Harold Palin :: 1936-1951
First game: 22/02/1936, Last game: 23/04/1951, Played: 150, Tries: 32, Goals: 439, Points: 974
Harold "Moggy" Palin became one of the town's favourite sons after captaining the Warrington team that won the Championship for the first time at the end of an unforgettable 1947/48 season. He remains the only local lad to have led a Warrington team to victory in a major final.
Palin earned his nickname 'Moggy' as a teenager on the back streets of Warrington because of his cat-like agility. It was not a name that he cared for, but it stuck and was already with him when he made his Wire debut as a full-back in a tough Challenge Cup second-round tie at Halifax in February 1936. He played a couple more games, but was then dropped and, feeling rather disillusioned, left the club and joined Swinton. He served in the army during the war and filled out to a powerful 5ft 10in and 14st. On the resumption of fixtures, he soon began to hit the headlines as a back-row forward and played twice for Lancashire in the 1946/47 season.
Warrington realised their mistake in letting him go a decade earlier and re-signed him from Swinton in August 1947 and made him captain. Palin guided Warrington in the Championship final against Bradford Northern at Maine Road and, in front of 69,000 fans, the Wire lifted the trophy for the first time with a famous 15-5 victory. Palin played his part to the full with three goals. The following season, Palin was even more influential with a club record 146 goals and a club record 316 points as Warrington again reached a Championship final at Maine Road. This time, however, there was to be disappointment as the Wire lost 13-12 to Huddersfield in front of 75,000 supporters.
The Challenge Cup was won the following season with a 19-0 thrashing of Widnes at Wembley. Palin had a magnificent match, opening the scoring with a drop goal and giving the Chemics umpteen problems with his tactical kicking. He also kicked four goals to push Gerry Helme all the way in the voting for the Lance Todd Trophy.
While with Warrington, Palin won 2 Great Britain caps against New Zealand in 1947, 3 England caps and made 3 appearances for Lancashire Harold Palin made 150 appearances for Warrington scoring 32 tries and kicking 436 goals for a total of 974 points.
The 1950/51 season saw Palin add another club record to his collection when he kicked 14 goals against Liverpool Stanley in a Lancashire cup tie at Wilderspool in September. Time was starting to catch up with Palin, however, and at the end of the 1950/51 season was transferred to Halifax. Later, he played for Keighley but he was never forgotten at Wilderspool and when he died, aged seventy-four, in September 1990, there were even calls for the ground to be renamed in his honour.