Brian McTigue

Brian McTigue was an English former rugby league player and Wigan RL Hall of Famer. He is considered to be one of the greatest forwards in Great Britain's history.


Sheer Wizardry often described the distribution skills and sleight of hand of Brian McTigue. He started his Wigan career as a centre, but took his handling skills into the pack where he won many club and international honours.

The sport however, nearly missed the talents of Brian McTigue because boxing was his first love at one time. He was so highly rated that former world champion Joey Maxim invited him to the United States after McTigue had figured in some exhibitions with the American. Fortunately McTigue decided to stick with rugby league and, after only five games as a hooker for the Giants Hall Colliery team, Wigan signed him and convd enjoyed one of his own personal great moments as he strode like a colossus through the Hull defence and collected the Lance Todd Trophy. He was in all four Wigan sides that went to Wembley in the 1960s, and collected a third winners’ medal when they beat Hunslet in 1965. After more than 400 matches, his long association with the club ended in 1966-67. He moved to Blackpool Borough but played only one more game before going to Australia to coach Bathurst. He later returned to Wigan to work.

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