Bill Oxley

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William Oxley
Personal information
Full name William B. Oxley
Born fourth ¼ 1918
Barrow-in-Furness district, England
Died 1985 (aged c. 66–67)
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1945–46 Barrow 2 1 3
1946–Nov 48 Rochdale Hornets
Nov 1948–50 Barrow 17 0
Total 19 1 0 0 3
Coaching information
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1975 England

William "Bill" B. Oxley (birth registered fourth ¼ 1918[1] – 1985) was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1940s and 1950s, and rugby league administrator of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He played at club level for Barrow (two spells), Risedale Old Boys ARLFC, Rochdale Hornets (captain), and Ulverston ARLFC[1].


Bill Oxley's birth was registered in Barrow-in-Furness district, Lancashire, World War II began four days after Bill Oxley had signed professionally for Barrow, he served with the Royal Horse Artillery in World War II for five years, and he died aged c. 66–67.

Playing career

Challenge Cup semi-Final appearances

Bill Oxley played in Barrow's 0-10 defeat by eventual winners Bradford Northern in the 1948–49 Challenge Cup semi-final during the 1948–49 season at Station Road, Swinton.[2]

Club career

Bill Oxley scored one try for Barrow, it came in the 21-3 victory over Broughton Rangers at Craven Park, Barrow-in-Furness on Saturday 23 March 1946.

Managerial career

International honours

Bill Oxley was the England team manager for the 1975 Rugby League World Cup, alongside coach Alex Murphy.


  1. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Man with the heart of an Ox". 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 1 January 2012.

External links

  • Search for "Oxley" at
  • Man with the heart of an Ox
  • (archived by Stan Ayres
  • Haven’s troubles strike a chord with Keith[dead link]
  • (archived by Barrow Island's brothers in arms
  • (archived by Team of 1948
  • More Ulverston Rugby team taken about 1949- 50.
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