Warriors 2015 shirt set for release

Ray Ashby (1965) and Matty Bowen (2015)
Ray Ashby (1965) and Matty Bowen (2015)

WARRIORS have gone back in time for inspiration for their new home kit.

The new shirt reverts to a very traditional cherry and white design, inspired by the shirt worn 50 years ago in the 1965 Challenge Cup Final win over Hunslet - a game widely regarded as one of the best finals of all time.

Current No.1 Matty Bowen met the full-back from that day, joint Lance Todd Trophy winner Ray Ashby, for this launch photograph.

Bowen said: “It was an honour to meet Ray and hear his stories from his days as a player.

“It’s great that the club can revert to such a traditional design and one that is inspired by the boys who wore the shirt 50 years ago.

“We started pre-season training again this week and can’t wait to pull on the famous shirt in the New Year, and hopefully we can write our own history into the record books.”

The new shirt is made by Errea and features new main sponsor Coral.

Replica shirts will be available to buy from Friday, December 19, from Warriors World. Prices have not yet been released.

Commercial director Geoff Warburton admitted it was closer to Christmas than they would have liked, but made the decision to ensure all the shirt sponsors’ logos could be “sublimated into the design rather than leaving gaps and applying patches at a later date”.

The shirt is the first of three set to be used by the Warriors in 2015.

The first ever Warriors academy shirt will be launched tomorrow, when the Erreà road train will be stopping on Standishgate in Wigan, from 10.30am.

The new first-team away kit will be launched later this week.