Parry Gordon :: 1949-1961
First game: 26/10/1963, Last game: 13/09/1981, Played: 528+15, Tries: 167, Goals: 1, Points: 503
Signed in the early hours of 17th February 1961 on his 16th birthday for £400 coach Cec Mountford’s last signing would prove great value for money. At 5ft 6in and 11st 8lbs Parry Gordon plied his trade in an era of many top scrum-halves. He made his first team debut, at home to Barrow, a 12-25 defeat in a Western Championship game, and always gave of his best, much to the pleasure of the Wilderspool faithful throughout the lean spell of the Sixties.
Things changed when Ossie Davies took over, and brought in coach Alex Murphy. Parry deservedly was to taste success as Warrington went on to win four trophies in the memorable 1973/74 season, the Captain Morgan, Players No6, Challenge Cup and Club Championship. In 1978 he led his team to a win over Widnes in the John Player’s Trophy final.
He however, never won a full international cap - not even five tries in a league match could sway the selectors! The nearest he got was coming on as a substitute in Papua New Guinea with the England World Cup squad in 1975. He played seven times for Lancashire, scoring one try, and once for the Great Britain under 24s.
His final game, helping out his club as usual, was a home win 14-7 against Castleford. Parry Gordon had given 20 years’ service to the club, his appearance total being second only to Brian Bevan, no wonder he was “Mr Loyalty”.