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Photo-a-Day  (Friday, 8th April, 2016)

Big Rugby Ball

Big Rugby Ball
On site of old Central Park, now Tesco.

Photo: Mick Byrne  (Sony HDR)
Views: 4,048

Comment by: Johnny on 8th April 2016 at 00:17

Isn't that against the rules...two balls on the pitch!
Who do you tackle?
Mind you, they look like giant spuds or Easter eggs to me!
And who are the players? Billy Boston and Jim Sullivan?

Comment by: Jo Anne on 8th April 2016 at 00:53

Another great photo, thanks Mick :o)

Rugby Football - Joanne Risley - Tesco Extra, Central Park, Wigan (2001)


Comment by: Ken R on 8th April 2016 at 04:30

Good photo Mick. It is good to be reminded of historic memories.

Comment by: Garry on 8th April 2016 at 04:43

The game with the funny ball.I'll stick to the round ball, football.

Comment by: joe graney on 8th April 2016 at 06:39

great picture Mick

Comment by: PeterP on 8th April 2016 at 07:01

Tucked away in a corner and nearly forgot about. Should have been in a more prominent place.

Comment by: Scholes Malc on 8th April 2016 at 07:52

should never have left - I blame Jack Robinson!

Comment by: A.W. on 8th April 2016 at 10:06

I'm not usually a big fan of modern sculpture but I do like this, it should indeed be in a more prominent position.

Comment by: Phil Harrison on 8th April 2016 at 10:21

PeterP, I don't think big rugby ball is tucked away, it is on a main walkway on the Tesco site, cars and hundreds of people pass it every day. As regards 'there shouldn't be two balls on the pitch', the lads with the balls are just coming out of the tunnel!

Comment by: Johnny on 8th April 2016 at 19:38

What tunnel's this....the Mersey Tunnel :O)
And those lads without their balls would be singin in a castralto choir:O)

Comment by: dave on 8th April 2016 at 23:29

Scholes Malc
spot on

Comment by: John on 9th April 2016 at 08:32

the other John'says some stupid things

Comment by: Jo Anne on 10th April 2016 at 01:03

Information from Wigan Public Art Trail:


Central Park is the former home of Wigan Rugby League. To celebrate the impact that the team has had on the world of sport Tesco commissioned this cast bronze Rugby Football featuring famous players associated with the club; Billy Boston, Tommy Bradshaw, Joe Egan, Jimmy Sullivan. Care should be taken as this sculpture is sited on the edge of the roundabout.

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