Brian Eyrl Bevan
(born 24 June 1924 in Bondi
, New South Wales
, Australia and died 3 June 1991 in Southport
, England) was a legendary rugby league winger
who scored a world record 796 tries for Warrington RLFC
. He is the only player ever to have been inducted into both the Australian and British rugby league Halls of Fame.
Son of former Eastern Suburbs
player Rick Bevan
, Brian Bevan began his career playing for Easts in 1942. He made 8 appearances for the club, although somewhat ironically, failed to score a try.
When World War II began, Brian Bevan decided to join the Navy
. He arrived on board HMAS Australia
in England in 1946. He had with him a letter of recommendation which was written by former Eastern Suburbs Test winger Bill Shankland
. Bevan requested a trial with Leeds
, which was a suggestion from Shankland, but the club decided against signing him partially due to his frail looking appearance. Shankland also recommended he try Hunslet
if Leeds refused to sign him, but once again he was turned down. He decided to try his luck with Warrington
. Warrington decided to give him an 'A' team trial in November in which he scored a try. The club were impressed with his first performance and decided to play him in the first team a week later. The club then decided to sign him on a permanent basis on a £300 contract. He went home for several months to discharge from military service.
In 1946–47, his first season, he scored 48 tries... Read More