Wigan water polo club

Started by: i-spy (15003) 

I vaguely remember watching them play at Wigan baths probably in the 1950's. Anybody know anything about their history.

Started: 28th Feb 2010 at 21:36

Posted by: tonker (23586) 

Do the horses wear flippers and a snorkel?

Replied: 28th Feb 2010 at 22:29

Posted by: i-spy (15003) 

Only in Yickersville tonker

Replied: 28th Feb 2010 at 22:49

Posted by: ©art© (6154)

The Town Police had a Water Polo team in the 40's/50's.

Some of the Wigan Sea Cadets, played a friendly with 'em...

They b***dy drowned us...We were mainly kids..

Replied: 1st Mar 2010 at 01:08

Posted by: dustaf (inactive)

There's a picture in one Wigan book (Not sure which at moment) that features cartoon caricatures of the police water polo team. Roy Orrell is one of the players depicted.

Replied: 1st Mar 2010 at 01:13

Posted by: atlas (164) 

my dad played water polo for wigan in the thirties' it was a big sport back then' they was one of the best teams in the country

Replied: 1st Mar 2010 at 15:04

Posted by: reddi8 (1107)

my cousin played for the Wigan team

Replied: 14th Mar 2010 at 06:19

Posted by: annefair (1168)

Couple of photos on album - sports section.

Replied: 14th Mar 2010 at 09:53

Posted by: jo anne (33554) 

Anne's links - WW Album Photos:

Wigan Swimming and Water Polo (17) / Wigan Water Polo Club's Internationals

Comments by Sally K, 25th Feb 2015

Hugely interesting fact - Great Britain were the WINNING team at the 1908 London Olympics, and G. Nevison and C. Smith (from this photo) were on the team. Wigan can be proud of its OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL WINNERS! :D

It just gets more fascinating - George Nevison and Charles Smith won OLYMPIC GOLD with the GB Water Polo team in the London 1908 Olympic games. I've just discovered, which is a fabulous blog with a few further images, including a VIDEO of a 1908 Olympics match and a match review of the final. There are also a few further photos of the Wigan team of the era in different sections on this site. Fascinating! :) + "Wigan" Search Results

Past & Present Water Polo Champions -

Wigan and Leigh Archives Online - "Polo" Photos (7)

Replied: 29th Aug 2015 at 23:42
Last edited by jo anne: 29th Aug 2015 at 23:46:47

Posted by: dennis dickinson (1131)

I can vaguely recall going to watch a water pool game in Wigan probably around 1956. I think it was a police team that was playing.

Replied: 15th Oct 2015 at 19:29

Posted by: i-spy (15003) 

Do you get sent off for foul play or fished out

Replied: 15th Oct 2015 at 22:37

Posted by: jo anne (33554) 

A player caught committing a major foul is asked to leave the pool for 20 seconds. A major foul includes sinking (dunking) a player, swimming on another player’s back or trying to stop the other player from swimming.
Once asked to leave the pool a player who has committed a major foul may return sooner if a goal is scored or his team regains possession. If a player commits a major foul three times they must sit out the whole match.

Replied: 15th Oct 2015 at 22:49

Posted by: i-spy (15003) 

The major fouls sound like attempted murder to me

Replied: 15th Oct 2015 at 22:56

Posted by: baker boy (15555)

its a rough old sport my uncle played for wigan ? in the late twenties and early thirties.

Replied: 16th Oct 2015 at 19:29

Posted by: i-spy (15003) 

At least he lived to tell the tale baker boy

Replied: 16th Oct 2015 at 19:36

Posted by: dave whittle (245) 

i remember wigan rugby full back fred (punchy) griffiths used to play water polo for wigan

Replied: 14th Dec 2017 at 13:15

Posted by: admin (887)

C. Smith who played for Wigan Water Polo team won 3 Olympic gold medals. Must be Wigans greatest sports man yet no one has heard of him.

Replied: 23rd Mar 2019 at 20:55

Posted by: FAT MICK (inactive)

What was C Smith first name admin

Replied: 23rd Mar 2019 at 22:44


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