History was made at Wigan yesterday when Jordan Crowther became the second youngest ever forward to wear the Trinity first team shirt, writes Club Historian, Lee Robinson.
Crowther was eleven days past his seventeenth birthday when he entered the DW Stadium taking on the might of the Warriors pack.
Jordan has been added to the first team squad this season after being part of the Wildcats unbeaten under 16′s Scholarship side in 2013. The Trinity development staff were very excited about him when he played at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium last August as his Wolves’ under 16s side defeated Walton Warriors in the Wakefield & District Cup Final.
Despite Jordan’s great feat he is not the youngest player ever to represent the club. That accolade goes to international centre, Richard Goddard from the 1990s. When Richard made his debut against Hunslet on 26th August 1990, his official age was 16 years, 3 months and 29 days, just a couple of days younger than the previous record holder, Ernest Pollard from the 1920s. Pollard was just over 16 years and 4 months old when he debuted on 5th March 1927.
There have been four other sixteen year olds who have worn Trinity’s first team colours, Bob Oliver (1936), Neil Fox (1956), Ken Hirst (1956) and Nigel Wright (1990). Of the four, Oliver and Hirst have unique stories. Bob Oliver was a young Cumbrian full-back whose fourth appearance, at age 16 years and 7 months, was in the Yorkshire Cup Final when Trinity went down 2-9 to York in 1936.
Ken Hirst was a flying winger whose daunting debut, at 16 years and 6 months was against the 1956 touring Australian Kangaroo tourists. On a day when many teenagers played, due to injuries, Hirst scored the first try in a 17-12 victory against Clive Churchill’s men.
We still have another player who could join this illustrious list with young full back, Max Jowitt, not seventeen years of age until May.
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