Ray Clark – Heritage Number 662

It is with great sadness that Warrington Wolves learned of the passing of former loose forward Ray Clark, who died on Monday 9 January 2017, at the age of 72.    Warrington-born Ray died suddenly, from a heart attack.

Ray Clark joined Warrington as a junior from Monks ARLFC in 1963.  Whilst initially a winger he made his name as a loose forward.

Ray was a member of Warrington’s successful 1963/4 “A” team which completed the Lancashire County Challenge Shield and Lancashire Combination double.

On 25 March 1966 Ray made his first team debut, on the wing, in a 22-2 loss at Salford.

The following season Ray moved to loose forward and established himself in the team before a Christmas time injury ended his season.  He had pace and was a strong running blond haired forward.

Ray was back in the side at loose forward for the 1967/8 season.  He played in Warrington’s 2-2 draw in the Lancashire Cup final against St Helens and in the 13-10 loss in the replay.  Ray made 41 appearances as Warrington finished the season winning the Lancashire League.

His final appearance for Warrington was on 10 December 1968 in a 29-6 defeat at St Helens in the Floodlight Trophy semi-final.  In December 1968 terms were agreed with Oldham for a player exchange.  Ray eventually joined Oldham in January 1969 with Arthur Hughes moving to Warrington.

Ray, whose Heritage Number is 662, played 68 times for Warrington scoring eight tries.  Ray played twice for Lancashire whilst at Warrington during the 1967/8 season.

In four seasons at Oldham Ray made 95 appearances and scored 19 tries.  He also made his third appearance for Lancashire in 1971.

In the summer of 1972 Huddersfield paid a £ 3,750 transfer fee to take Ray to Fartown where he played for two seasons.  He made 33 appearances for Huddersfield and scored four tries.

He turned his hand to coaching and was at Swinton, Rochdale Hornets, Leigh, Mansfield Marksmen as well as some amateur clubs.