Everyone at Wigan Warriors are saddened to hear of the passing of ex-player Brian Larkin, who recently passed away at the age of 80.
Brian, who only started to play rugby at age 19, played professional rugby league for Wigan from season 1962-63 to 1963-64 playing prop forward. Brian was initially signed for Wigan from a local Wigan amateur rugby league team and made his first team debut on Easter Sunday, 13th April 1963, v Leeds at Headingley Stadium in front of a 12,941 crowd. He then went on to make 171 appearances for Widnes, and later played for Warrington, where he ended his playing career in 1973.
More recently Brian was reunited with some of his former team mates when he joined the ‘Rugby Memories’ group, a social programme run by Wigan Warriors Community Foundation which brings the local community together to share their memories of Wigan’s past. Brian regularly attended the sessions with his wife Joan and enjoyed sharing his memories with friends old and new.
Brian’s son, Warren, believes his parents benefitted greatly from attending the sessions, “They love coming to the sessions and it has made a positive contribution to their wellbeing…they have made a lot of new friends and rekindled old relationships.”
Claire Taylor, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Wigan warriors Community Foundation said, “ Brian will be sorely missed by all of us, he had a great sense of humour and loved making people laugh.”