Tribute paid to former Wigan RL star Kevin O’Loughlin

Kevin O'Loughlin in defence agianst Castleford in 1970
Kevin O'Loughlin in defence agianst Castleford in 1970

Former Wigan rugby league player Kevin O’Loughlin has died.

The stand-off, who could also cover other positions, made 284 appearances for Wigan between 1963 and 1975 after signing from Warrington Colts.

He was an extremely hard player and my recollection is of a Mr Reliable

Brian Ramsdale

He played alongside his brother Keiron in the early 1970s, and was Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin’s uncle.

Former captain and coach Colin Clarke said: “I remember when he came through into the team, we had a game up at Workington and I was chatting to Ike Southward in the bar afterwards and he said, ‘That new lad’s a tough cookie’.

“That summed up Kevin – he was a hard, hard player, and someone who never let you down.

“He tended to keep himself to himself, but he was good company and a very nice person.

“I was sad when I heard about his death.”

Wigan Players Association committee member Brian Ramsdale paid tribute to his former team-mate.

He said: “Kevin was one of those quiet members of the squad, but he would say his piece when he had something positive to contribute.

“Whilst he played a lot as a half, he would play well and in any position he was asked. He was an extremely hard player and my recollection is of a Mr Reliable who was at times used as winger, full back, half back and occasionally in the back three of the pack.”