Photos of Wigan
Photos of Wigan

Wigan Album

Wigan Rugby Players


Central Park 1940 - 41, unbeaten season.
Photo: Keith
Views: 555
Item #: 32588
A photo taken by my father at Central Park, probably in 1941, using his box Brownie camera. I have "enhanced" the image.
Standing left to right:- Tom Hesketh (Director), Vic Johnson, Johnny Lawrenson, Jack Cunliffe, Martin Ryan (all 4 Wigan players), Hermus Llewellyn (Guest), a second Director, name unknown.
In front:- Teddy Parkes Trainer and ex Highfield RL player, Tommy Bradshaw (Wigan player), Unknown perhaps the Kit man.
Johnny, Jack, Martin and Tommy all local talent were to have fantastic careers with the club.
In total they played nearly 1,300 games for the first team between them.

Comment by: Ian on 8th July 2020 at 08:32

It looks like this photo could have been taken on the old training pitch, Keith at the back of the spion kop end.

Comment by: Keith on 8th July 2020 at 09:11

Ian, l wondered that at first, but if you look to the extreme left you can just see part of the goalpost at the far end of the pitch. On the extreme right you can see St George’s school, so they are on the main pitch.

Comment by: WN1 Standisher on 8th July 2020 at 10:31

Is that St Georges's to the right, if so could be on the main pitch, in front of the Hen Pen. Not sure. Good photo.

Comment by: Ian. on 8th July 2020 at 11:08

I'm not sure now about the location!
I thought that may have been Woodfield / the old girls high school on the right?
I do recall them having rugby posts on the training pitch but l cant remember them being that tall.
Great photo though.

Comment by: Keith on 8th July 2020 at 14:15

Thank you to all for those nice comments. Ian, just to re-assure you regarding location, this wasn't the only photo my father took that day, 80 years ago.
All of them showing the various groups planted firmly on the Central Park pitch. This wasn't a training session, if so they might have been found on the training pitch. I'll dig out some of the other photos and post them at some stage.

Comment by: Josh on 8th July 2020 at 16:01

Just for the record I believe the player, 2nd in from the left standing is as stated, Vic Johnson who was at the club between 1939 - 1942. He made 18 first team appearances and scored 11 tries.

Comment by: Philip Cunliffe on 8th July 2020 at 16:46

I m going to agree with the comments that it is on the main pitch. The bank that you can see would be the Kop end before it was covered

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 9th July 2020 at 09:47

I like the look of the Trainer - the type to see the good in someone.

Comment by: Keith on 9th July 2020 at 17:36

Hi Philip, I understand the trainer's son was Arthur Parkes. He attended Wigan Grammar School, eventually becoming a Headmaster at a school in Cornwall.

Comment by: Philip Gormley. on 9th July 2020 at 18:12

Thanks Keith. 'Insight' a part of the Parkes' nature then.

Leave a comment?

* Enter the 5 digit code to the right of the input box. Don't worry if you make a mistake, you will get another chance. Your comments won't be lost.