Bobby Wanbon

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Robert Wanbon
Personal information
Full name Robert Wanbon
Nickname Bobby
Born (1943-11-16) 16 November 1943 (age 73)
Port Talbot, Wales
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Number eight
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤29 Jan 1968–29 Jan 68 Aberavon RFC
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1968 Wales 1 1 0 0 3
Rugby league
Position Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
29 Jan 1968–30 Aug 71 St. Helens
30 Aug 1971–Feb 78 Warrington 148+15 22 0 0 66
Total 163 22 0 0 66
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1968–75 Wales 8 0 0 0 0

Robert "Bobby" Wanbon ( (1943-11-16) 16 November 1943 (age 73)) born in Port Talbot, is a Welsh dual-code international rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1960s and 1970s, playing representative level rugby union (RU) for Wales and at club level for Aberavon RFC, as a Number eight, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Wales, and at club level for St. Helens, and Warrington, as a Prop, or Second-row, i.e. number 8 or 10, or, 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums.[1]

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Wanbon won a cap for Wales (RU) while at Aberavon in 1968 against England on Saturday 20 January 1968, scoring a try.

He was one of four Aberavon RFC players in the Welsh team that day, the others were Billy Mainwaring, Maxwell Lloyd Wiltshire, and Paul James Wheeler.

He won caps for Wales (RL) while at Warrington in the 1975 Rugby League World Cup against England, Australia, and New Zealand.[2]

Challenge Cup Final appearances[edit]

Bobby Wanbon played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10, in Warrington's 24-9 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1974 Challenge Cup Final during the 1973–74 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 11 May 1974, in front of a crowd of 77,400, and played Right-Prop in the 7-14 defeat by Widnes in the 1975 Challenge Cup Final during the 1974–75 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 10 May 1975, in front of a crowd of 85,998.

BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Bobby Wanbon did not play (Dave Wright or Gilly Wright played Right-Prop) in Warrington's 0-0 draw with Salford in the 1974 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final during the 1974–75 season at The Willows, Salford on Tuesday 17 December 1974, and played Right-Prop, i.e. number 10, in the 5-10 defeat by Salford in the 1974 BBC2 Floodlit Trophy Final replay during the 1974–75 season at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Tuesday 28 January 1975.

Player's No.6 Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Bobby Wanbon played Right-Second-row, i.e. number 12, in Warrington's 27-16 victory over Rochdale Hornets in the 1973–74 Player's No.6 Trophy Final during the 1973–74 season at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 9 February 1974.

Captain Morgan Trophy Final appearances[edit]

Bobby Wanbon played Left-Second-row, i.e. number 11, in Warrington's 4-0 victory over Featherstone Rovers in the 1973–74 Captain Morgan Trophy Final during the 1973–74 season at The Willows, Salford on Saturday 26 January 1974, in front of a crowd of 5,259.

Club career[edit]

Bobby Wanbon signed for St. Helens (RL) from Aberavon (RU) nine-days after appearing for Wales (RU) against England (RU), for a signing-on fee of £4500 (based on increases in average earnings, this would be approximately £124,400 in 2013).[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Williams, Graham; Lush, Peter; Farrar, David (2009). The British Rugby League Records Book. London League. pp. 108–114. ISBN 978-1-903659-49-6. 
  2. ^ "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Measuring Worth - Relative Value of UK Pounds". Measuring Worth. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 

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