Bob Ryan :: 1945-1958
First game: 06/10/1945, Last game: 08/03/1958, Played: 372, Tries: 37, Points: 111
A Wiganer, he was signed from Ince Rovers in the first post-war season, and made his debut at Broughton Rangers in a 12-19 defeat. For the 5ft 9in, 13st 10lb second row however good times were on their way, as he became the cornerstone of the first Warrington Championship side in 1947/48.
Bob and team-mate Jim Featherstone were selected to Tour in 1950 and missed out on the Wembley triumph. Bob made his Great Britain Test debut on a quagmired Sydney Cricket Ground in a 6-4 victory. His qualities earned him five Great Britain caps, two for England and saw him selected to play for Lancashire on four occasions.
The 1953/54 campaign saw Ryan at loose forward as Warrington achieved the Challenge Cup and Championship double. He was also in the last Championship winning side, as Oldham were defeated 7-3 on a rainy day at Maine Road in 1955.
His final game was a Challenge Cup quarter final tie at Workington. The Cumbrians threw everything at the Wire including the weather, as the pack held till late on, only to lose 0-11.
Bob showed to everyone at the Odsal Reunion in 2004, the strength and determination that had characterised him during his career. Wigan’s loss was definitely Warrington’s gain!