A FORMER Warrington Wolves back who worked at Lockers for 50 years has died.

Kevin Hansen, brother of Warrington comedian Charlie Hale, died at his Orford home on Sunday, aged 76.

The Richard Fairclough High School pupil, who was born in Howley and lived his entire life in Warrington, played four times for the Wire first team before packing in rugby league at the age of 20.

Hansen was a schoolboy star and signed for The Wire at the age of 16 in the 1957-58 season.

He was among other notable young signings at that time, including the club's future Hall of Fame players Bobbie Greenough and Brian Glover.

Hansen was handed his debut in Ces Mountford's first team on April 11, 1959, against Barrow at Wilderspool - a match Warrington won 26-15 with his hero, winger Brian Bevan, scoring a hat-trick of tries.

He played at centre in the last three matches that season, when Glover was moved into the pack to accommodate him.

Hansen played just one more first-team match, at stand-off on September 12, 1959 at Liverpool City.

Wire won 19-16 with Bevan again making the headlines after running the full length of the pitch to score.

Hansen then gave up playing the sport, never explaining why, though he did enjoy watching.

He had left school at the age of 15 and went to work for the Locker Group Ltd, where he trained as a welder and stayed in their employ for 50 years until retiring at the age of 65.

Hansen, who has Wolves heritage number 598, also had a love of boxing.

He met Muhammed Ali and Mike Tyson on a visit to America.

Warrington Wolves have sent condolences to the family of a man who is described as very caring. For many years he looked after his mother, who suffered from dementia, and loved his family - brothers Charlie and Barry, who lives in Holland, and his nieces and nephews. Hansen never married or had children of his own.