Andy Platt

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Andy Platt
Personal information
Full name Andrew Platt
Born (1963-10-09) 9 October 1963 (age 53)
Billinge, Lancashire, England
Playing information
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 16 st 10 lb (106 kg)
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1983–88 St. Helens 185 269
1988–94 Wigan 321
1995–96 Auckland Warriors 35 0
1995 Widnes 13 0
1997 Salford City Reds
Total 554 0 0 0 269
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1985–93 Great Britain 25 4
1995 England

Andy Platt (born (1963-10-09) 9 October 1963 (age 53) in Billinge, Lancashire) is an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 1990s. A Great Britain international representative prop forward, he played for English clubs St. Helens, Wigan, Widnes and Salford, as well as in New Zealand for the Auckland Warriors.

Playing career[edit]

He started his professional career at St. Helens as a ball-playing second rower. Here he rose to national prominence and represented Great Britain. He was selected to go on the 1988 Great Britain Lions tour.

County Cup Final appearances[edit]

Andy Platt played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in St. Helens 28-16 victory over Wigan in the 1984 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1984–85 season at Central Park, Wigan on Sunday 28 October 1984, played Left-Second-row in Wigan's 22-17 victory over Salford in the 1988 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1988–89 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Sunday 23 October 1988.[1] and played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10, in the 5-4 victory over St. Helens in the 1992 Lancashire County Cup Final during the 1992–93 season at Knowsley Road, St. Helens on Sunday 18 October 1992.[2]

John Player Special/Regal Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Andy Platt played Loose forward/Lock in St. Helens' 15-14 victory over Leeds in the 1987–88 John Player Special Trophy Final during the 1987–88 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 9 January 1988, played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10, and was sin binned after 53-minutes for brawling with Halifax's Bernard Hill in Wigan's 24-12 victory over Halifax in the 1989–90 Regal Trophy Final during the 1989–90 season at Headingley Rugby Stadium, Leeds on Saturday 13 January 1990,[3] played Right-Prop in the 15-8 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1992–93 Regal Trophy Final during the 1992–93 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 23 January 1993,[4] and played Right-Prop in the 2-33 defeat by Castleford in the 1993–94 Regal Trophy Final during the 1993–94 season at Elland Road, Leeds on Saturday 22 January 1994.

Wigan[edit]

In 1988 Platt signed for Wigan for £140,000. He was part of the team that dominated British rugby league football in the early 1990s. During the 1991–92 Rugby Football League season, Platt played for defending champions Wigan at prop forward in their 1991 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Penrith Panthers. He was selected to go on the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand and was named man-of-the-match in the tourists' victory over Australia in the second Ashes. During the 1992–93 Rugby Football League season Platt played at prop forward for defending RFL champions Wigan in the 1992 World Club Challenge against the visiting Brisbane Broncos.

In 1993 Platt won the Man of Steel Award.

Auckland Warriors[edit]

In 1994 Platt signed with the new Auckland Warriors franchise of the Australian Rugby League, following John Monie, Dean Bell, Denis Betts and Frano Botica. He represented England at the 1995 Rugby League World Cup. Platt became one of only two players to win England caps whilst at the Auckland Warriors, whilst Denis Betts is the only player to win both England and Great Britain caps whilst at the Auckland Warriors. He was selected to play for in the tournament's final at prop forward but Australia won the match and retained the Cup.

Platt finished his career back in England with Salford.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1988–1989 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "1992–1993 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "13th January 1990: Wigan 24 Halifax 12 (Regal Trophy Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  4. ^ "23rd January 1993: Bradford 8 Wigan 15 (Regal Trophy Final)". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 

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