Vale Bill Collier

The NRL extends its sympathies to the family of Bill Collier, who has passed away aged 94.

Collier played three seasons with the St George Dragons between 1941 and 1943, but continues to be a significant figure in rugby league to this day.

The Ashton-Collier Medal, awarded to the man of the match in the traditional St George Illawarra Dragons and Sydney Roosters match played annually on ANZAC Day, is named in honour of Collier and Ferris Ashton.

“The Ashton-Collier Medal has been an important tradition on an important day, and will continue to be,” NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg said.

“Bill won a Premiership with the Dragons but, having served his country in World War II, was a constant reminder about what is truly important to reflect on during ANZAC Day.”

Ernest Frederick (Billy) Collier
Born: June 27, 1921, Kogarah, NSW
Died: October 20, 2015, Kogarah, NSW
Junior Football: Carlton Athletic
Club: St George
Position: Lock
Premiership Career 1942-43: Played 28. Tries 2, Points 6
First Grade Debut: St George v Canterbury at Sydney Cricket Ground, 9/5/1942 (Rd 2)
Other information: Son of Charles Collier (1887-1962), who played 30 first grade games for South Sydney and Western Suburbs (1911-14). Served in Australian Army 1942-46

Source: David Middleton