Bob Ryan funeral on Monday

Bob Ryan

Bob Ryan

First published in Wolves news

BOB Ryan's funeral will take place at Warrington Parish Church on Monday at 10.15am.

The former Warrington Wolves pack star died after a long illness.

Ryan was a member of the first Warrington team to win the league championship in 1947/48 and has been honoured with a place in the club's Hall of Fame.

Ryan was signed from Wigan club Ince Rovers in the first post-war season, and made his debut at Broughton Rangers in a 12-19 defeat, in October 1945.

For the 5ft 9in, 13st 10lb second row, however, good times were on their way as he became the cornerstone of that first Warrington Championship side.

He made 372 appearances for Warrington and scored 37 tries in a 13-season career at Wilderspool.

You can leave a tribute message for Bob in the comment section below.

Ryan and teammate Jim Featherstone were selected to tour with Great Britain in 1950 and missed out on the Wembley triumph.

He made his Great Britain Test debut on a quagmired Sydney Cricket Ground in a 6-4 victory.

His qualities earned him five Great Britain caps, two for England and saw him selected to play for Lancashire on four occasions.

The 1953/54 campaign saw Ryan at loose forward as Warrington achieved the Challenge Cup and Championship double.

He was also in the last Championship winning side, as Oldham were defeated 7-3 on a rainy day at Maine Road in 1955.

His final game, in March 1958, was a Challenge Cup quarter final tie at Workington.

The Cumbrians threw everything at Wire including the weather, as the pack held till late on only to lose 0-11.

Ryan showed to everyone at the Odsal Reunion in 2004, the strength and determination that had characterised him during his career.

Wigan’s loss was definitely Warrington’s gain!

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8:36pm Mon 26 Oct 09

Dave Maskall says...

Bob was one of the cornerstones of the greatest Wires team I have been privileged to watch during my 60 odd years of years of supporting the P&B. This is a sad loss not only to Warrington and Rugby League in general but also to his home town of Wigan.
My thoughts today are for the many happy memories he gave me and may I pass on my condolences to his nearest and dearest.
RIP Bob and thanks for the memories - not many of us left now I"m afraid.
Bob was one of the cornerstones of the greatest Wires team I have been privileged to watch during my 60 odd years of years of supporting the P&B. This is a sad loss not only to Warrington and Rugby League in general but also to his home town of Wigan. My thoughts today are for the many happy memories he gave me and may I pass on my condolences to his nearest and dearest. RIP Bob and thanks for the memories - not many of us left now I"m afraid. Dave Maskall
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4:08pm Tue 27 Oct 09

katewilcock says...

You can leave a tribute message for Bob in the comment section below.Hi Dave,

Thanks for this lovely post its greatly appreciated and very kind of you.
I am Bobs Granddaughter and seen this had been posted.

He will be missed very very much by us all x
You can leave a tribute message for Bob in the comment section below.Hi Dave, Thanks for this lovely post its greatly appreciated and very kind of you. I am Bobs Granddaughter and seen this had been posted. He will be missed very very much by us all x katewilcock
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4:23pm Tue 27 Oct 09

JohnMannion says...

Sincere condolences to all of Bob's family. He will be a real loss not only to them, but to Warrington RLFC, Warrington, Rugby League and Humanity. He was a genuinely nice guy, one of lifes gentlemen. May he rest in peace. God Bless you Bob.
Sincere condolences to all of Bob's family. He will be a real loss not only to them, but to Warrington RLFC, Warrington, Rugby League and Humanity. He was a genuinely nice guy, one of lifes gentlemen. May he rest in peace. God Bless you Bob. JohnMannion
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7:04pm Tue 27 Oct 09

Dave Maskall says...

katewilcock wrote:
You can leave a tribute message for Bob in the comment section below.Hi Dave,

Thanks for this lovely post its greatly appreciated and very kind of you.
I am Bobs Granddaughter and seen this had been posted.

He will be missed very very much by us all x
Kate
Many thanks for your appreciation of my post but it was not really necessary to thank me. My comments were from the heart and from the memories of seeing guys like Bob, Bev, et al playing in the greatest Wire team of all time while I stood in the kids pen at the railway end of Wilderspool being passed sweet tea from a flask by my old man at half time (I haven't taken sugar in tea since then).
Kate,rest in the memory that you have a grandad to be proud of and he has gone to a better place and I fervently hope he finds a starting spot in Gods 13.
Take care and good luck for the future.
[quote][p][bold]katewilcock[/bold] wrote: You can leave a tribute message for Bob in the comment section below.Hi Dave, Thanks for this lovely post its greatly appreciated and very kind of you. I am Bobs Granddaughter and seen this had been posted. He will be missed very very much by us all x[/p][/quote]Kate Many thanks for your appreciation of my post but it was not really necessary to thank me. My comments were from the heart and from the memories of seeing guys like Bob, Bev, et al playing in the greatest Wire team of all time while I stood in the kids pen at the railway end of Wilderspool being passed sweet tea from a flask by my old man at half time (I haven't taken sugar in tea since then). Kate,rest in the memory that you have a grandad to be proud of and he has gone to a better place and I fervently hope he finds a starting spot in Gods 13. Take care and good luck for the future. Dave Maskall
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4:44pm Wed 28 Oct 09

gemmkate_09 says...

I am so sad at the death of my Uncle Bob, he was always there for me when i was younger, he was a true gentleman one of the best. He will be sadly missed. Love you Uncle Bob. R.I.P. From kathy. ken, gemma and jayne.****
I am so sad at the death of my Uncle Bob, he was always there for me when i was younger, he was a true gentleman one of the best. He will be sadly missed. Love you Uncle Bob. R.I.P. From kathy. ken, gemma and jayne.**** gemmkate_09
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12:42pm Thu 29 Oct 09

lesley belshaw says...

You can leave a tribute message for Bob in the comment section below.I am so sorry to hear the news that my uncle Bob has died, he was a very genuine and caring man who will be greatly missed, love Lesley and family
You can leave a tribute message for Bob in the comment section below.I am so sorry to hear the news that my uncle Bob has died, he was a very genuine and caring man who will be greatly missed, love Lesley and family lesley belshaw
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3:29pm Thu 29 Oct 09

Steven Broomhead says...

On behalf of the Club, deepest sympathy and condolences. A loyal servant to the Club who will be sadly missed. We will always remember your great contributions and achievements.

Steven Broomhead
Chairman, Warrington Wolves
On behalf of the Club, deepest sympathy and condolences. A loyal servant to the Club who will be sadly missed. We will always remember your great contributions and achievements. Steven Broomhead Chairman, Warrington Wolves Steven Broomhead
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10:28am Sun 1 Nov 09

kennydis says...

R I P Bob you were a lovely person very kind you will be very sadly missed I will always remember you love to all your family.
R I P Bob you were a lovely person very kind you will be very sadly missed I will always remember you love to all your family. kennydis
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