Boston Honoured

Boston Honoured

Wales and Wigan legend Billy Boston has been recognised among the greatest black sportsmen and women of all time.

To coincide with Black History Month, Sporting Equals have named their top ten greatest athletes ever - and Wigan and Wales star Boston has been named in seventh place.

Billy, formerly from Cardiff, became one of the greatest try scorers in Rugby League history during a 15-year period from 1953 to 1968  where he played  487 times for the cherry and whites scoring 478 tries and the Wigan legend played for Great Britain 31 times in an illustrious career.

He has also been inducted in the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame and the Wigan RL Hall of Fame and is one of five players, including another Welsh legend, Gus Risman, to be remembered in a group statue outside Wembley Stadium.

He is the only rugby league player in the Sporting Equals top ten that puts The Greatest at number one - former World Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammed Ali.

American athlete Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics to the rage of Adolf Hitler, is second, with footballing legend Pele in third.

British double Olympic gold medal decathlon champion Daley Thompson comes in at fourth, with American tennis legend Althea Gibson, who won multiple Grand Slam titles including Wimbledon, in fifth.

The first black footballer to play at international level - Andrew Watson - is sixth, with Boston in seventh.

Ethiopian athlete Abebe Bikila (8th), Australian Olympic champion Cathy Freeman (9th) and American baseball star Jackie Robinson, the first Major League black player in 1947, make up the list.

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