Bob Millward honoured with signed Wigan jersey
Millward known as Bobby Steeler and seen as Illawarra’s Father of Rugby League
- Warriors to wear Steelers warm-up jersey on Saturday ahead of historic Super League game
The Warriors presented Bob Millward OAM with a replica Steelers jersey signed by the Wigan squad yesterday.
The man fondly known as Bobby Steeler, seen as Illawarra’s Father of Rugby League, was honoured for his long-term commitment to the game and his work with all levels of Australian rugby league.
Millward, who once played the game for Wollongong Tech, was the first full-time CEO of the Illawarra District Rugby League and the first CEO of the Illawarra Steelers. As the driving force behind the Illawarra Steelers being accepted into the NSWRL premiership in 1982, his vision has always been about providing world class rugby league in Wollongong.
That vision is fitting this week as the Wigan Warriors and Hull FC prepare to face-off at WIN Stadium on Saturday in the first Super League match for points held outside Europe.
Wigan Warriors Executive Director Kris Radlinski said strong advocates for rugby league were the lifeblood of the game.
“It is important at all levels of the game that supporters and administrators are seeking to advance the reputation and scope of rugby league not only within individual cities and communities but on national and international levels,” he said.
“Bob’s determination to promote and grow rugby league is legendary and this jersey is just one small way in which we are able to show our appreciation for his hard work and dedication to our sport.”
Destination Wollongong General Manager Mark Sleigh said it was fitting for Wigan to present Millward with the official warm-up jersey for the club’s 2018 tour.
“The striking jersey is a throwback to the famous Illawarra Steelers kit and Wigan’s decision to present one to Bob is a perfect gesture,” he said.
“This tribute will be a memorable moment for Bob who has contributed so much to rugby league in the Illawarra.”
Wigan face Hull FC at WIN Stadium on Saturday 10 February, tickets can be purchased HERE.
The Wigan Warriors and Hull F.C games in Wollongong and Sydney have been secured exclusively by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, in partnership with Destination Wollongong.
Picture: Adam McLean (Illawarra Mercury)