As it’s Father’s Day, we take a look at the current and previous dads and lads to have both played for Wigan Warriors.
There are 14 families in total to have a father and their son or daughter to have played for the Club, including two current Warriors Women.
- Happy Father’s Day to all the Cherry and White dads!
As it’s Father’s Day, we delve into Wigan Warriors’ history and take a look at the current and previous dads and their sons or daughters to have both played for the Club.
Keiron and Sean O’Loughlin
Keiron O’Loughlin made 260 appearances for Wigan from 1970 to 1979, scoring 93 tries.
He is the father of England and Great Britain international Sean O’Loughlin. Sean, 36, has played 444 games for Wigan since he made his debut for the Club in April 2002 and has gone on to win the World Club Challenge (2017), Super League (2010, 2013, 2016 & 2018), Challenge Cup (2011 & 2013) and League Leaders’ Shield (2010 & 2012).
Ian and Oliver Gildart
Ian Gildart, 49, played for Wigan between 1986 and 1994. He made 139 appearances for the Club as a second row, before joining Wakefield Trinity and then Oldham. He was part of Wigan’s winning squad at the 1987 and 1991 World Club Challenge matches, and the 1990 Challenge Cup Final. Fast forward two decades and his son, Oliver has played 107 games for Wigan and has scored 51 tries. The centre has followed in his dad’s footsteps and won the World Club Challenge in 2017, as well as being a double Super League Grand Final champion (2016 & 2018) and the 2017 Super League Young Player of the Year.
David and Liam Marshall
David Marshall was a winger who played alongside ex-Wigan Head Coach Shaun Wane in the late-80s. He made 39 appearances between 1987 and 1990. Liam Marshall was given his Warriors debut in 2017 by Wane and has since made 58 appearances, scoring 44 tries, including one against Catalans Dragons at Barcelona’s Camp Nou in May.
Ellery and Umyla Hanley
Ellery Hanley is renowned as being one of Wigan’s all time greats. During his five years with the Club (1985-1990), Ellery, 58, won a World Club Challenge, four Challenge Cups, three Championships, one Premiership and two Man of Steels. He played 204 games for Wigan, scoring 189 tries and in 2007 he was inducted into the Club’s Hall of Fame. Ellery’s son, Umyla, is part of Wigan’s current Under-19s side who are at the top of the Academy Super League table. Umyla was named the Under-16s Player of the Year in 2018 and so far in 2019, the full-back has played ten games for the Under-19s team, scoring six tries.
David and Gemma Walsh
David Walsh played 45 times between 1976 and 1981. His daughter, Gemma, made history as she became the first player to captain the first ever Warriors Women’s side in 2018 and led them to Super League Grand Final glory. The stand-off has also represented England in three World Cups earning 15 caps as well as captaining the national side. She previously played for Featherstone Rovers (formerly Wakefield Panthers) for 15 years.
Jim and Victoria Molyneux
Jim Molyneux made 13 appearances for Wigan between 1968 and 1972. His daughter, Victoria, joined the Warriors Women’s side in 2019. Victoria has represented Lancashire at junior and open age level, before she was selected for England and went on tour to France in 2007.
Colin and Sean Tyrer
Colin Tyrer played for Wigan between 1966 and 1974. He made 246 appearances, scoring 88 tries and converting 813 goals - taking his total points tally to 1890. His son Sean, played 12 games for the Club between 1988 and 1990.
Charlie Seeling Sr and Charlie Seeling Jr
Charlie Seeling Sr was a Wigan player in the years 1909 to 1920, where he made 226 appearances, scoring 76 tries. His son, Charlie Jr, played 86 games and scored 11 tries in the years 1933 to 1943.
Keith Holden Sr and Keith Holden Jr
Keith Holden Sr racked up 152 games for Wigan between 1958 and 1967, scoring 58 tries. His son, Keith Jr, played for the Club between 1983 and 1986, as he made 29 appearances.
Bernard Coyle Sr and Bernard Coyle Jr
The Coyle family have four members from three different generations to have played for Wigan. Bernard Coyle Sr played one game for the Club in 1944, whilst his son, Bernard Jr, made 134 appearances during eight years between 1972 and 1980. His two son’s Thomas and James went on to put the Cherry and White jersey on, as the latter played six games in 2005, while the former made four appearances in 2008.
Colin and Phil Clarke
Colin Clarke played for Wigan between 1962 and 1977, as he made 436 appearances, scoring 75 tries. He played at hooker in the 1965 Challenge Cup Final win over Hunslet and became Wigan coach in the 1980s. Colin’s son, Phil, joined the Club in 1998 and stayed for three years, playing 154 games and scoring 23 tries. He played in the 1991 and 1994 World Club Challenge triumphs, as well as five Challenge Cup Final victories, from 1991 to 1995. Phil was Wigan’s Chief Executive from 1997 to 1998.
Graeme and Dwayne West
Graeme West played 202 games and scored 49 tries for Wigan between 1982 and 1990. His son, Dwayne, joined the Club in 1999 and went on to make two appearances.
Adrian and Kyle Shelford
Adrian Shelford made 83 appearances for Wigan in the years 1987 to 1989. His son, Kyle, played once for the Club in 2016 after coming through the ranks in the Academy.
Jason Robinson and Lewis Tierney
During his eight years at Wigan, Jason Robinson scored 171 tries in 281 games. The winger scored Wigan’s only try in Super League’s first ever Grand Final in 1998. He also won the World Club Challenge in 1994 and the Challenge Cup in 1993 and 1995. Lewis Tierney followed in his father’s footsteps as he was part of Wigan’s 2016 Grand Final winning squad. From 2013 to 2017, Tierney made 40 appearances for the Club and scored 18 tries either as a full-back or on the wing.
Gwynne and Tom Davies
Gwnne and Tom Davies are not part of the dads and lads, but the former is the latter’s great grandfather. Between 1930 and 1939, Gwynne played 300 games for the Club and scored 127 tries. He scored in the 1934 Championship Final that saw Wigan secure their fourth League Championship, and fast forward 84 years, his great grandson, Tom, crossed for a crucial try in the 2018 Grand Final to help the Club to their 22nd League title. Since 2017, Tom has scored 30 tries in 62 games for the Warriors.
Billy Boston and Wes Davies
Billy Boston and Wes Davies are not part of the dads and lads, but Billy is Wes’ grandfather. From 1953 to 1967, Billy wrote his name into Wigan Warriors folk-law after scoring 478 tries in 487 games. In his 15 years at the Club, Billy became one of the greatest to grace the rugby league field, as he won the Championship, Challenge Cup (three times), Lancashire League (two times), Lancashire Cup and BBC Flootlit Trophy. In 1986, he was honoured by the Queen. Billy’s grandson, Wes, played for Wigan between 1998 and 2001. He went on to make 47 appearances, scoring 12 tries.
Let’s take a look at some familiar Wigan faces who have notable sons.
Adrian Lam and Lachlan Lam
Wigan Head Coach Adrian Lam played for the Club between 2001 and 2004, as he made 119 appearances and scored 44 tries. His son, Lachlan, 21, made his debut for Sydney Roosters this year, having been at the Club’s youth system since he was 13.
Andy Farrell and Owen Farrell
Sean O’Loughlin’s dad, Kieron, is the grandfather of England rugby union player Owen Farrell, whose dad is former Wigan player Andy Farrell. Andy, 44, is Sean’s brother-in-law and Sean is the uncle of Owen. Both Sean and Andy played together for Wigan between 2002 to 2004. Starting in 1991, Andy made 370 appearances for the Club, scoring 111 tries and converting 1336 goals. He went on to win the World Club Challenge (1994), Challenge Cup (1993, 1995 & 2002), Super League Grand Final (1998) and Man of Steel (1996) in his time at Wigan.
Frano Botica and Ben Botica
Frano Botica played 180 games for Wigan in the year 1990 to 1995. He scored 66 tries and converted 827 goals - his total points tally was 1931. He won the 1991 and 1994 World Club Challenge with the Club. Frano’s son, Ben, is a New Zealand rugby union player for French club Oyonnax.
Mike Ford and George Ford
Mike Ford played 85 games in four years (1982-1986) for Wigan, scoring 24 tries. His son, George, is a rugby union player for Leicester Tigers and England. George played rugby league as a young teenager and was part of the Warriors’ Academy.
Happy Father’s Day to all the Cherry and White dads!