Ashton a candidate for Wembley statue

fri page 1'Eric Ashton rugby legend. Picture Gerald Webster (requested by Andy Moffatt)
fri page 1'Eric Ashton rugby legend. Picture Gerald Webster (requested by Andy Moffatt)
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ST Helens-born rugby league legend Eric Ashton has been added to the list of candidates for the proposed statue to be erected outside Wembley.

The proposed statue will mark RL’s long association with the national stadium.

Barrow legend Willie Horne and Workington Town’s Gus Risman have also been included.

Eric, who died in 2008 at the age of 73, played all his first grade rugby with Wigan during the 1950s and 1960s, having been snatched from under Saints’ nose.

Eric made 497 first-class appearances for Wigan, scoring 231 tries and 448 goals and won 26 Great Britain caps, as well as captaining the Lions to an Ashes triumph over Australian and helped steer his country to a World Cup victory in 1960.

After retiring from playing at the end of the 1960s, Ashton went on to coach Wigan, Leeds, St Helens and Great Britain.

Other players on he short-list are: Alex Murphy, Boston, Jonathan Davies, Shaun Edwards, Don and Neil Fox, Ellery Hanley, Martin Offiah, Clive Sullivan, and Lance Todd.To vote for any player fans can visit the RFL’s web page (www.therfl.co.uk), the Super League website(www.superleague.co.uk) or via an on-line poll.

Votes can also be placed on any of the RFL’s Facebook channels.