50th Anniversary of Last Championship14th May 2005 marks the 50th anniversary of Warrington's last Rugby League Championship success. Brian Bevan scored Warrington's only try in a 7 - 3 win over Oldham at a muddy Maine Road, Manchester, in front of a crowd of 49,434. Harry Bath scored Warrington's other points with two goals.Warrington reached their fifth Championship final in eight years thanks to a two try performance from skipper Ally Naughton in a 17 - 9 play-off victory over Halifax at Wilderspool.First round defeats in both the Lancashire Cup and Challenge Cup allowed Warrington to concentrate on retaining their League Championship. Warrington finished top of the league with 29 wins and 2 draws from their 36 league matches. Oldham also finished with the same number of points but Warrington had a far superior points difference.Warrington and Oldham battled all season to finish top of the league. Warrington getting the upperhand by virtue of their two league wins over Oldham, 12 - 8 at Watersheddings and 18 - 4 at Wilderspool. Warrington also pipped Oldham for the Lancashire League title. Warrington used just 25 players all season, with full-back Eric Frodsham playing in all 36. Brian Bevan topped scored with 58 tries and Harry Bath kicked 110 goals in league matches.The PlayersEric Frodsham, a Lancashire county full back who played 226 matches for Warrington. He captained the double winning team of 1953/4.Brian Bevan, simply the best. Scored a World Record 796 tries in his career.Jim Challinor, a classy Great Britain centre who played 282 matches for Warrington. A 1958 British Lion.Ally Naughton (captain), also a classy Great Britain centre who played in the 1954 World Cup. He made 348 appearances for Warrington.Len Horton, an Australian threequarter who spent five years at Wilderspool.Jim Honey, only spent 12 months at Wilderspool as cover for Ray Price.Gerry Helme, Warrington's greatest scrum half with 12 Great Britain caps, a tour of Australia, a World Cup medal and two Lance Todd Trophies in a career of 442 matches for the club.Danny Naughton, a prop forward who had been on the 1950 Great Britain tour.Tom McKinney, an Irishman who played for Great Britain, spent 2 years at Wilderspool.Gerry Lowe, a Lancashire county forward who played 129 matches for Warrington.Harry Bath, an Australian legend who scored 1,894 points in 346 matches for Warrington. He became a very successful coach with Australia and St George.Syd Phillips, a forward who played in 95 matches for Warrington.Bob Ryan, a workaholic back row forward who played for Great Britain & England and was on the 1950 tour of Australia. He made 372 appearances for Warrington.The other twelve players to appear in league matches were: Alf Arnold, Eric Fraser, Billy Frost, Len Gilfedder, Austin Heathwood, Ken Kerrigan, Stan McCormick, Peter O'Toole, Ray Price, John Warburton, Ted White and Frank Wright.
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