read this quote in the local press in an article about [winger] Bob Doherty, where it mentions Billy Cross as a fellow North countryman! It appeared in March 1901: "By the way, W. Cross, who is still playing for the Saints has never accepted payment during his fifteen or sixteen years connection with the club". The ultimate Corinthian!

SEASON STATISTICS

Season (Official Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1895~96 1 3 0 29
1896~970 0 0 13
1897~980 0 0 20
1898~990 0 0 2
1899~00 0 0 0 1
1900~01 0 0 0 9
TOTALS:1 3 0 74
Season (Other Matches)TriesGoalsDGoalsMatches
1895~96 0001
1896~97 0003
1900~010001
TOTALS:0005

ALL MATCHES

DatePosOpponentsCompSeasonVenueFTFTOTGDGNPS**
7th Sep 1895 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1895~96 H 8 3 1 V
14th Sep 1895 W 6 Runcorn L 1895~96 H 5 0 1 V
21st Sep 1895 D 6 Batley L 1895~96 A 3 3 V
28th Sep 1895 L 6 Stockport L 1895~96 H 0 3 V
5th Oct 1895 W 6 Broughton Rangers L 1895~96 A 5 3 1 V
7th Oct 1895 L 6 Bradford L 1895~96 A 4 15 V
2nd Nov 1895 D 6 Leigh L 1895~96 H 6 6 V
9th Nov 1895 L 6 Hunslet L 1895~96 A 0 12 V
16th Nov 1895 D 6 Wigan L 1895~96 H 0 0 V
23rd Nov 1895 W 6 Leeds L 1895~96 H 9 0 V
30th Nov 1895 W 6 Huddersfield L 1895~96 H 11 3 1 V
7th Dec 1895 D 6 Wakefield Trinity L 1895~96 A 0 0 V
14th Dec 1895 D 6 Oldham L 1895~96 A 0 0 V
21st Dec 1895 W 6 Broughton Rangers * Fr 1895~96 H 13 10 V
25th Dec 1895 W 6 Widnes L 1895~96 H 6 0 V
28th Dec 1895 L 6 Halifax L 1895~96 A 0 3 V
1st Jan 1896 L 6 Manningham L 1895~96 H 3 8 V
25th Jan 1896 W 6 Batley L 1895~96 H 11 5 V
1st Feb 1896 L 6 Hull L 1895~96 A 0 9 V
8th Feb 1896 L 6 Hunslet L 1895~96 H 0 5 V
15th Feb 1896 L 6 Manningham L 1895~96 A 5 9 V
22nd Feb 1896 L 6 Runcorn L 1895~96 A 0 3 V
29th Feb 1896 D 6 Warrington L 1895~96 A 5 5 V
21st Mar 1896 L 7 Wigan L 1895~96 A 0 10 V
28th Mar 1896 L 6 Tyldesley L 1895~96 A 10 11 V
3rd Apr 1896 L 6 Widnes L 1895~96 A 4 16 V
18th Apr 1896 L 6 Oldham L 1895~96 H 3 5 V
20th Apr 1896 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1895~96 A 4 0 V
25th Apr 1896 L 6 Liversedge L 1895~96 A 3 13 V
30th Apr 1896 W 6 Broughton Rangers L 1895~96 H 26 0 V
5th Sep 1896 W 6 Crompton * Fr 1896~97 H 23 3 V
12th Sep 1896 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1896~97 H 6 5 V
26th Sep 1896 W 6 Tyldesley L 1896~97 H 3 0 V
3rd Oct 1896 L 6 Oldham L 1896~97 A 0 11 V
10th Oct 1896 W 6 Morecambe L 1896~97 A 8 5 V
17th Oct 1896 L 6 Rochdale St. Cuthberts * Fr 1896~97 A 4 6 V
24th Oct 1896 W 6 Widnes L 1896~97 H 14 0 V
31st Oct 1896 L 6 Runcorn L 1896~97 H 3 7 V
7th Nov 1896 W 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1896~97 A 14 11 V
14th Nov 1896 D 6 Warrington L 1896~97 H 0 0 V
28th Nov 1896 W 10 Leigh L 1896~97 H 11 3 V
5th Dec 1896 L 14 Swinton L 1896~97 H 0 3 V
12th Dec 1896 L 6 Broughton Rangers L 1896~97 A 0 3 V
19th Dec 1896 L 6 Stockport L 1896~97 A 6 13 V
1st Jan 1897 L 6 Oldham L 1896~97 H 5 17 V
16th Apr 1897 W 6 Halifax * Fr 1896~97 H 11 3 V
4th Sep 1897 L 6 Salford L 1897~98 A 0 8 V
11th Sep 1897 W 4 Leigh L 1897~98 H 10 5 V
18th Sep 1897 W 4 Rochdale Hornets L 1897~98 A 3 2 V
25th Sep 1897 W 4 Tyldesley L 1897~98 H 11 0 V
2nd Oct 1897 W 4 Wigan L 1897~98 A 17 7 V
9th Oct 1897 W 4 Broughton Rangers L 1897~98 A 8 0 V
16th Oct 1897 L 4 Widnes L 1897~98 H 3 13 V
23rd Oct 1897 L 6 Warrington L 1897~98 H 3 8 V
13th Nov 1897 L 3 Swinton L 1897~98 A 0 13 V
8th Jan 1898 L 6 Swinton L 1897~98 H 5 13 V
15th Jan 1898 L 6 Tyldesley L 1897~98 A 3 8 V
22nd Jan 1898 W 6 Wigan L 1897~98 H 9 8 V
29th Jan 1898 W 6 Leigh L 1897~98 A 3 0 V
5th Feb 1898 L 6 Rochdale Hornets L 1897~98 H 3 6 V
12th Feb 1898 L 6 Oldham L 1897~98 A 0 11 V
19th Feb 1898 W 6 Stockport L 1897~98 H 27 0 V
26th Feb 1898 L 6 Batley CC1 1897~98 A 7 12 V
12th Mar 1898 D 6 Salford L 1897~98 H 14 14 V
26th Mar 1898 W 6 Runcorn L 1897~98 H 11 0 V
2nd Apr 1898 L 6 Widnes L 1897~98 A 6 7 V
5th Nov 1898 L 6 Leigh L 1898~99 H 0 8 V
18th Mar 1899 W 7 Whitworth CC1 1898~99 H 12 3 V
17th Feb 1900 L 3 Runcorn L 1899~00 A 0 9 V
1st Dec 1900 L 8 Stockport L 1900~01 A 0 5 V
8th Dec 1900 L 15 Batley* Fr 1900~01 A 0 5 V
15th Dec 1900 L 8 Oldham L 1900~01 H 5 15 V
24th Dec 1900 L 8 Warrington BTCSF 1900~01 A 5 6 V
26th Dec 1900 L 8 Leigh L 1900~01 H 0 12 V
29th Dec 1900 L 8 Widnes L 1900~01 A 0 8 V
5th Jan 1901 L 8 Barrow L 1900~01 A 5 14 V
12th Jan 1901 L 6 Leigh L 1900~01 A 0 5 V
19th Jan 1901 W 8 Swinton L 1900~01 H 6 3 V
23rd Mar 1901 L 8 Batley CC3 1900~01 H 5 7 V
*Unofficial Match. **Non Playing Sub.
CALCULATED APPEARANCES : OFFICIAL 69 OTHER 5 = 74
ACTUAL APPEARANCES (inc 0 Subs) = 74

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