Wigan Warriors is an English professional rugby league club based in Wigan, Greater Manchester. Formed in 1872, the club was a founding member of the Northern Rugby Football Union in 1895, and competed in the inaugural season of the Northern Union's league championship. Since then, more than 1,100 players have appeared for the club's first team. Jim Sullivan has made the most career appearances for Wigan, having played 774 games between 1921 and 1946. Sullivan is also the club's all-time top goal scorer (2,317) and point scorer (4,883), and holds the club record for most points scored in a single match, with 44 against Flimby & Fothergill in 1925.
The try scoring record is held by Billy Boston, who touched down 478 times for the club. Martin Offiah and Shaun Edwards share the record for most tries scored in one game, with Offiah scoring ten tries against Leeds in 1992 before Edwards repeated the feat against Swinton later that year.
The following is a list of rugby league players who have made 100 or more appearances for Wigan since the formation of the Northern Union in 1895. Appearances include all official league and cup games, but exclude friendlies. The list is ordered by date of debut, then by surname and first name.
|*||Inducted into the Wigan Warriors Hall of Fame|
|^||Club record holder|
|+||Played for Wigan prior to the formation of the Northern Union in 1895|
|Jim Sharrock||FB||1903–12||278||7||135||—||291||England / Great Britain|
|Jimmy Leytham||WG||1903–11||280||258||267||—||1308||England / Great Britain|
|Bert Jenkins||CN||1904–20||389||182||0||—||546||Wales / Great Britain|
|Johnny Thomas||SH||1904–19||388||108||439||—||1202||Wales / Great Britain|
|Dick Ramsdale||FW||1905–20||313||35||0||—||105||England / Great Britain|
|Dick Silcock||FW||1907–18||243||16||0||—||48||Great Britain|
|Joe Miller||WG||1907–19||206||151||2||—||457||England / Great Britain|
|Percy Coldrick||FW||1912–24||280||79||0||—||237||Wales / Great Britain|
|Danny Hurcombe||CN/SH||1919–25||199||72||3||—||222||Wales / Great Britain|
|Tommy Howley||CN||1920–26||219||101||28||—||359||Wales / Great Britain|
|Jim Sullivan *||FB||1921–45||774^||83||2317||—||4883^||England / Wales / Great Britain|
|Johnny Ring||WG||1922–31||331||368||4||—||1112||Wales / Great Britain|
|Jack Price||LF||1922–27||177||71||0||—||213||England / Great Britain|
|Attie Van Heerden||WG||1923–26||127||107||0||—||321||Other Nationalities|
|George Van Rooyen||SR||1923–28||178||26||0||—||78||Other Nationalities|
|David Booysen||CN/SH||1924–28||158||52||2||—||160||Other Nationalities|
|Jack Bennett||HK||1925–30||210||5||0||—||15||England / Great Britain|
|Roy Kinnear||CN||1927–33||184||81||0||—||243||Great Britain|
|Lou Brown||WG||1927–30||130||106||0||—||318||Other Nationalities|
|Len Mason||SR||1927–35||365||50||5||—||160||Other Nationalities|
|Hal Jones||SR||1929–33||111||23||0||—||69||Glamorgan and Monmouthshire|
|Jack Morley||WG||1932–39||292||223||4||—||677||England / Wales / Great Britain|
|Ken Gee *||PR||1935–54||559||54||508||—||1178||England / Great Britain|
|Ted Ward||CN||1938–50, 1953||213||57||480||—||1131||Wales / Great Britain|
|Joe Egan *||HK||1938–49||362||28||12||—||108||England / Great Britain|
|John Lawrenson||CN||1938–48||219||187||128||—||817||England / Great Britain|
|Tommy Bradshaw||SH||1939–51||302||35||0||—||105||England / Great Britain|
|Jack Cunliffe||UB||1939–59||447||85||371||—||997||England / Great Britain|
|Martin Ryan||FB||1940–52||300||67||63||—||327||England / Great Britain|
|Frank Barton||PR||1941–52||279||35||0||—||105||England / Great Britain|
|Jack Hilton||FW||1942–53||137||122||0||—||366||England / Great Britain|
|Ernie Ashcroft||CN||1942–58||530||241||0||—||723||England / Great Britain|
|Gordon Ratcliffe||WG||1945–53||212||185||0||—||555||England / Great Britain|
|Billy Blan||SR/LF||1945–52||255||77||4||—||239||England / Great Britain|
|Brian Nordgren||WG||1946–54||294||312||109||—||1154||Other Nationalities|
|Cec Mountford||SO||1946–50||210||70||55||—||320||Other Nationalities|
|Nat Silcock, Jr.||SR||1947–54||195||64||0||—||192||England / Great Britain|
|Brian McTigue *||SR/PR||1951–66||422||44||3||—||138||Great Britain|
|Frank Collier||PR/SR||1951–63||323||26||27||—||132||Great Britain|
|Norman Cherrington||SR||1953–62||257||80||0||—||240||England / Great Britain|
|Billy Boston *||WG||1953–67||487||478||7||—||1448||Great Britain|
|Dave Bolton||SO||1954–63||300||127||4||—||389||Great Britain|
|Bill Sayer||HK||1954–65||295||16||0||—||48||Great Britain|
|Eric Ashton *||CN||1955–68||497||231||448||—||1589||England / Great Britain|
|John Barton||PR||1956–66||278||24||0||—||72||Great Britain|
|Roy Evans||LF||1957–65||282||34||0||—||102||Great Britain|
|Mick Sullivan||WG||1957–60||125||84||0||—||252||Great Britain|
|Frank Carlton||WG||1960–65||123||95||0||—||285||Great Britain|
|Colin Clarke *||HK||1963–77||436||75||0||0||225||Great Britain|
|Kevin O'Loughlin||U||1964–75||309||57||0||0||171||Great Britain under-24|
|Bill Francis||UB||1964–77||400||159||43||0||563||Wales / Great Britain|
|Ray Ashby||FB||1964–67||124||10||1||—||32||Great Britain|
|Cliff Hill||SO/CN||1964–70||192||57||0||—||171||Great Britain|
|Danny Gardiner||PR||1965–68||149||2||0||—||6||Great Britain|
|Doug Laughton||LF||1967–72||185||38||0||—||114||Great Britain|
|Dave Hill||SO/CN||1967–76||329||113||15||0||369||Great Britain|
|Bill Ashurst||CN/SR||1968–73, 1977–78||186||74||146||6||520||Great Britain|
|David Robinson||SR||1970–74||147||17||0||0||51||Great Britain|
|Jim Nulty||SH||1972–77||185||41||90||9||312||Great Britain under-24|
|Bernard Coyle, Jr.||SH||1973–80||134||32||0||0||96||–|
|Green Vigo||WG||1973–80||168||86||1||0||260||Other Nationalities|
|Jimmy Hornby||WG||1973–82||201||87||3||0||267||Great Britain under-24|
|David Willicombe||CN||1974–80||119||36||6||0||120||Wales / Great Britain|
|George Fairbairn||FB||1974–80||207||30||583||11||1267||England / Great Britain|
|Nicky Kiss||HK||1978–89||260||36||0||0||134||Great Britain|
|Henderson Gill||WG||1981–89||226||145||106||0||762||England / Great Britain|
|Shaun Wane||PR||1982–90||149||11||0||0||43||Great Britain|
|David Stephenson||CN||1982–87||214||71||286||6||845||Great Britain|
|Graeme West||SR/PR||1982–90||202||49||0||0||189||New Zealand|
|Brian Case||PR||1983–88||197||14||0||0||54||Great Britain|
|Shaun Edwards *||SO/SH||1983–97||466||274||23||4||1146||England / Great Britain|
|Steve Hampson||FB||1983–93||304||55||48||3||319||Great Britain|
|Ian Potter||SR||1984–88||190||12||0||0||48||Great Britain|
|Martin Dermott||HK||1985–96||231||21||0||3||87||Great Britain|
|Ian Lucas||PR||1985–92||178||12||0||0||48||Great Britain|
|Andy Goodway||SR/LF||1985–92||224||79||0||0||316||Great Britain|
|Ellery Hanley *||SO/LF||1985–90||204||189||9||2||776||Great Britain|
|Joe Lydon||UB||1986–94||262||89||283||16||938||Great Britain|
|Dean Bell *||CN||1986–94||253||96||0||0||384||New Zealand|
|Ian Gildart||SR||1987–94||139||4||0||0||16||Great Britain under-21|
|Andy Gregory *||SH||1987–91||182||17||22||6||118||Great Britain|
|Denis Betts||SR||1987–95, 1998–2001||367||129||1||0||518||Great Britain|
|Kevin Iro||CN||1987–90||100||60||36||0||312||New Zealand|
|Andy Platt||PR||1988–94||200||24||0||0||96||Great Britain|
|Phil Clarke||LF||1989–95||154||23||0||0||92||England / Great Britain|
|Frano Botica *||SO/WG||1990–95||180||66||827||13||1931||New Zealand|
|Kelvin Skerrett||PR||1990–96||176||21||0||0||84||Wales / Great Britain|
|Neil Cowie||PR||1991–2001||330||34||0||1||137||Wales / Great Britain|
|Andy Farrell *||LF||1991–2005||370||111||1336||19||3135||England / Great Britain|
|Martin Offiah *||WG||1992–96||159||186||1||3||749||England / Great Britain|
|Mick Cassidy||SR||1992–2004||368||52||0||0||208||England / Ireland / Great Britain|
|Jason Robinson||WG||1992–2000||281||171||0||1||685||England / Great Britain|
|Gary Connolly||CN||1993–2002, 2004||313||137||6||0||560||England / Ireland / Great Britain|
|Kris Radlinski||FB||1993–2006||323||183||1||0||734||England / Great Britain|
|Simon Haughton||SR||1993–2002||174||55||0||0||220||England / Great Britain|
|Henry Paul||SO||1994–98||147||78||119||0||550||New Zealand|
|Terry O'Connor||PR||1994–2004||306||13||0||0||52||Ireland / Great Britain|
|Paul Johnson||CN/SR||1995–2003||133||56||0||0||224||Great Britain|
|Terry Newton||HK||2000–05||186||73||0||0||292||England / Great Britain|
|David Hodgson||CN/WG||2000–04||117||48||0||0||192||Great Britain|
|Brian Carney||WG||2001–05||111||48||1||0||194||Great Britain|
|Stephen Wild||CN/SR||2001–05||100||30||0||0||120||England / Great Britain|
|Sean O'Loughlin||LF||2002–||450||88||3||2||360||England / Great Britain|
|Danny Tickle||SR||2002–06||141||34||217||2||572||England A|
|Gareth Hock||SR||2003–12||191||48||0||0||192||England / Great Britain|
|Harrison Hansen||SR||2004–13||242||43||0||0||172||New Zealand / Samoa|
|Joel Tomkins||SR/CN||2005–11, 2014–18||236||65||0||0||260||England|
|Iafeta Paleaaesina||PR||2006–10||145||21||0||0||84||New Zealand|
|Stuart Fielden||PR||2006–12||141||3||0||0||12||England / Great Britain|
|Thomas Leuluai||SH||2007–12, 2017–||283||72||0||1||289||New Zealand|
|Michael McIlorum||HK||2007–17||241||24||0||0||96||England / Ireland|
|Lee Mossop||PR||2008–13, 2015–16||165||13||0||0||52||England|
|Sam Tomkins||FB||2008–13, 2016–18||213||168||137||10||956||England|
|Anthony Gelling||CN||2012–17||115||52||0||0||208||Cook Islands|
|Sam Powell||HK||2012–||189||22||11||4||114||England Knights|
|Dan Sarginson||CN||2014–16, 2018–19||125||35||0||0||140||England|
The following subsections are lists of players who have played in a notable event whilst playing at Wigan RLFC, such as an international fixture, or else have performed exceptionally and have been recognised by club and its fans in light of these efforts.
Throughout its history, Wigan RLFC has won eighteen championships and seventeen Challenge Cups. The Hall of Fame recognises players who were integral to the club's success during these periods, and entry is by invitation-only. This a complete list of all Wigan RLFC Hall of Famers, in descending alphabetical order by surname.
|Eric Ashton (MBE)||Centre||Link|
|Dean Bell||Centre||Link [ permanent dead link ]|
|Billy Boston (MBE)||Wing||Link|
|Shaun Edwards (OBE)||Halfback||Link|
|Ellery Hanley (MBE)||Lock||Link [ permanent dead link ]|
|Martin Offiah (MBE)||Wing||Link|
Once players have been at a club for a certain length of time (usually ten years), they may be offered a friendly game celebrating their time at the club, known as a testimonial match. This is a list of players who have received testimonials from Wigan RLFC, in ascending chronological order with respect to when they received it.
In 2005 during the tenth season of the current Super League championship format, the fans of Wigan RLFC voted for their best thirteen players of the 'Nighties' and the 'Naughties', called the Team of the Decade. This is a list of the ballot's resulting thirteen players.
|No.||Player name||Position||Years at club|
|1||Kris Radlinski (MBE)||Fullback||1993–2006|
|2||Jason Robinson (OBE)||Wing||1992–2000|
|3||Va'aiga Tuigamala (MNZM)||Centre||1993–1996|
|4||Gary Connolly||Centre||1992–2002, 2004|
|5||Martin Offiah (MBE)||Wing||1991–1996|
|7||Shaun Edwards (OBE)||Halfback||1983–1996|
|11||Denis Betts||Second-row||1986–1995, 1998–2001|
|13||Andy Farrell (OBE)||Lock||1991–2004|
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