Wee Willie was a 5’ 2" Welshman, small in size but big in stature as a marble player. The diminutive Welshman was renowned for his ‘secret weapon’ a hot water bottle sewn inside his coat, to keep his thumb warm and the circulation going. Wille was thought to be one of the best players ‘inside the ring’. As one of his team mates told me, ‘If Wille got inside the ring the game was ours’. He was Individuals champion five times, and finally lost his individual title in 1960 to Len Smith of the Telcon Terribles. Willie, who lived at Southwater nr Horsham, died in 1976 just weeks before his 71st birthday.