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Title: ... p117 - Billy Wilson, John 'Chow' Hayes Western Suburbs legend on Bluey

I don't think you could find anyone who'd say a bad word about him


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John 'Chow' Hayes Western

Western Suburbs Magpies.



courtesy of Tony Adams great book The Hitmen - A tribute to League's tough guys.

Former West Forward John "Chow" Hayes, an opponent in two grand finals, was one of the many victims of Wilson the Prankster.

"I'm a big fan of the modern game but I believe the one thing that's missing is the camaraderie (that once existed) between players from rival clubs," Hayes says, "Saints and Wests were arch rivals in those days but we were always mates before and after the game. We used to hate playing Saints because they were a great side and often belted the crap out of us.

But after the game we'd always get together for a drink.

"We played a lot at the SCG in those days and had many nights together, the two teams mingling and joking in the Members Bar. Billy was always a riot on those occasions. He was a real character and you'd just have to keep your eye on him. If you didn't, odds were you'd lose yor tie quick smart. More than one bloke had his tie severed when he wasn't paying attention to what Billy was up to. He loved playing that sort of prank but if someone played one back on him, he'd be just as happy - - there was no lair in him. I don't think you could find anyone who'd say a bad word about him.

Appears in the following pages ....P117_Billy WILSON
Date of posting ... 29-May-2006
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