Ernie Brookes :: 1902-1920
First game: 22/11/1902, Last game: 20/03/1920, Played: 297, Tries: 81, Goals: 25, Points: 293
A local lad Brookes was part of a famous Warrington backline in the early part of the last century. His signing-on fee from Bewsey was a small lemonade, a cigar and a pat on the back! He made his debut at Hull Kingston Rovers in a 2-8 defeat. Three years later Hull Kingston Rovers were defeated 6-0 as Ernie gained his first winners’ medal in the Challenge Cup.
He was 5ft 8ins and 11st 8lbs of elusiveness. Warrington usually played him on the wing with his pace, and then at half time move him to stand-off, a tactic that proved very successful in winning the Challenge Cup in 1907, in a 17–3 victory over Oldham. He was also the club’s top try scorer that season with 26.
So good was his form in 1908 that he was selected to play in the first ever Australian Test series. In the first Test match at Park Royal, London, he scored a try, and although not a recognised goal kicker he stepped up in the last minute to kick a controversial penalty for obstruction to level the game 22-22. In all he won three Great Britain caps, as well as one for England and made seven appearances for Lancashire.
He played in his third Challenge Cup final a 5-9 loss to Huddersfield in 1913. He was a great servant to the club, being captain for the 1914-15 season and he played his last game at Salford as an emergency scrum-half in a 12-14 defeat in 1920.