Billy Cunliffe :: 1914-1930
First game: 17/10/1914, Last game: 06/09/1930, Played: 438, Tries: 38, Goals: 6, Points: 126
Billy joined Warrington in 1914 from Pemberton Rovers amateur club and his younger brother followed a couple of months later. He made his debut at home to Barrow in a Lancashire Cup tie at Wilderspool. His career was interrupted by the First World War, but resumed in 1919 and he hardly missed a match during the next twelve seasons. Billy was a 5ft 10in and 14st 10lb skillful prop who was rough, tough and ruthless.
He won 11 Great Britain caps, 10 England caps and made 19 appearances for Lancashire. He was the first Warrington player to be chosen for two tours of Australia and New Zealand, in 1920 and 1924. He formed part of a formidable British front row with club colleague Arthur Skelhorne and Leigh hooker Cartwright, that only finished on the losing side once in seven Test matches.
In the 1927/28 season Billy and Tommy Cunliffe were awarded a joint testimonial and each received the princely sum of £ 187 17s 8d. Billy was a member of the Warrington team that reached the Challenge Cup final that season, only to lose 5-3 to Swinton at Wigan.
Cunliffe earned two Lancashire Cup winning medals in 1921 and 1929, and a Championship runners-up medal in 1926
Billy made his final appearance in a 9-7 victory over Wigan at Wilderspool in September 1930