David Myers (rugby league)

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David Myers
Personal information
Born (1971-07-31)31 July 1971
Died 20 October 2008(2008-10-20) (aged 37)
Cheshire, England
Playing information
Position Wing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988 Widnes
1989 Warrington 6 0 0 0 0
1990–92 Wigan 69 38 0 0 152
1991 Manly Sea Eagles 4 1 0 0 4
Nov 1991–1993/94 Wakefield Trinity 6 2 0 0 4
1992–93 Widnes
1994–96 Bradford Northern
1995 Western Suburbs Magpies 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Salford Reds
1997 Widnes Vikings
Total
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1991–92 Great Britain U21 5
Source: [1]

David Myers (31 July 1971 — 20 October 2008) born in Widnes, Lancashire, was an English rugby league footballer of the 1980s, and 1990s, playing at representative level for Great Britain in non-Test matches on the 1992 tour of Papua New Guinea, Australia, and New Zealand, and at club level for Widnes (twice), Warrington, Wigan, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 1032), Bradford Bulls, Western Suburbs Magpies, and Salford City Reds, as a Wing, i.e. number 2 or 5, he died in Sandbach.

Myers played and scored the match-winning try in Wigan's 13-8 victory over St. Helens in the 1991 Challenge Cup Final during the 1990–91 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 27 April 1991, and played Right-Wing, i.e. number 2, and scored a try in the defending champions Wigan's 21-4 victory over the visiting Penrith Panthers in the 1991 World Club Challenge during the 1991–92 season at Anfield, Liverpool on Wednesday the 2 October 1991.

Following the arrival of Martin Offiah, Myers lost his first team place at Wigan, but was nevertheless selected to go on the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand. In October 1992, he was sold to Widnes in an exchange deal which saw Paul Atcheson join Wigan from Widnes.[2]

He continued his success in the Challenge Cup with his new team, Myers played Left-Wing, i.e. number 5, in Widnes' 14-20 defeat by Wigan in the 1993 Challenge Cup Final during the 1992–93 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 1 May 1993.

He died on 20 October 2008 in a car accident on the M6 motorway.[3][4] It was confirmed in a coroner's report that Myers was using steroids and amphetamines whilst driving, and died of a heart attack, although the report also concluded the condition had occurred naturally, and that the two drugs had only contributed to this.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RLP
  2. ^ "Widnes trade Atcheson for Myers". The Guardian. 8 October 1992. p. 17. Retrieved 24 November 2013. (subscription required (help)). 
  3. ^ "Rugby league star killed in crash". BBC Sport. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Myers Dies in Crash Tragedy". Sky Sports. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
  5. ^ "Crash rugby star had heart attack". news.bbc.co.uk (BBC News). 7 May 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2009. 

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