Jim Challinor :: 1952-1963
First game: 22/11/1952, Last game: 29/05/1963, Played: 282, Tries: 135, Goals: 2, Points: 409
Jim Challinor was signed as a 6ft 0ins, 13st 5lbs centre from the local Orford Tannery junior club in October 1952. His debut on 22 November 1952, on the right wing in place of the great Bev, was a tough baptism of fire against the season's form team, St.Helens, 'Wire' lost 8-19.
It was the following season that was however to be significant, as the club signed Stan McCormick from 'Saints'. Challinor, who had been on the left wing for twenty odd games, was moved inside by Coach Cec Mountford, it was a masterstroke. He went on to be Brian Bevan's top centre partner, establishing the positions on 181 occasions.
May 1954 climaxed with Warrington winning the championship against Halifax just 3 days after the never to be forgotten Odsal Challenge Cup replay, where Jim scored in the corner after only eight minutes, against the same opponents, in an 8-4 victory in front of an incredible crown of 102,569.
He was chosen for the 1958 Tour and made the first of his three Great Britain appearances in the famous second Test at Brisbane. After only four minutes he scored a try but injured his shoulder during the game. He, along with a number of players soldiered on heroically to record a 25-18 victory. At the end, the dressing room resembled more a scene out of 'Casualty!'
In the 1961 Championship final against Leeds, Challinor scored two tries, including an interception from half way, but this time Odsal did not provide good memories as Warrington lost 10-25.His last appearance was on 29 May 1963, at Wigan in a 22-13 victory before moving onto Barrow.
In 1972 he guided Great Britain to our last World Cup triumph, in France. He died tragically of cancer in December 1976 aged just forty two. Jim Challinor made 282 appearance for Warrington, scoring 135 tries, kicking 2 goals for 409 points.