Eric Ashton MBE


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Position: Centre, Winger
Date of Birth: January 24th 1935
Wigan Debut: 20th August 1955 v Dewsbury (H)
Last Wigan Match: 3rd May 1969 v Salford (H)

Eric grew up in St Helens but joined Wigan in 1955 and went on to play 487 times (plus 10 as a substitute), scoring a remarkable 1589 points and forming an excellent Centre-Wing partnership with Billy Boston.

In 1963 he was appointed as Player-Coach, retiring from playing in 1969 and holding the Coach’s job until 1973. He became the first Rugby League player to be honoured by the Queen in 1966 and won three Challenge Cup winners medals, a Championship medal, a Lancashire Cup medal, two Lancashire League Championship medals and a BBC Floodlit Trophy medal for the Club.

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