Images: Bobby Wanbon Memorial Service, St. Oswald’s Church

A memorial service for Bobby Wanbon was held and hundreds attended to pay tribute to him.

The former Warrington Wolves, St Helens and Aberavon forward died on November 8, 2022 at the age of 78 while on holiday with his wife Jean in Tenerife.

His funeral service was later that week in the Canary Island but a memorial service for Bobby was held at St Oswald’s Church, Padgate Lane on Wednesday 2 December 2022.

Among those who said goodbye to Bobby were former teammates from Warrington, St Helens and Wales, whose pictures were captured by Mike Boden in the gallery above.

The Port Talbot-born former Aberavon rugby union forward switched to rugby league, signing professional forms for Saints on 29 January 1968, a week after he made his debut for Wales rugby union team against England at Twickenham scored an attempt.

He scored 18 tries from 79 games in the red v.

Bobby was in the matchday squad for Saints’ League Championship win in 1971 against Wigan. But Alex Murphy then signed him to The Wire that same year.

The Welshman was a key figure in the Warrington pack that dominated the 1973-74 domestic season, including winning the Captain Morgan Trophy final against Featherstone, John Player’s success against Rochdale, triumphing in the Challenge Cup final against Featherstone and the Club Championship Final Glory Day v St Helens.

Wanbon’s success with The Wire secured a place in the first Wales squad to appear at a Rugby League World Cup in 1975.

The father of one, a bricklayer by trade, made 163 appearances for The Wire before retiring in 1978 and then rose to fame as a pub tenant in Warrington, where he lived for more than 50 years.

From 1977 to 1999 he worked behind the bar at various pubs ranging from The Prince of Wales, The Old Ball, The Howley, The King and Queen to The Red Lion on Stockton Heath.

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Brian Ashcraft

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