12th April 2021, 13:30 | therfl

The RFL pays tribute to Cliff Hill

The RFL pays tribute to Cliff Hill

The RFL sends its condolences to the family and friends of Cliff Hill, and to the Wigan and Oldham clubs for whom he played with distinction.

Cliff was a Wembley winner with Wigan against Hunslet in 1965, won a single Great Britain cap against France in Perpignan in 1966 – and earned a unique place in Rugby League’s Wembley history in 1970 when he became the first substitute in a Challenge Cup Final, replacing Colin Tyrer in Wigan’s 7-2 defeat by Castleford.

He had made his debut for Wigan in 1964, having been spotted playing rugby union for Newton-le-Willows by the great Eric Ashton.

A classy stand-off who also played at centre and full-back, he made a total of 192 appearances for Wigan, scoring 57 tries - and then played a key role in leading Oldham out of the doldrums under the coaching of Graham Starkey from 1971-73, scoring nine tries and making many more in 59 appearances.

He remained a regular supporter of the game and especially Wigan – as illustrated by the photograph of him with Ray Ashby, another of the 1965 Wembley-winning team, at the unveiling of a statue for Billy Boston five years ago - and the RFL joins Wigan and Oldham in paying tribute.