The Wigan Warriors have overwhelmingly thrown their support behind plans to erect a statue of Wigan great Billy Boston, after it was revealed that the team behind the project are calling on the public to help pay for it.
Boston, who scored an astonishing 478 tries for Wigan in the 1950s and 1960s, is long regarded as one of the finest wingers ever to play the game, and the Wigan club have confirmed their support for the statue, with boss Shaun Wane insisting it is only correct that the 79-year-old has a statue erected to cement his legacy.
“Everyone seems to know Billy, wherever we go he gets the loudest cheer,” said the Wigan boss.
“I’m very proud he’s played for Wigan and I’m very proud to coach the club he played for. He is a great ambassador for the club, he’s a proper Wiganer now and proud of it.
“I know how much he and his wife Joan love the town and the club and how much it means to them. When we’ve had victories in the past he’s always been genuinely pleased for us which is fantastic.
“It’s only right he has a statue, he is the most famous person to play for Wigan and it’s a superb tribute to Billy, it’ll be a real lasting memory in the town and he justifies it.”