Billy McCutcheon

Billy McCutcheon

Position: Wing

Died 03/07/1949
Place Of Birth Swansea
Height 180cm / 5' 11"
Weight 78kg / 12st 3lbs


Born in 1870, William Morgan McCutcheon played as a wing for Wales on 7 occasions between 1891 and 1894, having started out as a full-back for Swansea.

McCutcheon first played for Swansea in 1886 as a full back but joined Lancashire team Oldham in 1888 when he moved up there. His first match for them was against Manchester Rangers on 8th December 1888. At Oldham he played on the wing. He was soon to be joined at Oldham by another of Swansea's Welsh internationals when David Gwynn signed to Oldham (1890). In 1889 McCutcheon was selected for the Lancashire County team alongside Gwynn. He was part of the team that won the County Championship over Yorkshire.  It was on the wing that he won his first cap for Wales away to Scotland at Raeburn Place, Edinburgh in 1891, one of three new Welsh caps. Scotland won 15 - 0 and McCutcheon lost his place in the Welsh side.

In 1890-91 McCutcheon was again in the Lancashire side that won the County Championship. In 1892 he again played for Wales in the first two matches which were lost. he did not make the trip to Lansdowne Road where Wales finished a dreadful season by losing to Ireland. The following season McCutcheon played in all three Welsh international fixtures for the first time as Wales won her first ever Triple Crown, McCutcheon scoring his only international try in the second match away to Scotland. Billy McCutcheon's last cap came in 1894 against England at Birkenhead where Wales lost in icy conditions. He was not selected again.

During the 1893-94 season McCutcheon won the County Championship with Oldham. During this time he had been returning to Swansea to play for the club whenever he came back to Wales. with the split in the English Union and formation of the Northern Union in 1895, Billy McCutcheon became a fulltime professional adopting the League Code and thus was forced to sever links with the Welsh Union and amateur game. He had last played for Swansea in 1894.

After his playing days were over, he took up refereeing in Lancashire after gaining the permission of the Welsh Union and he was the President of Oldham Rugby League Football Club from 1924 – 1926. Billy McCutcheon died on 3rd July 1949.

Playing Summary
  Season P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  

Click on a season for a match by match breakdown.

  Team P W D L Try Con Pen DG PTS  
  Wales 7 3 0 4 1 0 0 0 2  
Clubs: - Oldham - Swansea -
Region: - Lancashire -
Honours: - Wales -

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