William Thomas Foord


BIRTH: 28 May 1884
Canterbury, NSW
DEATH: 19 July 1962 Burwood Rd Enfield, NSW
DEATH: 19 July 1962
Burwood Rd Enfield, NSW

OCCUPATION: Engineer/Blacksmith

RESIDENCE: "Landough" Liverpool Rd Burwood, NSW


  • Wests RU First Grade 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1912
  • Wests RU General Committee 1909
  • Wests RL First Grade 1913
  • Metropolis RL 1913
  • NSW Firsts RL 1913
  • Wests RL Selector 1914


William Foord is the older brother of Cec Foord (Wests #117). Like Stan Carr, he came across from rugby union to play rugby league with Wests in 1913.

In 1913, William played First Grade in the first twelve rounds of the competition.  He scored three tries, kicked six goals and was Wests top point scorer that season.

However, he played no further First Grade games for Wests beyond round twelve of that season. The Sunday Times reported that in round thirteen, William was an absentee along with Tedda Courtney, Henry Naylor, Harold Bissett and Ray Steward. The five players had been selected to play for NSW against Queensland and New Zealand.

An interesting aside was that former international, Jim Abercrombie was selected to replace William Foord in round thirteen. Wests were most probably looking for an experienced player to fill in for those that were on representative duties. Jim, who played with Wests in 1908 made his one and only appearance at lock forward. He was very much out of condition and didn’t figure prominently in match reports.

William Foord lived all of his life in the Burwood area and died there in July 1962.

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