It is with great sadness that Wigan Warriors learned of the passing of ex-Wiganer and Challenge Cup winner Laurie Gilfedder, who has sadly passed away at the age of 83.
The talented Gilfedder, who enjoyed a very successful career in Rugby League spanning nearly 20 years, playing over 450 games and scoring well over 2000 points, passed away on Monday 7th January in Warrington General Hospital.
Playing as either a back-row forward or at centre, Gilfedder was also a prolific kicker, scoring over 800 points during his time with Wigan between 1963-67.
His career began at Warrington where he played between 1951-1963 before arriving at Wigan. He would later go on to play 40 times for Leigh between 1967-1969. Gilfedder’s influence wasn’t limited to these three clubs however, as he also won caps for Lancashire (9) and Great Britain (5) during the 50s and 60s.
Gilfedder, who’s Wigan heritage number is 625, lead the Cherry and Whites to Challenge Cup glory in 1965, scoring a try and three goals (including a penalty from the half-way line) in Wigan’s 20-16 victory over Hunslet in front of a crowd of over 89,000 at Wembley Stadium.
Certainly a man for the big occasion, he also shone in the Lancashire County Cup Final winning Wigan side who beat Oldham 16-13 in October 1966, scoring a try and two goals at Station Road, Swinton.
The club would like to send their most sincere condolences to all of Laurie Gilfedder’s family and friends at this time.
His funeral is a Cardinal Newman Church, Knutsford Road, Warrington on Thursday 24th January at 10:30am.