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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Gus in Hall of Fame

WORKINGTON Town hero Gus Risman will be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame at a vice-chairman’s dinner this evening.

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Gus Risman lifting the Challenge Cup for Town

A big, strong and a fearless tackler with a natural footballing ability, Risman led the club to its greatest achievement - winning the Challenge Cup at Wembley in 1952 when they beat Featherstone Rovers 18-10.

Captaining the side from full-back, he kicked a penalty in the first minute and converted two tries later on.

Risman had a long and distinguished career - he was 43 years old when the retired - which including international appearance for Wales and Great Britain.

He toured Australia three times - 1932, 1936 and 1946 - and captained the side in nine Test matches.

With Salford, he scored 2,007 points in 427 games and won the championship in 1933, 1937 and 1939 and Challenge Cup in 1938.

With Workington, he scored 1,533 points in 301 games and won the Challenge Cup in 1952

In all he played 873 first class games, scoring 232 tries, kicking 1,678 goals and amassing 4,052 points.

Risman, who died in 1994, aged 83, was one of the original nine inductees into the Rugby Football League’s Hall of Fame in 1988.

Both of Risman's sons were acclaimed rugby players - John with Workington, Fulham, Blackpool and Carlisle and Bev with Leigh and Leeds.

Former ITV presenter Keith Macklin will be the guest speaker at this evening’s event which is being held in the Tom Mitchell lounge at Derwent Park on Friday (7pm for 7.30pm).

It is possible that some tickets are still available. Contact Derwent Park on 01900 603609 for details.

A full profile of Risman’s career is available on our website - www.timesandstar.co.uk - under Famous Folk.

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