12th April 2021, 13:30 | therfl
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.