WARRINGTON Wolves Past Players’ Association welcomed an old friend to a recent Super League match at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Billy Kilbride, who emigrated to South Africa, saw The Wire draw with Hull FC on a return visit to his home town.

He also visited The Halliwell Jones Stadium to meet up with former teammates Jackie Edwards, Alastair Brindle and Alf Arnold.

Signed as a scrum half, the ex-Richard Fairclough High School pupil scored six tries in nine games on the wing across seasons 1955-56 and 1956-57 before joining The Army.

He made a try-scoring debut in a 22-15 win against the touring Kiwis at Wilderspool Stadium, The Wire’s home from 1898 to 2003.

Kilbride, who later set up his own construction company in the town, played outside of centres Albert Naughton and Jim Challinor.

He was reputed to be faster than world record try scorer Brian Bevan and they would sprint against each other in training.

Kilbride was timed at 9.9 seconds over 100 yards while serving his country.

Past players of the club and friends will be gathering for an annual lunch at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday. More details in the picture gallery above.