West Bank Bears ‘A’
Head Coach: Richard Hughes
West Bank were originally formed in the 1930’s but first came to prominence just after the Second World War when the club were highly successful winning several Lancashire Cups and producing many County, International and Professional players; the most famous of whom were Vinty Karalius and Jackie Broome.
The club’s progress came to an abrupt halt at the end of the 1963 season but they re-emerged in 1978 entering the North West Counties league. Success came quickly and a rapid rise through the divisions, winning four divisional titles on the spin, culminated with the Premier division championship in 1986. The same year saw the club win the BARLA Champions of Champions tournament.
1990 saw the formation of the club’s junior section which has seen many league and cup wins and a steady stream of professional players with Warrington’s Richie Myler perhaps the most known.
The latter years of the 2000’s saw the open age section rise again and two successive league titles in the North West Counties saw a brief elevation to the National Conference League. However the decision to move to the newly formed North West Men’s League bore instant results with the team winning all three titles open to it in the Premier division in 2014.
After many years of hard work the club moved into their own facilities at the Ted Gleave Sports Ground and are working on extending and upgrading over the coming years.