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Billy Holding :: 1928-1940

First game 21/1/1928 Last game 9/11/1940 Played 328 Tries 6 Goals 830 Drop Goals 4 Points 1,686

Billy Holding was the first Warrington player to kick 100 goals in a season.  He first achieved this feat on the final day of the 1930/1 campaign.  Twice again he reached the century of goals, kicking a record 125 in 1933.

Hailing from Maryport in Cumberland, he was signed in the autumn of 1927, after playing in trials with the A team under the name of Kimberley.  He made his debut at home to York in January 1928 and was first choice full-back for the next ten years.

Billy played in five major finals.  He was in the Warrington sides that won the 1929 and 1932 Lancashire Cups.  He also played in Warrington’s losing Championship Finals sides of 1935 and 1937 as well as the 1933 Wembley final against Huddersfield.  Holding missed the 1936 Challenge Cup final with a broken leg, which also cost him a place on the 1936 Great Britain tour.

Holding played 14 times for Cumberland, kicking 45 goals and scoring a try.  He will always be remembered at Wilderspool for being one of the four players who hollowed out the players’ tunnel in the 1930’s.

Holding was granted a testimonial match in 1938 which raised £ 121 5s 1d, shortly afterwards he was transferred to Rochdale Hornets.  He did play one more match for Warrington during the War.  He then returned to live in Maryport, where he died in 1986 aged seventy nine.