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08 May 2020

In search of crowning the greatest Swinton Lions team ever, we delve into the history books to look at some of the greatest players to play for the club.

As part as of a new series to crown Swinton Lions’ greatest ever team, we delve into the history books to take a look at the best players from each era to wear the famous blue shirt. This week we look at the 1920s.

The 1920s

‘The Roaring 20s” were exactly that for the Lions. A decade which saw the opening of Station Road and Swinton sweeping all before them – culminating in the historic ‘Five Cups’ success of 1927/28.

Between 1923 and 1929 the Lions collected two League Championships, two Challenge Cups, two Lancashire Cups and three Lancashire Leagues.

In the same period they finished as runners-up on a further five occasions. The men who achieved these honours have rightly carved their names in the folklore of the club, and in terms of honours won represent the most successful Swinton team of all time.

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No. 1, Jack Pearson
207  Tries:5 Goals: 132
First choice Swinton full-back throughout the glory years of the 1920s


No. 2, Frank Evans
341 Tries:195 Goals: 1
Top RL try scorer in the club’s history, and Swinton’s first Ashes Tourist


No. 3, Hector Halsall
369 Tries:55 Goals: 17
Legendary captain of Swinton’s “5 Cups” team and a GB international


No. 4, Jack Evans
276 Tries:99 Goals: 27
A GB international, and said to be the brains behind the Lions’ ‘5 Cups’ team


No. 5, Chris Brockbank
283 Tries:139 Goals: 28
Scorer of many big match tries, and an England international


No. 6, Billo Rees
360 Tries:38 Goals: 2
GB and Welsh international, and winner of multiple honours for Swinton


No. 7, Bryn Rees
467 Tries:102 Goals: 0
Twice captained the Lions to the Championship, and twice an Ashes Tourist


No. 8, Miller Strong
348 Tries:12 Goals: 1
Towering Cumbrian prop, and winner of ten major honours with Swinton


No. 9, Henry Blewer
443 Tries:21 Goals: 2
First choice hooker throughout the 20s, and winner of multiple club honours


No. 10, Bert Morris
301 Tries:16 Goals: 377
Goal-kicking prop and winner of eight major honours with the Lions


No. 11, Martin Hodgson
473 Tries:39 Goals: 870
Twice a GB Ashes Tourist, and multiple winner of club and personal honours


No. 12, Fred Beswick
396 Tries:83 Goals: 6
Winner of 12 major honours with the Lions over 11 years


No. 13, Fred Butters
351 Tries:70 Goals: 0
Pendlebury born GB international, and pivotal figure for the Lions for 13 years


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