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Wigan Rugby Unionists - early 50's ??
Photo: Kevan Taylor
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Item #: 6938
Photo of players with list of names on back, found among the possession's of my recently departed father Alan Taylor(late of Pagefield St). Dad is in the lower l/h corner of the pic, additional names and question marks appear to indicated a later amendment to the list.Can anyone help?

Comment by: 1934granada on 31st July 2008 at 12:33

There is someone on that photo who has a look of a young Jimmy Lowe who used to have the fish and chip shop on Earl Street Swinley. I may be wrong. I'll see if I can find out any details.

Comment by: Colin Benfold on 1st August 2008 at 11:58

I recgnise some of the faces in the picture as I started playing for the Unionists some years later (1958)

2nd left back row is Ken Prescott (now lives in blackrod)
2nd left middle row his brother Mike Prescott (now in shevington)
3rd left middle row Harold Dyke

3rd left front row Charlie Henry
4th left front row George Houghton 9 (now near Brisbane)
I think 2nd right back row in blazer is Tommy Rushton

Comment by: Kevan Taylor on 2nd August 2008 at 23:39

It was George Haughton who gave the photo to my dad to stimulate his memory when dad was diagnosed with Alzheimers a couple of years ago.

Comment by: Nick Bennett on 10th August 2008 at 18:07

3rd left back row is Ernie Fairhurst.
5th left back row is Dave Markland.
8th left back row is Syd Myers.
5th left front row is Norman Pendlebury

Comment by: Nogger on 21st August 2008 at 23:53

Showed this photo to Ken Prescott who confirmed previously named and added:- exteme right back row is David Walsh,3rd from right is Chris Webster, and fourth is Norman McGowans, extreme left in a mac' is George Jones; first from right middle row is Keith Green and second from left front row is ? Ball. Ken referred to Alan as 'Aggy' and commented that he was a 'flyer'

Comment by: John Clarke on 30th August 2008 at 15:53

Dave Markland was big for a lad of six or seven at the time

Comment by: Roy Huxley on 29th November 2008 at 19:00

Jimmy Lowe is definately not on this photo,Jimmy was too young to be on this team,he played his rugby at Wigan Old Boys anyway.

Comment by: James on 13th May 2009 at 22:56

Syd Myers was my uncle great to see a picture with him on. I was also told a few weeks ago that my Dad his brother Bob also played.

Comment by: Tom Tudge on 14th May 2009 at 20:41

I played for this club around 1953/54 before I went into Nat Service. This is a later group than the ones I played beside. I can confirm the names given as Charles Henry (capt and flyhalf/standoff) Ernie Fairhurst (centre) Norman Pendlebury (full back) Syd Prescott (wing forward (flanker)
Syd Myers Wing forward (flanker). In those days we were known as Wigan Unionists and we played on Little Lane Field before it became the Duke of Edinburgh playing fields. We got changed in a pub, could have been the New Inn in Goose Green and walked half a mile to the ground to play. I was the youngest at that time. Happy memories of that age.I can also confirm that James father, Bob Myers played. We were 2nd row partners.

Comment by: mark on 17th May 2009 at 20:10

3rd from the right back row is my dad syd myers,

Comment by: James on 17th May 2009 at 23:25

Tell you what Mark you don't half look like Myers's are a handsome bunch.

Comment by: Roy Huxley on 26th July 2009 at 19:28

I hope your including me in that comment James! I am Lily Myers son,she was your grandad Myers sister,your dads aunty Lily, I knew Syd and Mark well as I lived in Shevington,I knew your dad when he was a lad when my mum used to take me up Little Lane to see my aunty and uncle,your gran and grandad.Unfortunately I dont know you.

Comment by: James on 2nd August 2009 at 00:48

Alright Roy, Well thats two people who I have got to know because of this site and I'm sure we can include you on the hansome stakes. Do you still live in shevington?

Comment by: Roy on 25th August 2009 at 18:46

Hi James,sorry for the delay in replying but i've been on holiday. No i've gone full circle back to where I was born and bred,Standish.I lived in Shevvy for 31 years.You seem to have been given the Myers family christian name,I cant remember your grandads name but your great,great great and great great great grandads were all named James.

Comment by: James on 8th September 2009 at 13:30

Hello Roy, that's very interesting I didn't know that. Between you and me I always hated it when I was growing up.

Comment by: Roy on 24th September 2009 at 14:05

Hi James, what was your grandad Myers christian name?

Comment by: mark on 3rd October 2009 at 20:43

Hi Roy, James and i are related as my dad and james dad are brothers, our grandad was sydney who my dad was named after, our great grandad and great great grandad was called james like you say, i have only managed to get back to 1861 on my dads tree. regards mark

Comment by: James on 4th October 2009 at 16:47

Everyones doing these family trees I better start branching out LOL!

Comment by: Derek Bradley on 25th February 2011 at 23:57

AGGY Taylor was one of my best mates up to going to Australia.Ken Prescott persuaded me to guest for the Unionists when we at Orrell had no game.Afew weeks later we (Orrell) WERE playing the Unionists at Little lane.After scoring a try against !!! the Unionists i was dumped and battered behind the try line When i came too i said WHO DID THAT? The answer was HIM OVER THERE I said HIM It was of course my mate Ken Prescott!Enough said Regards to all my old Unionist pals You were gteat chums Does anyone remember the tragic accident at Scholes crossing on the Friday night when we were on our way to Wemblet to Watch WIGAN play Barrow in the blistering rain Regards to all .BRAD.(Derek Bradley)

Comment by: Paul Walsh on 7th March 2011 at 21:45

Hi. Sorry for the late posting, I have only just seen this photo. My dad, David Walsh, is in the middle row, second from the left. (He is the first one kneeling.) Judging by his age in the picture, I would guess this was taken in about 1956. Sadly, he died in 1995, but I know he enjoyed his days with the Wigan Rugby Unionists, and he would have loved to have seen this picture.

Paul Walsh

Comment by: Susan Williams (nee Pendlebury) on 6th September 2013 at 17:27

Brill dad is Norman Pendlebury who is first from the right on front row....I will have to print this piccy off for him...he'll be quite amused !!

Comment by: Andy on 8th December 2014 at 10:54

I am looking for a William Hague who played for Wigan Old Boys; has anyone got any recollections of him? I would be very grateful for information, and photos.

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