They came from far and wide to pay their last respects to this rugby mad son of Wales and adopted son of Hunslet. The church at Lawnswood was full as his grandson and granddaughter read out tear jerking poems, that Cliff would have been proud of. Cliffs great friend and fellow “Taff” Tony Hayford travelled the farest, all the way from the Channel Islands, Gary Musto accompanied by his charming wife had travelled up from South Wales the night before battling through some awful weather on the way.

Harry Jepson’s O.B.E. Who had originally signed Cliff for Hunslet led the ex Hunslet Parkside players who included Ron Hill,Phil Evans,Ken Eyre( who was also representing John Griffiths) Jimmy Crampton,Keith Rowson,Alan Simpson and Stuart Keane. Margaret Preece was their,also representing her husband Alan who was too ill to attend.

Cliff was then laid to rest at the new cemetery at Whinmoor where coincidently there were only six graves previously Cliff’s been the Number “7”.

Afterwards we went for the wake to Moortown R.U.f.C. Where It was a great pleasure to talk to Gary Musto who had played with Cliff as a youngster right the way up through to representing Monmouthshire in the counties final against Glamorgan who they beat in the last Rugby Union game that Cliff played in before “Going up North” having signed for Hunslet.

Gary had played outside half with Cliff at Cross Keys before Cliff moved on to Newport. They had started there senior rugby together at Hafodyrynys RUFC

They had also played with a thin lanky winger called John Griffiths before they all moved on to more senior clubs.( no doubt they were not allowed to leave until they could pronounce Hafodyrynys correctly,)

Having played and partnering Cliff in the halfbacks for six years he was very qualified to say ” that there was no better inside half in the whole of welsh rugby”

It is a mystery why Cliff Williams was not not capped at Rugby Union like he was at Rugby League for Wales.

We also spoke to

Cliff’s son Dean who was very proud to announce that his dad was buried in his Hunslet Blazer.

Dean Is going to send us his collection of rugby memorabilia for preservation in the Hunslet ex Parkside Players Association Archives which will be included in a separate section at the Rugby League’s archives in the Huddersfield University.

These archives will be in a special controlled atmosphere to help them remain in the condition that they are in now, for prosperity.

May He Rest In Peace.

Old Mother Benson