Willie Aspinall :: 1962-1971
First game: 20/04/1962, Last game: 18/04/1971, Played: 263+5, Tries: 55, Goals: 70, Points: 305
Signed from St. Helens junior club, UGB, Willie made his Good Friday debut at Widnes in an 8-11 defeat, where Vince Karalius knocked him on his backside, and bust his nose! Undeterred however, Aspinall was to become the number one stand-off for the club through the Sixties.
A piece of history occurred when he became the first Warrington player to be substituted, in August 1964, being carried off at Leeds, and being replaced by Joe Pickavance.
At 5ft 9in and weighing in at 11st 7lb his agility and ability were rewarded with a Tour place in 1966, where he collected his only International cap with a try scoring display in Auckland as Great Britain wrapped up the series 2-0 with a 22-14 victory.
A drop goal expert with 30 to his name, that put him fourth in Warrington’s history. Despite his length of service he only collected two winners’ medals, in 1965, a Lancashire Cup final victory over Rochdale Hornets, and a Lancashire League title success in 1968.
He played his last game at Huyton which was won 16-9, before being transfer listed on the arrival of Alex Murphy, at £2,500. He moved on to Rochdale Hornets, and played against Warrington in the 1974 Player’s No6 Trophy final.