This day in 1992: Martin Offiah and Wigan break the transfer record of the Rugby League


When he joined Wigan on January 3, 1992, Martin Offiah became the most valuable player in Rugby League history. Wigan, the league’s glamorous club, charged £440,000 to sign Offiah from Widnes, a record that lasted 14 years.

Before moving to Widnes in 1987, Offiah started out in the Rugby Union and had already gained national attention. Happy birthday to Martin Offiah the Wonderful! 6 years 159 games 186 attempts 5 League Titles 4 Challenge Cups 3 Premierships 3 Regal Trophies 1 World Club Challenge 1 #NeverGonnaStop #WWRL pic.twitter Lancashire Cup. Com/sdT8TODknG- Wigan Warriors (@WiganWarriorsRL) December 29, 2020 His effect was immediate, as Widnes became champions in his first season, with the lightning-fast winger branded Man of Steel, scoring more than 100 tries in two seasons. He blended into the Wigan team seamlessly, establishing a superb Gene Miles partnership and scoring 30 tries in his first season in just 15 games, including a club record 10 in a game against Leeds. He scored 186 tries in 159 games in four years with the club, the most famous of which came in the 1994 Challenge Cup final against Leeds at Wembley Stadium when he literally ran off his own line to score. In the 1994 Challenge Cup final (David Giles/PA), Martin Offiah celebrates his famous attempt. Offiah joins Alex Murphy, Billy Boston, Eric Ashton and Gus Risman in a statue of rugby league greats at Offiah scored more than one try per game during his league career, which also included stints with Australian clubs Eastern Suburbs and St George Dragons, as well as London Broncos and Salford. In 2002, coached by former Wigan teammate Shaun Edwards, he ended his career with Wasps and played eight games before calling time for his career.


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