St Helens great Alex Murphy celebrates 80th birthday
One of the greatest Rugby League players in living memory celebrates his 80th birthday today (Easter Monday).
Alex Murphy reached legendary status during his time at St Helens - his home town club - Leigh and Warrington and also helped all threeto success at Wembley, both on and off the field.
Old pal Kevin Ashcroft played alongside him in the Leigh side that caused one of the greatest upsets in Rugby League history when they beat Leeds 24-7 in the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley in May 1971.
Kevin told the Leigh Centurions web site that Murphy was the most competitive men he'd ever met in his life.
When asked to sum up AJM, Ashcroft said: "If he went out in the garden with you to light a firework, he'd have to light his first.
"We also used to play dominoes on the team bus going to away games. We were only playing for toffees but he played like his life depended onit.''