Sir Bill Beaumont has been one of the most important figures in rugby union for more than 40 years, as player, administrator and global leader. He joined Fylde RFC in 1969 when he was 17 years old and stayed with the Club till injury forced his retirement in 1982, amassing hundreds of 1st XV appearances as well as starring for Lancashire, the North, England, the British Lions and the Barbarians. All three of his sons have also appeared in the Club’s claret, gold and white hoops, and his wife Hilary is also a very familiar supporter at the Woodlands.
Fylde’s Chairman, Dave Young, who played at lock regularly alongside Bill, said: “Throughout Bill’s long and distinguished career, he has never forgotten his old club and is a very regular Member and spectator at the Club’s games. He is as happy exchanging banter and swapping stories with old and new friends at the Woodlands as he is leading World Rugby in his Chairmanship role around the globe. This is a man who is totally grounded in rugby and who understands the game at all levels.
“Everyone at Fylde RFC is delighted at the award of a knighthood to Bill. No sportsman has ever deserved this award more than Bill. We are all incredibly proud of his achievements and look forward to his continuing support and comradeship.”