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to play 497 games for the Cherry and Whites, scoring 231 tries and kicking 448 goals before a well earned retirement in 1969.
soon on Saints' sideboard, with the Championship lifted in 1975, while the Challenge Cup, Premiership and Floodlit Trophies were all won during the next season.
Centre Spot, published.
Eric Ashton passed away at the age of 73 in the early hours of last Thursday (March 20) with his nearest and dearest at his bedside in Willowbrook Hospice, after a five year battle against
His testimonial match was a clash between Wigan born and St Helens born sides including Eric at Central Park on Whit Monday of that year.
He occupied the hot seat' of club chairman from 1993 7, twice leading out the side in the Wembley conquests of Bradford, thus becoming the only man to captain, coach and be chairman of ChallengeHe was also at the helm when the inaugural Super League title was lifted in 1996.
Gentleman Ashton was sent off just once, against Leeds in 1961, following a difference of opinion with fearsome Farmer' Jack Fairbank, who also got the early bath treatment.
Central Park directors, Bill Gore and Billy Woods snapped him up after he starred in a Rugby Union game at Murrayfield in 1955 while on National Service in the Royal Artillery and Ashton went on
An invitation to join Saints' board came in 1982 and Eric, who supported the team in boyhood, became a much respected ambassador both for the club and Rugby League in general.
year he was awarded the MBE and had his best selling life story, Glory in the
A devoted family man, he leaves Doreen, his wife of 49 years, daughters, Michelle and Beverley Lacoste Shoes For Womens Ebay
and grandchildren, Alexandra, Ryan, Victoria and Greg. A broken hearted Beverley said: "Dad was a
Helens born skipper. He also figured in the Great Britain World Cup party of 1957 and was skipper of the winning 1960 squad.
St Helens born Eric, who spent his entire playing career at arch rivals, Wigan, was a prince among centres and one of the most decorated icons in the game's history.
An impeccably observed minute's silence was held before the Saints Wigan fixture on Good Friday.
Eric was later honoured with life membership of the Rugby Football League and presidency of Saints and was bestowed with the code's ultimate Hall of Fame accolade in 2005.
During that golden age at Wigan, Eric forged a lethal right wing partnership with fellow legend, Billy Boston, that is etched indelibly into Rugby League folklore.
A Premiership encore arrived in 1977, followed by Wembley defeat versus Leeds 12 months later, prior to Eric handing the coaching reins to Kel Coslett in 1979 80.
loving husband, fantastic father and wonderful granddad and we will treasure his memory for ever."
Standing 6ft 2ins and tipping the scale at 14 stone in his heyday, Ashton was a centre cast in classical mould, being blessed with pace, handling skills, an uncanny ability to read' a game andHe first played under the watchful eye of teacher Mr Byron at Rivington White Ralph Lauren Shoes Leather Road school, just a drop kick from his Mulberry Avenue home and the Saints' ground. A town and county choice at schoolboy
Eric skippered Wigan in a record six Wembley finals, including against Saints in 1961 and 1966. And in the latter Lacoste Marice Slip On Plimsolls
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However, Saints' loss was Wigan's gain.
Following a coaching stint at Wigan, Eric then held a similar role at Leeds but returned to his St Helens roots in 1974 by accepting the coach's job at Knowsley Road.
On a representative note, Ashton earned 26 test caps 15 as captain between 1957 and 1963. He was a member of the Ashes winning squads in Australia in 1958 and 1962, the latter as the first St
RL world mourns death of legend Eric Ashton From St Helens Star
level, Eric trained with Saints' B team but, remarkably in view of his later achievements, was not offered professional terms by the Knowsley Road board.
THE Rugby League world is mourning the death of a legendary Great Britain Test captain who was the first player to be honoured by the Queen.
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