Ray Price joins Warrington Hall of Fame

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RAY Price has been inducted into the Warrington Rugby League Club Hall of Fame this year.

Here is his career story.

RAY PRICE.

Debut: 29/08/1953.

Last game 27/04/1957.

Games played: 113.

Tries 23.

Goals 0.

Drop goals: 0.

Points 69.

Welshman Ray Price was one of the finest stand offs of the post-war period at only 5ft 5in and 11st 4lbs.

He was a resourceful, rugged and a ferocious tackler, who possessed good pace and was incisive on the break.

Ray was captain of Abertillery RU before moving to the rugby league ranks by joining Belle Vue Rangers in 1947.

By the following year he had become a Welsh international in his new code and went on to represent his country on six occasions.

After over 200 games he moved to Wilderspool in August 1953 in an exchange with Jim Featherstone and an undisclosed cash sum.

Linking with scrum half Gerry Helme they became the beating heart of Warrington's successful seasons - forming possibly the greatest half back pairing the club has ever had.

He made his debut in a 16-4 home win against Rochdale Hornets and by the end of the season had played at Wembley, and won the Challenge Cup replay at Odsal as well as gaining a Championship winners medal.

With Wire he won three consecutive Lancashire League Championships and there was another Championship medal in 1954/55, although he missed the final through a cracked wrist injury.

While at Wilderspool he won nine Great Britain caps and made two appearances for Other Nationalities after the Welsh XIII was discontinued.

In the summer of 1957 Ray went with Great Britain to Australia for the second World Cup but was badly injured in the first warm-up game at Perth and took no further part in the tour.

He returned home to Wales and announced his retirement!

His last game for the primrose and blue had been a home victory over Leigh 27-15 but then later transferred to St Helens for £1,500.

When his playing days were over Price returned home to Blaina and one of his Great Britain shirts went on display at his local rugby club.

He died, aged 64, after suffering a brain haemorrhage in 1988.

* Anyone with a picture of Ray Price who would like to see it published with this article, forward a copy to mparsons@guardiangrp.co.uk.

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