A STAGGERING 740 tries in his Wire career, 66 in just one season that was the phenomenon that was Brian Bevan.

The try-scoring machine bagged his season's club record of 66 in 1952/53 but the disappointing aspect was that such an unequalled rate was not enough to help Wire win some silverware.

And in that campaign too another Australian broke a club record that still stands today. Pack ace Harry Bath, signed from Barrow, scored a record 363 points from 13 tries and 162 goals in 40 appearances.

The Australians were in Britain and met Lancashire at Wilderspool after defeating Wire 34-10.

There was an historical milestone in April, 1953, when Warrington's ground staged its first international. That was the game between Wales and Other Nationalities. In the Welsh team was centre Norman Harris, grandfather of the future Wire, Leeds and Great Britain Rugby League sensation, Iestyn Harris.

Wire stars Albert Johnson and Gerry Helme had a joint Testimonial with a little more than £1,514 being shared between the two of them.