Saints and Wigan hail Sullivan

St Helens and Wigan have paid tribute to their former player Mick Sullivan, who passed away at the age of 82.

Sullivan played on the wing or in the centres, and spent successful spells at both Wigan and Saints during his illustrious career, as well as Huddersfield.

Former St Helens star Austin Rhodes regards Sullivan as one of the greatest players of his era.

“One of the greatest players of the 1950s,” he told the St Helens official club website.

“I remember him as a team-mate during the 1957 World Cup with Great Britain and he was brilliant.

“I played against him when he was with Huddersfield and in one particular match he scored two tries and went round Glyn Moses as though he was a statue and that wasn’t an easy thing to do.

“Mind you, he could do that against most full-backs at the time.”

Wigan Warriors chairman, Ian Lenagan was a youngster when he watched Sullivan in his prime.

“I remember Mick Sullivan signing for Wigan. I was at school in St Helens, I remember being at Shaw Street Station when I heard the news he had signed, and I was delighted,” he told his club’s official website.

“He played in a famous backline that included Billy Boston and Eric Ashton. I remember watching him at Wembley in 1958, when he scored against Workington – Bill played centre that day.

“He was a terrific player – tough, uncompromising. I don’t know why Wigan ever let him go. It’s a great shame to hear he’s passed away.”

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