Funeral at St Patrick’s Church for Egan

Joe Egan in full flow during the 1950 Australia tour
Joe Egan in full flow during the 1950 Australia tour

THE funeral of Wigan and GB legend Joe Egan will take place next Tuesday, November 20, at St Patrick’s Church, Wigan.

The former hooker, who past away on Saturday, made 362 appearances for his hometown club – many as captain – between 1938 and 1949, and later coached the club for five years.

He was the first player to receive the Challenge Cup from royalty when King George VI presented him with the silverware after guiding his side to an 8-3 victory over Bradford in front of more than 91,000 fans in 1948.

Egan’s death, at the age of 93, was confirmed by family members.

Warriors coach Shaun Wane said: “I met Joe many times over the years and he was a real gentleman, a great man and very knowledgeable about the game.”

The funeral will take place at 1pm.

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