7th September 2018, 11:31 | super_league

Super League Legends: Andy Farrell

Super League Legends: Andy Farrell

A true legend of the game, Andy Farrell captained the Wigan Warriors side to victory in the first Super League Grand Final, at Old Trafford in 1998. 

In a season where the Cherry & Whites were rocked by a Wembley defeat, to Sheffield Eagles in May, Farrell led his side brilliantly throughout the campaign, leading the point-scoring charts and captaining the Wigan side to only two losses all season. 

Farrell was introduced to Rugby League at the age of 10 by Graeme West and developed at his local club Orrell St James. He made his debut aged 16 and became the youngest player to win a Challenge Cup final, at 17 years and 11 months in 1993. 

By 1996, he was appointed captain of Wigan and captained the Lions on a tour to New Zealand, Fiji & Papua New Guinea. 

Despite coming into the side as the Premiership champions, Wigan had lost out to Bradford Bulls to the Super League title in 1997 and had failed to finish as champions for two seasons.  

Farrell himself was instrumental to the return to the top of the table and would have to navigate his side through uncharted water – the first Championship playoff since 1973.  

Wigan came into the playoffs having to beat Leeds Rhinos 17-4 in the Qualifying Semi Final, with Farrell responsible for seven of the Warriors total. 

In the Old Trafford showpiece, he kicked three goals to lead Wigan to a first title since 1996. The game was remembered for a spectacular solo effort from Jason Robinson, however Farrell’s kicking was instrumental in the 10-4 win. 

He would later play in three more Grand Finals, losing the 2000, 2001 & 2003 showpieces. Wigan would wait until 2010 to win the title again. 

He would also make a significant contribution to representative football, earning 34 Great Britain caps, 11 England caps and 3 Lancashire caps over his career. He played in the 1995 and 2000 World Cups for England, and score 232 representative points over the course of his career. 

He would make 370 appearances for Wigan, scoring 3135 points in a 13-year career, winning six Championships and four Challenge Cups. 

After finishing his career in Lancashire, he switched codes to play for Saracens for four years, later becoming a Rugby Union coach for the Sarries, Munster and Ireland.