Welcome to earlyWIGANrugby.co.uk

Wigan Warriors Rugby League Football Club has a very long and rich history. Players such as James Sullivan, Billy Boston and Ellery Hanley have all donned the World Famous Cherry and White jersey and in doing so have written themselves into rugby folklore for eternity. We know all about them, and the success Wigan has had during the 1960s, 1980s, 1990s and more recently in the Super League era as it is ingrained within our memories. But what about the Wigan Club before the time of Billy Boston, Martin Offiah and James Sullivan?

What the books don't tell you, it is earlyWIGANrugby's mission to! Long before records began in 1895, Wigan were a growing club with legendary players such as Jim Slevin, Charlie Samuels and Ned Bullough. Here you will find out about them. Even before the era of Jim Sullivan and Johnny Ring, Wigan were a huge success in the rugby world between 1895 and the World Wars, but not much is known. It is this sites aim to Champion, Research and tell the stories that have been forgotten or have been undocumented.

Here you will be able to learn about the Wigan clubs formation in 1879, rugby in Wigan before 1879, and we will take you all the way through to the formation of the Northern Union in 1895 and carry on up until the Great War in 1914 and onto the start of World War II. This huge slice of history has been ignored, misrepresented and forgotten. Along the way you can learn about the great players that have donned the Cherry and White jersey and the stories that are to be told along the way!


Lancashire - Part 1 - An attempt to explore Wigan's relationship with Lancashire County pre-Northern Union

Charles Cronshaw - Without C.A. Cronshaw we would NOT have Rugby in Wigan today.

Wigan Charity Cup: 1887 - A look at the 1887 Wigan Union Charity Cup Competition, Senior and Junior. Can Wigan get the Cup off Aspull?

Tragedy - A few sad tales from the past

Caricatures & Sketches - A look at pre-photographic versions that illustrators had to churn out back in the day

1929 Challenge Cup Final - Read about the 1929 Cup Final, the first to be staged at Wembley Stadium.

1929 Challenge Cup Programme - Have a look at each page of the mythical piece memorabilia








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