Legends honoured  

by Gary Skentelbery

FOUR former Warrington legends have been inducted into a special hall of fame.
Former scrum-half Parry Gordon, who starred for the Wire in more than 500 games scoring 167 tries and one goal, was on hand to receive his award from Warrington Past Players Chairman Nobby Clarke, during a special sportsman's dinner at the Tetley Walker Club in the town.
The event, hosted by another Wire great, Kevin Ashcroft, raised more than £1,600 for the Past Players Association. Guest speakers were England and Derbyshire cricketer Geoff Miller, now an MCC selector and comedian Trevor Wallis from Westhoughton.
Fundraising included a raffle of various items included a signed photo of England Rugby Union star Fran Cotton, donated by another Wire legend Mike Nicholas.
Joining Parry, who starred for the Wire from 1963 to 1981 in the hall of fame, were Albert Naughton, the tough tackling centre signed from Widnes in 1949 for a then world record fee of £4,600 and George Thomas, a Welsh forward who was signed from Newport in 1903 and holds the record for the most points scored by a forward, when he scored 33 from five tries and nine goals against St Helens in 1909. He was tragically killed in action on the Somme in 1916 aged just 35.
The fourth place went to Mike Gregory who skippered club and country before moving on for a successful coaching career. It is hoped to arrange a special presentation to Mike at the Halliwell Jones at a later date.
  • Parry (above right) is pictured receiving his award from Nobby watched by Geoff Miller.