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David Myers (rugby league)

David Myers (31 July 1971 – 20 October 2008) was an English professional rugby league footballer who played in the 1980s and 1990s. He played at representative level for Great Britain in non-Test matches on the 1992 tour of Papua New Guinea, Australia, and New Zealand, and at club level for Widnes (two spells), Warrington, Wigan, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, Wakefield Trinity (Heritage № 1032), Bradford Bulls, Western Suburbs Magpies and Salford City Reds, as a wing, i.e. number 2 or 5.[1]

David Myers
Personal information
Born(1971-07-31)31 July 1971
Widnes, Lancashire, England
Died20 October 2008(2008-10-20) (aged 37)
Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Playing information
PositionWing
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1988 Widnes
1989 Warrington 6 0 0 0 0
1990–92 Wigan 69 38 0 0 152
1991 Manly Sea Eagles 4 1 0 0 4
Nov 1991–93/94 Wakefield Trinity 6 2 0 0 4
1992–93 Widnes
1994–96 Bradford Northern
1995 Western Suburbs Magpies 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Salford Reds
1997 Widnes Vikings
Total 86 41 0 0 160
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1991–92 Great Britain U21 5
Source: [1]

BackgroundEdit

David Myers was born in Widnes, Lancashire, England, and he died aged 37 in a car accident on the M6 motorway in Sandbach, Cheshire, England.[2][3] It was confirmed in a coroner's report that Myers was using steroids and amphetamines whilst driving, and died of a heart attack, although the report also concluded the condition had occurred naturally, and that the two drugs had only contributed to this.[4]

Playing careerEdit

Myers played and scored the match-winning try in Wigan's 13-8 victory over St. Helens in the 1991 Challenge Cup Final during the 1990–91 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 27 April 1991, and played right wing, i.e. number 2, and scored a try in the defending champions Wigan's 21-4 victory over the visiting Penrith Panthers in the 1991 World Club Challenge during the 1991–92 season at Anfield, Liverpool on Wednesday 2 October 1991.

Following the arrival of Martin Offiah, Myers lost his first team place at Wigan, but was nevertheless selected to go on the 1992 Great Britain Lions tour of Australia and New Zealand. In October 1992, he was sold to Widnes in an exchange deal which saw Paul Atcheson join Wigan from Widnes.[5]

He continued his success in the Challenge Cup with his new team, Myers played left wing, i.e. number 5, in Widnes' 14-20 defeat by Wigan in the 1993 Challenge Cup Final during the 1992–93 season at Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday 1 May 1993.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Rugby league star killed in crash". BBC Sport. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Myers Dies in Crash Tragedy". Sky Sports. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 22 October 2008.
  4. ^ "Crash rugby star had heart attack". news.bbc.co.uk (BBC News). 7 May 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2009.
  5. ^ "Widnes trade Atcheson for Myers". The Guardian: 17. 8 October 1992. ProQuest 187293976.

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