We just received this lovely letter from the Grandson of one of our former Players from Wales the late Great Les Williams.

Hi Stuart,

I hope you are well.

My name is Matt Williams and I am the grandson of an ex
Hunslet player, Les Williams. I believe Les played for Hunslet between 1949 and

I’ve been made aware of your site by another ex-player, Ken
Sykes. Despite being raised on the Isle of Wight, I moved to York 9yrs ago and
am now very good friends with Ken’s son, Andrew – he was an usher at my wedding
last October. I also work in Leeds so it’s funny how things can sometimes go
full circle.

I’ve found a couple of pictures which might be of interest
for the website. You may be aware that Les became an international class veteran
athlete in his 60’s, and spent much of his time travelling the world competing
in various competitions. He became world record holder for veterans over the age
of 60 for the 60 and 200 metres events.

The first photo is of Les with a trophy from an athletics
meet; whilst I can’t be sure, I think it is from the World Veterans
Championships in Puerto Rico in 1983 at the age of 61 .

The second photo is of his trophy cabinet. This held pride of
place in the dining room of his home in Penryn, Cornwall, and his now in Penryn
Museum. He was awarded the freedom of Penryn for his services to

I hope they are of interest to you.

Best regards,


They sure are Mattew, and this Sunday Hunslet play a welsh team and there should be an article about the Wesh players who played for Hunslet and Les should get a mention in Jarvo and OLD Mother Bensons column “One Short of a Front Row”