Eric Fraser :: 1951-1964
First game: 27/10/1951, Last game: 28/11/1964, Played: 352, Tries: 50, Goals: 473, Points 1,096
Eric Fraser had trials for Manchester United before walking into Wilderspool and asking to play for the Wire! He scored two tries on his debut, on 17 October 1951, at Liverpool in a 29-5 victory and played a dozen games before being called up for National Service with the Navy.
For the next three seasons he flitted in and out of the team with the occasional game also on the wing, before establishing the fullback roll as his own in 1956-57.
He took over the goalkicking duties from Laurie Gilfedder in December 1957. His form was world class, so much so that he was selected on the 1958 Tour Down Under, and his attacking skills impressed so much that he forced his way onto the Great Britain team for all three Tests against Australia. The team came from 1-0 down to win the Ashes including the win in the infamous "Battle of Brisbane" game.
Back home, now as captain of the team, he lead his club to a Lancashire Cup glory in October 1959, when he kicked a touchline goal after a controversial Brian Bevan try, as St.Helens were beaten 5-4. His international career blossomed, playing in our last series home win over Australia in 1959, and World Cup winner the following year.
He was finally honoured with captaincy of Great Britain, in the deciding Test versus New Zealand in 1961 scoring a try in a 25-19 win. He made sixteen Great Britain appearances (53 goals and a try) and also played for his County on 11 occasions. He continued to be a regular full back choice, until his last game for the "primrose and blue" ironically again in Liverpool, on 28 November 1964.
Probably the greatest full back the club has ever known, Eric Fraser died aged 68, July 2000. Fraser played 253 times for Warrington, scoring 50 tries and kicking 473 goals for a total of 1,096 points.