William E Hancock
Education: Weymouth House School, Bath
Achievements: Captain of Bath Boys Rugby XV, Gallantry Certificate from the Bath Humane Society
Honours: Somerset (20 appearances)
Debut game: 16th October 1926 v Plymouth Albion
Final game: 17th September 1938 v Bedford
Number of Appearances: 317
He represented Weymouth House School at Rugby, Soccer, running and swimming
Bill made his entry into the game of rugby through the Bath Schools Union, playing for Weymouth House School and being selected for the Bath Boys XV. He was chosen for the English Schools International trial.
On leaving school at the age of 17, after playing only 1 game for Bath A’s, Bill was chosen for the 1st XV in 1926, being taken as an emergency man to Beacon Park, Plymouth when, with a scratch side, Bath defeated the famous Albion on their own ground.
Bill was a prolific try scorer. His famous “leap to victory” on the Memorial Ground at Bristol was not forgotten in years to come.
Bill was a speedy and resolute wing. He won the 100yard championship at the Whit-Monday Sports on the Rec and was a keen cricketer, playing for Bath A XI.
Bill, together with PC Dan Thomas, rescued two women from a deep canal lock at Widcombe
Bill’s father T Hancock played for the Widcombe Institute team.
Bill was the father of Geoff a former player and Club President.