Williams, William

William Williams was a Rugby Football Union (RFU) Committee Member and is popularly credited with finding the ground on which Twickenham Stadium was built. His name has been immortalised in the Stadium's nickname, 'Billy Williams' Cabbage Patch'.

Although Williams played rugby for Harlequins and Boxden College, his greatest success came through playing cricket. A wicket keeper and bowler for Middlesex, he retired from playing for the county at the age of 74.

He became an RFU Committee Member in 1904, the year he also became an international rugby referee. Williams led the search for a national rugby ground in 1906. During this time he was living in Twickenham and after a year long search looked at a local patch of land which was being used as a market garden- hence the nickname 'the Cabbage Patch'. The Committee agreed to buy the market garden and the ground was opened in 1909.

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