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heritage Numbers 701 to 800 announced

18 April 2012

Warrington Wolves are proud to announce the eighth batch of one hundred players and their Heritage Numbers. 
 
The players have been placed in chronological order, starting with the 15 Wirepullers who took to the field against Hunslet for their first match under Northern Union rules, in September 1895.  

This batch of one hundred players is made up of players who made their debuts between August 1970 and March 1979.  This was the era that Wilderspool Stadium was developed by Chairman Ossie Davies with the building of the Wilderspool Centre.  Mr Davies also brought in Alex Murphy as coach to revitalise Warrington’s fortunes.  It includes six members of the Warrington Hall of Fame, Alex Murphy OBE (713), David Chisnall (716), Kevin Ashcroft (728), John Bevan (745), Tommy Martyn (761) and Ken Kelly (787). 

Rugby League Hall of Famer Alex Murphy joined Warrington as player coach in 1971.  He led Warrington to numerous successes, including a Challenge Cup win in 1974 during his seven year stay at Wilderspool.
David Chisnall followed Murphy from Leigh and was soon a crowd favourite.  He was a great entertainer, being a prop-forward with a sense of humour and a flair for the dramatic.  Chissie had a great rapport with the fans in his two spells at Wilderspool.

Kevin Ashcroft, was one of the best hookers in the game and had three very successful seasons as a player with Warrington.  He scored the first try in the 1974 Cup victory at Wembley.  He later returned a coach.

Welshman John Bevan was the swashbuckling hero to a generation of Wire fans in the 1970’s.  His trademark was a clenched-fist salute with which he celebrated his tries, he scored 201 for Warrington.  He won four winner’ medals and was selected for the 1974 Great Britain tour of Australia in his first season.

Tommy Martyn was another signing from Leigh, who had seven wonderful seasons at Warrington.  He was a clever ball playing forward who not only created many a try for his team mates, but scored 51 tries himself.  He went on the 1979 Great Britain tour of Australia.

1981 Man of Steel Ken Kelly signed for Warrington in 1977.  He was a quick, clever and brave half-back.  Despite a catalogue of serious injuries he made over 300 appearances for Warrington and scored 73 tries.  Injuries restricted his international appearances and he was forced to withdraw from the 1979 Great Britain tour of Australia.

This list also includes Great Britain international Bob Eccles (791), Derek Noonan (722), Barry Philbin (750), Brian Case (775) and Ian Potter (771) all played for England, whilst Bobby Wanbon (722), Dennis Curling (729), Mike Nicholas (733) and Tommy Cunningham (796) all played for Wales.  Prolific goal scorer Steve Hesford has Number 768 and John Grant Chairman of the NRL Commission is 738. 

This group has fourteen players who only played once for Warrington, including seven un-named trialists, who all played as A.N.Other, but are still allocated a number.

Click link below to view full details of players 701 to 800
http://www.warringtonwolves.org/wolves-heritage-701-to-800-5236



Heritage Numbers 601 to 700 announced

11 April 2012

Warrington Wolves are proud to announce the seventh batch of one hundred players and their Heritage Numbers. 
 
The players have been placed in chronological order, starting with the 15 Wirepullers who took to the field against Hunslet for their first match under Northern Union rules, in September 1895.  

This batch of one hundred players is made up of players who made their debuts between August 1959 and August 1970.  This was a tough era in Warrington’s history with the team of the 1950’s breaking up and the game changing with the introduction of the Four Tackle rule.  It includes three members of the Warrington Hall of Fame, Willie Aspinall (631), Parry Gordon (642) and Derek Whitehead (694). 

Willie Aspinall was a talented stand-off and a drop goal specialist who went on the 1966 Great Britain tour of Australia.  When an injury at Leeds in 1964 forced him off the field he became the first Warrington player to be replaced by a substitute.

“Mr Loyalty” Parry Gordon spent 20 years at Wilderspool and only Brian Bevan played more matches for Warrington.  His wholehearted play and bravery made him a crowd favourite.  His rewards came in the 1970’s when Warrington’s fortunes changed and trophies found their way to Wilderspool.  He was a member of England’s 1975 World Cup Squad in Australia.

Derek Whitehead won the Lance Todd Trophy in the 1974 Challenge Cup Final.  Derek was an international full-back who kicked over 700 goals for Warrington and scored 1,516 points.  In Warrington’s successful 1973/4 season he played in 46 of Warrington’s 51 games, more than any other player. 

This list also includes Great Britain internationals Keith Holden (636) and Ken Parr (668) together with long serving players Tommy Conroy (622), and Brian Brady (653).  Stockton Heath born Bobby Fulton (695) went on to become an Aussie legend.

Click link below to view full details of players 601 to 700
http://www.warringtonwolves.org/wolves-heritage-601-to-700-5210



Heritage Numbers 501 to 600 announced

04 April 2012

Warrington Wolves are proud to announce the sixth batch of one hundred players and their Heritage Numbers.  

The players have been placed in chronological order, starting with the 15 Wirepullers who took to the field against Hunslet for their first match under Northern Union rules, in September 1895.  

This batch of one hundred players is made up of players who made their debuts between December 1948 and August 1959.  This was Golden Era in Warrington’s history with the side winning three Championships and two Challenge Cups.  It includes six members of the Warrington Hall of Fame, Albert Naughton (511), Eric Fraser (532), Laurie Gilfedder (533), Jim Challinor (542), Ray Price (548) and Bobby Greenough (587). 

Ally Naughton was a world-class centre who was the last Warrington captain to lift the Championship trophy.  He was in the Great Britain team that won the inaugural World Cup in 1954.

Eric Fraser’s greatest successes were at international level where he was the first Warrington player to captain Great Britain.  He played a leading role in one of the most famous matches in the sports history, when Great Britain’s injury hit team beat Australia 25-18 in the second test on the 1958 Tour.  He was also toured again in 1962.

Laurie Gilfedder is the youngest player to score a try for Warrington, he was just 16 years and 10 months when he crossed for a try at Halifax in March 1952.  He scored 1,140 points for the club and went on the 1962 Great Britain tour of Australia.

Jim Challinor was another tourist who went on the 1958 Great Britain tour of Australia.  He was still a teenager when he was a key member of the Warrington double winning side of 1954.  He played centre to Bevan on almost 100 occasions more than anyone else.
Welshman Ray Price had a highly successful four years at Wilderspool forming a great half-back partnership with Gerry Helme for Warrington and Great Britain.  He was a member of the 1954 Great Britain tour of Australia and Warrington’s double winning team.

Bobby Greenough was a speedy stand-off who formed an exciting half-back partnership with Jackie Edwards for most of his nine season’s at Wilderspool. 

Fraser, Challinor and Greenough all played for Great Britain in their country’s successful 1960 World Cup campaign.

This list also includes Great Britain internationals Ron Ryder (506), Tom McKinney (560) and Terry O’Grady (594).  Together with long serving players Jackie Edwards (566), Brian Glover (584) and Alastair Brindle (586).

Click link below to view full details of players 501 to 600
http://www.warringtonwolves.org/wolves-heritage-501-to-600-5188



Heritage Numbers 401 to 500 announced

28 March 2012

Warrington Wolves are proud to announce the fifth batch of one hundred players and their Heritage Numbers.  
The players have been placed in chronological order, starting with the 15 Wirepullers who took to the field against Hunslet for their first match under Northern Union rules, in September 1895. 

This batch of one hundred players is made up of players who made their debuts between February 1935 and November 1948.  It includes many players whose careers were shortened because of the Second World War.

There are many players who were part of some of Warrington’s greatest triumphs including seven members of the Warrington Hall of Fame, Harold Palin (414), Albert Johnson (434), Gerry Helme (457), Bob Ryan (467), Brian Bevan (470), Jim Featherstone (473) and Harry Bath (493).  

The return of Harold Palin to Warrington in 1947 as captain saw a remarkable turnaround in the Club’s fortunes.  He led the team to their first Championship in 1948.

Albert Johnson possessed the finest sidestep of any Warrington winger.  He was the Club’s only selection for the 1946 Great Britain tour of Australia.

Double Lance Todd Trophy winner Gerry Helme was Warrington greatest ever scrum half and he won it all including World Cup, Championship and Challenge Cup winners medals.  He won 12 Great Britain Caps and toured Australia.
 
Bob Ryan and Jim Featherstone were two second row forward whose selection for the 1950 Tour of Australia cause them to miss Warrington’s Wembley triumph over Widnes.  Both did win numerous international caps and medals in their illustrious careers.

There is nothing more to say about Brian Bevan (470), he simply was the greatest try scorer in rugby league history, 740 tries for Warrington in 620 appearances.

Harry Bath was a legend in both England and Australia.  He won every honour in a ten year career at Wilderspool.  Whilst back in Australia he was a fearsome forward who became a great coach.

This list also includes Great Britain internationals Billy Belshaw (426) and Albert Pimblett (490).

Frank Cueto (418) died during the Second World War when his fighter plane went down in the English Channel. 

Click link below to view full details of players 401 to 500
http://www.warringtonwolves.org/wolves-heritage-401-to-500-5162



Heritage Numbers 301 to 400 announced

21 March 2012

Warrington Wolves are proud to announce the fourth batch of one hundred players and their Heritage Numbers.
  
The players have been placed in chronological order, starting with the 15 Wirepullers who took to the field against Hunslet for their first match under Northern Union rules, in September 1895. 
 
This batch of one hundred players is made up of players who made their debuts between September 1924 and January 1935 and includes six members of the Warrington Hall of Fame, Jack “Cod” Miller (328), Tommy Thompson (336), Billy Holding (344), Billy Dingsdale (351), Bill Shankland (369) and Jack Arkwright (394).  
Jack Miller nicknamed “Cod” because he was a door-to-door fresh fish salesman, he went on to be the longest serving forward at the club, with over 500 appearances.  He played in six Tests for Great Britain, and was selected to Tour in 1936.

The 21st December 1929 was a red letter day for Tommy Thompson as he almost single handedly beat the touring Australians, scoring ALL 17 points with three tries and four goals, in a 17-8 victory,  He also set a new Warrington record with SIX tries on the wing in a match against Bradford Northern, despite being carried off hurt.

Billy Holding was the first Warrington player to kick 100 goals in a season.  He remains the third highest goal kicker in Warrington’s history with 834 goals.

Billy Dingsdale went on to form a deadly centre partnership with Australian, Bill Shankland, and had the honour of scoring Warrington’s first ever points at Wembley, with a try in 1933.  Dingsdale’s displays earned him three Tests for Great Britain against Australia, and selection for the 1932 Tour.

Probably the greatest sportsman who ever played for the club, Shankland was born in Sydney.  He boxed and swam for Australia, was good on the track, a fine cricketer and rugby union fly half!  He toured with the 1929 Kangaroos.  After he retired from Warrington he became a golfer who finished in the top three at the British Open three times.  

At 6ft 3 in and 16 stone Jack Arkwright would not take a backward step, and had the dubious honour of being sent off twice in the same game, playing for Great Britain on Tour in 1936...when the going gets tough...the tough get going!.

This list also includes Great Britain internationals Tommy Blinkhorn (354) and Nat Bentham (360).

Rex King (392) led the New Zealand tourists to England in 1939 when War broke out and the tour was cancelled.  He stayed in Europe fighting for the Allies and in 1941 he was awarded the Military Cross for bravery. 

Click link below to view full details of players 301 to 400
http://www.warringtonwolves.org/wolves-heritage-301-to-400-5129