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30 October 2019

The club were saddened by the news that former Lion Brian Robinson passed away this week.

Brian Robinson, a true Lion of Swinton, sadly passed away on Monday 28th October 2019.

Brian made his debut for the Lions on 18th August 1962 and played his last first team game some twelve years later. Yet there was so much before, during and after that last game.

As a youngster at Folly Lane, Brian had played alongside such fine players as Dave Robinson, Graham Williams, Barry Simpson and Derek Whitehead, who would later join him at Station Road.

In his first season Brian qualified for a Lancashire Combination winners medal, that “A” Team being captained by former Folly Lane loose-forward Jim Hope.

An excellent stand-off half in his own right, Brian’s skills allowed him to occasionally deputise for full-back Ken Gowers, centres Bob Fleet and Alan Buckley, as well of course his nemeses George Parkinson at stand-off.

Brian proudly led Swinton’s “A” team in lifting the prestigious Lancashire Challenge Shield, following a thriller against Salford at Station Road.

In-between times, Brian had played almost ninety first team games before retiring.

In accepting the role of “A” Team coach in 1986, he immediately guided the Swinton Crusaders to the inaugural Alliance Championship, winning all twenty six league games in the process!

In later life, Brian continued to attend the Swinton Lions Annual Reunions and remained a keen supporter of the team. A loyal and unassuming man, who had played with and against the greatest, he had also proved to be an exceptional coach and was much respected by his peers.

In almost sixty years since his career began, Brian’s popularity with the fans had always been constant.

Folly Lane’s Blue Ribbon Field and Swinton’s fabled Station Road are forever linked with rugby league greatness. Brian Robinson played and coached on both.

Our sincerest condolences are extended to his sons Kevin and Gary and the rest of the Robinson family and friends. You have much to be proud of.

Brian Robinson RIP.


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