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P-05-758 Statue to Honour Billy Boston

Under consideration

 

This petition was submitted by CIAC's RFC having collected 151 signatures.

 

Petition text:

We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to honour British & Welsh sporting legend Billy Boston with a statue in Cardiff Bay.

He was born & raised in the docks area of Cardiff and it is about time that his sporting achievements were recognised by his home town & country.

At the beginning of his rugby career he was ignored by his home town club Cardiff RFC and as a result he never achieved his dream of playing at the arms. Cardiff & Wales loss was Wigan's gain as Billy went on to score 478 tries in 487 appearances for the club, some of the other highlights of his career are:

  • Three Challenge Cups and an RFL Championship title in 1960
  • 24 tries in 31 appearances for Great Britain and he was a member of the team that won the 1960 World Cup

Wigan have recently honoured him with a statue and there is also a statue at Wembley stadium highlighting his impact and status within rugby league.

CIAC's RFC (Billy's first club) are willing to help in way we can with fundraising etc., and we have a current player who is a sculptor who would be more than happy to be involved in the project.

It is time previous wrongs are put right and Billy is given the respect and honour he deserves from Cardiff and Wales, and what better to do that than with a statue in the area of Cardiff where he was born and raised.

 

A statue

A statue

 

Status

This petition has closed for signatures and is currently awaiting it’s first consideration by the Petitions Committee.

 

Assembly Constituency and Region.

  • Cardiff North
  • South Wales Central

 

Further information

Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 05/06/2017

 

 

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