|Full name||William Horne|
23 January 1922|
Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England
|Died||23 March 2001
Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, England
Willie Horne (23 January 1922 – 25 March 2001) was an English rugby league footballer. He played for Great Britain, England, Lancashire and Barrow between 1943 and 1959 and captained all four sides. He captained Great Britain in a test series against Australia (1952) in the days when Great Britain could beat the Aussies. In October 2014 he was inducted into the Rugby League Hall of Fame, and is therefore regarded as one of the best 23 players in the history of the British game.
Horne played Stand-off/Five-eighth, and was captain in Barrow's 12–2 victory over Oldham in the 1954 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1954–55 season at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 23 October 1954.
Horne was the 1951–52 Northern Rugby Football League season's top point scorer.
Horne played Stand-off/Five-eighth, and was captain in the 21-12 victory over Workington Town in the 1955 Challenge Cup Final during the 1954–55 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 30 April 1955, in front of a crowd of 66,513, and played in Barrow's 7-9 defeat by Leeds in the 1957 Challenge Cup Final during the 1956–57 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1957, in front of a crowd of 76,318.
A statue in Memory of Willie is sited in 'gardens' between Duke Street and Howard Street, in front of College House, Barrow in Furness.
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