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Wire2Wolves.com is the official heritage website set up by The Foundation. Warrington Rugby League Football club was founded back in 1879 and has become part of life and the memories of the people of Warrington.

This site has been set up to celebrate and remember our communities memories young and old which will be archived for future generations.

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Dave Parr

07 November 2012

Warrington Wolves are saddened to announce the passing of Dave Parr.  Dave worked for Warrington for four seasons on video analysis work for Darryl Van de Velde.  Dave introduced Warrington Wolves to the world of computerised player statistics and video analysis.  He was a pioneer in the technological world as far as rugby league is concerned.

Dave had been ill for some years suffering from complications as a result of his Diabetes.  



Keith Ashcroft

07 November 2012

It is with sadness that Warrington Wolves have learned of the death of former player Keith Ashcroft.

Keith, who’s Heritage Number is 655, was signed by Warrington in the summer of 1965 from Bradford Northern.  He made his debut on 28 August 1965 as a second row forward in a 13-9 victory over Salford at Wilderspool.  He played for two seasons as a second row forward before successfully switching to prop forward for the 1967/68 season.

The 1967/68 season saw Keith miss only two of Warrington’s 46 matches.  He played at open side prop against St Helens in the drawn Lancashire Cup Final at Central Park, Wigan.  Eight weeks later he propped in the replay which Warrington narrowly lost 10-13 at Station Road, Swinton.  Keith did earn a winners medal that season as Warrington topped the Lancashire League.  This was the eighth and final time Warrington won the competition as the County Leagues were wound up two seasons later.

The 1968/69 season would prove to be Ashcroft’s final one at Wilderspool.  Keith reverted back to second row for his final match for Warrington on 17 January 1969 in a 5-18 loss at Swinton.  He was then transferred to his home town club Wigan.
He made 109 appearances plus 4 as substitute during his three and a half years at Warrington, scoring 5 tries.
 
Keith Ashcroft was born on 1st May 1942, and originally signed for Wigan, but did not make his first team debut until he moved to St Helens.  At Saints he made his debut against Barrow on 23 September 1961.  He went on to play 25 matches for St Helens before joining the re-formed Bradford Northern club in 1964.
Twelve months later Ashcroft was transferred to Warrington and spent three and a half enjoyable years at Wilderspool.
 
Whilst at Wigan Keith played at open side prop in the 1970 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.  Wigan lost that day 7-2 to Castleford.  Ashcroft made 59 appearances for Wigan in his time at Central Park. 

In 1970/71 Keith moved to Oldham, where he made 121 appearances before his career began to wind down.

In 1977/78 Terry Gorman took Keith to Swinton to be his assistant coach and senior player.  Keith retired from playing at the age of 36, but stayed involved in the game.  He coached in the amateur game for some time.

In later life Keith took up the mantle of compere at many a sporting function.



Joe Egan

13 November 2012

Warrington Wolves are saddened to learn of the death of Joe Egan at the age of 93. Joe had been the last survivor of the "Indomitables" Tour of Australia in 1946.

After a long and successful playing career at Wigan, Joe coached at Leigh, Wigan and Widnes before arriving at Wilderspool in 1968. His Warrington coaching career got off to a great start with a 23-12 win at Central Park on New Year's Day 1969. Wigan had been unbeaten in their last 14 matches, Warrington, however, were starting to suffer from financial problems. A few weeks later the club were forced to sell Keith Ashcroft to Wigan for £3,000. Ashcroft sadly passed away the week before Egan.

As results started to suffer, Egan resigned as coach in October 1970. Warrington won 32 and drew 4 of the 73 games that they played under his tutelage.

Joe Egan visited The Halliwell Jones Stadium in August 2009 as part of the RFL's pre-match build up to the Challenge Cup Final with Huddersfield Giants.



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