There are a number of other family members who have achieved success in sport without reaching the levels of the five main subjects of this website. I have included the individuals that I know about but there may well be others of whom I am not aware. If you know of someone whom you believe should be included in the list, please contact me via the Contact & Links Page on the website.The other individuals of whom I am aware are:
Billy is a grandson of Bruce Rankin and father of Bill, David and Jeffrey Wallace. He attended Finch Hall Secondary School in Liverpool and played for the school team at right back and centre-half, but was not a regular in the team. At 15 years of age, he wrote to Everton for a trial, at the time his cousin, George Rankin, was on Everton's books. After several trials, he signed for Everton on schoolboy terms. He played several games for Everton's schoolboys but left after one season of his volition.
Billy served his apprenticeship at J. Blake & Co, motor engineers, of Liverpool. He played at centre-half for the works team in the Liverpool Shipping League. When he was 17 or 18 years of age, he signed for Bolton, playing regularly in the Youth team. He only stayed for one season, despite receiving a latter informing him that he had been selected to play for the Youth team on the Saturday. He continued to play for Blakes.
At 21 years of age, he went to sea for five years. On coming ashore, he took up football again, playing for his new employers, Albright & Wilson, in the First Division of the Liverpool Business House League, which later became the Liverpool County Combination. He represented the Business House League against a Birmingham side. The Albright & Wilson team regularly won the League and Cup.
Billy finished playing football at 36 years of age.
Billy (front row centre of photograph) is a grandson son of Bruce, son of Billy, who played in the FA Amateur Cup-Final in 1932 for Marine FC and brother of George, who appeared for Everton and Southport.
Billy played football for Crosby Boys as a youngster and was signed by Everton FC as a 15 year old. He played in the Colts and A and B teams, but was released after two years.
He continued to play in local leagues and when he was 19 years of age he was signed by Southport as an amateur. He played mainly on the wing for the A and B teams, but appeared for the Reserves on several occasions alongside his brother, George.
After a season or so, he returned to play in the local leagues, but a bad injury to his right knee meant that he could not kick a ball. He subsequently took up refereeing, became a Grade 2 referee and a member of the Liverpool Referees Association, refereeing games in the Bootle Junior and Bootle JOC Leagues.
He married Wyn Dewsbury in 1961 and they have two daughters. In 1971, the family emigrated to New Zealand where they still live.
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Bill (3rd from left on front row) is a great grandson of Bruce Rankin. His father is Billy Wallace and he is a half-brother to David and Jeffrey Wallace. Bill remembers as a youngster regularly going to watch his father play football.
Although Bill played football for his junior and secondary schools, it was not until he joined the RAF in 1977 that he took up the sport seriously. During his 15 months Trade Training at RAF Cosford, he played for the station team at centre-half. On his posting to RAF Finningley, near Doncaster, in April 79, he was selected for the station team, not as a centre-half but as centre forward. In his first season, he was the Lincolnshire Services League's leading goal scorer. During the following five years, he represented Lincolnshire Services against Lincoln City (the City team included Mick Harford and Tony Cunningham), Cambridge University, West Midlands Services and other county sides. He also played regularly in pre-season games against Doncaster Rovers, managed then by the former Leeds United and Scotland player, Billy Bremner. The Rovers team included a young Ian Snodin, who later played for Leeds United and Everton. On occasions, Bremner himself played in those pre-season games. During his final years in the RAF, he was stationed at RAF Sealand, near Chester, and represented the West Midlands Services and was also drafted into the national RAF squad.
Whilst at RAF Sealand, he signed for Connah's Quay, who play in the Welsh Premier League, during the 1988/89 season, becoming the team's joint top scorer in his first season. He remained at Connah's Quay until 1991, when he joined Shotton Westminster in the Welsh League for a season before returning to Connahs Quay.
Bill left the RAF in 1992 and went to work and live in Saudi Arabia as an Aerospace Avionics Engineer with British Aerospace. There, he played for BAe Khamis Mushayt against teams from across the kingdom, from Riyadh to Dhahran, and against other regional sides before returning to the UK in 1999. Playing in Saudi Arabia was a totally different experience - the playing surfaces were sandy; games were played at different altitudes, varying from sea level to 7000 feet above sea level; and the heat and, in some locations, the humidity was energy sapping. Whilst the Saudi players worked very hard and passed the ball a lot, they found it difficult to cope with the physical side of the game.
David is a great grandson of Bruce Rankin. As a youngster, he represented St Helens Town Schools and Merseyside Schools at football as a forward. He was signed by Huddersfield Town on a Youth Training Scheme and later loaned to Tranmere Rovers. Tranmere wanted to sign him on a permanent basis, but Huddersfield refused to let him go. He had to return to Huddersfield but was later released and gave up football altogether.
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Jeffrey is the younger brother of David. He played football for local schools in a number of positions and was signed by Wigan Athletic as a 13 year old. He was released by Wigan three years later and gave up football soon afterwards. However, he took it up again at 19 years of age and played outside-left for Ashton Town in the North-West Counties League as a semi-professional for two and a half years. His football career ended because of a back injury.
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Neil(on right of photograph) is a great grandson of Bruce Rankin and brother of Gavin Fraser. He was an excellent footballer and rugby player as a youngster but his main interest turned out to be golf. He is a member of Formby Golf Club, plays off a handicap of 2 and was captain of the Junior and Colts teams. Neil also represented the Southport District League at junior level, captaining them in the final of the Inter-Regional League competition when they beat Fylde at Royal Lytham and St Anne's.
As a youngster, when playing off a handicap of 3, he had a trial for Lancashire and was told that if he reduced his handicap by one stroke he would be included in the Lancashire Squad. The coach also told Neil's father that if Nick Faldo had had a swing like Neil's we would never have heard of David Leadbetter, Faldo's coach. However, Neil did not have the commitment to practice and reduce his handicap at that age.
Later, he was a regular member of the Formby Golf Club's Scratch team until he went to Manchester Metropolitan University in September 2002. That year, he was a member of the Formby team that won the Southport & District Scratch League, which was the Club's first major title. That same year, Neil and his foursomes partner won the Harold Swash Trophy, which was competed for by players from the various teams in the Southport & District Winter League.
For various reasons, Neil plays very little golf now.
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Charlotte (on left of photograph) and Hannah (3rd from left) are the great great granddaughters of Bruce Rankin.
Charlotte was Athlete of the Year at Greenbank High School for four years in succession and represented the school at seven different sports, including athletics, cricket, hockey, netball and badminton. She was Merseyside Under-15 champion at triple jump and represented Merseyside in the pentathlon event.
She now concentrates on playing badminton, has won a number of trophies and represents the Southport Badminton League and Lancashire.
Hannah, has represented Lancashire at badminton since she was 12 years of age. She too has won numerous badminton trophies and was also Merseyside Under-13 champion at shot putt.
Her senior school, Greenbank Girls' School in Southport, represented England Schools in the World Schools Badminton championships in Spain in 2008. Both she and Charlotte played in the school team against Belgium, China Taipae (Taiwan), Italy, Luxemburg, Spain and Turkey.
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