Wigan Warriors book to be launched by legends Steve Hampson and Ray Ashby

Steve Hampson, pictured at Wembley, will be at the Grand Arcade on Saturday
Steve Hampson, pictured at Wembley, will be at the Grand Arcade on Saturday

Warriors fans can get a fascinating insight into their club with a new book which is being launched this weekend.

Wigan Post reporter Tom McCooey is launching In Our Blood: Conversations with players, heroes and fans on Wigan Warriors at the club’s Grand Arcade store on Saturday morning.

Former players featured in the book, including World Club Challenge-winning full-back Steve Hampson, will also be in attendance at Warriors World from 10.30am to meet fans and sign copies of the book.

The book features interviews with past players, members of the current squad and supporters on what Wigan Warriors means to them, touching on favourite memories and landmark moments in the club’s history.

Billy Boston remembers some of the highs and lows of a career which saw him stay in the town for more than
60 years while Henderson Gill talks about his stunning try at Wembley in 1985 (and what made him leave Wigan).

Memories are also recalled from the other side of the touchline as fans discuss those annual coach trips to Wembley and sitting on the wall at Central Park.

Former full-back and current director Kris Radlinski looks forward – discussing the impact of Thursday night games on the club from a commercial perspective, and the challenges the sport faces – as well as revealing why Shaun Wane is a ‘master’ of the coaching world.

And looking forward, future coaches Adrian Lam and Shaun Edwards reveal what Wigan Warriors means to them, and why they are coming back to the club to take over as coaches.

In an open letter to fans, Wane unpicks his 30-plus year association with Wigan, from first watching them with his dad to signing off by lifting the Super League trophy in 2018, while players including Oliver Gildart, Tony Clubb and Willie Isa give their accounts on playing for the club, and the impact Wane has had on their careers.

Elsewhere, past players are profiled while seasons are remembered, for different reasons, in month-by-month accounts.

Supplemented by pictures form the Wigan Post’s extensive archive, with more than 100 images starting in the 1950s and running to the present day, copies are on sale from Warriors World priced £14.99.

Tom McCooey's new book

Tom McCooey's new book