Billy Colfer, who now resides at Slade near Hook Head, was a muchtravelled footballer in his career. With his great energy, courage, skill and astute vision he was top at his game. He was a player who held his own in most games he participated in.
He could play in any sector of the field but the half-back line and half-forward line were the two positions he generally occupied. When playing in the back line he covered his area admirably and, although he liked to attack from his patch, he never left any loopholes in his defensive duties. When in the forwards he moved quickly, was clever and elusive and secured some telling scores for the teams he played for.
Billy had the speed, the ability and confidence to adapt to any type of opponent that he encountered in his 13 years playing Junior football. His finest hour playing the game was with the Dan O'connell's in the Wexford District championship. Playing at No. 10 against St. Martin's in the Wexford District semi-final, he was the master of his area and his every movement was class. He was faultless, fearless and forceful right through the game. His overall performance was out of the top drawer on that occasion.
Billy's career started by playing Minor football with St. Mogue's in 1956 and 1957. He played with St. Peter's too before he came back to play with the Dan O'connell's from 1961 to 1966 and finished his career in 1968 with St. Joseph's.
The best dual players he has seen in Wexford were Phil Wilson and Paddy Kehoe. He first played at Junior level for Fethard in 1955. He was born in 1939 and was educated in St. Peter's College (Wexford) and Erin's Hope Training College.
The five players he selects as the best he has seen playing with the clubs he represented were Tom Neville, Larry Bird, Dick Mccabe, Bernard Mcguinness R.I.P. and Pascal Whitmore with Dan O'connell's. The four players he selects as the most difficult he played on in his career were Billy Devereux (Our Lady's Island), Rich Howlin (Ballymitty), Liam Butler (St. Martin's) and Fr. Tom Eustace (Clongeen).
The two players he selects as the best he has seen in Ireland were Mick O'connell and Seán Purcell R.I.P. The two players he selects as the best he has seen in Wexford were Paddy Kehoe and Matty Forde.
Unfortunately, he never won any medals, but the enjoyment and the friends he made compensated for that. His boyhood hero was Nickey Rackard R.I.P.
The most exciting game that he ever played in was the 1963 District Junior football semi-final versus St. Martin's, with Dan O'connell's winning by 2-7 to 2-2.