Pathway of fame - Brian Bevan

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Brian Bevan

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(1924-1991) Wing, Various teams
The story behind the plaque

Brian Bevan was nicknamed the 'Wing Wizard' and played for a variety of different teams over the years, including Warrington, British Empire XIII and Blackpool. He scored 796 tries in 688 rugby league matches, including 100 hat tricks and two games in which he scored seven tries for Warrington. He scored 50 tries or more in nine seasons, including 72 in the 1952-3 season. He arrived in Britain as a stoker on the HMAS Australia in 1945 and went to Warrington where he scored 48 tries in his first season: 1946-7.

During his career, Warrington won three Championships, two Challenge Cups, a Lancashire Cup and six Lancashire League titles. It seems all the more remarkable given this description in Geoffrey Moorhouse’s Official History of Rugby League, “Bald long before his time, knees heavily bandaged to save on wear and tear, false teeth out and cheeks sucked in... noticeable for his lurching walk, he could be mistaken for a broken down old chap who had dreamily wandered on to the pitch from the local twilight home.”

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