Joe Egan (rugby league)

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Joe Egan
Personal information
Full name Joseph Egan[1]
Born 26 March 1919[1]
Wigan, England
Died 11 November 2012 (age 93)[1]
Wigan, England
Playing information
Position Hooker

Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1938–50 Wigan 362 24 11 0 94
1950–55 Leigh 104
Total 466 24 11 0 94
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1943–50 England 21 1 0 0 3
1946–50 Great Britain 14 0 0 0 0
1945–50 Lancashire 10
Coaching information

Club
Years Team Gms W D L W%
1950–56 Leigh
1956–61 Wigan
Widnes
1968–70 Warrington
Blackpool Borough
Total 0 0 0 0

Joseph Egan (26 March 1919 – 11 November 2012), also known by the nickname of "Joe", was an English professional rugby league footballer of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and coach of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. He played at representative level for Great Britain, and England, and at club level for Wigan from 1938 to 1950,[7] and Leigh (Heritage № 603), as a hooker, or second-row, i.e. number 9, or, 11 or 12, during the era of contested scrums,[2] and coached at club level for, Leigh, Wigan, Widnes, Warrington, and Blackpool Borough.[5] Egan is a Wigan Hall of Fame inductee, and was a life member at Wigan,[8] Egan later became coach of Wigan, taking them to Championship success in the 1959–60 season.

Background

Joe Egan was born in Wigan, Lancashire on 26 March 1919.

Playing career

Wigan

During the 1938–39 season Joe Egan played at hooker in Wigan's 10-7 victory over Salford in the 1938–39 Lancashire Cup Final at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 22 October 1938.[9]

Egan played hooker for a Rugby League XIII against Northern Command XIII at Thrum Hall, Halifax on Saturday 21 March 1942.[10] During the 1943–44 season Egan played hooker, and scored a conversion in Wigan's 13-9 victory over Dewsbury in the Championship Final first-leg at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 13 May 1944,[11] and played hooker, and scored a try in the 12-5 victory over Dewsbury in the Championship Final second-leg at Crown Flatt, Dewsbury on Saturday 20 May 1944.[11]

During the 1945–46 season Egan played at hooker in the 3-7 defeat by Widnes in the 1945–46 Lancashire Cup Final at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 27 October 1945. He also won two Championships with Wigan in the 1945–46 season, and the 1946–47 season. He accompanied the Great Britain test team as hooker on their tour of Australia in 1946[4][12] and 1948.[13] During the 1946–47 season he played hooker in the 9–3 victory over Belle Vue Rangers in the 1946–47 Lancashire Cup Final at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 26 October 1946.[14] During the 1947–48 season he played hooker in the 10–7 victory over Belle Vue Rangers in the 1947–48 Lancashire Cup Final at Wilderspool Stadium, Warrington on Saturday 1 November 1947.[15] During the 1947–48 season Egan played hooker and was captain in Wigan's 8-3 victory over Bradford Northern in the 1947–48 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 1 May 1948, in front of a crowd of 91,465.[16] He was the first captain to receive the trophy from a reigning monarch, King George VI. On the same day former prop forward with Egan on the indomitables tour Frank Whitcombe of Bradford Northern, was the first man to win the Lance Todd trophy on the losing side. Joe Egan, Frank Whitcombe & Ken Gee formed a formidable front row in the first two test which the Australians feared on the tour to Australia in 1946, he later became the oldest surviving member. During the 1948–49 season Egan played at hooker in the 14-8 victory over Warrington in the 1948–49 Lancashire Cup Final at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 13 November 1948,[17] and during the 1949–50 season he played at hooker in the 20–7 victory over Leigh in the 1949–50 Lancashire Cup Final at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 29 October 1949.[18]

Leigh

During the 1951–52 season Egan played hooker and was the coach in Leigh's 6-14 defeat by Wigan in the 1951–52 Lancashire Cup Final at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 27 October 1951, in front of a crowd of 33,230.[19] During the 1952–53 season he played hooker and was the coach in the 22-5 victory over St. Helens in the 1952–53 Lancashire Cup Final at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 29 November 1952, in front of a crowd of 34,785.

Coaching career

Leigh

Egan remained with Leigh purely as coach for the season after he had retired from playing, and finished 11th in his last season with Leigh. During the 1955–56 season Egan was the coach in Leigh's 26-9 victory over Widnes in the 1955–56 Lancashire Cup Final at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 15 October 1955, in front of a crowd of 26,504.

Wigan

During the 1957–58 season Egan was the coach in Wigan's 9-13 victory over Workington Town in the 1957–58 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 10 May 1958, in front of a crowd of 66,109.[20] During the 1958–59 season he was the coach in the 30-13 victory over Hull F.C. in the 1958–59 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 9 May 1959, in front of a crowd of 79,811,[21] During the 1960–61 season Egan was coach in the 6-12 defeat by St. Helens in the 1960–61 Challenge Cup Final at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 13 May 1961, in front of a crowd of 94,672.

Warrington

Egan later coached the Warrington club. During the 1967–68 season Egan was the coach in Warrington's 2–2 draw with St. Helens in the 1967–68 Lancashire Cup Final at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 7 October 1967, and the 10–13 defeat by St. Helens in the 1967–68 Lancashire Cup Final replay at Station Road, Swinton on Saturday 2 December 1967. After a disastrous start to the 1970–71 season, Joe Egan decided to stand down, and he was replaced by Peter Harvey.

Egan died aged 93 in Wigan, Greater Manchester on 11 November 2012.[22]

References

  1. ^ a b c Hadfield, Dave (17 November 2012). "Joe Egan: The last surviving member of rugby league's 'Indomitables'". The Independent. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  5. ^ a b "Coach Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  6. ^ Morris, Graham (2005). Wigan Rugby League Football Club: 100 Greats. Stroud: Tempus Publishing. pp. 46–7. ISBN 978-0-7524-3470-4. 
  7. ^ Joe Egan at wiganwarriors.com
  8. ^ "Club Personnel – Life Members". wiganwarriors.com. 31 December 2014. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  9. ^ "1938–1939 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "inside programme, Northern Command v. A Rugby League XIII, 1942". rugbyleagueoralhistory.co.uk. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  11. ^ a b "1943–1944 War Emergency League Championship Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  12. ^ Joe Egan at wigan.rlfans.com
  13. ^ "Englishmen at Orange". The Sydney Morning Herald. 12 June 1946. p. 9. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  14. ^ "1946–1947 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  15. ^ "1947–1948 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "1947-1948 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "1948–1949 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  18. ^ "1949–1950 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "1951–1952 Lancashire Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "1957-1958 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  21. ^ "1958-1959 Challenge Cup Final". wigan.rlfans.com. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  22. ^ Andy Wilson (11 November 2012). "Joe Egan, the great Wigan hooker, has died at the age of 93 | Sport | guardian.co.uk". Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 

External links

  • Joe Egan: 'I'm not so bad for a 90-year-old'
Achievements
Preceded by
Albert Naughton
Rugby league transfer record
Wigan to Leigh

1950–1952
Succeeded by
Lewis Jones
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