Wigan Rugby Heritage Society recently visited Bull Hey, home of the Wigan Cricket team and presented to them a trophy, certificate and small document to highlight the Cricket Clubs’ role in Rugby Football in Wigan and to celebrate the Wigan Cricket Club being founding fathers of rugby in the town.
Pictured below are WRHS Committee members Neil Davies and Pete O’Neill, with Mark Cullen and Charles Taylor from Wigan Cricket Club.
On behalf of Members of the WRHS, we thought it is of utmost importance to remember the origins of rugby football in Wigan back in 1872 and the role the Cricket Club played in ultimately leading to the creation of modern day Wigan Warriors in 1879.
It is 150 years and a week since Members of the Wigan Cricket team first hosted a competitive game of rugby in the town when they hosted a team from Warrington. Without the grit and determination of the Cricketers who knows if rugby football would have succeeded after 1877.
We would like to thank the Wigan Cricket Club for their time this evening and hope to have a growing partnership going forward in the community.
You can find us at the Wigan Warriors fan village at EVERY home game in the 2023 season. Why not come and say hello and become a member of the Wigan Rugby Heritage Society.