Wheelchair Rugby League . Only as rules diverged from rugby union over the next decade or so did a distinct sport emerge, but again, this was an evolutionary process. 19th October 2020 Drew Darbyshire Super League 0. Already established in some international sports, the numbers are awarded to first team players, in sequential order of when they made their debut for the club. Although not as widely available, as there has been no systematic process of collecting data for these games, the competitive era pre-1895 is well reported and recorded in contemporary newspapers. Judgement is though required for which competitions should be included. This list includes all the players who have represented the Welsh national team. Given that the make-up of the Lancashire Senior Competition of 1896/7-1900/1 was similar to that of the First Class Competition played under the auspices of the Rugby Union from 1892/3-1894/5, and that games played in the South West Lancashire League in the post-breakaway era were classed a ‘first grade’ matches by the RKC, there’s seems little ambiguity over the classification of Warrington games in the West Lancashire Cup/League, or First Class Competition as being of a similar standing, and therefore ‘competitive’ matches. As well as leading to the inclusion of an additional 48 players in the all-time records, the recognition of competitive matches pre-1895 also changes the appearance & scoring totals of the 30 players who played for the club both before & after the split, as well as bringing forward the debut game for them. Unfortunately, as noted above, the inclusion of only competitive matches does not give credit to others who also deserve to have their names alongside The Forgotten 48. The RKC did a superb job of documenting the historical records of all rugby league clubs, but they understandably elected to do this only back to the formation of rugby league in 1895. The deal was worth approximately A$600,000 a year, making King one of the highest paid players in rugby league. As the source of the error, I could point to the difficulties in sourcing accurate player information before the turn of the last century, trickiness of deciphering text in 19th century newspapers or complexities of dealing with players with similar names. Whilst there are challenges presented by the above factors, they are not insurmountable, and there are established rules for dealing with these, and indeed precedents from other sports that can provide inspiration. Where not all appearances are available, figure is displayed in a light grey colour. It wasn’t until 1886 that a cup competition was introduced that Warrington was eligible for, when the West Lancashire Cup was started. The conventional view of many in the rugby league community is that 1895 was a ‘Big Bang’ event, and the point at which a new sport was born; in many respects it is not immediately obvious that clubs have a history extending back beyond this point. In total 48 players [note 1] represented Warrington Football Club in competitive matches between 1886 & 1895, and did not go on to play in the Northern Union. On this site though, these players are given equal prominence, and as explained on the main players page I have taken the liberty to award these players Heritage Numbers in a format different to the official club numbers to recognise their place in the club's history. In the meantime, if anyone has any views, either in favour of or opposed to those expressed above, I would love to hear them; please use the form on the contact us page to get in touch. [1] When originally published, this article referred to the Forgotten 49. As such they are not officially recognised by the club through the award of a Heritage Number, despite the part they have played in the team’s history. The tourists game against England was awarded test status, but this is anomalous, and in part a political play that is a function of the RFU’s dispute with the other Home Nation Unions amid the power-struggle for control of the International Rugby Board. They then play no ‘official’ games (due to a self-imposed exile from the FA Cup) until 1890 & it isn’t until they join the Football League in 1892/3 that the majority of games played are recognised. Warrington forward Sitaleki Akauola has been banned for three games. This simple mistake created a 49th player where one didn't exist. Since then, more than 500 players have made at least one international appearance for the team. Complete list of Warrington Wolves players. One point of contention could be raised over the match played against the New Zealand Native team which toured the UK in 1888/9. "The British Rugby League Records Book [Page-108…114]". The Wales national rugby league team represents the nation of Wales in international rugby league, and is governed by Wales Rugby League (Welsh: Rygbi Cynghrair Cymru). Hopefully this doesn't undermine the point being made, but rather serves to illustrate that collation of such records is never straightforward; as the other comments on the. The reality is having invested a significant amount of time navigating all of this successfully (hopefully), I then made a simple typo when entering the information into my records, accidentally creating a mythical new player T Boscow, when I should have been entering T Barnes. Suggestions? Alan Rathbone (20 October 1958 – 4 June 2016), also known by the nicknames of "Action", and "Rambo", was an English amateur boxer, and professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1970s and 1980s. Already established in some international sports, the numbers are awarded to first team players, in sequential order of when they made their debut for the club. London League Publications Ltd. By 1886 there are detailed reports of all Warrington games, so information relating to matches is easily obtainable (though not without requiring a significant investment of time!). The Wales national rugby league team represents the nation of Wales in international rugby league, and is governed by Wales Rugby League (Welsh: Rygbi Cynghrair Cymru).The team played its first official match in 1908. The team played its first official match in 1908. However, even in the first competitive matches against opponents from the West Lancashire region, it is striking how familiar some of the names of opponents are: during 1886 & 1887 Warrington faced Widnes, St Helens & Wigan in competitive games, just as they have in the current season, over 130 years later! Unfortunately, the club have confirmed they do not intend to award these players Heritage Numbers. Ironically, the club list this trophy in its honour list. The 28-year-old has been charged with a Grade C dangerous throw on James Harrison in the 29th minute of last … In 2012 Warrington Wolves were the first rugby league club to launch Heritage Numbers, recognising the players who have entertained the fans through the years. As the source of the error, I could point to the difficulties in sourcing accurate player information before the turn of the last century, trickiness of deciphering text in 19th century newspapers or complexities of dealing with players with similar names. Warrington Football Club, as they were known at the time, were a well-established team by this point, having been formed, as Warrington Zingari, some 19 years early. League competitions followed soon after, and by the time of the breakaway Warrington were competing in a 10 team Lancashire-wide tournament. Consequently, there seems no real rationale for treating the period before the breakaway differently to the years after, as essentially only a change in governance occurred; indeed, parallels can be drawn in this regard with the formation of the Northern Rugby Football League to establish a new league competition in 1901, but this matter is rarely commented upon in comparison. List of Great Britain national rugby league team players, Wales national rugby league team match results, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_Wales_national_rugby_league_team_players&oldid=960975882, Lists of rugby league players by national team, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 5 June 2020, at 23:35. It is my view that these players deserve recognition, and to be placed on an equal footing with those who have played since 1895. However, the rules played were the same as the previous season, the players and officials of clubs predominantly continued as before, and generally it was a case of business as usual. And what part do they play in the history of the club now known as Warrington Wolves? When you look at the history of Super League there have been players that have cemented themselves as what we can easily call faces of the game, and Danny McGuire is one of them. Please note that the numbers below are based on data contained in the RLP database, and may not be accurate. Home Super League Warrington forward Sitaleki Akauola picks up three-match ban Warrington forward Sitaleki Akauola picks up three-match ban . There’s a number of reasons why this was the case. Their excellent website, www.11v11.com illustrates this well, and can be seen through the statistics of Manchester United: they are recorded as playing no games until 1886, despite being formed in 1878, and even then it is only their sole FA Cup game from that season which is counted. Whilst these clubs do not have the complication of the split seen in rugby to deal with, the Association of Football Statisticians have applied the same basis for classification of games throughout the history of their sport. It is only before this period, in the initial formative years of the club that details of games are incomplete. Please note that the numbers below are based on data contained in the RLP database, and may not be accurate. Further consideration is then required over the standing of competitions, and which are classed as ‘first class’ ones on a par with those that are included in later years. This simple mistake created a 49th player where one didn't exist. Also included in the unfortunate group are Will Dillon, John Bate & James Jolley who all gained county honours for Lancashire. Heritage Numbers have been awarded to all players playing in competitive games (as defined by the Rugby League Record Keepers Club (“RKC”)) from the formation of the Northern Rugby Football Union (“NRFU”)  following the split from the Rugby Football Union in 1895.

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