Jim Tranter :: 1911-1928
First game: 16/11/1911, Last game: 26/12/1928, Played: 439, Tries: 120, Drop Goals: 6, Points: 372
Jim Tranter who hailed from Longford, signed for Warrington as an eighteen year old in 1911, receiving £ 5 as did his amateur club Newton. He made his debut in the second row in an 8 all draw at Ebbw Vale. The following season he played centre in the Challenge Cup Final opposite Harold Wagstaffe, in a 5-9 defeat to Huddersfield’s “Team of All Talents”.
Jim, a big man at 6ft 1in and weighting 14st 7lbs who was a deadly tackler famed for his “Tranters Hook” tackle, which was reserved for opponents who had been dishing it out! In the modern game this would be classed as a high tackle.
Tranter was in Warrington’s first Lancashire Cup winning side of 1921, when Oldham were defeated 7-5. He captained the 1926 side that lost in the Championship final to Wigan and received a second Challenge Cup runners-up medal in 1928.
Jim made his 439th and final appearance in a 12-7 victory at Rochdale Hornets on Boxing Day 1928. A strict teetotaller and a model professional he was six times Warrington’s leading try scorer. In 1924/25 his loyalty was rewarded with a shared testimonial with Arthur Skelhorne.
Tranter played twice for England and made 8 appearances for Lancashire, scoring three tries. When the club suspended operations during the First World War he guested for Runcorn.