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George Thomas :: 1903-1914

First game: 05/09/1903, Last game: 12/09/1914, Played: 385, Tries: 47, Goals: 199, Points: 539

George learned his rugby in Pontnewydd, in South Wales. He was signed in August 1903 and made his debut in a home victory against Leigh 8-3. Not a big man, being only 5ft 8in and weighing 12st 11lbs, he was never afraid to speak his mind. His reply to committee men questioning his stature was “Good stuff lies in little rooms”. He went on to give 12 seasons of yeoman-like service as a forward, playing in four Challenge Cup finals, and collecting winners’ medals in 1905 and 1907.

Thomas became Warrington’s first Great Britain international when selected for the then “Northern Union” against the first touring New Zealand “All Golds” at Chelsea in 1908, his only appearance. He played twice for Wales and Other Nationalities, and even made an appearance for Lancashire!

In April 1909, against St. Helens at Wilderspool, he scored a then club record 33 points with five tries and nine goals. The record is even more remarkable as no forward in the history of the game has ever scored as many points in a League match. His final game was at the outbreak of the First World War in a 5-8 defeat at home to Broughton Rangers. He immediately volunteered for service, and joined the South Lancashire Regiment. He died “fighting like a hero should do for his King and country” when he was blown to pieces by a German shell in July 1916, on the battlefields of the Somme, aged just 35.