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Wigan Welsh Mon Jun 07, 2021 5:23 pm  

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Hi all,

I'm writing a book on the welsh players who played for Wigan and I am trying to get in touch with family members to discuss their lives. I've spoken to a few ex players and their relatives. Can anyone help me with more??

Thanks
Re: Wigan Welsh Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:27 pm  

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It'd help if you told everyone who you already have and who you need
Re: Wigan Welsh Tue Jun 08, 2021 1:13 am  
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I once had a chat with Billy Boston, in his pub, think it was called the Griffin, top man. I’ think his daughter was also working there. Is the pub still open Wigan people.
Re: Wigan Welsh Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:18 am  

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Hi,
Jack Bowen's son is a regular poster on the wiganworld website. He knows a lot about former players from Wales.
It's just WIGAN, nothing else. Get rid of that stupid nickname.
Re: Wigan Welsh Tue Jun 08, 2021 10:21 am  

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Dai Tryin was a personal favourite
Wigan home of league
Re: Wigan Welsh Tue Jun 08, 2021 3:12 pm  

Neil05 wrote:
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Egg Chasing wrote:
It'd help if you told everyone who you already have and who you need


Sorry yes, i've spoken to:

Brian Juliff
Gil Dudson
David Willicome
Peter Rowe
Rhodri Lloyd
Ness Flowers
Phil Ford

Spoken to the families of

Tommy Thomas
Lewis Llewellyn
George Newey
Jack Bowen
Fred Roffey
Jerry Shea
Percy Coldrick
Danny Hurcombe
Harold Edwards
Len Madden
Charlie Wilding
Ossie Griffiths
Gwynne Davies
Peter Clubb

If anybody knows how i can get in touch with any former players or their families it would be greatly appreciated :)
Re: Wigan Welsh Thu Jun 10, 2021 9:58 am  
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Keri Jones missing from that list
Re: Wigan Welsh Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:22 am  

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Scott Quinnell was a personal favourite. Even for just the one season. What a player. Be interesting to hear his views on the code switch. He had absolutely no problem adapting and was as fit as a fiddle. Then there was a cross code player who completely flopped and looked like a rabbit in the headlights - Andy Powell
Re: Wigan Welsh Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:10 am  
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Roy Francis was a legend at Hull after first playing for Wigan pre-war. One of my favourite ever players and I knew him when my dad worked for him in Hull during the 50's. I met up with him again when he came to Aus. to coach North Sydney for a couple of seasons.
Re: Wigan Welsh Thu Jun 10, 2021 11:58 am  

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I don't think any book on Welsh born Wigan players would be complete without some reference to Jim Sullivan.

I had the pleasure of meeting his wife in the mid 70's for an interview as Jim was too ill to attend.

I cannot remember exact details but recall some excellent tales when he first moved to Wigan, tours to Australia where there were "goal kicking competitions" where Sullivan was supreme and in particular I remember anecdotes about Alex Murphy and Jim's relationship with him when he coached St Helens.
I'm sure some of the tales were embellished but what a guy and what a career.

Until Wigan signed Sullivan we were a middle of the road team with I think just one Challenge Cup victory and when he retired from playing (he played over 800 games for the club) we were undoubtedly the team in RL. Until he coached Saints they had never won a Challenge Cup with their first victory in 1956.

I'm not sure if Jim has any living decendents in Wigan (he lived in Orrell) but it may be worthwhile contacting Alex Murphy who regards "Sully" as the greatest ever RL coach and I'm sure he could fill a book on Jim Sullivan alone.

Good luck in your production of the book and when available please drop a line on the forum so that I and hopefully many more will go ahead and purchase it.
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