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Warrington’s World Cup heroes – Derek Noonan
DEREK Noonan was one of the quartet the last time Warrington had four players appearing in the national team.
Noonan was right centre to Salford’s Keith Fielding, who scored two tries, as England opened their 1975 World Championship campaign with a 20-2 defeat of France at Headingley.
Also in the England side that day, were Warrington’s Tommy Martyn, Barry Philbin and Dave Chisnall.
Noonan also figured in Alex Murphy’s England side that lost 12-7 to Wales in Brisbane in the southern hemisphere leg of the tournament before losing his place to John Walsh and Eric Hughes.
The rugby union convert, joining Warrington for the 1971/72 campaign, amassed 140 games in five seasons for Warrington with the highlight being his selection for each of the finals in the 1973/74 campaign as Warrington lifted the Captain Morgan Trophy, the Players No6 Trophy, the Challenge Cup and the Club Championship.
Noonan scored the winning try in the Club Championship Final success against his hometown club St Helens, whom he joined in 1975/76.
Log on again tomorrow for another feature on a Warrington World Cup hero.
Click on the following links to read about other Warrington World Cup heroes that we have featured so far.
Gerry Helme, Duane Mann, Allan Bateman, Steve Roach, Barry Philbin, Andy Gregory, Albert Naughton, Jerome Guisset, Jonathan Davies, John Woods, Dave Chisnall, Iestyn Harris, Jim Challinor, Bobby Wanbon, Lee Penny, Gary Mercer