Bevan Debuts17th November marks the sixtieth anniversary of Brian Bevan's debut for Warrington. Bevan played on the right wing, as A.N.Other, for Warrington against Oldham at Wilderspool, in place of the injured Albert Johnson.Warrington won the match 12 - 3. Bevan did not score a try but a side steeping run created a try for his centre Les Jones. The Warrington team that day was: Belshaw, Bevan, L.Jones, Higginbottom, Ratcliffe, Helme, Fairclough, H.Jones, Cotton, Miller, Bennett, Gregory, Taylor. Brian Bevan was in the Australian Navy and whilst on leave contacted Bill Shankland to fix him up with a trial. Both Leeds and Hunslet did not respond to Shankland's request for a trial for the young Australian, however Warrington did and Bevan played for the "A" team on 10 November 1945. He scored a dazzling try in a 23 - 8 victory over Widnes at Wilderspool.Immediately after the Oldham match Warrington signed up the young winger on a three year contract. Brian Bevan returned to the Australian Navy and was demobbed in January 1946. He returned to Warrington in August 1946 to begin his three year contract (he stayed 16 years at Wilderspool). The rest is history as Bevan went on to amass a career record of 796 tries, 225 more than his nearest rival, Billy Boston. Brian Bevan is the only player to be inducted into both the British and Australian Halls of Fame. He was truly a Legend of Rugby League.
17, Nov, 2005