Bill Beaumont OBE
Bill Beaumont was born on 9 March 1952 in Preston Lancashire. He first pulled on a Fylde jersey in 1970 when he was full back for the sixth team – two years later he was a forward in the first team.
It is as a great leader and captain that he will always be remembered. His triumph in 1980 will never be forgotten – he led England to their first Grand Slam since 1957 and was captain of the British Lions.
Bill’s international career started in 1975 against Irelandand he played for England 34 times. His first involvement with the Lions was in 1977 when he was flown out toNew Zealandas a replacement. He played three games but the greatest honour of his career was when he was invited to captain the British Lions inSouth Africain 1980. The association continues as Bill was the Chairman and Manager of the 2005 British Lions touring party toNew Zealand.
Sadly a head injury, while playing for Lancashire in the 1982 CountyChampionshipfinal prematurely ended his career. However he is just as well know these days for his television and media work – Bill was the longest serving team captain on BBC’s ‘A Question of Sport’ with over 300 appearances in 13 years and has been a studio analyst and expert summariser for the BBC and Sky Sports. He is also Vice-Chairman of the International Rugby Board.
Bill is married with three sons and is Managing Director of the family textile business which was founded by his grandfather in Chorley,Lancashire. He was awarded the OBE in 1982 for services toRugbyand the CBE in June 2008.