Wayne Gaskell – Heritage Number 741
Warrington Wolves were saddened to hear of the passing of former player Wayne Gaskell on Friday. He died from a heart attack while at work.
Gaskell was signed along with Roy Pickersgill from Woolston Rovers. They both made their first-team debuts in the second row at Leigh on 23 April 1973.
He played twice more in the first team that season both in top 16 play-off matches.
He played 17 times in Warrington’s all conquering 1973/4 season. They included a substitute appearance in the 1974 Club Championship Final, when Warrington defeated St Helens 13-12 at Swinton. The victory gave Warrington their fourth major trophy of that memorable season. He had been in the Wembley squad the week before.
The following season he made 12 more appearances. He scored a try in Warrington’s 32-0 victory over Leigh in the BBC2 Floodlight Trophy semi-final. A week later he played in the drawn final against Salford at The Willows, when neither side could manage a score.
His final first-team appearance was as a substitute on 16 February 1975 against Wakefield Trinity at Wilderspool.
He decided to give up his Rugby League career to follow his dream of driving railway trains. A passion that he fulfilled for over 40 years, cruelly ended by his untimely death in the cabin of a train engine.
In total he made 32 appearances, including 11 as a substitute for the first team and scored one try. His Warrington Wolves heritage number is 741.
Wayne Gaskell was a very talented Rugby League player, who many thought could have had a very successful career had he continued in the sport.
He attended the inaugural Woolston Rovers Hall of Fame dinner earlier this month at The Masonic Hall, Warrington.
His funeral is on Friday 9 March at Warrington Crematorium, at 3pm.
Warrington Wolves send their condolences to Wayne’s family.