Billy Ivison

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William Ivison
Personal information
Full name William Ivison
Nickname Billy
Born (1920-06-05)5 June 1920[1]
Hensingham, Cumberland, England
Died 12 March 2000(2000-03-12) (aged 79)[1]
Hensingham, Cumbria, England
Playing information
Weight 13 st 7 lb (86 kg; 189 lb)
Position Loose forward/Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1945 Gillingham F.C. (association football) 1
1945–59 Workington Town 385 63 8 0 205
Total 386 63 8 0 205
Years Team Pld T G FG P
British Empire XIII
England 4 0 0 0 0
1952 Great Britain 1

William "Billy" Ivison (5 June 1920[2] — 12 March 2000) born in Hensingham, Cumberland, was an English professional association football and rugby league player of the 1940s, and 1950s playing club level association football (soccer), for Gillingham F.C.,[3] and playing representative level rugby league for Great Britain, England, Cumberland, and British Empire XIII, and at club level for Workington Town, as a Loose forward/Lock, i.e. number 13, during the era of contested scrums, he died in Hensingham, Cumbria.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Billy Ivison won caps for England while at Workington in 1949 against Wales, and Other Nationalities, in 1951 against Other Nationalities, in 1952 against Other Nationalities,[4] and won caps for British Empire XIII while at Workington Town on Wednesday 23/1/1952 against New Zealand at Stamford Bridge.

Billy Ivison represented Great Britain while at Workington Town in 1952 against France (non-Test matches).[5]

Along with William "Billy" Banks, Edward "Ted" Cahill, Gordon Haynes, Keith Holliday, Robert "Bob" Kelly, John McKeown, George Parsons, and Edward "Ted" Slevin, Billy Ivison's only Great Britain appearances came against France prior to 1957, these matches were not considered as Test matches by the Rugby Football League, and consequently caps were not awarded.[5]

County honours[edit]

Billy Ivison represented Cumberland while at Workington.

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Billy Ivison played Loose forward/Lock and won the Lance Todd Trophy in Workington Town's 18-12 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1952 Challenge Cup Final during the 1951-52 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 19 April 1952, and played Loose forward/Lock in the 12-21 defeat to Barrow in the 1955 Challenge Cup Final during the 1954-55 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 30 April 1955.

Honoured in Workington[edit]

Ivison Lane in Workington is named after Billy Ivison.[6]


  1. ^ a b Hadfield, Dave (16 March 2000). "Obituary: Bill Ivison". The Independent. London. Retrieved 22 January 2014. (subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Brown, Tony (2003). The Definitive Gillingham F.C.: A Complete Record. Soccerdata. p. 55. ISBN 1-899468-20-X. 
  4. ^ "England Statistics at". englandrl. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Edgar, Harry (2007). Rugby League Journal Annual 2008 [Page-110]. Rugby League Journal Publishing. ISBN 0-9548355-3-0
  6. ^ "New town centre places with some famous old West Cumbrian names". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 

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