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William Beattie
Born c. 1889
Ballater, Aberdeenshire, Scotland[1]
Died 27 January 1917
Western Front

William "Billy" Lindsay Beattie (c. 1889 – 27 January 1917) was a Scottish professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1910s. He played at club level for Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 192) (captain), as a forward (prior to the specialist positions of; Template:Rlp), during the era of contested scrums, and was invited to join the 1914 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand, but declined due to business reasons. Beattie served as a commissioned officer with the Border Regiment (initially in the 10th (service) battalion), and latterly in the 1st battalion (ex 34th Foot),[2] and was killed on the Western Front in 1917 during World War I.[3]

Playing career[edit | edit source]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit | edit source]

Billy Beattie played as a forward, i.e. number 10, in Wakefield Trinity's 0-6 defeat by Hull F.C. in the 1914 Challenge Cup Final during the 1913–14 season at Thrum Hall, Halifax, in front of a crowd of 19,000.[4]

Club career[edit | edit source]

Billy Beattie made his début for Wakefield Trinity during December 1911, and he played his last match for Wakefield Trinity during October 1914, he appears to have scored no drop-goals (or field-goals as they are currently known in Australasia), but prior to the 1974–75 season all goals, whether; conversions, penalties, or drop-goals, scored 2-points, consequently prior to this date drop-goals were often not explicitly documented, therefore '0' drop-goals may indicate drop-goals not recorded, rather than no drop-goals scored. In addition, prior to the 1949–50 season, the archaic field-goal was also still a valid means of scoring points.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1911 England Census
  2. Tony Collins (18 Apr 2006). Rugby League in Twentieth Century Britain: A Social and Cultural History. League Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-0415396158
  3. Mike Rylance (22 August 2013). "Trinity: A History of the Wakefield Rugby League Football Club 1872-2013". League Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-1901347289
  4. "A complete history of Hull FC's Challenge Cup finals". 22 August 2013. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140203223748/http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/complete-history-Hull-FC-s-Challenge-Cup-finals/story-19692285-detail/story.html. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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