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Blan Brothers


The talented Blan Brothers
Photo: Keith
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This family trio certainly made their mark in the world of Rugby League. Bill(y) Blan and Jack or Johnny Blan with their exploits with Wigan and their other brother Albert with Swinton RFC. Very few families, if indeed any other family, can claim no less than three brothers all making a life for themselves in professional sport.

Comment by: AB on 28th December 2012 at 09:21

Longshoot. born and bred.Real Wiganers

Comment by: Jarvo on 28th December 2012 at 11:09

The Clarke brothers come to mind: five professional footballers: Allan, Frank, Derek, Kelvin and Wayne...All good lads...Allan (Sniffer) played 19 times for England, and was a vital part of Don Revie's great Leeds side of the early seventies...Derek and Wayne both began their careers with Wolverhampton Wanderers...

Comment by: Brian Acton on 28th December 2012 at 18:51

Fox brothers from Wakefield (Don, Neil, and Peter)
Barrow brothers from St Helens,Chisnall brothers from St Helens, and the Arkwrights from St Helens (grandfather Jack, son Jack, and grandson Chris, all played for St Helens. Those just off the top of my head.No doubt others will put more on.

Comment by: J Glover on 29th December 2012 at 08:52

Jack and Albert were born in Longshoot Scholes,so was I (same house)Bill was born in Wombwell Barnsley on a trip by my Gradma to see my Grandad who had gone to work there when he couldn't find work back in Wigan.So Bill was a Yorkshire man,not sure if he ever played for Yorkshire?.

Comment by: AB on 29th December 2012 at 20:17

As a boy in the forties I Remmember Jack living in Pike St Billy lived in a house on Scholes between Longshoot and Vine St and his little boys played on the pavement in front. and Albert playing for Whelley Legion and mating with Harold Winsranley( Who wrestled as Melvin Riss)

Comment by: E.Ashcroft on 26th January 2013 at 01:06

I play soccer with Albert Blan for worsley boys club in 1947-48 he played centre half and would have made it in football if he had wanted to

Comment by: Frank Latimer on 16th March 2013 at 11:16

Billy lived in an upstairs flat opposite the Bowling Green pub for quite a while. Then he went to play for a Yorkshire club (don't know which) When he returned to Wigan he lived in Hornby St for a long time.

Comment by: george fairhurst on 22nd August 2019 at 11:18

Billy Blan was born near Wakefield and he played for Lancashire until someone found out and he than played for Yorkshire

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