Widnes RL Hall of Fame

Introduction

The Widnes Hall of Fame was instituted in 1992 with thirteen members. Any former Widnes player who was retired from playing was eligible. The thirteen players who make up the current Hall of Fame are: Mick Adams, Mick Burke, Keith Elwell, Fred Higgins, Jimmy Hoey, Arthur 'Chick' Johnson, Vince Karalius, Doug Laughton, Tommy McCue, Harry Millington, 'Big' Jim Mills, Frank Myler, Nat Silcock, Sr. There have been occasional suggestions that the Hall of Fame might be expanded but so far the club has not taken this step.

Passion

In 1930, Widnes with 12 local-born players defied the odds to beat St Helens 10–3 to bring home the Challenge Cup. There have been successful teams throughout the ages, most typically when the Cup KIngs of the 70s and 80's won everything rugby league had to offer. All displaying true pride and passion for the Club when wearing the black and white..

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Hall of Fame

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Mick Adams

In 1992 Adams was named as one of the original thirteen former Widnes players inducted into the Widnes Hall of Fame. He won England and Gt. Britain caps while at Widnes. Played in Widnes' 14-7 victory over Warrington in the 1975 Challenge Cup final. A winner of Lancashire Cup finals, Premiership finals, BBC2 Floodlit final, and John Player finals
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Mick Burke

Burke turned professional and started playing for Widnes in 1978. Playing mostly on the Wing in his first season, Burke helped his club to win the Lancashire Cup, the BBC2 Floodlit Trophy and the Challenge Cup. He also kicked the winning penalty goal in a close match against a touring Australian side. That season Burke not only broke Ray Dutton's goal-scoring record, with 140 goals from his 47 games, but also Harry Dawson's long-standing points record for a season. Mick amassed 316 points, beating the old record by 34 points. Mick starred at full back in 1981's Challenge Cup showpiece. The 15-cap Great Britain man scored a try and kicked four goals as Widnes downed Cup holders Hull Kingston Rovers 18-9 at Wembley
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Keith Elwell

Keith played Hooker in Widnes' 14-7 victory over Warrington in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 10 May 1975 Keith holds Widnes' "Most Appearances In A Career" record with 591, he also holds the rugby league world record for consecutive games played ) from the Challenge Cup Final against Leeds on Saturday 7 May 1977, to the match at Hull on Sunday 26 September 1982, 5-years 4-months and 19-days later.
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Fred Higgins

Fred won caps for England while at Widnes in 1945 against Wales, in 1949 against France, in 1950 against Wales (2 matches), and won caps for Great Britain while at Widnes in 1950 against Australia, and New Zealand, and in 1951 against New Zealand. Fred played Second-row, in Widnes' 7-3 victory over Wigan in the 1945 Lancashire Cup final Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 27 October 1945.
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Jimmy Hoey

One of the stars of the game was loose-forward Jimmy Hoey who, in 1932-3, played in and scored in all 40 games of the season, a record which was not equalled by any player for 26 years
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Arthur Johnson

a.k.a. Arthur "Chick" Johnson played for Widnes RLFC in the early 1900s. In 1914 Fred was a forward playing out of position on the wing. With 20 minutes left in the game he dribbled the ball from inside his own half, beating the fullback. This paid off in a sensational test—, the Rorke's Drift Test of 1914. Arthur gained a cap for England at Widnes in 1914 versus Wales, and four caps for Great Britain while at Widnes in 1914 versus Australia, and New Zealand, and in 1920 versus Australia twice.
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Vince Karalius

He played as a loose forward and was part of the Great Britain squad which won the 1960 World Cup. He forged a fearsome reputation as a strong runner of the ball and a devastating tackler. His intimidating presence became a telling feature of his play. Respected for his ferocious attitude on the pitch, he was dubbed 'the Wild Bull of the Pampas’ by the Australian press, in reference to the Argentine boxer Luis Ángel Firpo, who had knocked World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey out of the ring back in 1923. He led his team to Wembley in 1964, where Widnes were Challenge Cup winners after they defeated Hull Kingston Rovers 13 points to 5. This was the "Chemics" first trophy success in eighteen years. In 1966 he announced his retirement.
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Doug Laughton

Doug played Loose forward in Widnes' 14-7 victory over Warrington in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 10 May 1975. He also led Widnes to victory over the Australian tourists in 1978. In 1979, he captained Great Britain team on a tour of Australia. In 1979, while playing for Widnes, Laughton won the Man of Steel Award. Later coached Widnes to be the Champions of the World
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Tommy McCue

Veteran captain Tommy McCue led the club to its first ever Lancashire cup win, with a 7-3 victory against Wigan in 1945. Tommy played Scrum-half/Halfback in Widnes' 5-11 defeat by Hunslet in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 5 May 1934, and in the 18-5 victory over Keighley in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 8 May 1937.
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Harry Millington

Harry won a cap for England while at Widnes in 1944 against Wales. Harry Millington played Loose forward and played 460 games during his 20 years at the club from 1927-1947. He was a member of the victorious 1930 and 1937 Challenge Cup winning teams, scoring 65 tries throughout his Widnes career.
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Jim Mills

A Wales and Great Britain international representative front-rower, "Big Jim" as he was known, played Prop and scored a try in Widnes' 14-7 victory over Warrington in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 10 May 1975, and played in the front-row during the 12-3 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 5 May 1979.br> View more

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Frank Myler

In 1970, Frank captained the Lions squad. Following a heavy defeat in the first Test the Lions under Myler did not lose another game on the whole tour. Myler was the last British captain to lift the Ashes trophy in Australia. Frank set a then club record with 34 tries in the 1958-9 season. He received the Freedom of the Borough from Halton Council in 2004.
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Nat Silcock

When you talk about great forwards who have pulled on the famous black and white jersey, the man on top of the list is bound to be Nat Silcock. Silcock played in the second row in the 1930 Wembley Challenge Cup final against St. Helens but his second Wembley trip ended in disappointment as Widnes lost 11-5 to a Hunslet side. Nat had only three years to wait for another Wembley trip. This time he went as captain and led Widnes to a great 18-5 win over Keighley and put the icing on the cake by getting the fourth try. Nat regarded that as possibly the greatest moment of his career. It was a career which started in 1922/23 and ended in the 1938/39 season.
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Widnes Legends

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Martin Offiah

Widnes, Great Britain and England national representative winger, due to his running speed he was nicknamed "Chariots" Offiah after the film Chariots of Fire. He was a try scoring machine, topping the player try scoring charts year after year.
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Jon Davies

Probably the biggest name to leave rugby union to play rugby league, he played for Widnes at centre in our 1989 World Club Challenge victory against the visiting Canberra Raiders. He kicked goals from anywhere on the pith and with his sidestep and turn of pace he could leave defences standing.
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JH (Jack) Smith

The man who was to win a considerable reputation, first as a Widnes player, then as a top level Northern Union referee, then as President of the Northern Union, a pioneer forerunner of the Rugby League
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George Aspey

Played 471 games for Widnes, scoring 39 tries and kicking 36 goals between the years 1896/97 to 1913/14
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Billy (Puck) Reid

Reid won a cap for England while at Widnes in 1914 against Wales. Reid played in Widnes' victory in the Lancashire League during the 1919–20 season. He was then selected for Great Britain while at Widnes for the 1920 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand.
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Jack O'Garra

A member of the 1919/20 Lancashire League winning squad. He played 270 games for the Club and scored 48 tries and kicked 8 goals between 1908/09 - 1921/22
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Fred Kelsall

A Member of the victorious 1930 Challenge Cup winning team, 12 home grown players, plus Van Rooyen, shocked the odds on favourites St. Helens
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Tommy Shannon

played Stand-off in Widnes' 5-11 defeat by Hunslet in the 1934 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium, and scored a try in the 18-5 victory over Keighley in the 1937 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Tommy won caps for England while at Widnes in 1938 against Wales
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George Kemmel

played Hooker in Widnes' 13-5 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1964 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium. George won caps for Great Britain while at Widnes in 1965 against New Zealand
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Mal Aspey

Member of the victorious 1975 Challenge Cup winning team against rivals Warrington. Mal played, and was man of the match winning the Harry Sunderland Trophy in Widnes' 26-11 victory over Bradford Northern in the Premiership final at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 17 May 1980. Mal played 570 games for his hometown Club. Mal Aspey holds Widnes' "Most Tries In A Career" record with 236-tries.
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Ray Dutton

Ray played Fullback scored 5-conversions, 1-drop goal, and was named Man of the match winning the Lance Todd Trophy in Widnes' 14-7 victory over Warrington in the 1975 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Ray Dutton holds Widnes' "Most Points In A Career" record with 2195, and "Most Goals In A Career" record with 1083.
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Reg Bowden

Also a Member of the victorious 1975 Challenge Cup winning team and skipper in the four cups season of 1978/79. The best uncapped scrum half of his era. He later went on to play for Fulham
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Kurt Sorensen

Inspirational Kiwi forward and captain who led Widnes to many a trophy success in the 1980`s and early 1990`s. While at Widnes Sorensen played in 252 games and captained the side that won the Championship, the Premiership and the 1989 World Club Challenge. He also played in Widnes' 24-18 victory over Salford in the 1990 Lancashire Cup final and played Prop and scored a try in the 24-0 victory over Leeds in the 1991–92 Regal Trophy final.
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