List of Wigan Warriors players

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Wigan Warriors is an English professional rugby league club based in Wigan, Greater Manchester. Formed in 1872, the club was a founding member of the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895, and competed in the inaugural season of the Northern Union's league championship. Since then, more than 1,100 players have appeared for the club's first team. Jim Sullivan has made the most career appearances for Wigan, having played 774 games between 1921 and 1946. Sullivan is also the club's all-time top goal scorer (2,317) and point scorer (4,883), and holds the club record for most points scored in a single match, with 44 against Flimby & Fothergill in 1925.

The try scoring record is held by Billy Boston, who touched down 478 times for the club. Martin Offiah and Shaun Edwards share the record for most tries scored in one game, with Offiah scoring ten tries against Leeds in 1992 before Edwards repeated the feat against Swinton later that year.

List of players[edit]

The following is a list of rugby league players who have made 100 or more appearances for Wigan since the formation of the Northern Union in 1895. Appearances include all official league and cup games, but exclude friendlies. The list is ordered by date of debut, then by surname and first name.

Key
Symbol Meaning
Inducted into the Wigan Warriors Hall of Fame
Club record holder
Played for Wigan prior to 1895
Name Position Club career Appearances Tries Goals DGs Points Representative Refs
Blackburn, JackJack Blackburn FW 1895–1900 129 8 0 &
24
Brown, JackJack Brown FW 1895–1903 258 2 2 &
10 Lancashire Lancashire
Rigby, GeorgeGeorge Rigby FW 1895–1902 188 15 2 &
49
Yates, BillBill Yates FW 1895–1902 162 5 0 &
15 Lancashire Lancashire
Collier, ReubenReuben Collier FW 1896–1908 227 3 0 &
9
Ball, HarryHarry Ball FW 1898–1903 138 7 0 &
21
Hilton, JackJack Hilton FW 1898–1906 197 8 1 &
26
Topping, JosephJoseph Topping FW 1900–10 105 4 0 &
12
Halliwell, TomTom Halliwell FW 1900–04 116 3 0 &
9
Blears, JimmyJimmy Blears FW 1901–09 127 7 1 &
23 Lancashire Lancashire
Barton, JackJack Barton FW 1901–09 213 15 1 &
47
Mason, JackJack Mason FB 1902–06 153 2 118 &
242
Anderson, BillyBilly Anderson SO 1902–06 149 14 18 &
78 Lancashire Lancashire
Gleave, FredFred Gleave SO 1903–14 193 20 1 &
62  England
Sharrock, JimJim Sharrock FB 1903–12 278 7 135 &
291  England /  Great Britain
Whittaker, TomTom Whittaker FW 1903–14 297 22 0 &
66
Leytham, JimmyJimmy Leytham WG 1903–11 280 258 267 &
1308  England /  Great Britain
Jenkins, BertBert Jenkins CN 1904–20 389 182 0 &
546  Wales /  Great Britain
Thomas, JohnnyJohnny Thomas SH 1904–19 388 108 439 &
1202  Wales /  Great Britain
Ramsdale, DickDick Ramsdale FW 1905–20 313 35 0 &
105  England /  Great Britain
Cheetham, WalterWalter Cheetham FW 1906–10 135 16 0 &
48
Silcock, DickDick Silcock FW 1907–18 243 16 0 &
48  Great Britain
Miller, JoeJoe Miller WG 1907–19 206 151 2 &
457  England /  Great Britain
Todd, LanceLance Todd CN/WG 1908–13 185 126 7 &
392 Lancashire Lancashire
Seeling, CharlieCharlie Seeling LF 1910–20 226 76 0 &
228 Lancashire Lancashire
Williams, PercyPercy Williams FW 1910–12 111 17 0 &
51
Walford, FrankFrank Walford WG 1911–24 129 48 8 &
160
Bradley, LewLew Bradley WG 1911–14 106 117 0 &
351
Coldrick, PercyPercy Coldrick FW 1912–24 280 79 0 &
237  Wales /  Great Britain
Francis, ArthurArthur Francis FW 1912–19 130 41 44 &
211
Banks, HarryHarry Banks FW 1913–26 142 5 0 &
15
Owens, GeorgeGeorge Owens SO 1913–27 218 54 8 &
178  Wales
Jerram, SydSyd Jerram SH 1914–27 245 54 23 &
208  Wales
Hesketh, GeorgeGeorge Hesketh SO 1914–22 114 22 19 &
104 Lancashire Lancashire
Webster, BertBert Webster FW 1918–24 128 25 0 &
75
Shaw, ErnieErnie Shaw FW 1919–22 106 33 1 &
101  England
Hurcombe, DannyDanny Hurcombe CN/SH 1919–25 199 72 3 &
222  Wales /  Great Britain
Howley, TommyTommy Howley CN 1920–26 219 101 28 &
359  Wales /  Great Britain
Roffey, FredFred Roffey FW 1920–24 159 20 1 &
62  Wales
Hodder, WilfWilf Hodder PR 1921–30 277 35 0 &
105  Wales
Sullivan, JimJim Sullivan FB 1921–45 774 83 2317 &
4883  England /  Wales /  Great Britain
Ring, JohnnyJohnny Ring WG 1922–31 331 368 4 &
1112  Wales /  Great Britain
Price, JackJack Price LF 1922–27 177 71 0 &
213  England /  Great Britain
Parker, TommyTommy Parker CN 1923–30 240 113 0 &
339  Wales
Van Heerden, AttieAttie Van Heerden WG 1923–26 127 107 0 &
321 Other Nationalities
Van Rooyen, GeorgeGeorge Van Rooyen SR 1923–28 178 26 0 &
78 Other Nationalities
Sherrington, JohnJohn Sherrington LF 1924–32 198 37 0 &
111 Lancashire Lancashire
Beetham, TommyTommy Beetham PR 1924–30 262 10 0 &
30 Cumberland Cumberland
Booysen, DavidDavid Booysen CN/SH 1924–28 158 52 2 &
160 Other Nationalities
Bennett, JackJack Bennett HK 1925–30 210 5 0 &
15  England /  Great Britain
Stephens, FrankFrank Stephens SR 1925–30 207 7 0 &
21  Wales
Abram, SydSyd Abram SH 1926–32 171 49 1 &
149
Kinnear, RoyRoy Kinnear CN 1927–33 184 81 0 &
243  Great Britain
Brown, LouLou Brown WG 1927–30 130 106 0 &
318 Other Nationalities
Mason, LenLen Mason SR 1927–35 365 50 5 &
160 Other Nationalities
Binks, ArthurArthur Binks SO 1927–30 121 15 0 &
45  England
Jones, HalHal Jones SR 1929–33 111 23 0 &
69 Glamorgan Monmouthshire (historic) Glamorgan & Monmouthshire
Dixon, GeorgeGeorge Dixon SR 1929–33 128 7 0 &
21
Davies, GwynneGwynne Davies CN 1930–39 300 127 0 &
381  Wales
Bennett, GeorgeGeorge Bennett SO 1930–37 232 101 5 &
313  Wales
Morley, JackJack Morley WG 1932–39 292 223 4 &
677  England /  Wales /  Great Britain
Gee, HectorHector Gee SH 1932–44 353 73 3 &
225
Davis, AlbertAlbert Davis SR 1933–40 181 6 0 &
18
Innes, GordonGordon Innes CN 1933–37 155 60 4 &
188
Edwards, HaroldHarold Edwards PR 1933–37 146 8 0 &
24  Wales
Golby, JoeJoe Golby HK 1934–38 182 10 0 &
30
Ellaby, AlfAlf Ellaby WG 1934–36 103 90 0 &
270 Lancashire Lancashire
Gee, KenKen Gee PR 1935–54 559 54 508 &
1178  England /  Great Britain
Thomas, TrevorTrevor Thomas SR 1936–39 112 9 0 &
27
Jones, JoeJoe Jones FB 1936–43 113 7 41 &
103  Wales
Banks, GeorgeGeorge Banks PR 1936–48 246 14 0 &
42
Jones, IvorIvor Jones SR 1936–45 106 34 3 &
108
Ward, TedTed Ward CN 1938–50, 1953 213 57 480 &
1131  Wales /  Great Britain
Egan, JoeJoe Egan HK 1938–49 362 28 12 &
108  England /  Great Britain
Lawrenson, JohnJohn Lawrenson CN 1938–48 219 187 128 &
817  England /  Great Britain
Bowen, JackieJackie Bowen LF 1939–47 149 32 8 &
112  Wales
Bradshaw, TommyTommy Bradshaw SH 1939–51 302 35 0 &
105  England /  Great Britain
Simpson, JackJack Simpson LF 1939–45 113 21 0 &
63
Cunliffe, JackJack Cunliffe UB 1939–59 447 85 371 &
997  England /  Great Britain
Cayzer, JackJack Cayzer SR 1940–44 110 27 0 &
81
Maloney, JackJack Maloney FB/CN 1940–44 106 20 0 &
60
Ryan, MartinMartin Ryan FB 1940–52 300 67 63 &
327  England /  Great Britain
Blan, JackJack Blan FW 1940–47 184 40 1 &
122 Lancashire Lancashire
Fleming, JackJack Fleming SO 1941–54 131 41 0 &
123
Barton, FrankFrank Barton PR 1941–52 279 35 0 &
105  England /  Great Britain
Hilton, JackJack Hilton FW 1942–53 137 122 0 &
366  England /  Great Britain
Ashcroft, ErnieErnie Ashcroft CN 1942–58 530 241 0 &
723  England /  Great Britain
Atkinson, HarryHarry Atkinson SR 1943–48 116 16 0 &
48
Ratcliffe, GordonGordon Ratcliffe WG 1945–53 212 185 0 &
555  England /  Great Britain
Blan, BillyBilly Blan SR/LF 1945–52 255 77 4 &
239  England /  Great Britain
Nordgren, BrianBrian Nordgren WG 1946–54 294 312 109 &
1154 Other Nationalities
Mountford, CecCec Mountford SO 1946–50 210 70 55 &
320 Other Nationalities
Roughley, GeorgeGeorge Roughley CN 1947–53 123 40 0 &
120
Silcock, Jr., NatNat Silcock, Jr. SR 1947–54 195 64 0 &
192  England /  Great Britain
Alty, JohnJohn Alty SH 1948–53 155 31 0 &
93 Lancashire Lancashire
Slevin, TedTed Slevin PR/SR 1949–51 113 16 0 &
48  England
Broome, JackJack Broome CN 1949–56 215 59 0 &
177  England
Mather, RonnieRonnie Mather HK 1950–57 211 11 0 &
33 Lancashire Lancashire
McTigue, BrianBrian McTigue SR/PR 1951–66 422 44 3 &
138  Great Britain
Street, HarryHarry Street LF 1951–55 163 32 0 &
96  England
Collier, FrankFrank Collier PR/SR 1951–63 323 26 27 &
132  Great Britain
Platt, DonDon Platt FB 1953–58 108 22 47 &
160
Cherrington, NormanNorman Cherrington SR 1953–62 257 80 0 &
240  England /  Great Britain
Boston, BillyBilly Boston WG 1953–67 487 478 7 &
1448  Great Britain
Bolton, DaveDave Bolton SO 1954–63 300 127 4 &
389  Great Britain
Sayer, BillBill Sayer HK 1954–65 295 16 0 &
48  Great Britain
Ashton, EricEric Ashton CN 1955–68 497 231 448 &
1589  England /  Great Britain
Bretherton, BillBill Bretherton PR 1956–59 119 13 0 &
39
Barton, JohnJohn Barton PR 1956–66 278 24 0 &
72  Great Britain
Thomas, ReesRees Thomas SH 1956–59 102 5 1 &
17
Evans, RoyRoy Evans LF 1957–65 282 34 0 &
102  Great Britain
Sullivan, MickMick Sullivan WG 1957–60 125 84 0 &
252  Great Britain
Griffiths, FredFred Griffiths FB 1957–62 161 43 663 &
1455
Holden, KeithKeith Holden CN 1958–67 152 58 0 &
174 Lancashire Lancashire
Lyon, GeoffGeoff Lyon SR 1959–69 328 73 0 &
219 Lancashire Lancashire
Carlton, FrankFrank Carlton WG 1960–65 123 95 0 &
285  Great Britain
Parr, FrankFrank Parr SH 1961–71 309 95 15 &
315 Lancashire Lancashire
Davies, AlanAlan Davies CN 1961–64 133 52 0 &
156 Lancashire Lancashire
Lake, TrevorTrevor Lake WG 1962–66 140 132 0 &
396
Clarke, ColinColin Clarke HK 1963–77 436 75 0 0 225  Great Britain
Stephens, JohnJohn Stephens PR 1963–78 238 23 0 0 69  England
Gilfedder, LaurieLaurie Gilfedder SR/LF 1963–67 143 17 384 &
819 Lancashire Lancashire
O'Loughlin, KevinKevin O'Loughlin U 1964–75 309 57 0 0 171  Great Britain under-24
Francis, BillBill Francis UB 1964–77 400 159 43 0 563  Wales /  Great Britain
Ashby, RayRay Ashby FB 1964–67 124 10 1 &
32  Great Britain
Hill, CliffCliff Hill SO/CN 1964–70 192 57 0 &
171  Great Britain
Gardiner, DannyDanny Gardiner PR 1965–68 149 2 0 &
6  Great Britain
Rowe, PeterPeter Rowe CN 1966–73 218 55 0 &
165  Wales
Tyrer, ColinColin Tyrer FB 1967–74 248 88 813 0 1890 Lancashire Lancashire
Laughton, DougDoug Laughton LF 1967–72 185 38 0 &
114  Great Britain
Fletcher, GeoffGeoff Fletcher PR 1967–74 143 18 0 0 54 Lancashire Lancashire
Hill, DaveDave Hill SO/CN 1967–76 329 113 15 0 369  Great Britain
Ashurst, WilliamWilliam Ashurst CN/SR 1968–73, 1977–78 186 74 146 6 520  Great Britain
Hogan, BrianBrian Hogan SR 1968–77 207 19 0 0 57  England
Wright, StuartStuart Wright WG 1969–75 173 103 0 0 309  England
Cunningham, EddieEddie Cunningham SR 1969–74 107 45 0 0 135 Lancashire Lancashire
Robinson, DavidDavid Robinson SR 1970–74 147 17 0 0 51  Great Britain
O'Loughlin, KeironKeiron O'Loughlin UB 1970–79 260 93 0 0 279 Lancashire Lancashire
Ayres, WarrenWarren Ayres SH 1970–73 131 64 6 &
204
Ashcroft, DennisDennis Ashcroft PR 1971–76 141 5 2 0 19
Hollingsworth, TerryTerry Hollingsworth UF 1971–80 171 26 0 0 78
Nulty, JimJim Nulty SH 1972–77 185 41 90 9 312  Great Britain under-24
Melling, BillyBilly Melling SR 1972–81 177 38 0 9 123 Lancashire Lancashire
Coyle, Jr., BernardBernard Coyle, Jr. SH 1973–80 134 32 0 0 96
Vigo, GreenGreen Vigo WG 1973–80 168 86 1 0 260 Other Nationalities
Irving, BobBob Irving SR 1973–77 154 40 0 0 120  England
Hornby, JimmyJimmy Hornby WG 1973–82 201 87 3 0 267  Great Britain under-24
Willicombe, DavidDavid Willicombe CN 1974–80 119 36 6 0 120  Wales /  Great Britain
Fairbairn, GeorgeGeorge Fairbairn FB 1974–80 207 30 583 11 1267  England /  Great Britain
Ramsdale, DennisDennis Ramsdale WG 1976–84 194 62 4 0 199
O'Neill, SteveSteve O'Neill PR 1976–81 124 12 0 3 39  England
Kiss, NickyNicky Kiss HK 1978–89 260 36 0 0 134  Great Britain
Foy, MartinMartin Foy SO 1979–83 115 34 0 0 103 Lancashire Lancashire
Pendlebury, JohnJohn Pendlebury LF 1979–84 122 29 45 1 182
Campbell, DannyDanny Campbell PR 1979–85 145 12 0 0 38
Scott, MickMick Scott SR 1981–84 125 12 0 0 41
Gill, HendersonHenderson Gill WG 1981–89 226 145 106 0 762  England /  Great Britain
Whitfield, ColinColin Whitfield FB/CN 1981–85 149 46 379 13 937 Lancashire Lancashire
Wane, ShaunShaun Wane PR 1982–90 149 11 0 0 43  Great Britain
Stephenson, DavidDavid Stephenson CN 1982–87 214 71 286 6 845  Great Britain
West, GraemeGraeme West SR/PR 1982–90 202 49 0 0 189  New Zealand
Case, BrianBrian Case PR 1983–88 197 14 0 0 54  Great Britain
Edwards, ShaunShaun Edwards SO/SH 1983–97 466 274 23 4 1146  England /  Great Britain
Hampson, SteveSteve Hampson FB 1983–93 304 55 48 3 319  Great Britain
Potter, IanIan Potter SR 1984–88 190 12 0 0 48  Great Britain
Dermott, MartinMartin Dermott HK 1985–96 231 21 0 3 87  Great Britain
Lucas, IanIan Lucas PR 1985–92 178 12 0 0 48  Great Britain
Goodway, AndyAndy Goodway SR/LF 1985–92 224 79 0 0 316  Great Britain
Hanley, ElleryEllery Hanley SO/LF 1985–90 204 189 9 2 776  Great Britain
Lydon, JoeJoe Lydon UB 1986–94 262 89 283 16 938  Great Britain
Bell, DeanDean Bell CN 1986–94 253 96 0 0 384  New Zealand
Gildart, IanIan Gildart SR 1987–94 139 4 0 0 16  Great Britain under-21
Gregory, AndyAndy Gregory SH 1987–91 182 17 22 6 118  Great Britain
Betts, DenisDenis Betts SR 1987–95, 1998–2001 367 129 1 0 518  Great Britain
Byrne, GedGed Byrne UB 1987–90 107 25 0 0 100 Lancashire Lancashire
Iro, KevinKevin Iro CN 1987–90 100 60 36 0 312  New Zealand
Platt, AndyAndy Platt PR 1988–94 200 24 0 0 96  Great Britain
Clarke, PhilPhil Clarke LF 1989–95 154 23 0 0 92  England /  Great Britain
Botica, FranoFrano Botica SO/WG 1990–95 180 66 827 13 1931  New Zealand
Skerrett, KelvinKelvin Skerrett PR 1990–96 176 21 0 0 84  Wales /  Great Britain
Panapa, SamSam Panapa UB 1991–94 119 45 0 0 180
Cowie, NeilNeil Cowie PR 1991–2001 330 34 0 1 137  Wales /  Great Britain
Farrell, AndyAndy Farrell LF 1991–2005 370 111 1336 19 3135  England /  Great Britain
Offiah, MartinMartin Offiah WG 1992–96 159 186 1 3 749  England /  Great Britain
Cassidy, MickMick Cassidy SR 1992–2004 368 52 0 0 208  England /  Ireland /  Great Britain
Robinson, JasonJason Robinson WG 1992–2000 281 171 0 1 685  England /  Great Britain
Hall, MartinMartin Hall HK 1993–97 141 29 18 1 153  Wales
Connolly, GaryGary Connolly CN 1993–2002, 2004 313 137 6 0 560  England /  Ireland /  Great Britain
Radlinski, KrisKris Radlinski FB 1993–2006 323 183 1 0 734  England /  Great Britain
Haughton, SimonSimon Haughton SR 1993–2002 174 55 0 0 220  England /  Great Britain
Tuigamala, Va'aigaVa'aiga Tuigamala CN/WG 1994–97 102 62 3 0 254  Samoa
Paul, HenryHenry Paul SO 1994–98 147 78 119 0 550  New Zealand
O'Connor, TerryTerry O'Connor PR 1994–2004 306 13 0 0 52  Ireland /  Great Britain
Johnson, PaulPaul Johnson CN/SR 1995–2003 133 56 0 0 224  Great Britain
Smith, MarkMark Smith HK 1999–2004 124 12 0 0 48
Dallas, BrettBrett Dallas WG 2000–06 177 107 0 0 428
Newton, TerryTerry Newton HK 2000–05 186 73 0 0 292  England /  Great Britain
Hodgson, DavidDavid Hodgson CN/WG 2000–04 117 48 0 0 192  Great Britain
Lam, AdrianAdrian Lam SH 2001–04 119 44 1 10 188
Carney, BrianBrian Carney WG 2001–05 111 48 1 0 194  Great Britain
Wild, StephenStephen Wild CN/SR 2001–05 100 30 0 0 120  England /  Great Britain
O'Loughlin, SeanSean O'Loughlin LF 2002– 320 73 3 2 300  England /  Great Britain
Tickle, DannyDanny Tickle SR 2002–06 141 34 217 2 572  England A
Hock, GarethGareth Hock SR 2003–12 191 48 0 0 192  England /  Great Britain
Hansen, HarrisonHarrison Hansen SR 2004–13 242 43 0 0 172  New Zealand /  Samoa
Prescott, PaulPaul Prescott PR 2004–13 146 5 0 0 20  Ireland
Tomkins, JoelJoel Tomkins SR/CN 2005–11 150 49 0 0 196  England
Goulding, DarrellDarrell Goulding CN 2005– 157 71 0 0 284  England
Paleaaesina, IafetaIafeta Paleaaesina PR 2006–10 145 21 0 0 84  New Zealand
Richards, PatPat Richards WG 2006–13 224 168 896 4 2468  Ireland
Fielden, StuartStuart Fielden PR 2006–12 141 3 0 0 12  England /  Great Britain
Bailey, PhilPhil Bailey CN/SR 2007–10 101 15 0 0 60
Leuluai, ThomasThomas Leuluai SH 2007–12 189 60 0 0 240  New Zealand
McIlorum, MichaelMichael McIlorum HK 2007– 162 16 0 0 64  England /  Ireland
Carmont, GeorgeGeorge Carmont CN 2008–12 154 80 0 0 320  Samoa
Coley, AndyAndy Coley PR 2008–11 125 13 0 0 52
Mossop, LeeLee Mossop PR 2008–13 111 9 0 0 36  England
Tomkins, SamSam Tomkins FB 2008–13 153 144 35 2 648  England
Farrell, LiamLiam Farrell SR/LF 2010– 112 45 0 0 180  England

Historically notable players[edit]

The following subsections are lists of players who have played in a notable event whilst playing at Wigan RLFC, such as an international fixture, or else have performed exceptionally and have been recognised by club and its fans in light of these efforts.

Hall of Fame[edit]

Throughout its history, Wigan RLFC has won eighteen championships and seventeen Challenge Cups. The Hall of Fame recognises players who were integral to the club's success during these periods, and entry is by invitation-only. This a complete list of all Wigan RLFC Hall of Famers, in descending alphabetical order by surname.

Player name Position(s) Profile
Eric Ashton (MBE) Centre Link
Dean Bell Centre Link
Billy Boston (MBE) Wing Link
Shaun Edwards (OBE) Halfback Link
Joe Egan Hooker Link
Ken Gee Prop Link
Andy Gregory Halfback Link
Ellery Hanley (MBE) Lock Link
Brian McTigue Prop Link
Jim Sullivan Fullback Link

Testimonials[edit]

Once players have been at a club for a certain length of time (usually ten years), they may be offered a friendly game celebrating their time at the club, known as a testimonial match. This is a list of players who have received testimonials from Wigan RLFC, in ascending chronological order with respect to when they received it.

Team of the Decade[edit]

In 2005 during the tenth season of the current Super League championship format, the fans of Wigan RLFC voted for their best thirteen players of the 'Nighties' and the 'Naughties', called the Team of the Decade. This is a list of the ballot's resulting thirteen players.[1]

No. Player name Position Years at club
1 Kris Radlinski (MBE) Fullback 1993–2006
2 Jason Robinson (OBE) Wing 1992–2000
3 Va'aiga Tuigamala (MNZM) Centre 1993–1996
4 Gary Connolly Centre 1992–2002, 2004
5 Martin Offiah (MBE) Wing 1991–1996
6 Henry Paul Five-eighth 1994–1998
7 Shaun Edwards (OBE) Halfback 1983–1996
8 Craig Smith Prop 2002–2004
9 Terry Newton Hooker 2000–2005
10 Terry O'Connor Prop 1994–2004
11 Denis Betts Second-row 1986–1995, 1998–2001
12 Mick Cassidy Second-row 1990–2004
13 Andy Farrell (OBE) Lock 1991–2004

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Team of the Decade". www.wiganwarriors.com (Wigan Warriors). Retrieved 5 July 2009. [dead link]

References[edit]