Warrington release latest batch of heritage numbers
Warrington Wolves are proud to announce the fifth batch of one hundred players and their Heritage Numbers.
The players have been placed in chronological order, starting with the 15 Wirepullers who took to the field against Hunslet for their first match under Northern Union rules, in September 1895.
This batch of one hundred players is made up of players who made their debuts between February 1935 and November 1948. It includes many players whose careers were shortened because of the Second World War. There are players who were part of some of Warrington’s greatest triumphs including seven members of the Warrington Hall of Fame, Harold Palin (414), Albert Johnson (434), Gerry Helme (457), Bob Ryan (467), Brian Bevan (470), Jim Featherstone (473) and Harry Bath (493).
The return of Harold Palin to Warrington in 1947 as captain saw a remarkable turnaround in the club’s fortunes. He led the team to their first Championship in 1948.
Albert Johnson possessed the finest sidestep of any Warrington winger. He was the club’s only selection for the 1946 Great Britain tour of Australia.
Double Lance Todd Trophy winner Gerry Helme was Warrington greatest ever scrum half and he won it all including World Cup, Championship and Challenge Cup winners medals. He won 12 Great Britain Caps and toured Australia.
Bob Ryan and Jim Featherstone were two second row forwards whose selection for the 1950 Tour of Australia caused them to miss Warrington’s Wembley triumph over Widnes. Both did win numerous international caps and medals in their illustrious careers.
There is nothing more to say about Brian Bevan, he simply was the greatest try scorer in Rugby League history, 740 tries for Warrington in 620 appearances.
Harry Bath was a legend in both England and Australia. He won every honour in a ten-year career at Wilderspool. Whilst back in Australia he was a fearsome forward who became a great coach.
This list also includes Great Britain internationals Billy Belshaw (426) and Albert Pimblett (490).
Frank Cueto (418) died during the Second World War when his fighter plane went down in the English Channel