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Bill Ashurst RIP Tue Jun 14, 2022 8:19 pm  
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News circulating on social media that Bill Ashurst has sadly passed away today. Legendary player with a fierce reputation but off the pitch was the sweetest man you could meet, an absolute gentleman.

RIP Bill.
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Re: Bill Ashurst RIP Tue Jun 14, 2022 8:59 pm  
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Sad news. I’m not old enough to remember him but my dad and my best mates dads eyes light up talking about his playing days.

It’s been a really sad few months for the club, with the passing of so many legends.

RIP
Re: Bill Ashurst RIP Tue Jun 14, 2022 9:10 pm  
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One of Wigan's few great stars of the 1970s.

Ran his blood to water in the 1970 Cup Final. Certainly wasn't Bill's fault we lost to Cas that day.
Re: Bill Ashurst RIP Tue Jun 14, 2022 10:35 pm  
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Sad news. I’m not old enough to remember him but my dad and my best mates dads eyes light up talking about his playing days.

It’s been a really sad few months for the club, with the passing of so many legends.

RIP


I do remember him headbutting Andy Goodway and getting sent off at Central Park in an early round cup game (was it Runcorn as player coach)?
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Re: Bill Ashurst RIP Tue Jun 14, 2022 10:45 pm  
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The King is dead, long live the King. A truly great rugby league player both in England and Australia. RIP Bill.
Re: Bill Ashurst RIP Wed Jun 15, 2022 12:56 am  
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Can honestly say that he was one of the nicest men you could ever wish to meet. Spoke to him regularly when I lived over in Poolstock. A true gentleman. RIP Bill.
Re: Bill Ashurst RIP Wed Jun 15, 2022 7:19 am  
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Was at his first game for Penrith in 1974 when he debuted with Mike Stephenson and at the Panthers became a huge fan favourite. In 2006 to celebrate their first 40 years in the NSWRFL Panthers picked a team of club legends that had played in that period with Bill being selected( but not Stevo). A huge mural of the team members was subsequently displayed in the foyer of the Panthers Leagues Club for almost 30 years before being moved to the entrance of the adjacent A$22 Million Academy when it was opened in 2016.

Being here since 1968 I have seen all of the UK players that have played here and Bill was in the top tier. He was the first in Aus to use the round-the -corner goal kicking style which pleased me because in the 50 and 60's I used the same technique when I played Rugby in England. I have him in the team as the best I have seen that have played for Wigan.

RIP Bill. Your song has ended but your melody will linger on.
Re: Bill Ashurst RIP Wed Jun 15, 2022 7:55 am  
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Sad news indeed. I never saw him play but it's obvious from the way people talk about him that he was a genuinely great player.
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Re: Bill Ashurst RIP Wed Jun 15, 2022 8:25 am  
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I met Bill through work a few years back. He sat in the kitchen here talking about rugby and relaying stories with his wife and daughter patiently sat next to him clearly hearing them for the 100th time! A genuinely nice bloke but with bags of character. I'll treasure the signed copy of his autobiography that he gave me. RIP Bill
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Re: Bill Ashurst RIP Wed Jun 15, 2022 11:59 am  
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MattyB wrote:
I do remember him headbutting Andy Goodway and getting sent off at Central Park in an early round cup game (was it Runcorn as player coach)?


This was the only time I saw Bill play.

Outrageous headbutt for no reason. I suspect he was absolutely knackered and wanted a rest.

RIP
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