Laurie Gilfedder :: 1951-1963
First game: 01/12/1951, Last game: 01/06/1963, Played: 283, Tries: 96, Goals: 426, Points: 1,140
When Laurie Gilfedder strode out onto the pitch to make his debut against Belle Vue Rangers (won 26-11), he entered the record books as the youngest ever player at Wilderspool, aged just 16 years and 199 days!
Standing 6ft tall and tipping the scales at 15st “Gilly” joined the Wire from Warrington R.U. He had the speed, strength and size to play either in the threequarters or as a back row forward.
After completing his national service he went on to become the club’s leading try scorer in 1956/57, with 22, the only season that it wasn’t Brian Bevan from 1947-61! His goalkicking prowess was noted, and he went on to become the eighth highest in the history of the club.
His talent didn’t go unnoticed and he made nine appearances for Lancashire and won five Great Britain caps, the highlight of his career undoubtedly being picked to Tour in 1962. He took his place at loose forward for the second Test at Lang Park, Brisbane, to help win the Ashes 17-10...being the last Warrington player to do so!
The following season was his last for the “Wire”, he kicked 5 goals on his final appearance, in a 13-15 defeat at Hull K.R.
Laurie wanted pastures new, and in August 1963 he moved to Wigan for a club record fee of £9,500, and later went to Leigh.