With Regret

With Regret

Wigan Warriors are saddened to learn of the passing of Alan McInnes who was joint head coach of the club alongside Colin Clarke between 1984 and 1986.

Alongside Clarke, McInnes took charge of Wigan in August 1984 following the dismissal of Alex Murphy.

The pair guided to Wigan to third place in the league table in their first year in charge and second the year after before making way for Graeme Lowe.

A former Salford player, McInnes alongside Clarke oversaw Wigan winning the John Player (Regal Trophy) and Lancashire Cup during the 1985/86 season.

The highlight of their time in charge came on Saturday 4 May 1985 when Wigan overcame Hull in what is still remembered today as one of the greatest Challenge Cup Finals of all time.

A total of 97,801 fans packed in to Wembley as Wigan and Hull did battle with the Cherry and Whites coming out on top owing to tries from John Ferguson (2), Brett Kenny, Henderson Gill and a young Shaun Edwards. The 1985 Challenge Cup Final kick started a period of unquestionable dominance with the Wigan Club winning 36 trophies over an 11-year period including the Challenge Cup nine times as well as seven league titles and the World Club Challenge on three occasions.

The Club offers its deepest condolences to Alan’s family and friends at this time.

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