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One appearance only

By Neil Dowson

A total of 141 players have made just one appearance for Warrington since the formation of the Northern Union in 1895.  There have been 116 players have made just one full appearance and a further 25 who made their one appearance from the substitutes bench.

Maori Riki (Dick) Papakura played centre in October 1911 in a 13-8 win over Broughton Rangers at Wilderspool.  The year before he had played full-back for Australasia in both internationals against the first Northern Union tourists.  It is rumoured that he preferred to play in his bare feet.

It was common during the Depression of the 1920’s for Welshmen to come north to have a trial for a rugby league club.  They were desperate to work and provide for their families.  Some players “made it” and had successful careers in rugby league, others just played the once and returned back to Wales.  Some actually played under pseudonyms to prevent the Welsh Rugby Union finding out that they had played rugby league.

Kiwi full-back Freddie French played centre for Warrington in a 30-9 victory over Leigh in November 1935.  Warrington already had international full-back in Billy Holding and so French moved to Barrow, where he had great success.  He kicked two goals for Barrow in the 1938 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley, when his side lost 7-4 to Salford, who scored the winning try in the last minute. 

Great Britain and Widnes half-back Tommy McCue guested for Warrington during the Second World War.  He scored two tries in a 40-0 win over Leigh in 1940. 

Warrington signed Welsh rugby union hooker Bill Gore at the start of the 1947/8 season as a replacement for the 36 year old Dave Cotton.  Cotton however decided to play on and Gore played just once.  Warrington finished the season as Champions.

Bobby Edwards made his one appearance as scrum half against the 1961 touring Kiwis.  He partnered his brother Jackie at half-back in a 21-9 defeat.

In the late 1960’s and early 1970’s a number of Aussies and Kiwis guested for Warrington.  Ray Corkery played at hooker in a 16-3 win at Doncaster over Christmas 1967, it was the first time that he had ever seen snow.

Seven players have played as AN Other.  The best known being Welshman Glyn Shaw who played second row against St Helens on 23 August 1974.  Three years later he turned professional with Widnes and became a dual code international player, with 12 Welsh RU Caps and one Great Britain Cap.

On 26 October 2003 ten players played their one and only match for Warrington in the “final official match” at Wilderspool against the Kiwi “A” touring side. 

Adam Neal of the current first team squad is the only player who has so far made just a solitary appearance.  He made his debut as a substitute in the Challenge Cup win at Leigh in April this year.

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