|Place Of Birth||Hartlepool|
Born : 1862, Hartlepool
Died : 7 July 1904
Position : Forward
Major Teams : Swansea, Hartlepool Rovers, Durham County, Wales.
Wales Caps : 2. Points : 0
William Hunter Towers made his Swansea debut in 1887 and played for the club versus the NZ Maoris in December 1888. He made 2 appearances as a forward for Wales between 1887 and 1888, Wales winning both games. He played for Wales against Ireland in 1887 and against the New Zealand Natives in 1888. As well as playing for Swansea and Wales versus NZ Maoris, he also refereed the Llanelli v NZ Maoris match on the same tour !
Towers first played for Swansea toward the end of the 1886-87 season on 12 February 1887 in a South Wales Challenge Cup match at St Helens when Newport were knocked out of the competition by Swansea. He was a member of the Swansea team that won the South Wales Challenge Cup for the second time in 1887. At the Swansea Football Team AGM of 7th August 1888 it was enthusiastically proposed and seconded that E S Richards be reappointed as captain of the 1st XV but, explaining his inability to accept the office, he suggested G E Bowen for the position and W H Towers as his vice captain. The roles became reversed at some point and Towers took on the mantle of captaincy for 1888-89. He certainly contributed onfield and ended the season as joint top try scorer (6) with W H Jones and A Whapham.
Born in Hartlepool, Co Durham, Towers was one of five children. He was a ship broker owning a company called Wedlake, Towers & Co who ran a steamship or tugboat. Prior to his move to South Wales, Towers played for his local side of Hartlepool Rovers (1883-1886) and also Durham County who he first represented in November 1883 against Yorkshire. He represented Durham County 12 times in all scoring 4 tries. He also scored a drop goal against Yorkshire. and is thought to have played for North-East England against North-West England in a trial match in Manchester in 1886-87. His younger brother Albert E. Towers also played for Hartlepool Rovers.
William Towers married Elizabeth Thomas in Swansea in 1891. They lived at 5 St James' Gardens, just up the hill from the St Helens ground. Towers died in at his home on 7 July 1904.
Swansea RFC gratefully acknowledges the help of rugby historian Howard Evans in discovering some of W H Towers' background.
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